August 10, 2021

Marketplace filters

The venue marketplace has a few updates!

Narrow down your search for your event’s venue even further with 10 new filters, including style, rating, and various amenities & facilities. These filters promote time saving and narrow down your search to EXACTLY what you’re looking for in a venue!

Map browsing

Even cooler: browse via our new map. Browse your event’s city with an interactive map that highlights the venues all around.

You have the ability to zoom as far in or as far out as you wish to ensure the prime location for your event! If you want options, then zoom in, scroll around and you’ll find venues block and block!

The map feature in New York.

Collaboration

When you share an event with a colleague, they’ll be able to browse, save, and contact suppliers from that event too. All event collaborators will have access to conversations started with suppliers, so anyone can jump in if needed.

It’s quick and easy, and most importantly FREE!

Inviting colleagues to collaborate has never been easier.

Stay tuned for more updates headed your way!

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Planned Pricing Model

Planned Pricing ModelAccording to Hubspot, “so much about SaaS product’ success hinges on a smart pricing model. Given this, developing a well-thought-out pricing plan is extremely important. Customers might opt-out of their subscription if they feel your prices are too high, but you also need to charge enough to keep your company afloat.” Planned has zero cost to try the platform and here’s why! Planned has two different account opportunities: Basic account and Enterprise account. Our basic account allows users to login to the platform and begin their Planned journey for FREE. While the enterprise account has three main added benefits that our users can choose to pay for individually. The benefits of each can be found below and listed on our website. The differences between the two Planned accounts. Our pricing model is simple with no hidden fees or easy-to-miss fine print: we charge a 3% processing fee for every booking. So there’s absolutely no cost to trying out the platform for any event you’re planning- we’ll simply charge 3% if you find your supplier and book through us. In addition to the 3%, the Enterprise account is broken down into three components: Single Sign On (SSO), Preferred Suppliers, and Customized Spending Reports. Here’s an explanation of what each of these mean: SSO: A verification method that enables users to securely authenticate with multiple applications and websites by using one set of credentials. By logging into your company’s servers, you will be able to access Planned without having to enter a username/password. Preferred Suppliers: Allow us to onboard your preferred suppliers and have them displayed within the marketplace. If you have preferred rates with those suppliers, we will honor those rates. Let Planned be your centralized tool to generate company-wide savings by putting your preferred suppliers in front of the users Customized Spending Reports: Leverage our reporting capabilities and let us display the information you need! Since payments are now through Planned, we can pull all the most relevant information to allow you to make more informed financial forecasts and budgeting decisions. The reason for these three components is because we want to allow our users to have the freedom to pay for the benefits they prefer and avoid paying extra for features that do not apply to their event planning needs. We’ll let other companies handle charging upfront costs of over $25,000 or $595 per month, and leave the fair pricing model to Planned. Planned likes to keep everything streamlined and simple. So when it comes to using the platform and pricing, we’ve upheld those values. If you’re interested in opening an account, book a demo today and let’s talk!

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