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Events are Back; See How They’ve Changed

It’s fascinating to look across recent live events and see how they’ve evolved after a locked down world. Here are reports from Augmented World Expo, Licensing Expo, IMEX  and E3 as they return to the new normal. E3: What Replaces Live Events, A Cautionary TaleDespite...

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Events are Back; See How They’ve Changed

Events are Back; See How They’ve Changed

It’s fascinating to look across recent live events and see how they’ve evolved after a locked down world. Here are reports from Augmented World Expo, Licensing Expo, IMEX  and E3 as they return to the new normal. E3: What Replaces Live Events, A Cautionary TaleDespite...

Events are Back; See How They’ve Changed

It’s fascinating to look across recent live events and see how they’ve evolved after a locked down world. Here are reports from Augmented World Expo, Licensing Expo, IMEX  and E3 as they return to the new normal. E3: What Replaces Live Events, A Cautionary TaleDespite...

NewSky XR

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Touchcast

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I’m not paid $12K a speech, are you?

All American Entertainment (AAE), a booking agency, surveyed over 650 event professionals to create The 2022 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report, its first-ever industry report. The report offers a snapshot of everything from speaker’s fees to virtual versus in-person...

NFTs are Not Dead, Just Being Reborn

Just as quickly as NFTs were declared the next new thing they’ve taken a nosedive in value and activity. The number of NFT sales fell to 19,000 this week according to NonFungible, the world's largest NFT data resource.Image Credit: NonFungible.comBeeples and Bored...

Web 3.0’s Clarion Call

Molly White is a young programmer who runs the  site Web3IsGoingGreat.com as a passion project to underscore the notion that Web 3 may not be going as great as the hype would have you think. You’ll find dutiful records of scams, frauds, and ugly things gone terribly...

Behavioral Science and Events

Victoria Matey looks at the behavioral science behind events. Here’s what she says about returning to live events.   The first thing to remember when returning to in-person is the social fatigue effect. It's an emerging phenomenon explaining how, after a prolonged...

What Happens in Vegas Can be Seen From Outerspace

The Las Vegas skyline has a new addition, the MSG Sphere, which is the largest spherical structure on earth, large enough to be seen from outer-space. This huge, immersive space is a joint project between Tao, Venetian Resorts and Madison Square Garden. A panel...

Platform Updates

Virtual events platforms continue to develop new capabilities. Here are three updates: Shindig launched Watercoolr, a virtual lounge where remote teams (of 2 -12 people) can casually congregate to take a break, catch up, or gather for team announcements. Every team...

Events are Back; See How They’ve Changed

It’s fascinating to look across recent live events and see how they’ve evolved after a locked down world. Here are reports from Augmented World Expo, Licensing Expo, IMEX  and E3 as they return to the new normal. E3: What Replaces Live Events, A Cautionary TaleDespite...

NewSky XR

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6Connex
A brilliant 3D virtual space that can integrate with a wide range of other resources to create rich online experiences

Brella
A clean interface backed by intelligent networking matching and strong analytics, along with plenty of attendee-driven features

HopIn
Relative newcomer (founded in 2019) recently closed a $400m financing round for a $5.7B valuation after reaching $70m in annual recurring revenue.

Hublio
Strong trade show features along with a solid conference foundation and good networking options
MeetYou
Everything from conference calls to trade shows, wrapped up in a rich virtual environment.

ON24
Built on a solid analytics foundation, this 20-year-old webinar/conference platform launched its IPO in February with an immediate 45% jump in stock price.

Surreal
Emphasis on 3D VR graphics and attendee interaction with video, voice, and text.
VII Events
Rapidly-growing service based on hyper-realistic virtual world platform providing versatile solutions

Virbela
Not just for conferences and trade shows, the virtual worlds can be used for education and training, as well as always-on office spaces where remote workers can interact and collaborate.

Welcome
The bedrock of the experience is quality video — both live and recorded — on which you can add features from custom branding to a fun multi-person photo booth..

Webinar Platforms

BigMarker
Native integration with other automation tools, and can also stream webinars to Facebook and YouTube Live (Also has conference and trade show options)

BlueJeans Events
BlueJeans is owned by Verizon, and is known as a video meeting platform. Like Zoom, however, it also has its own webinar service suitable for training and other uses.

