We’ve been teasing it for a while, but the time has come to introduce our 2021 event trends guide! So, 2020 was…a year. Presented with more challenges than ever before, the events industry was forced to do a complete 180. But now that a brand new year has arrived, so have new questions. Will hybrid events become the norm? How will the expectations from attendees evolve? What emerging technologies will become mainstream? And how will the COVID-19 pandemic continuously impact us in 2021?
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/2021-event-trends/
A couple of weeks ago, we began our mini-series on the best virtual speaker kits. And the first episode was all about sound. What are the best microphones speakers can use to deliver top-notch presentations? As usual, our hosts Brandt Krueger and Will Curran did a deep dive into the subject. But no educational content surrounding this topic would be complete without going into the specificities of lighting and video.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-speaker-kits/
It’s time to talk about engagement at virtual events yet again. And yes, this is a topic that we’ve covered in depth before. However, as the world keeps changing around us and the industry shifts, these conversations need to be consistent. Pushing the boundaries of what we’ve been doing so far, learning about new and emerging technologies and how they can be harnessed is vital. Attendees will expect more and more from virtual and hybrid events and it’s up to event profs to deliver!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/engagement-at-virtual-events/
I had the honor of facilitating a Buzz Session at IAEE’s Expo Expo 2020 entitled “Going Virtual” — an apropos name given that this was the first fully virtual Expo! Expo! Along with serious questions I posed to the group, I also had a bit of fun by beginning the poll with the following question:
“If your experience of going virtual was an animal, which would it be?”
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Imagine an events ecoysystem where speakers can present remotely via engaging holograms. Where online events can have unlimited attendees and virtual reality can transport those attendees to unexpected and immersive environments. Where brands can geolocate customers at an event, make relevant recommendations based on their past buying behaviors, and distribute hyper-personalized content every step of the way. 5G technology will soon make it all possible.
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/how-5g-will-enable-better-audience-engagement-events
These are the key elements to consider when evaluating virtual event platforms so you can find the right solution for your virtual event.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the entire events industry and sparked a monumental shift from in-person events to virtual conferences. In the beginning of the pandemic, event planners were looking for a quick and easy solution to help them pivot their live events to virtual events. The world took notice as events across the globe were postponed, canceled, or moved to a virtual platform.
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2020 has been a year for trial and error as event marketers continue to navigate and perfect virtual events. We’ve seen an impressive amount of innovation from event planners, from virtual event strategies to virtual event production, and virtual event tools that help event marketers create meaningful experiences. We also expect hybrid events to be a major player next year, combining the best of in-person and virtual experiences.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-event-benchmarks
In light of the impact of the novel coronavirus and events, an increasing number of event organizers are shifting to virtual events as an alternative to postponing or canceling upcoming events.
For those who are new to the virtual environment, there are a few key areas to focus on when starting out. These include broadcasting or pre-recording a live event session, creating engaging experiences for your virtual audience, and integrating tools with an existing event management platform to streamline event data.
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Get inside the minds of your attendees and other stakeholders with these 37 must-ask event survey questions.
What do your attendees think about your event? How about sponsors? Are they likely to support your event next year?
It’s hard to say exactly how well an event went when you only have your own personal experience to guide you. That’s why tools like event surveys and event evaluations are critical for measuring attendee satisfaction.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/event-survey-questions
Welcome to the 2021 event technology guide. Here you’ll learn how to choose the right event technology for your next event to support your desired event outcomes.
What is Event Technology?
Event technology is any digital tool that helps you plan and produce an event. Some examples are event management software, engagement tools, virtual platforms, streaming services, and mobile event apps.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/event-technology-guide
You asked and the Event Tech Podcast delivered – it’s time to talk about the best speaker kits! Because now that we’re several months into the pandemic and, consequently, the world of virtual events, there can’t be any more excuses. We had the time to learn. And we had the time to put into that sweet research in order to get acquainted with the technology available. But it’s always good to get some input from the experts…so it’s Will Curran and Brandt Krueger to the rescue!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/best-speaker-kits/
Yes, we’re finally asking the million-dollar question: do we even need in-person events anymore? And no, the Brew Crew isn’t trying to trigger anyone here. But rather, they’re interested in starting up a conversation about the challenges we are facing as an industry. And arguably one of the biggest is trying to convince people as to why spending so much money on live events is still worth it. Sure, when the pandemic subsides, we’ll all run to the first concert we can find.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/do-we-need-in-person-events/
When you work in production, you come across your own particular brand of horror stories. And now that our professions have been irrevocably changed, these happen quite often. So it’s not hard to imagine that people like our host, Brandt Krueger, technical producer extraordinaire, have quite a few tales to tell…and it’s worse than you might think!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/live-stream-horror-story/
A few months ago – you know, when the craziness was at its highest – we wrote about virtual event mistakes. If you’re an avid reader of Endless, you might recall that one of those mistakes was foregoing rehearsals. And if you’re not an avid reader…well, what are you waiting for? But let’s return to the topic at hand. Back in the day – and no, we can’t believe it’s only been a handful of weeks either – we felt it was important to warn event profs against this. However, we didn’t dive quite as deep as we hoped for.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-event-rehearsals/
What are your attendees thinking? It’s a common question for planners and marketers, and finding the answer doesn’t rely on telepathy, but on technology. Using technology to track customer touchpoints, companies can create multiple engagement scores per event that provide actionable insight into the customer journey. For marketers and planners, the engagement score ties to virtual, hybrid, and in-person events, looking to event touchpoints to show the attendee journey. The scores can provide full insight into your customers based on their event interactions.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/engagement-scoring
It’s a scenario we are all too familiar with. You log on to your computer to start your day, excited by the prospect of an entire Monday with no meetings. It seems too good to be true! And then it hits you – it is. You suddenly remember that you registered for a few digital events. You have to be on camera all day, which means changing out of your faded sweatshirt and running a comb through your hair. And you have to talk to people. It takes you one minute to decide that you are not going to be joining the conference.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/digital-events
Many of us now attend virtual meetings every day, sometimes, a lot more than we would like. Virtual meetings are often blocked out into our schedules a week in advance or are thrown onto that one free block of time on our calendars an hour before they begin. During COVID-19, individuals have spent more than 5.5 billion minutes in virtual meetings, according to Entrepreneur.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/virtual-meetings
When last year’s IBTM World Trends Watch Report, written over the summer of 2019, predicted that the Virtual Experience Economy would be the big trend for 2020 (accelerating the merger of in-person and digital event elements), no-one could have imagined just how little time this evolution to online would take.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/uk/blog/events/trend-watch-2021-virtual-experience-economy
BizBash’s newest column offers a monthly check-in on all things event tech, from new virtual platforms to social distancing-focused tools to software that will make your job easier. Got a tip? Get in touch!
