Virtual events are great. They are cost effective, can fit in a lot of content, draw a wider audience base, and b2b networking translates beautifully to the format. However, any virtual event can fail miserably if the technical side isn’t properly planned for.
Here are the top technical errors event planners have made with their virtual events and how to avoid them.
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Making the necessary transition from physical events to a virtual platform, or planning for a hybrid event, can lead to a lot of anxiety when it comes to making sure your organization retains the same level of revenue from your annual conferences. The same goes for ensuring that your stakeholders—attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and not least of all, your organization—find the same high value in a virtual or hybrid event as they would with an event held in person.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/retaining-revenue-and-providing-stakeholder-value-for-your-virtual-event/
“What makes a conference, a conference?”
His answer — just one thing:
It’s the connections made between individuals becoming part of a larger conversation that makes a gathering like Display Week worthwhile for its attendees.
To make these connections possible, good communication is required.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/successful-communication-for-virtual-hybrid-events/
In the past few months, you’ve probably encountered the term ‘virtual event platform.’ Whether you’re a business owner or an attendee, it’s no surprise you’d come across virtual event platforms at this time.
The reason is the world of physical and on-ground events was literally rocked in 2020. The year, and its highlight being a pandemic, forced the physical event industry to shift, change, and reshape tremendously.
At the same time, a pandemic forcing people to stay at home for months on end has only helped an already-growing industry bloom and flourish.
Read more at: https://blog.eventtus.com/virtual-event-platform-benefits-and-tips/
Choosing the right software for your hybrid events can be stressful. There are so many options and it can be daunting to determine what the right one is for you.
We’re a bit biased toward eventScribe Live because we’ve worked hard to build one of the most comprehensive event platforms on the market for any event type, but hopefully these next considerations help you no matter what platform you choose.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/hybrid-events-software-platform/
When the Millennial generation, or Gen Y, born between 1981 and 1996, entered the United States workforce, the country experienced some of the biggest economic shifts in its history. The changing market environment created sharp socio-economic divides between groups with, and groups without, college degrees. Meanwhile, student loan debt began to grow while salaries remained stagnant and for some, even regressed relative to the rising cost of living.
Read more at: https://attendify.com/blog/how-millennial-summits-virtual-conference-brings-dream-careers-to-life/
Virtual event experiences are here to stay, and the industry is justifiably focused on virtual technology. By comparison, mobile event apps are barely on anyone’s radar and have seemingly become an afterthought. This begs the question: Is there a future for mobile in a post-COVID-19 event technology landscape?
Just a few years ago event apps were the event industry’s hottest growth trend, spawning hundreds of startups, including Attendify.
Read more at: https://attendify.com/blog/events-gone-virtual-is-there-a-future-for-mobile-event-apps/
We’re excited to announce the launch of MeetNow, a real-time networking and 1:1 meeting solution, which is now available in Attendify’s virtual event platform and was designed to drive more leads for your virtual sponsors and exhibitors. MeetNow is a one-click solution to the challenges facing today’s event sponsors in achieving the level and quality of attendee engagement necessary to drive ROI from virtual events.
Read more at: https://attendify.com/blog/introducing-meetnow-for-your-virtual-event-sponsors/
For the last several years, the people of planet Earth have been navigating a Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The idea is that humanity is experiencing a, “fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” Within this context, there’s a natural social pressure to increase the pace and scale of STEAM education (science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, based in mathematics).
Read more at: https://attendify.com/blog/how-the-mars-society-launched-a-worldwide-virtual-event-into-outer-space-with-elon-musk/
Pivoting from in-person to virtual events has not been without its challenges, especially when providing the same level of value for sponsors and exhibitors. In fact, 2 of the top 3 obstacles reported are increasing attendee engagement and sponsorship value. So, it’s easy to see why marketers and event organizers are focused on recreating the interactive, discovery-driven dynamic of in-person events in a virtual setting, because:
Read more at: https://attendify.com/blog/drive-real-virtual-event-sponsorship-value-with-attendifys-newly-revamped-sponsor-pages-virtual-booths/
As often as we hear it, it’s true. Technology can help achieve a well-rounded event and transform the onsite experience – whether the objective is to enhance human connections, captivate attendees, customize spaces or design frictionless visitor experiences. As we strive to stay relevant in an ever-changing events marketplace, here are some technology trends we’re using to make in-person experiences even more powerful, meaningful and efficient.
Read more at: https://insights.bcdme.com/blog/technology-trends-to-enhance-in-person-event-experiences
Technology is constantly evolving. And with social distancing required to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the meetings and events industry, among all others, has become even more reliant on it. A permanent state of iteration paired with this new dependency equals new and ever-changing trends.
Below, we highlight current meetings and events technology for virtual, hybrid and live experiences.
Read more at: https://insights.bcdme.com/blog/insights/meetings-and-events-technology-trends-to-try-now
According to the HLAA, 62% of employees with a disability have an invisible disability. In a virtual environment, it’s even more challenging to know if we are providing all the necessary accommodations for our audience.
As we continue to rely on digital communications to connect with our audiences, it’s important to ensure our events are accessible for all. In this blog, we will dive into simple changes we can make to improve the accessibility of our events.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/tips-virtual-events-accessible
Be prepared for anything. It’s a phrase that meeting and event planners and marketers know by heart. But, as this past year showed us, there are some things you can’t prepare for. After the tumult of 2020, we’ve learned some of the dos and don’ts of virtual events, how to host safer in-person events, and have begun to think about hybrid events. We’ve all learned new technology and figured out how to connect even at a distance.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/future-ready-strategy
Do you remember how much work it used to take to record a keynote speaker? We remember attending conferences that felt like a full TV studio and others where interns recorded from a camera on a tripod. And how many times were those conference recordings left on an SD card somewhere and never uploaded?
Virtual events have made one thing a whole lot simpler: recording and sharing conference content!
Read more at: https://gtrnow.com/monetizing-event-content/
As we head back into live events, we’ll see many changes in how each one is fulfilled. One very important aspect for exhibitors to prepare for is how attendees feel about stepping back into public spaces, specifically large events like trade shows. This is why it’s important to start contemplating hybrid events.
What’s a Hybrid Event?
A hybrid event allows for trade shows, conferences, meetings, and other types of events to combine a live, in-person aspect with a virtual/digital component. While your live event is going on, you’ll also have the ability to reach attendees in a mirrored experience online.
Read more at: https://www.tsnn.com/blog/how-hybrid-solutions-help-keep-attendance-live-events
Building on months of experience and some realistic expectations on global health trends, it’s not a matter of if, but how, the meetings and events industry will continue to experiment and change in 2021 and beyond. The tough part is: There’s still a lot to learn.
To stand out amongst a sea of hybrid and virtual events, you have to have the right skills, equipment, and plans in order to be successful.
Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-planning/event-trends/
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?”
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/technology-not-magic
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.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/topic/event-management
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/