In this new era of social distancing and staying at home, we all still want and need to find a way to stay connected to one another. We are working at home via video chat and students from grade school through college are learning online. If you didn’t know what Zoom was before, you probably do now.
However, we can gather together virtually for more than just our day to day work. Some couples wishing to keep their friends and family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and not wanting to postpone their weddings, are getting married with their guests viewing the ceremony online. Music stars from Chris Martin to Luke Combs have live-streamed concerts on social media for their self- isolating fans at home.
What if you have an event or fundraiser coming up? April is a huge awareness month with causes like autism and Parkinson’s Disease. If you are organizing a forum or fundraiser in the next couple of months and don’t want to cancel, you may want to consider hosting a virtual event. You can still do much of what you planned to do at an in-person event, including presentations and entertainment.
Decide on a platform to host your event, such as Facebook Livestream, vFaire or ClickWebinar. Send out Evites to your guest list. You may find you get a better response when people don’t have to travel to your function. A week or two before the big day, mail out swag bags to your confirmed guests. This will help get them pumped for the event and provide a feeling of connection among the attendees. Be sure to include some fun products like lapel pins from PinMart! Then on event day guests can participate and enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
A nice idea at this trying time would be to organize a virtual support rally for our first responders and medical teams working during this pandemic. Everyone can wear first responder pins and medical pins to show unity with our heroes on the front lines. We may be physically separated, but we are all in this together.