RSVP for 5 Billion Calendar Clients

We just released 2.1 of our Big Data solution designed for digital marketing OEM’s. You can use it for free to create and promote your events by sending real calendar invites to track RSVP’s from your customer’s Google and Outlook calendar clients.

Just create a calendar invite in your Google or Outlook calendar and invite us to your event with this email address: create@invitethis.com. We will send you a CalendarSnack notification email with all the information needed to get started.

In 5 seconds I created a CalendarSnack and received the Calendar Code for Web Site Embeds, MailChimp Call to Action Embed, a Calendar Landing Sign up Page and instructions on how to send direct Calendar Invites for the event using a subscribe email address. All of these sending options track Calendar Invite RSVP’s for the event in the CalendarSnack reporting engine.

If you are an OEM and purchase the service provider edition you will have the ability to view the event analytics of the all the RSVP’s for the calendar events in your domain. We can customize this for your brand with whatever domain you want to use for RSVP communications.

This is a completely headless and serverless design. All built on a AWS stack so we can get you up and running in 30 minutes in your AWS account.

There are 100’s of use cases for OEM email marketing platforms and major brands using our technology. As of this blog posting there are 5 Billion mobile phones that have a calendar application onboard. That’s a lot of opportunity to promote and track RSVP’s for your events. You can get the PDF workbook version here for offline. Click Here.

Data Analytics are collected within the domain of RSVP the service. In this example we are illustrating CalanderSnack.com data.  This can be your own domain and web service if you wish for RSVP communications to your customers.
Step 1 -Develop your Calendar Invite in Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar application of your choice for desktop, mobile or web app and invite us by adding us in your calendar client for your event. 
Step 2 — You will receive a confirmation email like below when you invite us with create@invitethis.com. Click on the snack link to retrieve the CalendarSnack reporting page.
Step 3- After clicking the CalendarSnack URL you will see your Calendar Snack Summary page. There are 4 primary buttons: Snack Summary, Invitee Details, Get Code, Send Invite. The Snack page lands in Snack Summary mode as seen below.
Step 4 — Click the Send Invite button for testing the calendar invitation prior to using the code generator for Web Modals in web pages or MailChimp code in a MailChimp Call to Action button in a campaign. You can place your test email address in here to see how it looks on your test account calendars. 
Step 5- Review of Send Invite function from the perspective of the calendar client. This first batch is showing Outlook compatibility for the July 7th Webinar and the ability to RSVP like a normal calendar invite. When your customer RSVP’s by selecting Yes, No or Maybe in the Calendar client interface we count that in the Calendar Snack reporting engine. You can try it with your test email address’s and see it show up in the RSVP counter.
Step 6 — Review of Send Invite test function from the perspective of the calendar client. This second batch is showing Google Calendar client compatibility for the July 7th Webinar and the ability to RSVP like a normal calendar invite. When your customer RSVP’s by selecting Yes, No or Maybe in the Calendar client interface we count that in the CalendarSnack reporting engine. You can try it with your test email address’s and see it show up in the RSVP counter.
Step 7 — Review of the CalendarSnack reporting page. You can see in this Calendar Snack, 4 people have been sent a calendar invitation and 4 people have accepted the calendar invite onto their calendar. When someone accepts the invite onto the calendar, that event will use the notifications built into the calendar client on that device.
Step 8 — This is a review of Email Box modal and Name plus Email Box modal that are prebuilt and can be used for quick embeds into any web pages by copying the code and placing into your website. When someone fills in their email address we send them the calendar invite for that event and track RSVP.
Step 9 — This is a review of Full Event modal and the Quarter Size modal that are prebuilt and can be used for quick embeds into any web pages by copying the code and placing into your website. When someone fills in their email address we send them the calendar invite for that event and track RSVP.
Step 10 — This is a review of the Email platform support of the Mail Chimp code generator for Call to Action embeds into graphics within a Mail Chimp campaign for RSVP tracking. When the Call to action button is clicked in MailChimp email, we send a calendar invite to the email address that is resident in the MailChimp template and send them to our Splash page or one that you can provide in our template.
Step 11 — This is a review of the steps for the MailChimp embed in the sample MailChimp campaign. Once you get this down a couple times it takes less than 30 seconds to get the code and paste it into the Call to Action button in your MailChimp template. When a customer clicks on the CTA, they receive a real calendar invitation that we track for RSVP and get sent to a landing page of your choice.
Step 12 — This is the overall work flow of what happens in the Mail Chimp Call to action button with the CalendarSnack solution. The same work flow applies with the generic email provider template.
Step 13 —This is a review of the generic Email code generator for Call to Action embeds into graphics within an email campaign for RSVP tracking. When the Call to action button is clicked in specific email provider setup in this template, we send a calendar invite to the email address that is resident in the email template and send them to our Splash page or one that you can provide in our template. This template is useful only if your email marketing provider supports mail merge codes and you know what they are.
Step 14— Review of the CalendarSnack landing page. We include a landing page that is a URL that you can package up and use in email signatures or in emails, for ad hoc event signups. This is one of my personal favorites. In less than 5 seconds you can have something for event registration and tracking calendar invites for your prospects or customers.
Live Landing Page can be seen here for this event. These are generated for every calendarsnack: https://modal.calendarsnack.com/beta/eventwithname/dcm8tgnjrmp4bfm6qp4hot696rbo6qqaj725eq81
Step 15— Review of the Live 4 stock web embeds modals on the test site for the July 7th Webinar from 9am to 10am. Each of these modals took approximately 5 minutes to setup. The last one is the Landing Page URL that is generated for each Calendar Snack.
You can see all of these web modals live here at this URL : https://31events.com/modal-testing-page/
Step 16 — The last item of the review is a newly introduced service we added called the direct calendar send option. It works by using a “bulk@invitethis.com” in the send to field of your email client. We support up to 50 email address per CSV file attached as a free service per event.
Included in the CSV file is the Header “UID” and “Email Address”, then the corresponding data for each field. See example below. We will have a security token soon for those that want to use the service in alignment of opt-in list building for event management. The token will be issued for direct calendar event sending to large email lists for event promoters.

