Hybrid conferences, mixing in-person and virtual elements, may be the new normal for 2021 and beyond. They present plenty of logistical challenges, but also new opportunities for creativity and engagement.
Associations were quick to convert their conferences to virtual events when COVID-19 halted in-person meetings. Looking ahead, associations and their attendees are eager to get back together face to face. But how?
For event planners hoping to transition to a post-pandemic in-person experience, a few tips to help ease the transition.
COVID-19 changed pretty much every aspect of meetings, including the business side. As associations make plans for future meetings, it’s more important than ever to get fundamentals like event insurance, contracts, and safety guidelines right.
It’s telling that when a pandemic hit, many associations moved immediately to get their members what they needed as fast as possible. This shift to quickly delivering value will be key to maintaining membership through the crisis and in the long run.
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