As the world reeled with the loss of physical events, Pico, a global brand activation company, have had a digital leg-up. 'We were already a digital company pre-COVID,' says Gregory Crandall, Senior Vice President of Pico’s Global Activation Team. 'What the pandemic did was to push demand for digital experiences into hyperdrive' Greg explains.
Virtual events have swiftly become the norm; but while organizers have grown to appreciate their many advantages, keeping audiences engaged remains a challenge. In many cases, audiences have simply become fatigued by online events that seem too long, too predictable, and lacking personalisation. The result is too high a proportion of audience members zoning out; or even worse, logging off.
The medium may be different, but webinars need just as much organizing as a conventional seminar. Factors such as timing, what data to collect and what kind of interactivity will be effective all need to be considered for a webinar to be successful. In TTGmice magazine, Tay Ling of TBA Hong Kong offers marketers ideas for designing engaging webinars that improve lead...
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed changes to our daily lives to an unprecedented scale in just a few months. New normal – a new way of living and disruptions in our habits and tradition relating to the way we live, work and interact with others will – affects day-to-day activities as well as business operations.
The sudden tilt toward online events in 2020 triggered an onslaught of digital and virtual event solutions of varying degrees of usefulness. Let’s look at the common ROI-affecting challenges and proven ideas of reaching customers online, continuing effective dialogues and digging out actionable insights for ROI measurement and strategy optimisation.
Given COVID-19’s ferocity, most businesses are trying different ways to reach their customers and continue their operations as much as they can. Many of them are ramping up investment in digital solutions, social and e-commerce platforms. Some businesses would opt for transforming their events to virtual ones. And the key to a successful virtual event is keeping your audience engaged.
In an interview with M&C Asia, Pico’s Vincent Yap pointed out the importance of providing virtual events solutions to continue driving the meetings ecosystem amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, live events will remain vital because of the irrepressible need for human interaction. Hybrid events are likely to evolve as 'the new normal' for the industry.
Events are going greener – but not for the sake of the environment alone. Consumer expectations of good corporate citizenship are an even more powerful driver; according to Nielsen, an overwhelming 81% of respondents from around the globe strongly believe that companies should help improve the environment.
When we talk about conveying the essence of the brand – the substance that makes it meaningful and unique – we are talking about storytelling. But storytelling is more than a literal all-purpose history; it’s about crafting information into a human experience. On each occasion it is used, a story needs to be refreshed so that it resonates with a different audience, time, place or product.
As Pico’s Chairman points out in Headline Finance, cyber-crime tactics are constantly changing – and businesses and individuals need to be vigilant to keep up. Common-sense measures like using unique and complex passwords can make a huge difference in security – and help businesses maintain their reputation as a trustworthy partner.
Many businesses rely on data to predict consumer behaviour and optimise their strategies – but for good predictions to be made, ‘good data’ must first be collected. In his Headline Finance column, Pico’s Chairman describes how immersive new technology like VR will yield more accurate data at lower cost – and lead to better results for businesses like retailers and event planners.
The promise of truly high speed mobile VR/AR and video livestreaming is about to be fulfilled as 5G edges closer to the mainstream. For event planners, 5G should usher in a new crop of tech that will make audience experiences more vivid and engaging than ever – even for audiences far beyond the confines of the venue.
Cutting-edge identity recognition technologies are maturing and bringing greater convenience to many aspects of daily life. However, there are still legitimate worries about the security and integrity of the personal information we share with companies and institutions. Does blockchain offer an effective solution?
The Pico Chairman’s latest Headline Finance column builds the case for data at the foundation of every successful marketing event. Specifically, the Chairman relates how vital it is to ‘know’ a brand’s target audience before shaping events and brand interactions around their behaviour and preferences. Read the full column here.
The rising expectations of event participants can only be fulfilled with a constant stream of new, fresh and original activities. But adding new content or changing formats can be challenging, especially when venue restrictions are considered. In these situations, the use of technology can open up unlimited possibilities for event planners.
Facial recognition will certainly continue to grow, and people will come to see it as a routine part of daily life. However, some people still feel uncomfortable about the technology. Some feel that having their facial images captured at an event, or having their movements tracked there, infringes on their personal right to privacy. They forget…