Maximising Participation as a Sponsor or Exhibitor2021-06-30T17:16:44+00:00

MAXIMISING PARTICIPATION AS
A SPONSOR OR EXHIBITOR

We know that navigating the virtual conference world can be tricky – that’s why we’ve prepared this roadmap to help you maximise the benefits of your virtual sponsorship or exhibition.

As a virtual sponsor of AAVEA Virtual 2021, you’re an important part of the success of the conference and we’re grateful for your support. This roadmap is a reminder that in the virtual conference world, we all need to work a little differently, but that it’s not hard to do and the team is here to support you.

For AAVEA 2021 Virtual we’re using a platform called Socio. We used the Socio platform for AAVEA Virtual 2020 with great success and the platform has grown and improved over the last year, expanding to offer many more exciting features. We think it’s a great platform for a virtual conference because it can be used on a mobile device AND/OR on your laptop in a browser. We say “AND/OR” because it’s actually great to use both in unison – networking on mobile and attending sessions on the web app. Bear in mind that the platform is backed up by a (large) tech and conference organising team – it takes a surprising amount of hardware and real people to put on a successful virtual conference – and the help desk is always available to assist.

Remember you’re still getting all the traditional website and communications benefits of sponsorship – you’re listed on the conference website and depending on your package you might be highlighted in a newsletter. AAVEA social media will also be promoting your sponsorship.

Most important to remember as a virtual sponsor or exhibitor is that you need to make an extra effort to engage and interact with attendees. Unfortunately they won’t be strolling past your booth in the tea breaks, but you can find many channels for engagement across the virtual platform: The Wall (like a social media feed), in Video Rooms (small group conversations, sponsored or based on a topic), in the Q&A during sessions, in the Chat within your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth, and directly by making connections via the Attendees list. We suggest enlisting a few members of your team to make the most of the opportunities to interact.

Read on for detailed information on maximising your participation as a virtual sponsor or exhibitor, and thanks again for your support!

Branding & Promotion
virtual sponsor profiles and exhibition booths
video room
virtual session partner
virtual product theatre
analytics report

BRANDING & PROMOTION

Banners and brand promotion on the Virtual Platform’s Web and Mobile Apps

Exclusive Top Banner

Your company branding alongside the conference name.

  • Available to the Virtual Premium Partner
  • Located at the top of the Home page on Mobile and the Overview page and Table of Contents on Web
  • First thing attendees see when logging in to Mobile App
  • Labelled as Premium Partner
  • Non-scrolling, permanent

TIPS ON YOUR TOP BANNER DESIGN

Please supply a high-res logo which is not pixelated.

FAQs

Is this available to more than one sponsor, will I share the space?2021-06-21T11:03:14+00:00

No, the Virtual Premium Partners logo (along with the conference branding) is the only logo in the top banner.

Is this a clickable banner?2021-06-21T11:03:59+00:00

No this is not a clickable banner.

Scrolling Banner Advert

Design a banner advert for the virtual platform (web and mobile app)

  • Available to Virtual Partners
  • Located beneath Table of Contents on Web and at bottom of page on Mobile
  • Part of a scrolling banner which is always visible

TIPS ON YOUR BANNER ADVERT DESIGN

  • Keep your advert simple, less is more in this case.
  • Text font size should be no less than 32pt to ensure it can be easily read.
  • Use eye-catching imagery.
  • Ideal to have a conference-specific advert, promoting a product or service that is conference specific.

FAQs

What are the specifications for the Scrolling Banner Advert2021-06-22T08:55:12+00:00

Format: “.jpg” or vector
Size: (w)950 pixels by (h)380 pixels.

How long will my advert show?2021-06-22T08:56:00+00:00

Each advert shows for 5 seconds at a time, in constant rotation.

Is my banner advert clickable?2021-06-22T08:56:53+00:00

Yes, the banner advert can link to content on the Virtual Platform like a brochure in your Sponsor Profile or Virtual Exhibition Booth or to a location outside of the platform, such as your website!

How do I know my advert is being viewed?2021-06-22T08:59:40+00:00

Post-conference you will receive stats on how many people viewed and clicked your banner advert.

