2021: The Year of Hybrid Events?

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?

Yes, Virtual Events Need Printed Materials

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

Blog Round-up: Printing for Virtual Events

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

COVID-19: Top Ten Posts

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

Helping Exhibitors: Does your Virtual Exhibit Hall Need a Show Guide? Print and Digital Offerings Add Value!

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!

Going Virtual? Don’t Overlook Print!

Reach attendees & members at their homes in office with print preview and/or highlights issues. While there has been a movement to "print less" at onsite events over the past few years, attendees still seek out printed materials. Having access to daily schedules, vendor lists and exhibit hall floor plans in print format can be … Continue reading Going Virtual? Don’t Overlook Print!

Case Study: IDWeek 2020

Digital daily newspapers enhance a virtual meeting, showcase content and generate revenue. Last month, CustomNEWS published a digital daily newspaper for IDWeek. We produced four issues of a digital daily publication, which was distributed in a daily email newsletter sent to more than 50,000 recipients. Our email newsletters had a 25% open rate and 4% … Continue reading Case Study: IDWeek 2020

Planning for the Hybrid Experience

How will you welcome virtual attendees at your next live event? Live events will return, that we're sure of. When? Who knows. Will they look the same, pre-COVID? Probably not. Welcoming back live events will not be easy. After losing millions due to cancelled events, venues need to look at what is needed to welcome … Continue reading Planning for the Hybrid Experience