by Michael J. Shapiro | August 22, 2017
Social Tables, the collaborative online platform that features room diagramming, check-in and more, has introduced a set of free essential tools for planners. The package offers basic versions of three Social Tables tools: Diagram, which allows planners to create diagrams with real-time collaboration and more than 700 custom objects, including 3D details; Check-In, a mobile app for guests' arrival, with analytics to evaluate event attrition; and Destination, a new venue search engine featuring accurate floor plans for each entry. The suite of free tools is offered for one user, for up to five events with as many as 50 guests each. One floor plan is included per event.

By offering complimentary services, Social Tables executives want to extend the company's reach and allow as many planners as possible to use the platform, regardless of event budget. "Whether you're a professional planner who needs a powerful yet easy-to-use tool to design your event, a parent volunteering at the registration table of your child's school fundraiser, or a leader who needs to find a great location for your team-building activity, we want to help," said Dan Berger, CEO of Social Tables.

Paid packages continue to offer more robust versions of the tools. Planner Professional, which costs $99 per month, is good for an unlimited number of events up to 50 guests each, with as many as two users, along with email support. Planner Advanced, which is $2,499 per year, is good for up to three users and includes 3D renderings on layouts, with an unlimited number of guests and floor plans. The Advanced package also includes email, phone and chat support. Customized packages for more users and/or API integration also are available.

Social Tables has now been used by more than 4,500 planners and venues to create more than 2 million events. Planners can register for the new free Essential package here.