I did a review of evite.com for a local networking group I co-run. We use evite invitations every week and I thought it would be neat if everyone knew how useful it can be. I like to use it in addition to my Outlook Business Contact Manager. When I have customers I need to follow up with in my networking group, it’s faster to look up the information in evite and not sift through the 269 leads and clients I have in my Outlook program. When I update my notes in evite, it’s just a simple copy & past over to the Outlook BCM program to put in the important stuff to keep track of. The social details I keep separate in evite so as not to clutter up BCM, which unfortunately, has a word limit on notes entered in the notepad files it keeps linked to the contacts.
I hope you find this information useful…please leave a comment if you do.
1. evite is free
2. Has an address book function.
A. Addresses can be imported from AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, MSN Messenger, Outlook or “other” program.
B. By clicking on the “Name”, you can add typical address fields such as your contact’s, name, email address, phone #, street address, birthday, add them to a “group” and add notes.
C. When clicking on the “Email Address” field, evite will take you to your default email program and set up the name in a new email ready to send out.
D. If there is information in the “Info” field, when clicked on, you can view their personal stats such as as a photo they upload, their age, birthday, location, interests, favorite party drink, favorite party song AND what “shared” upcoming events you are both invited to, and events they have been to in the past that you have invited them to.
3. Has premade invitation designs AND an ability to make your own designs.
4. Can view up to the last 3 events you created or were invited to.
A. Tells you who said, “yes”, “no”, “maybe”.
B. Copy Invite, email guests, send thank you cards, view all past invites.
C. Photos of events can be added.
5. If you sent the invitation, you can tell who viewed your invitation and on what date. Good information to have to see if your invites are being opened…are they effective?
6. Under the “entertaining” tab, includes party ideas, planning tools such as a drink calculator, budget estimator & party checklist. Budget Estimator keeps track of your estimated costs on drinks, “DECORATIONS, FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT” and has an addable field for CUSTOMIZABLE CATEGORIES.
7. Can add their blog items to “del.icio.us”, “digg.com”, “technorati.com” and “StumbleUpon”.
8. Can send eCards in their designs or personalize one of your own.
9. “evite mobile” allows you to:
A. Send event details you can access the dates and locations of your invitations right on your phone.
B. View your upcoming events, get event details and see who’s coming, send QuickVites to friends and reply to eVites you’ve received.
10. Can add their blog items to “del.icio.us” (http://del.icio.us/), “digg.com” (http://digg.com), “technorati.com” (http://technorati.com) and “StumbleUpon” (http://www.stumbleupon.com).
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