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Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

  • 1.  Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Cvent Staff
    Posted 09-03-2020 12:33

    We are still riding the high of the remarkable success of #CventCONNECT. Cvent CONNECT Virtual drew a record-breaking 42,000 registrations. If you want to re-watch a session or missed Cvent CONNECT Virtual, you still have the chance to register and watch all of the content on-demand.

    With over 28 breakout sessions, there was a lot of information shared. In the spirit of community building and collaborative learning, share some of your takeaways from #CventConnect

    • What is one thing you are going to implement into your event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT?
    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY?
    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to?
    Copy the questions above, click reply, paste the questions, and provide your responses.​​ We look forward to hearing from you!
    #CventCONNECT
    #Miscellaneous

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    Megha Jetley
    Team Lead
    Cvent Marketing Department
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  • 2.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-04-2020 18:39
    Hello, 

    Cvent Connect was an interesting experience! It's a bit different being on the attendee side of a virtual experience. 
    One thing that we are looking at implementing is increasing our ability to have interactive sessions. We put on a number of webinars, but now we are looking at small group workshops, which is harder to move to virtual. Taking advantage of some advanced features of our video system such as polls, Q&A, chat, feedback, raise hand, collaborative whiteboard will be key. 

    If you only watch one session, watch the Tuesday Fireside Chat, not just for the content, which is a bit too general, but to observe the production that went into the session: having an MC that is able to smoothly switch between different panelists is crucial, and that intimate conversation feel made for an engaging session despite the fact that it was pre-recorded and so had no interactivity. 

    I am looking forward to the full-fledged Attendee Hub. I was very disappointed with where it's at right now: the attendee-to-attendee interaction was inexistant, and the interaction with the speakers during the sessions seriously lacking. For a conference that kept preaching that virtual events need to be interactive to retain attendees, it was in itself a bad example! I think the Attendee Hub and matching app are promising, but far from ready. 

    Cheers,

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    Béline FALZON
    Conference Program Specialist II
    California Teachers Association
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  • 3.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 03:04
    Hi Béline,

    I agree with your observation about Virtual Hub. I was expecting a much more robust experience at Cvent CONNECT, thinking that all of Hub's features would be utilized to the fullest to demonstrate the power of what this new platform can do.

    I have scheduled a demo of Hub and hope that with the information I provided our Cvent Account Manager regarding our event next summer, we'll be able to see Hub's full potential.

    Kindly,
    Monica Mercado

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    Monica Mercado
    Junior Operations Coordinator
    The Commons Learning Center at The University of Texas at Austin
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  • 4.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 03:04
    Personally I enjoyed the opening.
    It left me feeling a bit more at ease with the current situation.  As far as a personal recommendation;I have none.  I would simply suggest that each person pick a weakness and choose an appropriate session to watch.  Finally, we only use CC.

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    Edward House
    App and Tech Supprt
    Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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  • 5.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 03:04
    • What is one thing you are going to implement into your event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT?
    As we return to the 'new' normal and hybrid events we will be focussing a lot on attendee safety.  People, including vendors and sponsors will not attend if they gave fears.
    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY?
    I would watch the opening.  Not only was it upbeat and entertaining it provided some good info about where the industry is heading.


    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to?
    We only use CC.  So anything related to that.

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    Edward House
    App and Tech Supprt
    Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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  • 6.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 03:04
    After attending Cvent Connect 2020 both live and re-visiting the recordings, we are likely to implement the new virtual attendee hub. After working with the new website directly and learning the capabilities and customization available, we found it may be a good fit for our unique progams. 

    If you only had time for one session and you use mobile apps, such as crowdcompass, I suggest watching Cvent Academy Training: Behind the Scenes of Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub. It explores Cvent's new attendee hub and new mobile app software that is easy to use, customizable, and a great solution for a wide variety of events. 

    The products I am most excited about are the virtual attendee hub and the new mobile app, as stated above. Both allow for new opportunities and tools to achieve a greater attendee experience. It helps keep all of your information and tools in the same place while allowing cohesive branding and attendee experience across all products and platforms.

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    Chelsea Winston
    Director, Registration Services
    JNR Incorporated
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  • 7.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 10:22
    I was curious how this event would be pulled off, and have to say that it was great!

    As a long-timer coming to Las Vegas, it was a different experience, but loved how you had set it up and how smoothly it went. I will share with our services team how you had set up the virtual event, and we might be able to use that for our annual meeting and share information with our clients.

    I have not been able to watch all session yet, but definately Firside chat with Fireside Chat with Mark Jeffries & Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

    Anything related to the event planning

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    Andrea Timbes
    CRM Administrator
    Visit Fort Worth
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  • 8.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 10:23
    I highly recommend Improving Lead Performance and Conversion: The Event Opportunity. Myllisa shared a lot of great information in a short period of time, related to how to manage leads from your events. The bottom line: don't let your event leads die on the vine - create a process!

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    Lori Wildman
    Senior Marketing Manager
    DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Inc.
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  • 9.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 11:59
    I thought the event was really well done. I enjoyed the sessions,.

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    Jennifer Cardillo
    Marcom Director RES Americas
    Sulzer Rotating Equipment Services
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  • 10.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-08-2020 15:21
    Hello!

    If you can only watch one session from all of CONNECT I thought the awards presentation was the most inspirational as far as take aways for my own annual conference. I've been seeing so many different variations of awards being handed out during this pandemic but thought that Cvent did an amazing job at keeping it short, sweet and very entertaining - Without taking away any excitement from the winners!

