Planning Pod Software


 

Planning Pod is a cloud-based event planning and management solution that offers tools for solo event planners, agencies, corporations and nonprofits. It enables users to create mobile- friendly event websites with customized branding. Key features include attendee management, collaboration, lead tracking, invoicing and payments processing and venue bookings.

Planning Pod enables event planners to create seating plans by using elements such as stages, tables and chairs. It also allows attendees to register online, and event managers can centralize and sort data. The solution allows users to scan the QR code on a guest’s ticket to check in.

Planning Pod lets users create budgets, share files and calculate the total time spent on each event. Users can also create proposals and collect electronic signatures to generate invoice.

Services are offered on a subscription basis and support is provided via phone, email, live chat and an online help center.

 

Planning Pod - Attendee management
 
  • Planning Pod - Attendee management
    Attendee management
  • Planning Pod - Timelines
    Timelines
  • Planning Pod - Calendars
    Calendars
  • Planning Pod - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Planning Pod - Floorplans and seating charts
    Floorplans and seating charts
  • Planning Pod - Invoicing and payments
    Invoicing and payments
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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heather from A Night in Bloom
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2018

November 2018

Planning POd For Event Professionals

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Overall not a great match for floral designers, but for other event professionals, such as wedding and event planners, this is one seriously helpful option! I would highly recommend checking it out!

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I was blown away by this software! As a florist who specializes in weddings, this software actually offered more than I needed, but I would highly recommend it to any event planners in need of outstanding planning software!

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For my needs, this software wasn't a good fit because I required a more floral based event planning type of software. This program does have the option to upload design proposals but I still had to create proposals using other methods, which was not time or cost effective.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Himesh from Amneal
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2018

November 2018

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Very easy to perform a planning project.

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Can be more cost effective. Must have longer free trial.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Hillary from Sincerely Weddings
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2018

November 2018

Great Tools for Wedding Planners

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Planning Pod helped streamline a lot of my work into a single software. I really love how everything was in a single place. If your looking for a good, reliable wedding planning software, this is the one to choose!

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We used planning pod and it worked great! I really like how they were always willing to take suggestions from their users. The ability to take payments through the software also helped streamline everything. Their how to videos and articles really helped to explain how their features work. I really liked how I could store all contracts within the software itself. This helped me eliminate nearly all paper. Customer support was also always very helpful whenever I needed help. They always responded that same day!

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Nothing really, it was a fantastic system!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Abigail from Keller Williams Memorial
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2018

August 2018

Planning Pod - Improve on RSVPs

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the to do list/reminders is very handy.

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The RSVP format is not very functional because you have to upload a new roster each time there is a change.
For a real estate company with over 700 agents, it is counterproductive to upload a new roster for each time for each event.
Maybe if there was a way to get it synced.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Manage everything in one place.

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I could easily manage my multiple events, send emails and notes to clients, create timelines and share them with my team all with just a few clicks.

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They should create an app for smartphones or at least a more user friendly mobile website. Just a tad pricey compared to other options.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jane from la diva
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

perfect for floor plans and team collaboration

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perfect for event promotion and customizing your own styled website for your event! managing proposals and contracts!

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a little bit pricey, other than that it is all good! i have no complains or negative feedbacks! just the price though!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sabrina from La Dolce Idea Weddings & Soirees
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2018

March 2018

Best event management software I ever used

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Multiple useful tools in one platform
Easy navigation
Flexible templates
Excellent customer service

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thank you for your feedback, Sabrina :)

 

Nicole from Sensibly Chic Weddings

March 2018

March 2018

I run my business with Planning Pod

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Professional invoicing and contracts w/ online signatures, floor plans, generate to-do templates for each event I plan/design that sends reminders to my clients, database for vendors/contacts

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This app is iPad, Android and laptop friendly, so I can easily access information anywhere with whichever device I happen to be using.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your feedback, Nicole!

 


March 2018

March 2018

Good, easy-to-use and practical planning tool

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I use it to mostly manage my client's budget and timelines. There are many other features that I don't regularly use because I use other tools or processes, but it works well for those items and I'm on it frequently.

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I like that the owners are always trying to make upgrades to the software and they seem to genuinely listen to customer feedback on what we want to see. It's well priced and easy to use.

