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Virtual Events: 6 Ways to Reduce Your No-Show Rate

Virtual Events: 6 Ways to Reduce Your No-Show Rate

All events have a no-show rate—regardless of whether it’s in-person or virtual events. But sometimes, the no-show rate is higher for virtual events because your audience may not see the value of attending an event they can’t attend in person. Preventing no-shows is crucial to minimizing the number of missed opportunities but can be challenging in a corporate environment where powering off your laptop and walking away isn’t an option.

Why don’t people show up for events?

There are plenty of reasons why your no-show rate is high. Your attendees might have different priorities, or they might not feel a connection with the event’s topic. No matter what the case, you need to change this if you want more people to show up on time.

Here are six tips on reducing your no-show rate and ultimately having a better time at your events, no matter what.

Organize a Paid Virtual Event

A free event is easy to ignore. When attendees have no investment in the event, it doesn’t feel as valuable. This can lead your attendees to ignore or forget about your event. At the same time, your attendees don’t lose anything from not attending, so they may only participate if they get a reminder. This isn’t the case with a paid event. Attendees are more motivated to participate in the event and get their money’s worth.

Create FOMO

Creating FOMO (fear of missing out) is a popular way to market an event, mainly if there’s something particular drawing people’s attention. FOMO attempts to make the event attendees feel like they need to attend, or else they will miss out on something good.

One tried and authentic way of getting people excited about an event is the post-registration campaign, which will interest your current attendees while also reassuring them that they made the right choice. These efforts ensure that your attendees stay excited about the event, even after registering. Unlike pre-registration efforts, which often focus on building your website’s attendee list, post-registration campaigns are carried out exclusively on social media and email capture forms.

Virtual Event Bags

Goodie bags are a great way to acknowledge your virtual event delegates and give them a little something to look forward to once the event begins. Giving out goodie bags to your corporate event guests is not just cost-effective; it’s also an easy way to start engaging with your business network before your virtual conference actually kicks off.

For example, you could send goodie bags with essential promotional items and branded merchandise to your prospects before their virtual event; this is also called a lead nurturing tactic. Or you can use event bags as part of your event registration process by sending them out to your registered attendees.


Learning is all about fun. But what if it could be a game too? If you’re following the latest trends in event marketing, you’ve probably heard the term gamification gets tossed around quite a bit lately.

A Gamification strategy is one of the best ways to get your attendees to engage with one another. And the good news is that there are a bunch of different types of gamifications in the virtual event platforms you can use. Deciding what kind you want for your event depends on your goals.

Live Polling and Q&A

Live polling allows you to interact with your audience during the event. Audience members can reply to questions, comment on content, answer polls, and even submit questions. Also, this feedback is available in real-time, so it’s easier to see what’s working and what isn’t as your event unfolds.

And it’s not hard to do – most virtual event platforms like Almond Virtex support these tools.

Personalized Event Content

Content planning is a big part of any successful event. Deciding which speakers to book, topics to cover and specific content you want to cover is critical to making the event successful.

Focus groups can help you understand and reach your audience more accurately. Focus groups are set up at many events to test and evaluate specific products or services. But why do that when you can ask your audience what they’d like from you? Focus groups will help you figure out what kinds of speakers would be most successful for your event, the types of content your attendees want the most and, depending on how you structure the sessions, what topics people would like to see covered.

Source by: Almond Virtex

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How to Write an Email Invitation to Attract Hundreds of Attendees to Your Event

How to Write an Email Invitation to Attract Hundreds of Attendees to Your Event

So, you’ve worked hard and put together an unbelievable event. And whether it is hybrid, virtual, or in-person the next step is to bring in people. That’s who your event is for, isn’t it?

Out of the many ways to invite attendees, email still remains the most popular. In fact, most virtual event companies will vouch for its popularity. But why?

  • Emails can be tracked and you can use these insights into designing better email campaigns for the future.
  • People still check their emails a lot. And if you’re a top brand, chances are that you have an excellent email open rate of above 30 percent.
  • Emails are very conversational and personalizable. They give your audience the feeling that you are talking to them. And now that virtual events aren’t limited to COVID times, nobody minds a conversation.

Components of your email

Now that you know why email, it is important to know the crucial components of an email that can help you push your click and open rates higher.

