This festive season has seen a huge surge in party venue bookings compared with the previous two, but Christmas virtual events are still in demand. Many of our virtual events get booked for teams who’ve historically worked remotely. Companies who are separated geographically love how this relatively new event medium lets them connect with colleagues to have fun together. Christmas party season offers the perfect opportunity to reward remote workers with an enjoyable end of year event. We get the best feedback from online events containing personalised elements. Recognisable content, bespoke images and special dialogue always help to entertain and engage audiences. Here’s some tips on how to personalise your virtual Christmas events for maximum enjoyment.
Without interaction, some events can be too passive for your audience. To keep guests engaged, pick an event which requires their participation. Virtual escape rooms, immersive murder mystery events, Christmas wreath making and virtual craft workshops each have a hands-on element to ensure guests are part of the action. A good event host will encourage participation and generate enthusiasm. A great host will also know when guests would prefer not to be in the spotlight. Direct interaction between hosts and guests, or between the guests themselves helps creates a party vibe. Encourage the use of chat features and conversation. However, keep a structure, so that guests aren’t talking over each other.
For a memorable and unique virtual event, make sure the organisers are including personalised content wherever possible. For example, if you’re celebrating a company achievement, get the host to mention it. Brand the event with company logos and images, or by playing company videos during the event. You can also request that a representative from your organisation speaks to the audience during the event too. If your online event includes music or visuals, request the opportunity to customise them. If you’re playing Christmas Virtual Music Bingo, request some of your team’s favourite songs. Also, if the event is to welcome new starters, or to say bye to leavers, let your host know so they can give shout outs to special guests.
For a special experience, add some extra touches for before the event begins. Some events include instructional emails which explain how to play. Ask for these to be personalised with wording and images specific to your event. The event itself might be renamed to amuse attendees too. Interactive games like Gameshow Bonanza offer the opportunity to add or remove rounds to suit preference and run-time. Bookers have the opportunity of customising rounds with puzzles which are relevant to their guests. Virtual games and challenges often have one or more winners, so you could arrange prizes which tie in with company culture.
These are some examples of how the Flavour Events team and our suppliers make their virtual events extra-special. We even create bespoke virtual events from scratch in-line with client briefs and budgets. If you’d like to discuss booking a personalised virtual event for your Christmas party, make an enquiry below.