There’s an interesting debate raging at the moment. It’s focused on whether hybrid events are here to stay or if the world will merely return to business as usual and resume in-person events.
It’s an important conversation as the “return to normal” continues running up against new COVID variants, but the decision doesn’t need to be a binary one.
Even as in-person events make a comeback, companies can and should include a virtual component in their events. It’s a relatively easy—and cost-effective—way to “upsize” smaller events into larger ones that reach more people.
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/upsizing-event-attendance-how-take-small-local-person-event-and-expand-it-larger-audience-hybrid
In this episode of The Event Tech Talk Show host, Adam Parry chats with Jan-Japp In der Maur Founder of Masters in Moderation & Event Tech Tool, ConsensIQ.
Jan-Japp offers his top tech tips for hosting engaging online and hybrid events.
To read more from Jan, click here to read his blog on how to use engagement tools effectively.
Read more at: https://eventtechlive.com/top-engagement-tech-tips-from-a-master-of-moderation-event-tech-talk-show/news/punchtownparry/
Whether creating a knowledge exchange or business collaboration, Shawn believes a purposefully designed experience is a platform to make it happen, no matter it is an in-person or a digital experience.
Shawn has worked on events ranging between 20-10,000 people throughout his career, each with unique objectives and challenges. In his current role at MCI Group, he is average 3-5 projects per year, some of which require years of preparation and some with only a few weeks turnaround.
Read more at: https://eventtechlive.com/practical-tips-to-improve-on-your-last-virtual-event-the-event-tech-talk-show-ep-18/news/punchtownparry/
From tiering tickets and controlling content access to finding an affordable option amid rising registration fees, it’s important you choose the event registration software that’s right for you. After all, in addition to being affordable, you want to make sure that you’re using software that’s both easy to use and flexible enough to accommodate your event’s needs.
We’re here to help you search for the best event ticketing software. Start your search by going through our checklist so you understand what you’re looking for, and then check our reviews of the top 8 event registration software options out there.
Read more at: https://whova.com/blog/event-registration-software-price-comparison/
For a few short weeks in 2020, the world seemed to slow. As we’ve progressed to nearly the end of the pandemic, it looks like it has begun to speed up even faster than our pre-COVID lives once again. We have all adjusted, from the way we shop to the way we work, much of it “just in time” or with greater flexibility. Who would have thought that airlines would drop their $200 change fees?
Late last year, I received an invitation to submit a session proposal for an event in the summer of 2021. While six to nine months would be a typical timeline for a call for papers/presentations (CFP), it honestly felt disconnected from reality in our “new normal.”
Read more at: https://www.eply.com/blog/call-for-papers-in-a-pandemic-virtual-and-hybrid-event-planning
While many organizations have successfully made the shift to virtual events, there’s one challenge to them that’s proven difficult to overcome: virtual events are typically — just by nature alone — less interactive than in-person events
But that’s not to say they can’t still be interactive! There are many tactics and activities you can incorporate to better engage your online audience.
Here are just a few ideas…
Read more at: https://www.eply.com/blog/making-your-virtual-event-interactive-4-things-to-try
If you read back through event trends and predictions blogs of the past several years, you will find many references to building online event communities to support in-person events.
So, what happened?
Continued success is what happened. Our traditional events continued to grow in both attendance and revenue. In addition, their relative predictability and reliability made them desirable for organizations, associations and independent show organizers of all sizes, many of whom events are often a large portion of their organization’s budget.
Read more at: https://www.eply.com/blog/event-communities-for-your-hybrid-events
We are halfway through 2021, and the event professional’s rollercoaster has yet to pull into the station. While I don’t have statistical evidence, I can share a growing number of events (even large tradeshows) have started to stage successfully in more significant numbers. At the same time, many organizations have remained entirely virtual due to timing, COVID, or other reasons. With the future still unclear, organizations must continue to plan and strategize for the future of their virtual or hybrid events.
Read more at: https://www.eply.com/blog/maximizing-the-new-events-normal-with-tech-tools
Open your calendar on any given day, and chances are good that it looks nearly identical to the day before: chock full of video meetings and conferences. Meeting after meeting can be taxing enough, but those held in the digital realm are leading to a phenomenon known as “Zoom fatigue.”
