Social media is everywhere, thanks to smartphones and tablets. Instead of fighting with family members to get off their smartphones, use them to your advantage in every part of reunion planning!
Before: Create a Facebook page for your reunion, and update it with information about the reunion itself. List all the information your family members will need to know: hotels, transportation, schedules. You can create “countdown” posts leading up to the reunion itself, like “The Smith family reunion is six months away – have you booked your hotel room yet?”
It’s also a great way to get family members interacting BEFORE the reunion. If you have an annual event, like the annual family softball game, you can get the competitive spirit going long before the reunion starts! It’s a great way to build excitement leading up to the reunion.
During: Create a “hashtag” for your reunion, and ask family members who use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to tag their photos and posts. What’s a hashtag? It’s a phrase that you can use to collect all the great photos your family will be taking. Try to make it unique, so you don’t confuse your pictures with anyone else’s. Hashtags start with the # symbol, and have no punctuations and spaces. So, for the Smith Family Reunion, you could call it #SmithFamilyReunion2014 or #2014SmithFamilyReunion.
After: Collect all the photos and put them on your Facebook page and family website. Then, as you start planning for the following year’s reunion, repost the pictures to get people excited for the next one!