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The Show Must Go On: A Story Of A Circus That Went Virtual

Yesterday, on June 16th, we conducted Episode 3 of our Virtual Experience Makers series. But this time, we were able to create an engaging experience and involve speakers from remote locations such as Cambodia!

The show featured Phare, the Cambodian Circus, a social enterprise based in Cambodia. Siew Hoon Yeoh, founder of Web in Travel (WiT), was in conversation with the Phare Performing Social Enterprise CEO, Dara Huot, and the Executive Director at Phare Ponleu Selpak.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/a-virtual-circus-act-phare-cambodian-circus/

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Getting Event Agencies to be Virtual and Hybrid Ready

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The event industry has traditionally been slow to adopt new technology. COVID-19 changed it all. The pandemic forced event agencies to move events online and they had no option but to take the leap. But as the barrier to entry for virtual events is low, it led to an overcrowded online space filled with cookie-cutter virtual events.

The winners of this digital pivot will be the event agencies that are able to differentiate themselves by creating unique virtual experiences.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/getting-event-agencies-to-be-virtual-and-hybrid-ready/

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How to Make Your Virtual Events More Entertaining and Engaging

When was the last time you played some live music during a networking session at a virtual corporate event? If your answer is ‘never’ — and if the idea of featuring music at such events makes you apprehensive, then this article will convince you to think otherwise.

But before that, let’s briefly look back at the evolution of virtual events in the last two years.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/how-to-make-virtual-events-entertaining/

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Virtual Event Benefits You Need To Know in 2022

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The idea of organising events virtually was always the second choice in pre-pandemic times. However, virtual events took the industry by storm during the pandemic. Now even with lockdown restrictions gradually easing, it continues to remain a popular option – given the multiple benefits it offers to event organisers as well as attendees. That’s why knowing the virtual event benefits is useful.

Be it a graduation ceremony, career fair, exhibitions or a business conference, over the past two years, event planners have been switching from traditional physical venues to virtual venues.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/virtual-event-benefits-2022/

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Effective Hybrid Event Strategies You Need to Know

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The last two years have been instrumental in bringing a whirlwind of changes into the event industry. Physical events, the most popular way to host events in pre-pandemic times, saw a gradual decline as virtual events became everyone’s first choice.

But as the rollout of vaccination drives became pervasive, the event industry saw the rise of another alternative to virtual events – a hybrid event – that promised the best of both worlds to event professionals.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/effective-hybrid-event-strategies/

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How Artificial Intelligence Powers Virtual Events

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) is prevalent across industries. From homes, healthcare, retail to education – the list is endless.

But, a decade ago, if someone said that events too would be powered by AI in the near future, very few would have believed it to be true.

In the events world, AI is relatively new, yet common. With virtual and hybrid becoming the most-preferred event formats, AI is enabling event organisers to take their events a step ahead.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/how-artificial-intelligence-powers-virtual-events/

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How to Make Hybrid Events Engaging in 2022

Virtual and in-person attendees at a hybrid event have varying expectations. As an event planner, you need to find a balance between how you engage with both sets of audiences.

Of course, hybrid events are still evolving and to master hosting these events, you need to think of new ways in which your attendees will stay hooked to your event until the end.

Simply streaming the event live for your virtual audience or giving your in-person audiences the opportunity to network on a 1:1 basis won’t be enough to create a memorable event journey for your hybrid event audience.

Read more at: https://www.gevme.com/en/blog/how-to-make-hybrid-events-engaging-in-2022/

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Building A Best-In-Class Hybrid Event Technology

This emergence of hybrid events has been adopted by global companies, and we believe this blended event format will continue being a vital asset to the events space in perpetuity, if not the norm. This is because hybrid events have the power to reach and impact a broader audience, with fewer barriers and more flexibility than ever before.

Follow along as we break down our product team’s learnings from the ongoing development of our virtual and hybrid technology. We’ll peel back the layers on what is a hybrid event, explain the main components to consider when creating a successful hybrid event of your own, and how to become a true hybrid expert yourself using Convene’s Virtual Meetings Platform.

