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?

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

Blog Round-up: Case Studies

Over the past eight months, CustomNEWS has added more than 25 posts to our COVID-19 resources page. Topics have included digital publishing, the role of print, resources for exhibitors and much more. Our next few posts will highlight some of this content, as we prepare to add new content in December. Going Virtual? Don’t Overlook … Continue reading Blog Round-up: Case Studies

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

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

Monthly Round-Up: June’s Popular Posts

During the month of June, we added 11 posts to our blog, focused on marketing and communications ideas related to the impact of COVID-19. We wrote about the potential role for print publications, ideas for canceled events, sharing content and much more. We wanted to highlight a few of the month’s popular posts, along with … Continue reading Monthly Round-Up: June’s Popular Posts