With live conferences’ comeback, event organizers need to make complex decisions about how to incorporate digital product extensions into their business model. Based on our research, we estimate that there’s an even split between conference owners who are including synchronous or asynchronous hybrid options and those who aren’t. The half who is pursuing hybrid knows that they can’t just go back to what worked in 2019 despite the return of in-person events. They crave a predictable steady state … [Read more...]
Game On! Returning to Face-to-Face
With many organizations actively planning for an upcoming in-person conference or tradeshow, now is the time to make firm decisions for your attendee-experience, staffing and safety plans. We recently held a webinar featuring leaders from two large associations that have held face-to-face events in recent weeks. Here are five of the top take-aways that can help other associations navigate their new journey. 1. Increased and Transparent Communications Most Q3 and Q4, 2021 conferences are … [Read more...]
Conference Organizers: What Is Your Duty of Care?
Just when we thought we were turning the corner on a rise in Covid cases, we are hearing about short-term cancellations of conventions once again as the Delta variant causes cases to rise. Several conventions that occurred in June and July resulted in a number of positive COVID tests, including breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated participants. Some of the host organizations were transparent and shared these reported cases with attendees. Others were not. As conference organizers, it can … [Read more...]
How Much Has Covid Affected the World of Virtual Conferences?
Leading learning firm Tagoras has launched another round of its virtual conferences survey, the results of which will be compared to its last round, conducted near the beginning of the pandemic. The use of online events, by all types of organizations, has grown by leaps and bounds. This current survey’s results “will give us a good sense of just how much impact COVID had,” says Jeff Cobb, managing director of Tagoras. The purpose of this survey is to better understand how organizations are … [Read more...]
[Webinar] It’s Time to Shake Things Up at Your Next Event
There’s never been a better time to experiment with new meeting elements or to say goodbye to some time-worn ones, Dave Lutz, managing director of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, said in this recent VCC post. Dave will talk about his forecasts for future trends for association events at a virtual education session on July 15 at 10 a.m. EDT for the Reston Herndon Meeting Planners, “Ready or Not, Here They Come: 5 Post-Pandemic Conference Design Changes.” He believes leadership will be more open to … [Read more...]
I Think We Cracked the Code on Digital Networking!
If you missed our recent webinar on Cracking the Code on Digital Networking, you can watch it on-demand. It is well worth your time to learn from two masters: Amanda Kaiser (pictured, top right) and Arianna Rehak (pictured, bottom), co-founders of the 2021 Virtual Networking Incubator. We had a lot of ground to cover and didn’t get to all of the questions. I had an opportunity to follow up with Amanda to get them answered. Be sure to check out all the great resources and ideas, with links you … [Read more...]
5 Post-Pandemic Conference Program Design Changes
“Never let a good crisis go to waste” has become a popular adage in the business world over the past year, for good reason. As it becomes more apparent that face-to-face events will return in some form this year, conference organizers have an opportunity to make changes that would have been more difficult to sell up the ladder in the past. It’s a good time for planners to challenge their organizations to make the meeting experience more valuable than ever. As we work with conference … [Read more...]
[WEBINAR]: Cracking the Code on Event Networking
Register now for our next VCC webinar, May, 19th, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT. Space is limited. What is every meeting owner’s quest for the holy grail? Delivering meaningful networking and connecting experiences in a digital or hybrid experience. In February, our two guests founded the 2021 Virtual Networking Incubator. They were determined to bring together some of the best minds from around the country to crack the code on how to deliver on the promise of making meaningful connections. Now, … [Read more...]
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