Open Forum

Expand all | Collapse all

Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

  • 1.  Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 16 days ago
    We know it can be hard to keep up with virtual engagement best practices, social distancing procedures, hotel safety measures, and ultimately what this all means for the future of meetings, events, and hospitality. Cvent is pulling together an industry panel to have an honest discussion among experts in the Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry at Cvent CONNECT Virtual. The session will be an interview style panel featuring the questions you want to hear.

    Curious what business leaders think about virtual and hybrid events? How are events changing during and what are the expectations for post-pandemic meetings? What measures are hotels taking to ensure safety? We want you to submit your questions here to be answered during the Industry Partner Panel and follow this discussion by clicking the blue star to see what other users are eager to hear!

    If you haven't already, be sure to register for Cvent CONNECT for free today.

    PS: Our MC, Mark Jeffries, may read your question out loud, so don't forget to reply if you have one or several in mind. :)

    #BiddingonGroupBusiness
    #EventApp-Building/managing
    #Flex-Creating/ManagingEvents
    #CventCONNECT
    #ManagingVirtualEvents

    ------------------------------
    Danni Czark
    Senior Associate, Online Community Marketing
    Cvent
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 13 days ago
    Good morning,

    I would like to see some recommendations or best practices on how to manage a hybrid event. I believe this will be part of our future and we are looking for some guidance and suggestions to assist our hotel partners and the convention center to ensure that we all are able to execute the perfect event.

    ------------------------------
    Andrea Timbes
    CRM Administrator
    Visit Fort Worth
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 13 days ago
    Nothing in particular.  But I wonder when/if we will go back to total onsite events.

    ------------------------------
    Edward House
    Tech Support
    Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 13 days ago
    We had to quickly pivot to virtual webinars, and it's been such a success that we are intending to do fewer live events once live events can resume.

    ------------------------------
    Lori Wildman
    Senior Marketing Manager
    DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Inc.
    ------------------------------



  • 5.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 13 days ago
    I'd like to know what they think the future holds for this industry.  Will virtual events be the new norm?  Will we try to get back to in-person events as soon as possible?

    ------------------------------
    Kayla Sisco
    Convention Coordinator
    Impact XM
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 12 days ago
    Edited by Steven Schlossman 12 days ago

    We are a social organization and waiting to get back to in person events.
    That being said, we host an annual conference in Dallas for +200 attendees where we foot the bill for food, hotel and air travel for almost 100.
    It was decided to go virtual when the outbreak started. Net savings will be close to $150,000.

    I have a monthly zoom meeting where before I was never able to attend because of the distance. Now I can.
    We have board of directors meetings through RIngCentral. In person meeting is a full day event with 3 meals. Plus meals the day before and after.

    They are getting as much accomplished now with shorter RingCentral meetings as they did during a weekend. And we are saving a ton of money.

    In person meetings are valuable, but when you are footing the bill for travel, hotels and food, this will be the new normal.

    Our payment processor told us they were dropping us months ago due to the risk of Covid. There was a risk of a lot of refunds.
    They saw it coming.

    I feel worse for the low-wage employees in the hospitality industry.
    Covid will weed out hotels just as it is killing off restaurants. The ones with the deepest pockets will survive,

    We are not going back to the way it was pre-Covid. Just look at air travel post 9/11. And I see more and more conferences being virtual. Once there is a vaccine, things will change,

    Our company of 11 in house employees is down to 3. with everyone else remote. We have 2 floors. Sometimes I feel like I'm on ghost ship when I walk around.

    And back to the industry, hotels are going to have to be creative to make attendees comfortable. Airlines still don't know what to do.
    How long can one even sit on a Zoom call?
    A big part of the conference are the social networking at night.

    Stay safe.





