In a society still reeling in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business world has undoubtedly had to digitally transform, having adapted to the needs of consumers during the height of the pandemic.
With businesses potentially going through economic difficulties, now is the time to continue relying on digital tools and platforms to assist such businesses. In particular, online events have proven useful for businesses, especially during the pandemic. But why are they as important as ever for businesses struggling financially?
What are online events?
As the name suggests, online events are events hosted virtually which can be attended by anyone with an invite and a stable internet connection. Online events dominated the business space during lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions where in-person meetings and events were prohibited. Online events are simple and can easily be hosted on a live webcast platform, for instance. You can instantly reach your audience all through a click of a button.
Online events for businesses with financial troubles
Online events are much cheaper to run than in-person events, and this is only one of its many advantages over the latter. Businesses in economic turmoil may benefit greatly from hosting online events as they are inexpensive to both set up and to host – there is no need to spend on event space and equipment. Instead, businesses simply need to invest in high quality video and sound equipment like webcams and microphones.
With online events, you have the luxury of hosting these frequently, which, in turn, can generate rapid revenue, growing your business and your audience at an exponential rate. As a result, online events are a vital aspect in your business’ content strategy and you should not overlook them, despite the return of in-person events.
For a way to engage with your audience on a large scale but with low operating costs, online events are exactly what your business needs, so ensure you know how to use them.
Online events are the future
The ubiquity of the virtual space in the post-pandemic business world means that online events are here to stay – and rightfully so! They played a crucial role during the pandemic and offer numerous benefits along with it.
The reach of online events extends on a global scale so you can expect your online events to have the ability to reach bigger audiences. In fact, a survey conducted in 2020 found that of companies holding virtual events annually, 45.3% reported that their primary reason for hosting such events was to create engagement with their audience.
This is not possible with in-person events and would be completely too time-consuming and costly regardless. Imagine travel and accommodation fees, coordinating a schedule that fits everyone else’s – it is a hassle and not worth it for businesses struggling with money.
With the unsurprising return of in-person events due to the lifting of restrictions, many companies are turning to hybrid events, mixing both the online and the offline. Whilst this model is definitely a contender for success, online events are still prominent and should be utilized effectively to future-proof your business in the tech-savvy society of today.