It started with the cancelation of the massive Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona.
Behemoths Facebook & Microsoft soon followed suit and
also shelved plans to host their signature conferences and joined a growing
group of multinationals in calling off corporate events and grounding employees
from travel as a result of the outbreak. The list of cancelled events then grew
COVID19 has truly decimated the $840 billion MICE (Meetings,
Incentives, Conferences and Events) Industry.
However, as Napoleon Hill once pointed out, “Every
adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal
or greater benefit.”
Wikipedia describes Business Networking as a socioeconomic
business activity by which business-people and entrepreneurs meet to form
business relationships and to recognize, create, or act upon business
opportunities share information and seek potential partners for ventures.
Since the need to meet clients, prospects and partners is a
requisite for any given business, new ways of doing so need to be found.
One beneficiary of recent developments is the fledgling
Virtual Events industry, which allows users to connect with their audiences in
the most interactive way online whereby technology facilitates the connections
that matter the most – human ones.
The same technology is also being used to being brings
remote teams together - all the benefits of a physical workspace, combined with
all the freedom of remote work.
The coronavirus outbreak is not the only reason why working
and networking this way is on the uprise – all of us are becoming aware that
climate change is also very real and that by not travelling to events we are collectively
reducing our collective carbon footprints. The environment is one of the few
net beneficiaries of our collective lock down.
The Company leading the way in this space are Remo.co who
have developed a platform which allows users to work and network virtually,
Over and above Networking Events, Remo can be used for
ad-hoc Meetups, Conferences, Trade Fairs and Events, Hybrid Events, Webinars,
Company Events, Broadcast to Event, Online Courses, Summits/Forums, Workshops,
as well as Expo & Exhibitions.
If anyone is interested in becoming a virtual event agency
and run virtual events for your clients, you can sign up as a Remo affiliate
here. You will be paid 35% recurring commission for each referred customer as
well as a 5% override commission from any other affiliates you refer. You can
take Remo for a test-drive for free for 14 days. I will help you set-up and
execute your first event. Your workers/clients/attendees will LOVE it!
Given the unprecedented situation we all collectively now find
ourselves in, it's important that we channel our energies into an industry that
has a future.
Post Coronavirus, virtual events and remote networking will
most certainly be one of them.