  • It may seem laughable, but the sender’s address plays a big role in the click rates of emails. Nobody wants to open an email that comes from a generic email address. Try to personalize it with your event’s name.
  • Nearly 5 in 10 readers will decide whether to open an email based on its subject line. So, invest in a short, compelling subject line that plays into the reader’s mind. For instance, “Grow Your Business 5X by 2023 at {event name}”
  • Remember, a personalized greeting can go a long way. Use tracking metrics to design a cute introduction for a few of your clients. Everybody loves emails that are special. Most good virtual event platforms such as Almond Virtex, Eventcube, Airmeet, Hubilo provide integration with your email marketing software to make this simpler.
  • Use different emails for different lists. Again dig into your analytics to see who’s done what in the past. Find email lists of people who have an interest in your industry and read blogs/articles about it. Send them industry-specific emails that you know will get their attention.
  • The body of your email should be short and include information about your event in an organized manner.
  • The value of a good email signature is quite underestimated. Make use of titles, awards that your company may have won, etc.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when designing your invitation for events online.

1. Tell them why they should come to your event

People respond better to ‘why’. So, give them a list of benefits. It could be rewards, discounts, or better business growth- list it all out.

2. Don’t forget your call-to-action (CTA)

Every reader will need to interact with your email in some way. Is it buying a ticket, an RSVP, or going to the landing page to register? Make it clear and use a button that stands out.

3. Make it visually appealing

We love visuals. So, include graphics and visual aids wherever you can. Pictures, graphs, banners, timelines, embedded video clips- the list goes on.

4. Keep it simple

Nobody has the time to read verbose emails. So, keep your content to the point and instead present it in a visually appealing way. That way, even if you are saying a lot, you have the advantage of using a visual aid.

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Why should people add virtual event components to their in-person events?

Why Should People Add Virtual Event Components To Their In-Person Events?

Conferences are great. They bring people together, showcase some of the best that the industry has to offer, and can build up to a positive brand image. And when you make them virtual, they can do a lot more!

Hybrid event platforms are probably the fastest-rising business model in tech right now. Marketers want to host hybrid events. They look forward to blending in-person and virtual elements and making the most of both worlds.

While in-person events have their own charm, adding virtual elements to them can be a game-changer for most businesses.

You can save money

Budget is always among the top priorities for any event marketer. And if there is a way for you to achieve your event goals and more without having to expand your budget, you’re not going to refuse. Adding virtual sections to your in-person event can do just that. You can reach a wider audience, provide breathtaking experiences, engage with your audience, track their behaviors, and do much more without having to spend an exorbitant amount of money.

You have more flexibility

Imagine that you’re hosting an in-person event and the venue is suddenly unavailable. It would be prudent to have a backup but in case you don’t, can you imagine the struggle of looking for a new venue? On the other hand, if you decide to switch to a virtual platform and work with a virtual event company, you have the flexibility of choosing the date, time, geography, size, budget, etc. In other words, you have more control over your event.

You have more engagement options at your disposal

While the personal connection of in-person events cannot be effectively replaced, virtual events are a slightly better option if you’re looking to engage with a large group of people at the same time. The best virtual platforms, such as Almond Virtex, Hubilo, Eventcube, Airmeet, Hopin provide different options to engage every attendee. From games to quizzes, and chats to live polls, a lot is available to event marketers through a virtual setup.

With the rising popularity of hybrid events, platforms also provide the capability to connect in-person audiences with virtual audiences.

You can track your event performance better

Most certainly.

Good event technology comes with robust analytics mechanisms that provide very meaningful insights to businesses. They can use this data to drive their objectives for future events or take market-related decisions.

Now that you understand why business can benefit by adding virtual components to their in-person events, let’s look at a few events that you can convert to hybrid ones.

  • Conferences where you have several speakers and attendees.
  • Trade shows and expos where you need to dislay a large selection of products. You can make use of the customization that platforms offer to make your own booths.
  • Award ceremonies that also have performances and family involvement.

In all honesty, any event can have virtual elements to it. And with so many companies doing it, it is time to experiment with hybrid event platforms.

Who knows? You might end up hosting the best event of your life.

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Features Of A Virtual Trade Show Platform

Features Of A Virtual Trade Show Platform

As businesses get used to events online, they must also find unique ways to generate more revenue through them. And, with the right partner, it is possible for companies of all sizes to host virtual trade shows and other events and watch leads being generated. 

So, how does all of this work? It starts with finding the most appropriate platform. Choosing from a list of providers who offer several features can prove quite confusing. Luckily, we have a list of useful features for you that you should pay particular attention to.

Features Of A Virtual Trade Show Platform

1. Good visuals

Imagine you walk into a traditional trade show. What you will likely find is a large number of booths dedicated to different brands. Each brand will make its best attempt to stand out with bright visuals and colors. Once you’re in the booth, it’s the task of the experts and the product marketers to interact with you. 

