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Hybrid Events Technology: Revolutionizing Events for the Life Sciences

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The life sciences industry has always heavily relied on events to foster meaningful interactions between healthcare stakeholders. In fact, according to the Forrester report: Hybrid Events Generate Demand and Deepen Relationships: A Spotlight on Pharmaceutical Companies,” 72% of pharmaceutical marketers find events to be the best way to educate and nurture deep relationships with customers.

The pandemic has further positioned events as an effective engagement tool across the product lifecycle. However, the decline in traditional office access and changing preferences owing to safety concerns have changed the way events are organized.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/hybrid-events-technology-life-sciences

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The Complete Guide To Virtual Conferences in 2022

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Virtual conferences offer planners and marketers a way to connect with a broader audience, often leading to higher registration numbers than in-person events as travel and cost are no longer burdens attendees must bear. In our new normal, virtual events have taken over. According to a survey conducted by PCMA, 79% of event planners are going virtual. With this event type comes a new way of thinking and planning an event. It takes cross-functional teams that include planning, marketing, IT, and digital, as well as reimagining content that engages attendees from home. So, what does it take to plan a virtual conference?

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/virtual-conference

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30 Virtual event ideas with examples for 2022

We’ve always had webinars, but now, the humble webinar has been joined by a new type of event – a virtual event.

According to a survey conducted by PCMA, 79% of event planners are going virtual. From virtual meetings to virtual conferences, the meetings and events industry has transformed in the last few months and is embracing new forms of event marketing and management technology.

With this new reality comes new challenges and solutions. As you’re building your virtual event strategy, there’s a lot to consider. The right virtual event platform, the right type of content, the best virtual engagement strategies – these are all crucial components in crafting an effective (and enjoyable) virtual event.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/virtual-event-ideas

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The Complete Guide To Virtual Events in 2022

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The value of face-to-face interaction will never go away, but there are times when going virtual is a necessary part of your event program. But how do you turn a multi-day conference, filled with networking opportunities, educational sessions, and the attendee insights they generate into virtual events?

And once you do, how do you ensure attendees are engaged throughout the event?

Read full story at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/virtual-events

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Artificial Intelligence: The Upcoming Impact on Events

The past few decades have seen tremendous technology change and this coming decade will be no different:

  • The 1990s brought us email and basic internet connectivity.
  • The 2000s brought is the widespread adoption of the web
  • The 2010s brought us the widespread adoption of smartphones and other mobile technology.
  • The 2020s, I believe, will see artificial intelligence as the most significant technology change agent of this decade.

Read more at: https://www.corbinball.com/article/42-technology-how-to-use-it-better/269-ai4events

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Can One Virtual Meeting Platform Rule Them All?

The “inevitable” event tech consolidation trend that started in 2019 is on steroids in the late pandemic era as bulked-up platforms infused with venture capital are racing to offer one-size-fits-all, end-to-end options for meeting professionals looking to streamline their virtual and hybrid meetings while startups emerge to solve specific meeting professional needs.

The announcement yesterday that London-based virtual streaming giant Hopin was purchasing New York-based physical event services company Boomset was another step in the direction of an end-to-end hybrid meeting solution.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/technology/134089/virtual-meeting-platform-rule-them-all

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Shed the Masks and Bring in the Sound and Lighting

In my nearly three decades of producing and executing events worldwide, the last sixteen months has been, well, let’s just say trying. Like many in the events world, we all know companies that have shut down or had to lay off dozens if not hundreds of employees. The Covid-19 pandemic was not their fault, but business is business.

We saw event production contracts go from thriving to nearly all events cancelled, scaled way back or transformed into virtual in a matter of hours or days.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/technology/134580/shed-masks-sound-lighting

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Where Does #EventTech Go from Here?

It goes without saying that the last year has been…long. And yet it also seems only yesterday that pots were being banged at 7 p.m. and Italian tenors were singing “Nessun Dorma” to their apartment blocks in lockdown. Time has been particularly elastic in the last year, and (meaning no disrespect to those that have lost or suffered) that’s been particularly the case in the #eventtech space, where more innovation in digital and hybrid events has come in the last year than in quite some time. I often get asked if I think that pace will continue. Let’s look at history to find clues to our future.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/magazine_article/where-does-eventtech-go-from-here

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7 Biggest Livestreaming Challenges (and the Best Solutions!)

One of the positives that came out of the last 18 months is the ability to reach a broader audience through livestreaming. Even as events are coming back and in-person audiences are gathering around the world, a virtual component will forever be a way to add value to your event and to your attendees.

