How to Host A Successful Virtual Event

If we learned anything from the year 2020, pandemics are terrible. However, humans can adapt to change easily and quickly, which is one of the best things. Many industries had to change and innovate (as the saying goes, evolve or die) because of the pandemic, especially the events industry. Although virtual events were still popular before 2020, the pandemic accelerated their adoption. In 2020 alone, the number of companies or organizations that planned and used virtual events doubled, and the virtual events were a resounding success.

About 84% of all the companies that ran virtual events reported spending less than they used on physical/in-person events. Using virtual events over in-person events has also been great for the environment. The streaming experience can lower the total pollution of the climate by 60%-98%.

However, the promising statistics do not mean that planning virtual events is less challenging. Therefore, we thought we could offer some help. This post will learn how to host a successful virtual event.

Define How Success Looks like

What are you trying to achieve? This is a vital question to ask yourself before embarking on your virtual event hosting/planning. Do you want to have a specific number of participants/attendees? How many signups do you want to have after the event? Is the event geared towards increasing sales? Selecting a quantifiable primary objective that may even be used as a success indicator is essential.

After doing this, you can begin planning the virtual event with your main objective in mind. Ensure that every action you take or anything you do gets you closer to achieving the goal. Knowing your objectives can help you undertake activities geared towards achieving them.

Differentiate Your Event

You want the virtual event to be current, and that is alright. However, this doesn’t mean you copy what the other people are doing. To remain successful, you must think about how you remain different from the competitors. To achieve this, lean into the audience’s insights and look for an ideal solution to your problem. You must be creative and bold, ensuring you act like a leader. Streaming your virtual event and assuming it was successful isn’t enough. As a brand, you must convey who you are and ensure you are personal and professional with the attendees.

Plan Out the Practical Elements

When hosting a virtual event, you might be tempted to think there’s much less than you should then when or if you were to plan a physical event. In so far as you don’t need to worry about hiring a venue, security, transport, and so on, that notion might be true. However, there’re still some practical elements that you still need to consider.

You will still need to set aside some budget estimates and decide the amount of money you are willing to spend on guest speakers, promotions, among other things. As the host, you will still have to determine when best to hold the event, both time and date. You may have to hire or purchase some microphones, a good camera, and lighting.

Choosing the Right Platform

You will also have to decide the video conferencing tool you will use. Although there are many tools out there, at the moment tools like Google Meet and Microsoft teams (free for sixty minutes and up to 100 participants) are the most popular in the market. Zoom, which is free for forty minutes and up to 100 participants, is also quite popular. However, these platforms also feature premium versions if you host a larger event. When planning the practical elements of the virtual event, keep everything in one place. This makes them a lot easier to track.

When selecting the tool, ensure it has the most engagement features like chat boxes, pooling mechanisms, and Q&A discussion boards. Remember, online attendees have a short attention time and might suffer “Zoom Fatigue.” Hence, you want a platform that keeps them engaged to ensure they concentrate on the event.

Create The Event Itinerary

Upon establishing your goals and deciding on your virtual event’s practicalities, it is not time to consider what will happen on the event day. By planning the itinerary from start to finish, you will be ensuring that everybody remains on track and you do not miss anything. This will also help you achieve the objectives you had set at the beginning. Span out the day and ensure that everybody knows their role. The plan should also include some short periods of “buffer time” in the entire day.

The buffer time provides for any breaks or technical difficulties that you may want to factor into the virtual event. It also ensures that you do not run over schedule if certain sessions continue longer than you had previously intended. Keeping the itinerary fluid until the virtual event is considered a best practice. This lets you swap out the guests who cancel and insert new speakers in their place, and ensure things are running as expected. When planning your itinerary, you can use an online tool and share it with your team members for feedback. Such tools also offer real-time collaboration among the team members without leaving the platform.

Partner With People

Although your virtual event will not be in-person, inviting some guests is still a great way of improving attendance. According to a study conducted by Wild Apricot in 2020, about 70% of the companies or organisations had a higher attendance at their event held virtually if they featured one guest at least. However, reaching out to various people and keeping track of the communications you’ve had with them can prove messy. This issue can be overcome by using a tool like Kanban.

