Many event venues have adapted to offer hybrid event facilities in response to the growing demand for a more versatile and adaptive event space.
Hybrid events combine the best of physical (in-person) and virtually events. Better yet, when these events are hosted in a venue equipped to cater for both the virtual and physical space it can provide a slick and interactive experience for all.
This month, we’ve had the privilege of facilitating an innovative virtual event for a global pet food company, through a partnership with Solutions Group Events. The kick-off conference and award ceremony was a huge success with attendees logged in from all over SA to enjoy the online festivities.
The aim of the event was to give the organisation’s SA based staff the opportunity to learn more about the global pet food giant, encourage local SA leadership teams and allow staff to network safely though the online virtual conference platform.
We have reviewed research and blogs, articles and white papers on what makes certain events – some from more than 10 years back – stand out above all the rest. We’ve taken some of those, together with our favourite ideas in the events industry and smashed them all together to give you insight into the recipe that makes your events become favourites amongst your guests, with increased attendance and sky-high reviews. Whether your event is corporate or casual, it will be one that will definitely get attention. Common themes include emotions, networking with like-minded people to create connections, and incorporating a pleasant, unexpected surprise.
The venue of the future isn’t some far-out location with lights on the wall that respond to emotions, or futuristic decorations that create a “year 3000” feel for event attendees – the venue of the future is one that allows attendees to attend no matter where they are in the world, to avoid the cost and emissions of travel, to protect their lowered immune systems or care for young children or family members. The venue of the future is one where interactivity and engagement in sessions and networking have been provided for, and where they can get a similar experience to those able to attend the event physically. The event of the future is none other than… wherever in the entire world your guests choose to attend your event from!
Green screens are an affordable and accessible option that event organisers can use to catapult their event to the next level. With the latest technological advancements, green screens are no longer only reserved for big-budget films or high-end enterprises. Corporates and small-scale companies are able to use green screens to enhance their virtual spaces by utilising them for advertising purposes, multimedia presentations as well as video sharing.
Flock Eventing Platform has used green screens for many clients and as a result has seen major improvements in both event engagement as well as keeping attendees tuned in. Introducing an interactive and dynamic element as part of attendees’ experience helps keep them focused and engaged throughout the online gathering.
Winner of many awards including the recent Top Vendor’s “Best Coastal Wedding Venue” and Readers Choice “Best Function Venue”, this gorgeous hotel, Umthunzi hotel and conference, is situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, one of South Africa’s finest coastlines.
With its wealth of history, and as recently added members of the Event Greening Forum for their green venue options for business events, meetings and conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and more, we’d like to showcase Constitution Hill as a venue to consider for your next event in Johannesburg.
With the capacity to accommodate 250 guests seated and 550 guests in a cocktail setting, Level three is designed to accommodate any type of function, from personal to corporate events and gala dinners to music festivals.
With an upstairs open deck that wraps around the venue building, you have a full view of the Johannesburg City and Sandton skylines. There is no better place to enjoy sundowners than the exclusive rooftop bar.
This month’s venue is based both in Fourways, Johannesburg, and on the coast of South Africa in Hluhluwe. Both venues will give your guests a more African experience at your next conference. Whether you wish to treat business guests to an authentic, African experience, host a large conference or create a memorable event, the Zulu Nyala Lodges and Safari Tented Camp have the resources to accommodate almost any requirement.