Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Steps to a Successful Awards Banquet

Throwing an awards ceremony is a vital marketing tool for your company. SO, make sure you are doing the right impression by following the steps below;
  1. Select a great venue, at least a year or more before the banquet date. This way, you'll have the most options to choose from.
  2. Consider sending invitation about 6 months to a year before the event. Invitations are crucial to the success of the event. You can print this on a magnet or a desk accessory which can stay in an office and act as a constant reminder that an event is coming up. Then, send the actual invitation either email or mail at least 8 weeks before the big event.
  3. Finesse the table settings and menu. There are ways you can do things inexpensively while having an expensive look, like for example providing table settings or flower vases that you can use yearly. Another trick is, instead of passed hors d'oeuvres, set up hors d' oeuvres stations which may allow you to offer a pricier entree.
    Another tip; - change the look and feel of the event each year that would make people eager to come back again next year.
  4. Choose awards with quality. Consider heavy, etched crystal awards which have high perceived value, and make sure the award is appropriate for the category being organized.
  5. Select gifts that keep on giving such as an imprinted photo frame or logoed desk accessory, making your attendees remember the company and the event.
  6. Have the whole event timed out to the minute. Bad timing script is a potential problem. A good timing script has a quick flow and the script needs to be snappy and witty.