Certain Event Automation Software vs. Planned

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Certain Event Automation Software
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Certain is a leading provider of enterprise Event Automation software to Fortune 1000 companies. The vendor’s value proposition is that Certain gives users everything they need to plan events, engage attendees, and achieve sales and marketing results. The vendor says their software helps data-driven marketers and event professionals capture and integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver credible…
$9,990
per year
Planned
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Planned, from the company in Montreal, is an event planning platform for corporations offering tools for discovery, booking, invoicing and reporting.
$0.03
per booking
Pricing
Certain Event Automation SoftwarePlanned
Editions & Modules
Be Certain Essential
$9,990
per year
Be Certain Pro
$19,999
per year
Be Certain Enterprise
Contact
Basic account
3%
per booking
Enterprise account
3%
per booking
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Certain Event Automation SoftwarePlanned
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsWith the basic account, any planner can sign in, browse the marketplace, contact suppliers and use all of Planned's features. We only charge at booking time: 3% of the total booking cost. Enterprise accounts have the same terms as basic accounts, but can also include SSO integrations and reporting, for a fixed implementation fee cost.
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User Ratings
Certain Event Automation SoftwarePlanned
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.6
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Certain Event Automation SoftwarePlanned
Likelihood to Recommend
Certain, Inc.
Certain is very well suited for any type of event or tradeshow that require specific fields from registrants and an automated email sequence to keep them engaged. It's less appropriate for one-off events, since setting up those pages can be quite complex if you're used to the types of Eventbrite/Sympla. If you don't really build event pages regularly, I'd recommend a software that's more simple, which should address what you need.
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Planned
Planned is well suited when you are stuck for ideas and require creative collaboration from a network of unique vendors.
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Pros
Certain, Inc.
  • Easy to use and create
  • Easy to pull reports once event has been sent to attendees
  • Great way to gather a lot of information
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Planned
  • Hands-on oversight of execution of a virtual event and client success management
  • Connecting event industry professionals with companies in need of their services
  • Highlighting services that an event industry professional or company offers
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Cons
Certain, Inc.
  • Dashboards: It's quite important for leadership to get a visual of what their event registrants look like (with graphs, for example). Now, Certain does not present a feature to create dashboards, so we have to export their reports and create our dashboards ourselves.
  • UX when setting up an event: Now this can be quite complex, as it's not as easy to use or intuitive. Many different tabs with many different sub-items can present a confusing experience for newcomers when building an event.
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Planned
  • The platform can use some tweaking (i.e.: when reserving hotels, adding guest rooms, including meeting rooms - instead of just spaces, which can be confusing when searching).
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Alternatives Considered
Certain, Inc.
My company selected Certain and continues to use Certain because it is quick, easy, and efficient. We create up to 20 registration links a year and Certain allows us to create templates to copy and create annual event links very fast. I also love that there is someone there to speak to if I ever need assistance
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Planned
Planned is the only event planning software company we have worked with, and plan to work with. The team behind the platform is constantly innovating to enhance features and the overall experience for both vendors and users.
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Return on Investment
Certain, Inc.
  • Certain helps to deliver a great customer experience, since it facilitates automatic email delivery and your company can keep them connected well before or well after an event.
  • Certain presents a wide variety of reports, which perfectly addresses any request for visibility coming from your organization.
  • Certain's configuration settings are quite complex, so our newcomers are not comfortable using the software at first.
  • In case you need a more visual representation of your audience, Certain, unfortunately, does not generate dashboards.
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Planned
  • We were able to get repeat business from a new client brought to us by Planned
  • We were able to learn more about what types of virtual event services we'd like to grow as a business, as a result of working with Planned
  • We have not seen a financial ROI for our business yet because we have only worked with one client on the platform and it has been costly for us to accommodate this client
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ScreenShots

Planned Screenshots

Screenshot of Event creation - create an event by filling in some details.Screenshot of Event overview page - edit event information, invite collaborators, centralize documents, and manage your event.Screenshot of Marketplace - place to discover suppliers across every category. Use filters to narrow your search to match your exact needs.Screenshot of Supplier listing pages - find detailed information about every supplier, including 3D mappings, photos, services offered, reviews, and more.Screenshot of Inbox - communicate with suppliers and share quotes, contracts and invoices.