The NAMIC Management Conference had 158 registered attendees and 21 speakers. The event included a variety of networking opportunities between sessions as well as a virtual exhibition marketplace for sponsors.
“We had a lot of different types of sessions, including live sessions as well as pre-recorded sessions that we loaded into the system,” said Crista. “We also brought in our speakers and committee members live throughout the event.”
The Interactive Networking Breaks were a Huge Hit.
With so many people feeling isolated due to physical events being cancelled, attendees welcomed the opportunity to have face-to-face video chats and networking sessions during the event.
“The networking sessions allowed delegates to appear onscreen and interact with other attendees,” said Crista. “It added a bit of a fun element, but it also served a really important business purpose – fulfilling the need to connect that so many of us are experiencing right now.”
As Close as You Could Get to a Physical Meeting
The feedback that NAMIC received from attendees and sponsors was very positive.
“The event had what we call ‘that NAMIC feel’,” said Crista, “meaning that it delivered the signature NAMIC experience because we were able to have personalisation. Through the OnAIR platform, we were able to display the NAMIC branding, and attendees could see and connect with all of the faces that they are used to seeing at an in-person event, including our CEO. Our attendees recognised and appreciated these aspects. They were still able to make some valuable connections and felt that we had offered them the best possible alternative to a live event.”
The EventsAir Team Went Above and Beyond
The EventsAir team was very supportive throughout the planning, set-up and running of the event.
“The EventsAir team was phenomenal,” said Crista. “Our customer success representative, in particular, went above and beyond. It really felt like he was working to make sure our event went off without a hitch, and that was really appreciated.”
Using EventsAir and OnAIR for a Variety of Virtual and Hybrid Future Events [MC1]
“Thirteen in-person NAMIC events were cancelled due to COVID. Following the success of this first one, we will definitely be offering the remaining 12 as virtual events and we’ll be using OnAIR for all of them. They encompass a lot of different audiences, and we’re really excited to see the different virtual experiences made possible by the OnAIR platform.”
“We anticipate that, moving forward into 2021, if we are able to get back out there in person, the events world is going to look very different. We want to be as flexible as possible and provide as many options as we can for our attendees, recognising that people are on all different ends of the spectrum, when it comes to their plans for future travel, and future participation in large gatherings. So, we will be offering hybrid events and utilizing OnAIR for them as well.”
Crista Hassett, Vice President, Event Operations, at National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)