This seems almost counterintuitive, as little effort is required to attend. However, there are many reasons why virtual meetings and conferences feel so exhausting. For one, they require an exorbitant amount of eye contact. No longer are you looking around a room as people speak; your attention is directed forward constantly.
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/engagement-waning-during-your-virtual-breakout-session-make-experience-more-enjoyable-attendees
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/
What better way to learn more about the exciting world of event technology than listening to an awesome product spotlight episode of the Event Tech Podcast? Today, Will and Brandt bring two guests in to hear an unbiased review of Accelevents, an all-in-one hybrid, and virtual event management platform. After all, in a world where there are more than 100 virtual event platforms, it’s sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/event-management-platform/
Can you feel that, event planner? It’s the dawn of the hybrid event era! The virtual revolution paved the way to greater accessibility and inclusivity, so it goes without saying that virtual events are here to stay. Meanwhile, in-person events are making a comeback. So, which one will prevail? Well, this is not an argument, so there’s no need to pick sides. Why not both?
The perfect union of these two (seemingly mutually exclusive) event trends are hybrid events. After all, in the events industry, we are all united and dedicated to bringing people together.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/hybrid-event-production/
Planning your own virtual event or simply attending one in the near future? Great! Make sure to put your self out there. Promoting your brand in the spotlight as part of a virtual event is not something that will happen automatically. You need to plan ahead and put a few strategies in place to ensure that your brand truly stands out. Relying on same old tricks won’t do anymore, especially not in the ever-expanding, information-dense digital universe. It’s time to get creative instead.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/creative-ideas-promote-brand-during-virtual-event/
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. Plus, we’ll share our thoughts on what to look for and recommend some of our current favorite tools.
Read more at: https://www.hoppier.com/blog/best-virtual-event-platforms-and-tools-for-2021
As two weeks of working from home led to a few months, and a few months led to a year, and a year led to indefinitely; many of us have come to accept that virtual meetings are likely to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future.
But just because the location and medium in which many of our meetings take place have changed, this does not mean that we should abandon all sense of etiquette and professionalism.
Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/virtual-meeting-etiquette
If content was considered king before the pandemic, the enforced move to virtual and subsequent evolution to hybrid event formats has seen content’s ascendency from monarch to deity in the space of just 18 months.
Not only has the planner content role evolved from in-room to online, but it has also now evolved again with organizers needing to consider a blended balance of both digital and physical content streams that will keep two different audiences engaged in the event offer.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/digital-content-strategies-for-virtual-and-hybrid-events
2020 will be the year known for bringing about digital disruption to the world. This disruption could be viewed as something the events industry needed, although not wanted, and virtual events has raised additional challenges for sponsorship and exhibition success.
eTechSuite conducted a survey in June 2020 among prospective and existing sponsors and exhibitors that identified 80% were concerned about the limited opportunities to network and engage with delegates in the virtual event space with 78% indicating their main objective was to strengthen relationships with existing and prospective clients.
Read more at: https://etechsuite.com.au/online-engagement-is-not-virtually-impossible/
Virtual events have been growing in popularity for several years, and for 4 good reasons.
1) The technology behind virtual events has been constantly maturing to deliver engaging digital experiences that offer better returns on investment than participating in an in-person event.
2) Participants appreciate saving time and money by attending conferences remotely instead of having to travel.
3) The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 raised concerns about international travel and participating in crowded events, pushing even more events online.
4) Rising anxiety over climate change and the trend for green/eco-friendly travel further raised the appeal of virtual events.
Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/getting-started-with-virtual-events
The world is facing a pandemic and everything around is changing. Global disruption from the spread of COVID-19 has caused big problems for event professionals, but this is not the end of the story. There are solutions to it.
The year 2020 is teaching us many lessons. We are shut inside our homes, doing all the daily chores by keeping inside and maintaining social distancing. It is always a good idea to visit online to join the community, to get connected with new people. Even in such difficult times your connection with the world outside is just a click away.
Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/online-events
The growing popularity of working from home together with the surge in the globalization of businesses have boosted the popularity of virtual events.
