Written by Sheetal MunjalNov 17, 2020

It seems that the future of events is entirely in the digital world, but virtual events are paving the way for a digital future - the first future in which companies benefit from ROI, scalability, flexibility, and networking capabilities that are unprecedented and unmatched in the physical realm. Whether a company chooses a purely digital event or uses a virtual event as part of a hybrid event strategy, this future is digital. Companies that have been mediocre in producing their own events and events in recent years have turned to digital events as their primary source of revenue. 

Hosting meetings and events in the affected world of COVID-19 will require major changes, particularly from planners and venues. It will take a combined effort to revive the industry and start holding events in-person again. In order to include the criteria for healthy meetings and activities, venues should concentrate on a few main areas: health and safety policies, social distancing arrangements, and healthy food and drink.

Virtual Events   

If people understand the benefits of virtual events, we will see an increase in hybrid events in the post. Virtual events make up a large part of the events and offer normal opportunities for many professional speakers. Technological breakthroughs allow registrants to pay for both a virtual and a physical event at their own expense. It is worth bearing in mind that many people are joining virtual events and will continue to do so when in-person events become commonplace again. We will see how the industry will sell hybrids better and we will have more of them, but virtual events will evolve and flourish quickly.  

Hosting Safe Meetings and Events

Take the time to announce your virtual events and post them on your company's social media accounts. One should also consider attracting exhibitors for individual virtual meetings and inviting participants who still want to keep up with the previously planned on-site meetings, but would like to learn more about their company spontaneously at a virtual event. With the ability to change strategies and revise entire events in record time, you should consider planning to have virtual events in person from the start.  

Your event page or profile may contain details and updates on your virtual event. Also provide information about your company's events, such as date, time and location, and other information.

Platforms to Host a Virtual Event   

When you've agreed to move your event to the virtual world, the preparation process for your "new" event will need to begin. Instead of hiring a venue, you would need to find a program or network for virtual events to host your event. Interactive virtual events are a great chance to attract customers. 

For more formal virtual events, there are a number of platforms that offer a variety of tools, including live streaming, chat rooms, and more. Virtual events can be divided into the following categories: Live Streaming, Web-based Virtual Event Productions, On-Site Setup, and Virtual Event Production. You can use a combination of live streaming and on-site setup for live video and audio production, as well as a live chat room.     

Online Event Guide and Mobile Event App

Adding a virtual element to a live event opens up many more networking opportunities than would be possible without it. Incorporating entertainment activities into your virtual event is a great way to keep attendees engaged and excited about the event. The possibility of virtual participation also gives the organizers a tactical advantage in terms of sponsorship and the deep analysis generated by virtual events. If you predict the time that a virtual event will last, you can benefit from providers finding professionals who can network virtually and meet potential customers.    

Preparing Attendees for Virtual Events 

Don't take for granted the technical savvy of your participants. Before the event, creating a guide for attendants detailing how to access the event, sessions, and more is best practice. Even better, before the event begins, encourage attendants to practice launching sessions or sending messages. This will ease the attendee’s stress.   

Attendee Engagement at Virtual Events

During the COVID 19 crisis, there will be many opportunities for businesses large and small to continue to organize virtual events and B2B marketing campaigns. As for virtual events, there are many untapped opportunities, and while you may be navigating the difficulties of an engaging virtual event, for now, most companies will probably be better at producing compelling events in the future. To maintain business continuity, we will see virtual events become permanent, business-driven, growth-fueled,  business growth, not just temporary events.  

Proving Virtual Event Success    

Digital event success depends on aligning event and company objectives, defining key performance metrics to define event success before the event, and assessing event data and evaluating after event insights. Proving ROI event includes an analysis of costs and benefits. Costs are expressed as direct costs, indirect costs, and opportunity costs.

To conclude... 

Given the clear benefits that online events offer, it seems clear that virtual events will not remain, but become a mainstream way for event hosting. Finally, I believe that the number of business events will increase significantly, both online and in person.

Virtual events can be created for almost any type of event, including personal, online, and virtual events, to connect with your target audience. Virtual event platforms help you create events and content that attendees can access from anywhere in the world, even when they are safely at home. If you are interested in organizing a virtual event yourself, follow the trend of corporate events moving from the physical to the virtual world. 

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