Live-streaming event basics: platforms, equipment & useful stuff to know

Live-streaming event basics: platforms, equipment & useful stuff to know

Live-streaming now plays a major role in the events industry – partly thanks to the pandemic, and partly because technology has opened up a whole new world of remote live-event possibilities in recent years.

Judging by the popularity of everything from home-based celebrity music gigs through to live webinars, it’s obvious live-streamed events are here to stay.

In this article, we look at some key considerations when hosting your own.

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8 really simple but effective virtual fundraiser ideas 

8 really simple but effective virtual fundraiser ideas 

So you may not have the budget, time or know-how to set up a virtual-reality gala complete with avatars and snazzy branded breakout rooms. But that certainly doesn't mean you can’t run a really successful online fundraiser for a cause close to your heart.

Whether you’re a seasoned charity pro or are dipping your toes into the word of money-raising for the first time, these virtual fundraiser ideas are a great way to get the donations rolling in.

Tip: To collect donations for any of the below ideas, you could sell tickets on a platform like Ticket Tailor, or set up a charity donation page like JustGiving.

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How to run a successful virtual product launch

How to run a successful virtual product launch

If you’re new to the world of virtual events, it might be hard to imagine replicating the interactivity and lively atmosphere of an in-person product launch. How will you generate the buzz, intrigue and dialogue usually associated with those impressive, ‘real-life’ events?

The truth is – virtual product launches really can be every bit as exciting and engaging as an in-person event. Potentially even more so. Plus they can open up brand new opportunities too.

Like, for example, the chance to connect with vast new audiences (goodbye travel barriers!), and to bring a real air of innovation to the table.

It’s worth noting too, that thanks to social media and the incredible functionality of virtual event hosting platforms, it’s still possible to make valuable, personal connections during online launches.

In this article, we look at how to show off your new product virtually, and successfully.

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5 cool virtual event hacks for 2021 (that aren’t to do with sound & lighting)

As with anything that experiences a sharp upturn in popularity, the demand for bigger, better, smarter virtual events is high as we roll into 2021. The more accustomed we become to tuning into the world of online conferences, classes and workshops, the more we expect of them. There’s no room for the stagnated virtual offering today – only for those that stay atop of the latest tools and hacks in order to keep their attendees satiated, and coming back for more.

That leads us nicely onto the below – a round-up of some really cool virtual event hacks that you may not have thought of. Whether you’re looking to run a large-scale conference or an intimate webinar, these latest tips and tricks will help take your event to the next level.

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6 festive classes & workshops you can host online (and how to run one)

6 festive classes & workshops you can host online (and how to run one)

It’s true, raucous office Christmas parties feel like a thing of the distant past – an almost impossible to imagine phenomenon that’s as hard to fathom as shaking a stranger’s hand, these days. As do casual get-togethers with friends, at least where serious Covid-19 security measures haven’t been planned out for weeks in advance. For most, the annual festivities that usually take place across December are going to look very different in 2020 – but that’s not to say fun can’t still be had. If you’re in the business of running festive events, or are just looking for a way to bring your community together this Christmas, it might well be time to embrace the virtual workshop.

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Comedy at The Covid Arms: A chat with the guys who accidentally started one of this year’s most successful comedy clubs

Comedy at The Covid Arms: A chat with the guys who accidentally started one of this year’s most successful comedy clubs

Ever had one of those moments where a conversation with friends has been so side-splittingly hilarious that one of you’ve enthusiastically declared: ‘we should SO turn this into a podcast!’?

It’s a pretty common utterance among witty, like-minded buddies these days, but rarely does the ‘let’s put this in front of an audience’ sentiment come to anything other than a beer-fuelled pipe dream. Unless you’re friends Jake, Jess and Kiri, that is, who’s virtual hangout turned from a way to chill with mates when the pubs were closed, into a wildly successful comedy club in a matter of days.

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How to make your virtual event more engaging

How to make your virtual event more engaging

For reasons that don’t need explaining, 2020 saw the virtual event take off across industries that may not have dipped their toes into the world of online-hosting for many years to come.

Yoga classes, pub sessions, comedy gigs and the glossy, live-cast interiors of celebrities’ homes have all found a place in our own homes this past year or so.

It’s true – we’ve begun to merge into half-human-half-smartphone type creatures in the way science fiction fans probably predicted we would back in the ‘80s.

Despite the dystopian-feel that does seem to be lingering in the air these days, all of this comes with some positive side effects. For one, we’re using technology to its fullest potential, and embracing it for all of its mystical connective powers.

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