Your virtual trade show platform should be able to replicate almost all of this. If you’re able to pull off a lifelike experience with the attendees walking into the ‘venue’, registering at the lounge, and entering the event arena, that’s going to create a lasting impression. 

2. Customizability

While you might miss the intimacy of in-person trade shows, what you won’t miss is the pain of setting up booths, getting banners and posters printed, and the other logistical issues. 

When you go virtual, you can skip the cumbersome process of getting your booth ready. If you choose a good virtual event platform like Virtex, you can choose from a variety of pre-loaded designs or make your own. 

In fact, everything related to your event can be customized- right from your venue to your advertising banners, and everything in between. 

3. Mobile friendliness

It goes without saying that you are likely to miss out on loads of potential business if your virtual event platform does not support mobile users. Several of your attendees might be on the go and choose to attend your trade show on their mobile device. So, your virtual trade show platform must also have a mobile app and it must be quick and able to support streaming, webinars, etc.  

4. Networking features

We have spoken about this feature several times before and rate it very highly on a virtual event platform. One of the biggest advantages of in-person events is the ability to make connections and build a network. While it is much harder to replicate virtually, a common blunder to overcome in your next virtual show is assuming that your audience is listening all the time.

A good virtual event platform offers you several tools to create an atmosphere of networking among participants, speakers, and attendees. Live chats, Q&A rooms, one-on-one sessions with speakers are a few features that are a must. 

5. Good analytics

While audience engagement is a great metric to assess the success of your event, you do need more. Post event analytics give you crucial insights into the behaviours of your audience and help you plan your next course of action. In fact, we’d say that they are the bridge between finishing a huge event and getting your sales teams ready for follow-up. 

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How Can Hybrid Events Transform The Events Industry?

How Can Hybrid Events Transform The Events Industry?

By now we have come to terms with conducting events online. From job fairs to cookery classes, we have seen so many virtual events in the last two years. However, 2022 brings with it a ray of fresh hope being spearheaded by in-person events. 

Although most companies are excited to meet and network physically, they are unwilling to let go of the virtual elements of an event. Never before has technology been able to make event planning this flexible, accommodating, and adaptable. And this trend is likely to dominate in 2022. 

We will go one step further and predict that hybrid events might just transform the events industry. So, buckle in because we are going to show you why and highlight a few ways to promote and market your next hybrid event.  

1. Reach beyond geographical boundaries

Businesses are no longer restricted by geography. A follower of a business is very likely to attend its next conference (virtually) even if she is not physically present thanks to the live streaming facility offered by hybrid event platforms. This is a huge jump for businesses eyeing expansion into other regions or markets and can potentially result in enormous growth and revenue generation. 

2. Move into online avatars

Several businesses are ramping up their online presence in preparation for the future. Though physical events offer that personal touch, several attendees prefer the convenience of hybrid events. To appeal to this digitally-driven audience, businesses, in addition to hosting online events are also developing interactive websites and mobile apps, engaging in conversational marketing, and generating buzz on social media.

3. New online marketing collateral

Hybrid events make for excellent marketing material. Unlike physical events which can be forgotten, hybrid events can stay on for as long as the business would like. A good video editing team can cut sections of events and upload them to a cloud or on your website and these videos/montages can be made available free of charge or for a fee. They can also be repurposed as courses, discourses, and much more. And businesses have not just warmed up to this idea, they have been making good use of it too. 

4. Profitability

Businesses often charge attendees a fee for in-person events to cover overhead costs. These costs, which run into massive amounts, can also eat into a business’s profits. Smarter businesses have understood that hybrid events serve the same purpose but at a fraction of the cost. As a result, they have organized hugely successful, profitable events while making their sponsors and attendees happy. 

The event technology revolution

Hybrid events have also spawned the birth of several virtual and hybrid event platforms like Virtex that operate on various business models. This in turn has brought about several technological improvements in the events industry and has created the need for talent. Some of these firms have managed to crack huge funding opportunities while pulling off astonishing feats in event management. 

The events industry is transforming already and will continue to cash in on the growing dependence of companies on technology for better reach, digital presence, and profitability. 

Ways to promote and market your next hybrid event

You don’t necessarily have to run on a hybrid strategy here. Offline marketing is expensive so you can reduce your costs by using digital marketing tools offered by platforms like Virtex. 

  • Google Ads campaign: Create a quick ad campaign on Google and run it extensively on both the search and display network of Google. 
  • Social media campaigns: Depending on where your target audience is, choose a few social media platforms and boost your event. 
  • Website: Create a separate landing page for the event and direct your visitors to it whenever they click on an ad or an event post on social media. 
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