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  • How Businesses are Rising to the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 has dealt the events industry a blow that far surpasses any other occurrence in modern history. No business has been left untouched but while some have crippled under the coronavirus outbreak, others have pivoted in ways they wouldn’t have imagined months ago when the outlook for 2020 was so bright. “Prior to the pandemic my team was planning hybrid events, which combines live in-person and virtual components. Now our offerings are primarily virtual-only,” explains Alicia Jenelle of her self-named…

    Event Operations, Uncategorized, Virtual Events

  • Events Industry Council Issues Guidelines to Help Rebuild Trust, Assess Risk

    The Events Industry Council has released a best practices guide to help industry professionals as they navigate the new event landscape. “We must, as individuals and organizations, take the responsibility to own the assessment and mitigation of risk, taking into account guidance from global, national, regional and local public health officials. If we do so consistently and communicate these steps effectively, we will make considerable strides toward reestablishing trust,” says Events Industry Council CEO, Amy Calvert. “Trust with organizational decision-makers,…

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  • Six Considerations Before Hosting a Live Event in the Coronavirus World

    With Alberta greenlighting indoor trade shows and exhibiting events, and other provinces likely to soon follow-suit, you may be eager (and have the opportunity) to squeeze an event in before the year is out. And rightfully so! Since March, the events industry has made do with virtual options, which, although effective, do not compare to the magic of a live event. But much has changed since pre-COVID-19. Where do you start? Here’s what you should consider as you embark on…

    Event Operations

  • Alberta Issues Event Guidelines as Trade Shows, Exhibits get Green Light

    Indoor trade shows and exhibiting events are allowed again in Alberta. The announcement was made July 16, at a press conference. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said after studying other jurisdictions that have reopened such activities, it was found events don’t seem to be large spreaders of the coronavirus. The government has developed guidelines to support event organizers in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers, volunteers, patrons and the general public. Organizers…

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  • New Seat Selection Tool Makes Social Distancing Simple

    Seats.io has released an advanced social distancing seat selection tool to assist with the reopening of the events industry and help rebuild consumer confidence. Unlike static solutions that already exist, like blocking seats before showing the floor plan, the tool allows event organizers to apply social distancing rules in real-time when ticket buyers select their seats online. For instance, they can indicate how much social distancing is required for an event, depending on the location, or how many people in…

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  • What to Charge for a Virtual Event

    Typically, the costs associated with producing a virtual event are much lower than that of an in-person one. Organizers may save on the venue, food and beverage, decor, signage, travel, accommodations and more. Pivoting online means the entire event format will change and, subsequently, a new pricing strategy is required. While many virtual events are offered for free, this doesn’t mean yours has to be. But what should you charge? The best way to determine a suitable pricing structure is…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • The Key to Unlocking a Compelling Online Event Experience

    Over the past few months, there has been major growth in the percentage of meetings, conferences and other events hosted virtually. The increase in demand for digital experiences shows consumers are willing to adapt in their quest for human connection during the COVID-19 public health crisis. But this doesn’t mean switching an in-person event online will guarantee success. Organizers still need to give attendees what they want and that’s good content. “There is a misconception that virtual events are simple…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • Longest Running Canadian Expo for Events Industry Cancelled

    Canada’s largest event for the meetings, incentive travel, special events and promotions industry has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event producer Newcom Media made the announcement about this year’s Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo) in a statement released June 3. “We were hoping the August show would be the first step toward reconnecting the industry in a personal and meaningful way (but) unfortunately we will not have the opportunity in 2020,” says director of events for…

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  • Survey Looks to Find Out Best Online Conference Platforms

    Online conferences and meetings have exploded amid the COVID-19 pandemic and so, too, has the number of platforms that support these virtual events. In an effort to determine which are the best, sponsorship expert Larry Weil has launched a survey. “Most users don’t get past the four or five best known platforms,” says Weil, founder of The Sponsorship Guy. “Because it is not reasonable to expect these platforms to tell you what they are not good at, we have taken…

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  • Steps to Protect Yourself if an Event is Cancelled

    Many events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in cancellations. Some vendors have returned deposits while others have agreed to hold them as a credit toward rescheduled events. Then there are those who have refused refunds or credits altogether. Why the difference? It often comes down to the terms included in your contract. With uncertainty around the outbreak and, consequently, when in-person events may take place, it’s important to review the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty. Also,…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

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