COVID-19 has forever changed the way we socialize.
From meeting friends, families, coworkers, and even strangers at events, parties, conferences, and social gatherings, to being isolated at home and finding ways to connect virtually, we’ve come a long way.
But now, we’ve managed to find ways to bring together both virtual and in-person events for the perfect, safe, and cost-effective option for corporations, groups, and even individuals.
What exactly are hybrid events?
Hybrid events are just what the name suggests: Events with both online and in-person elements.
You can have hybrid events that feature virtual interactions, speeches, and performances with in-person participation. Alternatively, you can have keynote speakers come in person while audiences tune in online. It really depends on your personal preferences and what you want the event to look like.
What are some of the advantages of hybrid events?
Hybrid events are incredibly convenient for attendees and organizers alike. All people need to do is tune in from the comfort of their homes.
They’re also significantly cheaper than conventional events, which include food, décor, logistics, transport, accommodation, and other costs that typically fall on the host. You can still charge for the event, but at lower rates, and still pay speakers and guests, but without the added costs of winning and dining them.
This is not to say that there are no costs, especially when physical elements are involved. There will be some amount of setting up, a few select guests and attendees at the venue, and perhaps even food and drink costs to consider, though limited.
Is a hybrid event right for you?
While hybridity works for all sorts of events, from weddings to business meetings, it really comes down to individual capacity and preference too.
Work with an event planner and manager to decide how you’re dividing the event for hybridity and how you plan to market it. Some events may be internal, like company retreats or activities, while others could be external, public, or invite-based such as weddings, conferences, summits, and more.
The world has come a long way in just a year, with businesses and individuals finding ways to adapt to the new normal. With this in mind, not only have hybrid and fully virtual events become more commonplace, even the party planning process has gone virtual. Aquiller Cole Events offers corporate and special event management in Madison, meeting with clients through tele- and video-conferencing mediums to accommodate their busy schedules, as well as uphold all necessary safety protocols and provisions post-COVID. You can get in touch with the firm here or learn more about its corporate event planner services here.