Market Your Event

How can you ensure people attend your virtual event? By telling them about it. Ensure you use as many marketing channels as you can or have access to. Create hype and promote the event on social media or broadcast and print media. Keep reminding the attendees of the event date and time and the featured guest speaker.

Engage Your Audience

The attendees in a virtual event have a short attention span. Hence, they don’t need a lecture. Instead, plan your activities to involve the attendee’s active participation. Encourage the attendees to converse with one another and through some questions to the host or moderator.

Post-Event Follow Up

Ensure you reach out to the attendees or participants and inform them how they can access the recordings of your virtual events. At this stage, you can ask for some feedback on their experience in your event. At the same time, encourage the participants to join the event next time.

Debrief

When the virtual event is over, connect with your team and go through what worked and what did not. One of the advantages of using a virtual event platform like Eventtia is recording the entire event. By reviewing what worked and what didn’t, you can get some insights to help you be better prepared next time. You can also use the platform’s analytics to find the attendees’ engagements and the number of attendees, among other analytics.

Conclusion

Technological advancements are sweeping every industry, with some being driven by necessity. The event industry is not left behind. Although most had thought that people would return to in-person events after things return to normalcy, virtual events are here for the long term. Now that you know how to host a successful virtual event, it is time to enjoy the benefits of technology in the event industry.

How VR Can Take Online Dating to the Next Level

Evolution is the capability to adapt to changes in our environment. In some cases, that means getting used to new situations that don’t go in our favor. But some aspects of our lives are becoming simpler and better with each day. Online dating is one of the areas moving in the right direction. New technologies are already helping singles enrich their love lives. Today we’ll focus on the usage of virtual reality on online dating sites. It will only get better in the future. But there are some potential risks we’ll mention the biggest to give you a heads up.

Niche Sites Are Introducing VR to Their Users

When online dating sites became popular, everybody was on the same couple of platforms. Niche sites haven’t even existed. Dealing with the general sites was too much for some people, so they never felt the power behind online dating. Then the next leap in the evolution of online dating happened. Niche sites started giving singles better experiences because everybody could focus on meeting specific people. Sites for adult dating, international sites, hookup sites, mature dating etc. Those are just some of the niches that didn’t exist in the past. Now, they’re shaping the lives of millions worldwide.

In fact, some niche sites were the first to give their members a VR experience. Cam sites have long been able to provide proactive stimulation between models in chat rooms and site users who can activate sensory equipment that might stoke part of the subject’s physique. The nature of these sites is that the more a customer wants to interact realistically, the more it is going to cost. It’s still not standard equipment, but soon, video chat will be old-school because online dates will take place in virtual reality. The reason for that is healthy competition between sites and inside every niche. Sites want to help all types of people. 

Platforms that focus on the adult dating experience of mature singles have to distinguish themselves from the other services in the niche. We’ll take casual mature dating as an example because that niche is growing like crazy. Mature hookup sites that exist today working hard to give their users the best possible experience. Gathering thousands of older women looking for sex on the same platform is not enough anymore, because singles don’t want to spend months texting with potential partners before a hookup. Video chat used to be the best shortcut to dates because it’s simpler to build trust when mature matches can see each other. 

But now, virtual reality is taking everything to the next step. It includes more senses into the experience, so singles can almost have actual dates before meeting in person. That’s helpful in areas where mature people are a minority and struggle to meet partners. VR makes it possible to meet single individuals and enjoy a considerable amount of pleasure without ever meeting in person. Of course, some equipment is needed for that.

VR Devices Are Real-Life Cheat Codes for Dating

Online dating features based on virtual reality would be pointless without VR equipment. If you’ve ever tried to watch a VR video without the headset, you know what we’re talking about. Without proper gadgets, VR causes more pain than it helps. Luckily, equipment isn’t as expensive as it used to be when that technology was brand new. We’ll look into popular gadgets that go great with meeting people online. Some don’t need black dating sites to work. As long as two people have the same equipment, they can hang out in virtual reality. That almost erases distance in relationships. Couples can stay in touch while they’re separated or meet new partners simpler than ever.

