8 Tips for Attending a Virtual Conference

Blue Sky eLearn

At this point, you may have attended a virtual conference, and you’ve probably attended a webinar or two. When you’re at a conference in-person, you attend sessions at a dedicated location and dedicated room leaving (most) of the distractions behind.

6 Tips to Attract Attendees to Your Virtual Conference

Blue Sky eLearn

When the pandemic started causing conferences to cancel at the last minute, those that quickly went virtual saw a high number of attendees. Some of us sit on video conference calls the better part of the day.

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Conference Innovation While Traveling at Warp Speed

Velvet Chainsaw

Not every effort was a rousing success but attempting to inject new conference elements made us more nimble, creative and smarter as a team. What should we expect for hybrid or virtual conference attendance? Navigating change during a crisis is not for the faint of heart.

2021 Virtual-Conference Big Ideas

Velvet Chainsaw

In 2020, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors were more forgiving of our virtual conferences than they will be in 2021. Use this opportunity to beta test changes that can be carried over to the next in-person conference.

Smart Tactics to Keep Members and Sponsors Engaged During Challenging Times

With conferences being canceled due to COVID-19, associations need to be nimble by implementing alternative strategies and tactics that can continue to bring value to their members, keep sponsors/exhibitors, generate revenues for the Association.

What We’ve Learned from a Year of Virtual Conferences

Association Adviser

Kip and Jenn share how they approach to online events and operations to level up their virtual conference game and make logging on something you WANT to do. The post What We’ve Learned from a Year of Virtual Conferences appeared first on Association Adviser.

Virtual Meeting Etiquette (Best Practices for Conference and Video Calls)

Association Leaders

Associations, companies and other organizations have been using conference and video calling to meet and conduct business for many years. Check out these videos of what some of your calls may be like: A conference call in real life: [link]. Association Management Companies CM Services Conference Calls Leadership Meetings Video Calls Virtual Meetings Volunteerism meeting etiquette

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Does Your Conference Need an Emcee?

Velvet Chainsaw

She is responsible for ensuring that the conference’s objectives are met and that the audience is engaged from beginning to end. The post Does Your Conference Need an Emcee? Having an emcee at your event was a nice-to-have prior to 2020. Now it’s a must-have.

The Physics Of Conference Entropy

Velvet Chainsaw

In physics, the second law of thermodynamics says all things—bodies, businesses, conferences, energy, organizations, relationships—move toward chaos and disorder. As your conference matures, it experiences entropy. As a conference professional, you know this to be true. It is also the natural law of evolution for any conference. Working to create a great conference experience for your customers is no longer a good baseline for success to paraphrase Conrad.

Beyond Hybrid: Repackaging Your Conference Content

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past nine months, many industry experts have proclaimed that meetings and conferences are forever changed and hybrid is here to stay. Conference content product management requires a good deal of business acumen.

Continuing Education: Not Just for Meetings and Conferences Anymore

YourMembership Blog

According to the Community Brands Member Engagement and Loyalty Study, meetings and conferences, which traditionally have emphasized training and continuing education, are one area where association professionals (Pros) are very focused.

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Velvet Chainsaw

But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings? Her boss apparently thought she should spend all her time out “doing meeting planning” and not hanging out in a hotel conference room. Make colleagues and vendors feel welcome and involved in conference operations. Conference staff are not able to do everything! How can you make your conference culture more open and transparent?

10 Video Conference Etiquette Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Virtual Meeting

Association Adviser

As associations continue to hold virtual meetings, brush up on your video conference etiquette to get the most out of your virtual conferences and gatherings. Features Marketing & Communications Membership video conference virtual meetings

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Making The Common Conference Uncommon

Velvet Chainsaw

Who wants to attend a common, ordinary, ho-hum, everyday , I’m-just-like-all-the-others traditional conference? Your conference growth and revenue depends upon repeat paying attendees year after year. And your customer loyalty is built upon making your common conference uncommon. Routine Been-There-Done-That Conferences. When your conference experience is no-frills run-of-the-mill…. And when your conference content can be found on the web for free….

