Online Events Vs In-Person Events : Picking The Best One
Offline or Online? It is one topic that has been in trend ever since the world got acquainted with online events. While some people are of the opinion that online events are more beneficial, and rightly so, some still prefer sticking with traditional events. These people feel though online events are advantageous, they are not as efficient as their in-person counterparts.
Offline events have their own charm, and they come with a unique set of advantages. In addition to this, offline events deliver unique experiences to audiences, which online events will never be able to do.
However, it is a never-ending debate, but we have finally decided to take the risk and address the topic. Let us find out a solution to this discussion and find out which format is more advantageous over the other. So, without any ado, let us jump into the blog and see what it says.
How to Define Online Events?
Online events are simply events that are hosted over the internet on an online event platform. These events eliminate the need for the attendees to gather physically to attend an event; all they have to do is access the event virtually, and they are good to go. Online events utilize a fixed technology and internet connection to be executed. The technology they use is online event platforms, which are simply virtual venues in a digital space. These webinar platforms utilize the internet and facilitate online events.
Online events got extreme popularity ever since the world faced the wrath of the coronavirus. Even though online events were in existence earlier too, it was the pandemic that boosted the reach of online events.
Talking about the features and the advantages online events come with, there are several points one should note. Here are some of them:
- Exponential Reach:
The first and most important thing one should note about online events is that they help you reach people beyond any geographical barrier and restriction. Since online events don’t require the attendees to be together at a physical venue, the organizers get all the freedom to tap into a global audience for their online event. Not only this, but with online events, even the attendees get a plethora of opportunities to reach out to global professionals. They can make global connections, and expand their personal networks.
The next advantage is that online events enable the organizers to save hefty amounts of money. It is because online events don’t require extravagant preparations and stage setups. Not only this, they can be set up easily which enables organizers to save time and money. Apart from it, the attendees also get to save money as they don’t have to travel to the physical venue.
Talking of the next advantage, online events are highly flexible. They allow attendees to attend the event from anywhere in the world. Not only this, even the organizers get to host the event from any part of the world. In addition to it, there is no boundation on the number of attendees the organizer can target; they can have as many people as they want. It helps them expand the reach of their online events. There are several social media live-streaming platforms that let the organizers reach out to thousands of people at once. The organizers can live stream their events, which ensures a wide reach of the event.
What are In-Person Events?
In-person events were the long and the only-known method of hosting until online events came into existence. In-person events go by several names like physical events, traditional events and real-life events. In offline events, attendees and organizers come together at a physical venue to host the event. Talking about their advantages, here are a few things you should consider:
- Non-Verbal Interactions:
Not all interactions take place verbally; some happen without saying anything through your gestures and actions. While online events don’t involve physical interaction, non-verbal interactions don’t happen there. However, when it comes to physical interactions, a lot of non-verbal communication and interaction take place, which helps the attendees make connections.
- More Focus:
Moving onto another advantage of offline events, attendees attend the event with more focus. If you have been hosting online events, you must have heard of the term ‘Zoom Fatigue’. It is real. Apart from it, the attention span of human beings is very less; they find it very difficult to focus, and all these factors combine together and become the reason people don’t enjoy online events more. However, this is not the case with offline events; attendees don’t get distracted much.
The next advantage that offline events provide to the attendees, as well as the organizers is exposure. With online events, the attendees don’t get to travel to new places, which doesn’t give them any exposure. However, with offline events, they get to travel to new places and explore new places.
Difference Between Online and Offline Events:
While one needs to travel, book tickets, and make an effort to attend an offline event, the same is effortless in the case of an online one. All that people need to do is access the online event platform.
The reach of an event in case of an offline event is limited. However, in the case of an online event, the organizers can reach out to a global audience. They can tap into people from all over the world, which ensures a wide reach of the event. Also, the organizers can expand their reach with social media streaming.
Where it is not possible for organizers to quantify the success of their events in the case of offline events, the same gets easy in the case of online events. It is due to the live analytics tool that comes with webinar platforms.
There are several cases and factors that make it clear that online events are more advantageous than offline events. However, you should also not overlook the fact that offline events have their own sets of advantages and experiences that online events will never be able to replicate.