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New search feature yields ‘better, smarter results’

You asked for it; you got it. EventCheck Knox now has a robust search feature, so users can find upcoming and past events.

The Knoxville Museum of Art was packed for L’Amour du Vin. Note to planners: The 2018 event is March 3. (Blue Streak photo)

The search is easy to use. Just click on the magnifying glass at the upper right of the screen on desktop view or use the dropdown menu – three horizontal lines known as a hamburger – on mobile devices.

Enter keywords, full or partial name of an event, or name of an organizer, and then click the red search bar. A list will appear of events related to the search terms.

“The new search function gives you more, better and smarter results,” said John McCulley, the senior web developer for Moxley Carmichael who added the feature to the site. “We always want to be responsive to how planners use EventCheck Knox, and an enhanced search capability was the logical next step.”

The search results are set to show upcoming events, followed by past events in order of occurrence.

If an event you are seeking has not yet been scheduled for 2018, the search results will show previous entries, thus revealing helpful information such as past dates, venues and ticket prices.

This is a planner’s favorite view – packed event. In this case, it was Marblegate to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. (Blue Streak photo)

The website was streamlined in November 2017 – see this blog entry for details – so that the calendar became prominently displayed. Analytics of site users indicated the majority went directly to the calendar rather than other pages. McCulley noted that users also expressed interest in being able to efficiently find events.

The old site included a search function that only showed events that had passed. The new responsive and robust search makes EventCheck Knox yet another reason to look before you book.

From left, John Winemiller, Peter Acly and R.J. Hinde at the 2017 Knoxville Opera Ball, an event that draws a crowd and can sell out in advance. (Blue Streak photo)

The key to the effectiveness of the calendar – and consequently the search function – is to submit events as early as possible using this form. All we need is a confirmed date to place the event, and details can be added later.

“The primary purpose of EventCheck Knox is to help planners,” said Cynthia Moxley, CEO of Moxley Carmichael, which sponsors the site. “Wondering when that event is happening that you know you don’t want to compete against for your big fundraiser? Use the search!”

 

Maria Cornelius, a writer/editor for Moxley Carmichael, populates the EventCheck Knox calendar. The author of “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt,” Maria is enjoying college basketball season and waiting for pitchers and catchers to report.

 

 

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