Re: [Dallas-Professional-Singles] Appalled, Embarassed, and Disappointed (READ BELOW)

From: Hugo
Sent on: Friday, October 18, 2013 2:26 PM
My question is what is the normal turn out for events with this group?  I'm new here but there is definitely a difference from the groups in Austin.  There are some really good groups that have great turnouts but it more depends on the event and location.  This area is much larger so I can understand the lower turn outs but 1 out of 50 is pretty bad.  You can't just blame that on the people the RSVP list.  I was considering this event until I saw the cost and no tracking on who had actually paid in advance.  Normally the RSVP is for people that have paid in advance and this event did not have that.  I didn't see any other marketing to justify the cost so passed and did not RSVP.  The organizers might want to look at their tactics on this one moving forward.


On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM, Mark <[address removed]> wrote:
I agree with Becky. Having to confirm and reconfirm should NOT be necessary if people were responsible. If a person can take the time to RSVP just in case they will decide to go, they surely can take the same amount of time to change their RSVP to no if they decide not to go.



From: Hassan <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, October 18,[masked]:58 PM
Subject: RE: [Dallas-Professional-Singles] Appalled, Embarassed, and Disappointed (READ BELOW)

I agree with Maria. I have had events where people didn't show up but not with a big margin. I usually always send out reminder emails.
 

From: [address removed]

Subject: Re: [Dallas-Professional-Singles] Appalled, Embarassed, and Disappointed (READ BELOW)
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 18 Oct[masked]:55:29 -0400

I have to agree with Chris on this one - the purpose of an RSVP is to let the host know who is coming and you shouldn't have to "confirm" and "reconfirm" when someone RSVP Yes. Everyone here is an adult and should be held accountable for your RSVP.  It should be common courtesy to go in and change your RSVP to no if you aren't coming. 

From: Maria Rincon <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, October 18,[masked]:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Dallas-Professional-Singles] Appalled, Embarassed, and Disappointed (READ BELOW)

Perhaps the better question is what are you and your associates doing to personally cultivate relationships and friendships?  How about starting with inviting those friends and pressing for commitments.  I guarantee that will lead to faster results and referrals/ recommendations moving forward.

In other words, if I'm a host you better believe I've called, confirmed, reconfirmed with my invited group of friends.  If no one else comes, I know I can count on them.

Best of luck with your future events.  I'm deleting myself from this group. 

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On Oct 18, 2013, at 10:56 AM, Chris Feliciano <[address removed]> wrote:

As you know yesterday we were host to the Swank event, which was to be a great evening of combining the class and professionalism of a networking event with the social atmosphere that allows subtle flirting.  Going into the event, we had over 53 meetup RSVP's and comments to the effect of "can't wait to meet everyone."  We always anticipate that not all 53 of those RSVP's will show up and figure we can get around 30 or more, but last night was one for the record books.
 
While we were hosting both events in Dallas and San Antonio, I was receiving texts to update me on attendance numbers and overall success (or lack thereof).  While San Antonio completely sold out their tickets, Dallas was only able to get 1 person yes you ready that right 1 person out of the 53 RSVP's.  I literally shook my head after reading the text knowing that our host Holly had invested time in coordinating with the venue, answering your questions on meetup, and finally showing up to host.  I am very disappointed at the many that RSVP'd and did not have the decency to at least let us know they weren't going to make it.  While in your world it is easy to simply not show up, we have a venue that expects a set number of people and also we're just as nervous making sure everyone that shows has a good time.
 
I'm sure some have skipped ahead of this email already, but for those still reading - I need your help.  What exactly is it about Dallas, compared to other Texas cities, where people just don't honor their RSVP's?  Has it been your previous experience where it's totally acceptable to be a flake in this city, or was it something we did ourselves?  My goal is to NOT only do Speed Dating events and throw swanky events for professionals in this city.  In our other cities, we are already planning on booking a Salsa instructor, acrobat dancers, and possibly a fire breather for one of our networking events.  When it comes to Dallas, I can't even get more than 10 people even after 50 something RSVP's.  Your feedback is critical, please respond back to any ideas on how to improve the marketing for this event or insights on the lack of RSVP's.
 
Thanks for your time,
 
Chris Feliciano
 
Managing Director
 
Scenergy Dating LLC




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