» Cheers to a Great 5th Birthday!

Thank you for helping us celebrate WeddingWire’s 5th birthday this May, and all the amazing feedback and birthday wishes! We had a great time celebrating with Pros like you throughout the month.

Be sure to review some of our favorite birthday highlights you may have missed:

It has been a great 5 years and so much has been accomplished thanks to Wedding Pros like you. We look forward to working together and growing for many years to come. Cheers!

» Top Tools to Help You Work Less #2: Social Media and Email

 

This post was written by Sonny Ganguly, CMO of WeddingWire, you can follow him on Twitter @sonnyg. Sonny leads WeddingWire’s marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development.

 

As the next installment of our Top Tools to Help You Work Less series, we reflect on some of the most effective WeddingWire tested Social Media and Email tools to help you work smarter, not harder!

Social Media

Having a social media is necessary to connect with potential clients, share your personality, and network with your community. The following tools are helpful to manage and master your social media accounts!

  • Namechk
    • Namechk is the quickest way to own all your online real estate! This tool allows you to check if your desired username or vanity URL is still available on dozens of popular social networking and bookmarking websites!
  • HootSuite
    • HootSuite is a social media dashboard that allows you to manage all of your social media accounts across Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn in one place. This dashboard allows multiple team members to post across accounts, as well as pre-schedule messages!
  • Tumblr
    • Love to blog, but don’t have the time?  Tumblr is a micro-blog that leverages all the benefits of blogging without all the effort.  Create simple blog posts that are links, images, videos, quotes or even audio recordings.  Even better, you can do it all from your phone!

Email 

Email is still a powerful tool to promote your services and reach new clients. The following tools will help you easily send and track professional email campaigns, which do not end up in the spam box.

  • Mail Chimp 
    • Mail Chimp helps you design emails, share them on you social networks, integrate with services you already use and track your results. This tool is great for small businesses and allows you to analyze data from your desktop, tablet and mobile device.
  • Litmus
    • Litmus allows you to test and track your email campaigns. Easily set up email design tests, spam filter tests, and email analysis across Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! and more. It is the quickest way to see how your emails will look across email providers.

Be sure to check back for top tools to help with Insights and Analytics, as well as Organization and Meetings, and review the top Website tools!

» When We Were 5: Joseph Holland, CFO

 

 

As the final installment in our birthday month’s “When We Were 5″ series, we reflect with WeddingWire’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Vice President of Strategy, Joseph Holland.

Learn more about Joseph’s favorite things when he was five, along with his most memorable WeddingWire experiences thus far!

When you were five….

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a rock star.

Who was your role model?

The Beatles!

What was your favorite food?

Chocolate cake was my favorite food.

Now that WeddingWire is five…

Who has had the biggest impact in your success thus far?

The biggest impact has come from the culture at WeddingWire that the entire team has built – one that focuses on solving problems and finding answers.

What has been your favorite moment so far at WeddingWire?

White Elephant gift exchanges are an annual favorite.

What do you look forward to most in the next five years?

I look forward to being able to help more small business owners succeed.

Be sure to check out the full Executive Team “When We Were 5” series, featuring Timothy Chi, CEO, Lee Wang, COO, Sonny Ganguly, CMO and Jeff Yeh, CTO!

» Halfway to Wedding MBA!

WeddingMBA is coming soon! 

We are excited to announce WeddingWire will be speaking for the 5th consecutive year at the Wedding Merchant Business Academy (MBA) convention in Las Vegas, October 2-4, 2012. Wedding MBA is the nation’s largest educational event dedicated to the business side of the wedding industry.

Don’t miss out on lots of great education, including presentations by WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly and CEO Timothy Chi, who will be presenting on topics including big business ideas for small business, what’s next in tech, SEO and social media engagement and more!

Register soon and save $100, so get your ticket today!

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

» WeddingWire Turns 5: Our Lessons Learned

Yesterday, WeddingWire CMO, Sonny Ganguly, presented ‘WeddingWire Turns 5: Our Lessons Learned’ as part of our monthly webinar series.

