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Your Guide to the Best Virtual Event Platforms in 2022

Your next virtual event deserves to be more exciting and immersive than a standard Zoom call. Virtual event platforms can help. These useful tools allow you to transform a lifeless webcam environment into an amazing digital space where your guests can explore and interact.

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the valuable role that virtual events platforms can play in digital and hybrid events.

Read more at: https://www.hoppier.com/blog/best-virtual-event-platforms-and-tools

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Meeting Spaces Evolve to Accommodate Hybrid Work Demands

As the line between business and leisure continues to blur, meetings adapt. In-person attendees want to add time onto the beginning or end of the trips to have some fun with colleagues they only know from the shoulders up.

In a world where the word pivot took on new meaning two years ago, the concept of hybrid meetings has also evolved. Preferences and meeting sizes are all over the map, so venues invest in new technology and flexible spaces.

Read more at: https://meetings.skift.com/meeting-spaces-for-hybrid-work/

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The real state of event tech

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Virtual events have suffered a blow since the reopening of markets across the world.

But those stories don’t give the full picture about the ongoing digital transformation of our industry.

That’s why this week we’ve seen XLIVE put event tech in the spotlight for a deeper dive into what’s really been going on in our industry.

Read more at: https://expoplatform.com/event-technology/week-in-events-20220822/

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Ultimate Webinar Checklist for 2023

Planning and hosting webinars can be overwhelming. It involves several steps; forgetting even one can significantly impact the overall event’s success. From the tiniest of details (like finalizing the date and time) to preparing the slides and marketing material, things can quickly go off-track without the right help. 

To bring a method to this madness, we have prepared a webinar checklist that ensures you incorporate all the essential elements.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/webinar-checklist

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How to Make Webinars Engaging in 2022

Webinars are a fantastic way to connect with your target audience. As with all events, they offer a real opportunity to get under the skin of your audience and create a long-lasting connection between your brand and your audience in a way many other marketing channels struggle to achieve.

Webinar technology has come a long way, and now offers a wealth of ways for those running them to present and those participating to interact.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/engaging-webinars

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Virtual Meetings Guide: Tips, Ideas & Tools

Many of us now attend virtual meetings every day – sometimes a lot more than we would like. Virtual meetings are often blocked out into our schedules a week in advance or are thrown onto that one free block of time on our calendars an hour before they begin. During COVID-19, individuals have spent more than 5.5 billion minutes in virtual meetings, according to Entrepreneur.

For some of us, virtual meetings aren’t new. Here at Cvent, we have thousands of employees based remotely or at other office locations outside of our headquarters, which made virtual meetings an integral part of our communication pattern.

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

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6 Ways Event Technology Can Help You Combat Inflation

As in-person events return in full force, the industry has undergone a dramatic shift. Meeting and event budgets are being impacted by rising costs, inflation, staffing shortages, increasing meeting volume shorter lead times, and competition for event space.

As you begin to re-strategize your events program, it’s important to find ways to control costs and combat inflation.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/6-ways-event-technology-can-help-you-combat-inflation

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Post-Pandemic Meetings: 6 Must-Haves for Your In-Person Events

After stressful lockdowns, failed business plans, and endless video conferencing, it seems like the world of business is going back to normal. In-person events are finally taking place. But let’s face it: after COVID-19, things will never be the same again. Although social distancing is no longer a requirement imposed by authorities, we still don’t want the virus being spread among the attendees. In this post-pandemic world, we rely on each other’s responsibility.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/others/in-person-event-must-haves.html

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Guidance for securing video conferencing

During the time period covered by Covid-19, video conferencing became more commonplace. Every institution, from universities to corporations, has gone online. The widespread use of video conferencing and virtual meetings, however, has led to an increase in the number of bugs and security leaks. As a result, the most pressing issue is how to safeguard video conferences. This post serves as a comprehensive approach to protecting your next video conference.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/others/guidance-for-securing-video-conferencing.html

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10 Best Live Streaming Encoders in 2023

Streaming encoders are essential to live streaming. They help bring the best quality audio and video experience to your audience by compressing your audiovisual content in real-time. Your video quality can excite your audience or ruin their experience. Shaky audio and lagging video will distract the message you’re trying to share. It is for this reason that you require a live-streaming encoder.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/others/10-best-live-streaming-encoders.html

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How to do a test stream on InEvent

Now that you have your InEvent subscription set up, you can go ahead to start your live streams. But first, you want to ensure everything is in good working order. In this post, we will demonstrate exactly how to conduct a test stream on the InEvent platform.

