Do Not Underestimate the Value of Virtual Events in 2021
January 21, 2021
Live events conducted in person will never go out of style. But as the world continues to struggle with coronavirus, virtual events will remain critically important for 2021. Do not underestimate their value. Virtual events could be the key to expanding your book of business in the coming year.
The most important thing to remember is that a virtual event requires the same planning, consideration, and due diligence as any in-person event. Putting more effort into your next virtual event will yield better results than leaving things to chance. Effort equals success when combined with the fundamental principles of staging productive virtual events.
Virtual events offer the underlying prospect of adding value to your clients. As a broker, your clients are looking for better benefits packages for their employees. They want detailed pricing and feature information. They expect clear-cut explanations of all the details. They need answers to their questions. A virtual event can provide all of that, and more.
There are four types of virtual events for business settings. Each one can add value in many different ways:
Regardless of the type of event being conducted, the key is to do things in such a way so as to keep participants engaged. Any value a virtual event could add to clients is lost if participants are not engaged throughout.
A virtual event's value proposition can be enhanced through customization. Simply put, certain types of virtual events can be tailored specifically to the needs of participants. Virtualization allows brokers the opportunity to zero-in on more specific topics for smaller groups, in a setting that is more open to questions, answers, and conversations.
Presenters can pre-record certain parts of the event and then interact live with participants as those portions are played. They can share their screens. If software allows, presenters can utilize whiteboards to encourage more active participation. In a virtual setting, there are plenty of opportunities to do things you couldn't do during an in-person event.
We might not prefer the virtual world that coronavirus has thrust upon us. We might all prefer in-person events instead. But circumstances dictate otherwise. Rather than fighting it, why not seek to fully utilize the value virtual events offer?
Do not underestimate what virtual events can do for your business in 2021. Make this year the year you master the virtual event. Your business will be better off for it, and you will have another tool for interacting with clients long after the coronavirus crisis is over.