Digital Events

Best practices and case studies for pulling off exceptional virtual and hybrid meetings.

How the Pandemic Is Transforming a Global Leadership Organization

The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) moved quickly to provide digital learning and networking opportunities for its members, who look to each other to help lead companies in a 142-country global network.

BY Barbara Palmer September 28, 2020

What Worked — and What Didn’t — at This Hybrid Event

The president of the PCMA Rocky Mountain Chapter shares lessons learned by hosting a recent in-person event for more than 60 people with an additional online audience.

BY Michelle Russell September 28, 2020

At-Home Perk: How the Specialty Coffee Association Made Its Virtual Event a Sensory Experience

Two critical features of the in-person Re:co (Regarding: Coffee) symposium have been sensory experiences and serendipitous interactions. Here’s how organizers made those a priority in its digital version.

BY Michelle Russell September 23, 2020

5 Questions You Need to Answer to Make Your Digital Event Accessible

For those with disabilities, accessibility during a digital event is just as much of a concern as accessibility at an in-person event. Here are considerations every event professional should keep in mind to ensure their digital event is inclusive and accessible.

BY Casey Gale September 23, 2020

Top Takeaways From the Primetime Emmy Awards — a Normal, and New Normal, Production

With a host at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and nominees livestreaming from around the world, the 72nd Primetime Emmys showed how the right production footwork can seamlessly blend a live and digital event to engage audiences during COVID-19.

BY Casey Gale September 21, 2020

3 Questions to Guide Your Digital Event Design

Defining your event’s purpose and the needs of participants always has been fundamental to good event design. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society asked itself three questions to make sure its digital conference took those two critical considerations into account.

BY Barbara Palmer September 16, 2020

Key Decisions the National Speakers Association Took for a Successful Virtual ‘Experience’

‘Never waste a good crisis’ was the National Speakers Association leaders’ mantra, as they sought to remake an annual national event into a virtual experience — not a ‘conference” or ‘hybrid’ — and introducing initiatives that will last into the future.

BY Michelle Russell September 11, 2020

Choose Your Online Event Platform Using This Lens

It pays to dedicate more time to strategy and less to demos.

BY Tyler Day September 10, 2020

Webinar: Re-Designing for Engagement in a Virtual Environment

In the past few months, the rapid adoption of virtual events and meetings have upended the events landscape and forced event professionals to rethink how participants engage, interact and communicate through a screen. How do you re-design your virtual events to effectively break through the noise to engage a distant (and often distracted) audience?

BY Elaine Ann September 9, 2020

5 Reasons Why and 5 Ways to Bring Meditation Into Your Virtual Event

Thinking of adding an optional mindfulness session to your online event program? Here’s a handful of things to keep in mind.

BY Shelley Brown September 9, 2020

All-Virtual or Hybrid? How One Conference Planned for Both Scenarios

While deciding whether an on-site program component was feasible for the Hotel Data Conference or if it would have to be held entirely online, organizers took a proactive strategy that would work in either case.

BY Casey Gale September 4, 2020

Planning for Virtual Participation and Revenues

Are there any yardsticks yet for attendance, exhibitors, and the number of sessions for virtual vs. in-person event formats? Meeting professionals discussed the topic in a recent Catalyst community thread.

BY Convene Editors September 4, 2020