    Another key take away is having an MC who can tie all your content together, keep people engaged and still be relevant to the event. Mark Jeffries is so great at all of these things. 

    As for new products, I am looking forward to seeing more rollouts for the Attendee Hub. As a few others have said here, I was a little disappointed with what we saw of it during CONNECT. There is potential for a great product here and I hope it can be achieved.

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    Sharna Pascolo
    Program Director
    Texas Society of Architects
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  • 11.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-09-2020 15:11
    Hi!

    Really enjoyed CVENT Connect Virtual! Learned a lot about how to pivot to virtual and got some great ideas to implement for our internal events. Thought the variety of sessions and topics were pertinent.

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    Bouran Qaddumi
    National Field Trainer
    Cajun Operating Company d/b/a Church's Chicken
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  • 12.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-09-2020 15:33
    • What is one thing you are going to implement into your event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT? One thing I am going to implement into my event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT is interactive content during presentations.

    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY?  If you only have time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session I would recommend the Keynote session.

    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to?  The product I am looking forward to is additional features to support the increase in virtual meetings/events/training sessions. 





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    Jennifer Zutterman
    Project Support Administrator
    Getinge (Maquet Holding B.C. & Co KG)
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  • 13.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-11-2020 16:13
    I'm going to work on our SMMP and try to make real progress this year among our teams as we roll-out Cvent use across our regions. There were some great takeaways for building up your program in the SMMP session.

    I highly recommend watching the Product Roadmap. That's always my favorite at the live meeting and it did not disappoint this year with lots of updates coming and explanations of features that are already in play.  I'm most excited about the Source Safely tool since we know that's going to become a massive part of our planning processes going forward.

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    Stacy Wright
    Event Manager, Commercial Excellence
    Galderma Laboratories, L.P..
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  • 14.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-14-2020 11:21
    I just really appreciated being able to see a large-scale event take place in a virtual environment, particularly through the new attendee hub.  As we are all making pivots to this new way of bringing people together, it's been hard to imagine how best to do that....so seeing and experiencing this with Cvent Connect is going to make our own virtual events even better!

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    Stacy Nicodemus
    Programs and Events Director
    SigEp LEAD Fund
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  • 15.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-15-2020 12:30
    • What is one thing you are going to implement into your event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT? Answer: the Virtual Attendee Hub! And 360 at that!
    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY? Answer" "The Future is Now: Intro to Virtual Events" because we need to reinvent our THINKING about the WHY and WHAT of events. Cvent and integrated platforms have the HOW, but to get the Attendee Engagement, you need the WHY and WHAT, and this session puts your thinking on that path.
    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to? For the Event Cloud Roadmap, Virtual Session Room with larger video display area and the collapsible engagement panel. Can't wait for the Live Polling feature & its pie charts, emojis, and word clouds! Also am excited about a fully integrated mobile app that allows engagement with the VAH.


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    Brenda Ainsburg
    Channel Program Manager
    brenda.ainsburg@siemens.com
    Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    United States
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  • 16.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-15-2020 13:48
    There were so many great pieces of information. I love having the recordings to be able to digest everything at my own pace

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    Coy Rushton
    Primary Residential Mortgage
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  • 17.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-16-2020 12:55

    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY?
      • I loved the Fireside Chat with Mark Jeffries & Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson. Arne was amazing to hear from and the session was wonderfully put together. It also applied to just about everyone. 
    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to?
      • I am really looking forward to the Attendee Hub. I was hoping that with Cvent connect going virtual there woul dhave been more interactive opportunities between attendees (and even vendors). I was only able to get an appointment with one vendor b/c there were not enough interactive sessions. I would have loved to hear from others in the industry to see what they are doing right now in going virtual with their events.


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    Megan Ridgway
    Sr. Specialist, Event Operations
    S&P Global Market Intelligence(PreviouslySNL Financial LC)
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  • 18.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-17-2020 12:11
    Very well done, Cvent!  I was apprehensive of such a large virtual event, but you pulled it off.  I work for a DMO so I am absorbing all of the experiences I am having attending virtual events so I can share it with my hoteliers and meeting planners.

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    Amy Zientek
    Director of Sales
    Visit Lubbock The Convention and Visitors Bureau
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  • 19.  RE: Share your Takeaways from Cvent CONNECT Virtual

    Posted 09-20-2020 14:20
    My answers:
    • What is one thing you are going to implement into your event programming or planning following Cvent CONNECT?
      • Number 1, a Virtual Event using the Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub, using the VAH 360 option.
      • Number 2, making a plan for executing on Hybrid Events (Virtual + Live-In-Person).
    • If someone only had time to watch one recorded Cvent CONNECT Virtual session, WHICH session would you recommend they watch, and WHY?
      • The Future is Now: Intro to Virtual Events with McKneel Keenan. Great data about social media engagement by age groups and a path forward to pivoting to virtual
    • Which product feature(s) mentioned in the roadmap you are looking forward to?
      • The VAH integrations coming such as Live Polls and that fully fleshed out engagement (collapsible) panel, as well as a conference app that allows for Virtual and Live attendee engagement for Hybrid Events.


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    Brenda Ainsburg
    Channel Program Manager
    brenda.ainsburg@siemens.com
    Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    United States
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