Virtual events set to grow in popularity post-pandemic

A virtual conference.

Virtual events provided a lifeline for many businesses and individuals in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic led to the shut down of physical events around the world. 

But it’s not just a flash in the pan. Virtual events were already growing in popularity pre-pandemic, with the sector valued at almost $78 billion in 2019. It is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 23.2% from 2020 to 2027, strongly suggesting this is anything but a temporary...

How to convince audiences that virtual events are still worthwhile

Opinion Nothing went according to plan in 2020. Trade shows, conferences, concerts, and all other business- and consumer-driven in-person events were either converted into online experiences or canceled altogether. This year, we’re left questioning where virtual events will go from here.

Several companies have committed to hosting immersive digital experiences in 2021 — from the Consumer Technology Association’s CES to Adobe Summit to SXSW. Typically, these in-person...

Five account-based marketing trends to follow in 2021

It is a trend that’s perfectly in step with the times. Account-based marketing (ABM) is becoming one of the dominant forms of marketing today, and with good reason; in an age where marketing is ever-present, mass marketing efforts are a lot less effective than individual marketing targeted at specific potential customers. From individually tailored marketing efforts, messages can be more targeted and avoid some of the stigma from marketing saturation today.

While ABM is a trend...

Covid-19 has created a new kind of audience – and it is vital event marketers cater to it

For event marketers, Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the nature of an audience. With the pandemic confining people to their homes and drastically limiting or downsizing in-person events, audiences now tend to exist behind a screen, participating in events through their mobiles, tablets or laptops. But this new, primarily digital, audience opens up new possibilities for enhancing and extending the level of engagement companies have with their audiences. By adopting a blended approach to...

The key elements to thrive in the new digital era: What is ahead of us?

It’s been exactly one year since the Covid-19 pandemic became global. Looking back, as the generations who are inexperienced with the pandemic, we have certainly underestimated the impact. Things have changed dramatically in the past 12 months. We are in the midst of the worst humanitarian challenges in a century, which will cause an imminent restructuring of society and global economic order. We face an unexpected event or sequence of enormous scale events at an overwhelming speed,...

Exploring the landscape for mega events: On the cusp of a new universe

Opinion The future of major events and exhibitions is undoubtedly entering the most significant period of transformation that the event sector has have seen. The 'mega events' like CES, MWC, and the ADIPECs of the world have been forensically examined as the event sector does the exact opposite of waiting with bated breath. Instead, we’ve witnessed a creative and relentless drive for change as events businesses bravely explore new methods to deliver immersive and meaningful experiences to...

Don’t just ‘pivot to digital’ – build it into your events and brand experience

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, experiential marketers are looking for ways to create immersive brand experiences for consumers. Most are opting for a total “pivot” to digital and virtual events — but that isn’t quite the right approach.

Knowing when it’s time to pivot

During the pandemic, most events haven’t been possible. CDC guidelines - in the US at least - along with local restrictions on large gatherings and in-person events, have made it difficult for...

Is offline media becoming the biggest driver of online engagement?

Sponsored Ad-tech company Moving Walls’ founder and CEO Srikanth Ramachandran, recently spoke at DMWF Asia on the topic “Is Offline Media The Biggest Driver Of Online Engagement?” presenting how Moving Walls' vision was inspired by the big screen. Sci-fi hits like Blade Runner and Minority Report predicted a future where AI-powered and highly personalised screens would interact with audiences.

With digital screens surrounding just about every type of venue, the arrival of...

Why experiential marketing is more than just FOMO-inducing activations

A pre-pandemic Ad Age article suggested that experiential marketing might have reached its peak and, in supporting its argument, cited Instagram-worthy installations like the Museum of Ice Cream and The Color Factory. The problem is that while both installations are fun activities in their own right, they’re not actually examples of experiential marketing. They’re photography-oriented theme parks designed primarily for entertainment and social media sharing.

Experiential...

#DMWF Virtual 2020: eShow Preview

The #DMWF Virtual exhibitor 'stands' are ready for #DMWF Virtual 2020 on 16-17 September! All registered attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn from our community of Sponsors and Exhibitors. Our tech leaders will be sharing exclusive content whitepapers, ebooks and guides plus showcasing live demos throughout the event! Ahead of #DMWF Virtual we wanted to share the eShow preview as a teaser of what to expect from the virtual marketing expo!

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