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26 Virtual event ideas with examples for 2021

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.

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

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VIRTUAL EVENTS BEYOND THE TYPICAL LIVE STREAMING VIDEOS

In the past few weeks, there have been numerous virtual events and sessions being hosted, whether that’s music concerts, business conferences or entrepreneurial talks. People are realizing that virtual events are easier and cheaper to attend, while still getting an amazing experience.

At Eventtus, we have always been adapting to the market to meet customers’ needs, and proactive in taking innovative initiatives that transform the norm. That’s why when events were cancelled and postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and event planners started being concerned about the industry, we took the responsibility to do our thorough research and come up with a new, exclusive product that facilitates and evolves the future of events.

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-events-live-streaming-videos-virtual-event-platform-virtual-conference-best-practices/

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6 WAYS VIRTUAL EVENTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM WEBINARS

Throughout the past months, event planners who used to host in-person events started going live on different platforms such as Zoom, Facebook and Youtube instead, and many experts are now creating online content that wasn’t present in this format before. Since the whole world is not moving with the fast pace of before, now is the time to create and inspire.

While webinars have become quite popular these days as they have advantages such as being easy and inexpensive to organize, they don’t really provide the full experience of an event to an audience that used to attend in-person events before.

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-events-vs-webinars-virtual-event-platform-virtual-conference-best-practices/

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13 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE BEST PRACTICES FOR GUARANTEED SUCCESS

Have you ever wondered what the virtual conference best practices are?

Virtual conferences are making headway as part of the virtual events industry, which was estimated at $78 billion in 2019. The industry is forecast to surge to over $400 billion by 2027! (Grand View Research)

But to launch a successful event or conference, there are a few best practices to follow.

If you’ve ever had to do digital marketing work, you’ve probably researched what the best practices were for posting and using different platforms. Plus you’ve had to experiment a little to see what works for you.

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-conference-best-practices/

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Case Study: AVMA Virtual Convention

Dedicated to providing educational accreditation and certification programs that protect and elevate the quality of veterinary care, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers its members a wide range of opportunities for professional development. The annual AVMA Convention is the organization’s flagship event, offering best-in-class continuing education that includes lectures, workshops, panels, and even hands-on labs taught by experts in veterinary medicine.

Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/avma-virtual-convention-case-study

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Your Virtual Event Toolkit

Over this past year, we’ve put together a lot of virtual event guides, checklists, playbooks, and other helpful resources. So we wanted to both look back at all the resources we’ve created as well as provide a single location where you can find all these resources. Because here at Hubb we’re all about freeing event planners from tedious, time-consuming tasks so they can get back to doing what they do best, crafting incredible events.

Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/virtual-event-toolkit

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CadmiumCD Launches New Matchmaking and Networking Capabilities that Facilitate Personalized Attendee Experiences

Event software company, CadmiumCD, today announced expanded matchmaking and networking capabilities on the eventScribe Live platform for hybrid and virtual events. The new capabilities deliver personalized experiences to attendees and create more opportunities for 1-to-1 engagement through text and video chats.

“We are thrilled to deliver these personalized experiences to attendees on eventScribe Live,” says CadmiumCD Co-Founder and President, Michelle Wyatt. “

Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/cadmiumcd-launches-new-matchmaking-and-networking-capabilities-that-facilitate-personalized-attendee-experiences/

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50 Virtual Event Platforms to Consider for Your Next Online Gathering

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/event-tech-virtual/hybrid-virtual-event-production/article/21307528/50-virtual-event-platforms-to-consider-for-your-next-online-gathering

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6 Ideas for Engaging Event Attendees Year-Round

Attendee engagement may be the single most important component of any event—and those efforts shouldn’t end when people walk out the door. And in the expanded world of virtual and hybrid events, the possibilities for year-round engagement are even greater. When attendees aren’t limited by location, the door opens to new options for content sharing, ongoing mini events and podcasts, creative networking opportunities and much more.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/production-strategy/strategy/article/21354218/6-ideas-for-engaging-event-attendees-yearround

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How Event Pros Plan on Fusing Virtual and In-Person Elements at Live Events

While the comeback of live events is looking more promising, many event and meeting professionals don’t plan on kicking their newfound virtual skills to the curb. Here, industry pros from across the United States and Canada share their plans and bonus tips for merging virtual and in-person components into future gatherings.

