We’ve worked relentlessly the past months to improve the tools for creating the best social event website possible.

Creating and managing your website

We’ve introduced a lot more flexibility when setting up your event website. Here are a few highlights:

  • You can now change the front page and menu to suit your needs.
  • You can add custom pages with any type of content (media, text, links etc.).
  • You can now add page introductions to dynamic pages, e.g. schedule and speaker pages.
  • You can now edit the link to your event, to make it short and memorable.

Improved social features

We have also upgraded many of the social features of your website:

  • The profile of people and speakers will now pop right up on the website with the option to learn more and message the person directly.
  • We have changed the way that Activity is displayed on your website so it’s more engaging and accessible for your visitors. Check it out on your mobile device too!
  • Discussions have become more engaging and easier for you to set up. They’re perfect to start conversations before the event.

We’ve also improved many minor things, such as the option to change email on your user account, deleting your event and improved image upload functionality for both organizers and attendees.

Ready to get creative?

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Press release, Copenhagen, Denmark. June 29th 2016.


Today Conferize is announcing their upcoming IPO on Nasdaq First North. 

Conferize is founded by CEO Martin Ferro-Thomsen, who also co-founded the leading online publishing platform Issuu:

“We see an exciting opportunity, for both Conferize and investors, in financing our growth via the stock market. A venture company like ours will usually only IPO after the majority of the value increase has happened, but we see many advantages in opening up to the stock market earlier – not least for new investors.”

A social network for the billion dollar event market

Conferize has pioneered how events create a stronger and more dynamic impact online, by offering a social community for event organizers and attendees. This means that people can network and share knowledge – both before, during and after the event. This in turn extends the lifecycle of the event and helps them reach larger audiences than before.

“Attendees and networking is at the heart of most great events, and this is where Conferize adds unique value,” says Martin Ferro-Thomsen. With additional tools for creating, promoting and selling events, Conferize will offer soon offer their social technology with a powerful turnkey solution for creating succesful events.

The world’s biggest social network for events
This unique technology, which integrates with all the major social networks, has made Conferize the biggest social network for professional events. The world’s leading event brand, TEDx, is already a global partner and Forbes considers Conferize “the best networking app for professional events”, mentioned above Twitter and LinkedIn. Thousands of event organizers, primarily from the US, are already using the platform, and the capital from the IPO will rapidly help grow the customer base and further develop the product.

“Events are all about meeting new people and learning something new. We enhance that with our integrated and social solution, that anyone soon can use to solve all their digital needs in one cloud. It’s a huge advantage and time saver for both organizers and attendees,” says Martin Ferro-Thomsen.

Freemium is big business

Conferize targets the long tail of events with a freemium model for small and medium event organizers. They can freely use Conferize for multiple purposes, which already attracts a large number of event organizers from all over the world, without any conventional marketing.

“Succesful internet companies, such as Google, LinkedIn and Issuu all offers something unique with a low-cost model. Conferize is based on the same principles and it’s our ambition to become the biggest event platform in the world by offering our pioneering services at the most world’s affordable prices, starting at free,” says Martin Ferro-Thomsen.

First North – the right place to IPO

Conferize is aiming for an IPO later this year with assistance from Kapital Partner. Nasdaq first North Denmark has been identified as the best platform for a successful IPO and continued growth as a public company.

Jesper Ilsøe, Partner of Kapital Partner: “Many Danish companies have experienced great difficulties IPO’ing outside of Denmark, where the interest from a Danish company can be hard to establish and maintain. Due to an unprecedented interest in tech and growth cases from Danish investors, we consider the Danish market the best and most natural place for Conferize to IPO and secure the needed capital to grow.”

Conferize’s “Speak the Future” series features speakers who are currently changing the conference world. For more info check out our “Speak the Future” Manifesto.

Check out and follow Luis on Conferize here

Luis Suarez Speaker - Speak the Future

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and professional background?

