How many virtual events did you produce last year? One, two, or too many to count?
2021 continues to be another year full of virtual events. The difference?
Your supporters are now accustomed with Zoom, Facebook Lives, and donating online. They’ve attended the “old event” repurposed for online and will now be looking for something more engaging to hold their attention.
You got your feet wet and probably tested a lot of new tools last year. Now, it’s time to level up and build events purposely for virtual consumption.
Over the course of last year, I continued to research the top virtual events tools and better understand what it took to make an event more exciting and interactive for participants.
The first step to putting together an engaging virtual event is to understand the likes and dislikes of the audience you’d like to attend.
Pull your team together and generate a series of questions you can start to uncover. What kind of virtual event makes sense based on your cause and the people in attendance.
You can also pull some demographic data from your social media channels and poll your audience online for event suggestions.
In 2020, there was an unprecedented urgent need for nonprofits to raise funds due to the pandemic. The pandemic still holds steady in the news, but it’s not as jarring as last March. The pains and struggles felt by many are still very relevant. That needs to be highlighted and communicated clearly.
During your virtual event, it’s crucial to outline and help visualize your Impact Goal(s).
Impact Goal: $X = the specific area in our cause we’re looking for support for
Example: $10,500 = Supporting 3 student’s state college tuition
You can have multiple Impact Goals for your virtual event, but it’s important to apply visuals, stories, etc. to each goal for a greater emotional appeal. This also helps supporters more clearly understand where funds go.
Virtual events leave room for lower retention rates if the event doesn’t provide ways to engage back.