The other day I attended an event that I received a private invite for and I RSVPed before the deadline. My first assumption was that as long as I RVSPed on time I was confirmed to attend the event. Apparently, that’s not how it worked. This assumption worked in previous events where once you RSVPed you were pretty much on the list, but it seems somehow my RSVP didn’t make the list the day of this particular event.
Anyways, the day of the event I show up to the event say hi to some of the organizers, people I know and know me, I get checked in and I go about my business at the event while thinking about how to review the event later on that night, taking pictures to use for my post. On my way out the door, I stop by the check in/out table to get my goodie bag which had some products, including a book that I wanted to review for Vday for you all. As I give my name, in order to receive a bag, I’m being told my name is not on the list. Then they asked to give my info and they’ll write on the paper, so we did that, but somehow I still wouldn’t be able to receive a gift bags because all the bags have “names” and obviously, since my name was not on the list, I don’t get a bag. Hmm… Ok… So I ask how did this happen?! I somehow feel like a party crasher, that got invited to the event, RSVPed before the deadline, show up to the event and somehow, my name never made the list, and I don’t get a gift bag to review later. Interesting…
After trying to figure out what happened, with the organizer and some other people that couldn’t somehow explain to me what happened, they asked for my info, yet again, to make sure I get a “left-over” bag from the guests that did not attend the event. Hmm… Ok. That’s awesome.
So where did the blogger (me) go wrong?!
– I assumed that by RSVPing on time I was confirmed for the event.
– I assumed that since I was checked in, I was on the list.
– I assumed that I did not need to give my name again for a goody bag. I also thought that was ridiculous.
Where did the PR/organizer go wrong?
– Not confirming my RSVP or stating the status of my RSVP. “sorry the event is full” etc…
– if the blogger wasn’t good enough to attend the event, therefore an invitation shouldn’t have been sent out to that particular blogger. An update of such distribution list should be done. The following ProBlogger post on How To Pitch to Bloggers might help, also this post on Online PR: Companies Inviting Bloggers & Twitterers to Events.
– have extra gift bags for those that didn’t quite get a confirmation for situations like these.
Anyways, now I know for next time, if there’s a next time. This is exactly the reason why I pick and choose the events I attend very carefully. Not to sound cocky or anything, but honestly, I don’t have time for this stress and/or bs.