Event Operations

  • Which Hybrid Model is Best for your Event?

    Hybrid events have been around for years but they’re completely new to many planners. With all signs pointing to the pandemic’s (eventual) end thanks to the rollout of vaccines, it’s time to become acquainted with them, if you’re not already. Planners will need to add such events to their toolkit to compete in today’s industry and be relevant to their audiences. Hybrid Events Defined A hybrid event is not an in-person event with sharable recorded sessions or a virtual event…

  • Amp Up your Next Virtual Event by Targeting this Sense

    With events primarily taking place from the comfort of people’s homes, the power of our five senses has shifted. It used to be an event producer’s passion to ignite all the senses in calculated ways, at specific times, to entice memory or create action. While we’ll get back to a new version of that eventually, for now we have the digital realm from which to work to deliver content. Because of this, the sense of hearing is among the most engaged…

  • Fun Virtual Event Activities to Boost Audience Participation

    As stay-at-home orders press on and vaccines are still only available for frontline workers and the most vulnerable, the events industry continues to move ahead in the virtual realm. While many attendees are now used to online events, they are also increasingly prone to burnout and fatigue given the amount of time spent in front of a computer these days. So, how do you stop your audience from zoning out? Until we can offer hybrid options or in-person events once…

  • Is Now the Time to Switch Event Formats?

    It will soon be one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Although the world’s biggest vaccine rollout is now underway, organizations are struggling to decide whether to move forward with a virtual event or postpone. Last year, many pushed in-person events back to 2021, and are now realizing this year may be no more conducive to hosting an in-person event. If the purpose of your event is to build business relationships, it may not be in…

  • New Plans Unveiled for Two Events Venues in Metro Vancouver

    Plans for Metro Vancouver’s newest events and convention centre are coming into focus. Burnaby city council outlined a potential direction for the facility last week. With a total floor area of 196,380 square feet, the concept features a 60,000-square-foot hall that could be used for a single event or reconfigured into two separate spaces to allow events to take place simultaneously. Other areas of the proposed venue include approximately 40,000 square feet of atrium lobby and pre-function space, 27,000 square feet…

  • How to Effectively Use Data from your Virtual Event

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    While the shift to virtual events in 2020 was challenging, event planners quickly discovered loads of useful data that a digital format can provide. More than physical events, virtual events provide organizers unprecedented insight into attendee demographics and behaviour. This information can be used to create bigger and better future events. But this data is only useful if you know what to collect and how to analyze it. Event and Session Attendance Your virtual event platform enables you to see…

  • Savvy Swag Bag Items that will Thrill Online Event Attendees

    Who doesn’t love free stuff? Other than printed collateral and overly branded products, most people welcome giveaways. And the cooler and more usable the gift, the greater lasting impression it will have on event attendees. Here are five items to consider including in the ever-popular swag bag, which has become an increasingly critical way to connect with registrants as events have moved online. Headphones or Earbuds Headphones or earbuds are handy for listening to seminars, they can be used long…

  • Leveraging Content Beyond your Virtual Event

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    Good event content has always been valuable for attendees but it seems even more so with virtual events. A new poll by Eventsforce shows 70 per cent of organizers are spending extra time and money producing high-quality sessions and presentations in order to engage more effectively with people online. And this makes sense. The serendipity of networking at in-person events can’t be replicated in a virtual environment, so attendees will naturally focus on the learning aspect. But the benefits don’t…

  • How to Drive Online Engagement with Gamification

    Virtual events aren’t a new concept but they have stepped into the limelight because of COVID, and it’s clear they’re here to stay. Grand View Research projects the virtual events market will increase 10-fold over the next decade, to be valued at $774 billion US. The most innovative event planners are already adapting and working to perfect this medium. Their goal, of course, is to ensure attendees are engaged and satisfied, especially from home. The Challenges of Going Virtual Online…

  • How the Internet may be Hurting your Virtual Event

    Working from home became an unexpected reality during the pandemic. Like most, I upgraded our Internet connection after making the transition to ensure everyone in my household could continue to make video calls, watch Netflix and browse the web without interruption. As the events industry moved online, more thought was given to networking technology than ever imagined as planners and producers struggled to manage Internet traffic. In an ideal world, everyone would have enough Internet at their disposal and it…

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