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Top Small Business Events, 2012 [CHART]

Chart - Top Small Business Events

More than 4 in 10 small businesses host events, with 71% of those believing that they’re important to their organization’s success, according to new data released by EventSpot by Constant Contact. On average, these businesses are hosting 13-14 events per year, with the most common types being workshops/seminars/lecturs (63% B2B; 56% B2C) and classes (52% B2B; 48% B2C). Somewhat intuitively, the results show that conferences are more popular among B2B than B2C businesses (44% vs. 23%), while the opposite is true for social gatherings (36% vs. 47%).

Events aren’t just about attracting new customers. In fact, the top reason for hosting an event, according to the data, is to provide education or training (26%), followed by generating more sales/revenue (19%) and attracting new customers (18%). (One might imagine that all 3 feed into each other in one way or another.)

Small business events appear to be a DIY affair – with just 3% of small businesses responding to a recent survey saying they hired an external event planner. Read the rest at MarketingCharts.