My name is Luis Suarez and I work as an independent Social Business & Digital Transformation adviser. I focus on helping organizations understand the new dynamics (and modus operandi) of networks and social technologies in the workplace in order to help them transform the way they communicate, collaborate and get work done more effectively, whether internally or externally with their customers. I worked at IBM for 17 years focusing on Knowledge Management, collaboration, learning, cultivating online communities and social networking for business. I have always been interested in the areas of open knowledge sharing and collaboration as an opportunity to help define how organizations manage themselves and operate and with the emergence of these social tools I think we have a pretty good opportunity to change the nature of work without having to wait for the future to arrive, but creating it today.


When and how did you begin public speaking?

I think my first public speaking opportunities started to happen when I moved into the field of Knowledge Management around 2001 and was first involved in international KM conferences and I figured the topic was going to be something I’d be rather interested in pursuing over the course of time and public speaking just gave me the perfect opportunity: exposure. It was also the time when I first bumped into social software (i.e. blogs and wikis) and I knew they would be changing the game completely in terms of how people communicate and collaborate with one another, so I decided to take the opportunity to do public speaking to help spread the word around the huge potential impact of social tools in our day to day personal and work lives. I haven’t walked back ever since.


What topics do you generally speak about?

At this present time most of the topics I speak about at conference events are around Social Business & Adaptation Strategies; Digital Transformation; Open Leadership in a Networked World; Online Community Building; Informal Learning; and, finally, ‘Life Without eMail’ (a movement I started off back in February 2008 with the aim to challenge and rethink the status quo of email as a communication and collaboration tool in favour of social technologies).


What are some of the conferences you have spoken at? Do you have a favorite?

I have spoken at numerous conference events over the course of the years, some of them no longer taking place, like the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin or the #e2conf conference in Boston, Massachusetts for instance. However, there are plenty of others still taking place on a regular basis that I have spoken at over the years like the Digital Enterprise Summit in Paris, the Social  Business Forum in Milan, J.Boye in Aarhus (DK), Next (DE) and a few others. To pick up some of my favourite ones is a rather tough, since there have been too many, but here are some of the ones I have enjoyed tremendously over the last 2 to 3 years: Meaning Conference (UK), Social Now (PT & NL), IntraTeam (DK), Social Connections (both Europe & US), Engage (Benelux), IBM Connect (i.e. former Lotusphere, in Orlando, FL), EBE (ES), etc. etc.


Do you have any advice for aspiring public speakers?

Well, there are tons of advice and tips I could share, for sure, as plenty of other folks have done in the past all over the Internet sharing their top-notch good practices on what makes a great presentation and / or speaker, but if I were to highlight a couple of tips about what ticks for me I would share the following: come up with an (innovative) idea that can change the world and build a story around it! Time and time again I keep bumping into some really great ideas that don’t have a story built around them. There is no connection, no opportunity to learn about it through a story, no engagement, no excitement, no thrill, no passion and, eventually, you find out that a great idea is only a great one as long as the story is there. Build the story, bring on a great idea, and you will become a terrific speaker. Oh, and in the meantime, practice makes perfection, so rehearse, rehearse, rehearse and, if you can, in front of your audience. That’s the best way to learn to become a great speaker! Right at the heart of the action: iteration after iteration. Time after time! (To be continued … )


Do you attend conferences regularly? If yes, why?

Yes, I do, I have a tendency to attend multiple conferences throughout the year and for a simple reason: networking! Having a superb lineup of speakers is the icing on the cake, for sure, but it’s the networking, the getting together, the face to face interactions, in between breaks, lunches & dinners, networking opportunities, that keep dragging me into conferences time and time again. It’s one of the most self-empowering opportunities to help you contribute to a community of fellow practitioners while we are all on learning mode about a common topic we are all truly passionate about. It’s like feeding a beast with all of our shared knowledge and collective wisdom over a short period of time with the end result we are all going to benefit from such knowledge sharing experiences over time. Conferences were born to help facilitate people getting together and network with one another; learn plenty more about a common topic and then let serendipity do its magic nurturing those (old and new) connections. That’s by far the thing I love the most from attending conferences: talk to people in real life and learn with them along the way on what drives and motivates us, regardless of the topic.


How have you seen conferences change over the past few years?

