Without a doubt, the combining of live and Virtual events – or hybrid events as they are better know, is the way of the future.
Live events have their place in terms of the establishing and nurturing of personal contact with clients, but due to the pandemic making these far more difficult to stage and the international reach of Virtual events at a far lower cost, the hybrid event is coming into its own.
The benefits will be numerous too, so here are a few of the awesome advantages of hosting hybrid events…
Increasing reach and attendees
There is absolutely no live event that can match the massive reach that is possible when a hybrid event is staged. The personal engagement of the in-person attendees combines with the global reach of the virtual attendees to have both live and virtual interactions and business transactions taking place.
Virtual attendees engagement
As opposed to an all-virtual event, virtual attendees of a hybrid event can feel they are at the live event through the amazing capabilities of a Virtual Event platform that allows them to participate in Q&A, polls, live chat, surveys, competitions and more!
Cost reductions = better returns
For event organisers, the objective is to always reduce their bottom line and get a great R.O.I. Travel, accommodation and other costs are significantly reduced with hybrid events for all attendees and returns are better for organisers and sponsors because they have not had to cater for but still attract much bigger numbers.
Get better sponsorship
Sponsorship is more often than not a key factor in holding successful events. Not only can you get more sponsors holding a hybrid event than a live one only, but the sponsors themselves get way more mileage for their investment with more attendees and better opportunities to showcase their wares.
…and so much more
You can scale your event in accordance with the size and availability of live venues, whilst still getting larger reach; record and utilise the speaker sessions offering live and virtual attendees a chance to participate in their own time – and with the Virtual Event platform capabilities, everything from attendance to engagement and R.O.I are easily and automatically measurable.
The platform that performs either way
Virtual Event is partnered with Hubilo, one of the international pioneers of the Virtual Events industry and now forerunners in the hybrid events developmental technology. Our Virtual Event platform, however, is tailor-made to suit the South African Events co-ordinator’s requirements.
Whether you are more inclined to favour fully virtual events, or keen to host hybrid events, all the technology and capabilities you will need to facilitate either or both are at your fingertips.
Talk to us today to find out more and also ask about our brand-new custom events platforms for those who prefer outright ownership of their own Virtual Events platform.
Stay safe and stay Virtual!