ClickMeeting
Full-featured webinar system from start to finish, including on-demand recorded sessions.

Demio
Live and on-demand browser-based webinars available with monthly and annual pricing plans, and email marketing integrations
GoToWebinar
Flat-rate subscription or per-attendee pricing for full-featured system that includes live and on-demand webinars.

LiveStorm
Designed to be simple to use, but integrates with many supporting services and is available in two dozen languages.

Cisco WebEx Events
WebEx is a well-known video meeting platform, but Cisco also has a system for webinars and training that includes tools to manage large audiences and multiple speakers.
WebinarJam
Has already hosted more than a half million live webinars; comes with soup-to-nuts support from paid registrations and email drips to detailed analytics (The companion service EverWebinar is for pre-recorded webinars.).

WebinarNinja
Lower cost than many competitors, but still offers many features including on-demand recorded webinars.

Zoom
Perhaps the most successful video meeting software, it has an option for webinars as well with plenty of features and integrations with other services.

Hot VEG Tools

Scribe
Turns your video conferences into notes and makes them searchable.

Twine
Facilitates individual meetings inside of any video conferencing platform to provide the feeling of meeting new people at conferences

Zapier
Automates your workflow by integrating your productivity apps (no coding required). Integrate your Zoom meeting attendee list with your MailChimp or Eventbrite.

Donut
A virtual watercooler app.
GoPassage
Easy way to handle ticketing and payments.

News Stories

SURREAL Events launches its events platform in a 3D virtual environment. It’s pretty glitzy.

Bloomberg tests tiered ticketing for virtual events. The end of the democratic virtual world looms near. Welcome exclusivity.

Is Virtual the Future of Concerts? LA businesses ponder the future of rock n’ roll.

Glisser adds streaming to its repertoire. ON24 adds video chat. Is this the consolidation of a market or just a features table frenzy?

Looped, a platform for fans and their followers raises 7.7 million. Billie Ellish, Shawn Mendes, BTS, Kevin Durant, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Usher, Sam Smith, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Dua Lipa, Luke Bryan, Bad Bunny, Maluma, Diplo and others can sell tickets, merch, and more.

Hopin raises a mind-blowing A £288 million funding round. The company is valued at around £4 billion and is now, one year, after launch, the fastest growing startup in Europe. It served 85,000 organizations and has gone from 23 employees to 400 in less than a year.

Hot VEG Tools

BigMarker
Native integration with other automation tools, and can also stream webinars to Facebook and YouTube Live (Also has conference and trade show options)

BlueJeans Events
BlueJeans is owned by Verizon, and is known as a video meeting platform. Like Zoom, however, it also has its own webinar service suitable for training and other uses.

ClickMeeting
Full-featured webinar system from start to finish, including on-demand recorded sessions.

Demio
Live and on-demand browser-based webinars available with monthly and annual pricing plans, and email marketing integrations
GoToWebinar
Flat-rate subscription or per-attendee pricing for full-featured system that includes live and on-demand webinars.

LiveStorm
Designed to be simple to use, but integrates with many supporting services and is available in two dozen languages.

Cisco WebEx Events
WebEx is a well-known video meeting platform, but Cisco also has a system for webinars and training that includes tools to manage large audiences and multiple speakers.
WebinarJam
Has already hosted more than a half million live webinars; comes with soup-to-nuts support from paid registrations and email drips to detailed analytics (The companion service EverWebinar is for pre-recorded webinars.).

WebinarNinja
Lower cost than many competitors, but still offers many features including on-demand recorded webinars.

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Dear Alfred, What do I need to know about taxes for my virtual event? - Robin Smith Jackson, Mississipi The short answer is: “A lot!” Your virtual event may create a variety of tax liabilities. The most common on is the sales or service levied by most states. Thanks...

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What’s the optimal length for a virtual program segment?

Dear Alfred,What’s the optimal length for a virtual program segment?Arli Everett, Washington, DC Dear Richard,Having made my living for years as a professional writer, I learned to pay close attention to my editors because they almost always made my work look better....

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What do I need to know about taxes for my virtual event?

Dear Alfred, What do I need to know about taxes for my virtual event? - Robin Smith Jackson, Mississipi The short answer is: “A lot!” Your virtual event may create a variety of tax liabilities. The most common on is the sales or service levied by most states. Thanks...

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