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  • Hubb Survey Finds Majority Now Experienced in Planning Virtual Events

    Hubb, a leading virtual, hybrid, and in-person event software platform, released data earlier this spring on findings from its 2021 Spring UNTETHERED Design-a-thon Event. The findings confirm the pandemic forced a major change within the industry, with 83 per cent of event professionals surveyed saying they now have experience hosting and/or planning a virtual event, versus only 45 per cent surveyed in the May 2020. Hubb surveyed more than 1,600 of the event planners who attended the UNTETHERED event this…

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  • 7 Reasons Why Virtual Events Can Be Better Than Traditional Face-to-Face Events

    There are ongoing debates around the efficiency of virtual events. However, a great number of event planners are reinventing themselves and suggesting that their clients convert their conferences to an online platform. It’s true that face to face (F2F) interactions and networking is different than a virtual experience. But many virtual events can be just as good, if not better, than being in person. Below are top seven reasons why virtual events can be better than F2F events: Cost efficiency:…

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  • Balancing Act: Reducing Risk Without Taking a Hit to Attendee Management

    What if our keynote loses power? What if we have a system failure? What if there’s a network outage? The worry of potential tech challenges fuels the nightmares that keep event professionals up at night in the days leading up to a virtual event. The good news is pre-recorded content can solve a lot of these concerns. Finding the perfect balance of live and pre-recorded content will reduce your risk while still allowing your attendee to sense a shared experience…

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  • Earth Day Event Spotlights the Most Sustainable Canadian Destinations

    The Sustainable Events Forum will host a virtual celebration of Canadian event destinations to mark Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day for Event People will shine a light on 10 of the most sustainable locations, as voted by attendees: St. John’s, Nfld., Halifax, Charlottetown, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Banff, Alta., Vancouver, Victoria and Whitehorse. Event professionals who host events in these destinations will make the case for their chosen nominee. Attendees will then have the opportunity to choose…

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  • MMBC to Host Free Canada-Wide Event

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) will host a free virtual event on April 8, in support of Global Meetings Industry Day. Geared to government decision-makers, media and industry professionals, the theme of the 90-minute webinar is ‘We’re Ready.’ It will emphasize the industry’s readiness to reopen the travel, meetings and business events economy when restrictions are lifted. The event will feature industry leaders from across the country, including Destination Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Convention Centres of Canada,…

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  • How to Effectively Use Data from your Virtual Event

    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…

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  • Tête-à-Tête Trade Show Shifts Gears After More than 30 Years

    CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau is rolling out its most popular event, Tête-à-Tête, in a new format this year. The day of learning and connecting for event planners and association professionals will be held virtually. “The program has been carefully created to provide attendees with many unique opportunities to explore best practices and learn about products and services that will help them succeed in the year ahead, despite some unique challenges they’re facing,” says Christine James, chair of the Canadian Society of Association…

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  • MMBC’s New Video Series Addresses Advocacy Work and Initiatives

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) started the year with a new video series outlining its key activities for the first quarter of 2021. The first video, featuring chair Clark Grue, addresses the coalition’s advocacy work and provincial initiatives. Grue explains MMBC will continue to advance the following messaging to all levels of government: face-to-face events bring business leaders together to create transactional opportunities that drive the economy, jobs and other growth opportunities; and the business events sector has decades of…

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  • 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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  • Pandemic Drives IAEE to Pivot to Virtual Expo

    Due to the enhanced negative realities of COVID-19, the in-person portion of the 2020 International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo! has been cancelled. In its place, IAEE will host a virtual event with many of the same show elements. “In light of current health and safety concerns, the board has unanimously decided to transition this face-to-face event to a wholly virtual experience,” says IAEE chair, Bob McLean. “With this decision, the board and staff have recommitted our…

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