Virtual events are here to stay, and to adapt to this change, event platforms are beginning to offer more self-service production features to help presenters create amazing content, connect to audiences more effectively, and to enhance the overall virtual event experience. At the same time, they are reducing the complexity that presenters have to deal with as they produce their content.
Churches may at first seem like an unlikely place to look for inspiration in hosting virtual and hybrid B2B events. With that said, churches share many of the same challenges that B2B event planners have faced over the past year. Just as business people often prefer closing deals in person, many Christians equate worship with being within the four walls of the church. We even use the phrase “the church” to reference the entire religious institution — so intertwined are the two concepts.
If any further confirmation of this preference were needed, research from the Barna Group suggests that only 2 percent of practicing Christians attended a church service via video or live stream in 2020.
The evolving event landscape and the rapid shift to hybrid and onsite-only events present event planners with a mix of uncertainty and opportunity. Taking full advantage of the recovery while minimizing the risk of a misstep means shifting skill sets and new talking points in partner-sourcing discussions.
But it has also created a simplicity market wherein the ability for a provider to manage things behind the scenes is a valuable differentiator. In 2020, this resulted in planners leaning heavily on their tech providers to fill the gaps:
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The recent explosion of virtual and hybrid event tech has helped the industry through one of the most challenging years it has ever faced, but it has also thrown event planners into unfamiliar territory. Sourcing virtual event platforms and hybrid technology was not the norm until 2020, and it requires at least a basic understanding of the available offerings and features.
With that in mind, here is an extensive glossary of event tech terms to help you make sense of the technology you’re working with.
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For creators in the music industry, 2020 was all about agility and adaptability. In the face of canceled or postponed live events, attendees were more hungry for entertainment than ever. Many concerts and festivals responded with online content, but they soon found that bringing the music to people in their homes presented a whole new set of challenges, from technical issues to keeping people engaged.
As restrictions on in-person events are being lifted in certain communities, live events are becoming a possibility again — but not everyone will be ready to return to in-person gatherings just yet. Accommodating both the eager-to-socialize and the more cautious attendees can be key to leveling up your event creation game. Hybrid events, which can be enjoyed either in-person or virtually, do just that.
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.
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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.
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/
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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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!
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Clubhouse managed to capitalize what amazed us in the early 2000s about unconferences and barcamps: self-moderated sessions capitalizing on collective intelligence.
This is what happens in a Clubhouse room. The room starter controls who comes on stage, attendees can raise their hand, and if the originator needs to leave, the room can keep on chatting.
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This year, the DNC was different. Regardless of the political implications of the content, what the speakers said, and how they said it (which goes beyond the interests of EventMB), the event was a virtual event.
Especially looking at the decisions that the event planners made, the DNC was arguably more of a broadcast than an actual event.
But as we’ve said many times before, virtual events have to become a little bit more of a show rather than trying to become an avatar-based or virtual reality-based interaction.
Conference Compass Virtual Event Platform: What Is It?
Conference Compass’ #OneCommunity virtual event platform is an add-on to its 365 Community Mobile Platform and CMS. The platform is available on native mobile, tablet, and web apps to allow attendees to join and engage in different ways. It can be used for fully virtual or hybrid events and includes features specifically designed to connect virtual and in-person audiences.
From battling the elements to challenging technical logistics, planning an outdoor event poses a unique set of challenges for event managers. So, whether you’re hosting a charity fundraiser, sporting event, or music festival, covering all bases when it comes to your event equipment is key to giving vendors and attendees a memorable experience (for all the right reasons).
There has been a lot of hype around virtual events since the beginning of the pandemic, but not all of it has been borne out by experience. While some eventprofs have enjoyed higher profits and increased attendance rates as compared to live events, many are not finding the format to be a viable solution.
Online events present many challenges to planners, but some are more significant than others.
Weeks into lockdown it’s no surprise that the demand for virtual events is skyrocketing. It’s heartening to see how adaptive the event planning industry can be.
We are working around the clock to meet the demand for tech to deliver high quality, and engaging virtual event experiences. It’s intense, but we are truly grateful to be busy and we are enjoying taking our clients on this journey.
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CadmiumCD Project Manager Josh Miller knows a thing or two about capturing major events on camera.
