During the current unprecedented times, event marketers must strategize to accommodate for changes in business trends every day. Event marketers may be eager to convert their event to a virtual setting, but to make that change effective, they must keep in mind that not all events succeed in a virtual environment. Usually, the traditional long keynotes make it hard for the audience to stay engaged. Therefore, try to keep your content short and straightforward, with plenty of visuals and interactive opportunities. Energetic or active interactive opportunities will empower the audience.
Stages of time-based interactions
Virtual settings demand interactions at every stage of the virtual event. Here are some points to keep in mind during a virtual event.
Build your connections through technology
It is advisable to create a communication network utilizing social media platforms, before the event . This will promote pre-event communication with the audience. The moderator should be naturally and genuinely engaged within these platforms. This will also help ease the discussions during the event.
While driving content for the event, it is essential to keep in mind that content should have a natural flow. This engages the audience pre-event, during the event and post-event.
Data is key
Data is one of the essential aspects that helps read the audience of a particular event. A company should use data wisely to analyze the audience’s taste and preferences for better communication.
Use polls and quizzes for your data
Data is key, but how can we retrieve it and leverage it? It is easier when you use quizzes and polls to gather your attendee’s data. It not only provides you with related content but keeps your audience engaged when you gamify them.
Keep the connection after the event
People attend events to learn new things. Keeping these audiences in mind and trying to maintain contact with them in the future for upcoming events via emails and social media platforms is vital. This practice doesn’t work for every event, but creating a relationship with your audience is essential.
Digital content is fuel for a virtual event engine
The design and digital promotion of your event is a way to boost your Google presence as well. A virtual event’s success can be measured by how well the content resonates. Many portions of the event may be reusable for future content marketing or work as a guide for future virtual events.
Here are some best practices to follow when planning your virtual event strategy.
Shoot for the stars
Remote broadcasts and events are everyone’s new normal, and this change has allowed many celebrities and stars to become available for a reasonable price. You may be able to secure guest appearances from a celebrity at a fraction of what it would usually cost. This will increase event attendance and excitement amongst your audience.
If you’re implementing any brand new ideas into your virtual event, make sure to brand it so that everyone who sees it knows where it all started. Your creativity and design deserve to be recognized and appreciated in their entirety.
Encourage your audience to communicate with you and take every piece of feedback as an opportunity to improve. Your audience is your most significant aspects as they’re the ones who see the content you generate or present.
Don’t box yourself in
When planning your event strategy, don’t only focus on email communications. Take advantage of every social channel at your disposal to promote your brand.
Connect with others everywhere
Virtual connections may not be the same as in-person connections, but they are still possible and valid. Families and loved ones are able to connect all across the globe. How? Virtually. The more you explore virtual links, the better and stronger relationships you can create.