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?
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
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
Moving to a virtual platform provides both new opportunities and challenges. Some elements of a live event, such as a poster hall or onsite store, may require some creative thinking. But without travel requirements, attendance may see a boost; and you can also market to new audiences - invite them to "test drive" what you … Continue reading Blog Round-Up: Virtual Events, Part 3
Whether it's a live or virtual event, the sharing of conference content shouldn't stop just because the event has concluded. Digital publishing provides multiple tools that can increase your ROI, connect exhibitors with their target audience and remind users about future opportunities. Do you offer on-demand sessions? Promote access: attendees may have missed a session, … Continue reading Post-Event Communications: Continue to Share Content, Generate Revenue
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?
Yes, we really are posing that question. Why, you may wonder, would a digital event need a printed program? Wouldn't the conference website, email newsletters or a digital guide be better fits? Possibly, but why only rely on digital mediums? A printed program, regardless of the page size or paper stock, could be very useful: … Continue reading Does Your Virtual Event Need a Printed Program?
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