Hybrid & Virtual Events Are Here To Stay
"Once again, 2022 has proven to be a very unique and somewhat challenging year for the conference and events industry as we begin to ascertain what the future holds. One thing I am confident of is that, now the benefits have been enjoyed by many, hybrid and virtual events are here to stay.
Hybrid and virtual elements can bring many advantages to your physical conference or event, such as increased reach, additional sponsorship opportunities and more, with physical and virtual audiences knitted together seamlessly. It’s been rare that our physical conference productions have not been accompanied by some form of hybrid or virtual solution, from remote panellists and pre-recorded presentations to live streams, on-demand viewing and more.
It is important to remember that bringing the physical and virtual elements together needs to be carried out in a way that compliment each other. The world of hybrid events can be confusing when deciphering what you actually need for your particular conference. For each project we carry out, we assign a dedicated project manager as a single point of contact to guide you through the whole process.
I, and the rest of the team, all have a passion for what we do and finding a bespoke solution that works for you is everything that we work towards.
On this note, it has been absolutely fantastic to get back to live events, working with our crew that have been together for many many years and it’s been great to be reacquainted with old faces at venues we work alongside regularly up and down the UK.
I feel that moving to our new premises has really bonded our team together with the guys in the office and the warehouse prepping and picking kit in adjacent buildings. We get more opportunity to work directly alongside each other, discussing forthcoming projects in greater depth and putting our heads together to come up with solutions for some of the unique challenges presented to us in this industry.
We are fortunate to have extensive knowledge in online event production with our Talking Slides platform, providing live streamed and recorded content, which we have been using for a long time before the pandemic. This has given us the experience needed to offer an industry leading solution for virtual and hybrid events, both in the UK and globally.”
Philip Shortland - Director
May I take this opportunity to thank you and your team for looking after BADS and all of our speakers at our virtual conference. I have heard nothing but praise for you and your team. Anna Lipp has also said, “It was by far the smoothest running meeting I have attended in the last year, and I have been to a few.” Your team have really looked after us and you looked after us and guided us through expertly on the day to deliver a very successful and professional looking virtual conference. The exhibitors' showcase and posters look great too.
I wanted to personally drop you a line to tell you what a fantastic job you guys did. Honestly, dealing with each of the curve-balls thrown, last-minute changes, and Diva Tantrums (mostly DJ!)- you coped and adapted admirably. I am proud of the conference we streamed, and know that once people are able to view it in it’s entirety - they will all agree. Your team were professional and highly skilled and a credit to you, and it was a pleasure working with you all.
I want to say thank you to you and all of the team for the work that you put in and for such a successful and professionally run event. Please pass on our thanks to the technical team as well as we had such good feedback from speakers and chairs on how helpful and reassuring they were in the green room (and me personally as well given I was a last-minute entry, they were very helpful).
I am just recovering from the conference! I cannot thank you enough for the effort that you put in and the help that you gave for this conference. It ran smoothly and we have received excellent feedback on the Digital running of the conference.
This has been such a positive step for the Academy. The RCGP feedback has been excellent, the delegate feedback has been excellent, and any logging problems were sorted before I was really aware of them. I am chuffed, and enjoyed the day. I want to ensure we make the most of this success, spread the word, and try to engage more and more GPs in the process, so we can grow having established such a success. I am aware of how fundamental your flexibility, professionalism, and effectiveness are; thank you!
I wanted to write to thank you both for all your support leading up to and during the FIS/HIS 2020 conference. Your responsiveness and hard work to make our event a success were really appreciated. We have received a lot of positive feedback already about the support you gave to speakers and moderators. Lewis, thank you from me personally, for all your help answering technical questions, and doing tech run-throughs in advance of the event – the work on those live sessions (especially NITCAR!) was really evident on the day. Sam, thanks for all the last minute changes and listening to our feedback about layouts, which I am sure improved the delegate experience during the event.
Flexible. Adaptable. Easy. In our first-ever virtual event with just over 800 attendees registered, we could not have worked with a better team to help us bring a fluid, engaging experience into homes all over the world. Working with Talking Slides was incredible and beyond anything, we could have imagined. Their team was responsive and intuitive to our needs, proactive, and seamless in navigating challenges while enabling us to truly enjoy the experience we were delivering. Not only did they provide rare and outstanding service, but their team also allowed us to take our event to an extraordinary level. Thank you, Talking Slides, for bringing our vision to life in such an epic way. We could not have done it without you.
