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What are some of the most effective and creative ways you’ve seen or implemented yourself to ramp up attendee engagement in virtual & hybrid events?

As event planners continue to make the shift to virtual and hybrid events, maintaining a high level of attendee engagement has become an even more pressing topic. We asked eight event professionals from all over the map what are some of the most effective and creative initiatives they’ve seen or implemented themselves to ramp up attendee engagement.

Read more at: https://www.eventmobi.com/blog/what-are-some-of-the-most-effective-and-creative-ways-youve-seen-or-implemented-yourself-to-ramp-up-attendee-engagement-in-virtual-hybrid-events/

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Essential Equipment for Planning an Outdoor Event

From battling the elements to challenging technical logistics, planning an outdoor event poses a unique set of challenges for event managers. So, whether you’re hosting a charity fundraiser, sporting event, or music festival, covering all bases when it comes to your event equipment is key to giving vendors and attendees a memorable experience (for all the right reasons).

Read more at: https://pathable.com/essential-equipment-for-planning-an-outdoor-event/

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4 Tips To Enhance Attendee Experience

So much of an event planner’s or event management company’s day is spent brainstorming creative and innovating ideas on how to enhance an event and attendee’s overall experience.

Ensuring your event is engaging for your audience is absolutely imperative, so enhancing their experience where ever possible is key. By introducing creative and original ideas you will avoid any chance of them leaving unimpressed and not wanting to come back for future events.

Read more at: https://pathable.com/4-tips-to-enhance-attendee-experience/

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40 Event Planning Apps to Watch in 2020

We decided to put together all the apps we have reviewed in the last year, to give you a highlight of the technology we see impacting events in 2019.

This is by no means an award, some sort of ranking, or a top ten list.

As we spent a lot of time going through these apps, we analyzed the thinking behind them, talked to the founders, and tried and tested them.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/event-planning-apps

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4 Virtual Event Ideas

Virtual events are becoming the new normal as event planners are facing the many challenges of COVID-19. Thankfully, the newest solutions in event technology can provide a much-needed alternative to in-person events that can deliver above-and-beyond for your stakeholders.

In this article, we’ll briefly explain how a virtual event can have all the same great features as an in-person event and how virtual events are beneficial.

Read more at: https://gtrnow.com/4-virtual-event-ideas/

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HOW ATLASSIAN SUMMIT DREW NEARLY 13,000 ATTENDEES TO A VIRTUAL EVENT

In the early days of March, the world began retreating to their houses and home offices in response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, changing — and testing — business as we knew it. Corporate event planners had to make the difficult decision to postpone, cancel or transition their in-person events into digital experiences. It wasn’t possible to gather, yet the guessing game of when we might resume life as we knew it was too difficult to understand.

Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/how-atlassian-summit-drew-nearly-13000-attendees-virtual-event

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Why The Virtual Event Is Here To Stay (And Why You Should Be Excited)

Only a few months ago we were scrambling to try and protect our business, and help our clients protect theirs.

What we didn’t realise was the virtual event solution we thought would be a temporary band aid is now looking like a potent opportunity

CrowdComms has supported a large number of virtual events over the last few months.  Here’s what we’ve learned about the long-term benefits of virtual events:

Read more at: https://www.crowdcomms.com/post/2020/7/22/why-the-virtual-event-is-here-to-stay-and-why-you-should-be-excited

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Virtual Events: Turn Passive Attendees into Active Participants

Getting your attendees engaged and involved with your content is one of the most important obstacles for any event planner. Event tech provides many opportunities for your attendees to more effectively engage with your content. Virtual events require creative techniques to drive remote attendees’ focus and keep them engaged with the event’s content.

Active vs. Passive Attendees

Events with remote attendees require a detailed engagement strategy to ensure that attendees are actively attending your event rather than passively watching.

Read more at: https://www.crowdcomms.com/post/2020/8/12/virtual-events-turn-passive-attendees-into-active-participants

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Eventtia vs. VR Events: What’s the difference?

Virtual reality or VR is a buzzword that has been on the tips of our tongues for a long time now. Having gained prominence, most notably in gaming and entertainment, it’s starting to make some big moves in the events industry.

Combine this with the rise of virtual events over the past few months, and it’s fair to say that there’s a fair bit of confusion flying around. Does a virtual event have to include VR? What can I do with VR at a virtual event?

Read more at: https://www.eventtia.com/blog/eventtia-vs.-virtual-reality-events-whats-the-difference

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How to Keep Your Virtual Event Secure From Cyber Threats

At this point, we’ve all heard the stories of Zoom webinars being vulnerable to Zoombombing and trolling from unwanted and unexpected guests. Over half of eventprofs have pivoted their events online in the last few months, and with that massive rush online came a widespread lack of regard for digital security and privacy.

As event planners, we are given extremely personal and valuable information on our attendees and stakeholders, and it’s our responsibility to safeguard it and make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/virtual-event-security

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How SEO Firm Moz Successfully Reimagined Its Flagship Event as Virtual

SEO software company Moz hosts its in-person convention, MozCon, each July in Seattle. The annual event usually attracts around 1,700 attendees and spans three days of sessions and activities.

