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Community Brands Acquires Mobile Event App Providers Core-apps and TripBuilder Media

Software and payments leader closes acquisitions of Core-apps and TripBuilder Media, expanding its event tech portfolio with additional attendee engagement solutions

March 22, 2019 — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Community Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations, today announced the acquisition of Core-apps and TripBuilder Media. Both event management software companies bring leading mobile and onsite attendee engagement solutions that complement the Community Brands event technology portfolio.

Over the last 12 months, Community Brands software has supported over 200,000 events. The newly-acquired companies immediately complement a set of event planning solutions that already includes event registration, onsite registration and badge printing, live-event capture and streaming, event fundraising and lead retrieval. Core-apps and TripBuilder Media add additional capabilities for registration, attendee mobile experience, digital attendee wayfinding, attendee tracking and exhibitor management.

“Event management is a growing industry that embraces new technology and innovation,” shared Jay Tokosch, CEO of Core-apps. “We’re excited to further enhance the enterprise capabilities of the impressive event tech footprint of Community Brands.”

Core-apps has built an event management ecosystem upon the latest technology and strong, integrated partners. The company has several award-winning solutions, including attendee mobile apps and beacon solutions. Among its offerings is a revolutionary augmented reality feature that enhances the onsite mobile app experience and creates new ways in which exhibitors and sponsors engage with attendees. Just this month Core-apps celebrated its 10-year anniversary, during which time it has achieved more than 2.6 billion downloads of its mobile apps.

“Events represent a unique opportunity to create memorable moments that cannot be achieved in other ways,” stated Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault, President and CEO of Community Brands. “With Core-apps and TripBuilder Media, together with our existing technology, we are helping organizations deliver a personalized attendee experience and reduce complexity for event planners. We extend a warm welcome to the employees, customers, and partners of these two companies.”

Industry leader TripBuilder Media provides mobile apps for both live event and year-round attendee engagement. The firm’s EventMobile application drives attendee interaction through targeted messaging, peer-to-peer networking, surveys and polling, personalized session tracking, and event city guides. The all-encompassing TripBuilder Media Mobile 365 solution transforms the way organizations engage with their members every day of the year. “Mobile tools are a significant part of the engagement experience during events and throughout the year,” shared Steven Tanzer, President of TripBuilder Media. “Engagement shouldn’t end when an event does, and our mobile solutions reflect that philosophy.”

The need for event management technology is shared by Community Brands association, nonprofit, school, and faith-based customers – many of whom are taking advantage of event technologies integrated with membership and data solutions. These customers, coupled with a growing list of corporations, are utilizing the company’s event tech solutions for everything from pre-event planning to post-event content publishing.

Financial details relating to these two acquisitions have not been shared publicly. Both transactions have closed.

Learn more about Community Brands and its Association Solutions, Nonprofit Solutions, K-12 Solutions and Faith-based Solutions.

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