How has COVID-19 affected your business, eventprofs? We want to understand the wide-ranging and serious impacts the coronavirus crisis is having on the industry. Please share whatever you can, so we can band together to help find solutions.
After a particularly strong start to 2020 we’ve unfortunately seen things drop off a bit (as expected given the circumstances), however there are still a number of exciting things in progress which we hope will keep us busy until the industry returns to its normal level.
We’re using this time to schedule some extensive website development work in order to expand upon our existing service’s offering, and also working on valuable partnerships which will put us in a strong position when we come out the other side of COVID-19. Given that the events industry is likely to get very busy, very quickly once life gets back to normal again, our approach with clients is to get ahead of the game and begin planning NOW for late 2020!
Same here. Fortunate enough to have two revenue streams but unfortunate that they are both tied to the events industry. Double-whammy for me. My wife just started working from home today in the East wing of my company. AKA the dining room. 🙂
Hoping for some July events that don’t get cancelled.
On a bright note. My computer files and office are HIGHLY organized and ready for the fall season!
We were only ready to launch our business, Expocast, last week after having it in the works for a couple of months, possibly the worst timing ever! As a recruitment consultancy, all we can really do at the moment is offer advice and support to candidates who’ve been made redundant, and try to make any vacancies we see as visible as possible, fees be damned.
One thing we’re looking into is offering a free webinar for event companies where we will interview a few candidates live, so that as and when companies are ready to hire again, they’ve already made a few good connections. We’d be doing it with no recruitment fees if any of the candidates got hired, but obviously hoping that we might pick up some paying clients from it in the long term.
We’re just trying to be as creative as possible, I suppose.
As a group of freelance conference interpreters working together to offer our services at multilingual meetings and events, we are also facing empty diaries and the uncertainty of not knowing when things will pick up again. Some of us also teach or do written translations but we are mostly trying to work on our languages and skills, improve our knowledge in key subject areas etc. and ensure we are readier than ever to get back into our booths when the time comes… Best wishes to you all at this tough time.
We have delivered 6 webinars to date in 5 weeks and raised revenue on ticket and branding. Then created gift cards for loyalty to clients to save them money, thats been well recieved selling 2 in first day. Also creating extension of company inc online reports, data maps etc which add value. Then tweet live chats or linkedin live sessions
As a software platform, we had projects until end of summer to have the whole team in full speed mode. But the fact that clients don´t know when they can run the events, size and the format (virtual, in-person or hybrid) has made March, April and we expect May too a very quiet months in terms of new sales. We expect it will pick up very strongly for us in June when they can plan as we have now the tech for virtual and hybrid events, so even if that´s the way for Q4 and Q1 2021, technology will be in need.