Live Event Trends from Convene and Livestream

Planning an event is about creating a memorable experience for your attendees and generating return-on-investment for your business. In this webinar we explored event trends with Convene, a New York-based “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene partners with 70% of New York’s Fortune companies to plan meetings, events, and conferences, which means they know what event marketers and planners can expect in 2018.

Read on to discover next year’s top live event trends.

1. Immersive Event Experiences

In 2018, you want to leave your event attendees feeling wowed. Events should be exciting, fresh, and new. You want your attendees to walk away – or close their browser – and feel that they had a unique, transformational experience. According to Convene’s Julie Starr, this is called an “immersive event experience.”

Follow these pro tips to create an immersive event experience:

Know Your Audience
Understand who you’re targeting and who you’re communicating with. Get really specific! Who are your attendees? Millennials at their first job? More senior executives? Once you understand your attendees – or the ‘who’ of your event – you can focus on setting a meeting theme or through line.

Set a Meeting Theme  
The most successful events have a strong theme. The theme or through line is the ‘what’ of your event – what you want to communicate to your event attendees. This theme can be expressed through the content, food, or design of the event to make it feel more immersive.

Design the Agenda
This is the fun part of planning your immersive event experience. When you lock down the ‘who’ and ‘what’ of your event, you can move on to hiring exhibitors and speakers, booking food and beverage vendors, and planning content. Think of this as the ‘how’ of your event. How you are going to make your event happen?

2. Technology-Assisted Collaborations

From interacting with employees in other locations, to event-specific hashtags and Instagram filters, technology has already made a major impact on how planners design meetings, as well as how they enable interaction at events.

2018’s top technology-assisted event collaborations will be social media integrations, livestreaming, augmented reality, and virtual reality. To create meaningful ROI, event marketers and event planners will need to continue to invest in new and creative event technologies.

Pro tip: Maximize usage of your technologies by alerting your guests to their existence. If you have a social media “wall” with real-time posts, mention it during a presentation or add related copy to your event materials. If you are livestreaming your event, make sure you promote the link across your desired marketing channels. Send emails, post on social media – do whatever you can to make sure that your audience knows you’re livestreaming.

3. The ROI of Livestreaming Your Events

Livestreaming allows you to amplify the power of your meetings and events outside of your physical space. This means reaching an exponentially larger audience than you would if you restricted your events to an in-person audience.

There are many ways to generate ROI with livestreaming. Streaming your events boosts future ticket sales, expands your brand reach, and even allows you to monetize with pay-per-view and subscription options.

Pro tip: Post and promote your broadcast after you’re done streaming. Your stream can generate ROI for as long as it lives online, providing value to your company or organization hours, days, months, and years after your event ends.

Download Convene’s Ebook to discover more 2018 trends.


Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to create immersive and innovative event experiences for your customers and prospects.
  • Best practices for using technology to boost engagement before, during, and after events.
  • Ways to boost your marketing event ROI.

Marketing Best Practices: Why Not Just Stream To Facebook Live?

While Facebook Live should be a part of your overall livestreaming strategy, it’s important to diversify your distribution channels. A few things to consider as you build your live video strategy:

Variety is the Spice of Life: Go To Facebook (But Go Everywhere Else Too)

Most brands do not post updates to only one social media network. Similarly, why only stream your video to one platform? Facebook Live is an easy-to-use tool but should be considered but one tool in your diverse streaming distribution tool box. While there are one billion people in the world on Facebook, that means there are another seven billion NOT on Facebook. With Livestream you can also use tools like Livestream Audience Booster to reach people around the web with your stream on sites like ESPN and CNN. Build a strategy that reaches your audience in a number of different locations. Using syndication tools like those built into the Livestream platform, you don’t have to pick and choose. You can push content to all platforms at once and ensure you’re not missing key segments of your audience.

Convert Facebook Viewers Into Your Audience + Customers

While Facebook has the reach, your ultimate goal should be getting people back to your website. Turn viewers into traffic by hyping or sampling content on Facebook Live while encouraging them to head back to your page. Additionally, if you are using cookie tracking or retargeting in your marketing strategy, you can only track the people watching video on your site. By driving Facebook audiences back to your site you can collect much more information about your audience. And, of course, you can turn your audience into that most important outcome that you are hoping for – customers of your business!

Control The Message

With Facebook Live, you don’t have as much control over the viewing experience. Watching your video in a fully branded portal with custom calls to action is more likely to convert. Viewers are less likely to be distracted by notifications or other things happening on the platform. In fact, based on a recent survey we conducted, viewers prefer to engage content on a branded destination for just that reason. 40% of audiences want to watch live video NOT on social media, but at a dedicated web destination.

Shifting Sands

What Facebook undeniably has, and what won’t change in the near future, is reach. Streaming to Facebook Live immediately gives you access to millions of eyeballs where they already are, which is good marketing distribution 101.

In the past two years, Facebook’s algorithm has changed 24 times – an average of one update per month. Marketers and brands never know how Facebook’s feed algorithm will shift in the future, making it an unsteady place to build a brand or content strategy on its own. As all social media platforms change based on audience interests and behavior, it’s hard to build a reliable strategy when you don’t control the platform.

Support + Quality

A stream on Facebook is not optimized for large-screen or high-quality viewership. Video quality is the most important factor for 67% of viewers when watching a livestream broadcast.

If there are any issues with your stream – or your stream is taken down for any reason – there is no one to call at any large social media platform. Many large companies stream on multiple platforms to account for any outages caused by electricity, bandwidth, or the platform. When streaming to more than one player/platform, you have a back up to direct your audience to in case of emergency. Additionally, dedicated streaming platforms like Livestream offer round the clock support for Premium and Enterprise customers. If you have issues with your stream, we’re a phone call away.


Our free guide, “Live Streaming for Social Media,” is the perfect crash course for organizations of any size. Download the guide to learn:

  • How to connect with viewers on Facebook Live and other social media platforms.
  • Why Facebook Live should be part – but not all – of your live streaming strategy.
  • How to stream to Facebook Live.
  • How to analyze the success of your live video.

DOWNLOAD THE LIVE STREAMING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDE.