15 Virtual Networking Ideas for Your Next Event
Virtual networking can be just as fun and effective as in-person networking! Virtual networking can help people find jobs, clients, and other useful industry connections. It’s one of the main reasons that people choose to attend virtual events, and a great way to break up the day in between sessions.
If you need some creative ideas to boost networking at your next virtual event, check out these 15 fun ideas:
1. Global Chat
Have an ongoing chat where attendees can say hello, share photos or gifs, and have conversations throughout the entire event. Social27 Event Platform features a global chat that everyone can participate in. Global chat is a great way to generate excitement at the start of the event and help people find others to connect with. It can help give your event a stronger sense of community
2. Virtual Escape Room
Escape rooms are a very popular team activity – and they can be done virtually! Escape rooms require teams to work together to discover clues and solve puzzles to escape from a locked room. Getting people to put their heads together to solve a challenge is a unique and fun way to encourage bonding among attendees. It’s sure to be a memorable experience!
Trivia is a classic group activity that lets attendees flex their knowledge and tap into their competitive spirit. Pick any trivia theme and let the fun begin!
Give your attendees space to get together and host conversations. Roundtables are virtual meeting spaces that attendees can join to talk with other attendees over a video call. On Social27 Event Platform, up to 6 attendees can join a Roundtable. The best part is that anyone can start a Roundtable at any time. This way, attendees can utilize any downtime in their schedule to gather and network. If you want to invite even more people to join, Social27 Platform also features Boardrooms that allow up to 30 participants.
5. Birds of a Feather
As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. Birds of a feather sessions or same-interest Happy Hour sessions are networking gatherings designed to bring together people with common interests. This is a great way to help people find common ground and a topic to discuss to prevent awkward pauses or bland small talk.
6. Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Encourage your attendees to work together on a virtual scavenger hunt! Give them clues and let them scour the event pages to find answers or items. This is also a great way to encourage attendees to explore the virtual event site and interact with event content. You could even get sponsors involved by planting clues directing players to a sponsor booth where they can find clues or items.
7. Movie Night
Host a virtual watch party. Pick a classic movie, a new release, or a documentary or film related to your industry. Have a chat going throughout the party and then a moderated discussion afterwards. It could be something fun and silly, or a chance to deep dive into a specific topic related to your industry.
For example, a legal conference could show a film or documentary about a hot topic in the legal field or a case that has had a large impact on the field. Alternatively, you could show a fun classic film like Legally Blonde and have a moderated discussion afterwards on gender stereotypes in the legal field. Not all watch parties need to lead to serious discussions of course, some can just give attendees an opportunity to relax, hang out, and network.
8. Interactive Skill Classes
Learning something new is a great way to bond with people! Schedule a class on cooking, crafting, yoga, or another interactive activity that people can follow along with from home. This is a great way to utilize Happy Hour sessions.
9. Cocktail Party
A cocktail party is a classic networking activity! You can even take it to the next level by having a live mixology lesson to help people learn to make some new cocktail concoctions.
10. Coffee Hour
Everyone needs a coffee break during a busy event day. And you certainly don’t want your attendees getting sleepy and drifting off during sessions! Build in time for a virtual coffee hour where everyone can get caffeinated and acquainted with one another.
11. Icebreaker Videos
Ice breaker games are a classic approach to introductions, but they do tend to make people nervous. Consider a pre-recorded version to take the pressure off and accommodate different schedules and time zones. On Social27 Virtual Event Platform, attendees can create Hello World videos to introduce themselves. Attendees can check out other attendees’ introduction videos whenever they have downtime in their event schedule. It’s kind of like scrolling through TikTok videos, but more productive.
12. Speed Networking
Want to pack a ton of networking opportunities into a shorter period of time? Try speed networking. It’s just like speed dating, but for professional networking. People get paired up for short conversations and rotate through partners. This is a great way to help attendees meet a lot of people and find out who they want to schedule longer meetings with.
13. Virtual Volunteerism
Want to encourage networking and add a charitable element to your event? Plan a fundraiser or a virtual volunteer session. Coming together with others to give back to the community is a huge bonding experience.
You could host a virtual raffle, auction for charity, or organize another fundraising effort. With the holidays coming up, a simple at-home volunteer session you can organize would be a card-making party. Have attendees craft and write cards for residents of eldercare homes or children in hospitals. This can be done for Valentine’s Day or winter holidays.
14. Encourage Social Networking
Create an event hashtag so that attendees can share thoughts, photos, or commentary throughout the event. This helps boost awareness for your brand and event, but it also makes it easy for attendees to find each other on social media to connect. Attendees can search the event hashtag on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram to find like-minded attendees to follow, set up a meeting with, or start a conversation.
15. Recommended Connections
Help attendees find the right people to network with by leveraging a Recommendation Engine. Social27 Virtual Event Platform’s Recommendation & Prediction Engine that provides personalized recommendations on sessions, sponsors, and people to connect with to each attendee based on their specific interests.
Picking the Right Activity
Selecting the right virtual networking opportunities makes all of the difference in the attendee experience. This list of virtual networking ideas should help you choose activities for your next event, but remember to cater the networking sessions to your audience. Provide options that best meet the needs and interests of your audience and the goal of your event.
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