Sponsor Announcements

  • Send an announcement to attendees, indicated with a notification for all
  • Located in the Announcements feature on Web and Mobile and as a push notification on Mobile
  • Mobile users will receive a push notification and Web users will see a red indicator on the Announcements feature to let them know there’s a new message
  • The announcement is clickable and can be linked to your Virtual Sponsor Profile /Exhibition Booth, increasing traffic to your Virtual Profile
  • Available to Virtual Premium and Virtual Partners

FAQs

Is my logo included in this announcement?2021-06-22T09:05:34+00:00

Announcements do not include logos, just your company name and sponsorship level.

Is the announcement dedicated to my company, or do I share this announcement with other sponsors?2021-06-22T09:06:12+00:00

Each announcement is dedicated to one company/ sponsor at a time.

Can I see how many attendees clicked on the announcement?2021-06-22T09:06:47+00:00

Yes. Post-conference you will receive stats on who clicked on your announcement.

The Wall

Be sure to get involved in the interaction on the conference social media feed, known as The Wall. Here you can interact with attendees, encourage visits to your Virtual Sponsor Profile /Exhibition Booth, post pics, and like and comment on others’ posts. You and your team are welcome to promote your sponsorship here, interacting in your personal capacity with other attendees.

  • Chat and post pics or messages, enticing attendees to visit your Virtual Sponsor Profile/ Exhibition Booth
  • Encourage participation in your sponsored session or video room
  • Share raffles or prizes and encourage attendee engagement

VIRTUAL SPONSOR PROFILES AND EXHIBITION BOOTHS

Where your brand lives on the Virtual Platform

Grid View: Virtual Sponsor Profiles and Exhibition Booths

The listing of all Virtual Sponsor Profiles and Exhibition Booths is called the Grid View and it’s your chance to grab attention with a really great cover image. Grid View is the listing of all Profiles or Booths and it’s what the attendee sees before clicking on your Profile or Booth to learn more about you. Included in the Grid View of Profiles and Booths is the following:

  • Virtual Premium Partners and Large Exhibition Booths receive a large cover image (on Web App)
  • Virtual Partners, Virtual Session Partners, Virtual Product Theatres, and Medium Exhibition Booths receive a medium cover image (on Web App)
  • A Small Exhibition Booth does not receive a cover image (on Web App)
  • All profiles/booths include your company logo (on Web and Mobile App)

TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VIRTUAL SPONSOR PROFILE/EXHIBITION BOOTH COVER IMAGE

  • Provide bold, eye-catching imagery.
  • Make sure you use the space provided for your cover image fully (avoid a tiny logo, all alone in the middle of the cover)
  • Ensure that your entire cover image fits within the dimensions provided so that the whole image will show.  
  • Do not include too many details in your cover image, this image is intended to grab attention and encourage clicking through. Within your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth is where you provide detailed information.
  • Be sure to provide a high-res logo that is not pixelated.

FAQs

What are the specifications for the cover image (not available to Small Exhibition Booths)?2021-06-22T09:15:53+00:00

Medium cover image: Format: “.jpg” or vector
Size: (W)800 pixels by (H)400 pixels.
Large cover image: Format: “.jpg” or vector
Size: (W)1200 pixels by (H)300 pixels.

What are the specifications for my logo?2021-06-22T09:16:39+00:00

Format: “.jpg” or vector
Shape: square (i.e. ratio 1:1) Logo Square – Ratio 1:1
Size minimum: 100 pixels by 100 pixels
Size recommended: 500 pixels by 500 pixels
Size maximum: 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels

Inside the Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth

FAQs

How do I know if attendees are accessing my Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth?2021-06-22T09:30:51+00:00

Post-conference you will receive analytics on your profile, including stats on:

  • How many attendees visited/clicked on your profile
  • Who clicked on your profile
  • Who interacted with your profile and what they clicked on, such as digital brochures, website links, Call to Action buttons, etc.
How do I generate leads via my Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth?2021-06-22T09:31:35+00:00

The details of every attendee that has engaged with your profile/booth are recorded and sent to you; lead generation has never been easier!

