Virtual events are growing in popularity and now that event managers, planners and corporates have seen the benefits of virtual events they are here to stay.
A virtual event is an online space that mimics the environment of a physical event but is accessible to anyone with an invitation and an internet connection.
Online events such as webinars have become increasingly popular with more and more event planners opting for this type of event. There are many advantages to hosting webinars as opposed to physical events including its cost-efficiency and the fact that many people are still hesitant to attend physical events due to the pandemic.
This past weekend featured an incredible highlight for us with THAT. FUN. FIT. FEST being held completely online through our mobile app and streamed to more than 2800 people around the world tuning in to be a part of the fitness magic.
THAT. FUN. FIT. FEST is a fitness event that brings together friends and families of all ages every month to have the most epic fitness fun around – the vibe created is incredible, and it was amazing to be a part of translating that into a completely online event, especially in this time when fitness and fun are so needed.
Recently we held an event for a conference that ended up with 3 times (!) the amount of anticipated attendees, all able to retrieve their CPD points after attending! The event managed to connect guests from all over South Africa to listen to top speakers in their field, get up to speed with developments in their industry, and stay at the forefront of their profession. The event was filled with expert information, high engagement and interaction from all guests, with Live Polls, Live Q&A, commentary, speaker ratings and ice breakers.
2021 will be the year of virtual event design. Last year, the event space plummeted into crisis and we all had to make quick changes from live events to virtual spaces. Making quick changes and ‘pivoting’ due to necessity doesn’t always guarantee quality. Important elements to event planning, such as design, structure and consumer engagement, weren’t always considered. However, 2021 promises something different and more intentional. We have had the time to test ideas, make mistakes and learn from them. Now, event planners can go into the virtual space with a better understanding of what is needed, and how to host a virtual event that guarantees maximum engagement and interest.
Flock Eventing Platform assisted Top Carpets And Floors with their 2021 Virtual National Conference which took place on 27 May 2021.
Top Carpets and Floors were looking to host a conference for their 130 members nationwide to inform them of the latest marketing and sales strategies for 2021 and beyond.
Whether you’re hosting an online, physical or hybrid event, engaging your attendees is essential. However, attendee engagement is particularly important for online events as it is very easy for attendees to simply log off and leave a virtual event.
We spoke to Herkie Du Preez, event professional at Event Wizards, about event longevity and how it can increase attendee engagement.
Flock Eventing Platform assisted the Services Sector Education and Training Authority, Services SETA, in hosting their first ever entirely virtual annual general board meeting (AGM). The meeting took place on the 28th ofJanuary 2021 and had a total of 746 active guests who attended the virtual event.
Services SETA were not only looking to host their annual board meeting online but wanted to showcase their services and provide access to pre-recorded content to all their delegates, across South Africa. Flock Eventing Platform was able to provide a solution by setting up an online platform that allowed them to meet virtually as well as showcase a full list of their services and content. In addition, Flock also streamlined the registration process and provided a fully branded event landing page.
Branding, in any event, is an important part of your guests’ experience and helps you focus their attention on your company and offerings. The shift to virtual has sparked the need to create new, inventive ways of branding events for people who are tuning in from home. With virtual, the options to reinvent the way people experience your business and brand are endless and new technologies are being explored every day.
The key to branding your virtual event is to make sure people tuning in are constantly exposed to your brand image, message and ethos.
Flock provides you with these top tips on how to take your brand to the next level during your virtual event.
Whether you are preparing for a virtual event held on your event website or mobile app, we’ve made it an even smoother process by enhancing the video streaming capabilities all-round. Our video interfaces across channels have also been polished to improve how the event comes across to attendees to ensure that the user experience is always improving. Even live streaming in 3D worlds is possible and is being consistently developed further to create a better view for the audience and presenters and create a more life-like and engaging experience.