Redefining Event Engagement with Hybrid Events  

Author:
Laurence Tognetti
Published:
December 25, 2023

I. Introduction  

Conferences and seminars have always been the cornerstone of networking and fostering lasting connections. However, technological advancements combined with the Covid-19 pandemic have contributed to the evolving events landscape. This has enabled individuals from around the globe to embrace virtual and hybrid events and give rise to virtual networking.  

As virtual networking continues to take hold, there are still enormous benefits to attending in-person events, most importantly the human aspect of networking. This is why hybrid events have entered the mainstream, allowing individuals to choose what works best financially or socially.   

II. Understanding Hybrid Events  

As their name implies, hybrid events combine in-person and virtual events where individuals can capture the same level of engagement and networking opportunities across the globe. They are significant in scope and reachability while offering the same benefits as in-person or virtual events alone.  

Hybrid events aim to help bridge the gap between in-person and virtual experiences, thus enabling the same rewards, such as inclusivity, networking, and fostering lasting connections. The primary goal of any event is to meet people and build your brand, and hybrid events have a proven track record of accomplishing this across the globe and all disciplines and backgrounds.   

An image featuring Chati hybrid event solutions.

III. Enhancing Audience Engagement  

When enhancing audience engagement, you must create a welcoming and exciting environment for everyone. This includes targeting the right audience depending on the topic of your hybrid event, along with having appropriate speakers and sessions that keep your attendees engaged and longing for more.   

Additionally, examples of maintaining audience engagement throughout your hybrid event include breakout rooms and interactive sessions, which allow your attendees to engage and interact with each other in smaller settings away from the larger conference group. This allows your attendees to have more targeted discussions and networking opportunities that you might not get in larger settings.  

IV. Reducing Carbon Footprints  

Chati recently explored the environmental impact, specifically carbon footprints, from in-person events, such as travel, waste, and food production. In contrast, virtual events offer significant environmental benefits that help mitigate those issues. However, since hybrid events are in-person, environmental concerns should be addressed to mitigate those concerns.  

Since hybrid events are partially in-person, steps can be taken to mitigate environmental concerns, including choosing an appropriate venue, eco-friendly supplies, and materials, enhancing your technology and equipment, and evaluating your environmental impact and performance.   

An image showcasing Chati hybrid event capabilities.

V. Event Marketing and Promotion  

Like all events, hybrid events require proper planning and promotion to ensure their short- and long-term success. One method of promotion is through social media, which has become one of the cornerstone methods in building brands and connections across the globe. While promoting a hybrid event can primarily be accomplished through company social media pages, it’s vital to remember that balance is key, as oversaturating your social media feed with your event could turn people away. Therefore, periodic posts are likely the best way to promote your event for the best results.   

While social media posts can be an effective way to promote your hybrid event, video streaming can enhance your promotional strategies through a more engaging approach, which could keep past attendees and add new ones.   

VI. Post-Event Engagement and Analysis  

Like all events, hybrid events are successful through analyzing event impact and engagement metrics, both during and after the event. Through this, organizers can learn the best strategies for enhancing attendee engagement and receive appropriate feedback on how future hybrid events can be improved.   

While tracking engagement metrics during the event is crucial, developing and executing strategies for post-event engagement is even more important to keep attendees informed and coming back for future events. This includes personalized emails to attendees thanking them for attending, saying you hope to see them again, and providing a brief overview of the event’s highlights.  

Additional strategies for post-event engagement also include collecting attendee feedback for improvement on future events. This can be accomplished through email or immediate surveys to collect feedback as soon as possible so the event is fresh in your attendees’ minds.   

An image highlighting Chati's hybrid event platform options.

VII. Conclusion  

Hybrid events are here to stay, and embracing evolving trends in hybrid event planning will benefit organizers and attendees worldwide. While the overall goal involves bridging the gap between in-person and virtual events, this can be accomplished by targeting the right audience, proper planning, and promotion, keeping attendees engaged with breakout sessions and speakers, and receiving appropriate feedback through surveys and emails.    

For these reasons, we are encouraging event organizers to embrace hybrid events, as hybrid events provide the same level of inclusivity, engagement, and networking potential as in-person or virtual events alone. When hybrid events are embraced, they can redefine event engagement in the future. 

EventTx, Freeman, WeMobi, LinkedIn, Event Builder, dacast 

Written by Laurence Tognetti

Laurence Tognetti is a six-year USAF Veteran with extensive journalism and science communication experience for various outlets. He specializes in space and astronomy and is the author of “Outer Solar System Moons: Your Personal 3D Journey”. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ET_Exists.

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