? The Best of the Best:
- RFPs Made Easy: Virtual Event RFP: What To Include (With Free Template!)
- 2020 Tech: Looking Back At 2020 In Events
? New virtual event tool alert! Check out our brand spanking new Virtual Event Request for Proposal Matrix! ?
Much to Discuss
Oh my goodness, dear reader!
There is so much going on right now. Not only was this last weekend Halloween, but we are also experiencing an election, hurricanes causing alarm in the south, the time change messing up internal rhythms all over the country, and an overwhelming amount of information about coronavirus cases and safety.
It’s a lot.
My team shared some interesting articles with me this week about the state of events and what “going back to in-person” means.
I think transitioning to in-person or even hybrid is a scary thought right now. Especially with unsafe Halloween parties and political gatherings popping up all weekend, planners feel a heightened level of fear that their event might be the one that becomes the “super-spreader event” of the year.
We had an internal discussion about in-person event safety at Endless last week. It all started when Will shared this article: WTF is going on with IRL Events? It’s is a fascinating read from the perspective of someone who attended Smart Meetings Experiences in Colorado Springs and Connect in Orlando.
He outlines where the events took the right precautions while also shining a light on their missteps. It was interesting to hear the perspective of someone who was an actual attendee at a hybrid event, rather than just someone spewing out high-level recaps and biased reviews.
The second wave of conversations in our Endless Slack channel took place when this article was shared: ‘Events Can Take Place’: German Scientists Present COVID Experiment Results.
Here are Will’s thoughts on it.
- It’s talking about when they are coming based on actual experiments
- That experiments like this are happening
- It doesn’t link to the actual study and showing the data
- Potentially misleading headline: “Events can happen”
- Germany has had some of the lowest cases since the beginning, I’d like the same study to happen in the US
- They never site if anyone got sick in this article, they just talk about the precautions that seem to be helpful”
Mariana also weighed in:
“I want to read the actual study and I want a take on it from a publication that is highly regarded and scientifically based. If events have “no role” in the pandemic, then how come restaurants, coffee shops, hair/nail salons, gyms, small gatherings, and other places where people go above and beyond to secure hygiene (at least here in Europe) do? Not trying to be a naysayer but we have to be realistic here!”
It’s fascinating. There are so many things up in the air right now politically, socially, and economically. This is a big month. I think we will be finding out a lot more about what direction our industry is going in and gain clarity on what to prepare for going into 2021.
No matter what happens, Endless promises to stay informed and help share what we know about the future of events! Stay safe out there and happy November!
And now, The Weekly Soundcheck!
? Need a little help starting your virtual event RFP? (10-min read)
There are so many pieces of specific information that need to be gathered, organized, and shared when it comes to creating a virtual event request for proposal. All the moving parts can seem complicated and confusing. And don’t even get us started on comparing vendors! It can be a lot, so we wanted to help! We wrote an article explaining our new, free tool that will help you create your virtual even RFP!
✨ Additional articles and resources:
- Pricing Transparency & Its Importance In The Events Industry
- Virtual Event Pricing: Charging & Profiting
▶️ Event Tech Podcast is back, baby! (45-min podcast)
We know you missed them! The brilliant, dynamic duo of Will Curran and Brandt Krueger is back! In this brand new episode of the Event Tech Podcast, Will and Brandt take a look back at 2020 through the lens of events!
✨ Additional articles and resources:
? Upcoming Events
- This morning! 9:30 AM PST – Will had an awesome talk this morning talking about 2020 Virtual Event Trends!
- Friday, November 6th – 8 AM PST – Will and Brandt are taping an episode of the Event Tech Podcast!
- Friday, November 6th – 8:45 AM PST – Brandt is giving a talk about 2030 welcoming us to our new Hybrid Event Life!
✨ Thursday, November 5th – 1 PM EST – The next episode of the EventHack Hybrid Games is coming up! The episode will discuss Technology and Data!
? Weekend Update With Endless!
Some of our incredible event Einsteins were up to some pretty awesome things this weekend!
Mariana spent a lovely evening social distancing at a park in Ljubljana, Slovenia! ↩️
Sahedi and friends participated in The Cage Football Tournament 2020! ⚽
And Isaac got together with some pals to celebrate Halloween! ?
We hope that everyone had a fun and safe weekend!