COVID-19 and the Business Events Industry

Convene reports on how meeting professionals are navigating coronavirus. Visit PCMA's COVID-19 resources page for more information.

What ‘The Voice’ Australia Can Teach Virtual Event Producers

When COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented mentors Boy George and Kelly Rowland from returning to Australia for the live shows, producers introduced a few workarounds — which may inspire ideas for hybrid event organizers — to make them seem more like they were on set.

BY Curt Wagner August 3, 2020

The New Rules of Force Majeure

In a recent Catalyst post, meeting professionals discussed how the force majeure clause has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Convene Editors August 3, 2020

A Help Desk Zoom Room and ‘Kazoom’ Prove a Hit With Virtual Attendees

A joint annual meeting moved — where else? — online, using two tools to streamline communication, and a swag item to perk up virtual social hours.

BY Jennifer Dienst July 30, 2020

Webinar: Keeping Everyone Safe When We Return To Face-to-Face

Our panel of experts is here to answer the top questions about what the return to events will look like in order to keep everyone involved safe according the research their organizations have done, as well as standards planners should look out for when deciding on their next meeting venue.

BY Vito Curalli Michael Graham Desirée Knight Michelle Neely July 29, 2020

Balancing Safety and Competition as Amateur Sports Return

With amateur sports competitions are being held again in U.S. cities, sports associations, CVBs, and venues are exercising great care to make them safe. Yet public health experts remain concerned.

BY Jennifer Dienst July 29, 2020

Taking a Design Approach to Virtual Events

SmithBucklin has launched a process for its customers to take a strategic approach to the design and development of their virtual events, from the reason for convening to revenue generation.

BY Michelle Russell July 27, 2020

Humanizing Digital Events

Insights from an event marketer on making digital events more interactive and memorable than ‘a one-sided webinar.’

BY Michelle Russell July 24, 2020

How This Association Held a 300-Person Event — Safely — in June in Florida

The Georgia Motor Trucking Association worked closely with the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island to take every measure to ensure participants’ safety.

BY Michelle Russell July 24, 2020

Participants Will Pay for Virtual Events If the Content Is Compelling Enough

A panel of business events professionals offered their take on how hybrid events could lead the way to recovery — fittingly enough, during The Hague Convention Bureau’s first hybrid webinar.

BY Curt Wagner July 22, 2020

Trying to Solve for Networking in a Virtual Event

In many respects, the virtual International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems was a big success, drawing nearly 10 times more participants than the face-to-face event. One lesson learned is that even computer scientists find it challenging to navigate networking in an online platform.

BY Jennifer Dienst July 22, 2020

Webinar: Tools to Enhance Your Speaker’s Engagement

Speakers that previously only worked in face-to-face environments have now been thrown into the digital meetings world without warning. Techniques they may have employed on the stage, can be hard to replicate through a video presentation. This session will include various tactics that can be implemented immediately to encourage presentations to evolve as everyone gets more comfortable with the online venue.

BY Marcus C. White July 21, 2020

A Virtual Event Powered by an App

The Genetics Society of America went out on a limb to test an expanded version of its mobile app to conduct a large international meeting virtually — and quadrupled attendance.

BY Barbara Palmer July 20, 2020