However, the bar has been raised as audiences no longer settle for cheap solutions or second-rate platforms.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/technology/135242/livestreaming-challenges-solutions

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What Hybrid Platform Consolidation Means for Meeting Profs

The predicted consolidation phase of the big streaming platform explosion has taken a down-to-earth turn. Virtual meeting platforms are buying, acquiring, partnering and otherwise conjoining with in-person meeting producers to offer full-service, integrated hybrid capabilities.

What will that mean for meeting professionals?

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/magazine_article/hybrid-platform-consolidation-meeting-profs

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5 Habits to Break in Your Online Events

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Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, I found myself emphasizing over and over to planners that they didn’t have to throw out the rulebook when it came to taking their events online. There were a lot of experienced in-person event planners who felt completely out of their element, and it was important to remind them of the incredible wealth of experience they brought to the table.

Online events were just “a different venue,” and their core skills were still valuable: being able to visualize the audience experience from start to finish, vendor evaluation and selection best practices, knowing their stakeholders, and making all decisions flow from the goals and objectives of their events.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/magazine_article/habits-break-online-events

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How Two Virtual Meetings Added Meaning to their Gatherings

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If you think popping into a succession of boring Zoom calls makes you an expert on virtual meetings, it’s time to think again. Two recent examples show that by leveraging complementary tech and meaningful interactions, you can still surprise and delight through a screen. Our wish for 2022 is that all virtual events incorporate a little more “wow.” These two creative programs could be a roadmap for doing just that.

Read more at: https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/technology/137876/how-virtual-meetings-added-meaning

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Hybrid Event Trends Defining the Future of Event Experience

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Though we’ve all heard the word more than enough times, “hybrid” still carries a good amount of uncertainty. What exactly does it mean? What does it look like in practice? How are Event Experience Leaders implementing hybrid in their own strategies?

We set out to answer these questions through real-time feedback, proprietary data, and extensive research. Our team interviewed and surveyed hundreds of attendees and sat down with industry experts to establish the guidelines for creating market-leading hybrid events.

Read full story at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/hybrid-future-event-experience

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The State of the Event Industry: 7 Predictions for the Next 5 years

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For the past two years, Event Experience Leaders have been toeing the line, trying to solve for the events in front of them while setting themselves up for a hybrid future.

None of us has a crystal ball telling us what the future holds, but we do have trusted industry experts who can make educated predictions based on overall trends, their own data, and diverse personal experiences.

Read full story at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/state-of-the-event-industry-7-predictions-next-5-years

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Education Conferences: The #1 Education Events Guide in 2022

Explore dozens of must-attend education events taking place in 2022, covering a range of fields, including higher education, education administration, education management, and education tech.

To better navigate this list, here are the different event types you’ll come across in this list: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/education-events

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6 Key Takeaways From The Future of Event Experience

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This week, we hosted The Future of Event Experience, an immersive virtual event that brought thousands of event professionals together to celebrate innovation and discuss the era of Event Experience.

The Future of Event Experience kicked off with an energetic dance performance, filmed in Central Park, New York City, followed by an inspiring keynote speech from our Co-Founder and CEO, Eran Ben-Shushan. Eran shared Bizzabo’s vision for where the events industry is going and how Event Experience Leaders can be successful in 2022 and beyond.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/6-key-takeaways-future-of-event-experience

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Virtual Events: The #1 List of Virtual Conferences in 2022

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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 2022 and beyond.

But we also recognize that best practices around virtual events are still in their early stages. This is where working with experienced event and marketing agencies can prove to be a plus.

Read full story at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/virtual-events-list-2022

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How Bizzabo Avoided the AWS Outage To Ensure Seamless Event Performance

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Can you imagine what would happen if you were hosting a major event and — minutes into the keynote — the venue’s power crashed or the pipes burst and flooded the event space? These are chaotic, panic-inducing scenarios for event professionals and attendees.

As the pandemic persists and the events industry evolves, we’ve realized our tech has become the venue for countless brands and organizations. Our tech has to operate flawlessly. Without it, there is no event.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/how-bizzabo-avoided-aws-event-outage

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40 Must Attend Events For Event Planners in 2022

Looking to grow as an event professional in 2022? Check out these 40 dedicated to event marketing and event management excellence.

We know how hard it can be to find great events to attend, so we’ve made it easier for you. In this post, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the most important event industry conferences that every event professional should attend this year.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/35-must-attend-events-for-event-planners

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What We’ve Learned About Hybrid Events and What It Means for 2022

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In 2020, we were uncertain about the future of events. Even a few months ago, event professionals were excited about a return to in-person events in 2022. However, with the persistence of the delta variant and the shocking rise of the omicron variant, marketers now say they’re less likely to attend in-person conferences in 2022.

