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How To Plan a Launch Party

Over the years I’ve planned many launch parties and have learned that unless they’re exciting and newsworthy, they come across as ‘just another party’.

But, a launch party is the perfect way to highlight your business or your client’s new product or service.

How do you make it memorable?

When you plan a launch party, it’s more than choosing a venue and hiring a caterer. It’s essential to decide what you must have at your party, what is nice to have and what you can do without. 

10 Tips To Plan a Launch Party

If you’re ready to plan a launch party and want to fill the room with the right people, and leave them with a great first impression, follow these 10 tips to plan a launch party.

  1. Know your (measurable) event objective – often overlooked yet an important part of the planning process, setting your event objective (or outcome) is an important first step when you plan a launch party. Your event objective helps you identify the success criteria for the end of your launch party. For example, your event objective may be: Increase your yearly events by 10% or Increase sales by 25% by the end of the event or Establish an ongoing relationship with three new media outlets who write editorials about your events.
  1. Know your event budget – when you plan a launch party, make sure you have a line item for everything in your event budget. To stop you from overspending, use these event budget tips.
  1. Use a unique event venue – consider using a unique event venue for your launch party but make sure it represents who you are and your personality, and make sure it’s easily accessible for your guests. By using a unique event venue, this also makes your event more exclusive.
  1. Know your audience and invest in your relationships – knowing the wants, needs and buying behaviors of your VIP guests is what sets apart successful event planning businesses from those that fail (this is true of any business). It’s nice to invite friends and family for moral support, but it’s equally (if not more) important to think long term about what clients you want to work with and invite them when you plan a launch party to build a strong relationship with them.
  1. Create your launch party invitecreate a custom designed launch party invite that sets the mood and includes the date and time of your event, what the event is about (it’s a launch party!), and provides a map and contact information to make it easier for your guests to find you.

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