When you work in production, you come across your own particular brand of horror stories. And now that our professions have been irrevocably changed, these happen quite often. So it’s not hard to imagine that people like our host, Brandt Krueger, technical producer extraordinaire, have quite a few tales to tell…and it’s worse than you might think!
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/live-stream-horror-story/
A few months ago – you know, when the craziness was at its highest – we wrote about virtual event mistakes. If you’re an avid reader of Endless, you might recall that one of those mistakes was foregoing rehearsals. And if you’re not an avid reader…well, what are you waiting for? But let’s return to the topic at hand. Back in the day – and no, we can’t believe it’s only been a handful of weeks either – we felt it was important to warn event profs against this. However, we didn’t dive quite as deep as we hoped for.
Read more at: https://helloendless.com/virtual-event-rehearsals/
What are your attendees thinking? It’s a common question for planners and marketers, and finding the answer doesn’t rely on telepathy, but on technology. Using technology to track customer touchpoints, companies can create multiple engagement scores per event that provide actionable insight into the customer journey. For marketers and planners, the engagement score ties to virtual, hybrid, and in-person events, looking to event touchpoints to show the attendee journey. The scores can provide full insight into your customers based on their event interactions.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/engagement-scoring
It’s a scenario we are all too familiar with. You log on to your computer to start your day, excited by the prospect of an entire Monday with no meetings. It seems too good to be true! And then it hits you – it is. You suddenly remember that you registered for a few digital events. You have to be on camera all day, which means changing out of your faded sweatshirt and running a comb through your hair. And you have to talk to people. It takes you one minute to decide that you are not going to be joining the conference.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/digital-events
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.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/en/blog/events/virtual-meetings
When last year’s IBTM World Trends Watch Report, written over the summer of 2019, predicted that the Virtual Experience Economy would be the big trend for 2020 (accelerating the merger of in-person and digital event elements), no-one could have imagined just how little time this evolution to online would take.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/uk/blog/events/trend-watch-2021-virtual-experience-economy
BizBash’s newest column offers a monthly check-in on all things event tech, from new virtual platforms to social distancing-focused tools to software that will make your job easier. Got a tip? Get in touch!
In Case You Missed It
Did you catch last month’s Event Tech Check column? Be sure to click here for more standout technology tools that can help you produce live, virtual, and hybrid events this year.
Read more at: https://www.bizbash.com/production-strategy/event-management-tech-tools/article/21219892/event-technology-news-from-accelevents-virtual-crowd-aventri-and-more-for-live-virtual-and-hybrid-events
The most comprehensive 2021 tech events directory on the web.
Searching for the top tech events to attend in 2021? Scouring the internet for event information can feel quite overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done all the work for you! This carefully curated conference directory features over 100 tech conferences happening in 2021 from around the world.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/technology-events
The most authoritative list of 2021 virtual events and conferences on the internet.
Virtual events are nothing new but—as we discuss in our comprehensive guide to coronavirus and events—we’re seeing many organizers pivot from in-person to digital.
For many event organizers, virtual events present a new opportunity for overstepping the hurdles of social distancing and engaging audiences around the world. Planners have already made their intentions clear, with 93% of event marketers already planning to incorporate virtual events into their strategy in 2021 and beyond.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-events-2021
Discover the 20 best virtual event ideas to incorporate into planning your next event. Featuring examples from brands like Forbes, INBOUND, and more.
Virtual events have gained popularity as the world continues to deal with the novel coronavirus. According to our Event Outlook Report, 93% of event marketers plan to invest in virtual events moving forward. Fortunately, event technology has made it possible to host unique online experiences that can align with your goals and event strategy.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/virtual-event-ideas
Almost 6,000 event marketers registered for (Almost) HYBRID to discuss the future of events. Here’s what we took away from our second virtual summit.
Last week, thousands of event marketing professionals from all over the world tuned in live for our second virtual summit: (Almost) HYBRID. Speakers from CNBC, Burning Man, IBM, and more joined us to share their insights and perspectives on the hybrid future of events.
Read more at: https://blog.bizzabo.com/hybrid-event-takeaways-2021
How to choose the right format for your conference or trade show, create cross-channel experiences for attendees, and build the perfect software platform for your hybrid events in 2021 and beyond.
With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, many trade shows and conferences and deciding to plan for hybrid events in 2021. Hybrid events give meeting planners the best of both worlds, as they can accommodate attendees who are unwilling or unable to travel, and still provide an in-person experience for those who are able to make it to the show.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/a-comprehensive-guide-to-planning-hybrid-events/
You’ve undoubtedly been hearing a lot lately – and not just in this space – about the COVID-19 pandemic giving rise to something often described as the Zoom Era. Virtual events, you see, have been a necessary function of maintaining public health, social distancing and general decorum. Whether it’s a work meeting, symposium, classroom or concert, we’ve all been dutifully doing our part to suck it up, hunker down and log on. For now.
Read more at: https://www.corporateeventnews.com/virtual-events-where-start-0
When we plan virtual or live events, we need to figure out how attendees will engage with the content, sponsors, and each other. But hybrid events pose a unique challenge.
We now must also figure out how we’ll get these audiences to engage with one another.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What experiences, if any, should be online-only? In-person only?
- Which virtual and face-to-face activities can I make one cohesive experience?
- What will interaction between digital and live audiences look like?
