To catch attention in an event-goer’s feed, your social media posts need to be compelling — and frequent. But that doesn’t mean you need to post every hour on every platform.

Whether you’re using paid or organic social media posts, use this calendar to promote your event most successfully. Created by the experts at ToneDen, an automated social marketing platform for events, campaigns and copy below will help you sell out your event.

Event announcement phase

While spreading awareness of your event is a noble cause, ultimately, you don’t just want people to know about it. You want them to buy tickets to it. People may see your ad now and think “That looks fun!” but forget to circle back when tickets go on sale. During the awareness stage of your ad campaign, your goal is to link interested viewers to eventual ticket sales.

Run this campaign

Load your event to Facebook through Eventbrite’s Add to Facebook integration, and run an Event RSVP campaign. The bonus here is that any time a fan RSVPs “yes” to your event, that RSVP is shared with their networks, widening your reach.

Use this copy

Not sure what to write to snag the interest of your attendees? Try one of these copy templates.

  1. You heard it here first: Set your calendars for [date] to get your tickets to [event name].
  2. Ready to [dance your heart out/tap into your inner artist/learn everything you need to know]? Tickets on sale next week!
  3. Dance and dine with us this [month or season of the event]! Tickets to [name of event] on sale soon.

Ticket on-sale phase

If you’ve done a good job with your early stage event promotion, you’ll see a surge in sales when tickets become available. But this is no time to relax. For less stress later on, convince people to buy tickets now.

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“The most important thing to do during the ticket on-sale period is run conversion campaigns,” say Ali Shakeri, CRO & Co-founder at ToneDen. Using Facebook’s “conversion tracking” feature, you can track how many actual purchases came from which ad.

Use this copy

  1. Registration is now open for [name of event]! Register today for the [hottest, smartest, funniest] event of the season.
  2. Get ready to [action statement that pertains to your event: dance your face off, learn from the smartest people in the business, eat all the best things…] The [xx] annual [name of event] is back. Come visit [location] — buy your tickets now!
  3. Join [describe types of performers, speakers, or experts] and enjoy [highlight something else attendees can do at your event] at [name of event]! Tickets on sale now.

Maintenance phase

Once your ticket on-sale furore has died down, and before the pressure of the final on-sale begins, even those highly interested in attending your event don’t have a lot of incentive to act fast… unless you give them a compelling reason to do so.

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To plant your event firmly back in the minds of interested attendees, ad strategy has to be innovative. Instant incentive to buy might include a short-lived promo deal or a social contest offering discounted tickets, VIP upgrades, free parking passes, and other perks. You may not sell a lot of tickets during this stage, but the money you spend will accrue interest when you get to the final on-sale. Plus, you can later retarget those who interacted with your ads during this stage.

Use this copy

  1. We’ve extended our pre-sale! You’ve got 48 hours to take advantage of early bird tickets to [name of event].
  2. Prices go up at midnight. Grab your early bird tickets to [name of event] before it’s too late!
  3. Only 50 early bird tickets left! Grab yours before the price goes up.

Week of the event

It’s a week before the event, and you need to get those on-the-fence event-goers to commit!

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Ticket sales ramp back up at this point, for a very good reason: there’s a hard deadline. So now is the perfect time to double down on your conversion campaigns. All the work you’ve done to drum up interest in your event comes into play here. The key takeaway: your social media ads should target those who’ve already expressed at least some level of interest in your event.

Use this copy

1) Your options for this weekend: Grab one of the last tickets to [Event name], or 2) Sit at home with FOMO, the choice is yours 🤷‍♀️

2) The countdown is on: [xx] days left until [name of event]. Do you have your tickets?

3) Surprise guest alert: Grab your tickets now and find out what [celebrity chef/performer/speaker] will be making an appearance

Master your social media advertising calendar

To upgrade your social marketing and watch your tickets fly out the door, check out 51 Social Media Ad Copy Templates to Sell Out Your Event.

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