1.2.1 How to Avoid
Never interchange the audience engagement strategies for different event types. Instead, make clear plans to make the virtual event engaging, entertaining and informative. Build virtual, event-friendly content and craft various innovative, audience-engagement ideas that will work on the digital platform. For example, choose a speaker who has hands-on experience in delivering speeches at virtual events.
1.3 Ignoring Rehearsals
You will need a good speaker, experienced event organizers and other exceptional technical and creative staff to make the virtual event successful. In other words, it's teamwork that makes the event planner's world go 'round. Unfortunately, contrary to this understanding, many event teams fail to rehearse before their event goes live. Mistakes like these can lead to unexpected circumstances during the event, detracting from your event quality and overall impression.
1.3.1 How to Avoid
Always practice before the event goes live. Rehearse and test everything that is planned for the event. Figure out what can go wrong ahead of time and find ways to avoid these errors from happening again. This practice session will help you understand how to enhance the virtual event experience.
1.4 Going Without a Virtual Host
Many virtual event organizers think that there is no need for an event host. The speaker and team often believe that they can manage the virtual event without a host. But we must correct this misconception ahead of time. The absence of an event host may cause the event to go off track or fail to achieve the event goal. In addition, this can cause the event to fall apart and ultimately discredit the virtual event experience.
1.4.1 How to Avoid
Always hire a professional, virtual host to make the event flow easily. A host performs many responsibilities throughout the event, such as introducing the event sponsors, demonstrating the platform technology and acknowledging the comments and questions popping up in the comment box. It is wise to always go with a host who is an expert multi-tasker and thinks quickly on their feet to make your event more interactive.
1.5 Disregarding Comments and Questions
You will get many comments and questions before, during and after the event for virtual events. Unfortunately, many times these comments and questions remain unanswered by the event team. Therefore, organizers must appoint a dedicated team to respond to comments from the virtual attendees. Every attendee and their concerns and opinions make a valuable difference for businesses, so each must get an answer. Disregarding any of these, in this case, could reflect poorly on the intended outcome of your virtual event.