Read more at: https://convene.com/catalyst/event-technology/building-a-best-in-class-hybrid-event-technology/

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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Events in 2022

The value of face-to-face interaction will never go away, but there are times when going virtual is a necessary part of your event programme. But how do you turn a multi-day conference, filled with networking opportunities, educational sessions, and the attendee insights they generate into a virtual one? And once you do, how do you ensure attendees are engaged throughout the event?

Hosting a virtual event requires the same care and attention as an in-person event. With both events, you need to effectively promote the event, engage your attendees, create memorable moments for attendees, and prove event success.

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

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8 of the Most Impressive and Unique Virtual Event Examples

Virtual events are growing in popularity, and it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to change very soon. But as planners, venues, on-site teams, and everyone else involved in an event’s life cycle plan for a future full of virtual and hybrid events, there’s still a lot of unknown. That’s where these virtual event examples come in.

The following examples of virtual events span across multiple industries and vary in size, length, and technology. But they all have one thing in common:

Read more at: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/virtual-event-examples/

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These Are The Top 5 Benefits Of Hybrid Events

Event profs have heard it time and time again: hybrid events are the way of the future in the events industry. They’ve risen from relative anonymity to stardom in 2020. Two years later, they are one of the most important event trends of 2022. However, many event planners still ask: what are the benefits of hybrid events?

Hybrid events vary based on the number of virtual and in-person attendees, the number of venues, synchronous versus asynchronous content delivery, and many more variables. Therefore, each hybrid event model comes with its own set of unique perks and considerations. However, there are some core characteristics that all hybrid events have in common.

Read more at: https://helloendless.com/benefits-of-hybrid-events/

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Power your Hybrid Events with 5 Best Hybrid Event Strategies

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Before we get into how to optimize your hybrid event strategy, let’s define what a hybrid event is. It’s precisely what you’re thinking: a mixture of hybrid and virtual events. A hybrid event combines in-person and digital elements to provide the best possible experience for each audience.

COVID-19 compelled the event industry to shift from standard meetings or sustainable conferences to virtual meetings or virtual conferences. If you’re holding a hybrid event for the first time, you’re probably seeking advice on how to make it safe and successful.

Read more at: https://www.eventdex.com/blog/hybrid-event-strategies/

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6 Reasons Why Virtual and Hybrid Events will continue to exist

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Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the virtual and hybrid events industry has witnessed unprecedented growth.  Before pandemic meetings, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, and a variety of other events were all held in person. The Covid-19 epidemic, on the other hand, disrupted the worldwide events industry, forcing organizations all around the world to cancel their events. Organizations were forced to use the virtual approach due to the requirement to recreate all occurrences during the lockdown mandates.

Read more at: https://www.eventdex.com/blog/virtual-and-hybrid-events/

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THE FUTURE OF EVENTS IS HYBRID. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THEM ENGAGING FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

The pandemic has been an eye-opening experience for people who plan and attend events, but after two years of online conferences, expos, meetings and other experiences, many of us miss the energy and interaction of in-person events. However, we’ve also learned that although virtual events can’t always replace the real thing, they can still be highly effective.

As the industry returns to in-person events, it doesn’t mean virtual experiences will disappear. Hybrid events that incorporate in-person and online components are the future. In fact, 52% of event managers plan to continue hosting hybrid events over the long run.

Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/future-events-hybrid-heres-how-make-them-engaging-all-participants

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5 reasons that will make Hybrid Events the favorite weapon for ROI driven marketing in 2022!

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The ever popular ‘h’ word – ‘hybrid’ has been cropping up frequently, and has become relevant in all discussions related to event planning and marketing. Now any tradeshow, conference, fair, seminar, workshop or meeting that hopes to draw in wide audiences, and offer a “live” in-person event experience, will inevitably include a “virtual” online component in their event plan.

Good quality event tech platforms can make or break your event planning. Your event venue setup should have features that offer live participation for event attendees.

Read more at: https://www.eventcombo.com/a/863/5-reasons-that-will-make-hybrid-events-the-favorite-weapon-f

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A 5-Step Guide to Planning Better Hybrid Events In 2022

Hybrid, the new “H” word quickly becoming the norm, is poised to become the fulcrum of industry transformation. If 2021 was the year of virtual events, then 2022 will be the year of “hybrid” events. The hybrid format is fast becoming the default choice for planners. In the foreseeable future, it seems quite unlikely that we will see any significant event which is not a hybrid one.

