Both ThymeBase and Trello are great for project management, but which is better for event planners? Let’s find out in a ThymeBase vs Trello matchup.
There are countless productivity apps on the market. You have probably heard of many like Monday, Airtable, Google Docs, Asana, Coschedule, and more. Event planners are prime users of platforms like these because they’re always juggling multiple projects at once. Productivity software streamlines their workflow and keeps them organized. But what project management platforms are best for event planners? And do planners need event planning software specifically?
Today, we’re going to look at a popular choice: Trello. This New York-based tech giant is a subsidiary of Atlassian, an even bigger tech company. Trello was designed for tech companies but has expanded far beyond that.
Trello considers itself a list-building project management software. It’s based on the idea of pinboards so users organize their projects into “boards.” These boards are then broken down into tasks and columns. By clicking and dragging, you can migrate tasks, or pins, from one column to another.
Trello is a leading platform across every industry. But is a software that’s good for every one good for event planners, too? Let’s see how they compare: Trello vs ThymeBase.
Pros and Cons of Trello For Event Planners
Trello works for many professionals in a wide range of industries because of its endless customization abilities. The base of pinboards lets you divide things how you see fit.
Some other positives about Trello are its ease of use. It’s simple to pick up and even collaborate with team members. There is also a free plan that allows for the majority of use cases. For event planners, there are even a couple of templates to help them get started.
But let’s talk about the downsides of Trello for event professionals. First off, Trello is not an “out of the box” option for planners. You have to manipulate boards to suit your specifications. That means you need a creative vision to make the platform work for you and that may take a learning curve.
The tool also doesn’t understand the special needs of event planning. One event planner we spoke to, who uses Trello currently, called planning events a “square peg into a round hole.” And no event timelines!
Another negative is customer service. Trello has outstanding reviews in the category, but it’s a huge company. At the end of the day, Trello users are numbers simply because the company must field the requests of 25M users.
Pros and Cons of ThymeBase
First, let’s look at the strengths supporting ThymeBase. Created specifically for event professionals, ThymeBase was built to fill the gaps that other productivity software has. Its team is comprised of real-world event planners too. They know the ins and outs of the industry, plus comprehend what planners really need.
When you log in to ThymeBase, you can automatically see it’s made for events. It has a community tab offering resources like educational blog posts and case studies. Customer service is also a top priority, so help – or a 1×1 demo – is a simple email away.
All of ThymeBase’s features are made for events, like its unique, shareable event timeline. Organize and slot your event and share a public, live link to the timeline letting everyone involved stay in the loop in real-time.
The downside to ThymeBase is that it’s a new startup. It does not have the reviews and social proof that a platform like Trello does (yet). However, there are many upcoming updates and features releases. ThymeBase publishes its product roadmap online to be transparent about what’s next.
What’s better for event planners: ThymeBase vs Trello?
Event planners need unique features in their software. When weighing what’s best for catering to their specific needs, ThymeBase wins.
We’re big fans of Trello and believe there are many great reasons to use the platform. ThymeBase is simply the superior choice because it’s main focus is event planners – and it always will be.
In conclusion, Trello simply wasn’t made for planners. Its boards can be morphed to fit an event professional’s needs, but we’re afraid it will never be a perfect fit.
What do you think about Trello? Is it a handy tool for event planners or do other platforms serve them better?
Amanda Larson, CED, is a Certified Event Designer, marketer, and content creator. With a degree in journalism and special events management, Amanda has worked in marketing and events for both international startups and Fortune500 companies. She specializes in digital branding, copywriting, and graphic design freelancing for clients globally.
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