Industries and businesses around the world have been severely affected by the onset of COVID-19. But probably none more so than the hospitality and events industry. Everything from in-person business meetings to concerts have been put on hold for the time being.
However, there are many people who have adapted to the current situation we’ve found ourselves in and used the powers of technology to their advantage. There are an increasing number of virtual events popping up online as companies have made the decision to shift their strategy in order to continue providing useful information to their customers, communities, and colleagues.
As we continue to physical distance, you may wish to join these companies in hosting your own virtual event. But where do you start? There are numerous virtual event hosting tools available to you so that you can be successful. Most businesses employ the help of software, platforms, or apps that allow for easy and convenient access and collaboration across large groups.
If you have been searching for digital tools for hosting a successful virtual event, you have come to the right place. Nothing beats the value of live and in-person interaction, but in the current situation, networking platforms are the next best thing. Let’s get started!
Microsoft Teams is one of the most widely used online communication tools. Its easy-to-use features, such as group chats, one-to-one messaging, Word sharing and editing, video conferencing, Powerpoint, and Excel all aid in providing convenient ways to collaborate with your colleagues and event attendees from the comfort of your home.
This application is a very beneficial tool for event organizers working in a remote location or for people planning business meetings.
Most people are most likely already familiar with this online communication tool. It’s been all over the internet ever since the start of quarantine, and is now one of the most popular video calling apps on the market. Zoom is easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, including mobile phone, laptops, and desktop computers. Its easy-to-use instant messaging, file sharing, screen sharing, whiteboard, and call recording functionalities will guarantee that your virtual event will be as convenient as possible.
Slack is a well-known messaging platform that is widely used by businesses all over the world. With Slack, you can create channels based on your business team and tasks designation. Moreover being an office staple for quick communication, it’s also great for hosting virtual events. All you have to do is utilize its video and audio features, and you’re good to go!
Google Hangouts is also high up on the popularity list. This is a multi-faceted online communication tool that works great for meetings and events. Attendees, organizers, and speakers can easily come together on an online platform with the help of Google Hangouts. This video calling app offers direct messaging, group chats, video calls, and emoji usages. It’s definitely one of the most reliable tools for your next virtual conference.
On24 is an all-inclusive webinar platform that gives event organizers the opportunity to plan live and personalized digital conferences. This event tool redefines the meaning of virtual conference with its highly interactive, data-rich webinar and content experiences for your attendees.
Got a large scale webinar coming up? GoToWebinar is here to help you plan it perfectly. Organizers can conveniently and efficiently create large events thanks to GoToWebinar’s valuable features. Give your speakers and attendees an unforgettable digital event experience with custom webinar invitations, a registration page, automated email reminders, analytics, and presenter tools.
To top it off, HDFaces gives presenters the opportunity to share their webcam in order to add an aspect of engagement during the virtual conference. With GoToWebinar, your next digital event will be almost as engaging as an in-person conference.
Finding an online platform that can replicate the value of in-person meetings, but Bizzabo’s Virtual Experience Solution comes quite close. Their virtual conferences provide compelling and impactful digital experiences. Take full advantage of their Q&A, polling, chat, and whiteboard attributes.
NetworkTables specializes in interactive roundtable discussions, one-on-one meetings, keynote, and breakout sessions. Their valuable digital event highlights are ideal for managing large scale events. This digital communication platform allows you to personalize attendee schedules regardless of their timezone. Stay connected and keep your business running even from home!
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We hope that you found this blog helpful! If you want some more information on how to plan a virtual event, check out our blog that breaks down the entire process.
And remember, Love Child Social House is an unconventionally beautiful events hall that transforms into the perfect paradise for all kinds of events. Once we are allowed to resume in-person events, we’ll be here for you. Until then, let us know in the comments section if you have any favourite virtual event hosting tools that we didn’t cover!