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The Nitty-Gritty Of Virtual Event Production With Socio!

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There is only one thing that seems to be certain in these trying times in the events industry: virtual events are here to stay, no matter the state of the pandemic and our personal preferences. And that’s why it’s time to talk about virtual event production -again. The #EventIcons podcast strives to talk to the very best in the events world. And wow, did we deliver this week!

Today, we don’t introduce you to one, but two #EventIcons guests: Kara Gladish and Sheehan Hubbard from Socio. For those who might not know: Socio is an event technology company that helps enterprises and SMBs optimize their events in more than 40 countries. Their clients include big names, such as Microsoft, Google, and Pinterest.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-production/

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Digital Engagement Strategies to Captivate Virtual Attendees

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When planning a virtual or hybrid event, it’s imperative to understand how virtual attendees differ from in-person attendees – or, more specifically, how their engagement differs.

During an in-person event, engagement is almost guaranteed; attendees are locked into their day-to-day schedule and are fully immersed in the event as a matter of course. But when an event goes completely or partially virtual, new digital engagement strategies are necessary to maximise attendee engagement.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/uk/blog/events/digital-engagement-strategies-captivate-virtual-attendees

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Audience Engagement Tools: Tips for Making Your Meeting Interactive

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Take a moment to think about the most fun you’ve ever had at an event. What made the experience so memorable? Chances are this event stuck out in your mind because you had fun. (Really, it’s that simple!) Creating an engaging attendee experience starts with getting attendees excited to participate and return year after year.

The key to creating a memorable meeting is to make activities interactive and exciting.

Read more at: https://blog.pcnametag.com/audience-engagement-tools

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6 Cool Ways To Use AR And VR At Your Next Expo

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Virtual and augmented reality continues to make big waves in marketing, thanks to its positive effect on consumer engagement.

Expos and trade fairs offer brands the perfect opportunity to get their name out there and pull in new customers. The catch? There are often hundreds of exhibitors competing for attention, meaning standing out is imperative.

Read more at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/use-ar-and-vr-at-your-next-expo-ds00/

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Event Technology 101: Top Digital Tools to Make Your Event a Success

Event technology is evolving faster than ever before—and for good reason. Today, 90% of event professionals agree that technology can have a positive impact on the success of their events. With the rise of virtual events and hybrid events, many teams recognize that the right tech solutions can take their event experience to a whole new level. In fact, one study even found that event technology can increase event attendance by 20 percent and productivity by 27 percent.

Read more at: https://blog.pcnametag.com/event-technology

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A New Way to Engage – The Evolution of Gamification

Gamification is a topic our clients often mention to our dedicated account managers. With questions ranging from how does it work?” to what can we do better?”, gamification has become an enticing factor and an answer to keeping attendees engaged during multiple-day events and everyday team meetingsSince becoming a staple in virtual events, gamification is now a driving force to ensure a fun and diverse way to engage with attendees.  

Read more at: https://www.meetingplay.com/blog/a-new-way-to-engage-evolution-of-gamification

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Top 8 Reasons to Include a Mobile App in Your Event Tech Stack

There’s an app for everything nowadays. In fact, there will be 184 billion apps to be downloaded in 2024.

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has changed the event tech landscape and has given planners and attendees more options to choose from with how they attend and interact at events. The problem is, there’s almost too many options to sift through when planning your event. Mobile apps have been a popular tool at live events for years, offering wayfinding, event information, and networking opportunities. Now that proverbial floodgates of event technology have opened, are mobile apps even necessary at your next live or hybrid event? Even more so, are they relevant anymore?

Read more at: https://www.meetingplay.com/blog/top-8-reasons-to-include-a-mobile-app-in-your-event-tech-stack

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The Event Technology Playbook for 2021

Event technology has played a pivotal role in the spread and adoption of virtual and hybrid events. Whether you’re hosting a virtual lunch and learn session or organizing a large scale expo, you need event technology to streamline the planning and execution process.

In this event technology playbook for 2021, we’ll give you an introduction to event technology and explain how you can build an event tech stack. Along the way, we’ll also share our favorite event technology tools and cover three major trends that will shape event technology in 2021.

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

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A New Way to Engage – The Evolution of Gamification

Gamification is a topic our clients often mention to our dedicated account managers. With questions ranging from how does it work?” to what can we do better?”, gamification has become an enticing factor and an answer to keeping attendees engaged during multiple-day events and everyday team meetingsSince becoming a staple in virtual events, gamification is now a driving force to ensure a fun and diverse way to engage with attendees.  

Read more at: https://www.meetingplay.com/blog/a-new-way-to-engage-evolution-of-gamification

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The best games for fun virtual events and team meetings

If you are a virtual event organizer, you are probably interested not only in the content but in the experience. And, you certainly want attendees leaving the event feeling happy and with a shared experience to remember.

Introducing games and activities can create fun virtual events, contributing to a friendly environment, and getting attendees in a good mood. Games featuring fun trivia or competitions can ramp up the energy of a virtual audience.

Read more at: https://inevent.com/blog/virtual-events/the-best-games-for-fun-virtual-events-and-team-meetings.html

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Running Virtual Events? Keep Your Attendees Engaged

If it’s already quite a challenge to engage your in-person audience, you’re probably thinking about how to shift the experience to an online setting and still keep your attendees engaged. Despite all the countless possibilities of browsing the web that will wander your attendees’ attention, there’s always some great advice that can help you improve your attendee experience & engagement. Let’s go through the top 8 tips to host a virtual event with high engagement levels.