With emmy-award winning experience on projects like the Super Bowl, the space shuttle Atlantis launch, and the Oscars, plus interviews with celebrities like Michelle Obama, Cal Ripken, and — let’s not forget — our very own CadmiumCD Super Planners, Josh knows his way around live and recorded broadcasting.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/capturing-your-event/
If you’re currently reading this, chances are you fit into one of two categories. You’re either a planner eager to learn how you can set your virtual speaker up for success, or you’re a speaker looking to be trained in the art of virtual presentations. You might also just be a curious person, but for the sake of purpose, let’s assume you’re either a planner or a speaker. So let’s be real here – whether you like it or not, virtual and hybrid events are here to stay.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-event-speakers/
So, we’ve been talking about virtual events a lot later, but we were yet to tackle the virtual event production team. And yes, virtual events also involve a production team! Sure, you can just choose a platform and roll with it. But as we explained before, a virtual event production company is your best choice. If you want a successful experience for you and your attendees, you need the right people by your side. People that know the ins and outs of the game and will create a tailored solution for you!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-event-production-team/
What are virtual events?
Virtual events allow event organizers, speakers, attendees, and sponsors to interact remotely through a virtual environment. While webinar and virtual conferencing tools have been around for a while, innovative approaches and tools are quickly emerging to more closely align in-person event goals to the virtual channel.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-events-conferences
We surveyed 1,500 event professionals and the majority agree that engaging Attendees is the most crucial element of planning experiences. Event professionals do often a good job at engaging attendees live but what about the army of online attendees?
Live streaming can add that tech element to your event and create an interactive platform that leaves your audience engaged and entertained, while offering additional revenue streams.
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As anyone in the event industry knows, no amount of planning can predict the weather, a venue or artist cancelation, or — as we’re currently dealing with — a global pandemic. When unexpected setbacks derail your event, a contingency plan will help you decide your next move. But what if you don’t have one?
The bottom line is despite your expertise and experience, adaptability is still the most beneficial skill you need as an event professional.
One of the best tools trade show planners have in their toolbox is a strong relationship with their audio-visual provider.
AV brings a trade show to life with dynamic lighting, sound and interactive experiences that engage and excite attendees, letting them know they are somewhere special.
Everyone Wants a Moment to Shine
No matter the makeup of an audience, you need to keep in mind that it’s full of real people, not just the labels of attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
In today’s fast-paced climate an event has to capture the imagination. It has to be dynamic, engaging and tell a story. Most importantly, it has to give the visitor an experience. If we had to sum it up in one word: it has to be “experiential”.
You have probably heard the word “experiential” before, but what does it actually mean in the world of event technology?
Experiential event technology should be interactive, immersive, engaging and at the cutting-edge. It should be used to create an experience your visitors never expected.
Read more at: https://smart-av.com/experiential-event-experiences/
Innovation is at the heart of what we do.
As creative AV engineers we don’t just integrate AV technology for our clients, we also work to deliver the latest and greatest interactive technology, whether that’s for exhibition stands, events, retail spaces or conference events. And when AV tech and interactivity come together – the visitor experience takes on a whole new dimension.
Our dedicated in-house innovation team work daily to push the boundaries of our AV technology and interactivity for our clients.
Read more at: https://smart-av.com/5-interactive-technology-ideas/
AV TECH CAN BE MORE THAN A BACKDROP TO YOUR EXHIBITION; IT CAN BE THE STAR OF THE SHOW
Truly innovative AV technology should not only demonstrate what is currently achievable in the industry; but ignite the inspiration of what could be possible.
At Event Tech Live this year, we demonstrated the exciting possibilities of using interactive and immersive AV technology, giving visitors the chance to actively engage with our brand on a new level.
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AV, or audiovisual, is a big part of all meetings and events. It’s how events have sound, lighting, PowerPoints, and more. But why is AV so expensive? Why is it so complex? How can you negotiate the best deal with your AV company? In this interview, Will Curran and Brandt Krueger will expand on episodes 3 and 4 of their podcast, “Event Tech Podcast” (which focuses on AV pricing) and reveal their top tips on how planners can save money.
Do you think you’ve seen it all before? Think again.
Performances at events are common place. From dance troupes, magicians, quick-change acts to aerialists, bands and more. It can be a challenge finding the right entertainment to re-energise and captivate your guests. And thanks to social media, the challenge of discovering a new experience is only amplified as anything worth sharing is shared; to hundreds, thousands and millions of people in an instant. So what’s the answer?
I only joined Event Industry News in March and am already stunned by the sheer vastness of the event industry. To claim my share of the knowledge shared by my new colleagues, I have thrown myself into researching everything about event planning, technology and terminology. My research material has included The Complete Guide to Audio Visual for Event Planners by Blitz AV, and it has given me a useful insight into the world of AV.