  • VR Glasses (Headsets)

VR headsets are mandatory equipment because everything goes through the brain. Headsets were first introduced in the adult movies industry and gained a lot of fans. Now, some dating sites, including mature dating and other niches, are finding ways to let their users chat using VR headsets.

  • VR Gloves for Full Experience

The main downside of chatting on mature hookup sites is the inability to touch the other person. VR gloves (meta’s haptic gloves) combined with VR headsets are working on erasing that. Soon, there will almost be no difference between dating someone online and in person. That will make millions of singles much happier.

Some Fundamental Requirements for Pleasant VR Experience

Virtual reality is great, but there are some requirements you have to meet if you want to enrich your dating life. First of all, you need to have a solid internet connection. If you live in a big house, think about using Wi-Fi range extenders. They provide stable internet in every corner of your home. You can move around without worrying that your virtual date will suddenly end.

We mentioned you need VR equipment too. Don’t settle for low-quality gadgets. Get decent stuff, so you’re sure it won’t let you down when you start having fun. The last requirement is finding a trustworthy platform to use VR. That’s crucial in online gaming and dating across all niches, not just mature hookups.

Will VR Ruin Dating as We Know It Today?

It’s impossible to say whether VR will ruin dating as we know it, but it will have an impact on it. We can already see numerous sites working on implementing every new VR feature. Sites for love seeking, hookup platforms, even apps for finding friends. Evolution is happening before our eyes. We can jump on the hype train or get crushed.

Virtual Churches: Is VR the Future of Religious Technology?

In the 18th century, the American colonies experienced an enormous swell of religious fervor known as the First Great Awakening.

Leaving the cold, dark churches and their solemnly delivered sermons for exuberant traveling preachers in the town square, the colonials must have felt a profound spiritual transformation.

Since that First Great Awakening, there have been many other breakthroughs in the way people worship and interact spiritually: televangelists, megachurches, and online churches, just to name a few.

They’re all part of the constantly evolving way that we experience religion, and for the church to stay relevant, it will need to continue to embrace innovation by listening for new voices coming from the town square.

VR is one of the most recent examples of technology altering the way we worship, and in this article, we’ll look at how your Virtual Church could become a virtual church.

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality uses computer-generated 360-degree images to immerse the viewer in a comprehensive, realistic experience.

When I recently came home from a summer in Washington, D.C., I brought my little sister a virtual reality viewer that let her visit the national monuments without ever leaving her room. She loved it, and spent hours that night looking around the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and (my favorite) the Lincoln Memorial.

Virtual reality offers an escape from ordinary content consumption, but it also offers an exciting educational experience.

Students can work with virtual reality in the classroom to visit historical sites, watch a demonstration, or learn about the stars. Employees can train on the job without entering into dangerous or uncomfortable situations in real life.

Virtual reality can also be a portal to faith and spirituality for those who might not otherwise get the chance.

Virtual reality and the Church

L. Michelle Salvant, founder of Mission:VR, considers virtual reality to be vital for faith formation.

“We have a lot of people talking about faith,” she says. “But I know for a surety that when you can experience someone’s faith and their hope, when you can go inside of their life and feel it, conversion will increase.”

Mission:VR partnered with Covalent Reality to create an environment for the virtual reality platform Google Cardboard called BelieveVR.

BelieveVR uses 360-degree cameras to follow the stories of people of faith as they struggle to overcome spiritual challenges. The first story, called “Healed,”follows Florida pastor Nicky E. Collins as she finds spiritual support during her battle with breast cancer. After the premiere of the short film, Salvant said viewers were “uplifted” by the experience, which they called “awesome” and “touching.”

That’s just one example of how virtual reality is affecting the worship experience.

#1 Case: Church Online Platform

Church Online is developing a virtual reality platform to supplement its online presence.

