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Adapting your Event Planning during COVID-19 Outbreak

How events deal with the Coronavirus crisis

🔗https://www.getzelos.com/how-events-deal-coronavirus/

4 Leaders on Adapting Event Marketing Strategies in Times of Crisis

🔗https://splashthat.com/blog/4-leaders-adapting-marketing-strategies

How to Transfer This Year's Ticket Buyers to Next Year's Event

🔗https://events.com/faq/article/how-can-i-transfer-this-years-ticket-buyers-to-next-years-event/

How to Reschedule or Postpone Your Event and How To Communicate Change or Postponement

🔗https://events.com/faq/article/how-do-i-reschedule-or-postpone-my-event/

How to transform your in-person events into engaging online experiences

🔗https://nationbuilder.com/how_to_transform_your_in-person_events_into_engaging_online_experiences

Pivot Your F2F Event Into A Virtual Event

🔗https://micepadapp.com/blog/pivot-your-f2f-event-into-a-virtual-event/

Empathy, Agility, and Localization: Tips from 5 Experts on Managing Events in Crisis Mode

🔗https://splashthat.com/blog/managing-events-in-crisis-mode

How to turn an offline event into an online virtual conference

🔗https://empower.agency/offline-event-into-online-virtual-conference/

April 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Event Organizers

🔗https://events.com/faq/article/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-for-event-organizers/ 

Lessons learned from organising our first virtual conference

🔗https://www.taxjustice.net/2020/03/05/lessons-learned-from-organising-our-first-virtual-conference/h

 How do I change my event to a virtual event?

🔗https://events.com/faq/article/how-do-i-offer-a-virtual-event/

Virtual Events and Conferences Guide

5 Ways to Take Your Events Virtual with Splash

🔗https://splashthat.com/blog/splash-virtual-events

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Event Creators

🔗https://www.eventbrite.com/l/coronavirus-resources-event-organizers

Crisis Management Resources for Event Organizers

🔗https://blog.socio.events/coronavirus-resources-for-event-organizers/

Running a large scale international conference online

🔗https://www.mysociety.org/2020/03/31/tictec-goes-virtual-running-a-large-scale-international-conference-online/

The Comprehensive Event Planners’ Guide to COVID-19

🔗https://blog.socio.events/event-planners-guide-to-coronavirus/

IRL + URL: How to Blend In-Person and Virtual Events

🔗https://splashthat.com/blog/in-person-and-virtual-events

A Guide to Agile Event Programs that Can Survive Anything

🔗https://splashthat.com/resources/agile-event-guide

Guide for Online Facilitation from Acumen

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aRkZbsQtojvitvhVjFxNeByJyS9Ht0UDUbIVv4FMLY/

Unlocking the power of virtual convening

🔗https://access.conveners.org/best-practice-series-3-unlocking-the-power-of-virtual-convening/

10 Tips for Managing your Online Event

🔗https://www.linkedin.com/posts/karenhartline_eventprofs-meetingprofs-eventmarketing-activity-6644996194688991232-HTgY

Logistics recommendations for virtual hackathons.

🔗https://news.mlh.io/should-your-hackathon-go-digital-03-10-2020

Running My First Online Meetup

🔗 https://dev.to/_phzn/running-my-first-online-meetup-o1h

Virtual Summits by Digital Leaders

🔗https://digileaders.com/its-time-for-a-virtual-summit/

Virtual Sessions

Moving Events Online: Five Ways to make your Virtual Presentations More Engaging

🔗 https://ideaville.net/news/

What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting

🔗https://hbr.org/2020/03/what-it-takes-to-run-a-great-virtual-meeting?ab=hero-subleft-3

ConfTech: From onsite to online

🔗https://www.diplomacy.edu/conference-tech-lab

Comprehensive guide on how to prepare and run online meetings/events, including comparative survey of platforms, effective moderation, and behavioural aspects. Lab organises regular free webinars.

Support for Event Organisers

Event Gift Cards Are the Ticket to Future Events

🔗https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/giftup-eventbrite-announcement-ds0d-pch/

Event gift cards to support event organisers. Eventbrite and Gift Up! to cover fees for up to $50M of new gift cards.

Community for Event Managers

Linkedin Group: Virtual Events-2020

🔗https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13836822/

A community bringing together event marketers who are interested in learning about pivoting to the virtual event space.

Event Marketing That Scales: A Community for Event Professionals by Splash

🔗https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13758800/

Access to experts

Happily.io

🔗https://happily.io/virtual 

Happily.io - A marketplace platform that can connect you with over 500 virtual event specialist freelancers of all levels, from strategists and video directors down to engineers, chat moderators, and tech support.

XpertFinder.net

🔗https://xpertfinder.net

XpertFinder.net- Online masterclasses, ask me anything, request one-on-one sessions and more.

