HYBRID & VIRTUAL CONGRESS MODELS
COVID-19 has shaken everything we knew about coming together as communities, learning, interacting, networking, and exchanging knowledge. In 2020, associations reacted to the situation to the best of our ability - some cancelled their annual event while most went forward with virtual models. 2020 can be defined as a 'reaction year' – we all did our best to support our communities in these challenging times.
Planning ahead, while preparing for association congresses post Covid19 era, there are still too many unknown variables in the equation.
We are all facing the same questions:
How to plan ahead, signing contracts with venues, presenting plans and budgets to the board?
How to communicate the hybrid model to your audience – differentiating the on-site and online benefits and setting tiered registration fees?
What to sell to sponsors and exhibitors – which exposure we can give them in a hybrid model, onsite and online?
How to plan the hybrid budget model - is it double the cost and double the risk?
How to create a real and effective synergy between the online and onsite participants?
Yet not planning or waiting for answers is not an option! The digital era and the abundance of opportunities to share knowledge online are nullifying the geographical boundaries and audience loyalty. Associations that will not fix their online presence in the changing landscape may easily find themselves chasing a rapidly decreasing audience in a fight for their ’market share’.
HYBRID EVENTS ARE OUR NEW PLAYGROUND
Hybrid events are our new playground. Endless opportunities to reach new audiences, to share knowledge in novel ways, create stimulating experiences and interactions and go back to face-to-face engagement while giving great value to online participants. Yet, in order to excel in this new meeting paradigm we need to give our audience, online or onsite, a full, coherent experience. Creating synergy, engagements and networking among the onsite and online audience and the speakers is key for success.
We will answer all the questions listed above and concentrate on a smooth transition of associations' congress and educational activities, into the hybrid model ‘way of thinking’. We hedge the risks, maximize the value to online and onsite participants, increase sponsors and exhibitors exposure, expand the association market share and strengthen the congress brand.
WHAT THE HELL IS HYBRID - ONLINE CONFERENCE
Join us for 2 stimulating days discussing and inventing future models for associations meetings. Click on the banner below for more details: