Recent Posts

Best Practices for Hybrid Events and Virtual Events

As people begin gathering in person for live events again, organizations are transitioning from fully virtual events to hybrid events, where presenters and some of the audience may be physically present, and others tune in via webcast.

Hybrid events present unique challenges for event organizers, including ensuring all attendees remain engaged and have an enriching experience. At the same time, they offer the opportunity to reach out to team members, customers, or partners across geographic boundaries in a convenient way. Remote attendees can save travel time and costs and still feel connected.

Following these best practices for your webcast can help ensure that all attendees have a positive experience.

Create the Best Content You Can Prior to Your Webcast

The success of virtual events and hybrid events rides on proper preparation. Give your teams plenty of time to create thought-provoking content that goes beyond a stilted slide show. Consider ways to use video, Q&A, and audience polling to keep the event moving.

Keep Tabs on Time

In total, webcasts should run between 30 and 45 minutes, but it’s best to break your material into shorter segments. When you’re lining up speakers and planning segments, keep things short. You want to give your presenters enough time to share their message, but audiences won’t offer their undivided attention for long.

Plan breaks in between content segments that allow those viewing remotely and those on-site to grab a beverage, stretch their legs, or connect with peers.

Perform a Test Run Before the Event

Broadway performers wouldn’t run a show without multiple rehearsals. Plan a few hours to run through the event. Pay close attention to the lighting in the room, the acoustics, and how well the technology works. Note any bandwidth limitations that may need to be addressed.

PGi’s full-service operator-assisted events service can help ensure your event goes smoothly.

Engage Your Remote Attendees

It’s natural to focus on the people in the room when you’re hosting hybrid events. Make sure to engage your remote attendees using proven virtual event tactics and technology. Put the camera on remote viewers and ask their thoughts.

If it’s appropriate for your event and brand, you could get the whole room up and dancing and ask remote viewers to join in — then broadcast the best dancers, live or remote, on the screen. The important thing is to shake things up with the unexpected so remote attendees remain focused on the event.

Choosing the right tool for your hybrid events can make it possible to include multiple features for audience engagement.

Follow Up

The magic and emotion of the best hybrid events shouldn’t stop when people leave the room or close their computers. Follow up via email with a survey and evaluate what you can do better for remote and in-person attendees at your next hybrid event.

Let PGi help you with your hybrid events with full-service webcast solutions.

Recent Posts

Choosing a Dedicated Tool for Your Online Events

Choosing a Dedicated Tool for Your Online Events

For many organizations, large-scale in-person events have become a thing of the past. The ability to communicate virtually for corporate town halls, shareholder meetings, trade shows, conferences, and time-sensitive training sessions is critical. Whether your goal is to generate sales leads, convert those leads into customers, or stay connected with shareholders and the people and teams within your organization, you want to …

Read More »

Choosing a Path Toward Virtual Event Success

Choosing a Path Toward Virtual Event Success

If you’re a human resources, investor relations, marketing, or communications professional, your mission is a familiar one: putting on a high-profile virtual event to an audience of thousands around the globe. But getting the job done means running through a maze of requirements. If not properly implemented, each of these requirements can lead to a dead-end. That’s why you need …

Read More »

Why Ongoing Virtual Training is Crucial for Transportation and Logistics

Why Ongoing Virtual Training is Crucial for Transportation and Logistics

Effective communication in logistics has become more difficult as supply chains grow more complex. The trucking industry hauled nearly 75% of the freight in the U.S. in 2019, so keeping the industry alive is crucial. However, poor communication with your workforce can result in accidents, low engagement and motivation, and poor customer service. Ultimately, it can result in a loss …

Read More »

PGi Partners with 6Connex To Deliver Hybrid and Virtual Events

PGi Partners with 6Connex To Deliver Hybrid and Virtual Events

PGi and 6Connex have partnered to deliver more immersive and engaging hybrid, in-person and virtual events across the world. PGi’s GlobalMeet Webcast platform integrates with 6Connex’s entire ecosystem of content to drive engagement and create enhanced experiences for producers, presenters, and attendees of hybrid events. 6Connex and PGi have joined forces to maximize the hybrid event experience for attendees — …

Read More »

Four Ways to Run Virtual Conferences Better in 2021

Four Ways to Run Virtual Conferences Better in 2021

Thanks to the global events of 2020, virtual conferences have become a worldwide staple. But, many were not prepared to run virtual conferences or online events. With limited experience in this arena, businesses made mistakes. And, 2021 is the year to learn from those errors! Let’s explore four ways to run virtual conferences better starting in 2021. 1. Host an …

Read More »