Planning Pod Features

Planning Pod

Event management and venue management software platform

4.38/5 (26 reviews)

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Communication Management
Conferences/Conventions
Confirmation/Reminders
Contact Database
Contact Management
Contract/License Management
Credit Card Processing
Customer Database
Customer Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
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Email Marketing
Email Templates
Event Calendar
Event Management
Event Scheduling
Event Ticketing
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Facility Management
Financial Analysis
Food & Beverage Management
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Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Kitchen / Menu Management
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Room Block Management
Room Booking
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Sponsorship Management
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API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Attendance Management
Attendee Management
Badge Management
Banquet Management
Billing & Invoicing
Booking Management
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Conferences/Conventions
Confirmation/Reminders
Contact Database
Contact Management
Contract/License Management
Credit Card Processing
Customer Database
Customer Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Discount Management
Document Management
Drag & Drop
Email Management
Email Marketing
Email Templates
Event Calendar
Event Management
Event Scheduling
Event Ticketing
Exhibit/Vendor Management
Facility Management
Financial Analysis
Food & Beverage Management
Gamification
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Kitchen / Menu Management
Lead Capture
Marketing Automation
Multi-Facility
Online Payments
Online Registration
Order Management
Payment Processing
Promotions Management
Proposal Generation
Quotes/Estimates
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Real-time Updates
Recipe Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Reservations Management
Resource Management
Room Block Management
Room Booking
Sales Management
Sales Reports
Social Promotion
Space Management
Sponsorship Management
Staff Management
Surveys & Feedback
Task Management
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User Management
Vendor Management
Visitor Registration
Volunteer Management
Wait List Management
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API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Attendance Management
Attendee Management
Badge Management
Banquet Management
Billing & Invoicing
Booking Management
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Conferences/Conventions
Confirmation/Reminders
Contact Database
Contact Management
Contract/License Management
Credit Card Processing
Customer Database
Customer Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Discount Management
Document Management
Drag & Drop
Email Management
Email Marketing
Email Templates
Event Calendar
Event Management
Event Scheduling
Event Ticketing
Exhibit/Vendor Management
Facility Management
Financial Analysis
Food & Beverage Management
Gamification
Inventory Management
Invoice Management
Kitchen / Menu Management
Lead Capture
Marketing Automation
Multi-Facility
Online Payments
Online Registration
Order Management
Payment Processing
Promotions Management
Proposal Generation
Quotes/Estimates
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Real-time Updates
Recipe Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Reservations Management
Resource Management
Room Block Management
Room Booking
Sales Management
Sales Reports
Social Promotion
Space Management
Sponsorship Management
Staff Management
Surveys & Feedback
Task Management
Third Party Integrations
Ticketing
User Management
Vendor Management
Visitor Registration
Volunteer Management
Wait List Management
Website Management
Weddings/Parties
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Planning Pod Feature Reviews

21 reviewers had the following to say about Planning Pod's features:

Theresa H.

Almost perfect!

2017-07-12

Planning pod keeps my business organized from almost every aspect.

Pros

White glove customer support, Extremely user-friendly interface, professional industry templates, accept online payments, budget management, vendor management, CRM, workflows, to do's, checklists, proposals, contracts, worksheets, calendars, vision boards, client portals, floor plans, guest management and so much more.

Cons

For what I'm currently spending I want software features that are more competitive such as: more and better integrations, white labeling, custom domain, send messages through software from my email address, inventory management, e-commerce code for my website, quote generating form.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your feedback, Theresa. We have recently added integrations with Salesforce, MailChimp, Google, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. In Q2 2018 we be adding integrations with QuickBooks, Xero and other online payment providers. And most of your other requests are on our build list for the coming months. As for our pricing, we try to be very competitive and we offer 30+ event management tools for as little as $0.63/day.

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Nicole E.

I run my business with Planning Pod

2018-03-02

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

Pros

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your feedback, Nicole!

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

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

2018-02-27

Pros

Floor plan tools are easy to use.

Cons

I wish it had an inventory management feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Heather C.

Best value for the most features

2018-02-27

Pros

Clean layout, easy to navigate.

Cons

Also the calendar sync does not work properly, which makes it useless for scheduling appointments.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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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Anonymous
(Events Services company, 51-200 employees)

Manage everything in one place.

