Tools like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams got us through the early days of the pandemic. They allowed us to pivot our strategies quickly, and helped us connect when online events were the only way. And bless them for doing so! But now that the general population has been attending events online for years, audiences are much more discerning about the ones they select. As our audiences’ tastes become more selective, our productions and experiences need to advance as well.
In order to stand out and be memorable for your attendees, your engagement and streaming tools need to feel like an oasis away from mundane day-to-day meetings and online experiences. And in order to create that oasis, you need a high level of customization and the ability to incorporate your community’s unique branding. This signals to the audience that the event is special - an elevated moment out of the work day.
Imagine walking into a co-working space, church, or theater for the first time - the tone of your experience is set by the environment you’re in. So creating an intentional, on-brand environment online also contributes to that tone of excitement and engagement for the attendees.