Your Socio Event App is the resource hub for in-person attendees and the digital venue for virtual attendees. A Socio Event App is also the backbone of nearly every other Socio Product. The features and information in your event flow to Registration, Branded Apps, Lead Retrieval, and Live Display.
Because the Socio Event is so critical, building your event is usually the best place to start your journey on the Socio Platform - even if you're using Socio Registration or a Branded App.
This article shows how to build an event in the Socio Platform and offers tips on configuring it to work with the other products. You'll be amazed at how quickly and easily your event takes shape! 👍
The video below walks through the technical steps of creating an event in the Socio Platform. Although the video focuses on events, these steps also apply to communities!
Create an Event
From any page in the Socio Platform, click the Event App button, then My Events. The My Events page lists all the events you've created. To make a new one, click Create Event.
The first step of creating an event is the Event Basics page.
Consider the what, where, when, and how of your event app. Don't worry — you can come back and edit things later as needed. The Event Basics page has 3-4 overall steps depending on which Event Type you select. 👇
Event Name - Enter the name of your event. We recommend that this follow the same naming convention that you've used in other materials, such as your website. Make sure attendees know what the event is. 🧠
Event Description - Describe what your event is all about! This could be copied and pasted from your event website if applicable. A few important things to consider when creating the description are:
Does your event have a theme?
Who attends this event?
Do you want to highlight your event sponsorship here?
Best Email Address to Reach You - This field is internal-only, and will serve as the main point of contact for the Socio Platform. The email address should belong to someone who has access to the Socio Platform.
How many attendees are you expecting? - This field is internal-only and helps us measure adoption of your event app and load on our servers. Enter the number of attendees that you are anticipating for the event.
Pick an Event Type - Select how attendees will interact with your event content. If all attendees will be physically present at the event venue, select In Person. If all attendees will be participating online with no physical location, select Virtual. If there's a mix of in-person and virtual participants, select Hybrid. For more guidance on picking an event type, check this out.
When you're done with the Event Basics, click Next.
If you selected either In Person or Hybrid as the Event Type, complete the following page. If you selected Virtual, skip to the next step.
Event Location - Search for the event venue using the embedded Google Map search.
Venue Name - Enter what people would usually call this location in a conversation. Example: "Downtown Indianapolis Hyatt."
Venue Address - The address will auto-populate based on the Event Location. Double check that the address pulled from the Google map is correct.
When you're ready, click Next.
Event Date & Time
Select the start and end dates and times for your event.
⭐️ Keep in mind, we recommend that the start and end dates encompass all of your sessions and activities, such as pre-conference workshops, post-conference workshops, or social events.
Click Next when you're done.
Your Privacy Settings selection controls how app users gain access to the event content. The Mobile App is available for anyone to download, but you can ensure only the right people get access to the content of your event.
There are three options to choose from - Public, Event Code, and Invite Only. Deciding which one is right for you can depend on several factors. For a complete look at each setting and a helpful decision flowchart, check this out!
When you've selected a Privacy Setting, click Save & Continue. This will take you to the Features page.
At this point, the information you've entered in your event so far is saved, and you can come back later to edit it if you need to.
Features are what your attendees interact with in your Event App. With 22 (and counting) features to choose from, you might be a little overwhelmed when deciding which ones you need. For a quick overview of each feature, check this out. We also have complete guides to adding, editing, and managing every single feature. 📚
Every event starts with three basics features - Overview, Attendees, and Announcements.
Click the Add Features button to add even more. In the modal that appears, click Add under each feature you want. Click the X in the top right corner when you're done.
When you add features, they appear in the Selected panel. Click and drag features to swap their positions. Use the arrow icons at the bottom of the Selected panel to see more features.
The Preview on the right shows you how the Mobile App looks. To try out the Web App version, you'll have to publish the event first.
Hovering over any feature in the Selected list reveals a Settings (⚙️) icon, an Edit button, and a Delete button.
Settings - In this modal, you can rename the feature and assigned a custom Icon. You can also use the Visible To setting to lock content to certain Groups of attendees, such as VIPs. We always recommend choosing or uploading a custom icon to make your brand shine — especially if you're using a Branded Event App.
Edit - For list-based features such as the Agenda, Web List, or Sponsors features, this button takes you to a separate page where you'll add items to the list. For single item or static features, such as the Web Link, Overview, or Live Stream features, a simple configuration modal appears. Refer to the feature guide for each feature to see the exact behavior.
Delete - Any feature except the Announcements feature can be deleted from your event. Be careful! When you delete a feature, any information you added to it will also be deleted, and you can't see metrics for them.
When you're done adding features, click Next. You don't have to completely fill out and customize every single feature before you publish your event, but we recommend simply adding most of the features you'll be using and customizing the icon for each.
The Appearance page is where you upload your event logo and cover image, and choose the layout for your event app's home page. To make sure your event's graphical elements will wow your attendees, check out our Look Book for inspiration, and take our Socio Academy course on Designing a Beautiful Event. 😍 🎓
Before you publish your event, you must upload a Logo and Cover Image. These appear to attendees on both the Mobile App and Web App.
⭐ Keep in mind, adding these images is crucial to submitting a Branded Event App.
Logo - The Logo appears on your event's login page and overlaid on the Cover Image on the Mobile App's home page, as shown below. Accepted icon formats and dimensions are:
JPEG or PNG
Minimum: 100px by 100px
Recommended: 500px by 500px
Maximum: 1000px by 1000px
Cover Image - The cover image appears behind your event's name on the Mobile App and Web App, as shown below. Accepted image formats and dimensions are:
JPEG or PNG
Minimum: 200px wide by 100px tall
Recommended: 1000px wide by 500px tall
Maximum: 2000px wide by 1000px tall
⭐️ Keep in mind, we don't recommend including text or important information on the Cover Image since it will be cropped depending on a user's device and its location within the app.
The event layout mainly affects the mobile version of your event. However, Banners appear on the Web App, too! Not sure which one is right for your event? Check this out!
Click Save when you're done uploading images and selecting your Layout.
Publish the Event
Publishing your event is necessary to link it to Socio Registration or a Branded App, or activate Lead Retrieval. However, publishing isn't always the last step of building your event. Attendees won't know how to find and access the event until you tell them, so you can publish and then keep working on getting your event decked out, filled in, and ready to roll! 👍
To publish, go to the Appearance tab, and click the Publish Event button in the top-right corner. In the modal that appears, choose which app the event will be published to.
If you're using a Branded App, select your Branded App, and click Next. Haven't started making your Branded App yet? Hold off on publishing for now, and start here!
If you're not using a Branded App, select Socio Event App, and click Next.
Now, select the Team that's linked to your Socio Event credits, and click Publish Event. If you don't have any event credits, you'll be prompted to contact our support team to arrange purchase.
Congratulations — you've just published your event! 🎉
Use the links in each section below for specific instructions. 📚
Event - You can keep adding features and filling in information at any time after your event and app are both published — even during your event! Any changes you make to your event will be reflected in the mobile app within a matter of seconds.
Branded App - If you're using a Branded Mobile App, make sure you've added the following items in your Event:
Live Display - Choose what you want to show on your Live Display, and then configure the corresponding Event features.
Test! - It's very important to test your event to make sure everything looks and behaves how you want it to! Hold off on testing until the event is ready for attendees to join. You don't want to overlook problems arising from edits made after testing.
Announcing - When you're ready to welcome attendees into the Event App, spread the word using our handy App Access Templates!
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