I am afraid I haven’t and it’s a real pity, indeed, that we have seen little progress in terms of how conferences are run. A good friend of mine, Jay Cross, who, very very sadly, is no longer with us and who contributed tremendously into this space, as well as the Learning community, amongst several other fields, shared this absolutely stunning article on ‘Rethinking Conferences’ … putting together lots of the things that are currently broken around running a conference event. Now, that article is from February 2009 and 7 years later very little, if at all, progress has been made around conferences and somehow I still think he was spot on in terms of describing what a conference should be like for everyone’s benefit. I’m hoping that, at some point, we would be able to make things tick and bring back a new wave of conference events, like Jay envisioned back in the day, as a massive opportunity to learn something new and share it with others. What do you love about conferences? Why should people attend them? Similar response to the one I shared above: the networking! It’s my favourite activity from every conference I attend and participate in. It’s all about the overall experience, about helping amplify how people learn, share and connect with one another, on a limited period of time, indeed, but with the great opportunity of changing people’s lives after attending and participating in one. That’s the main premise of a conference that I keep reminding myself over and over time: change people’s (work) lives! Don’t make it a routine, because at that point you have already stopped learning!


Did we miss anything?

Well, maybe re-think how we do conferences. I think the time is right to start thinking differently about them, how they are organized, how people participate in them and what we all get out of them. 7 years ago Jay was spot on on the changes he wanted to see for conference events to make them a win-win for everyone involved in them. I guess we just need to make it happen! It’s about time!


How can we connect with you?

Folks can find me on Twitter at @elsua, through my personal business blog or at an upcoming conference nearby! (Don’t be shy and say ‘Hi!’, if we bump into each other!)



If you would like to participate in the ‘Speak the Future’ series and be listed as a speaker, do not hesitate to get involved and contact us
To create or upload your event to Conferize – click here To create your own profile on Conferize – click here. And why not? 3 million others already have.  

Today, Conferize is introducing the world’s first social and visual event schedule. It’s also the fastest and easiest way to publish or update an event schedule that we know of.

The new schedule has already been pushed live to all events and plans, this includes the free Basic plan as well.

Check out the video, or read on below. Or check out this live example here.

Here’s why we’re excited about it:

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Ever wondered if there was a better way to add speakers to your website? Well there is! We’ve just launched a major upgrade to the way you add and present speakers on your event website.

Check out the video below or read on!

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SQL in the City has been running since 2011 and will be held in London and Seattle this October. With 375 attendees in London, and around 300 in Seattle last year, this year’s attendees can expect to meet an ample amount of database administrators, developers and other professionals who work closely with SQL Servers. This year’s event boasts some of the worlds top SQL Server MVP speakers who will be sharing their knowledge, and best practices.

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We know that time is one of the most precious resources for event organizers. That’s why we created a tool to free up more of it. When it comes to growing and managing your event, communication is pretty much the most important aspect.

With the new updated Messages center, organizers can now easily invite and email leads, attendees, speakers and followers directly from within Conferize. Here’s the good news: It converts significantly better than any other email marketing you do!

The full Group Messages is included in the Pro, Premium and Enterprise plans – at no extra charge. Clients with the Basic plan can still use the invitation features freely. Head on over to My events to promote your upcoming events. You’ll find everything under Community / Messages.

Check out the video below or read on!

Here’s how it works:

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We made a selection of the top marketing conferences around the world. Our selection is based on well… how well it was marketed and the splash that the event managed to make.
Here’s our choice for top 10 most popular marketing events

10. Technology for Marketing & Advertising


TFM&A is the premier event for modern marketers to source and maximize the use of technology-powered marketing, enabling increased customer engagement, measurable returns, and enhanced professional knowledge.
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We’ve collected the ten most shared presentations from the events industry. The following slides were either uploaded or tracked on Conferize and cover topics ranging from the tech industry all the way to the film industry.

10. 2015: The Year of The Crowd from LeWeb Paris 2014 by Jeremy Owyang

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Content Marketing World is among the biggest jewels when it comes to marketing conferences. So who better to learn how to market your event than from them. Content Marketing World is within the 20 most active events on Conferize with an activity of 70.6K posts and a community of 31.3K people. So how did they manage to connect with all these people? Well, the most obvious reason is that they are masters of creative content that tickles marketing experts fancy. The event is organized by the Content Marketing Institute, whose sole mission is, you guessed it, to share and develop their know-how in content marketing.

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