Here at Story, it’s great to be working with so many of our loyal clients, as they take their Christmas and end of year festive celebrations online, through a wide range of virtual platforms.
So, with December events now booked and taking place online and hopeful news that things are likely to return to normal after Easter, we are faced with a further three months of delivering the majority of upcoming events in the virtual environment.
Whilst we welcome the news that business events of up to 1,000 are now permitted in most areas, we know that continued home working over the coming months will mean that the return to live events will be a considered and gradual process.
Historically, the focus for January and February has always been on planning and launching the core business objectives for the year and using conferences as the best way to communicate these plans to employees in an engaging and motivational way. Whilst live events may currently be off the menu, this does not mean the need to deliver these events has gone away. The challenge of delivering these key messages in the virtual world requires both creative thinking and careful planning alongside the need for creative and engaging content.
But the good news is that our bespoke event designers at Story have the experience and expertise to deliver high impact conferences in the new virtual and hybrid worlds.
Led by our talented Production Manager, Harry Butcher, our in-house Story Studio team have recently delivered live and recorded video content for brands including Waitrose & Partners and Together for Short Lives. We are delighted to be able to offer content filming and editing services that can be delivered at our Story HQ Studio, clients’ offices or on larger stage sets at outside studios or Covid-safe venues.
Whilst the format of the virtual world may differ slightly, we still pride ourselves on the attention to detail and relationships we’ve built and continue to build with our clients and supplier partners, the process in taking these events online is no different to the live format.
We work with our clients to select the most suitable virtual platform for the event, creating an engaging content plan which might include Q and A, breakout rooms or workshop sessions, team building activities and external keynote speakers. Our event team will then work with our clients to bring this content together and deliver the event seamlessly on the day/night/week itself.
With an increasing focus on wellness and mental health this year, and as colleagues face continuing periods of social isolation and working from home, we do encourage clients to add in elements which support their teams’ mental wealth, where appropriate and possible. This was a key feature of the content that we created for a recent virtual festival for our client Thoughtworks, which had outstanding feedback for its impact on the attendees.
And, should you need any added extras to your event, we also offer a full conference support box including design and mailing services which include snacks, drinks and team building activity ingredients.
So please do get in touch with our team via email or on 0207 870 9303 to discuss your new year conference and event plans and we will create a proposal designed around your specific objectives, audience profile and budget.