Due to the current situation, noticeably more digital and hybrid events are being requested today than a year ago. Although these event formats have been around for many years, they are only now experiencing a real boom. Unfortunately, the complexity of preparation and implementation is often underestimated. An event remains an event - regardless of whether it has participants live on site or not. Such formats also have to be professionally planned, implemented and followed up.
Below we have compiled some information and special tips for both event formats:
These events take place exclusively online for all participants. The content is followed or accessed via a wide variety of devices. It is therefore primarily about an exchange of information via image (video) and sound, which can take place both "live" (streaming) and "on demand" (recording). Communication is possible both one-way (one sender and many receivers) and two-way (all are senders and receivers). However, the former is the most common or most widely used form.
For recording sound and images, we recommend a web studio, which we have already set up in some of our Maritim Hotels. A wide variety of set-ups are possible here: it is important to have a suitable background, reasonable lighting, a microphone, at least one professional camera (4K or UHD) and a picture director. In addition, you need streaming software, a server onto which everything is downloaded and, of course, an internet connection with correspondingly high upload and download speeds - preferably via a LAN connection.
Such an event looks professional if the content can be accessed via a "dedicated" landing page, which is also designed in the respective corporate design.
In addition, interaction modules can be used, which can usually be booked. For example, a chat offers participants the opportunity to ask questions that are answered "live". Furthermore, voting and surveys are possible, the results of which can be presented immediately to all participants.
The duration of a digital event is usually between 45 and 90 minutes. However, with breaks and an agenda, longer formats are also possible, such as virtual conferences, meetings and even trade fairs. These events can also take place over several days, with different forums and speakers. Here, either a single stream or a multi-stream can be used - depending on how much content you want to offer in parallel.
However, please always take into account the recording capacity of the participants. Even with digital events, it is advisable to have an event dramaturgy including varied presentation formats (lecture, interview, discussion, etc.) and breaks.
Examples of use for digital events:
These are face-to-face events that are supplemented with digital elements - i.e. a combination of a classic event and a digital event (see above).
A limited number of participants take part in the event live on site - in the event room - and to a large extent via their respective devices (smartphones, laptops, PCs).
By combining a live event (presence) with streaming (digital), you definitely achieve a significantly higher reach and a greater interaction rate. The latter in particular can be further increased, for example, by using a wide variety of apps and matchmaking tools. Where appropriate, you can also integrate social media - before, during and after the event.
In any case, please note that a hybrid event is not just the transfer of a classic event to the internet. That would be too simple. The regularities of a live event must be supplemented by the needs of the digital participants. Here, for example, personal address and eye contact play a role that should not be underestimated. Especially the atmosphere and mood in the event room, which cannot be transferred 1:1 digitally, must first be "created" by the actors on stage, both through their appearance and their way of moderating or speaking to the spectators and listeners.
In terms of technical requirements, these events are of course also a combination of the technology needed for a live event and for a digital event. But here, too, the rule is: a lot doesn't help much. The technology selected and used according to your requirements or the objectives of your event, operated by competent event technicians, delivers the best possible result. We would be happy to advise you on this.
And if something doesn't work out, it's good to have a Plan B. Something unforeseen can always happen at a live event. Combined with digital elements, there are even more possibilities. In case, for example, a camera or microphone fails, the internet connection goes down or an actor on stage misses his cue, something should be prepared. In a hybrid event, this could be an image or a pre-produced trailer, for example.
Examples of use for hybrid events:
Actually, all classic events can also be offered on a hybrid basis.
Purely digital and hybrid events offer the perfect complement to the marketing and event mix. Due to their flexibly adaptable parameters (schedule, space requirements, number of participants, etc.), the possible higher reach as well as the greater interaction potential, they offer many advantages. Of course, they can only replace the advantages of personal communication and the experiential character of face-to-face events to a limited extent or not at all. Nevertheless, these event formats will also become more and more established.
No matter which event format you finally decide on - at Maritim your event is in the best hands. Together with our competent technical partners, we will be happy to advise you and make your event possible - with all participants live on site, hybrid or purely digital.
Current locations of Maritim Hotels that are already equipped with a fixed web studio:
If you have any questions or would like a specific offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at +49 (0) 6151 905-710 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.