How is COVID-19 affecting your business?

Updated on April 30, 2020 in General
18 on March 20, 2020

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.

 
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2 on March 23, 2020

Like many others, I have any empty diary till June, very much hoping the social isolation can end then. Currently posting content and that’s about it on the work front. Thankfully all my invoices have been paid and received.

on March 23, 2020

What service do you provide, Blueyandbaloo? Tell us, you never know who else might be interested in what you have to offer

on April 20, 2020

Hi Martin, we provide childcare for conferences. This comes with all the admin and health and safety bits too.

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0 on March 23, 2020

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!

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0 on March 23, 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!

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4 on March 23, 2020

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. 

on March 23, 2020

Mike, take a look at www.remo.co I attended an online event on that last week with speakers from 9 countries. The beauty part is there is nothing to install. There were many attendees that say the platform is a great method for onboarding/interviewing. Pretty cool.

 

on March 23, 2020

Thanks!

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on March 24, 2020

If you do go ahead with the free webinar, get in contact with us so we can add it to this list:

https://www.conference-news.co.uk/coronavirus-updates-news/virtual-events-events-industry-23-27-march

We’re rounding up the weeks virtual events so people can tune in easier. Details above 🙂

on March 24, 2020

Thanks Stuart, we’re just trying to round up some companies to join us on the webinar – will let you know if/when we get it all arranged! 

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5 on April 20, 2020

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. 

on April 21, 2020

Thanks CIUK – Are you participating in any virtual events? 

on April 21, 2020

Hi CIUK

If any of your freelancers feel like they want any free wellbeing support in this challenging time please direct them to our buddies matter scheme here where they can be matched up with their support buddy. Your Buddy will be a bit like you, they are not likely to have any professional training in mental health or wellbeing support but like you, they want to know that someone has their back when it comes to their wellbeing.

on April 22, 2020

Thank you very much for the information on the buddies scheme- this sounds great. I’ll pass the information on.

on April 22, 2020

And thanks for your question Duncan. It’s a short one but calls for quite a long answer, I hope that’s OK!

Our professional organisation, AIIC (the International Association of Conference
Interpreters), has organised a number of information sessions for members on Remote
Simultaneous Interpreting (RSI). Some longstanding clients have asked us to trial short online meetings using cloud-based platforms from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

This set-up is by no means ideal and is challenging for interpreters, among other things because of the additional cognitive load. The AIIC position is that working from home in this way should be a last resort solution during the crisis only.

on April 22, 2020

Of course ideally we would always be in the same place as our customers but there is another possible scenario. This involves interpreters being in a different location to the meeting or event participants but together, as a team, in a “remote hub”. Working in a hub, we would have access to our usual booths and assistance from on-site technicians. We would also be with our colleagues, which is crucial as teamwork is a hugely important part of simultaneous interpreting.

A hub solution with social distancing could be an interim option in the initial stages after lockdown.

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0 on April 29, 2020

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

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0 on April 30, 2020

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. 

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