How to Hold a Corporate Event in 2021

How to Hold a Corporate Event in 2021

Event planning can be exciting but highly stressful. Booking the venue and choosing decor barely scratch the surface in the many tasks that demand your attention. You must also consider the budget, the event’s goals, entertainment for guests, and sponsorship. Rather than take risks with the big day, you can team with a corporate event company that can assist with staffing, theme, logistics, and more.

How to Host a Corporate Event in 2021?

Hosting a corporate event today may seem next to impossible, but it simply requires more diligence than in years past. This starts with following guidelines intended to protect you, your guest speakers, and your visitors.

For instance, ask the hosting venue for a flexible cancellation policy. You can then postpone the event in case Covid-19 infection rates dramatically increase. Calculate how close to the event date you can reasonably cancel speakers and alert guests to the change in plans, and communicate this information to the venue. If you choose to work with a corporate event company like King Sixteen, your representative can handle these negotiations for you.

Take Covid-19 Precautions

What was once a precaution is now a way of life. That’s why on the day of your event, you should request attendees undergo pre-entry temperature checks and complete health survey forms.

But these forms don’t have to be manually filled in. SMS-based technology sends attendees automated daily screenings via text message. This highly efficient method allows you to track important health data and keep in-person events safe. And if an outbreak occurs, you can easily send alerts to attendees so they stay informed.

Testing and Cleaning Standards

It’s smart to contract with a provider who offers rapid on-site testing for guests before they enter the event. These tests can be processed in as little as 10 minutes. They also ensure your audience feels comfortable attending and entering the event. More than a passing trend, this behavior shows you’re doing your best to provide a safe gathering environment.

Event speakers, staff, and vendors must be subject to the same standards as visitors. Maintain a distinct set-up area for these folks to reduce contact with guests. If your event is indoors, briefly close the event space between sessions for proper cleaning and sanitization. Be sure to disinfect all equipment, including speakers, microphones, and other touchpoints.

Opt for Wearable Tech

You might be thinking touchscreen registration is sufficient for your event registration, but new technology developments have made this all but obsolete. Today’s hosts are taking advantage of digital scanners that pair with wearable tech like smart badges and wrist bands. These incorporate RFID technology that promotes crowd control and provides additional contract tracing.

Let’s say that in a worst-case scenario, an attendee or event staff member tests positive for Covid-19. Wearable tech can provide a list of attendees who were near this person and direct them to stop the spread as quickly as possible.

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Implement Mitigation and Guidance Strategies

In the event area, institute one-way aisles and ask event staff to help control traffic. You’ll also need signage that reminds attendees to engage in safe practices like frequently washing hands, social distancing, and wearing masks in accordance with state and local laws. This same signage should identify the common symptoms of Covid-19 and instruct attendees what to do if they start feeling ill.

With that said, you’ll need a station where guests and staff can go if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19. This allows you to actively track people who may be infected and direct them to go home.

Keep the Event Space Safe

Implement a firm no-handshake policy at the event and remind guests of this policy on your signage. Throughout the day, adjust indoor airflow using ozone air purifiers and open windows; these measures will keep the air fresh and reduce the risk of contagion.

Weigh Your Food and Beverage Options

You have a few different options when it comes to providing a safe food and beverage experience for guests. Catering allows you to work with an experienced professional who will take the enhanced safety measures you request, such as packaging and wrapping food orders individually to maximize protection.

Many caterers will even drop-off orders so you don’t have to go into a facility for pick-up, and a corporate event company like King Sixteen can make these arrangements for you. Alternatively, you might opt for server-attended stations with staggered meal times to avoid crowding. To-go containers should also be provided so attendees can eat outside or in other private areas if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Outdoor Versus Indoor Events

Many people are choosing to host outdoor rather than indoor events, and with good reason. Scientists support this move, saying outdoor spaces are much better for battling stubborn viruses and protecting public health.

Most documented coronavirus clusters have been linked to indoor environments like restaurants, nursing homes, and meatpacking plants. But we haven’t seen outbreaks from spaces where sunlight renders Covid-19 less viable, distancing is easier, and breezes help disperse airborne particles.

