Question: Name your best tip for marketing a large-scale virtual event successfully.
Question by: Ashley
"Find other people who are already marketing to your target market and create a joint venture with them. You'll easily get in front of their customers with their recommendation, and earn new customers without much of the work needed if you were to find them cold. Get busy and contact those who have a database you want."
Keep the Title Short
"When marketing your virtual event, you'll aim for rapid, vast and viral promotion across social networks as those channels are important for increased attendance. However, due to character limits (on Twitter especially) it's likely to get truncated or lost if the title of your event is too long. Keep that in mind when naming your event; catchy, short titles are always most memorable and shareable."
Find the Influencers
"Find the top 10-15 people who influence others in the market. For example, we put on a continuing legal education course for attorneys in our business. We found the top 10 attorneys who we knew would blog and tweet about what we were doing, and made sure they were attending. Their attendance generated many more sign-ups."
Get Big Names on Board Early
"If you want attendees, you need the people who can bring them to you. Make sure your event is actually interesting to the bloggers and other online personalities you're considering approaching, and then go to them. What's interesting to one person may not be interesting to another, so do as much research as is humanly possible before pitching your event."
Plan, Plan, Plan Ahead
"You'll need enough lead time to get the word out about the event, to have partners and speakers share it with their audience (within their own marketing schedules) and to make sure everything is in top shape as the date approaches. The more lead time you have, the more successful your event and the marketing behind it will be -- not to mention the less stress all around!"
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