Joe Schwinger, Founder, MeetingPlay, Frederick, Md.
“What we love about the virtual world is that it empowers attendees to have a voice. Historically, it would be hard for an event attendee to stand up and say something in the middle of a keynote, but with virtual events and all the engagement tools we wrap around the content, attendees have a powerful voice and can be heard loud and clear.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/production-strategy/opinion-experts/article/21378650/how-event-pros-plan-on-fusing-virtual-and-inperson-elements-at-live-events

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See How This New Technology Can Streamline Health Screenings at Live Events

While everyone—especially event professionals—is eager to get back to experiencing in-person events, the industry still has mountains of event safety measures to climb and perfect before exhibit halls can be filled once again with attendees, vendors and more. A new-to-market technology making that mountain look like a far more optimistic molehill? Health Pass from touchless identification platform CLEAR.

Like a passport or driver’s license but for your health, the technology is easily accessed via CLEAR’s mobile app.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/production-strategy/event-management/article/21283081/how-clears-new-health-pass-technology-can-streamline-covid19-health-screenings-at-live-events

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Event Tech Check: 9 Tech Tools That Can Improve Your Virtual and Hybrid Events This Month

BizBash’s technology-related reporting has centered around a number of different topics lately, ranging from new tech that can streamline health screenings to a look at why LED walls will trump video projection as live events return. We also highlighted an event tech company that’s repurposing old headphones into earmuffs for the homeless, and checked out how a recent art festival used AR technology to create a COVID-safe experience.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/event-tech-tools/article/21307298/event-technology-news-from-concept3d-crowdsync-technology-vfairs-social-hour-and-more

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The Future of Event Tech: 4 Industry Leaders Discuss What Every Planner Should Know Now

As we all struggle to know what the future of events looks like, one thing is clear—technology will be a major player at any gathering for the foreseeable future. To get a glimpse inside the crystal ball, BizBash chatted with the CEOs of four top event technology companies. The group discussed the future of hybrid events, what attendees want now, the most important things to keep in mind during the planning process and what every event producer needs to know about technology today.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/event-tech-tools/article/21342595/the-future-of-event-tech-4-industry-leaders-discuss-what-every-planner-should-know-now

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10 Clever Virtual Event Ideas You May Have Missed

As the event industry begins to slowly reopen, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement and put all our virtual knowledge learned last year to the side—but don’t! With hybrid events expected to be the trend this year, virtual attendees aren’t going anywhere. Looking for some inspiration on how to build out an equally engaging experience for your online guests as you are for in-person eventgoers? Keep scrolling for a few tech-forward ideas from brands like Apartment Therapy, Create & Cultivate, Walmart and more.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/hybrid-virtual-event-production/media-gallery/21342778/10-clever-virtual-event-ideas-you-may-have-missed

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Craving Virtual Event Engagement? Look to Virtway Events!

With so many virtual event platforms on the market, it can be hard to learn what’s right for you. Enter: Virtway Events, the world’s largest, most accessible, and most customizable 3D virtual platform on the market. Virtway has been building 3D communications platforms for over two decades, and the company’s unique in-house technology can be used to create fully personalized, engagement-driven gatherings ranging from virtual trade shows, conferences, and corporate meetings to employee training and on-boarding, webinars, and collaborative activities.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/sponsored/article/21342871/virtway-events-craving-virtual-event-engagement-look-to-virtway-events

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Is Extended Reality (XR) the Future of Virtual Events?