How do I interact with my attendees?2021-06-22T09:32:13+00:00

You can chat with them right within the profile/booth! In addition, attendees can “Request Follow Up” or “Schedule Meeting” by clicking the Call to Action buttons.

How does an attendee request a private one-on-one meeting with me?2021-06-22T09:33:08+00:00

The attendee clicks the button “Schedule Meeting”

What is Featured Media? (available to Large Sponsor Profiles and Booths)2021-06-22T09:33:51+00:00

Featured media is whatever you would like to showcase as the landing page of your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth. It can be a video or a PDF/brochure (see above image)

What does the attendee see inside your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth once they’ve clicked through?

  • Company description
  • Links to social media, websites, and digital brochures
  • Featured Media – a high visibility area where you can showcase a video, website, or PDF (available to Large Sponsor Profiles and Booths)
  • Call to Action buttons such as “Request Follow Up” and “Schedule Meeting” which encourage attendees to seek personal interaction with you
  • Chat function
  • Host a moderated Video Room with up to 13 (at a time) participants (not available to Small Exhibition Booths)

TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VIRTUAL SPONSOR PROFILE/EXHIBITION BOOTH

  • Provide an up to date description of your company and share why you are supporting the conference.
  • Share social media links.
  • Use all the opportunities available: digital brochures, featured media, a scheduling service (e.g. Calendly).
  • Be sure to connect with attendees who have expressed interest in meeting you: make connections via the Attendees feature and arrange to meet one-on-one.
  • Be sure to have a team member dedicated to the chat and to answering the “Request Follow Up” and “Schedule Meeting” requests.
  • Remember, the more information you share, the more the attendee will engage.
  • Offer raffles or special discounts only available to attendees who click on your links.
  • Take advantage of interaction on the conference social media feed, aka The Wall.

VIDEO ROOM

FAQs

Who gets a Video Room?2021-06-22T09:39:00+00:00

Packages that include a Large or Medium Sponsor Profile/ Exhibition Booth

How many attendees can join the meeting?2021-06-22T09:40:45+00:00

13 attendees and up to 3 moderators at a time.

How does an attendee join a Video Room?2021-06-22T09:41:38+00:00

Video rooms are accessed via the Video Room feature on the Web and Mobile Apps (not from within the Virtual Sponsor/Exhibitor Profile). The name of the Video Room indicates who is hosting or what the discussion topic is, attendees can browse through available Rooms and join any active rooms that are not full.

When is my Video Room active?2021-06-22T09:42:19+00:00

This will depend on the sponsor/exhibitor package you have selected. If it is not available all the time, the Organiser will give you the schedule.

Your dedicated Video Room where you can either host discussions with up to 13 participants (at a time) or they can view a pre-scheduled presentation. Only available to Large and Medium Sponsor Profiles/ Exhibition Booths.

TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF MY DEDICATED VIDEO ROOM

  • Be open and friendly
  • Greet attendees by name
  • Be sure to keep an eye on the chat
  • Provide an incentive to your attendees, such as a raffle ticket or discount code, sharing in the chat
  • If you are giving a presentation, be sure to practice ahead of time to ensure all of your links and images are displayed as you like
  • Prep some questions and conversation starters to get the chat going if attendees are quiet when they enter
  • Pay attention to your background, ensure the space behind you looks neat and professional to the participants.

VIRTUAL SESSION PARTNER

FAQs

Will my logo appear in the listing on the agenda?2021-06-22T09:47:20+00:00

Currently no, but your logo will be on the website agenda and your company name will be listed in the agenda and within the session description on the Virtual Platform.

How many times will my company name be mentioned live in the session?2021-06-22T09:48:05+00:00

At least twice by the programme hosts – introduction and closure of the session.

How many 30-second adverts will be played before the session begins?2021-06-22T09:48:42+00:00

Your advert will be the only advert played before the session.

Can my advert be shorter than 30 seconds?2021-06-22T09:49:21+00:00

Yes, it may be shorter, but we advise you to take full advantage of the allocated time.