Most significantly, it has seen a massive spike during the pandemic. This is because businesses across the globe had to start using digital channels to communicate. These include meetings, sponsorships, events, product reveals, and trade shows.
Read more at: https://www.eventact.com/blog/make-your-event-more-accessible.html
As life starts to open up, now is a great time to start focusing on attendee engagement in your live events. Developing ways to engage your audience and increase audience participation can give everyone the connection that they’ve been missing. And that is just as true of virtual and hybrid events as it is for in-person offerings.
Nowadays, you don’t need to rely on cheers and claps. Instead, you can use audience participation software to enable guests to interact with your event format.
Read more at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/audience-interaction-tools-ds00/
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
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the global events landscape forever, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s safe to say that the disruption of the past year and a half has also helped accelerate the adoption of digital technologies to benefit everyone.
While virtual events have served as an important stopgap during lockdown mandates, there’s no denying their inherent benefits. Among these are reduced travel and hosting costs and, of course, the fact that anyone with a broadband internet connection can participate.
Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/hybrid-event-experience
Event planning is no easy feat, especially if you’re tasked with spinning a thousand plates at once. As a result of the pandemic, businesses have been forced to cut back their events teams and in some cases, remove them altogether. While this saves on costs, putting the challenge into the hands of infrequent or inexperienced planners can be a risk to the success of your investment.
Read more at: https://www.aventri.com/blog/how-to-simplify-your-event-planning-process-for-infrequent-planners
We see a lot of information on the internet at the moment about virtual event engagement. We all know engagement is so important for the success of any event and it is no different at a virtual conference.
As a company, we run 100s of full virtual conferences a year. From July-December last year, we had over 160,000 Delegates attend over 250 Conferences on our Platform (majority of these conferences are multi-day, multi-stream events). We had over 91 million live stream minutes viewed so we learned a lot about how great events keep their Delegates engaged.
Read more at: https://www.delegateconnect.co/blog/5-easy-ways-to-increase-engagement-at-your-next-virtual-event
We’ve all sat through tedious talks, with text-heavy slides and presenters reciting exactly what’s on the screen. Thankfully, there may be a closing slide in sight. New developments in event technology are changing the way we present, providing innovative ways to grab audiences’ attention and convey information.
This is great news for event creators. The more dynamic and interesting your presentation is, the greater your audience engagement will be.
Read more at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/technology-changing-presentations-future-ds00/
Many companies pivoted to digital and online platforms, with virtual events forming the cornerstone of the year’s best-attempt experiences. According to reports, 70% of event professionals and suppliers moved their face-to-face events to a virtual platform. Of those professionals, 69% hosted webinar-style sessions, while 62% live-streamed keynote speakers.
While the technology has existed for quite some time, no one ever really planned for this kind of scenario, so many of the platforms utilized were simply not up to the task.
Read more at: http://info.thecxapp.com/blog/virtual-and-hybrid-event-tech-trends-to-improve-attendee-experiences
With borders closed, venues shut, and face-to-face meetings not yet a sure thing, virtual events have been a welcome means of connection and communication during the pandemic, but they’re not without their downsides. Zoom fatigue is real, and given just how many online events there have been this summer, it’s not surprising that attendees sometimes see the prospect of another online event as more of an imposition than an opportunity.
How can event planners counter this? One way might be to allow attendees more control over how they schedule their sessions at virtual events.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/session-selection-improves-registration
How has technology changed the event industry? Well, whether it’s a music gig, flower-arranging workshop, or art exhibition, technology has been key to holding successful events during the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling creators to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and meet consumer demands. It’s even brought new and exciting opportunities, as virtual events have reached wider audiences from across the globe.
Read more at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/10-event-technology-trends-2020-ds00/
Virtual is still an unfamiliar event format for many, but it’s not diminishing in importance even as in-person events make a comeback in many cities. Event planning teams have to prepare themselves to mix virtual with onsite in the context of a ‘new normal’ hybrid future. Feeling anxious yet?
Don’t worry, that’s where the event technologist comes in. Your tech partner together with your team’s tech specialist can support you in creating a tech stack to serve your new event goals — and ideally to help you get set up with industry benchmarks and the data infrastructure for establishing your own.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/need-event-technologist