Chati’s lead developer helped to create one of the first ever virtual event platforms. Chati is a result of decades of both virtual event dev and production experience. The Chati team has “seen it all” when it comes to online events and experiences, resulting in a robust, feature rich virtual event platform and builder.
61% cite lack of engagement as a significant obstacle in keeping people’s attention. However, some solutions are showing promise, namely, on-demand content and gamification.
Offering on-demand sessions during or after the event has proven valuable, as 75% of virtual event participants found them to be the most beneficial aspect of the virtual environment.
Interactive elements such as event polling, gamification, and videos play a crucial role in maintaining attendee engagement, with 71-81.8% of virtual event organizers using polling to enhance interaction.
Giveaways, randomly chosen or as the result of a gamification element, are also an area of potential improvement for attendee engagement; however, only 30% of event organizers utilize giveaways.
|Networking: In-person events are thought to be the most effective for networking due to the formation of spontaneous and genuine connections that happen face-to-face.||Cost: The cost of in-person events often vastly exceeds that of virtual events for both the host and the attendee.|
|Immersive Experience: Attendees are able to engage with sensory experiences and move through event spaces.||Geographical Limitations: Travel requirements may limit accessibility for attendees. This limits not only attendance but overall reach.|
|Personalized Impact: In-Person events allow direct engagement with speakers and exhibitors.||Lack of Data and Analytics: collecting data on attendee behavior and measuring event success can be more difficult than with virtual events.|
|Emotional Impact: Physical events can create emotional impacts and lasting memories.||Environmental Impact: In-person events generate a larger carbon footprint compared to virtual events.|
|Networking – Often viewed as more challenging in virtual events, virtual event networking has both pros and cons. A pro is that attendees are able to network in their own time with no pressure. It can be more efficient in terms of sales as attendees can focus on booths, they are interested in rather than wander around.||Networking – on the other hand, limited interaction presents a problem for networking. The lack of face-to-face interactions can make it difficult to create meaningful connections. Some platforms, like Chati, seek to improve on this with video options within their networking system to allow for that face-to-face connection.||ChatiConnect enhances the art of virtual networking, offering interactive 1:1 and group video chats. Our matchmaking capabilities ensure you connect with individuals of interest, making each interaction personal and engaging.|
|Cost – the cost of virtual events is inherently less for both event planners/hosts and attendees. There are no venue expenses, logistics are less complicated, and a lack of travel make virtual events not only more affordable, but more accessible.||Technological Issues – to attend a virtual event, attendees must have reliable internet access. Technological issues on the side of the host and attendee can create problems in virtual environments. Having a dedicated support team is a must for virtual events to overcome this issue.||Chati streamlines the event experience with responsive, mobile browser-based templates, removing the need for app installations. This ensures that participants, irrespective of their device, can easily join in.|
|On-Demand Content – unlike with in-person events, the content you, sponsors, and speakers create for a virtual event can be used after the event ends. On-demand content is a popular feature of virtual events that allows attendees to engage with content in their own timetable.||Engagement – one of the most cited challenges of a virtual event experience is engagement. While attendees have more flexibility within a virtual event, this can backfire without impactful engagement tactics.||Chati enhances attendee engagement through gamification, interactive polls, dynamic ChatiConnect video sessions, and speed networking. Plus, the flexibility to catch up on missed segments ensures a more comprehensive content experience than in-person events.|
|Data & Analytics – virtual events can track and analyze attendee behavior in a way that in-person events cannot, helping organizers and marketers understand what attendees are looking for and how they engage with their virtual environments.||Dive into Chati’s immersive 3D environments paired with responsive content templates. Beyond visuals, we delve deep into data, offering a window into user behaviors and facilitating custom reports enriched with expansive cross-filtering tools.|
|Accessibility & Reach – virtual events offer increased reach at a global level as opposed to geographically constrained in-person events. They also allow attendees to experience the event in accessible formats.||Experience the versatility of Chati with branded microsites, impactful event marketing campaigns, and the ability to handle simultaneous registrations across different languages and time zones.|
|Environmental Impact – virtual events offer a more sustainable, greener, solution to meetings. Without travel for attendees, or the use of large event spaces, the carbon footprint of virtual events is less than in-person events.||Large or small with no environmental impact, Chati’s platform is tailored to accommodate events and businesses of all sizes, ensuring scalability as your needs evolve.|
Enhanced Networking for virtual and in-person attendees
In-depth data & analytics compared to solely in-person events
Up to a 12% increase in planned hybrid events throughout 2023
Pros and Cons
The emerging role of hybrid events