According to Linkedin’s research – 85% of marketers have hosted a virtual event last year. Whereas 28% of marketers said that between 91% to 100% of their events will now be virtual.

Read more at: https://www.eventcombo.com/a/864/a-5-step-guide-to-planning-better-hybrid-events-in-2022

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Your Ultimate Hybrid Event Planning Checklist

The aim of any hybrid event is to merge and bring together the best of a virtual event along with the in-person experience, which offers a great opportunity for both audiences. A number of organizations are eager to host hybrid events since it enables them to bring in-person event opportunities along with driving better ROI for marketing purposes. Over the last few months, countless organizations have utilized great event management software like Fireworks™ by Eventcombo, built on top of an existing in-person event management solution. Eventcombo has hosted over 45,000 event experiences with optimized engagement for all attendees.

Read more at: https://www.eventcombo.com/a/869/your-ultimate-hybrid-event-planning-checklist

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4 Unique Hybrid Event Ideas to Inspire You

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We are well aware of how virtual and in-person elements are integrated together for digital engagement of your audience, using various virtual event tech platforms. Hybrid events are a great way to foster social interaction for your brand.

Many organizations have been using hybrid events to attract more audiences and increase engagement, at the same time they aim to provide a unique digital experience. Digital attendees get a chance to access curated content, and share similar experiences like that of in-person attendees.

Read more at: https://www.eventcombo.com/a/875/4-unique-hybrid-event-ideas-to-inspire-you

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Boosting Attendee Engagement at Virtual & Hybrid Events

On November 4, 2020, Socio CMO Corey McCarthy gave a presentation at Event Tech Live on strategies for engaging attendees at virtual and hybrid events. Below is an excerpt of her presentation.

I’ve spent the better part of 20 years working in marketing at events from all sides — the organizer, the sponsor, and attendee. One thing we can all relate to is that it’s difficult getting attendees to events, even in the best of times.

For most of my career, I was the youngest person on the team and seen as the most “techy,” which put me in the position of figuring out how to blend the digital and analog worlds. And here we all are — figuring out that space between digital and analog.

Read more at: https://socio.events/blog/attendee-engagement-virtual-hybrid-events

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Decoding Hybrid Event Data and Technology

Networking and gaining knowledge rank as primary objectives for anyone who attends a professional conference. But how can event planners ensure attendees find the right connections in a sea of faces, and pick the right informational opportunities on a crowded itinerary?

Such were the mysteries that Team “We Like Big Data and We Cannot Lie” sought to solve for an imaginary client, the World Association of Detectives. The agents on the case in this episode of Socio’s EventHack Hybrid Games were Darcy Gabriele, Strategic Account Executive with Eventcore, an event solutions provider based in Seattle; and Karen Hartline, Director of Events for Home Point Financial, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Read more at: https://socio.events/blog/hybrid-event-data-and-technology

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Integrate two-way engagement into hybrid events with Hubilo

Events bring people together. And hybrid events do so in such a unique way that it can create challenges for event planners and organizers. For instance, in addition to all the moving elements, the audience will be a mix of live and virtual attendees. Replicating the way an audience engaged during a physical event solely won’t deliver the best experience for audiences attending hybrid live and digital conferences.

Read more at: https://blog.hubilo.com/two-way-hybrid-event-engagement-hubilo/

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Embed third-party apps and boost audience engagement at your events

We live in an always-connected world where multiple things fight for our attention. From enticing shopping offers to social media notifications and screaming full inboxes, digital distraction is really at your fingertips. That means, as an event organizer, you are competing with the endless tabs of distractions to make your event successful. So, how do you cut through the noise and keep your attendees’ attention?

Read more at: https://blog.hubilo.com/embed-your-app-virtual-event-platform/

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Hybrid event registration strategies for your next event

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With hybrid events emerging as the mainstream type of event recently, it has become imperative for event planners to implement some best ways to incorporate both the elements of virtual and in-person events together. It’s especially important to come up with effective event registration strategies to make sure that they get the max out attendance.

