Today, as in right now, we are in the process of launching a whole new GigMasters site. Yes, it's Friday the 13th but we're not superstitious...writing's on the wall. We knew it was time to give GigMasters a fresh new look and to put more power into the hands of our talented members and our party-planning clients.
Thanks to the ideas and feedback from our passionate community, we've created a new site that transforms the way people plan parties and book event vendors. Today's launch is a giant step toward becoming the one-stop source for finding and booking event services. Here's what you can look forward to...
Our new design is clean and responsive to give everyone who visits us an enjoyable, satisfying experience -- regardless of whether they're on a desktop monitor or a smartphone.
Profiles that Pop
The new member profile design gives our members lots of space to make a big first impression. Now, when a client lands on your profile, they'll immediately know who you are and what you do.
- MEMBER TO-DO!!! One of the first things you should do is update the large cover photo at the top of your profile. Right now, we have a "stars" photo on every profile - the quicker you replace that photo, the quicker your profile will stand out from the rest! When you go to your control panel, you'll see on the photo upload page (in your profile tab) that there is a “crop” button which allows you to edit the photo to the desired area you’d like displayed on your profile. The ideal size for this photo is 1200 wide by 238 high.
Here's an example to inspire you...
Clients can customize their searches, expanding and narrowing their vendor options with our new search refinement and filter features. This means a more satisfying, customized experience for our clients which will lead to higher quality leads for our members. You'll also notice that we've laid out the search results in a grid instead of a list - this was the result of user testing that we conducted over the past couple of months. We found that more clients were likely to submit a request when the search results were laid out this way.
We made many improvements to the site navigation, making it super fast for clients to find what they want (even when they don't know exactly what they're looking for). Now, when an event planner comes to the site, all they need to know is the type of event they are planning – and we’ll help to match them with the best event professionals in their area.
Lots More Categories
You might notice that we now have a whole section dedicated to "Event Services" - this includes professional event planners, venues, caterers, event staffing, event designers, stylists and more. We believe that having these new categories will round out our offering - so that clients can find everyone and everything they need for their event.
INTRODUCING... GigMasters Event Concierge
We know that clients want to create fabulous birthday parties, memorable weddings, and impressive corporate events but they don't always know what they need to make that happen. That's why we are so excited to announce GigMasters Event Concierge. Thanks to our amazing development and account services teams, we can now help clients who are in their earliest phases of planning their event. With this new service, our clients can assemble a complete team of vendors, entertainers, photographers, rental companies...that will help bring their event to life.
The Event Concierge service, the new site design, and the many new features and upgrades are all about giving our members better exposure while creating a truly customized experience for our clients.
When? When? When????
We are taking the site down today at 4am and expect it to be back up later in the morning. As with any change of this scale, there could be some technical hiccups. Please be patient with us and know that we're working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Naturally, once it's all up and running, we want to know what you think! The best and quickest way to give us your comments is by visiting our feedback forum. As always, if you experience any difficulties or have specific questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 866-342-9794.
Let's get this party started!