2018-04-12

Pros

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.

Cons

They should create an app for smartphones or at least a more user friendly mobile website.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Davii M.

I Like This Program

2016-12-06

I use this program for most of my events. I like it, but it can use some more functionality and ease of use. Nevertheless, I will continue to use it and hope it improves with time. Price is great too.

Pros

The large font, the different uses that it has which are specific to the events industry.

Cons

It's very slow to load contacts; searching for contacts is a pain; trying to attach vendors and other people involved in the event is clumsy.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Planning Pod

Use it. There aren't a lot of good, affordable event planner programs out there. Let them know what they can improve and, hopefully, they will be responsive.

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your feedback, Davii. We have launched a new version in which we have improved many of the issues you were having, including improving our Contacts tool and simplifying adding contacts and vendors to events. We are also in the midst of overhauling our proposals, invoices and payments tools as well as tax reporting, so those issues are being addressed.

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Anonymous
(Consumer Goods company, 501-1000 employees)

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

2018-03-02

All of the other event planning tools were icing on the cake and may very well shift how we handle event management going forward.

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Taylor S.

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

2018-02-27

Pros

I really like the itinerary feature and the invoicing feature.

Cons

Frequently get red "caution" symbol- not always reliably saving when changes are made. Mobile is clunky.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Lisa L.

Easy-to-use, cost-effective event management tool

2018-02-27

It helps with signing people up for our events, tracking submitted information, processing payments from attendees and communicating information to attendees.

Pros

Planning Pod offers a lot of powerful features without the high prices that come with a lot of other event management software options.

Cons

There should also be a way to change attendee ticket status without having to call customer support.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your feedback, Lisa. I have added your input to our list of suggested features for future consideration. As for changing ticket status, if you are charging a fee for registrations, there is a 60-day period that you can change status or refund tickets on your end in the application. After that, you do need to contact us due to the requirements of the credit card payment processors that we work with. If you are not charging a fee, you can always void a free ticket anytime.

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Donna A.

I use PP to keep all my weddings in one place. It's an efficient tool to use in tracking my clients

2018-02-27

My client info was everywhere, some in Google docs, some in excel...just everywhere. Now everything is in one place which has helped me organize and be a little more efficient.

Pros

The timeline feature and the ability to customize a few things.

Cons

It had also been nice to manage basic tasks specific to daily follow up on clients through the client contact area. I don't necessarily like that I have to utilize a task lust within the event to set a task if that makes sense.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your feedback, Donna. You can add/view/manage tasks via the Calendar tool also if you don't want to manage them inside each event. We will be adding workflows in Q2 2018 so you can more easily set follow-ups and reminders for anything in your account.

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Adrienne C.

Great product! Easy to use and excellent customer services

2018-02-27

Pros

Easy to navigate; clear and easy to read emails to clients; proposals are easy to create; invoicing is easy to set and forget!

Cons

The customization of columns in the budget section but this is quite minor compared to the amount of features that are available.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thanks for your review, Adrienne. We have expanded the options in the Budget tool so hopefully that meets you needs better.

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Sabrina C.

Best event management software I ever used

2018-03-04

Pros

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


Thank you for your feedback, Sabrina :)

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Good, easy-to-use and practical planning tool

2018-03-02

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Leah W.

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

2018-02-27

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

Pros

I also like the way you can store and manipulate contact information.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Jane R.

perfect for floor plans and team collaboration

2018-03-13

Pros

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

Cons

i have no complains or negative feedbacks! just the price though!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

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

2018-03-02

Pros

Very easy to use platform with video tutorials.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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heather l.

Planning POd For Event Professionals

2018-11-27

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!

Pros

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!

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Natalie M.

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

2018-02-27

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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Hillary B.

Great Tools for Wedding Planners

2018-11-12

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!

Pros

This helped me eliminate nearly all paper. Customer support was also always very helpful whenever I needed help.

Cons

Nothing really, it was a fantastic system!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Briar J.

Very easy to use

2019-02-19

Pros

I found this system very easy to use from a planner perspective.

Cons

I found my clients didn't love having to learn a new platform and so they didn't use it as much as I wanted them to.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Covesa G.

Great tool that everyone can use!

2018-02-28

Pros

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

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Planning Pod


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.

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