Emerging technology offers astonishing possibilities for the future of virtual events, such as remotely attending music festivals or lavish galas that feel hyperrealistic despite happening thousands of miles away. XR, or extended reality, platforms are offering event creators unprecedented opportunities to bring their most unique event concepts to life through stunning digital experiences. So how can the industry leverage it to develop event concepts that drive up the wow factor for their attendees? Well, the kicker is, even with rapid growth, the coveted event tech comes without a handbook.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/hybrid-virtual-event-production/article/21354654/is-extended-reality-xr-the-future-of-virtual-events

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Event Tech Check: 8 Cool New Tools You Should Know About This Month

Last month, BizBash caught up with the CEOs of four top virtual event platforms to discuss best practices for hybrid, how technology will play a role in the future, what attendees want now and more. We also dove into whether extended reality (XR) is the future of virtual events and rounded up some steal-worthy strategies from the tech-forward virtual edition of SXSW.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/event-tech-tools/article/21366437/event-tech-check-8-cool-new-tools-you-should-know-about-this-month

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7 Ways to Engage Virtual Event Attendees With Socio’s Unbeatable Platform

When live events were put on hold due to the pandemic last year, event planners were forced to innovate virtually so people could still gather—just from a distance. Cue the rise of virtual and hybrid events and, along with it, a laser focus on how to host a virtual event that could successfully engage attendees at home, so they felt as connected as they did attending events in person.

Today, however, there’s more competition than ever for people’s virtual attention. As people begin traveling and interacting more in person, virtual will compete with live events (and shopping and coffee shops!) as well.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/sponsored/article/21389945/7-ways-to-engage-virtual-event-attendees-with-socios-unbeatable-platform

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Why Two-Way Engagement Is Key For Virtual Benefits

So, you can’t find the right platform for the virtual event of your dreams. Why not build your own?

That’s the approach Brad Nierenberg took for the 16th annual Chance for Life benefit, which took place Feb. 27. When it became clear that his annual 2,000-person poker tournament fundraiser couldn’t take place in person due to COVID-19, the Alexandria, Va.-based entrepreneur—who is the president and CEO of experiential marketing agency RedPeg as well as the founder of the Chance for Life charity—decided to launch Poker 501, a new non-gambling poker platform geared toward charitable events.

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/event-tech-virtual/hybrid-virtual-event-production/article/21389940/why-twoway-engagement-is-key-for-virtual-benefits

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How to Increase Audience Engagement During Your Virtual Event

More than ever, event organizers, brands, and everyone in between are relying on virtual experiences to engage with their audience—whether planning a conference, team-building activity, or a VIP event. And while the industry has taken great strides, there’s still a struggle to break through all the digital noise.

Creating the same level of organic interaction as an in-person event isn’t easy.  However, with a well-thought-out strategy, you will keep your virtual attendees engaged and focused (and away from Slack!).

Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/sponsored/article/21391916/yaymaker-how-to-increase-audience-engagement-during-your-virtual-event

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HOW TO ENGAGE AUDIENCES IN AN ERA OF VIRTUAL FATIGUE

Whether caused by taking part in a series of daylong video conference calls, catching up with loved ones from afar, or attending an event or meeting via an online platform (or a combination of all of these), virtual fatigue is a very real thing.

Now a year since the pandemic began, it’s clear that certain brands and organizations are coming out on top — those paying attention and addressing virtual fatigue by placing both their audiences and storytelling at the heart, thinking creatively and embracing new yet equally relevant technologies to enhance the virtual attendee experience.

Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/how-engage-audiences-era-virtual-fatigue

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Virtual 2.0: How to Prepare for Your Next Digital Event

Sponsorship Boost recently worked with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) on their virtual annual meeting. Sponsorship Boost was hired to write the virtual prospectus and execute the Annual Meeting’s exhibits and sponsorships on the CadmiumCD platform so that AAC&U could focus on the speakers, educational content, and networking. With their guidance and virtual expo experience, the AAC&U team seamlessly integrated their exhibit/sponsorship goals with the opportunities available on the virtual event platform.

Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-your-next-digital-event/

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YOUR 8-TIP GUIDE TO CREATING SUCCESSFUL HYBRID EVENTS

Virtual events are growing in number and capabilities but many businesses are still looking for better opportunities or rather alternatives. One such alternative is: hybrid events.

As the world begins to sort-of adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, realizing that it’s not a temporary thing but rather a long-term situation, businesses, sectors, and industries are adapting to the new normal.

In the virtual events industry, one of those forms of adapting is the rise and development of hybrid event

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/successful-hybrid-events/

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how facial recognition is paving its way into virtual events world

facial recognition systems are a form of technology that you may not even realise you are using on a daily basis. the fundamental use of this technology is that it is capable of matching a human face from an image via a camera or video frame against a database of faces. this is typically used to authenticate users within id services and works by using facial features within a specific image. the prevalence of this technology is best illustrated with the use of using your face to simply unlock your phone or check your banking. however, with the emergence of virtual conference software and corporate virtual events, we now pose the question of how facial recognition is paving its way into the virtual event world.

Read more at: https://www.sevenevents.co.uk/blog/how-facial-recognition-paving-way-virtual-events-world/

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7 best practices to engage event attendees online

let’s go back to march 2020, that first three weeks of being locked down in the uk, where the realms of online meetings and events were so unknown; we were all waiting for someone else to take that first step to organise a virtual event.

now a year on, the situation has reversed, online events are the new normal, and at sevenevents we’ve successfully pivoted our offering becoming a virtual events agency to enable our clients to stay consistent with their calendar of events. we have our own online conference platform, hub7 and have been running online team building activities almost daily.

Read more at: https://www.sevenevents.co.uk/blog/best-practices-engage-event-attendees-online/

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The Complete Guide To Virtual Events in 2021

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

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MAKE BETTER DECISIONS WITH THESE 50 VIRTUAL EVENT STATISTICS

Did you know that the virtual events industry is expected to exceed $400 billion by 2027?

The latest data from Grand View Research shows exactly that. It’s a whopping growth from the $78 billion reported for 2019.

But this shouldn’t come as a surprise. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay at home for almost a year – and with new strains emerging, virtual events are here to stay.

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-event-statistics/

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VIRTUAL BOOTHS: 16 TIPS TO MAKE YOURS STAND OUT

In the new normal, there are virtual events and virtual booths.

Both businesses and attendees knew what a booth looked like at an in-person event.

As an exhibitor or sponsor, you knew the amount of space you had, your location on the conference grounds, and had the opportunity to play with shapes and colors to stand out.

But what about a booth in a virtual venue?

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-booths-tips-virtual-event-platform/

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6 CREATIVE VIRTUAL NETWORKING IDEAS FOR YOUR ONLINE EVENT

Have you considered how using virtual networking ideas can make your event more exciting?

You probably may have. But the problem is that many businesses don’t know how to manage a virtual networking session.

Their big question: Can virtual networking mimic networking in physical events like the old days?

The answer is: Yes, it can.

Read more at: https://eventtus.com/blog/virtual-networking-ideas-for-businesses-sponsors-organizers-exhibitors/

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Expert Guidance: How Professional Services Can Help You Deliver Successful Events

There’s no doubt about it, 2020 was a rough year. Many industries and professionals were hit hard by the pandemic, but perhaps none more so than the live event industry. However, when adversity comes to call, you can choose to lie down and take a beating, or you can adjust and thrive. Transitioning from live events to virtual or hybrid ones is no easy feat. But if you’re considering hosting your first virtual event, you don’t have to do it alone. Our team is uniquely equipped to help you adjust to the virtual arena and make your virtual event a memorable experience that you, your vendors, sponsors, and attendees will never forget.

Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/benefits-of-utilizing-professional-services-to-deliver-event-success