In Case You Missed It
Did you catch last month’s Event Tech Check column? Be sure to click here for more standout technology tools that can help you produce live, virtual, and hybrid events this year.
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The most comprehensive 2021 tech events directory on the web.
Searching for the top tech events to attend in 2021? Scouring the internet for event information can feel quite overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done all the work for you! This carefully curated conference directory features over 100 tech conferences happening in 2021 from around the world.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/technology-events
The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet.
Virtual events are nothing new but—as we discuss in our comprehensive guide to coronavirus and events—we’re seeing many organizers pivot from in-person to digital.
For many event organizers, virtual events present a new opportunity for overstepping the hurdles of social distancing and engaging audiences around the world. Planners have already made their intentions clear, with 93% of event marketers already planning to incorporate virtual events into their strategy in 2021 and beyond.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-events-2021
Discover the 20 best virtual event ideas to incorporate into planning your next event. Featuring examples from brands like Forbes, INBOUND, and more.
Virtual events have gained popularity as the world continues to deal with the novel coronavirus. According to our Event Outlook Report, 93% of event marketers plan to invest in virtual events moving forward. Fortunately, event technology has made it possible to host unique online experiences that can align with your goals and event strategy.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-event-ideas
Almost 6,000 event marketers registered for (Almost) HYBRID to discuss the future of events. Here’s what we took away from our second virtual summit.
Last week, thousands of event marketing professionals from all over the world tuned in live for our second virtual summit: (Almost) HYBRID. Speakers from CNBC, Burning Man, IBM, and more joined us to share their insights and perspectives on the hybrid future of events.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/hybrid-event-takeaways-2021
How to choose the right format for your conference or trade show, create cross-channel experiences for attendees, and build the perfect software platform for your hybrid events in 2021 and beyond.
With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, many trade shows and conferences and deciding to plan for hybrid events in 2021. Hybrid events give meeting planners the best of both worlds, as they can accommodate attendees who are unwilling or unable to travel, and still provide an in-person experience for those who are able to make it to the show.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/a-comprehensive-guide-to-planning-hybrid-events/
You’ve undoubtedly been hearing a lot lately – and not just in this space – about the COVID-19 pandemic giving rise to something often described as the Zoom Era. Virtual events, you see, have been a necessary function of maintaining public health, social distancing and general decorum. Whether it’s a work meeting, symposium, classroom or concert, we’ve all been dutifully doing our part to suck it up, hunker down and log on. For now.
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/virtual-events-where-start-0
The difficult choice, if an Event-Technology provider should close the gaps between their own inventory and potential opportunities has become easier. Around 65% of fully functional technical equipment is unused. Providing a platform for AV firms and other service providers to sell and buy components or entire systems has started in December with used equipment first. This will be extended to new equipment by the middle of 2021.
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2021 has been the year of virtual and hybrid events becoming mainstream. While the acceptance, penetration, and maturity of virtual events has increased significantly, the underlying challenges of virtual events have prevailed. Surveys suggest that 96% of event planners struggle with how to commercialize and create long-term engagement around content themes.
The EPS environment by Globibo was initially developed as a long-term Event-based Social Network. It can be used for 1-time events, but the main value transpires from the longevity of many elements. Over the month of December, Globibo has now launched its 3rd own community cluster.
For more information, check out www.globibo.com/media
When we plan virtual or live events, we need to figure out how attendees will engage with the content, sponsors, and each other. But hybrid events pose a unique challenge.
We now must also figure out how we’ll get these audiences to engage with one another.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What experiences, if any, should be online-only? In-person only?
- Which virtual and face-to-face activities can I make one cohesive experience?
- What will interaction between digital and live audiences look like?
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/hybrid-events-engagement/
All event organizers make it a priority to ensure a memorable experience for their target audience, from start to finish. And the best way to guarantee that is through lead capture technology, which works primarily as a digital identification system of each attendee. Then, you only need to use ID technology as the means for personalization. Not only does personalization offer a more seamless experience for attendees, but organizers benefit from the increased value of collecting key attendee data that can be highly valuable for follow-up actions or for planning better events in the future.
Read more at: https://beamian.com/lead-capture-technology-event-personalization/