Three Principles Of Modern Events Events should have a strategy that includes the before and after – not just during. Events should integrate with existing communities and social networks where they exist. The audience can assert control over the event, so encourage audience engagement -- and know when to get out of the way. 4
Tap Plancast attendees at similar events for leads 8
Encourage sharing to jumpstart dialog 9 Encourage advocacy with badges
If you don’t, others will. For example: #NCAA #NCAABB #FinalFour #Final4 #MarchMadness Decide on event hashtags in advance. Also designate session hashtags if needed. Publicize in advance in all channels Website: attendee section, bloggers/media section Promote at the event itself – repeatedly Include in signage, printed programs Announce from the stage, again and again Encourage dialog with hashtags 10
Balancing front- and backchannels takes practice, skill, and experience 18
Determine the role and relationship of the backchannel to speakers at your event 19 Will speakers be able to adequately monitor the backchannel? When is the speaker expected to be able to see and respond to the backchannel, if at all? Is the organizer prepared to monitor and address “bad behavior”? Integrate the backchannel differently for different formats (e,g, Webinar, panel, keynote).
Designate non-presenter to track questions, if possible. Remind everyone about hashtags being used. Monitor Twitter, live blogging, and Webinar Q&A. Address connectivity, volume, platform issues. Screen and prioritize questions. Notify presenter about any problems. Example: We prepped and practices before this Webinar. Webinar best practices 20
Moderator reminds people about hashtag for comments/questions. Also provide SMS texting option if desired. Moderator monitors the backchannel. Or designate one or more people to moderate the questions and DM/text questions/issues. If moderator monitors, requires practice practice practice to succeed at this. Panelists can also monitor the backchannel. Example: Jeremiah Owyang at SXSW pushing discussion into Q&A because of backchannel. Panel best practices 21
Presenters with prepared speeches have little possibility of reacting to the backchannel. Speaker is focused on reading the audience, making real-time adjustments to the room. Conference organizers must be prepared, and also prep the speaker. Designate someone to monitor the backchannel and signal speaker with any major problems. Message with monitors or SMS – but speaker needs to be prepared (and most won’t be open to this). Speakers need to engage active backchannel members – even until you get on stage. Get them on your side. Keynote best practices 22
What can go wrong – danah boyd at Web 2 Expo, Fall 2009 23 danah had a new speech, couldn’t see her laptop, and was nervous. She didn’t know about the backchannel that would be displayed. Audience was reacting to the backchannel, she reacted to the backchannel, etc. Organizers turned off the backchannel screen and then back on, unbeknownst to danah. More from details from danah at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2009/11/24/spectacle_at_we.html
A better way to include and expose the backchannel – during Q&A 24 Show backchannel during Q&A so that the speaker can select the questions. Emcee can ask pre-selected questions to get started. Monitor the backchannel during the speech and ask Q&A on behalf of the audience. Also eliminates “non-questions” and floor hogging.
Social engagement must be continuous 25 Learning/innovating Advocacy Support/planning Dialog
In the backchannel, launch a survey. “Rate the panel, talk, scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).” Create a place where people can go to have further discussion, if warranted. Promote your next event or session. Direct people to related sessions. Ask for feedback and extend the dialog 26
Create a blog post or page that summarizes the event. Encourage replay by sharing content. Upload to SlideShare, Scribd, Flickr, YouTube, etc. Embed in your post/page. Include an audio recording, linked to slides if available. Link to relevant blog posts that covered the event. Capture entire backchannel, insert as an archive. Worried less about cannibalization, more about extending the experience of paid attendees. Create and share event summaries 28
It’s about the relationships, not the technologies. Create and foster dialog before the event to drive attendance and engagement. The social backchannel changes the relationship between speakers and attendees – so be prepared. Encourage replay by sharing, not hoarding, content. Summary 29
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