So, what’s in a venue? As event organizers, we know what we’re looking for when we pick an exhibit hall or convention center for our events. And we know what our event stakeholders—attendees, exhibitors, presenters, and sponsors—want to get out of the spaces within our venue.
CadmiumCD’s eventScribe Live has features that effortlessly bring the in-person event experience into the virtual space, but one event space can feel a bit more daunting than the others. It’s easy enough to create livestreams or recorded education sessions.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/video-chat-event-experience/
One good thing came to the event industry from 2020: The year brought us a slew of new virtual event technologies in an effort to keep events alive, even if it’s online. But finding the perfect virtual event platform is a true matchmaking game. From interactive features to functionality to branding capabilities to the platform’s overall appearance, there’s a lot to consider and even more to choose from—but that’s where we come in.
Here, we’ve rounded up 50 virtual event platforms to consider for your next digital shindig.
Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/bizbash-lists/article/21307528/50-virtual-event-platforms-to-consider-for-your-next-online-gathering
Throughout the recent virtual event revolution, engagement has remained a major challenge for eventprofs — EventMB found that over half of planners (51.5 percent) consider it their biggest frustration when sourcing virtual event tech.
It’s not surprising. Events thrive on the value of face-to-face interactions, chance meetings, and lucrative connections. Virtual events put event stakeholders in the unfamiliar position of having to convey that value virtually. But while virtual may not be as familiar a format to business events, many precedents have already been set in other online spaces.
What lessons do we have to learn from them?
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/virtual-event-gamification
As the event industry slowly begins to move into hybrid events after a year of being relegated almost entirely to virtual, planners and tech providers are facing a new set of challenges.
In particular, there has been an ongoing debate as to the extent to which in-person and remote audiences should — and want to be — mixed during hybrid events. At least in the short-term, most in-person events will rely on a virtual component, with higher expectations from remote participants than ever before.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/hybrid-event-audience-interaction
The so-called virtual event revolution over the past year has taken place in a time during which we have never been more digitally connected and engaged as a society. Netflix has to ask its viewers if they’re still watching, and online dating platforms have become mainstream.
The pandemic has only heightened the success of the everyday online platforms we spend our time on, with video games and streaming services both experiencing massive surges.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/what-virtual-events-can-learn-from-netflix
As event professionals scramble to source the best tools to support upcoming hybrid events, reports from respected independent sources are a welcome addition to the conversation. The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Events Management Solutions, Q1 2021 Report is the latest in a series of reports from Forrester Research that cover event technology.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/new-research-ranks-best-b2b-event-marketing-tech
As vaccine rollouts pick up the pace in many regions and many more begin to open up, some planners are optimistically looking at in-person event programs for the second and third quarters of 2021. However, vaccine efficacy expectations are changing and not all attendees will necessarily be required to get one. Onsite Covid safety is still very much a concern.
Event tech has played an instrumental role in the survival of the event industry throughout the last 13 months, and providers are once again leading the pack to facilitate the return of safe in-person events.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/event-tech-onsite-covid-safety
Beacons have captivated the attention of the tech media world. With the recent deployment of these low-cost devices by retailers such as Macy’s, Apple Stores, and sports venues such as Major League Baseball stadium, Oracle Arena, etc., beacon technology has stimulated the appetite of event marketers too.
For years, event organizers have pursued new ways to enhance visitors’ experience by delivering improved customer service and offering digital content through event-specific mobile apps.
Read more at: https://blog.beaconstac.com/2014/08/how-beacons-can-transform-event-management-and-trade-shows/
When you’re planning an event, you want to sell as many tickets as you can, but you also want to keep your attendees happy. A ticket transfer allows you to do both. Offering ticket transfers gives your attendees more flexibility and allows them to adjust their event participation as needed.
Perhaps an event registrant has a scheduling conflict and needs to push Thursday night’s yoga class tickets to the next week.
Read more at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/transferable-online-event-registration-ds00/
The year 2020 marked the upsurge of events taking place in virtual venues.
With many countries and cities going on lockdowns since March and again in November, it was clear that virtual was the way to go. And that the virtual venue was the next big thing.
The coronavirus pandemic required both events management businesses and companies that regularly held physical events, for marketing or sales purposes, to consider alternatives.
