Digital transformation of virtual events, an investment for the future
Digital and hybrid events can no longer be seen as just an emergency solution for the challenges we faced during the pandemic. Virtual events are the type of meeting form that soon will be seen as the new normal. The reason? Digital and hybrid events offer new opportunities and save your and the environment’s resources. It is already a safe investment for the future.
What is the attitude in the event industry towards new digital events? Are the virtual events here to stay when the pandemic restrictions are gone? LinkedIn made a huge survey where 200 event agencies answered. According to the study, we see that:
- 45% of B2B events are expected to remain fully virtual after the pandemic.
- 72% of them want to continue to invest in virtual events.
- 77% are interested in hybrid solutions for future use.
The increased popularity is due to more companies realizing what a valuable investment virtual events are for organizers, sponsors, and partners – as well as for exhibitors and participants. Not to mention the value it brings to the environment. So how can you take part in this virtual success?
Participants – Virtual events can save your and the environment’s resources
Digital and hybrid events are more flexible than physical events. Everyone can participate in virtual events. Even people who are short on time or don’t have the opportunity to travel. When participants are not forced to travel they avoid the costs of transport and accommodation. They also save working hours by not traveling. A physical event can take up to two working days, whereas the same content can be presented and compressed into a more efficient full day if it is a virtual event. In the long run, this can save hundreds of thousands of Euros.
Here is a simplified calculation example:
200 people from the same company will participate in a physical event that lasts one day with overnight stays. It requires:
- Two working days including the trip. The average price for a hotel room in Stockholm is about 108€ per night. Add another 100€ for food and drinks, and the same amount for the average travel cost. This results in a cost of over 58 955€.
- 200 x 15 hours = 3 000 hours. If we set an internal cost of 100€ per hour, the calculation cost for the time required is almost 300 000€.
- In addition, there is the cost of any temporary service for customer service and support.
- Costs for loss of production and loss of revenue are also added.
If 200 people from the same company are attending a virtual event for one day, it requires:
- No overnight stay and no travel costs.
- No lost working time due to travel, 200 x 7,5 = 1500 hours. With the same internal cost of 1000€ per hour, the estimated cost for working hours will be 147 389€. Halving any additional services related to customer service and support.
- The risk of loss of revenue is halved. And the possible loss of production is also halved.
The simplified examples above result in reduces expenses of almost 60 000€ – with better use of production utilization of hours of 148 363€.
And we should not forget that fewer business trips play a significant role in the environment. Sustainability is an important aspect of digital forms of meetings, as they help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Should we, as in our calculation examples, assume that the 200 participants would travel 200 km, round-trip, with two people in a medium-sized car, the emissions would be close to 4 tonnes, according to utsläppsrätt.se.
In other words, a transformation towards digital and hybrid events, where the larger proportion are digital participants, would bring both financial benefits to your company and help you reduce your general climate footprint.
Can a virtual event give you the same value?
Can virtual meetings give you the same opportunities to network, mingle, and have individual conversations, as a physical one? This is a common question when it comes to the outcome and value of a virtual event.
There is, of course, no doubt that we have become more experienced and accustomed to spending time digitally in recent years. In addition, the digital tools we use today have developed, not least due to the increased need for more advanced services. So digital meeting platforms can offer participants mingling features and networking possibilities with traditional webinars and video meeting formats.
In addition, there are various features in virtual event platforms that can provide you with smart solutions for different types of events. You can often choose to have features such as chat rooms, breakout rooms, and video meetings. This way, participants can easily interact and communicate with each other during ongoing sessions and events.
Another key feature of virtual conferences, where investors and entrepreneurs play a key part, is the possibility to book individual meetings with other participants, even before the event goes live. In other words, virtual events can give you a lot of networking opportunities and added value.
Sponsors and exhibitors – Take advantage of the digital benefits
How can virtual events benefit sponsors and exhibitors? Well, their marketing will get a wider reach and greater accuracy.
On the virtual platform, they are no longer dependent on the right person entering their booth. Exhibitors can filter out and contact participants of interest directly. A digital solution gives them an overview of which companies all the participants work for. And participants can easily get an overview of all the exhibitors and their offers. This makes it easier for both the participants and exhibitors to identify each other and connect.
A virtual event also makes it possible for sponsors and exhibitors to present themselves and their products for a much longer period than during a physical event. They can keep and continue to show their content on a virtual platform after the live event has passed. The organizers can also share, for instance, interesting sessions and webinars on a virtual platform to keep the event alive and attract visitors for a longer period.
Virtual events – a long-term solution for all parties
Whether you are a participant, an organizer, co-sponsor, or an exhibitor – virtual events will contribute to fewer costs and more savings. You will reduce costs for travel, venues, and production. At the same time, the meeting form is more accurate, flexible, and efficient.
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