In-Person Events Vs Virtual Events
Over the past year or so, we’ve experienced huge change within the events industry. Before the pandemic hit, in-person events were the main way of hosting an event. However, since then, we’ve learned the events can also be hosted effectively and successfully online! Since the start of the pandemic, how many of you have attended or even hosted a virtual event? I’m sure a lot of you have! Today, we’re going to discuss the benefits of each method, so let’s jump straight in…
Let's start off with in-person events
In-person events is the traditional way of hosting an event. Let’s discuss the main benefits of in-person events…
One of the main benefits of hosting an in-person event is being able to socialise and network with other attendees. In-person events are the perfect opportunity to meet new people, catch up with friends, colleagues, industry peers and gain more opportunities for your business or personal life. One of the main things people love about in-person events is having that human interaction!
In addition to this, nothing beats the experience of an in-person event. The excitement of having an event to look forward to and experiencing an epic and memorable day full of fun speaking’s, activities, drinks and canapes!
Let's jump to virtual events
Firstly, let’s air this one out… for those who may not be up to date with tech, what exactly is a virtual event? Virtual Events are cloud-based events that allow attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to interact in a virtual environment online, rather than meeting in a physical location. Are you ready to find out the benefits?
- Half the cost
With any event, there are large costs included. With a virtual event, the cost is 75% less expensive, with the only cost being the virtual meeting platform and any extra professional video content. You will save money on venue hire to staffing, setup and breakdown and everything in between. You can have maximum reach for more than half the cost!
- Saves time
Even though your virtual event will require some setup time for registration, marketing, websites, promotion etc, it takes considerably less than the time spent planning a live event and attending a live event. You’ll save yourself, your staff and your attendees so much more time, making it way more appealing to a larger audience.
- Take it global
Virtual events are easily accessible meaning people from all across the world can join in without having to think of travel, days away and even time zones as they can log onto the event at any point! With a virtual event, you can grow your audience and your reach for a far lesser cost.
As you can tell, there are endless benefits of both methods! There’s never going to be a day where in-person events go out of fashion, however virtual events are a brilliant way network and are definitely here to stay!
Why not go Hybrid?
Hybrid events are a mix of both! Hybrid events are live events which take place in a physical location but are also being streamed virtually online. This can be anything from a conference, exhibition or small business meeting – whatever the event, hybrid is an option. So instead of deciding between hosting an in-person event or a virtual event, why not merge these brilliant methods and host an epic hybrid event? Book a call with one of our experts today to discuss how we can help your host an out of this world event, whether that’s virtual, in-person or hybrid!