5 Takeaways from March’s Virtual Events #expochat [Infographic]

The world changed overnight. We are now and for who knows how long physical separated- socially distanced. Obviously, this has been devastating to the events industry. Many have outright canceled, others postponed and still others are going virtual. Last week, I moderated an #expochat on the topic of virtual events. If you missed it, you can read through the full archive of the discussion. 

During the chat I asked attendees to share their best ideas on producing virtual events that provide great attendee experiences. Here are a few takeaways from that discussion. What would you add? What technology can create a dynamic experience? How should program content evolve? How can exhibitors and sponsors still achieve a strong ROI?

Want more? TSNN has published several articles with ideas on this topic. Please join us at #expochat on Wednesdays at 1pm ET by simply following the hashtag on Twitter. The topics and moderators rotate weekly.

5 Takeaways from January’s All About Event Marketing #expochat [Infographic]

Last week I moderated #expochat on Twitter and engaged with industry leaders on the topic of event marketing in 2020. When I started in event marketing with an association about two decades ago, we printed and mailed 35,000+ (yes!) multi-page brochures about “Annual Conference” to the membership. I think that approach would now be called “blanketing”. We put it out there to all to see what would stick. And I promise we weren’t crazy. If you’ve been in the industry a decade or less, I swear that was the industry norm.

Thankfully, things have changed steadily in the 20 years since this century began. Event marketing today is less about “butts in seats” or “exhibit hall aisles filled with bodies that may or may not be interested in the exhibits”. Rather than just getting people in the door and calling it a day, marketers today are reaching and then connecting with the right audience and demonstrating an event’s value to them and leaving an impression. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from January’s All About Event Marketing #expochat [Infographic]”

5 Takeaways from June’s Matchmaking #expochat [Infographic]

Last week, I moderated an #expochat on the topic of formal matchmaking programs at events. If you missed it, you can read through the archive of the discussion. One of the top reasons attendees come to events and exhibitors make the investment to showcase their products at events is to increase connections with the right people. Instead of allowing all of the networking and connections to happen organically, by chance or through hours of tedious work by attendees, show organizers can develop more engaging experiences for their participants by implementing formal matchmaking programs using technology to automate and refine the process. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from June’s Matchmaking #expochat [Infographic]”

BREAKING NEWS: glee to Guest Moderate #expochat on May 2, 2018

I’m honored and excited to announce that I’ll be the guest moderator on Wednesday, May 2nd’s #expochat. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead a discussion on the event industry’s premier Twitterchat. Sponsored by TSNN.com and held every Wednesday at 1pm ET, #expochat brings members of the trade show and event industry together for an hour to collaborate on a wide variety of topics.

This week’s topic will focus on influencer marketing. A once limited tactic, influencer marketing has grown enormously with brands using it to expand their reach to new audiences as well as add credibility and authenticity to their content. We’ll be talking about how this trendy marketing tactic can be applied in the trade show event space to increase brand awareness and grow attendance.

Excited to get in on the action? Preview the chat,  “Integrating Influencers Marketing into Event Strategies”, and get tips for participating in a Twitterchat. Plus, prepare for the chat by reading my recent article, “Planners Give Events a Megaphone with Influencer Marketing”, which offers expert insights into influencer marketing in events.

See you on Twitter Wednesday, May 2 at 1pm ET — follow #expochat to join the conversation.