Read more at: https://blog.eventzilla.net/event-resources/hybrid-event-registration-strategies-for-your-next-event/

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Introducing Touchpoint Stream: Your Interactive Hybrid and Virtual Event Solution

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For the majority event marketers, the great crash course in virtual events is now behind us – and for many, virtual events are now a permanent part of our marketing strategies. But as we explore new ways to design virtual and hybrid event experiences that capture the benefits of fully in-person events, the addition of new virtual technologies to support these multi-dimensional events can be less than ideal.

Read more at: https://www.certain.com/blog/introducing-touchpoint-stream-your-interactive-hybrid-and-virtual-event-solution/

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How Touchpoint Stream Maximizes Value for Event Sponsors and Exhibitors at Virtual and Hybrid Events

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Historically, event sponsors and exhibitors have suffered somewhat in the virtual event space – particularly when it comes to engaging with attendees. With the increased focus on virtual and hybrid events this year, it’s important for event professionals and marketers to consider how you can better accommodate your event sponsors’ needs. The key to ensuring they receive maximum value from your program will depend on how you promote audience engagement between them and event guests.

Read more at: https://www.certain.com/blog/touchpoint-stream-event-sponsors-exhibitors-virtual-hybrid-events/

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Ideas for Connecting Your Virtual and In-Person Attendees During a Hybrid Event

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“The Times They Are a-Changin’” and many event professionals are producing hybrid events because they are all the rage. Some of the biggest hybrid benefits ensure increased accessibility to a global audience, reduced carbon emissions, and deeper consideration of attendee health and safety.  

We find that more and more event organizers want to return to in-person events while simultaneously extending their reach to the new and ever-growing virtual audience.

Read more at: https://www.certain.com/blog/ideas-for-connecting-your-virtual-and-in-person-attendees-during-a-hybrid-event/

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Hybrid Events Guide: how to plan your next hybrid event in 2022

In the past two years, changing customer expectations towards responsiveness and personalisation as well as pandemic-related restrictions have made digital outreach critical for event marketers.

The resulting digitalisation has led to a significant shift in the B2B event models.

Enterprises are reinventing their strategies to offer hybrid events that blend offline and online components.

Read more at: https://expoplatform.com/blog/hybrid-events/complete-guide-to-planning-hybrid-events-in-2021/

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5 Tips For Success With Your Hybrid Event Onsite Tech Support

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Calling all event organizers who are using our trailblazing hybrid event option: are you looking for ways to simplify this process? Marrying the best of both in-person and virtual worlds can be simplified with the help of an onsite support tech person, which you probably already have in place.

Based on our experience with onsite hybrid event support, here are five questions to ask your onsite tech support before the day of your event:

Read more at: https://www.accelevents.com/blog/5-items-for-onsite-tech-support-for-a-hybrid-event/

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How to Increase Your Event Budget with an Event Technology Platform

Ahh, the event budget. The thing all event managers dread but accept its importance in the overall scheme of a successful event.

As we all know, a reasonable event budget is central to running a successful event. Without one, you risk overextending yourself and running at a loss, or you may end up with money left over but failing to excite and engage your attendees.

Whether you plan a virtual event, a hybrid event, or a traditional in-person event, a solid event budget is necessary.

Read more at: https://www.accelevents.com/blog/how-to-increase-your-event-budget/

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Guide To Planning the Best Hybrid and Virtual Corporate Events

As the months came and went and the pandemic persisted, many workers felt that happiness gradually wear off as profound uncertainty, isolation, and loneliness crept in. Over the past two years, authors Steven Van Cohen and Ryan Jenkins researched this phenomenon and found that 72% of employees felt lonely at least once per month, and 55% felt lonely at least once per week.

In the age of the Great Resignation and a rise in the remote workforce, nearly three-quarters of companies are struggling to attract and hire talent. On the one hand, according to Gartner, the demand for remote work will increase by 30% by 2030 as Gen Z takes the workforce by storm.

Read more at: https://www.bizzabo.com/blog/plan-virtual-hybrid-corporate-events

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