Outdoor Considerations

You want to choose a roomy venue for your outdoor event, one where elbow room is no problem. Also, consider the weather and how it will affect your guests. If it’s hot and sunny on the big day, you’ll need a venue with plenty of shade. Trees and protective structures also come in handy in the rain.

Speaking of which, you’ll need to pay attention to the forecast in the days and weeks leading up to your event. Have disposable ponchos ready to provide to guests if precipitation is expected. Visors or hats are a nice touch if the sun is going to bear down. You’ll also need to know the venue’s rules and regulations before proceeding full-throttle with your planning. Specifically, you’ll want to ask questions regarding:

  • Maximum capacity
  • Fire and safety codes
  • Noise restrictions
  • Outside catering policies

Give Attention to Every Detail

Armed with this information, you can set the date and get down to details. Although you won’t be indoors, you’ll still need to consider a floor plan. Identify where the speakers, presenters, and/or vendors will be and provide clear paths between them. Make access to food and restrooms easy, and ensure walking areas are wide enough for everyone to navigate comfortably.

Outlets are likely to be scarce at an outdoor venue, so plan for electricity. Wireless chargers and power banks will give life to mobile devices, but you also need to power microphones and speakers for keynote speakers. King Sixteen can provide solutions to these common concerns.

Plan on Using Tents

At an outdoor event, you have no ceiling to contend with and can therefore use the space as you want (within reason). This means big, bold, and extravagant tents for registration and food. You can likewise use colorful outdoor banners and yard signs to easily guide attendees.

Have Plenty of Hand Sanitizer Available

Any corporate event company worth their salt will tell you to have bulk quantities of hand sanitizer at your outdoor event. Bathrooms are less accessible than at indoor events, meaning it’s harder to frequently wash hands. You should therefore keep several bottles of sanitizer in the food and refreshment tent and other common areas. Make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol and consider pairing this with hand wipes for additional cleaning.

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Product Giveaways

Attendees love attending events and walking out with free products. Whether you choose to host your event indoors or out, you should have product giveaways lined up. And use these goodies when promoting your event; they show guests that you’re serious about providing both information and value in the day’s festivities.

Some of the most common giveaways include earbuds, selfie sticks, and Bluetooth headphones. But you can also focus your giveaways on the theme of your event, such as health or technology. Fitness mats, exercise bands, and yoga blocks make for great health products. Likewise, technology giveaways might include useful items like power banks and phone stands. For seasonal items, consider:

  • Umbrellas
  • Mini fans
  • Picnic blankets
  • Folding chairs
  • Ice scrapers
  • Hand warmers
  • Touch screen gloves

Swag Bags

King Sixteen has worked with brands like Coca-Cola and Audi, so we know a thing or two about swag bags. The key here is to give attendees items they’ll appreciate, not a keychain or other trinket that gets tossed into a drawer and forgotten about.

Offer reusable bags with your logo on the front and place inside items like screen cleaners, hand sanitizer, quality hand lotion, and lip balms. Add a face mask attendees can use if they choose while at the event. And, finally, include information about your company’s services.

AV Equipment

Without the right AV equipment, your event’s entire message will get lost. You should plan on having a laptop loaded with all of your audio and visual files, a microphone, and a projector. Opt for a high-quality speaker system that allows all attendees to hear you and your presenters. If you work with a corporate event company, they can recommend the best equipment for your needs. They’ll also remember to bring all the connector cords you need.

Reasons to Work with a Corporate Event Company

Speaking of an event planner, now is the right time to mention they can make your life significantly easier – and ensure your event is a huge success. They have friends skilled in every industry from photography to catering and can coordinate vendor attendance at your event. These partnerships can also help you save money; an event planner is more likely to get a discount on services than if you try to go it alone.

Professional planners additionally possess fine-tuned organizational and time management skills that help them pull things together without a hitch. They’ll develop a timeline, ensure deposits are paid, and communicate details to the staff so everyone knows exactly what they need to do on the big day. And experienced planners like King Sixteen will make your vision a reality. We’ll craft a creative, memorable experience that matches your company’s culture.

