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(A Few Reasons) Why AV Prices Everywhere Are Going Up

More organizations than ever are returning to in-person (or hybrid) events, and many of our clients are concerned about the increase in prices they’re seeing from 2019. Professional event production has gotten more expensive; why?

11 Types of Videos for Your Nonprofit Event Campaign

People are drawn to good storytelling, and video tells stories (and holds people’s attention) more effectively than any other medium. Video allows you to tell your stories in a uniquely engaging way; you can include powerful imagery, compelling music, see and hear directly from whoever’s speaking, and unlock endless creative potential.

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Your live auction is one of the most crucial parts of your evening to get right; a creative timeline led by a professional benefit auctioneer can help you blow away your fundraising goals. In this article, we’re going to walk you through three simple ways to get more out of your next live auction.

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Utopia Experience Celebrates 20 Years in Business

St. Louis – October 11, 2022 – Utopia Experience, a leader in the events industry, celebrates 20 years in business.

It’s now 20 years since Jodi Goone’s vision became a reality from the family kitchen in St. Louis, Missouri to a thriving business that has touched so many lives through the Utopia Experience.

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4 Ways to Take Your Next Event From Ordinary to Extraordinary

In August, we produced a brief webinar in coordination with Greater Giving for their Apex: Greater Giving User Conference. We wanted to share some of the insights we’ve learned to help nonprofits create more unique and meaningful experiences, nurture donor relationships, inspire giving, and expand their impact. This article is an overview of the content from that webinar.

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Test Donations: The Importance of Followup

A thoughtful post-event marketing strategy is a critical part of a successful event, especially when some of your attendees may be donating *specifically* to see how you follow up.

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Our 2024 Guide to Planning a Corporate Event

Planning any event can be stressful, but corporate events present some unique challenges. They’re often information-heavy and can last multiple days, so how do you keep attendees engaged? How do you keep things interesting? In this guide, we’ll outline 8 easy steps to make sure your corporate event is a success. Whether it’s a seminar, conference, or company summit, we’ve got you covered.

Event Recap: St. Louis 2022 Parapan American Open Championships

In early July, the World Para Powerlifting (WPPO) Parapan American Open Championships came to St. Louis. It was the first time an international competition for the sport of Para Powerlifting has been hosted in the United States, and we had the privilege of producing and streaming the event.

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Planning a Hybrid Event or Virtual Event: A Framework For Success

Some of the most frequent questions we get asked are about hybrid and virtual events: What exactly makes them different from traditional, in-person galas? What unique challenges do they pose? How do you produce one successfully? We put together this guide to help as a tool to clarify the answers to some of those questions.

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How To Create A Fund-A-Need Video That Works

Having a thoughtfully-produced Fund-A-Need video can be as important as having a motivating keynote speaker. If you are spending $20,000+ on your food, venue, catering, and alcohol, you can’t afford to NOT invest in a Fund-A-Need / Fund-The-Future video.

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Planning A Mitzvah: Where to Start

We’ve worked with so many families planning milestone Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, since our inception in 2001. We’re frequently asked, “Where do I start planning my child’s Mitzvah; what’s first?” You’ll find that here!

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6 Tips To Create The Ultimate Nonprofit Hybrid Event

Hybrid events are more popular than ever. They’re uniquely accessible, have unlimited viewership potential, and have all the strengths of traditional, live events. If you’re one of the many nonprofits planning to make your next event a hybrid one, here are six tips to keep in mind!