5 Benefits of Going Virtual with your Next Event

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With constant enhancements in technology and the continuous fight to remain competitive, there has been a surge in ways to increase event revenue. With this surge we are seeing a dramatic shift in the way content is being consumed at events. Virtual and hybrid events in the form of conferences, job fairs, and trade shows are becoming the norm, adding a new approach to traditional events.

If you’re thinking about hosting one yourself, here are 5 benefits to going virtual. 

Best Practices for Planning a Hybrid Event

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Hybrid events combine a physical event with a virtual component to create an integrated and interactive experience for all audience types. Hybrid events can extend the reach of your audience and generate new revenue opportunities for your business. In addition, the virtual components of a hybrid event enable you to supply content and entice a brand new virtual audience to decide to attend in person for the same future event.

If you are like most event planning professionals you have the physical event planning process down to a science, but what about when you incorporate a hybrid extension to your event? Where do you start? Follow these hybrid event planning best practices to make sure you hit a home run.

10 Things People Forget During a Webcast

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When creating a live presentation there are a lot of moving parts and it’s easy to overlook certain aspects of your presentation. Here are 10 things most presenters forget when presenting a webcast. You can thank us later!

1.    Explain to the audience up front how to use the console

The majority of people have little experience attending webcasts and online events. They aren’t familiar with the different platforms and may not understand all the great interactive features they can use to participate in a presentation. It is important when presenting a webcast to explain how to use the console, point out different areas such as the chat window, the different widgets and where to go for help. Taking a few minutes to familiarize your audience will help everyone to be more engaged. You can have the audience test features by asking them to type in what city they are viewing from in the chat window or what they are hoping to learn in the Q&A window. 

Leveraging Video: The Future of Strategic Corporate Communications

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From product releases to company news flashes, video is used everywhere in business today to communicate. Video is the new standard on how people become informed and learn. Taking its lead from TV, video conveys in one minute, what may have taken 10+ printed pages. Less time, more interesting, and a higher level of retention are the key business benefits from video.

The end result is that video is a faster more interesting method to communicate and for the audience to learn. There are two primary categories where video is leveraged for corporate communications.

Live Broadcast Streaming and Pre-Recorded Videos

This type of video can be pre-recorded or streamed live and like watching the news on TV, the ­­audience views, but does not engage with the content. While highly effective to quickly deliver it’s messaging, this form of video delivery is single direction, speaker to audience.  It is not interactive.  This type of solution is deployed by many enterprises today.

10 Steps You Need to Master When Planning a Webcast

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If you are new to the world of webcasts, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when you sit down to plan.  And if you become lost in all the details, you can easily overlook vital steps which are essential to success.  That’s why the best approach is to break it down.  This simple 10-step procedure for planning and executing a powerful webcast can streamline the process and set you up for success.