    ------------------------------
    Steven Schlossman
    Jack of all trades. Master of none.
    BMW Car Club of America
    ------------------------------



  • 7.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 13 days ago
    Edited by Alfred Snow 10 days ago
    I would like to know how virtual events and those presenting at a virtual event can tackle the issues of attendee engagement. I know over the last few months I have attended many virtual webinars, virtual meet ups and a couple virtual conferences. I find it very easy to multitask with email, calls and project work while virtual sessions are running on my screen. While this is somewhat an issue in an in-person event it is so much more prevalent in the virtual world. This lack of engagement and ease of working on multiple tasks, and your benefit of attending and retention of what is happening in a virtual session is diminished. Obviously I am finding that I do not retain as much information from a one hour virtual conference session, as I would be on-site and attending an hour long session in person. That reduction of engagement and the ability to be easily distracted by other work issues will be a deterrent to those attending virtual only events.

    How do you combat this in a virtual world?

    ------------------------------
    Alfred Snow
    Convention, Meeting and Event Representative
    Visit Central Florida
    ------------------------------



  • 8.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
      |   view attached
    I am trying to modify my registration to sign up for Sessions and keep getting the following error:


    ------------------------------
    Ashley Breuer
    Meeting Technology Manager
    Travel and Transport, Inc
    ------------------------------



  • 9.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
    I got the same error. Then again, I get the same error on my own events. :)
    I don't think you can register for sessions yet.

    ------------------------------
    Steven Schlossman
    Jack of all trades. Master of none.
    BMW Car Club of America
    ------------------------------



  • 10.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
    I get this too after I click modify.



    ------------------------------
    Steven Schlossman
    Jack of all trades. Master of none.
    BMW Car Club of America
    ------------------------------



  • 11.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 10 days ago

    Hi Ashley,

    Apologies for this error! Please contact our Cvent CONNECT Planning Team by emailing cventconnect@cvent.com. The team will be able to look into your registration further and assist as needed.

    Best,

    Danni



    ------------------------------
    Danni Czark
    Senior Associate, Online Community Marketing
    Cvent
    ------------------------------



  • 12.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
    @Danielle Czark Are sessions open for registration? I looked just a few days ago and all I could do is modify my contact information. Will sessions be limited? ​

    ------------------------------
    Steven Schlossman
    Jack of all trades. Master of none.
    BMW Car Club of America
    ------------------------------



  • 13.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 10 days ago
    Edited by Danielle Czark 10 days ago
    Hi Steven,

    I hope you are doing well! Our agenda is officially live for you to browse through the sessions, times, and speakers - be sure to check it out and get excited! Closer to the event dates you will receive information about adding sessions to your calendar, so no action needed yet. Additionally, there will not be capacities for the sessions.

    Best,

    Danni

    ------------------------------
    Danni Czark
    Senior Associate, Online Community Marketing
    Cvent
    ------------------------------



  • 14.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
    I've seen the agenda. Are those something we need to register for?

    ------------------------------
    Steven Schlossman
    Jack of all trades. Master of none.
    BMW Car Club of America
    ------------------------------



  • 15.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Steven,

    Not at this time! You will receive information closer to the event dates about adding sessions to your calendar through our new virtual events solution, the Cvent Engagement Hub. This will be a new and different experience than adding sessions directly through your Cvent registration.

    Best,

    Danni

    ------------------------------
    Danni Czark
    Senior Associate, Online Community Marketing
    Cvent
    ------------------------------



  • 16.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 10 days ago
    I would love to hear what companies are doing for internal/employee events without breaking the bank as virtual event hosting is expensive. Also, how are people preparing for when we start hosting hybrid events?

    ------------------------------
    Megan Ridgway
    Sr. Specialist, Event Operations
    S&P Global Market Intelligence(PreviouslySNL Financial LC)
    ------------------------------



  • 17.  RE: Cvent CONNECT Virtual: Get the answers to your questions and hear from experts on our Meetings & Events and Hospitality Industry Panel!

    Posted 7 days ago
    I would be interested in hearing their thoughts on engagement during virtual events - specifically networking/education style events (large member luncheons for associations for example).
    When it comes to networking live is king, but seeing as this might not be an option for some time, what unique engagement options have they experienced? Is there anything that goes beyond the polls and the Q&A that is an option to event planners.

    ------------------------------
    Natalia Ramirez
    Trade Shows & Events Coordinator
    Visit Orlando
    ------------------------------