One of the most critical aspects of streaming is the video’s sharpness. You don’t want your audience struggling to see or hear the content you’re streaming. You need great video and sound quality.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/tech-and-trends/how-to-do-a-test-stream-on-inevent.html

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3 Tips for Extending the Value of Events in the Hybrid Era

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How can you extend the value of events in the hybrid era? In a roundtable event, we posed this question to three of today’s top event leaders:

  • Sarah Reed, Senior Director of Global Strategic Events at Zendesk, told us about her experimentation with event types. By installing event guardrails, she honed in on a handful of optimal formats.
  • Jessica Vogol, Vice President of Marketing at Movable Ink, revealed how leading organizations break out hybrid budgets into two distinct events—in-person and virtual.
  • David Moricca, Founder and CEO at Socialive and our co-host for the event, unpacked what it takes to convert an event’s worth of content into usable long-term marketing assets.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/extending-the-value-of-events-in-the-hybrid-era/

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A Guide to Event Ticket Pricing Strategies for In-person, Virtual, and Hybrid Events

Ticket prices can have a profound effect on the success of your events. When you strike the perfect balance between pricing and event content, you increase the chances your event is packed with eager attendees excited to learn new things and network with like-minded people. On the other hand, when you price tickets too high or too low, you risk alienating would-be attendees or missing out on an opportunity to generate revenue.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/event-ticket-pricing-strategies/

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Event Technology: The Ultimate Guide for 2023

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Welcome to the 2023 event technology guide! Not sure you need event technology? According to Gartner’s 2022 Technology Marketing Benchmark Survey, tech and service providers allocate 26.9% of their marketing program budget to hosted and sponsored events.

Like most businesses, you’re probably seeing an increased budget allocation for events, so you need event technology that can run all of your events — no matter the format, size, or type — more easily.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/event-technology-guide/

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Making virtual and hybrid events more accessible

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The growing popularity of working from home, and the surge in the globalization of businesses, has boosted the popularity of virtual events.

During the pandemic, businesses across the globe increased using digital channels to communicate. Investments in technology and products for remote meetings virtual events have increased and resulted in easier-to-use products. Virtual and hybrid events are now an integral part of many organizations’ event strategies.

Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/accessible-event

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Essential Hybrid Events Software Features

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Hybrid events to attract additional participants that could not join the event in person. What is the cost, and what are the risks? How to upgrade an in-person event to a hybrid event, and what are the vital feature to look for in a hybrid event platform?

Why Hybrid Events ?

Hybrid events enable remote participants to join an event when they cannot travel to the event venue or commit the time required to participate in person.

Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/hybrid-events

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How Event Live Streaming Works – A Guide for Event Managers

Live streaming is a method of distributing video to viewers, so they all watch it simultaneously.

To create a live video stream, the video is processed and made available for viewers soon after it is captured from the source. In actual conditions, depending on various factors, there is a delay of 1 second to 60 seconds until viewers can view the captured video.

Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/event-stream

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The Hybrid Event Advantage

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Virtual events will continue to remain an option due to a new distributed workforce (remote work), travel restrictions, or budget cuts.  However, for many types of corporate events, there’s just no substitute for being in the same room with other people – the energy and creativity that come out of a shared experience are often hard to replicate virtually. When asked if in-person events will return to pre-pandemic levels, a recent study revealed that 70% of responders predicted that they return in the near future.

Read more at: https://certain.com/blog/hybrid-event-advantage/

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How to record a livestream session

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Knowing how to record a Livestream or choosing the right streaming platform has become an integral part of lead conversion in the sales funnel. In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about recording a Livestream like a pro!

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/others/how-to-record-live-stream.html

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Streaming your in-person event in 720p

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We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: in-person events are back, and we love them! For two years, we missed the human interactions that in-person events brought as the world tried to contain the deadly Covid-19 virus. We missed the high-fives and the exchange of business cards. But now we are back to gathering again. And in organizing and attending in-person events, we should retain the lessons learned in the days of social distancing: that streaming our events expands the number of people we can reach; that we can increase participation when we stream our in-person events.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/tech-and-trends/streaming-your-in-person-event-in-720p.html

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10 Common Hybrid Event Mistakes You Need to Avoid in 2022

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Two years on it is not necessarily something a lot of us like to bring up, but the pandemic hitting in 2020 certainly did alter the way we navigate events – corporate or otherwise! Moving over to digital and remote living, we grew so used to digital work that we were woken up to the many benefits of hosting events away from an event venue too.