Read more at: https://beamian.com/virtual-events-attendee-engagement/

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7 IDEAS FOR DRIVING ENGAGEMENT AT VIRTUAL EVENTS WITH GAMIFICATION

Virtual events aren’t new – but they are new to many event planners. A live poll during EventMB’s recent Pivot to Virtual event showed that over 60% of planners had never previously planned a virtual event. Despite this gap in experience, the events industry shifted completely online in just a few short months. According to a recent Bizzabo survey, 93% of event marketers plan to invest in virtual events. It’s clear this new digital landscape is here to stay.

Grand View Research projects that virtual events will increase ten-fold over the next decade, reaching nearly $774 billion. The most innovative event planners are already adapting and working to perfect this medium.

Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-event-gamification

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6 Ways to Increase Attendee Engagement During Virtual Events

The world of meetings and events is changing. As remote working and self-isolation become the new normal (well at least for now), organisations are adapting and moving towards the virtual space for their event programme. But with the switch to this new format, how do you ensure your attendees stay as engaged as they do during in-person conferences?

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/uk/blog/events/6-ways-increase-attendee-engagement-during-virtual-events

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4 Tips To Enhance Attendee Experience

So much of an event planner’s or event management company’s day is spent brainstorming creative and innovating ideas on how to enhance an event and attendee’s overall experience.

Ensuring your event is engaging for your audience is absolutely imperative, so enhancing their experience where ever possible is key. By introducing creative and original ideas you will avoid any chance of them leaving unimpressed and not wanting to come back for future events.

Read more at: https://pathable.com/4-tips-to-enhance-attendee-experience/

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Some Things To Consider When Planning A Hybrid Event

✨ Speaking of hybrid events, if you want more tips and tricks on how to better integrate virtual event aspects into people’s daily lives, check out our Virtual Event/Life Balance Webinar!

Hybrid, Hybrid, Hybrid

Two months ago? Everything was virtual, virtual, virtual. Now, virtual needs to step aside and make way for the new superstar of Covid-19: HYBRID.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/thinking-of-planning-a-hybrid-event-2/

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Interactive Gaming Experiences For Hybrid & Virtual Events!

Another week, another episode of #EventIcons! And since hybrid is one everyone’s mind lately, we thought we’d bring you something exciting. This week, we’ll be talking about interactive gaming experiences for hybrid and virtual events. Yes – because even during a hybrid experience, you still have the virtual aspect! So it seems only fitting that we dive into a conversation about entertainment. After all, who doesn’t love games? It’s one of the best ways for people to connect, engage, and network.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/interactive-gaming-experiences-for-hybrid-and-virtual-events/

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Virtual Audience Engagement: Keep Your Remote Attendees Happy!

It’s high time we talk about virtual audience engagement. Because yes, there is a lot of unknown ground surrounding virtual events. From the choice of platform to the intricacies of re-enacting the in-person experience, planners have their plates full. And perhaps the biggest concern of all lies in the fact that engaging virtual audiences is hard. It’s one thing to have someone physically present in a space and tuning out. But it’s a completely different story when they don’t even bother to tune in or give up on the event ten minutes in.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-audience-engagement/

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What Is Gamification and How Can You Use It in Your Next Event App?

No matter how old you get, you’re never too old for playtime. Children are encouraged to play as much as possible because it helps with their learning and development. Even as adults, playing games is still a great (and fun) way for us to learn, socialize, and accomplish things.

In her book Reality is Broken, visionary game designer Jane McGonigal found that 1 out of 4 gamers is over the age of 50. She also stated that 61% of surveyed CEOs, CFOs, and other senior executives say they take daily game breaks at work.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/what-gamification-and-how-can-you-use-it-your-next-event-app

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The Top 20 Advantages of Event Gamification

Studies show that gamification helps to develop new skills, forms independence, and motivates event attendees. With the help of game mechanics, you can affect the communication within the event, the culture of the organisation, work efficiency, etc.

What is gamification for events?

Gamification in the event industry, or event gamification, is the use of game mechanics to engage attendees, modify participant behavior, and accomplish event goals.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/blog/the-top-20-advantages-of-event-gamification/

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4 Ways Event Technology Can Improve Your Events

Technology is an integral part of the events world. With dramatic leaps in event technology, event management services providers who adapt will reap the most benefits.

But why is technology so important for events?

Well, there are a few reasons:

Read more at: https://billetto.co.uk/blog/event-technology-improve-events/

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Event Tech Trends 2019

The new year has begun, which can only mean one thing – time to round up the biggest event tech trends of 2019! While some trends change over time (virtual reality for one), it’s always surprising how many of trends stay the same, evolving over the years in sometimes very subtle ways. When it comes to technology, the biggest difference in trends is accessibility. As event technology continues to develop and be refined,  it becomes easier to implement, making accessibility better than ever. That’s good news for everyone.

Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/event-tech-trends-2019

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Cultivating Engagement At Events

Today is all about cultivating engagement at events! As you already know, during the next few weeks we’ll be feeding you little nuggets of information. And all of these awesome insights are courtesy of the most iconic guests. Endless kept busy during IMEX Frankfurt 2019. We already tackled inclusion at events, and we’ll keep bringing you even more awesome topics that we were lucky enough to gather precious inputs on.

This week, we’ll give you the gist of cultivating engagement at events. Anyone who’s been in business knows that at the end of the day, success will be determined by your attendees’ experience.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/cultivating-engagement-at-events/

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6 Event Experts share their Insights on Event Gamification

Let’s hear from the Experts — How event gamification enhances attendee engagement?
Event Gamification is a concept widely being accepted at events globally. Event gamification is a new feature or a concept being incorporated at events to enhance the experience of the attendees and to increase audience engagement.

Event gamification encourages attendees to be more active on social media like encouraging them to promote hashtag for the event and so on. In return of which the attendees get incentives or better rank in the leaderboard.

Read more at: https://blog.hubilo.com/5-event-experts-insights-event-gamification/