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

Virtual Events: Supporting Your Sponsors

A recent article from Associations Now caught my eye: Virtual Events: Make Your Sponsor the Star. Many of the suggestions that were provided were things that we've suggested on our blog...and our doing with current and clients. At live events, sponsors have so many opportunities to increase brand awareness, drive booth traffic and establish connections. … Continue reading Virtual Events: Supporting Your Sponsors

Case Study: Digital Newspaper for NHF Virtual Conference

For nearly a decade, CustomNEWS has partnered with the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) to produce NHF Daily News, the official daily newspaper of the NHF Annual Conference. The publication, available in both print and digital formats, has been very popular with both conference attendees and exhibitors. With NHF’s pivot to a virtual conference, a discussion … Continue reading Case Study: Digital Newspaper for NHF Virtual Conference

How do you Communicate with Attendees during a Virtual Event?

At live events, you have a captive audience. Conference logistics keep attendees engaged, and moving along, from sessions to the exhibit hall, back to sessions, etc. But how do you keep users engaged during a virtual conference? They may log in to watch some sessions, or visit the virtual exhibit hall - but distractions are … Continue reading How do you Communicate with Attendees during a Virtual Event?

Blog Round-Up: The Role of Print

The pivot to virtual events has brought digital publishing to the forefront, and possibly left the future of print in jeopardy. When I had the idea to start writing posts related to the impact of COVID-19 on the events industry, I didn’t realize I would have so much to write about. I still have a … Continue reading Blog Round-Up: The Role of Print

Use Value-added Opportunities to Increase ROI for Virtual Exhibitors

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

Virtual Conferences: Can Print Add Value?

The shift to virtual conferences has brought the role of digital communication tools to the forefront – email, digital communication vehicles and social media channels are now your primary tools for promoting events, sharing content and staying connected. But our team has recently been discussing how printed materials could enhance the virtual conference experience – … Continue reading Virtual Conferences: Can Print Add Value?

Enhance Virtual Sponsorships with Content Marketing and Digital Advertising Opportunities

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard dozens of different suggestions for virtual conference sponsorships. Some create networking opportunities on virtual conference platforms. Others are more about engagement and building community, such as sponsored gifts and virtual concerts. Then there are sponsorships tied to virtual exhibit halls, such as scavenger hunts. What about building packages … Continue reading Enhance Virtual Sponsorships with Content Marketing and Digital Advertising Opportunities

Virtual Exhibit Halls: Driving Traffic

“How will you drive traffic into the exhibit hall?” is probably the most common question asked by exhibitors. Three months ago, you would have spoken about marketing and signage, dedicated hours and meal services. Now, you need a new answer. Yes, most, if not all, virtual conference platforms will include a virtual exhibit hall. But … Continue reading Virtual Exhibit Halls: Driving Traffic