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The wedding websites available to the clients aren't up to par with what is available in the industry. Same with the floor plan tool. It would be wonderful to only have to use one platform, but at the same time, it's priced appropriately that the tools you receive are good / on point with what you are paying for.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your review. We are currently collecting feedback on our Floorplans tool with plans to make major updates to it in 2018, so please let us know if you have any specific features you would like to see enhanced. We also recently added an Inspiration/Vision Board tool for collaborating visually with team members and clients. As for the event webpage tool, it is focused more on RSVP/registration collection, which is why it may not have the design capabilities of other tools like Wix. But I appreciate the feedback and we will be making updates to that tool later in 2018.

 


March 2018

March 2018

This is a great value. Very high end functionality for the price to set up our school's post-prom.

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It provided an online presence that was easy to edit, which was the main thing we were looking for with this project. All of the other event planning tools were icing on the cake and may very well shift how we handle event management going forward.

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The ability to organize items into different parts for the events (invoices, contacts, contracts) yet have them all interconnected and retrievable is superb.

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At times, navigating the site to get from one section to another can be a little confusing. Some of the links are in the navigation, some of the links need to be found in pull-down lists.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your review! We have recently launched a new version of the software and, based on feedback from our users, tweaked our navigation so things are easier to find and there are more ways to find the information you need.

 


March 2018

March 2018

I used PlanningPod for client management, contracts, and invoices.

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Very easy to use platform with video tutorials. Great for organizing my client event details. They are always looking at ways to improve.

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Would love to be able to have tools for event design. The floor plan tool isn't the easiest to work with.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your review. We are currently collecting feedback on our Floorplans tool with plans to make major updates to it in 2018, so please let us know if you have any specific features you would like to see enhanced. We also recently added an Inspiration/Vision Board tool for collaborating visually with team members and clients.

 

eric from Church Ranch Event Cetner

March 2018

March 2018

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I like that you can acess it anywhere. We run 200 event through Planning pod. it is a good software.

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When Planning Pod roll new thing out and there is no training. Would love to have a software rep to come out and do training. we could pay for it.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your input, Eric. Our software is mostly self-serve, so we don't provide live training. However, when we launch new features or tools, we do add new articles to our Help Center as well as how-to videos that walk you through how to use the features. In addition, we can provide you with Web-based training for your users that is a small fee in addition to your monthly subscription. Just let me know if you are interested in that. Finally, I was surprised to see that you were not happy with our customer support, as I show that every ticket you have sent in we have responded within 1 business day (usually much quicker than that) and did our best to answer your questions. If you are having issues with how we support you or your team, please let us know and I will see that it is improved immediately. Thanks for being our customer :)

 

Veronica from Behind The Scenes Inc
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

I've used Planning Pod since before it was called Planning Pod and I love it.

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I like the ease of use, it is dummy proof. I like that my other professionals and cliens can also use it for certain events and I love the built in floor plan.

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I don't like the contracts section, that part needs an update. I would like for my clients to "inital" different sections and right now that is not possible.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks so much for your feedback, Veronica. We are currently working on an update to our contracts tool that will enable for initialing sections of the online contract prior to signature, and we will be adding additional features to that tool based on user input. Also, look for a new workflows tool in Q2 2018 for added flexiblity in the contracts tool.

 

Covesa from Covesa Kelly Events
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Great tool that everyone can use!

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Easy to use
Accessible to the entire team
East for the client
One place to keep everything
Invoicing in the system

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I don't like the merchant services company used to collect credit card payments
I don't like the floor plan system
I'm not crazy about the website option within the event function

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thank you for your input, Covesa. We will be adding more merchant credit card processors in 2018, so keep an eye out for that. We will also be making updates to our floorplans tool and our event webpage builder tool in Q3 2018, so hopefully those upcoming improvements will satisfy your needs.

 

Natalie from Event Design Group
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2018

February 2018

The system is fairly easy to use. Could use a bit of refinement in aesthetic but works great overal

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ease of use. helps me keep client's organized.

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great price, allows me to keep most everything in one place. I love the itinerary portion of the site my clients and vendors do too.

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is not integrated with some other systems. I have to use Honeybook to manage contracts because it's easier. AislePlanner is more robust and has a new feel that makes wedding client's gravitate toward it

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your feedback, Natalie. We are currently overhauling our contracts, invoices and proposals tools to incorporate feedback we have solicited from our users. We will be integrating with Quickbooks and Xero in Q2 2018 so you can integrate our proposals, invoicing and payments tools with those bookkeeping applications. We have also redesigned our interface and made it much more customizable so you can change the look for any audience.

