PCMA 2013 has a Record Hybrid Event While Enjoying Record Attendance at the Physical Event in Orlando
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) annual Convening Leaders conference was held in Orlando in earrly January and although final numbers aren’t published yet, PCMA expects to crest the 4,000 in person attendance number while attracting another 700 more online with their hybrid program.
In a press conference, Deborah Sexton, executive director of PCMA noted that over 100 virtual attandees from 2011 had attended in person in 2012 and indicated that the PCMA hybrid was very helpful in pushing them to attend in person. The conversion for 2013 are not yet published though Sexton feels they’ll see an even greater conversion.
Remote attendance for the 2013 program was up almost 30% over 2012. Mary Reynolds Kane is the director of online marketing for PCMA and she indicated that their focus for the 2013 hybrid program was driving engagement and satisfaction with the remote audience. Her team did this by engaging in chat with everyone who joned the event and kept interacting with them via in-room virtual moderators. The general response has been very positive across the social media channels we have seen.
The hybrid audience represented more than 18 countries. “This year’s hybrid audience was bigger and more engaged than ever before,” Kane says. “With moderated discussions, hybrid attendees from around the world contributed their own questions and comments to spark conversations both online and on-site.”
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