Even though Virtual events are certainly picking up momentum, and rising in popularity with attendees, a few questions remain from an event planner’s point of view. As one of the leading event technology companies in Southern Africa, we always strive to provide answers and assistance to the event industry where we can.
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.
Virtual Events can either be thought of as a challenge or an opportunity, and to be honest, it has a bit of both - just like physical events do. One of the biggest opportunities (we think) in Virtual Events is the chance to really create a spectacular show for the theatre in your attendee’s minds.
Flock Eventing Platform recently kicked off its Webinar Series for this year with an expert panel discussion around the 12 Top Event Trends of 2021.
Flock’s first webinar proved to be a powerhouse of information for anyone who wants to learn more about holding events in 2021 and beyond.
Hosted by MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) ambassador, Thami Nkadimeng, it was the first of many sessions aimed at businesses and event organisers who are shifting their attention to how to engage with audiences and customers virtually during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throwing a virtual event can be daunting. In many ways, it’s a completely different ballgame to live in-person events, because the main feature — the guests — are sitting behind screens, all over the world. Virtual events need to be fun, engaging, and interactive so that guests stay tuned in for the whole show. Your main aim is to keep their attention, keep them engaged and encourage discussion.
Flock Eventing Platform has put together an essential toolbox of top tips to help you when planning your virtual event.
The end of the year is fast-approaching, and with it, year-end functions and celebrations! 2020 has put us all through the wringer and the way we work, socialize and celebrate has changed — perhaps indefinitely. That doesn’t mean you can’t throw an amazing celebration! Flock Eventing Platform makes it possible for you to throw a virtual year-end function with an exciting programme and fun ways to virtually connect.
Hybrid events are fast becoming the future of the event management industry. With COVID-19 nearly crippling the industry entirely, events companies have had to pivot 360 degrees in order to stay afloat. Online gatherings have now become common place and have resulted in major developments in virtual technology. However, with the reopening of the events industry, albeit still under social distancing restrictions, hybrid events are quickly becoming the go-to for event’s planners and have shown promising results in growing the industry to new heights.
We’ve been doing Online Events through event websites, RSVP management and mobile apps since we started out in 2013, but now we’ve had the chance to really take a deep dive into providing Virtual Event solutions for our event planners, and we are looking forward to pushing the boundaries with our innovative team even further.
With the recent need for Online Events, there have been many questions we thought we’d address here. Please mail us if you have burning questions on Online Events!
Flock is starting 2021 off with a bang! We have a host of exciting upcoming events and we can’t wait to get stuck in. We are excited to be working again with the PSG team on their Think Big Series for 2021, it promises to be thought-provoking and engaging as the previous series. The digital event landscape continues to grow and event tech innovations are rapidly changing how we connect.
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.
The popularity of virtual events has been increasing in the past few months since global lockdowns and the traditional way of searching for venues to host events have changed.
Even when hosting virtual events, spending some time searching for venues is still required to ensure the event is professional and that it provides the look and feel that you as an event planner, are carefully crafting.
Our webinar series has been a huge hit, and one of the firm favourites of the series is the 15 minute session on some tips and tricks to running successful and memorable virtual events, hosted by Calley Hayward.
At Flock, both Mike Lysko and Calley tend to be in the front line of what event planners request for their virtual events, ranging from smaller events to those with hundreds of participants, each with specific needs, so these tips and tricks come from experience of seeing what works, what could work better, and what should be skipped altogether.
Well that was fun!
In our last newsletter we were just about to launch the Knowledge Series, and so far we’ve done two webinars which were filled with insight from our guest speakers and discussions with guests. Our first webinar on 13 May had guest speaker Steve Pinto, CEO of New Reality and the second webinar on 27 May had Co-founder of Still Human, Andy Golding, sharing tips for speakers and maintaining a human connection online.
What do you do when a global corporation wants an on-demand solution for their multi-day event? Add to that requests for high engagement and activity, to keep hundreds of attendees informed and delighted throughout, with high security measures – it’s by no means a simple task.
The Flock team had to create an all-encompassing solution to provide members with event info, enable networking, and gain real-time feedback by engaging in live polls, live discussions, and feedback sessions throughout this Virtual Event.
We’ve done a lot over the last few months and had a ton of variety with the virtual events we are doing. We felt it would be apt to put together a full showcase to show event organisers the capabilities. On the 23rd of September we will hold the first Flock showcase of virtual events where we will skim through the multitude of various productions we’ve been a part of. If you’d like to pre-register to attend, please click HERE.
We’ve loved exploring the virtual event space, and one of the best things to come out of this new chapter has been the creation of a professional studio space where your event hosts can dazzle audiences. We’ve seen some incredible events being brought to our stage, and being transmitted to screens all over the world. Live streamed, pre-recorded, a mix of both – we’ve created them all and have loved being able to push the boundaries of attendees’ expectations.