Many businesses (likely including your own) have continued offering a remote option for their events, even after we all returned to a sense of normality, and they have resolved to offer hybrid events so that delegates have the option to attend either in person or remotely.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/others/10-common-hybrid-event-mistakes-you-need-to-avoid-in-2022.html

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How to collect feedback from virtual event participants

Collecting feedback from virtual event participants is as important as feedback for any business. Customer (or visitor) feedback is what makes a business grow. If you haven’t been making feedback your priority yet, it’s time to start. This blog post introduces the principles of feedback collection, presents tips on the right questions to ask, and shows some creative ways to conduct and distribute feedback surveys throughout virtual events.

Read more at: https://beamian.com/how-to-collect-feedback-from-virtual-event-participants/

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Hybrid Events Platform – 5 Features You Absolutely Need

We’ve come to the conclusion that pre-pandemic events no longer completely meet the needs of your attendees and the goals your company has set out to achieve. Now, you’re looking for alternatives to organize successful events. If in-person isn’t enough to leverage events with major returns anymore, which solution should you choose? The answer is hybrid events.

As with in-person events, you probably wouldn’t choose a venue without first seeing if it meets your expectations. In this case, you need to look at the hybrid events platform offerings and see if it has the features to deliver the event you need.

Read more at: https://beamian.com/hybrid-events-platform-5-features-you-absolutely-need/

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5 Reasons Why Virtual Product Showcasing Matters in Hybrid Events

Are you wondering about the must-have event management software features for your next B2B event? Nothing is more exciting at trade shows than an impressive product debut that can spark and track real-time interest among attendees through an event management platform with virtual product showcase functionalities.

Consumers already know that online trading models effectively work and the growing confidence that arises from this perception ultimately adapts customer behavior to a first research offline and then purchase online phenomenon.

Read more at: https://beamian.com/5-reasons-why-virtual-product-showcasing-matters-in-hybrid-events/

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6 Event Trends That Will Shake Up Meetings & Group Business in 2022

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Events have undergone some major changes over the last couple of years. From the lingering effects of the pandemic still impacting businesses to the major shift in societal attitudes about employment, social issues are making a big impact on 2022 event trends.

In this blog post, we’re digging into some of those event trends. We take a deep dive into what to expect from in-person, hybrid, and virtual events in 2022, the new demand for corporate responsibility, The Great Resignation’s effect on events, new sustainability efforts, and other event planning industry trends you need to know.

Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-planning/event-trends/

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18 Virtual Event Engagement Ideas You Should Try

As event planners worldwide shifted strategies to meet the ever-changing needs caused by COVID-19, virtual and hybrid events skyrocketed. Even as in-person events return, many businesses and event planners plan to keep the virtual event trend alive. With virtual and hybrid events becoming a standard part of industry operations, event planners and organizers are on the hunt for virtual event engagement ideas that will keep audiences invested.

Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/attendee-engagement/virtual-event-engagement-ideas/

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Cvent Connect Showcases the Hybrid Event Approach for Event Planners

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If there is any question that meeting and event planner shows are roaring back, last week’s Cvent Connect, held April 11-14 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, provided a resounding answer: Yes. Participation more than doubled over its 2019 peak, with more than 11,000 registrants,  1,800 of whom were in-person attendees who traveled to Las Vegas for the show that highlights event marketing and management technologies. With event staff and budgets already constrained, and in-person attendance unpredictable, Cvent’s technology tools that streamline venue selection, registration, marketing, event management, and engagement were of particular interest.

Read more at: https://meetings.skift.com/cvent-connect-showcases-hybrid-event-approach-event-planners/

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Virtual Event Platform Comparison

We looked at the best virtual event platforms to bring you a comparison of how they stack up.

If you want to quickly skim through some of the most popular online event platforms, browse the brief platform descriptions below.

If you prefer an in-depth analysis and detailed comparison charts of the most popular virtual event software, download a copy of our Virtual Event Tech Guide.

Read more at: https://meetings.skift.com/virtual-event-platform-comparison/

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Why Some Will Always Favor Virtual Events

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Technology rode to the rescue during the pandemic. As in-person gatherings proliferate, are virtual events a thing of the past? Absolutely not, according to industry experts.

Specific Use Cases

Interestingly, after two years of virtual meetings, the 138-year-old British retail giant Marks & Spencer announced they have no plans to return to in-person shareholder meetings. Meeting restrictions may have been lifted, but M&S told Reuters their virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) were better attended than pre-pandemic in-person meetings.

Read more at: https://meetings.skift.com/why-favor-virtual-events/

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Virtual Conference 2022: Ideas, Tips, and Tools

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/uk/blog/events/virtual-conference

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