Missing In-Person Conferences? This Tweet Won Twitter This Weekend

AssociationChat

Are you missing in-person conferences? Vendor-sponsored happy hours, conference chicken, and lost lanyards…. COLUMNS advice conference bacon conferences events fun at home in-person events twitterWant to recreate that same experience for yourself or a loved one?

Conference Creativity Rooms

Reid All About it

Although I didn’t participate in today’s #assnchat about ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference , it still inspired a blog post. Perhaps playing with toys shifts our mindset from serious office mode to relaxed engaged conference mode. The association professionals in today’s Twitter chat had plenty of great ideas (heh heh) for conference creativity rooms and I even have a few of my own. F&B : The Canadians also served poutine at one point during the conference.

Virtual Conferences Connect with A New Audience of Members

Smooth The Path

People from afar like virtual conferences. Young professionals like virtual conferences. Parents and care-givers like virtual conferences. Time-pressed professionals like virtual conferences. When budgets are tight, people like virtual conferences.

Six Attributes of Successful Women’s Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

While things have changed, these tenets will hold true and the principles can be applied to other D&I conferences and events. The six attributes of women’s leadership conferences that have stood out for me: [1] Movement. Women’s conferences are often shorter one or two-day programs.

Conference Rooms Are Freezing!

Smooth The Path

Who says conferences or chapter meetings have to be in traditional meeting spaces? Conference rooms tend to be dark, and participants may find themselves fighting post-lunch naps. Recently, I got a conference promotion with the subject line, “Have you ever had a meeting in a kayak?” Sample your association’s conference for prospective participants. The post Conference Rooms Are Freezing!

[TEMPLATE] How to Help Conference Attendees Justify Event Cost

ePly

Increasing conference attendance can be a seriously arduous task. conference marketingYou must convince your audience to commit not only their money, but also their time. And we all know, time is money.)

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Get Conference Inspiration from Trusted Peer Connections

Velvet Chainsaw

In spite of all the bad, there is also much that is positive for the next phase of association conferences. The post Get Conference Inspiration from Trusted Peer Connections appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. Conference Planning Hybrid & Virtual

The Next Huge Hurdle for Virtual Conference Engagement

Smooth The Path

Why would only a small fraction of registrants attend the live virtual conference? When attendees assume the conference is a compilation of passively viewed webinar-like sessions, there’s little reason to participate live.

Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free

Velvet Chainsaw

The dynamics that we’re seeing impact conferences and their business models are very similar to the Freemium movement we experienced way back in 2009. Go ahead and read Seth’s post and then come back for the linkage to conference monetization.

In-Person Conference Conventions Don’t Work Online

Smooth The Path

Engagement is the next big hurdle for virtual conferences. We are starting to see that all the conventions we learned while hosting our in-person conferences might not work online. The post In-Person Conference Conventions Don’t Work Online appeared first on Smooth The Path.

Turning Post-Conference Euphoria into Action

YourMembership Blog

The days after a major conference are filled with busy work, attending to all of the things you pushed off leading to the conference. I have 50,000 vendors calling me (yes they call me too, I know how you feel) some from conference and others I politely deferred before conference. The post Turning Post-Conference Euphoria into Action appeared first on YourMembership.com. Membership Management conference social media

More Conference Physics: Inertia

Velvet Chainsaw

However, a conference at rest, tends to die. The enemy of most conferences is the way it’s always been. When inertia influences your conference, it’s planned by the way you’ve always done it, programmed full of (past) best practices and destined to become average, slowly suffocating on its own status quo. Cognitive and organizational inertia keeps an association on its current conference course even when facing disruptive or rapid external changes.

Developing Your Conference Story Arc To Activate Participants’ Brains

Velvet Chainsaw

Applying a story arc to the conference can activate participants’ brains. You can use the story arc concept to carefully craft the messages and issues you want your conference participants to explore, experience and learn. Your conference narrative can serve as a call to action for your participants to play a pivotal role in resolving that challenge personally and professionally. So exactly how do you use a story arc for your conference?