In closing if you have any questions. We have drift bots running at 31events.com and calendarsnack.com. Thanks for stopping by and checking us out!

CalendarSnack.com DIY Web Form Video’s Released

( Thanks Arnie for the Cool Banner – BTW ) .


We launched just a few days ago and are receiving good feedback.  We are working on the the various embedded Modals for Web page insertion to be auto generated.   We have to figure out the hard stuff first and have been busting down the Calendar Clients into smaller pieces using ERE’s and Lambda’s to help accomplish the complicated tasks of the various clients to use calendar create and calendar consumption persona’s for the various devices.  

In addition we did a recap this weekend of our beta release with some You Tube Video’s that can be found on the CalendarSnack.com site here.   This series is focused on how to build out your own Web Form in Word Press and insert the CalendarSnack Event code into a Calendar invitation form for self enabled invitations off any web property to amp up your attendance.  The form allows a customer to send a calendar invite directly to their calendar and we track that for each one off event for the marketeer providing rich detailed big data of the event. 

Check out the Videos here: 


Calendar Snack Videos

1 Click to get Calendar Invites in Constant Contact, MailChimp, Exact Target

November 26, 2016 / Arnie McKinnis  / 

2018 – Update – I left this post in here.  We are now using AWS and getting ready to release the way we are doing calendar invites under our new “HeadLess Calendar” Interface.  That is using your Calender client on your Mobile Phone or LaptopWe have been working hard on trying to keep this simple. A One Click Call to Action Button.  We are still doing Call to action for Web and Email. 

Here is the workflow with our code in an Email Template for MailChimp, Constant Contact or Exact Target. 

Was it hard to do?

 No- takes about 10 minutes to generate the code for the calendar invite and test.

What do your customers get?– A one click Call to Action button to a webinar, event or promotion. You can include coupons if you want in the Calendar Invite, Address for google maps integration, web conference call information – etc, and use all the great reminders of the native Calendar specification for the Mobile phone to make sure they attend. 

What do you get?–Better signup responses because its on their calendar, better per event tracking and reporting. 

Your Call to Action – Get and account and give it a try. 


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Dunkin Donuts in a Calendar Invite?

October 18, 2016 / Arnie McKinnis  / 
Another Example of a Direct Mail piece we received.  It has Multiple dates on the punch card that we are supposed to come in and get a free coffee.  We have missed the last 2 weeks in a row to get the FREE Coffee . It’s not on my Calendar.  If it was I would have been reminded on my mobile phone.  

Just send me the Calendar Invite with the GIF Coupon in a URL in the Calendar.  I can click through it at the counter to scan or show my free coupon for the Coffee, since I will be reminded and alarmed on that date by my Phone. 

In addition – put it on a Splash page on your website about the promotion.  I can just put my email address in the Calendar modal and get the Calendar Invite.  If I “accept” this on to my calendar, we track this on our reporting engine. 

In addition the retailer can start directing me to my local DD,  by just putting the address of the closest DD into the Targeted Calendar Invite knowing that I am a “OPT” in customer. 

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Coupons in a Calendar Invite? Its not that Crazy.

October 18, 2016 / Arnie McKinnis  / 

This is a Coupon in Email I received today from one of my favorite Bagel makers.  You can build a Coupon Calendar Invite in 31events , add the Coupon as a Gif Image , and the coupon would be a URL to Click thru when the Alarm went off in your Mobile Calendar. 

For more on how to build one see our Get started page

This should work in an Calendar Invite with the Coupon as a URL.

This should work in an Calendar Invite with the Coupon as a URL.