  • Session partners are acknowledged digitally in the agenda and live in the session
  • Acknowledgement in the agenda as “brought to you by”
  • A 30-second advert or introduction (live or pre-recorded) at the start of the session
  • Acknowledged by an industry leading professional with a “brought to you by” line during the session
  • Logo to appear on screen throughout session
  • Your Virtual Sponsor Profile links to your sponsored session

TIPS ON YOUR 30-SECOND ADVERT/INTRO

  • Keep your advert/intro to the point
  • Ensure your logo is easily visible
  • Add a personal welcome message: mention the conference and your special interest in it or support for a particular industry/speciality group, not just a generic commercial advert.
  • Invite attendees to visit your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth

 

VIRTUAL PRODUCT THEATRE

FAQs

Is this a live session?2021-06-22T09:54:37+00:00

It can be pre-recorded or presented live, depending on your preference.

Will my product theatre session remain on the virtual platform for attendees to revisit?2021-06-22T09:55:21+00:00

Yes, it will (unless requested otherwise) remain available “on demand” for up to 6 months post-conference.

Can I engage with the attendees during the session?2021-06-22T09:56:03+00:00

If your Product Theatre is presented live then you will be able to engage with attendees in the Q&A function. You can comment, post questions, run polls, and attendees can post questions that you can respond to live/verbally.

What if I run out of time answering questions during my 15-minute time slot?2021-06-22T09:56:36+00:00

Encourage participants to engage one-on-one outside of the session.

Am I able to provide links to brochures within my Product Theatre?2021-06-22T09:57:19+00:00

Yes, there is a space below the video to add links.

Is it possible to generate leads through a Product Theatre?2021-06-22T09:57:54+00:00

Yes! Post-conference you will receive detailed analytics including the attendees that watched your session.

An opportunity to demonstrate your product, equipment, or services. The Product Theatre is a 15-minute product demonstration in the main livestream before the start of a refreshment break. Pre-record or livestream your presentation of a demonstration, a case study, or panel discussion with Q&A.

TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VIRTUAL PRODUCT THEATRE

  • Focus on educating and providing useful information
  • Be open and friendly
  • Keep your session interactive and interesting by running a poll
  • Provide an incentive to attendees such as a raffle or discount code (you can add this link in the discussion/Q&A function)
  • Be sure to allow time for Q&A
  • Consider involving a colleague to focus on the discussion/Q&A
  • Customise your Product Theatre by using your logo or banner as your background
  • Encourage attendees to visit your Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth for further information, to drive attendees to visit
  • Include brochures to download

ANALYTICS

We know that the more data you have access to, the more leads you can generate and the more insight you can gain. That’s why we provide you with a full post-conference analytics report

Analytics on Branding and Promotion

Scrolling Banner Advert

  • The number of attendees who viewed your sponsor banner
  • The number of attendees who clicked your sponsor banner
  • An Excel report with the details of the attendees who clicked on your sponsor banner, including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile

Sponsor Announcements

  • The number of attendees who viewed your sponsor announcement
  • The number of attendees who clicked your sponsor announcement
  • An Excel report with the details of the attendees who clicked or viewed your sponsor announcement including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile

Analytics on Virtual Sponsor Profile/Exhibition Booth

  • You can now see exactly what the attendee is looking for when visiting your Profile/Booth
  • An overview of how many clicks you received, as well as the number of clicks on each internal and external link, attachment, or Call to Action button received
  • An Excel report with the details of each attendee who clicked your Virtual Profile/Booth including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile.
  • An Excel report with details of which links or attachments the attendee clicked within your Profile/Booth, including the following information: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile

Analytics on Unique Opportunities

Virtual Session Partner

  • The number of attendees who viewed your sponsored session
  • The number of attendees who clicked your sponsored session
  • An Excel report with the details of attendees who clicked on your sponsored session including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile
  • Details on who asked questions during the session

Virtual Product Theatre

  • The number of attendees who clicked on your product theatre session
  • An Excel report on the attendees who clicked on your product theatre session including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile
  • Details on who opened the attachment or viewed an external link during your product theatre session, including: First Name, Last Name, Email, Title, Company, Date, Time Clicked, Platform Used: Web vs Mobile
  • A download of the chat during your Product Theatre Slot so you can look back on what was asked during the session.

If you have any further queries, please email info@aavea.org.za

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