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Common Types of Virtual Events

Virtual events are events held online. It can be a conference, product launch, trade show, or any other type of event. Due to the covid 19 pandemic, virtual events are now on the increase. Since physical events are greatly discouraged, companies and organizations are left with no other option than to host their events online.

Meanwhile listed below are some of the most common types of virtual events.

Webinars And Panels

A webinar is simply a seminar conducted via the internet. It is one of the most popular types of virtual events. Generally, at a webinar highly relevant information is shared or delivered online with both the speaker and audience participating through text-based chat, file sharing, voice or video chat. Although it has a wider audience reach, a webinar is usually not an interactive type of virtual event. Nevertheless, questions can be asked over chats or audio, and the speaker can answer directly. The good thing about webinars is that their video and audio can be made available for download. To make your webinar stand out, you can reach out to a virtual event management company for help. They can help you achieve a TV-quality production.

Fundraisers

Fundraising events can also be carried out online. Donors and stakeholders can participate via live-streaming technology, video, and peer-to-peer fundraising software, and many more. If managed well, virtual fundraisers can conveniently replace in-person galas, concerts, races, walk-a-thons, and others.

If you are considering hosting this type of virtual event, you should also reach out to a virtual event management company for help. They will be able to connect you with the best platform for your type of event. In case you are worried about how to receive your donations during the Livestream fundraiser, they will advise you on the best way to go about it.

Trade Shows and Expos

Due to the pandemic, most big organizations have moved their product launches, expos, and trade shows online. This way they can show the event across many locations at the same time. No matter how small or big your company is, you can also show the launch of your new product, goods, or service to a larger audience – both local and internationally online.

Virtual Conferences

Virtual conferences usually consist of several sessions that are stated to last between 1-3 days. Here, the speakers get to interact with their audience in a curated virtual environment. Virtual conferences are also a great way to network, learn new things and collaborate with people of similar interests.

Webcast

A webcast is a live or on-demand online broadcast usually done by a single host or speaker and then delivered to the whole audience at once. It can be embedded into other sites, live-streamed on different channels, or made into a podcast. A webcast is a recorded event and can therefore be used for events with a larger audience. It offers little or no interaction between the host and the audience.

Ask Me Anything

This is a question and answers session. In this type of event, a guest speaker is invited to answer the questions the attendees may have. The speaker can be a celebrity, high profiled person, or even an expert in a certain field of study. The questions are answered by the speaker in real-time. This type of event is always very engaging and lively. It is perfect for companies that have just launched a new product.

Podcasts And Online Radio

Podcasts and online radio are “audio-only” versions of a live event. In the situation where you are unable to make or produce visual content or you want to make your live event available across different platforms and in different formats, then you should consider internet radio streams or podcasts. The difference between a podcast and live internet radio streams is that the latter can not be replayed or paused, but they can be played and listened to anywhere in the world.

Also, a webinar or webcast can be made into a podcast which can then be downloaded and listened to by anyone at any time.

Virtual events are an online version of physical events. Therefore any event which can be done offline can most likely be held online too. So just in case, we haven’t mentioned the type of event you plan on hosting online in this article doesn’t mean the event can’t be brought online. To confirm if your event can be brought online, you should speak with a virtual event management company.

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