Star Struck: Identifying Your Conference North Star

Velvet Chainsaw

The North Star is the perfect metaphor for your annual conference purpose. When your conference purpose serves as a North Star, it guides all decisions, tasks, behaviors and strategy. Uncovering Your North Star Conviction To Find Conference True Target Market. Before your conference can find its true target market, you as the conference organizer must find your conviction. What’s your conference conviction? What’s your conference North Star?

Emerging Evergreen Conference Practices—From This To That

Velvet Chainsaw

To paraphrase Hoffer, you can never get enough of conference fads, gimmicks and trends. Unless your a conference participant and we often have had enough!). They also want access to your conference budget. Evergreen conference practices that have promising results are often obscured by our obsession with fads and trends. To avoid being fad-like in our conference planning process, here are seven emerging evergreen practices to consider and invest in instead.

Will Members Really Want to Go Back To In-Person Conferences?

Smooth The Path

In-person conferences were generally quite exclusive. Conferences sometimes excluded women with younger children because it is hard for them to travel. Many introverts steer clear of conference social functions because these big group events are awkward to attend.

Do Not Be Seduced By Meeting Fads Or Conference Trends

Velvet Chainsaw

Most conference and meeting professionals want the coolest, hippest, latest ideas and trends for their events. We want to know what unique things other conferences are doing so we can borrow their ideas. We pursue fads, gimmicks and trends as the silver bullets of our conference woes. We expend resources searching for the mysterious conference trend panacea. Conference trend and fad bandwagons. What was the last conference trend bandwagon that you jumped on?

Webinar: Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free

Velvet Chainsaw

Webinar description: Monetizing Your Virtual Conference When Competing with Free. Lisa Block, Executive Vice President, Conference Strategy & Design, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. COVID-19 Uncategorized digital event monetize pivot from live to virtual virtual conference

Conferences are Super Awkward for Young Professionals

Smooth The Path

Where are young professionals during the breaks at your conference? Young professional pre-conference workshops – invite young professionals for learning opportunities before the conference starts. Are they enjoying quiet time back in their rooms?

Attendees See the Discord in Your Conference

Smooth The Path

The program at a recent conference was nearly perfect. After a long conference day, one night, I fell in with a crowd walking to the reception, and I learned they were some of the conference staff. The conference was beautiful on the outside, but it seemed very broken inside.

Reconciling Small Virtual Events Versus Massive In-Person Conferences

Smooth The Path

Related: In-person conference conventions don’t work online. Will members really want to go back to in-person conferences? Your speakers want training before their next virtual conference performance. What happens if we build it, and no one comes?

How to Provide an Integrated Experience at Your Hybrid Conference

Membersuite

They’re describing in-person conferences livestreamed to virtual audiences. A hybrid conference is one event experience, not two. Imagine the Possibilities for a Truly Hybrid Conference. We all did the same thing when planning virtual conferences last year.

7 Essentials for Creating Virtual Conference Magic

Membersuite

Apply these 7 essentials to create long-lasting virtual conference magic Offer a different kind of virtual event experience—one that has the elements that attendees expect and delivers the intangibles that turn events into memorable experiences.

A Prediction for Virtual Conferences in the Future

Smooth The Path

Attending a conference was about the most uncomfortable thing he had to do as an adult, he said. New and infrequent attendees say that conferences can be nerve-wracking. Perhaps we will find post-COVID that our online conferences will be warm-up opportunities for the in-person event.

Conference Reform Requires Cultivating Leaders With Moral Purpose To Make A Difference

Velvet Chainsaw

Many conferences are stuck in the rut of legacy routines, age-old rituals and cloned programming. Conference organizers and its advisors replicate the past maintaining the traditions and well-established procedures of yesteryear. The event is nothing more than a zombie conference—a conference that appears to be alive yet in reality creates the walking undead. Conference organizers and advisors can breathe new life into their events.

The Conference Owner’s Guide: From Conference Touchpoints To Journey Experiences Part 1

Velvet Chainsaw

Too often conference and meeting professionals assume that their role is best suited to planning and executing the conference. I get that from the education section or the conference technical teams.”. However, savvy meeting professional know that their conference’s success depends upon moving from customer fragmented touchpoints to designing holistic conference customer experience journeys. They own designing the conference customers experience journey.