Tools for Running Remote events

Video & Webconferencing

See also:

🔗https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/teleconferencing

🔗https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/remote

Guides

LibrePlanet guide

🔗 https://libreplanet.org/wiki/LibrePlanet:Conference/2020/Streaming

Guide on tools used to run a virtual conference with 100% free/libre/open software

Set up call in number for audio

🔗https://www.switchedonnetwork.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-create-a-phone-number-which-plays-podcasts-or-sermon-recordings-over-the-phone/ 

Set up a Basic Phone Number for the Elderly to Call and Listen to Audio Announcements, Podcasts or Sermon Recordings

Online events platforms

In the Ether

🔗 In the Ether

In the Ether is an approach to fully remote meet-ups, meetings, conferences and events. It is a remote first approach to bring like minded people together from across the globe, to discuss, share and learn about topics they care about.

Luma

🔗https://zmurl.com/

Host delightful Zoom events

Brella

🔗 https://www.brella.io/

A full event platform with focus in networking and AI matchmaking in both physical and virtual events.

Crowdcast.io

🔗 https://www.crowdcast.io/

Live video Q&As, interviews, summits, webinars and more.

Thinkwire

🔗https://www.thinkwire.com/

Keep the conversation going from your online events.

Konf

🔗https://konf.co

Hopin

🔗https://hopin.to/

Run the World

🔗 https://www.runtheworld.today/

Micepad

🔗https://micepadapp.com/virtual-events/

Solution for Hosting Virtual Event with Audience Engagement Features

Nextcloud (Talk)

🔗https://nextcloud.com/talk/

Open Source collaboration, file share and comms

Agencies

Collective Agency Livestream Fundraising, Galas & Events

🔗https://docsend.com/view/dkypg6v

MakeLab

🔗https://www.makelabstudio.com/

MakeLab is a creative studio that designs custom experiences for your events or direct to your clients. From custom at-home products to virtual events, they compliment your next guest experience.

Event planning tools

Slides up

🔗 https://slidesup.com

Plan internal and external events at your company in zen mode

Actual Online Conferences & Events

Events on Managing Events

Webinar (On Demand): Crisis Mode Ideas of Managing Events in Challenging Situations

🔗https://manage-events-crisis-on-demand.splashthat.com/

Learn strategies, experiences and lessons learned from top event marketing leaders who have walked through the fire more than once and lived to talk about it. They'll share how they've managed past crisis situations and how they're adapting and making decisions around the current Coronavirus situation.

Pivot to Virtual

🔗https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/covid-event-online

Pivot to Virtual - Two-hour dive into the key challenges, crisis management strategies, and solutions needed for meetings and events, featuring EventMB editors in conversation with leaders in the event industry.

Making the Shift: How Marketers are Pivoting to Virtual Events

🔗https://www.getbanzai.com/resources/webinars/making-the-shift-how-marketers-are-pivoting-to-virtual-events/

Making the Shift: How Marketers are Pivoting to Virtual Events. panel discussion will focus on how marketers, who primarily rely on regional, in-person events to generate demand, are shifting their strategy to virtual events. Panelists will share what it takes to make the change, key factors to consider, and ideas for events that don’t naturally translate to a virtual experience.

How to Bring Physical Events into the Digital World

🔗https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet

How to Bring Physical Events into the Digital World. At a time when in-person events are simply not an option, creating engaging digital experiences has never been more important. Even if you have already scheduled physical events, like seminars and conferences, you can still deliver a successful event, you just have to bring it into the digital world.

How an AI Company Uses URL to IRL Experiences to Drive Engagement and Revenue

🔗https://splashthat.com/webinars/irl-to-url-experiences 

Join Som Puangladda, VP of Marketing at GumGum, as she shares how to build seamless experiences between the digital and in-person world. Learn how she hosts virtual, in-person, and hybrid event programs that attendees love.

How to Move Your Live Events Online with Splash.

🔗https://splashthat.com/webinars/how-to-move-your-live-events-online

Join Splash's Zach Napolitano, Director of Education, and Faisal Mawani, Technical Solutions Consultant, as they share an array of strategies for hosting events online, focusing on webinars, meetups, and livestreams.

Impact and Actions – Events and Coronavirus Round Table

🔗https://www.integrate.com/resource/covid-19-round-table/

Featuring insights and input from Alex Theuma, Founder of SaaStock, Chris Wickson, GM of Integrate Events, Colleen Leary, Snr Event Marketing Manager at Alert Logic and Kimberley Clarke, Chief Strategy Officer at KCI Management, discussing:

  • How to manage the coming weeks and months amidst the changing events dynamic.  
  • How to restart your events strategy to get the best results in 2020 and beyond.
Customers Come First, How to take care of your Attendees and Team when Navigating a Crisis.

🔗https://welcome.bizzabo.com/customers-come-first-webinar

How to guide your attendees and teams for future events.

Past Events

Negotiating Losses in Times of Crisis

📅 24 March 2020

🔗https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uYQkCM27T5aYOjLgGEmihQ

Hosted by London Business School, Niro Sivanathan, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Virtual Conference: Zendesk Relater 2020

📅 24 March 2020

🔗https://www.zendesk.com/support/webinar/relater/

Relater, a Zendesk global online event. Tune in for special guests, fresh updates, and industry predictions.