From event technologies and marketing concepts to new ways of thinking about events, 2016 is all about empowering event planners to understand their attendees and to create not just events but experiences.
1. Integrating big data
More than just data analytics, event planners will be demanding more- the ability get actionable insights and recommendations from the data. They will also be applying it to more aspects of the event planning process, from marketing and engagement to feedback and impact.
2. Customised and personalised events
Driven by the growth in big data and analytics, event planners who can exploit the data will be able to offer customised and personalised event experiences to each and every one of their attendee.
3. Internet of Things (IOT)
The IOT is poised to make venues and events smarter as it allows interaction between material things and the virtual world. iBeacons for instance will allow event planners to track movement within a venue.
This allows event planners to push out information and notifications in the most relevant way and at the most convenient time.
In other words, event planners will become omnipresent.
4. Entrepreneurship and DIY event planning
Look out for the DIY event planner, the chefs who organise huge cook-outs, the business owners who organise their own conferences and hackathons and the teachers who organise free lessons for students.
With access to event planning tools and free event software, people are able to plan smaller-scale events on a more frequent basis. Professional event planners may see this as a threat to their business. However, you can exploit this growing segment by becoming an influencer yourself. Share your professional knowledge through content marketing with these people and win over their hearts and minds. When they decide to go big with their events, they might just turn to you.
As wearables become cheaper, event planners could start deploying them en masse at larger-scale events to provide a more customised, consistently engaging experience while at the same time be able to collect more insightful data to drive analytics as well as have the ability to monitor real-time feedback so that events can be modified and understood more accurately
6. Governments want a slice of MICE
Look out for the opportunities your government could provide you in the coming year as governments may provide free skills upgrade workshops, funding or access to government services.
In particular, there is a greater drive to boost the MICE industry in the southeast asian region with Singapore’s government publishing the MICE 2020 roadmap and the Thai government pledging greater support for the MICE industry in a bid to boost tourism as well.
7. Drive for regionalism in ASEAN
MICE industries in southeast asian countries are maximising the ASEAN image to draw in attendees. It would be great if the countries could work together to create a more seamless, transboundary experience, where event attendees could perhaps have a meeting in the Philippines, unwind in Thailand and attend a huge conference in Singapore
Events that manage to draw in crowds throughout ASEAN will boast a more diverse attendee profile and boost the voice of ASEAN at these events.
Read more about the MICE industry in ASEAN here: http://blog.eventnook.com/post/overview-of-the-asean-mice-industry-part-1/
It’s not just about customising events for attendees, it is also making the event more flexible for the companies behind it so that they can benefit more from it. Pop-ups will make event venues more flexible for the needs of the event planner in the year 2016. Event planners may no longer be at the mercy of venue availability or the lack of an event space suitable for their demands!
9. Integrated technological solutions
No doubt, technologies such as event registration, online and on-site events payment, feedback gathering technologies and engagement technologies will be increasingly deployed by savvy event planners. However, there will be a greater need for these solutions to integrate into one seamless experience.
10. Experimental, experiential, customer-focused event marketing
Event marketing may see a renaissance because many event planners are beginning to see the additional value event marketing can bring to boost the net ROI of events.
Besides boosting attendance, event marketing can provide much-needed data about the attendee profile right before the event to maximise the relevance of event content and experience for the potential audience.
The fact that these campaigns cost little provide event planners with another platform to try out mini experiments to see if they work with the potential audience before the event. And many times, these unique and unpredictable ways of marketing can attract more buzz and win over the crowds!
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Event Management Software company, EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organisers can set up and customise their very own event page. Through it, organisers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organisers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.