Each one hour webinar for upgraded WeddingWire Pros is designed to inform you about the latest industry trends and give you the tools you need to grow your business. This month’s webinar focused on:

  • The top 25 business lessons WeddingWire has learned as we celebrate our 5th Birthday this May, and how they apply to your business
  • How WeddingWire has grown our business from a small start-up to the #1 Wedding Network
  • Favorite WeddingWire highlights over the last 5 years

All of our past webinars are available in our Education Center for upgraded Pros. In June, WeddingWire Education Expert Alan Berg will join Sonny to present ‘7 Marketing Mistakes Event Professionals Make.’ Stay tuned for more!

» When We Were 5: Jeff Yeh, CTO

Next up in the WeddingWire 5th Birthday “When We Were 5″ series, is WeddingWire Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Jeff Yeh!

Read more to learn about Jeff’s favorite things when he was 5 years old, as well WeddingWire reflections at this milestone.

When you were five….

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a comic book artist when I grew up.

Who was your role model?

My Dad!

What was your favorite food?

Spaghetti was my favorite food.

Now that WeddingWire is five…

Who has had the biggest impact in your success thus far?

All of the smart, creative, and hard-working employees at WeddingWire!

What has been your favorite moment so far at WeddingWire?

Easy one! At a WeddingWire team and family outing a few years back, watching Sonny lose horribly in the “hot shot” basketball game bet and have to wear my wife Lily’s dress to Hooters!

What do you look forward to most in the next five years?

Seeing Sonny in a dress again…

Have you read Timothy Chi, CEO, Lee Wang, COO and Sonny Ganguly, CMO‘s “When We Were Five” Q&A? Stay tuned for the final post from our Chief Financial Officer!

» Shine the Spotlight on Your Business!

Show off your past work and your business on one of our EventWire sites – BirthdayWire, BabyShowerWire, PromWire, or MitzvahWire!

Submit “Real Event” photos and articles to help inspire our readers and share your expertise. When you submit your work to be included on one of our EventWire sites, you will be fully credited with a link to your website or WeddingWire Storefront. Get started today by visiting the “Ideas” tab of each site and selecting “Submit an Idea.” 

Take advantage of this chance to showcase your business on EventWire!

» When We Were 5: Sonny Ganguly, CMO

As we continue our birthday month’s “When We Were 5” series, next up is WeddingWire Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Sonny Ganguly!

Learn more about Sonny’s favorite things when he was five, along with his reflections on WeddingWire’s growth over the past five years.

When you were five….

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ever since I was 5, I wanted to be a pediatrician.  I went through school thinking I’d be a doctor and was even pre-med throughout college.  Then one day I had to let my parents down and tell them that I was going into the business world after graduation.  I wish I had figured it out sooner and skipped organic chemistry!

Who was your role model?

I think it was Optimus Prime from the Transformers.  He was quite an inspirational leader of the Autobots!

What was your favorite food?

I had an obsession with Snickers candy bars.  The only problem is that I called them ‘Sneakers.’  No 5 year old should be eating sneakers!

Now that WeddingWire is five…

Who has had the biggest impact in your success thus far?

The award would have to go to my mom.  She had a very successful career and always showed me that hard work pays off.  She has a unique ability to be extremely supportive, while also constantly pushing me to aim higher. It is a quality that I admire.  An honorable mention would have to go to my first boss at Kraft Foods over a decade ago who taught me to never settle for good enough, to always think about the consumer and to constantly innovate.

What has been your favorite moment so far at WeddingWire?

There are many to choose from, but I’d have to go with the first time one of my friends used WeddingWire to plan their wedding.  I received a link to their wedding website and was excited it had been done through our site.  Even better, on the wedding day they mentioned that they found most of their vendors through WeddingWire’s listing and reviews.  It was great to see an impact amongst my own friends!

What do you look forward to most in the next five years?

I like to say that the last 5 years have been the social media revolution, and that the next 5 will be the mobile revolution.  Technology is changing at a pace we have never seen before and much of the world will be powered by newer, more powerful mobile devices.  I look forward to all the advances we will make in the next 5 years, from cloud computing to augmented reality, which will make it easier for people to plan weddings and events.  Furthermore, we are excited about leveraging technology to make it simpler for our wedding professionals to manage and market their businesses.  We pride ourselves on being the leading technology company in the industry and I look forward to bringing the latest trends to our customers.

Have you read Timothy Chi, CEO and Lee Wang, COOs When We Were Five Q&A? Be sure to check back for more “When We Were Five”  posts from our Executive team!

