Today I would like to share 3 creative conference ideas. I ask that you think outside the box. Some of you may or may not have tried yet, but they can help make your conference more fun, engaging, and spark rave reviews!
1) GIVE EVERY SESSION A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT.
Keep attendees stimulated by moving them into a different environment for each session. Here are a few fun ideas you might consider:
a. At your next opening night party or social event, add a matchmaking game to help people connect with each other.
b. Instead of chairs, have everyone sitting on large round exercise balls. During your lesson, incorporate an activity that uses these balls.
c. Set up a “technology playground” where every table has a new industry related technology they can test drive and give feedback on.
d. Create a speed-networking room. Let suppliers sit still and buyers move from chair to chair each 3 minutes.
e. Set up a room with 10 mini boardrooms of 6-8 people each. Give each group a flip chart and a task or problem to solve. Give them a process to follow that ensures everyone is engaged.
f. Set up your own “Talk Show” with guest experts speaking and audience involvement. Broadcast it online, on monitors at your food and beverage seating areas, record it and use it to promote next year’s event, etc.
2. SHOWCASE YOUR ATTENDEES.
a. VIDEO. The idea here is to take short 60 second videos that attendees can watch and share with their friends. For example, imagine each group in 1.e presenting their problem and solution by video for everyone in your industry to see! They would be proud to share it and watch the other teams who also presented. Also imagine video taping your “Talk Show” and sharing the tips from the experts and audience responses! Be sure to break up the show into shorter videos and label them so people can watch them in short segments.
b. PICTURES. Capture pictures of your attendees having a wonderful time at your event. Set up a mobile photo booth that will allow you to take a picture, post a comment, then share it socially…IMMEDIATELY in real time! Don’t forget to tag the people in the picture so they can show all of their friends how much fun they are having. Use these pictures next year to promote your event! (Check out ChirpE Photo Booth here)
c. REVIEWS. If your event’s mobile app allows for surveys of your sessions, be sure to ask your attendees to fill out the survey on their phone or tablet BEFORE they leave the room! Reserve the last 5 minutes of each session to direct the attendees to your event’s mobile app and have them answer your survey for that session. Be sure to include a field for leaving a testimonial and additional comments that the show organizer can learn from. Keep it short and sweet. No more than 3 multiple choice and 2 fill in the blank. Use the information you gather to tweet testimonials and learn who your audience enjoyed the most. (Check out ChirpE Premium Mobile App)
3. ASK SPEAKERS TO WRITE OR SPEAK ABOUT IT.
Getting the speakers involved can really help expand your reach!!!
a. Ask each speaker to write an article or give an interview about their session for your website, and ask them to share them on their own website. Make sure to keep them interesting.
b. Have them write or talk about what they learned from their attendees, what was the most memorable moment, etc.
c. Post their articles and video’s online and share them for several weeks after your event is over, and on your website for next year to get people excited about attending.
Do you have other ideas? Share them below…