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The Great Debate: Livestream vs. Pre-Recorded

Is it live or is it Memorex? In a recent blog, we touched on the debate about pre-recorded versus live content for virtual sessionsShould presenters stream live or record before the event? Conference planners get this question quite a bit while trying to determine which session types are right for a virtual event. And we don’t think that’s the right question to ask. 

It’s really a question of risk. 

First, we just have to say, “How will participants know if a session is live or not?’” Unless the presenter blows a snot bubble or holds up a newspaper when they recorded, they won’t.

Read more at: https://blog.hubb.me/the-great-debate-livestream-vs-pre-recorded

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Hybrid Event Interactions Between Virtual & In-Person Attendees

A year ago, the events industry had no choice but to master the art of virtual events. As restrictions are slowly lifting and the worst is hopefully behind us, we can glimpse into the future of post-Covid events. Our hosts Will and Brandt are event industry experts, so believe them when they say that the next big industry standard is hybrid events.

One of the greatest challenges the future poses is hybrid event interactions. How can we bridge the gap between the virtual and the in-person audience? The last thing we want is for the virtual guests to feel like flies on the wall or as if they were sitting at the kids’ table, as Brandt cleverly put it. But we are getting ahead of ourselves – tune in and learn what else our lovely hosts have to say about hybrid audience engagement and interactions between the two audiences.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/hybrid-event-interactions/

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Virtual Event Engagement: 15 Proven Ways to Increase Attendee Participation

Many modern event platforms provide basic virtual engagement tools, such as polling, chat, and live Q&A sessions. However, they barely scratch the surface when it comes to building a strong community. Attendees have high expectations, and many are growing fatigued by the amount of time spent in front of the screen. As such, they’re just one click away from leaving the event, especially given the many distractions that come with working from home.

Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/virtual-event-engagement

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Virtual Networking: How to Foster Meaningful Connections at Virtual and Hybrid Events

While most of us have grown used to socially distant virtual events over the past year, people are becoming increasingly wary of how much time they spend in front of the screen. Leaving an event is always just a click away, which is why you need to follow the best practices when learning how to host a virtual networking event.

With that in mind, here are eight proven virtual networking event ideas to bring high engagement levels to virtual and hybrid events:

Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/virtual-event-networking-ideas

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How To Facilitate Collaboration During Virtual Meetings

There isn’t a single problem we can’t solve if we combine our collective intelligence. This is the primary reason why virtual meetings must be collaborative. Without it, we risk squandering insights, ideas, and the perspective of our stakeholders.

During my last class, How to Facilitate Collaborative Meetings Online, we identified multitasking as the primary distraction factor while video conferencing, both personally and for our audiences.

Read more at: https://meetingpool.net/how-to-facilitate-collaboration-during-virtual-meetings/

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Clubhouse: what can event profs learn from the app´s success?

Find out the reasons behind Clubhouse’s overwhelming success and what event profs can learn from it.

Clubhouse is buzzing. Founded a year ago, the company raised over $100 million in January at a $1 billion valuation.

Celebrities like Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey are turning up at Clubhouse rooms. Invitations to the app have been selling for as much as $125 on eBay. 

Read more at: https://blog.inevent.com/tech-and-trends/clubhouse-what-can-event-profs-learn-from-the-apps-success.html

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How Event Planners Can Leverage Gaming to Engage Online Audiences

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

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Do Virtual and In-Person Attendees at Hybrid Events Actually Want an Integrated Experience?

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

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What Virtual Events Can Learn From Netflix and Tinder

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

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What Role Will Event Tech Play in On-Site Covid Safety?

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

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How Beacons can Transform Event Management and Trade Shows

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/

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8 REASONS WHY THE VIRTUAL VENUE IS BETTER THAN THE PHYSICAL ONE

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/

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VIRTUAL CONFERENCES: 7 BENEFITS AND A QUICK GUIDE TO SUCCESS

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/

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Compliant Electronic Voting System

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

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WANT A SUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL EVENT? HERE ARE 18 TIPS

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/

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13 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS TO EXCITE YOUR AUDIENCE

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/

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AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT: THE 2021 GUIDE

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

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20 SURE FIRE WAYS TO MAXIMIZE EVENT ENGAGEMENT

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

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6 VIRTUAL EVENT ATTENDEE PERSONAS FOR DESIGNING A BETTER EXPERIENCE

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

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New Shift in Virtual Event for 2021 : [Top 7 Trends]

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/

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5 things you need to measure at your next virtual event

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

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7 Event Trends That Will Shake Up Meetings & Group Business in 2021

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/

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Events gone virtual. Is there a future for mobile?

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/

 

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MEETING AND EVENT TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO TRY NOW

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

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Future Ready Strategy: Guide to Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Events

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

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7 Event Trends That Will Shake Up Meetings & Group Business in 2021

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/

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More Engagement At Virtual Events With The Sketch Effect!

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/

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HOW 5G WILL ENABLE BETTER AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AT EVENTS

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

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18 TOOLS FOR HOSTING A VIRTUAL EVENT

In light of the impact of the novel coronavirus and eventsan 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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37 EVENT SURVEY QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK FOR THE BEST INSIGHTS

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