There are several big benefits to making your next conference a virtual one, but one concern that our clients have about virtual meetings and events is that attendees will “zone out”. After all, it’s much easier to check email or scroll Facebook if you’re already on the computer and the presenter can’t lock eyes with you.
We’re seeing a sharp rise in the number of virtual conferences – and it’s not just because social gatherings of more than ten people have been banned in much of the country. In fact, even before COVID-19 shutdown conferences across the globe, 2020 was showing every sign that this was going to be the year of the virtual event. Why is that? Well, let’s start with these 7 reasons.
In the face of the Coronavirus global pandemic, most of the nation’s – and the world’s – businesses have closed their offices and transitioned to a complete remote work environment. With little to no time to prepare, businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in how they market, sell, train and stay connected.
For years, Worktank has successfully supported many of our clients’ events using Zoom. The ease of use, integration features, and video-first focus have made it a go-to platform for public-facing “webinar” style events, as well as internal conference calls and team meetings. Its rise in popularity has been impressive, and not unexpected.
Have you been part of any successful business partnerships lately? What does it take to make a really good one?
Shared goals are a good place to start. Add in some complementary service offerings, so you benefit each other, and don’t forget communicating clear expectations. Oh, and it’s a bonus if the company cultures align, too.
Anticipating possible questions, and answering them on the fly, can be downright terrifying, especially if you’re new to hosting virtual events. However, studies have shown that more than 90% of attendees expect a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. So, let’s reframe it as the perfect opportunity for you to engage and connect with your audience, not just something you dread.
A virtual town hall is a valuable tool that allows leadership to communicate with employees from various locations. When done well, these virtual meetings build trust and confidence, and create a sense of community. But when they fall short, employees tend to “check out”, and perform other tasks while the town hall runs in the background.
Telecommuting continues to rise in popularity, not just among workers, but with employers, too. In addition to providing employees with flexibility and autonomy, both in where they live and how often they work onsite, companies are finding that remote work policies can actually increase productivity and decrease costs. Yet, despite the many benefits, one challenge persists: employee engagement.
Worktank has been a power-user of Microsoft Teams meeting tools from the first beta release, helping many of our clients move their All-Hands, Town Halls, and Senior Leadership meetings to the platform. Teams enables both low-friction virtual events, and high production-value workflows, and Worktank is all-in on the platform for connecting internal, distributed teams.