» WeddingWire Happy Hour Westchester

On Tuesday, members of the WeddingWire team gathered at 42 in the Westchester, New York area along with local Wedding Pros for a Happy Hour!

Similar to our past WeddingWire Happy Hour events in New York City, South Florida, North Jersey, Philadelphia, San Diego and Richmond, Westchester Wedding Pros had the opportunity to mix and mingle with other local Pros across all service categories and meet members of the WeddingWire team.

A special thanks to 42 for the lovely event space and delicious appetizers and drinks, and Christoper’s Photography Studio for capturing wonderful photo highlights from the evening, as seen below!

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» Latest News for LGBT-Friendly Wedding Pros: President Obama Embraces Same-Sex Marriage

This post was written by WeddingWire Education Expert Kathryn Hamm, Publisher of GayWeddings.com, the leading online resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999. Kathryn is also co-author of the groundbreaking book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography. Follow her on Twitter @madebykathryn.

It’s highly unlikely you missed it. But, in case you did, heads up:

On May 9, the President of the United States told ABC News’ Robin Roberts that he openly embraces same-sex marriage.

Wow.

I was personally quite moved by the news, and, professionally, I was thrilled. Since my straight mom founded our company back in ‘99, it has often felt like we had to justify what we were doing or explain why acceptance in the mainstream market matters. Gays and lesbians often find themselves willing to accept crumbs just because the buffet feels so, so far away. So, every little bit has mattered.

Take, for example, advancing state-by-state legislation, increasing acceptance in the marketplace (read a recent summary of the landscape on this Pro Blog), and routine headlines about marriage equality. Every little bit of acknowledgment and acceptance has made a difference and same-sex couples (long-term and recently engaged) are headed to City Hall or other spiritual locations to tie the knot and celebrate their life-long commitments.

But, this month, President Obama offered up a game-changer. He didn’t introduce legislation or sign a bill. He didn’t point to someone in the gallery during the State of the Union. He didn’t split hairs about the difference between Civil Unions and legal marriage.

Instead, he talked from his heart about his thoughts on same-sex marriage and the couples he knows personally. He talked about his daughters and his wife, and conversations around their dinner table. Essentially, he found a rare moment to speak from his heart and shared with us that he thinks same-sex couples should be able to marry legally.

Those of who you are vendors and have supported or have “evolved” to embrace same-sex couples and their weddings for similar reasons understand why this is so powerful. The stories from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community are as powerful as the declarations of support made by our straight allies.

We are all in this together and I believe that we will find nothing but progress when we let love guide the way.

Thanks to all of you — and to WeddingWire — for your support of same-sex couples! We, at GayWeddings.com, are always happy to answer your questions and field your concerns and otherwise help you spread the good word that you, too, are an ally to our community.

Are you listed in our directory? We hope you’ll join the 35,000+ vendors who proudly serve same-sex couples.

 

» WeddingWire Happy Hour NYC

Yesterday, we were excited to return to New York City for another WeddingWire Networking Event!

Members of the WeddingWire team gathered at Bayard’s Events and Catering in New York City along with local Wedding Pros for a Happy Hour. Similar to our past WeddingWire Happy Hour events in South Florida, North Jersey, Philadelphia, San Diego and Richmond, New York City Wedding Pros had the opportunity to mix and mingle with other local Pros across all service categories and meet members of the WeddingWire team.

A special thanks to Bayard’s Events and Catering for the welcome hospitality, beautiful event space and delicious food and drinks!

Please find below some photos from the event, and thanks to all the New Yorkers who attended!

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» WeddingWire Networking Night Tampa

Yesterday, we held our WeddingWire Networking Night Tampa at the InterContinental Tampa. Similar to past events in Phoenix, Denver, Orlando, Austin, Philadelphia, Miami, New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Raleigh, Seattle and Dallas, local Wedding Pros had the opportunity to mix and mingle with other area Pros across all service categories. Additionally, we provided a bit of education to help grow your business from WeddingWire Education Expert, Alan Berg.

We would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful partners who helped make the event possible:

Congratulations to our drawing winner, Lisa Dahlberg from Event Sisters, LLC! Lisa will receive a WeddingWire prize pack and touch-screen Android mini tablet PC!