Award dinners & Gala’s used to be very traditional and people don’t like that anymore. They are ‘gala tired’. So enough reason for change! Will sum up some of the trends that people see in Galas & Awards.
10. Live Streaming
With Live streaming, you can broadcast the stage or main event to multiple rooms so people in another section of the venue can participate in the action. This is a very important event tech to adopt and can be a powerful social media tool to generate leads for your next gala event.
Keep your event alive with event interaction. Get your guests and sponsors involved via online voting, polls and tweets. A great tool lots of gala and award shows are now using is called Slido.
Your guest receive lots of invitations yearly to galas and award shows, but they need to decide where to go. Making relevant connections is very important for galas and award shows. Bring the right people together around tables via topics with tools with NetworkTables and you can offer attendee lists and track their connections with tools like Poken or Pixmob.
7. Boosting ROI for Sponsors
You can also go a step further and bring direct leads to the companies who sponsor complete tables. Use event tech to let attendees apply to be at their tables and let the table host decide who they accept or decline on their table. If its not at the table, it can be during drinks. This is matchmaking for dinners!
6. Photo Souvenirs
360 degree cameras & 3D photo printing: Galas and award shows are now adopting cutting edge technology to create memorable gifts for their attendees. Installing 360 degree cameras at the event can record the entire experience for attendees and you can offer 3D printed photos of their teams to bring these moments to life!
5. Facial Recognition Registration
Guests expect convenience and speed when it comes to cueing and registration. Everyone hates a cues and wasting time so why don’t you speed it up using technology. New techniques like facial recognition can dramatically speed up the check in process and save your guests precious networking time.
4. VR Dining
Another trend what we recently came across was VR dining. Here my colleague and I are experiencing an italian dinner in VR. It’s a new way to taste and feel an experience but also interact with others around the table. Implementing tech like this can be an enticing way to increase the likelihood of attending.
3. Connecting Post-Event – Digital Business Cards
You’ve had a great night, a few drinks but you’ve forgotten who you’ve met. Help your attendees easily connect after the event by showing them who they met. Some tools also let them request digital business cards if they didn’t exchange a physical one.
2. Personalised Video
Personalised video invitations as a pre-event marketing tool can excite and entice attendees to register for your event. Its a personalised way to communicate directly why you are organizing this event and establish good communication from the beginning to end.
1. Online Self Table Seating
Making seating arrangements is one of the most ‘hated’ jobs for award dinner organisers. Last minute changes, unhappy people and special guests can be a nightmare. Using online seating for tables, attendees can pick their own seats and see w