Conference organizers have always had many moving parts to juggle; but that's expanded ten-fold now thanks to the impact of COVID-19 on the meetings industry. An interesting article from Naylor looked at the benefits of adding a third-party planner to your team. The same could be said for working with an experiences conference publisher such … Continue reading When to Bring in an Expert?
If you were to look at a conference's sponsorship prospectus in 2019, you'd probably see a lot of "tried and true" offerings that often get scooped up very quickly. But when the COVID-19 pandemic required an immediate shift to virtual events, sponsorship prospectuses ended up in the trash. Lanyards, hotel keys, tote bags and escalator … Continue reading No Tote Bag? What about a Polybag?
If 2020 was the year of the virtual event, what's the outlook for 2021? I do not think anyone expects "the same ole" meeting environment. Virtual platforms became the "go-to solution" when COVID-19 brought the industry to a standstill. And now, as vaccine rollouts become more encouraging, does this mean "same ole, same ole" live … Continue reading 2021: The Year of Hybrid Events?
Over the past few years, there's been a trend in the events industry to reduce the amount of printed materials at meetings and trade shows. Mobile apps have made some of these printed items obsolete, but not everything can be replaced with an app. Print for Virtual? Now, with the majority of events taking place … Continue reading Yes, Virtual Events Need Printed Materials
One big unknown in 2021 is the comfort level of attendees when it comes to the return of live events. A recent survey of healthcare professionals conducted by FHTglobal shares feedback from healthcare professionals. It gives us an idea of what's worked so far, and what hasn't. It also looked at what may be holding … Continue reading Healthcare Professionals Survey Provides Insight on Success of Virtual Meetings
Digital marketing quickly became the go-to tool for promoting virtual events. Paid advertising, email blasts and social media campaigns all help get the word out. But is digital enough? Don't overlook the role that print can play as a marketing tool. Inboxes are over-flowing, we're maxing out on screen time...why not send a print preview … Continue reading Blog Round-up: Printing for Virtual Events
Over the past year, our blog's focus moved from a focus on the benefits of show dailies to more of a broad overview of communications tools for virtual and hybrid events. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on the events industry. We're not quite sure what 2021 will bring, but we're trying to stay … Continue reading Top Posts of 2020
Seven months ago, we didn't quite know what the impact of COVID-19 would be on the meetings industry. Though we're still not quite sure what 2021 will bring, it's been a year to learn (a lot), try new things and think outside the box. CustomNEWS created our COVID-19 resources page to share ideas, content and … Continue reading COVID-19: Top Ten Posts
How can you help exhibitors generate ROI from a virtual exhibit hall? ROI is very important to exhibitors. At live events, they can measure ROI by the number of visitors to their booth, scanned badges and attendance at special events. Virtual events do not offer a captive audience in the same way that live events … Continue reading Helping Exhibitors: Does your Virtual Exhibit Hall Need a Show Guide? Print and Digital Offerings Add Value!