What does that mean for the events industry? It means that hybrid events are here to stay. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/hybrid-events-forrester-webinar

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Tech Conferences: The Best Tech Events Guide for 2022

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Searching for the top tech events to attend in 2022? We’ve done all the work for you! This carefully curated conference directory features more than 100 tech conferences happening around the world in 2022.

The Tech Events featured in this list take place throughout the year and cover a wide range of different industries — from SaaS and FinTech to startup events, and more. To better navigate this list, let’s briefly review the different types of events you’ll see.

Read the full story article at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/technology-events

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Bizzabo Acquires Klik To Revolutionize In-Person Events

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Klik’s wearable tech and extensive infrastructure provide a new level of visibility into data at in-person events. Klik allows organizers to gain valuable, location-based insight into attendee engagement and behavior, as well as to more effectively measure success and strategically plan for future events.

Because Klik’s wearables also act as communications devices, they can trigger customized recommendations for content, sessions, networking opportunities, sponsors to visit, and more.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/bizzabo-acquires-klik

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Delivering More Impactful Events: Product Announcements From The Future of Event Experience

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We live in a hybrid world, filled with integrated experiences that blend the physical and digital. But the events industry has struggled to keep up with the change. Event management software wasn’t purpose-built for connected experiences, which has left event organizers unable to produce events that live up to their visions.

The resulting gap is what we call the Event Impact Gap™ — the chasm between what event leaders aim to achieve and what event technology enables them to do.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/bizzabo-product-announcements-future-of-event-experience

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Announcing the App Market in the Event Experience OS

The era of Event Experience is here. To succeed in delivering compelling experiences that drive business impact and delight attendees, organizers need the best event technology. At Bizzabo, we’re committed to providing Event Experience Leaders the tools and support they need, and we’ve got an exciting update to share how we’re doing more to help organizers.

At our recent virtual event, The Future of Event Experience, we announced many exciting product updates, including the App Market — an integral component of the Event Experience Operating System as an open platform.

Read full story at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/bizzabo-announces-app-market

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Virtual Events: InEvent’s Complete Guide

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Virtual events are events that take place online. Instead of gathering and consuming content at an in-person event, virtual events allow attendees to join the event from wherever they are – their homes, office, another country, etc. More and more companies and organizations have pivoted to online and virtual events as many of us were isolated in our homes. Virtual events allowed us to continue to engage and connect even though lockdowns restricted our movement.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/virtual-events/virtual-events-inevents-complete-guide.html

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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Virtual Event

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The pandemic rapidly accelerated the digitization of events, profoundly changing the live events industry as we knew it. As we’re working towards recovering from the disruption of last year, it’s becoming apparent that, given the Delta variant’s outbreak, virtual and/or hybrid events will be the norm for the remainder of the year.

The good news is that there are several opportunities to keep virtual events as an integral part of fostering connection and engagement among your target audiences.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/strategy-en/6-mistakes-to-avoid-when-planning-your-virtual-event.html

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The Top 5 Venue Selection Criteria for Hybrid Events

While event planners agree that the future of events is hybrid – combining in-person and virtual components – most still haven´t hosted a live event since the pandemic restrictions started.

Indeed, according to EventMB´s State of the Event Industry Report, 71.5% of planners’ haven´t been able to host any live events since the first restrictions were introduced. However, 70.3% of event professionals actively plan in-person events, and 67.5% agree that events will be hybrid, including a digital strategy to maintain the virtual audience.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/hybrid-events/the-top-5-venue-selection-criteria-for-hybrid-events.html

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7 Reasons Why You Should Host Video-Driven Events

Learn about the benefits of hosting video-driven events, including reach, engagement, networking, monetization, and more!

With the rapid growth of audio content and the ongoing buzz around audio chatrooms like Clubhouse, why should event professionals use video for their events?

The benefits of live streaming are nothing new, as it has been a go-to form of communication for marketers and content creators for years.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/corporate-events-en/7-reasons-why-you-should-host-video-driven-events.html

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Creative Strategies in the Hybrid World

Jennifer (AKA Jenny) Hoffman, Senior Global Creative Strategist at Spotify, has worked in the creative industry (in events, launching marketing campaigns, leading workshops for brands, and tons more) for over seven years.

While the rest of us scrambles to find our way into the hybrid world, Jenny has been living #thathybridlife for six years already, making her an expert in a world where the rest of us are still playing catch up.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/hybrid-events/creative-strategies-in-the-hybrid-world.html

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Demystifying Engagement: How to connect with your audience

Connecting with your audience is key to demystifying any form of engagement when it comes to event management. Liz King graced our 360° event to shed more light on how to connect with your audience.

Liz King Caruso started her business on Twitter, but after connecting with like-minded individuals via social media, her Twitter account blossomed into a fully-fledged events business.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/digital-transformation/demystifying-engagement-how-to-connect-with-your-audience.html