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Even though the COVID-19 pandemic prevents in-person gatherings, conferences and other events are still possible with virtual event software. — Getty Images/SDI Productions

Hosting a virtual event or conference is a great way to create a fun and engaging experience for your customers and clients. However, the platform you use can make all the difference in how smoothly your event runs. Here are six virtual event platforms to consider:

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Accelevents

Accelevents is an affordable, all-in-one virtual event platform. The company was founded in 2014 and is known for its 24/7 phone and email service. It integrates with hundreds of other apps so you’ll be well-prepared on the day of your event.

The software is easy to use and navigate but still robust enough to have all the major features you need to host an online event. This includes features like online ticket sales, virtual booths, breakout sessions, AI, gamification and more.

If you’re accustomed to attending in-person events, then switching to virtual events can be a tough transition. But Accelevents puts an emphasis on helping your attendees build relationships and have a memorable experience.

After the event is over, you’ll have access to detailed analytics. These will help you determine which sections were the most engaging and gauge the overall ROI of your event.

Whova

Whova is a virtual event platform that focuses on making online events highly interactive. It does this through live Q&A’s, discussion boards, virtual meetups and session feedback.

Your guests can attend sessions from any device, but all of your sessions will be streamed and recorded from one place. There’s also a community board and chats to foster deeper connections among event attendees.

If you have event sponsors, Whova makes it easy for you to showcase them throughout your event. This ensures that everyone involved gets a great ROI.

6Connex

6Connex has been around since 2009 and recently expanded into the virtual event space. This platform is a good option for anyone who’s looking to host a virtual trade show. The company provides a robust trade room show floor, allowing participants to customize their booths.

People can register for the event ahead of time, which makes it easy to communicate with your guests once the event is over. The software also comes with gamification features to increase guest participation.

Most importantly, 6Connex provides robust analytics to track the performance of your event once it’s done. This will help you evaluate what went well and spot any areas where you could stand to improve.

Participants can visit virtual booths, view demos and participate in interactive live sessions.

SpotMe

SpotMe is a great option if you’re looking to increase engagement at your virtual events. The platform comes with engagement tools like live Q&A, breakout rooms and polls and surveys.

Guests can check out different vendors at virtual booths and even exchange business cards with other participants. The software also sends personalized alerts to your audience, so your guests will keep coming back throughout the day.

SpotMe will create an event that reflects your company with personalized branding options. And there are templates for different types of events, so you’re never starting completely from scratch.

Communique Conferencing

Communique Conferencing offers a unique 3D experience that your guests will love. Participants can visit virtual booths, view demos and participate in interactive live sessions. The displays are incredibly realistic and mirror what you would experience at an in-person trade show.

The software also comes with audience engagement tools like polling and live Q&A’s. All keynote speeches and seminars are delivered in real-time, though you can make them available through a podcast or webinar as well.

The company provides 24/7 support so you’ll have everything you need on the day of your event. However, you will have to contact the company to receive a custom pricing quote.

BigMarker

BigMarker is a great option for your next virtual event or conference. The company is known as a leader in the virtual event space and can host single- or multi-day events. The company has worked with well-known brands like Google, McDonald’s and SoFi.

The company integrates natively with popular CRMs like Hubspot and Salesforce, so you can utilize the event as part of your broader business goals.

The software comes with a ton of features, including marketing tools, automation features and interactive video. And BigMarker receives high marks when it comes to customer satisfaction and support.

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Published October 29, 2020