Having a rare opportunity to perform a rare operation with a great teaching potential where could I look to get the whole event recorded. The filming had to be unobtrusive so I could perform with accuracy. My nursing team had to move freely in a small theatre, monitoring of the dog's vital statistics was critical as this was thoracic heart surgery. Also, I needed to not be stressed by the film crew as the patient comes first. Looking back on the event I couldn’t have had a better team than Talking Slides, every single demand was met with ease. Their thought in set up and their remote camera views were outstanding. In fact, during the op, I hardly knew they were there. I would highly recommend Talking Slides‘ professional approach. They captured the whole event for me even down to linking to our anesthetic monitor.
May I take this opportunity to thank you and your team for looking after BADS and all of our speakers at our virtual conference. I have heard nothing but praise for you and your team. Anna Lipp has also said, “It was by far the smoothest running meeting I have attended in the last year, and I have been to a few.” Your team has really looked after us and you looked after us and guided us through expertly on the day to deliver a very successful and professional looking virtual conference. The exhibitors' showcase and posters look great too. Many thanks for your patience and support.
On behalf of the Conference Committee may I thank Talking Slides for the support and assistance in organising and staging Rotary District 1260 (Beds, Bucks & Herts) first virtual District Conference. This was a new experience for many of the 500 Rotarians and friends who initially registered. Our interaction with the Company representatives was always supportive and professional, furthermore, they understood and made appropriate allowances for the fact that this was a novel experience for many of the Committee. It was in no small measure due to the tolerance and patience of your staff, which resulted in the District being able to deliver a Conference with many of the facets recognised and valued by the delegates. Initial feedback endorses this success and whilst there is much to commend a face-to-face conference, our experience with Talking Slides has proved that, in the future, the advantages of a virtual event will not be overlooked.
"Many thanks and also a very big thanks to Martin and the whole team at Talking Slides - well done for the smooth and professional running of our first online event last week. Our Trustees all very impressed and pleased with the result."
"I just wanted to thank you for all your help with the audio-visual preparation for my presentation . All the members of the team were calm ,efficient and had a lovely sense of fun. Thank you all. "
"Just a quick note to say thank you for your guy’s efforts on Wednesday. It all worked like a dream, and your guys were able to react to the changes I asked for pretty much instantly, which made my job so much easier on the day."
"Thank you all for a fantastic study day once again! We were all really pleased with how it’s turned out. The site looked brilliant and everyone got their login details including late registrants and those who joined during the event! "
"It was so well presented in comparison to other online events (audio was perfect, internet connection ran so smoothly! so easy to log in!). Being online is mandatory currently due to Covid; but for the future, having the “online option” may help many more people to attend."
"Really useful teaching. Very professionally executed too."
"Very informative course, I thought it would be difficult having a course online but, found it very engaging. Thank you!"
"You did not ask specifically about the online experience. I thought the quality of the meeting from prepared presentations that played without fault to questions asked to each presenter afterwards worked very well."
"Great event. I specifically liked the fact that the presentations were pre-recorded thus eliminating the chance of running over."
"A very high quality event. Much better audiovisuals than any other online event I have viewed."
"This is the best format webinar I’ve participated in. The presentations were without problems. My hospital IT is not up to delivering live video so had to use my phone; an appalling incitement of the NHS. The ability to watch a presentation after the event is excellent to a working doctor. Also the cost was just perfect. Congratulations to all who contributed."
"The service has been brilliant and the course easy to access. I appreciated that I could pause the talks to take notes and unfortunately I couldn’t access the course on the day it was live as I had a full working day but it was so easy to access the next day. Thank you to your whole team."
"Just to say seriously impressed by the virtual BESS platform- so easy to navigate and love the comment sections etc. Thanks to you and the team for your usual awesome job even in the face of adversity!"
"The whole site is really well laid out, and very easy to navigate. The limited content I have viewed so far (incl my own masterclass lecture of course!) has been high class, so very well done indeed to you and your team for putting this together in such unusual and challenging circumstances. Really looking forward to going through it all during the course of the next couple of months."