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/hybrid-events-engagement/
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/
This is not the first time we’ve talked about the future of events in our event tech blog. Last time, we’ve emphasized hybrid events as one of the most anticipated trends in the events industry, and we’ve strongly looked over the upcoming opportunities and challenges closely related to technology for events. But it’s always worth to figure out events in 2021, especially when we are towards the end of the year.
Read more at: https://beamian.com/how-event-tech-will-shape-events-2021/
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
The most important part of getting your hybrid event right is picking the best format for your attendees.
Do you want everyone engaging in real-time for networking purposes? Does your online audience want education that’s more self-paced? Could smaller coordinated meetups be a better option than the traditional city-wide?
The 3 options below directly address these questions and are among the most popular formats for hybrid events.
Read more at: https://www.cadmiumcd.com/blog/cross-channel-experiences/
Your virtual event is alive and buzzing with animated conversations, electric presentations and smart social media sharing. How do you keep the momentum going?
We’re all navigating the newness of virtual events together and looking for tools to help produce a successful event. Planning is essential to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. Our production checklist is a great ‘at a glance’ reminder on how to create the best possible audience experience at your next virtual event.
Our team has put together the essential building blocks you need to prep before, during and after your virtual event.
Download Checklist here: https://blog.hubb.me/virtual-event-production-checklist
Zoom has seen a huge rise in popularity during 2020, to the point where its name has become synonymous with video conferencing. So for many event planners looking for the right tool to host a virtual conference, Zoom is the first thing that comes to mind. But while Zoom offers the ideal infrastructure for running video meetings and webinars, in order to host a full virtual conference with complex agendas, attendee networking and sponsor visibility, planners need a more customizable virtual event platform. The good news is that event organizers who are already familiar and comfortable with using Zoom can now take advantage of Zoom’s new integration with EventMobi’s Virtual Event Space.
Read more at: https://www.eventmobi.com/blog/eventmobi-zoom-integration-virtual-conferences/
With their first hybrid event MEET THE CHANGE, the German meetings industry association MEET GERMANY needed to deliver an innovative event format. The goal was to make change tangible, to trade key learnings from the past months, to bundle forces and take away fears. With this one-day event, which took place on August 27, 2020 in Berlin and online, the organizers proved that courage pays off. They demonstrated that not only are on-site events changing, but that while including an online audience presents new challenges, this offers new opportunities for planners, speakers and sponsors. In this case study we will show how the EventMobi Virtual Space made this hybrid event possible and what learnings event planners can take away from it.
Read more at: https://www.eventmobi.com/blog/hybrid-event-success/
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.
Read more at: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/rise-of-audio-events
Here are four ways to increase social engagement at your next virtual event: Event Agenda, Engage Feature, Polling, Moderated Chat
Grab attendee’s attention and increase engagement for live sessions.
It’s a great way to highlight your live sessions.
Read more at: https://www.evia.events/evia-blogs/successful-virtual-events
Diversity matters, whether it’s a face-to-face or virtual event. Though the year 2020 saw a tremendous change in the event world, the rules of the game still remain the same. The shift from live to virtual hasn’t eliminated the need for accessibility, compassion and inclusivity as prime qualifications at our events. Most event companies may be experts at handling these for in-person events, but have they been able to deliver the same at an online level?
Read more at: https://www.evia.events/evia-blogs/accessible-virtual-events
What is a hybrid event?
As lockdowns are being relaxed in a growing number of regions across USA and the world, live events, though in a limited capacity, are again in the cards. For event organizers to be financially viable, a combination of live and virtual event aspects – hybrid – is a great option. Leveraging hybrid event strategies will allow event organizers to maintain their numbers even if their live audience is small.
Read more at: https://www.evia.events/evia-blogs/2020/6/24/5-facts-about-hybrid-events
What’s that one thing in common with NBA 2020, Tomorrow Land 2020, VMA 2020? These, as you may have rightly guessed met the new norm of the 2020 event world standards, they are all Hybrid events.
If you aren’t a big fan of Hybrid events and would do anything to go back to the ‘Live-Show’ days, you know you are not alone. Yet, the fact is that 100% of all-live events aren’t coming back – as soon as we’d like.
Read more at: https://www.evia.events/evia-blogs/2020/10/7/6-ways-to-strategize-your-hybrid-event
Events are getting more mesmerizing with the aid of technological innovations. Specifically, the new add-on to this sector-‘ virtual event platforms’ are adding more value in this time of the pandemic.
However, event hosting is not a standalone process, whether it is a physical or virtual event! Helpfully, there is a range of innovative technologies that helps to turn the events more eventful such as mobile technology, event management software, 3D mapping, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Emotional/facial Recognition using AI, Wearables, and so on.
Read more at: https://ziniosedge.com/top-event-technologies-and-trends-for-2020/
The digital transformation of the events industry came rapidly, without warning and without an invitation. While we didn’t RSVP to this global event, we do what most do to make the most of our situation: We Adapt.
Where are you in your virtual event journey?
Level 1: Webinars QUICK! Take your event content that was supposed to be at your conference and turn it into a series of webinars!
Read more at: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/how-to-get-more-from-your-virtual-events
Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed a lot of event organisers who are planning virtual events, tell their clients to keep timings short, presentations succinct and the overall event length to under an hour in order to maintain virtual engagement. The reason? Apparently, our attention spans have been so degenerated by TikTok-style short bursts of content that we can no longer cope with staring at a screen for any significant length of time.
Read more at: https://www.cvent.com/uk/blog/events/virtual-engagement-ideas-keep-your-event-attendees-engaged