Are your virtual events feeling a little…lackluster? Then you’re going to want to keep reading.
It’s probably been a while since you attended a major in-person event. But virtual events? For many of us, those are taking place on a daily basis!
What once seemed like a novelty, is now part of our daily life. The problem is, plenty of these virtual events aren’t engaging, unique, or entertaining in any way.
If you are worried your virtual event attendees aren’t as engaged as you’d like them to be, you’ve probably wracked your brain for what you can do to change things. And if offering a live online chat feature hasn’t crossed your mind until now, things are about to change in a big way!
One of the best things about using live group chat during virtual events is its versatility–which you’re about to see.
Live chat for virtual events
There are a number of ways to make use of live online chat during remote events, and today we are going to share four of our favorites with you.
1. Question and answer sessions (Q&As) on live chat
There are a few challenges with answering questions AFTER events as opposed to during.
At in-person events, you may have been able to rely on raised hands to answer questions when they come up. But with virtual events, things don’t work that way.
Instead, you can offer your attendees the ability to submit their questions via live chat as you present. That way, you can simulate in-person conversations even when you are hundreds of miles apart!
Another benefit of including this option is how you will be able to answer questions in the moment when the subject matter is fresh on everyone’s mind. Not to mention, you’ll also be able to make sure important issues are addressed before you move on.
If your event has too many attendees to get to all of the questions as you go, you can choose an event moderator to sort through the questions in the live chat. Then, they can also remove repetitive, offensive, or irrelevant questions. To make sure the most popular questions get answered, be sure to set aside a time slot just for Q&A at the end of your virtual event.
Planning to run a virtual Q&A session? Read this post first.
2. Get to know your audience (and vice versa)
You can also use a live group chat during your virtual event to get to know your audience and have them get to know you.
Consider this icebreaker for example:
Before you dive into the content-rich portion of your event, ask everyone to type in where they are tuning in from. It’s no surprise this will be a LOT more effective than unmuting everyone’s mic and having them answer one by one.
3. Games and quizzes
Depending on the purpose of your virtual event, it might be appropriate (and even fun!) to use live online chat for a game or quiz.
It’s no secret we are big fans of quizzes and gaming at ExciteM. Time and time again, we see how they bring that special something to remote or in-person events, meetings, and other gatherings.
As for using games and quizzes in a live online chat?
Here are some ideas:
Trivia: Ask a trivia question and give a point to anyone who answers correctly, or to the participant who types in the correct answer first. We’ve also got plenty more ideas for fun trivia and quizzes in this post.
Word association: Pick one word (apple, for example), and ask all of your attendees to type in the first word that comes to mind when they hear it. Any participants who have the same response as someone else get a point.
Guess Who: If you’re hosting a virtual event with a group or team who are familiar with one another, have everyone submit fun facts about themselves ahead of the event. Then, share a fact during the event and have the attendees guess who you’re talking about.
Up the ante by offering prizes and other incentives for top players!
4. Share special bonuses and exclusive content
Want to offer virtual event attendees exclusive content and other exciting bonuses to thank them for attending? Sending links to this content is made easier than ever with an online chat!
You can even sort attendees into groups or “rooms” (i.e., for VIP guests) to make sure you’re only sharing this exclusive content where you intend to.
This also makes it easy to find what you’re looking for if you want to access that content later on. For example, you can have one room for fan questions, and another one for VIP guests. If you want to access fan questions later on, you’ll know exactly where to find them.
Make your next virtual event your best yet with live chat
We’ve shown you four fun ways to make use of Swift Chat’s online chat tool, now it’s time for you to try them for yourself! Click here for a live demo of Swift Chat, or contact us and we’ll get you set up right away.