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-venue-is-better-than-physical-events/
Being a software as a service (SaaS) product means we are constantly working on creating better features, benefits, and more importantly better experiences for our customers and their customers.
As a virtual event platform, everything for us relies on experience. And this is what digital transformation is all about, isn’t it?
That’s why for our newest sprint, we focused on three important aspects:
- Exhibitors (two updates)
- Tracks and Filtering
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/new-eventtus-features-new-experiences-for-your-virtual-event/
Events have been an essential area for marketing, networking, and sales for many businesses for the past few years. But 2020 has forced companies to shift gears in this area.
Large-sized events like conferences are now going into a virtual setting and businesses are now shifting towards virtual conferences.
Many companies, small and large, have been forced to re-evaluate their business, strategy, and how they do things.
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/benefits-virtual-conferences-quick-guide/
Virtual events aren’t new. They have been around for some time. But the types of virtual events have developed and changed in the past few months more than any other time.
Many businesses struggle with wrapping their heads around virtual events, while others aren’t aware of what qualifies as a virtual event and what doesn’t.
Not to mention, which kind of virtual event works for which business. Or how to create a successful event.
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/types-of-virtual-events/
Electronic Voting is governed by a myriad of national and industry-specific regulations and policies. Balancing user experience, technical requirements and Personal-Data-Protection best practices require solid infrastructure and experience.
Advanced electronic voting system must:
- Incorporate various levels of anonymity, without sacrificing the auditability of votes
- Provide Auditor Access for voting results and detailed checks
- Differentiated Reporting based on Weights / Share Types
- Detailed Quorum Statistics
- Multi-Layered Proxy Voting Structures
Globibo voting system has set a new standard for intelligent response systems. The system allows covering responses from the participants of any event, from traditional voting via information surveys and knowledge verification to interactive game shows. Know more in detail – https://www.globibo.com/et/audience-response-voting-systems.php
Launch of Event.Studio new Wizards that allows to quickly configure great events and conferences using analytics of what worked (and didn’t) in the past. The Wizards helps you to create effective virtual or hybrid events in less takes time. It answers the main 3 design-related questions i.e,
- What modules one can use to create a great interactive session?
- How to create a simple and enjoyable user experience?
- How to keep the technical complexity and risk as low as possible?
Know more in detail – https://www.globibo.com/et/virtual-agm.php
Who doesn’t want a successful virtual event?
Most businesses, big or small, want their events to be successful especially when they’re taking the plunge and shifting to virtual.
Before the pandemic, when many parts of the world were exploring virtual events, a report by Grand View Research valued the global virtual events market at nearly $78 billion. And that was in 2019.
Now that being at home or remote is the new norm, you can expect this industry to grow even more – and fast.
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-event-success-tips/
Did you know that 49% of marketers believe that engaging audiences in a virtual setting is key to a successful event? (Markletic)
It’s true. Whether you’re running a virtual conference, event, expo, job fair, or anything in between, failing to engage your audience means they won’t come back to future events.
To overcome this dilemma, we’ve compiled a list of 13 virtual conference engagement ideas to help you out.
Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/13-virtual-conference-engagement-ideas-to-excite-your-audience/
If your attendees are getting frustrated with complex forms, log-in passwords and a long list of seemingly unnecessary questions – then chances are they’ll give up and look elsewhere. In fact – giving your attendees a good registration experience can have a HUGE impact on first impressions (and attendance!) so it makes sense to get it right. But how?
Watch webinar on: https://www.eventsforce.com/webinar/virtual-events-how-to-get-the-registration-experience-right/
Konduko, a global supplier of contactless technologies, will provide its award-winning products to Event Tech Live’s (ETL) show in London, ensuring an engaging lead-capture experience for both in-person and virtual exhibitors and attendees.
The tech pioneer has been championing contactless and digital experiences since 2013, with products that allow for exhibitor and attendee data to be exchanged immediately and at a safe, social distance.
Read more at: https://pro.eventtechlive.com/konduko-to-provide-contactless-hybrid-technology-for-event-tech-lives-uk-europe-show/news/wallehyland/
Audience engagement is a familiar topic. Keeping attendees actively engaged throughout the entire experience is instrumental in the overall success of your event. And while event engagement is clearly an important metric to keep track of within your larger event strategy, it can be hard to define, let alone measure.
