Cutting Edge Music Business Conference Digital Event Guide

Digital, Event Guides, Featured, Just Finished

The conference is coming up in a few days, and I just finished the printed and digital schedule guides.

Online Live Preview 2018 Mobile Guide:

Click to download the 2018 PDF

For the 2019 guide, I just started with last year’s files for continuity.

Click here to download the 2019 PDF

The printed pocket guide is a 16-panel poster fold. At 4×6, it will fit in your pocket. Unfortunately, a few things may be out of date because some speakers changed after we went to print. But that’s the limitation of print, which is why the mobile guide is so critical.

The two guides go hand in hand (literally), and bring  digital and print together seamlessly for a complete matching experience. The conference website has a link to download the Mobile Guide on their website and will be sending emails with the PDF as an attachment (it is only 7 MB). There will also be a sign at the registration table with the url to download the mobile guide, and the printed pocket guide also has a reminder to get the mobile guide.

The colorful interactive MOBILE GUIDE is optimized for smart phone viewing – 81 pages with many clickable internal links as well as to external websites. It looks just as nice on computer and tablet.

The home page provides a central menu to easily jump to all the key sections:

Like an app, there is also a menu on the top of each page to jump to the most important sections so you don’t have to go back to the home page. But it also places a home button on every page to allow users to go back to the main menu from wherever they are.

The At A Glance Schedule is a handy easy-to-read grid with an overview of each day’s sessions on a single page. The top menu in each section is customized to navigate to specific days within that section.

  

There are numerous ways the mobile guide makes paying sponsors happy. First, there is a sponsor logo page with each logo hot linked to the sponsor’s website.

Plus there are full-page clickable ads strategically placed throughout the guide for various sponsors, artists, and outside vendors wanting to connect with this market. This is a fantastic revenue generator for the conference, provides quality, focused exposure for the advertisers, and makes it easy for attendees to learn more about these valuable resources.

Because the mobile guide is not limited by page count, there are numerous bonus pages devoted to describing the conference and organization, bios and high res photos. In the past we couldn’t include everything we wanted in the print guide because it increased the cost of printing too much. Next year we may even include sound clips. With the mobile guide, the sky’s the limit.

And because the speakers and artists can change at the last minute, it is also easily updatable. I just make the change in the source file and the conference emails and posts the new file.

This mobile guide format is universally compatible with all platforms, searchable, printable, archivable, password protectable, easily distributed, and familiar to most users. It works great in iPhone’s iBooks app. Adobe Reader and Dropbox’s PDF reader work well on any platform. The same file is compatible with and looks the same on iOS, Android, Mac or PC . It just works.

Call today to get my exclusive mobile guide and event design package for your next conference or festival. 504-312-2354 www.dianathornton.com

P.S. This format is also great for e-brochures, e-catalogs, e-books, and more.

 

Beach Boys American Records Price and Reference Guide

Books, Featured

This nearly 500 page book has over 2,000 images. The authors spent years collecting the information and it took me months to layout and prepress the book.

By Perry Cox, Frank Daniels and Mark H. Galloway
Foreword by Jeffrey Foskett

We also designed a custom slipcase for a limited collector’s edition. A PDF digital version is in the works.

Perry Cox, Frank Daniels, and Mark Galloway are three of America’s foremost experts on Beach Boys record collecting. This team has assembled the very first price and reference guide for the Beach Boys ever published! This book is the most complete, thoroughly researched and detailed book of its kind in the world! Includes over 4500 Beach Boys Records, Tapes, and CDs, including solo! Over 2000 full color images. Current market evaluations.

This is the best book that the authors have ever done. The layout is fantastic, very attractive and very easy to use. It is an extremely thorough and professional publication and long overdue. Not only does it list LPs, 45s, EPs, etc, but also includes exhaustive listings of cassettes, 8-Tracks, reel to reel tapes, CDs, Mini-Discs, etc, There are comprehensive solo and related sections as well. But it is so much more than a discography and price guide. The articles at the beginning are fantastic. Also, there are many “bonus images” throughout the book of some extremely rare items, such as the original Beach Boys surfboard, a Christmas card that Brian Wilson handmade for his Dad while in the 4th grade(!), concert posters and tickets, autographs, their first recording contracts and handwritten lyrics of “Catch A Wave”. A job well done by Perry Cox, Mark Galloway & Frank Daniels! – Gary Johnson (Amazon review)

The “Beach Boys Guide” is nothing short of magnificent! The quality of the paper, pictures, printing, binding, etc. is extraordinary. The material is voluminous, and clearly took a massive effort to collect and organize. It will certainly be the standard by which other Beach Boy guides will be judged by. I can’t imagine how much work it took to put this together.  – Bob Elliott (Amazon review)

Piney Woods Heritage Festival

Event Guides, Featured

A digital event guide for their recent event. Includes lots of content about the Crosby Arboretum.

click on image to download PDF

Diana worked with us to develop a digital event guide design to help us to market our annual Piney Woods Heritage Festival. She created a professional document that is smart phone compatible. We posted the guide on our website, where it could be quickly downloaded by persons considering attending the event and by those arriving at the festival.

Diana made the entire design process so easy.  She blended together information about the festival, the schedule of activities, and background on our exhibitors, and included information from our website. The beauty of this event guide is that once the template is created, it can be easily amended for future events.

The guide is easy to connect to. We just post the link to download in our marketing and social media.  And it is so simple to share!

The document is highly versatile.  Having a digital event guide allows us to include so much more information than we normally would be able to have in a paper brochure. We can also use many more photographs and images such as maps than we would include in a regular brochure.  It also cuts down on the amount of paper handouts that would normally be produced.  But, people also have the ability to selectively print from the digital brochure if they wish.

This kind of guide is useful to a range of audiences, from those who are just looking for a schedule of activities, to those who want detailed information. No matter their needs, users can access information quickly. One of the many benefits of the guide is that people can continue exploring the different levels of information, and potentially learning much more about our facility than just the current event.

Pat Drackett, Director, Crosby Arboretum