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?
Conferences cost money, a lot of money really. Yes, they do bring in revenue, through registrations, sponsorships, exhibit booth sales, onsite stores, etc. But is there more that can be done? Investing in onsite content curation at your event - digital or live - provides a wealth of tools that can be shared in … Continue reading How do you Increase an Event’s ROI? Share Content throughout the Year
Over the past few months, social media has taken center stage in terms of keeping us connected. Have you thought about how to use a platform such as Twitter to help your sponsors and exhibitors connect with attendees? Particularly in the case of canceled events, exhibitors were probably preparing for product launches, as well as … Continue reading Canceled Event? Twitter Connects Attendees and Exhibitors
Canceling an event can be heartbreaking, for all stakeholders involved. Time, energy and money was invested by the host organization's staff, speakers and exhibitors. Attendees were looking forward to networking and learning opportunities. Most organizations have never had to cancel an event of this magnitude before. A lot of factors go into the decision, but … Continue reading Canceled Events: You Can Still Connect Exhibitors with Their Target Markets
Attending a conference in your field or industry puts you together with others who enjoy the work, face the same challenges and sometimes just need some encouragement. Educational sessions, networking events and shared meals present many options to start up a conversation. And everyone knows that badge ribbons serve as great ice-breakers - "Oh, you're … Continue reading Virtual Events: Creating a Community
Does your virtual conference have a virtual exhibit hall? We’ve recently written about how digital publishing tools can be used to drive traffic, increase an exhibitor’s ROI and provide ways for exhibitors to stand out. Use Value-added Opportunities to Increase ROI for Virtual Exhibitors Your virtual conference needs attendees and, most likely, sponsors and exhibitors. … Continue reading Blog Round-Up: Virtual Exhibit Hall
Virtual conferences continue to make headlines. As more and more events move to virtual platforms, new questions arise. How do you market the event? How do you support your exhibitors and sponsors? Here's a look at a few more posts related to virtual conferences. Digital publishing tools can be used for pre-event marketing, share content … Continue reading Blog Round-Up: Virtual Events, Part 2
Selling exhibit booths and conference sponsorships for live events is never easy, but companies know what to expect. You had metrics to provide, such as the number of attendees and attendee demographics. There was also structure – exhibit hall hours – which they could capitalize on. But virtual events, at this time, do not have … Continue reading Use Value-added Opportunities to Increase ROI for Virtual Exhibitors