5 things we learned from a year of virtual events

Last year we all had no choice but to quickly adapt and move online to the world of virtual events. From all events being shut down, to the short period when intimate events were allowed, following along with the ever changing rules and guidelines, we learnt how to be more agile when planning events.

It turned out to be quite a journey. So, we’re going to tell you what we learned from a year of virtual events and most importantly, how to go about planning if we can switch to IRL events again.

 

Pre-event promotion is crucial

Although most people know how virtual events work now as let’s be honest, they’ve become the norm, try not to assume it’s as straightforward as you may think for everyone involved. Pre-event promotion must involve answering all questions your guests may have.

Before you even think about what your virtual event will consist of, pre-event promotion will ensure your guests know what platform you’re hosting from, how to connect, what equipment they need and if they cannot attend, if the event will be recorded or not.

 

Virtual event planning for 2021

 

Always have a plan B (and even C)

As we mentioned, one of the most important things we learnt last year was how to go about planning if there is a change in guidelines. In other words, make sure to always have a plan B.

Once we get back to IRL events, you’re going to need a plan of action.

So, let’s talk furniture. When hosting a virtual event, you needn’t think about furniture hire. However, if you’re able to quickly adapt to an IRL event, you’re going to want to plan your furniture in a hurry.

That’s where we come in. Here at Juno Hire, we cannot wait for the events industry to go back to normal. However, in the meantime we are dedicated to help you keep events safe, and to provide furniture and bar designs to help you make a statement whatever the occasion. 

Take a look at our selection of bespoke furniture hire items here.

 

Virtual event planning for 2021

 

Test everything 

Pretty relatable is you ask us. We’re sure we’re not alone in saying we’ve sat through a couple of technical hiccups during a year of virtual events. 

A year in, people expect better quality and understanding of how to run a virtual event. It can be as simple as checking your connection. Be sure to do a run-through before the event to test your equipment, just make sure you’ve got everything sorted to a T.

Let’s make 2021 the year of smooth running Zoom calls and events. 

 

 

Find your unique element

Alongside the rise of hybrid events (events that combine both in-person and virtual experiences – likely to be an essential part of the new normal in the events industry), we have learnt that if a segment of your virtual event involves an in-person aspect, you’re going to have to think more about the look of your event. 

Unlike virtual events, hybrid events allow for more creative freedom. Rather than simply hosting from your desk or store, you can think outside the box a little more. There’s the opportunity to create a space to present from that really reflects your brand.

If you want to keep ahead of the events game, you’re most likely going to host a hybrid event. But rest assured, here at Juno Hire, we can help add furniture to the space to look the part.

Pop-up events are a great example of how hybrid events can work – take a look at our blog post to see what we’re talking about.

 

Get ahead of the game and start outlining what your ideal hybrid or (even better) IRL event would look like when you can eventually make it a reality. 

Have a browse of our bespoke selection of event furniture hire to get started.

 

Juno Hire provides bespoke, design-led, high-quality bar,  furniture, and armchairs for hire for promotional  or sustainable event planning, pop up shops, events,  functions, parties or photoshoots. We currently offer our furniture hire services in London and surrounding areas. Get in touch at hello@junohire.com.

Posted on 2nd February 2021

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