If you’re planning a business event, you likely have stringent objectives to achieve. Maybe this is a charity gala, trade exhibition, conference, client gathering, or product launch – each of which comes with unique goals you need to manage in addition to the event’s details. Let us handle every task, from start to finish, to ensure a clever event with smart, personal touches. Contact King Sixteen and start the planning process today.

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Want To Throw A Memorable Event? These Hacks That Will Leave Your Guests Talking

Want To Throw A Memorable Event? These Hacks That Will Leave Your Guests Talking

The difference between a memorable event and a forgettable one always comes down to the details. And no, we aren’t talking about expensive floral arrangements or the type of ceviche you chose for passed hors d’oeuvres. Those things are nice, but they aren’t necessarily the things that will resonate with your guests at the events’ conclusion.Instead, they will primarily remember the conversations and engagements they had, along with the emotion they were left with when it was time to depart.

Let me say that again….
Your guests will primarily remember the conversations and engagements they had, along with the emotion they were left with when it was time to depart.

Ok, so let’s unpack this for the ones that don’t believe us. You could hand select every guest to optimize conversations – we suppose. But let’s focus on the other aspect that is most in control for event producers and designers, and that’s the way guests feel once the party ends. How can we positively influence their experience while on-site?

An analogy first! Porsche has been making sought after luxury vehicles for over 70 years, and they understand that the driver experience is much more than just a powerful engine. Last year, our agency launched the Porsche Taycan – the first all electric Porsche to hit the market. A significant challenge presented to Porsche engineers was how to give Taycan owners the feeling of “power” when there was no combustion engine providing feedback to the driver. In other words, the feeling of an engine vibrating and the sound of the exhaust when you push the throttle to the floor wasn’t quite as exhilarating when it was…. well… silent! The Porsche Taycan was wicked fast, but they couldn’t allow their drivers to step out of the car underwhelmed with the whole experience. Just like we don’t want guests leaving one of our events underwhelmed.

What was the solution?

Porsche built an intake-noise amplifier called a Sound Symposer. This Sport Sound device recreates the revving noise and pumps the sound and vibrations into the cabin of the vehicle creating a much more authentic experience. Boom, problem solved!

Ok, so why did we tell you that story? Because guests are sizing up your event on more than one level, and they are doing it without thinking about it. Most Porsche drivers aren’t aware of this car’s feature, but they step out of the vehicle throttled by the experience! Most guests at an event aren’t aware of the details event producers put into play – but at the end of the party they need to be left with good memories and an affinity for the experience.
How can event planners and producers do this? Here are three hacks that can significantly elevate the guest experience for your next event.

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Aroma

No one wants to walk into a party that smells musty and stale. Our noses are constantly sizing up the rooms we enter and exit. Sure, we could light a thousand candles… but we would recommend keeping things a little more subtle and nuanced. At King Sixteen events, we run essential oil diffusers in various locations.

For example, at our 2019 Kentucky Derby event with Esquire Magazine and Rabbit Hole Bourbon – we designed a rooftop lounge that was adorned with live herbs suspended above the bar. Guests could choose their spirit of choice as we snipped rosemary, thyme, and fresh basil from above. Our bartenders (Death & Co.) dipped these into liquid nitrogen and then served inside guest glasses for an elevated aroma alongside their cocktails. In this room, we countered the fresh and earthy scent of the herbs with diffusers that pumped lemon, bergamot, and tangerine into the air. This room became a sensory experience, not just a bar.

At your next event, think about aromas you can add to the space that tie into the theme or location. Have an event overlooking the ocean? Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang might go nice with some of those views.

Sound

Normal conversations happen at about 60 decibels. A decibel is a standard unit of measurement for loudness. In contrast, a blowdryer is about 90 decibels and a trombone player can reach 110 decibels fairly easily. Remember when we said your guests will remember the conversations? Well it’s a little difficult to hear a conversation if you’re trying to shout over a swing band that’s being amplified into a room at levels above 110 decibels. Understanding the type of environment you are trying to create is very important. If it’s a wedding reception or corporate cocktail mixer, you might want to make sure that the music is no more than 5-10 decibels louder than the speaking volume. If it’s a late night party with dancing and a live band, anything over 105 db will start to become quite fatiguing to the ears. You can measure this with a device called a ‘digital sound level reader’ – something you can easily obtain for under $25 on Amazon or other retailers.