This becomes even more challenging when translated into a virtual setting.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/audience-engagement-guide
More than half (67.7%) of event marketers find it more difficult to keep attendees engaged during sessions at virtual events. It’s time we fix this issue. Virtual experiences are now the norm in the event space, and investing in the hybrid era will become the next significant shift in events. With the industry rapidly evolving, how can planners drive and improve audience engagement within this new paradigm?
Keep reading to find out the best practices, tips, examples, and strategies to maximize event engagement!
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/maximize-event-engagement
It’s no secret that event sponsorship is a continuous pain point among event planners, even more so with regards to virtual. In fact, ranging on a scale of 1-10, leading marketers reported an average 6.5 confidence level when it comes to providing value for their virtual sponsors.
And it seems that just as soon as we’ve started to get the hang of virtual sponsorship, hybrid is right around the corner. So how can you create unique programming to attract and retain sponsors for both virtual and hybrid events?
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/event-sponsors
What are Attendee Personas?
Before we can dive into how to use attendee personas, we need to define what they are. Attendee personas are fictional characters that represent your attendees. Personas are fictional characters who represent your event audience. You can create attendee personas by conducting extensive research, pulling data, and grouping similar traits together. Attendee personas capture both the needs and goals of your attendees. Personas give you insight into what makes your attendees tick, what they want to experience, and what motivates them to attend your event in the first place.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/attendee-personas
We all want to increase engagement with our events. Now that most events have moved to the virtual space, it may seem like a daunting task to build the same level of engagement that we’re used to with in-person events. How can we get our stakeholders to engage with our content and each other when they won’t be all in the same space?
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/3-reasons-why-having-an-online-community-can-boost-event-engagement/
Since 2020 is the revolutionary year for every sector, especially the corporate event management, this has brought about an immense amount of opportunities for event technology in the hybrid event sphere.
Events will be more innovative, interactive, dynamic, and virtual. With that potential, event technology will transform the critical aspects of events, making them more organized, enjoyable, and engaging to audiences.
Read more at: https://www.airmeet.com/hub/virtual-event-trends-2021/
We all know now that virtual events are full of data, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Session evaluations can be done with the click of the button, and event planners have access to a plethora of back end user tracking like session visits, time spent in session, the list goes on. Now that we, event planners, have access to this ocean of data, we would be remiss not to use it to give our attendees the best experience possible. This guide to a data-driven virtual event will show you how.
Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/data-driven-virtual-event-guide
We all recognize that events can be huge lead generators, but not every lead is a good lead. An attendee shows up at our booth and we scan them in exchange for a t-shirt. Are they interested in our product or do they just want the shirt?
Weeding out the qualified leads is the key to getting a return on your event investment, but the process has taken a lot of time and legwork in the past. That has changed with the emergence of virtual events. Because of the new set of tools built into virtual events, your next conference, trade show, or summit can be a huge data generator, producing tons of qualified leads, determining which elements of the event were most successful, guiding future sales and marketing efforts, and more accurately calculating an event’s ROI.
Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/5-things-you-need-to-measure-at-your-next-virtual-event
To put it simply, 2020 was a rough year for just about everyone, including those in the hospitality and events industry. Many event planning conferences were canceled or postponed, and most of those that weren’t took place virtually. While 2021 may still look a little different than normal, expect to see many conferences back and ready to help industry professionals navigate the massive changes in the way they do business.
Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-planning/event-planning-conferences/
2020 was a really hard year for everyone — including those in the hospitality and events industries — and many businesses are just beginning to emerge with thoughts of “normalcy” in 2021. While many of 2020’s conferences and trade shows were canceled or postponed, 2021 is looking like it might be a bit more normal. While conferences may still look different (with lots of virtual and hybrid programming), expect to see many conferences back and ready to help hospitality professionals navigate the changing world of hospitality and tourism.
Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/hospitality/hospitality-conferences/
Virtual events are growing in popularity, and it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to change very soon. But as planners, venues, on-site teams, and everyone else involved in an event’s life cycle plan for a future full of virtual and hybrid events, there’s still a lot of unknown. That’s where these virtual event examples come in.
The following examples of virtual events span across multiple industries and vary in size, length, and technology. But they all have one thing in common: They took place in 2020, as the need for organizations to pivot to virtual events skyrocketed.
Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/virtual-event-examples/