This year, like so many other companies, Moz was forced to cancel its live event and find a way to deliver value to attendees online instead. With less than three months to pivot to a virtual platform, the team at Moz set out to create an innovative experience that they could provide virtually.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/moz-virtual-event-case-study

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Keeping Attendees Engaged Is the Biggest Challenge for Virtual Events

There has been a lot of hype around virtual events since the beginning of the pandemic, but not all of it has been borne out by experience. While some eventprofs have enjoyed higher profits and increased attendance rates as compared to live events, many are not finding the format to be a viable solution.

Online events present many challenges to planners, but some are more significant than others.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/attendee-engagement-virtual-events

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5 Emerging Event Trends to Keep on Your Radar

The event industry is in the most precarious position it has ever seen, and the future is shrouded in uncertainty. The outlook for events will depend on a number of factors: resurgences of the virus, medical advances, restrictions on travel, the economy at large…

But the industry will persevere. Event planners are a resourceful breed with a strong sense of community fortified by various networks of support.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/5-takeaways-future-of-the-event-industry

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Hybrid & Virtual Event Production: Elevating The Experience

It’s already been established that virtual and hybrid events will be the industry’s bread and butter for a while. And even though planners have been avidly consuming educational content on the topic, there are still misconceptions going around. For instance, you probably read every article under the sun teaching you about virtual audience engagement, sponsorships, speakers, and more. But how much attention have you actually paid to the virtual event production aspect?

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-event-production/

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CES 2021 Is Going Virtual! Now What?

The annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association known as CES has long been considered the digital stage for innovation. From its Westworld-inspired activations to the exciting technology it presents to its tech-savvy audience, CES has consistently been pushing forward. And yet again, the people behind the show seem to be at the forefront of change. Because it’s recently been announced that CES 2021 will be entirely virtual, keeping up with the latest trend.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/ces-2021-is-going-virtual-now-what/

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A Reference: Virtual / Digital / Collaborative Meetings & Events Platforms

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Many folks have been trading info for the last few weeks and wondering what their options might be for remote platforms that will help us meet, learn and stay connected while we’re trying to get on with some semblance of business during this difficult time.  Our team, and some friends and colleagues, have done a little research, taken a few demos, and come up with a pretty good list of options for every type of online meeting or collaboration.  There’s something for everyone, hopefully!

Read more at: https://meetingpool.net/a-reference-virtual-digital-collaborative-meetings-events-platforms/

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39 Event Planning Apps to Watch in 2020

We decided to put together all the apps we have reviewed in the last year, to give you a highlight of the technology we see impacting events in 2019.

This is by no means an award, some sort of ranking, or a top ten list.

As we spent a lot of time going through these apps, we analyzed the thinking behind them, talked to the founders, and tried and tested them.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/event-planning-apps

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5 Virtual Event Tips to Get the Most out of Your Next Event

So, you decided to take your in-person event virtual. Like so many others in the meetings and events industry, we are all being asked to step outside of our comfort zones and into the new normal. You may be worried that by making a last-minute pivot to virtual you will not be able to have the same success with this year’s event as in previous years. But that does not have to be the case. We reached out to Nicole Wood, CEO and Co-Founder of Ama La Vida and she shared with us 5 tips to improve your virtual event:

Read more at: https://gtrnow.com/5-virtual-event-tips/

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The Ins & Outs Of Hybrid Audience Engagement

We’ve talked a lot about virtual events in the past and how we keep the audience engaged. But when it comes to hybrid audience engagement, you are literally dealing with two different sets of attendees. A hybrid event is the combination of an in-person audience and a virtual audience. And our definition of a perfect hybrid event is when you have the blurring of lines, the blending of those two audiences together, where they have the ability to interact with each other.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/hybrid-audience-engagement/

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The Only Virtual Events Handbook You’ll Ever Need

We created the ultimate Virtual Events Handbook! With over 60 pages of information and resources, you’ll learn everything you need to know about virtual events.

Another wedding in a pandemic!

Well, everyone, it happened! My sister got married and it was marvelous. It was hard to remember that we were still in a pandemic. My sister did such a good job taking precautions to make sure that people felt comfortable, stayed safe, and had a good time.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/your-virtual-event-planning-handbook-2/

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Three Tips for Powering Personalized Events with Technology

Personalization is more than just a nice to have — it’s a necessity. This is especially true at events where there are multiple messages competing for an attendee’s attention. Taking a traditional one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t cut it anymore as your customers are becoming more and more adept at filtering out generic advertising.

Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/three-tips-for-powering-personalized-events-with-technology

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What Tech Needs to Provide to Make Virtual Events a Success

In fact, 40 percent of respondents to a recent EventMB survey answered “no” when asked if they had been successful at pivoting their events to a virtual platform. When asked to evaluate their successes in terms of a sliding scale instead of a yes or no answer, roughly 60 percent of respondents had less than ringing endorsements: 27 percent did not even try pivoting to virtual, 8 percent had tried but failed, and 38 percent made it work — but not profitably.

Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/virtual-event-tech-requirements