Don’t give your guests a reason to escape a room or the event all together. Monitor your sound levels and guests will leave happy, not fatigued.

Texture & Touch

At this point, it should be no surprise we have moved from smell, to sound, and now to touch. As event designers we are often hyper focused on what things look like, and our guests’ eyes are doing the heavy lifting. But if you really want to provide a memorable and lasting experience to your guests, do not overlook the way things feel against skin. If you have rented out a concrete warehouse for your next product launch or pop-up concert series, you may want to consider the things you have lots of so you can create some juxtaposition. Our agency launched a timepiece for Fossil Watches, and the venue we chose had lots of flat concrete areas, with black iron fencing, and stone walls. We brought in cream colored jute rugs and suede couches to liven up some areas of the facility. Lush green plants adorned those areas with marble coffee tables and hammered bronze side tables. We also laser printed brand illustrations on 8×4 planks of baltic birch, and lined a concrete entryway for some warmth. We ordered satin black cocktail napkins with foil embossed logos, and served curated cocktails in copper hammered mugs. A custom built airstream trailer with wood floors and leather couches provided a refuge from the cavernous concrete venue area.

The things your guests will interact with will leave an impression on them. Suede, wood, concrete, paper, copper, etc. The variety in material is important, and should not be overlooked. Use these hacks on your next event, and we promise your guests will remember the details.

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Branded Gifts Your Customers Will Keep: And Ones They Will Trash…

Branded Gifts Your Customers Will Keep: And Ones They Will Trash…

Custom Products

Custom gift bags and branded items are a great way to thank your staff, customers, or clients. In conjunction with an event or product launch, branded swag is a great way to create some brand awareness through thoughtful product sourcing. But don’t be fooled into thinking a t-shirt or coffee mug is the best option for your next order. There are three things that matter most to consumers; and with some thoughtful ideating on fresh product ideas – you can keep your new loot out of the trash.

A cursory search of Amazon’s best selling products over the last few years, and you will find something quite interesting. From lip balms and silk pillowcases to yoga pants and Squatty Potties… three things are certain! Function, Frequency, and Comfort reign supreme. And it’s not difficult to understand why that’s the case. The items and tools we interact with on a daily basis must be functional to make our tasks easier. If there is little reason for the item to be functional… there is little reason to keep the item or use it often.

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Give them something they will use often

In addition, the higher the potential frequency of an item matters! And sometimes the frequency and your customers location matters. For example, a branded umbrella and custom Miir coffee mug might be an excellent combo for Vancouver or Seattle customers. But we wouldn’t recommend a branded beach towel and koozie in Wisconsin… as it’s likely heading for a lonely cupboard or junk drawer. It’s important to think about how your recipient of custom gifts will use your items, and how frequently. The higher the frequency, the longer these items stick around and can create some organic brand awareness wherever they go.

Quality and feel

Comfort and textures also play an important role in what items are retained, and what items are tossed. Silk is often a comforting texture, whereas canvas has been known to elicit more masculine and resilient properties. Clinical Psychologist (Daniel Graham) says:

“Texture is ubiquitous. It contains important visual information about an object and allows us to distinguish between animals, plants, foods, and fabrics. This makes texture a significant part of the sensory input that we receive every day. In the visual arts, texture is the perceived surface quality of a work of art.”.

This is why it’s important to think about how the comfort of your product will translate via texture.  Promoting an in-store shopping experience or pop-up shop? A sturdy and reliable canvas tote bag might be the perfect choice for your customers. Selling a CBD infused sleep tincture? Perhaps a silk sleep mask would go nicely with your product. Releasing a new distilled spirit into the wild? A laser-etched glass tumbler might stick around longer than a t-shirt that feels like sandpaper. Comfort matters!

No matter what you choose to design and create… always be sure that function, frequency, and comfort are a part of the conversation. Check out these amazing gift items that can be branded for your company:

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