The world is collectively experiencing a new state of ‘normal’. Sports leagues, concerts, festivals, conventions, and meetings are all postponed until further notice, and many small business owners are finding themselves and their plans left in the dust. With no clear answer as to when things will return to what we are all familiar with, many businesses and event coordinators are being forced to adapt and improvise.
If you have found yourself in this position, like millions of others, here are some ways that you can connect with people and keep the gears turning.
Video Conferencing Has Taken Over
There are plenty of people right now who are wishing they had invested in Zoom a while ago. Video conferencing applications such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc,. are all exploding in activity in recent days. This is because video conferencing is really the most effective way for businesses to conduct meetings and business deals during this crisis.
There Are Several Platforms To Use
Determining which application to use for video conferencing will largely come down to preference, as many of them operate in similar ways. There have been some concerns regarding data security with Zoom in recent days, however the platform does still remain largely trustworthy.
Other alternatives such as Google Hangouts, and Skype are also very easy to operate, and allow for up to 50-100 participants in your meeting at a time. This can make things easy for even large corporations or event planners who need to stay connected.
Live Streaming Requires Some Prep Time
Live streaming is an incredibly clever way that many event planners, business owners, and influences are remaining connected and hosting events during this time. When you think about it, plenty of events and conferences can be held digitally when you get creative.
For example, if you own a dance studio, you can host lessons for your students via live stream on Facebook or Instagram. Or, if you were planning a business event to showcase your products, you can still live stream the demonstrations.
Live Streaming Requires A Host
Obviously, live streaming an event will require the host to get creative in the way that things flow and operate, but it can be done! Even the NFL is going to be live streaming their 2020 NFL Draft! Live streaming is a great way to get your face, the face of your business, and all of your customers and clients gathered together in the same place despite this virus.
What’s more, most social media platforms host live streaming now; including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, Discord, and more! Find the platform that is most convenient for the majority of your clients, make an announcement a few days in advance, and start your live stream event!
In a way, humans have never been more prepared for a crisis on this level. We have at our fingertips a near limitless way to continue to maintain communications and connections with our customers, coworkers, employees, and clients throughout this. Take advantage of every opportunity to connect with your business world via video chats and live streams.