#2 Case: Virtual Reality Church

The Virtual Reality Church uses the software platform AltspaceVR (free for most Android VR devices) to bring their congregants a 360-degree church experience.

What is VR Church?

In recent times the Church has been slow to venture into new technology; with many pastors siting allegiance to the good old pen and paper over an iPad. Indeed technology is often met with mistrust; but this was not always the case for God’s people. In 1454 one of these new technologies in it’s infancy was used to print the Gutenberg bible. At one point the pen and paper was a new technology, and God has embraced that in order to communicate his word. As Christian’s it is our mandate to communicate God’s loving kindness through whatever means we have available to us. Advanced technology and recent breakthroughs such as virtual reality present new media channels through which the Church can communicate the timeless message of Jesus.

VR Church is not so much about being a Church as it is about making use of technology to engage in the mission of the Church. Virtual Reality is an upcoming media channel that can be used like any other to communicate God’s words. Virtual Reality is different from many channels though in that it presents more ways for us to communicate God’s word that other channels: it is actually most similar to theatre in that respect. An important aspect of this channel is that we can communicate God’s word using different learning modalities: kinaesthetic, audio and visual learning styles are all represented and this has been shown to help with memorisation, as well as engaging a wide range of people.

So what specifically can we do with virtual reality that we couldn’t do already? Well, in a quick moment in our busy lives we can put on our VR headset and:

  • Be transported to a new and beautiful place which reflects the words of the Psalms
  • Be completely immersed in scenes from the bible
  • Find a quiet and still place to pray and worship
  • Join in a unique communal prayer room

There are a lot of different possibilities for how we might engage with God in virtual reality, what is left to do now is to get out there and present these ideas so that might be experienced and enjoyed.

#3 Case: SecondLife

SecondLife, one of the earliest virtual reality software systems, offers three different churches in its platform, and you can start exploring for free.

The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Second Life

No one expects any of these platforms to replace traditional churches, and even a megachurch would be ill advised to buy hundreds of high-end Oculus Rift headsets for their congregation.

But as VR devices become more and more affordable and ubiquitous (Google Cardboard can turn your smartphone into a VR headset for about $15, for example), virtual reality will become another channel for people to communicate on.

For people who can’t physically come to church, people who want to enhance their experience with new technology, or people who want to come back to the church, virtual reality offers another opportunity to do so.

Using virtual reality in the church brings a holistic spiritual experience to those who can’t or wouldn’t normally go to church. Making faith accessible to more people was one of the major goals Salvant hoped to achieve with her church software. People with disabilities are less likely to attend a service, so virtual reality quite literally opens the door for hundreds of thousands of disabled religious people across the country.

Clearly, VR is making its way into the spiritual community. But what are some ways you can use it in your own church?

1. Live stream in VR

I love watching live streams. They’re like a little window into someone else’s life. My church at home sets up a live stream at every Mass for those who can’t make it. But VR takes it to a whole new level. Your congregants can meet in a common space that requires no travel time, no cleanup, and no reservation.

VahanaVR by Orah

Software such as VahanaVR by Orah, or Facebook Spaces for Oculus Rift provides real-time hangout spaces for any kind of event, meeting, or service. Your congregants don’t necessarily need a headset. All you need to broadcast in 3D is:

  • the software (VahanaVR sells for $2,195; Facebook Spaces is free on Oculus devices)
  • 360-degree camera (which start at about $100)
  • a connection to a livestreaming platform such as Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter

Anyone who wants to watch can simply click the link, put on a headset or watch on their computer screen, and become immersed in the experience.

2. VR small groups

You can also apply virtual reality to smaller groups of people. Instead of meeting at the church for department decisions, your staff can simply log onto an online VR platform.

A demo in Hyperfair

  • Hyperfair, which is usually used for businesses, could be used to meet in a virtual space. Pricing for Hyperfair is not available online.
  • Mozilla’s MozVR is a free, open-source virtual reality framework that allows you to create your own online VR experience and share it with your coworkers or friends (assuming you have advanced programming ability, of course).
  • vTime is a VR social network that allows people to meet in virtual space, and is free on Windows Mixed Reality devices.

