3 CRUCIAL Steps in Supporting Your VIRTUAL EVENT
Supporting Your Virtual Events
As if virtual meetings and remote offices weren’t changing enough, businesses are now adapting to virtual events! What does marketing a virtual event look like? Does the fact that your event is virtual, change how you promote it? Should all of your marketing be digital to match? The answer is NO! When it comes to marketing and promotion, most of the physical elements, including direct mail, signage, and promotional items remain the same. Heres why:
You are still promoting an event
Whether the event is in person or virtual, raising awareness, presenting the event’s value, and collecting sign-ups requires a multichannel approach. You still need a combination of direct mail, email, and social media, to raise awareness and get people to register.
If you held the event last year, you can generate excitement by adding highlight videos to your event page. Also, you could have people access highlights directly from their brochures or direct mailers via QR Codes or augmented reality. Send them to speaker bios! Give them a sneak peek at what’s to come.
You need supporting materials
Even when your audience is watching from an auditorium or a home office, you must brand your event. For example, the area behind your presenters should be branded to your company, sponsors, advertisers with curtains, signage, or other graphics. Use branded backgrounds or screensavers to stay in front of attendees on their laptops and mobile devices, as well.
Virtual events don’t have to mean boring and constant. Keep attendees engaged with pop-up polls and questionnaires. Use breakout rooms to facilitate in-depth and small-group discussions. Use interactive tools so participants can ask questions, request product information or samples, and engage with you!
Follow-ups are critical
Throughout the event, use interactive tools to engage your audience.For example, gather data, respond to requests for presentation kits, packaged items, and marketing collateral. Post-event reminders like branded pens, desk calendars, and t-shirts remind attendees of your event and keep your company top of mind.
Virtual or In-Person, your event should be marketed effectively using a multichannel approach. Maintain branding before, during, and after the event. Have a digital and physical follow-up plan to provide deliverables and keep your participants engaged long after the event is over.