 

Leah from The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Planning Pod is some great features, some not-so-great features

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I learned to focus on budgeting and invoicing because of Planning Pod.

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Planning Pod makes it pretty easy to create an event budget and create invoices for each event. I also like the way you can store and manipulate contact information.

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It is frustrating that you can't link the invoices to the budget. I'd like to show to see invoices that get paid correspond and show up in the budget area. It's also frustrating that I can't store receipts, etc. in the budget, e.g. there's no upload feature. It would be great to upload a document related to an expense, or a paid-in-full invoice. It's also frustrating that I can't add pages to the invoices. Sometimes I want to show certain information about the invoice that can't be recorded in the system as-is. But if I was able to add pages, it would make it even easier to send the invoices directly out from my Planning Pod account.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thank you for your input, Leah. To be honest, our system isn't set up to do full accounting, which is what you are describing here (as our Budget tool is meant for budgeting and not bookkeeping/accounting). However, we will be integrating with Quickbooks and Xero in Q2 2018 so you can sync your proposals and invoices in Planning Pod to a Quickbooks or Xero account. We are also adding the capability to add images and documents to invoices (like pass-through receipts) to display to customers or for your own use and tracking.

 


February 2018

February 2018

Planning pod is the only software I have found that gives me the features I need at a great price.

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The organization tools are great. Floor plan tools are easy to use. Collaboration tools are great. Invoice and proposal tools are very useful.

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I wish it had an inventory management feature. Clients don't always know how to use the tools. I wish I could do a little more with integration with other programs.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your feedback. We have just added a Quick Reference area to your account where you can direct your clients to quickly learn about how to use the tools in your account. We are also adding more integrations with other platforms in Q2 2018. And finally, I appreciate your mention of inventory management, as I will add that to our list of suggested features for future consideration.

 

Marsha from Events By Seven

February 2018

February 2018

Thanks to Planning Pod, my planning service is extremely organized and savvy.

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Where I can plan, organize, schedule, collect payments in one tab. I am able to plan our client's entire event in planning pod, I schedule their monthly to dos, I interact with our team via planning pod. Our clients are able to enter and update their guests lists, work on the seating chart and create meal assignments. I am able to create, send and sign contracts along with our clients. I can collet current and schedule payments with a simple clicks. I love that I can create an event itinerary and include the list of creatives on the itinerary.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your feedback, Marsha ... it is much appreciated :)

 

Taylor from Endless Events

February 2018

February 2018

Some of the features are a little clunky (budget update was not a good change, contract templates)

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Allows me to organize myself. I really like the itinerary feature and the invoicing feature. I liked the old budget tool a lot.

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The budget update is terrible. Not user friendly at all and is very confusing for me and my clients to see categories and line items. Frequently get red "caution" symbol- not always reliably saving when changes are made. Mobile is clunky.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for the feedback, Taylor. I'm sorry you are not happy with our recent updates to our Budgeting tool. We based our updates on comprehensive feedback we have collected from our users over the last 18 months. However, if you want to let me know what about the tools isn't working for you, I would happy to see if there's a solution to your issue. As for the red "saving" symbol, often that has to do with an intermittent Internet connection or a Web browser issue, but I would be happy to look into that for you. We also recently updated our mobile version to be a more fluid experience, so hopefully you find that more to your liking.

 

Heather from First Coast Weddings and Events Inc

February 2018

February 2018

Best value for the most features

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Clean layout, easy to navigate. My staff likes it, but my clients will not use the features available to them because it is too confusing/complicated. Compared to other similar programs, I feel it has the most to offer for my staff's needs.

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Flexibility of PDF reports, on-screen reports, and customization. Also the calendar sync does not work properly, which makes it useless for scheduling appointments.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Planning Pod, Planning Pod

Date: March 2018

March 2018

 

Thanks for your feedback, Heather. We do offer quite a few tools for all the aspects of managing events, but you can always limit the tools your clients see so that it's not so overwhelming for them. Also, we have recently enhanced all our PDF reports and dashboards. And I checked the electronic calendar syncing feature in your account and it is working fine now, so please let us know if you still have an issue with it.

 
 
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