Meeting in virtual space provides a chance to meet new people without the pressure of meeting in person. It gives your congregants a chance to talk to like-minded people about their faith, without having to leave home. For people who are new to the church, a virtual reality group just for them can give them a chance to get to know new people before they arrive.

3. VR group retreats

Retreats are expensive. There’s no way around it. From finding a place to accommodate everyone in your group, to catering food for each night, to planning the content and activities, retreats are labor intensive and costly.

What if you could join them from anywhere in the world using your computer?

Meeting in a virtual space (using the same devices and apps outlined in the sections above) can reduce the cost of reserving a building or campground, as well as travel to that location.

Guest speakers can give talks without ever having to leave their homes. People with disabilities can participate without having to worry about whether the space will accommodate their needs.

And the possibilities are endless. In the near future, you might be able to virtually travel all over the world on your retreat without having to pay for tickets or hotels. Because the virtual environment is computer generated, the options are only limited to what the designers and programmers can dream up. Just be prepared for a little push back if you try to convince your congregation that a virtual Hawaiian beachfront is as good as the real thing. We’re not quitethere yet.

How will you include virtual reality in your church?

Media professionals say virtual reality is the future. Classrooms, real estate, and construction are just three industries where virtual reality is already becoming a part of everyday life.

Places of faith and worship are not far behind. Will you incorporate VR in your church experience in the future? How will VR help your church? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Get the Scoop on Virtual Reality Apps Before You Started

Get the Scoop on Virtual Reality Apps Before You’re Too Late

The app is quite easy to use and you don’t even have to produce a Google account to utilize it. Some VR apps allow it to be possible. Daydream’s apps will run just on new phones that were certified by Google. Distributing in-house apps is not too hard. Digital reality apps are altering the game in the entertainment business, noticeably gaming. Applications of digital reality apps are typical today and can be seen in every area of life. Such application of VR can be utilized in many remote control locations.

Depending on the job of a given mobile device the latter sort of AR apps are ready to present contextual info on real objects. Some apps utilize point of your view for a control. At this point you have an app on your mobile phone with the name you’ve configured Unity to use.

What You Need to Do About Virtual Reality Apps Beginning in the Next 8 Minutes

For each and every new technology business, there’s a point in its development once it will become cool. In the start, the notion of digital reality was fascinating and slightly fantastic. You probably have another VR ideas that could alter the world!

Digital reality is potentially the most important technology to continue to keep your eye on in 2016. It should be evaluated with the same rigour applied to other investments or areas of expansion. It can improve the quality of education and reduce education expenditures. Augmented reality and digital reality apps are likely to be the new fashion in the mobile apps world.

Digital reality could add a good deal of culture to our lives. It is something that has to be experienced to be understood, so come by the Lab and ask for a VR demo to get a hands-on experience and figure out how your brand can use it to excite and engage with consumers. It has had an unprecedented impact on education. Augmented reality (AR) is a kind of reality when you may see the real planet, and you’re able to observe some information in addition to the reality.

Choosing Good Virtual Reality Apps

Today there are lots of digital reality app growth businesses on the current market, so there’s no problem to implement your ideas from scratch to a fully functional app. Today market isn’t very developed, so there are a great deal of chances. Nonetheless, the market of VR app development is now unoccupied. The VR market for games is among the most developing.

Essentially, a user can call any place in the planet, but the telephone call will nonetheless register as though it were local. Users will also require a powerful PC to establish the Vive experience, minimum requirements of which are very similar to the rival Oculus Rift. A great deal of InstaVR users are thinking about creating apps for the headset. The system includes an integrated camera that could scan the perspective of users’ surrounding, very similar to what is supplied by Vive. To boost your immersion you are able to buy a high excellent device for a reasonable price on VU Dream’s VR Headset Shop. To be able to perceive the technology correctly one has to use exclusive VR systems or headset called HMDs, which has a screen in the front of the eyes.