2021 will be a make or break year for many of the events and trade shows competing for the time, attention, and scarce budget dollars from potential audiences. Compound this with the lack of confidence that industry suppliers have in participating in yet another lackluster virtual event. How will you fare?
Big media such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Netflix are growing, and small, local media is shrinking. Your event is also a media product and to succeed in an era of confusion, uncertainty, and “the fog of COVID’ you must embrace that big is better than small, bold is better than timid, and offense is better than defense.
To succeed in 2021, the size of your event, your investment level, your commitment of resources, and your ambition to deliver a world-class virtual experience or hybrid (we call it omnichannel) event has never been more important.
The video game industry is thriving like never before, a testament to how compelling a virtual, non-in-person experience can be. Will your 2021 virtual event be as exciting as Animal Crossing, Call of Duty, or Mario Bros.? Impossible, you say? Why?
Video games, Disney+, and Facebook are your competition. And to compete with them you must invest. Never before has your event been a more important part of your membership strategy, a magnet for member loyalty, and the principle economic driver of your organization.
Here are the first five steps to making your 2021 event a winner on a scale that makes you THE dominant event in your industry.
To paraphrase Charles Darwin: It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change.
Founder & CEO
360 Live Media