Maximizing Your Digital Event Reach: 5 Proven Tactics to Boost Attendance and Engagement
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Maximizing Your Digital Event Reach: 5 Proven Tactics to Boost Attendance and Engagement


With the current COVID pandemic, setting up events is significantly compromised. As a third of the world population was confined between February and May 2020, event organizers could not do their job, and event marketing plummeted. Today, even though Europe is progressively lifting containment measures, it is probable that events will never look the same.

Health measures, social distancing, and home working are here now, and they will probably stay with us for a long time. Considering this new reality, it is time to embrace digital events fully. The question is, how do you take your event digital? How do you set it up? How do you promote it? How do you create a networking experience?

To answer those questions most efficiently, Sortlist partnered with OFCORES, a Belgian agency specializing in Event Creation and event marketing. Caroline Hundhausen, Communication Specialist at OFCORES, wrote three articles regarding digitalizing events for you to have all the basics necessary for your project. Enjoy!


You have conceptualized a virtual or hybrid event, identified your target audience, and determined the event’s added value to your audience and your organization. But how do you promote this digital event and achieve your online audience attendance goals?

Fortunately, many skills and tactics used in marketing your in-person events are also used in marketing your virtual or hybrid events.

These include building an event visual identity or brand, creating a professional and appealing event website or landing page, designating an event hashtag, leveraging your speakers and program, and employing an engaging multi-channel marketing approach (email, website, social media, paid media, etc.).

But some particular nuances exist for promoting an online event. Whether you decide to go ahead and plan your event by yourself or with an agency such as these event agencies in Dubai, These five tactics will bring in your audience and set you up for a successful digital event.

Position the Event Brand

Potential attendees are first exposed to an event through its visual identity. Specifically, in the case of a digital event, the event brand is the visible foundation of the entire event journey online. Digital events do not rely on traditional aspects like impressive physical locations and catering to craft the event atmosphere. Instead, they allow for complete freedom in creating any world and experience imaginable for far fewer physical or budgetary limitations.

Because of the outsized role of your digital event brand in the attendee experience, you should design it to evoke the energy and tone you want to instill in your participants. Consider which colors, fonts, and themes match your industry, target audience, and intended atmosphere best. 

Your branding efforts will drive your event messaging via your website, online platform, green screen background, social media posts, and emails. 

Communicate the Event Format

How you communicate about your event can make or break whether people are compelled to attend, especially in a digital context with so many distractions competing for your audience’s attention.

By delivering clear and attractive communication about the event format from the start, your target audience can appreciate the expected event experience.

Such communication should be visible on your website and pushed in your event emails and on social media. Keep it simple and appealing so potential attendees feel confident about what they are signing up for and how to participate.

After all, getting someone to register is hard if they don’t know what to expect or are intimidated by seemingly complex technology experiences.  

To incentivize attendance, consider providing a taste of the experience in-store by promoting short previews of the virtual environment you plan to use. This can be done through fun videos, how-to guides or images. 

Leverage Video

Videos are the most persuasive marketing tool at your disposal. Not only does everyone love watching original video content, but short video promotions are compelling vehicles for delivering large quantities of information.

The possibilities for video engagement are endless. As mentioned above, providing a short video preview of your event can motivate your audience to register and look forward to your event. Additional ideas to stimulate interest in and keep the momentum going leading up to your event may include video content with:

  • Brief interviews with your speakers 
  • Program and exhibition highlights
  • Key virtual features to highlight
  • Potential deals you’re running (discounted tickets, early bird specials, group rates, prize entries, etc.)
  • Stories built around the purpose of your event or benefits of participating

We recommend spacing out your video promotions to keep the momentum for your event going. Hence, people keep returning to your website and engaging on social media during the event’s run-up. 

Engage Speakers & Participants in the Promotion

Ask your speakers, sponsors, or partners to push your event. Your virtual event is exponentially marketed when these stakeholders engage in its promotion, which benefits all parties.

Chances are, most speakers, sponsors, and partners will already want to promote their involvement anyways, so it’s not a difficult step to request they directly reach out to their contacts or followers about your virtual event. 

But make it easy for others to promote your event – everyone has busy schedules, and you will want to ensure consistent messaging surrounding your event. You can do this by proactively providing all the information necessary to advertise your virtual event on social media and other channels.

For example, prepare graphics for them to use on social with suggested accompanying text copy that includes their role at the event, event date, registration details, relevant links, hashtags, etc.

Further, you can give your registered attendees a similar promotional kit to make sharing their participation easy. Supply them with share buttons or ready-made posts to spread the news of your event to their networks and increase registration. Some ways to do this include:

  • Upon a guest’s registration completion online, display a thank you page with social buttons that they can click to announce their participation in your virtual event. 
  • Issue an email to confirm a guest’s registration and embed a call-to-action to share the event with their peers, co-workers, and friends. This can include suggested text copy and graphics to use.
  • Promote using your event’s hashtags whenever someone wants to talk about your event on social media.
  • Offer special discounts or other perks for those who get a certain number of people also to register. 

Not only is word-of-mouth promotion generally seen by individuals as more persuasive and authentic than corporate advertising, but you will incur little-to-no cost by employing this form of marketing. 

Stay Consistent

Your promotion strategies should continue up until and during your event. This is especially important for keeping registered guests engaged and excited to follow through in showing up online. Keep up the event buzz by, for example:

  • Offering a ‘secret giveaway’ to attendees at the end of the event.
  • Using countdown clocks to the event start on your event website or in social media posts.
  • Putting a video to use in your promotions.
  • Consistently share relevant event content on social media with the designated hashtag to keep it on mind before and during the event. No one will want to miss out!

These digital event marketing strategies will surely achieve your recognition and attendance goals. 


While this article focused on your company’s different tactics to promote its digital events, this is only one part of digital event creation. In our next article, you will learn how to create a positive networking experience to allow your attendees to develop new professional relationships.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact OFCORES to promote your online event. We’ll help you reach your audience with impactful experiences – wherever your attendees are.

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