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4 Event Trends You Need to Know for Summer 2024

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Nick Rosier
Nick Rosier
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The events industry is on the brink of a technological revolution. As we navigate 2024, event professionals are harnessing cutting-edge tools and strategies to create immersive experiences, maximize ROI, and drive meaningful engagement. While the industry continues to evolve, four key trends are emerging as game-changers:

  • AI-Powered Event Optimization: Leveraging artificial intelligence to personalize experiences and streamline operations.
  • Eco-conscious Event Design: Integrating sustainability into every aspect of event planning and execution.
  • Strategic Cost Management: Innovating to deliver high-impact events within budget constraints.
  • Data-Driven Growth Strategies: Harnessing the power of analytics to inform decision-making and prove ROI.

These trends are reshaping how we conceive, plan, and execute events in an increasingly digital and environmentally conscious world. By embracing these innovations, event professionals can create more engaging, efficient, and impactful experiences that resonate with modern audiences.

Let’s dive into each trend and explore how you can leverage these insights to elevate your event strategy in 2024 and beyond.

1. AI-Powered Event Optimization

Artificial Intelligence is not just enhancing events; it’s revolutionizing how we conceive, plan, and execute them. In 2024, AI is becoming an indispensable tool for event professionals, offering unprecedented opportunities for efficiency, creativity, and data-driven decision-making.

Streamlined Workflows and Planning:

  • AI-powered data manipulation tools are automating the tedious task of moving data between platforms, reducing errors and saving countless hours.
  • Machine learning algorithms are analyzing historical event data to predict attendance patterns, optimize scheduling, and inform strategic decisions.
  • AI assistants are transforming unstructured planning notes into coherent, actionable project plans, complete with timelines and task assignments.

Content Creation at Scale:

  • Text-to-video AI tools are enabling the rapid production of high-quality video content for event promotion, session intros, and post-event recaps at a fraction of traditional costs.
  • AI-integrated design tools like Figma’s new AI features are revolutionizing the creation of event websites and registration pages, generating professional layouts in minutes rather than hours.

Enhanced Attendee Experiences:

  • AI-driven recommendation engines are curating personalized agendas and networking opportunities based on attendee profiles and behavior.
  • Advanced chatbots and virtual assistants provide 24/7 support, answering queries and guiding attendees through event platforms.

Real-time Insights and Optimization:

  • AI-powered sentiment analysis and engagement tracking provide real-time feedback during sessions, allowing for on-the-fly adjustments to maximize impact.
  • Predictive analytics are helping event managers anticipate issues and opportunities, from predicting popular sessions to optimizing resource allocation.

Opportunity: Start by identifying repetitive, time-consuming tasks in your event planning process. Look for AI tools that can automate these processes. Experiment with AI-powered content creation tools for your next event’s marketing materials. Implement an AI chatbot on your event website to handle common attendee queries. As you become more comfortable with these technologies, gradually expand your use of AI across your entire event management workflow.

By embracing these AI-powered innovations, event professionals can not only increase efficiency and reduce costs but also free up valuable time to focus on strategic, creative aspects of event planning that truly elevate the attendee experience.

2. Eco-conscious Event Design

Amex Global Travel recently published their Global Meetings and Events Survey for 2024. One of the key takeaways from the reports was the increasing importance of a strong ESG plan in designing events and meetings in 2024. 80% of the respondents confirmed their brand consider sustainability at each major stage of the event design. Of these, a further 76% have a sustainable meeting program strategy that aligns with their commitment to ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) policies.

The ability to actively demonstrate a brand’s commitment to the sustainability challenge is fast becoming a cornerstone of a successful event. But these considerations need to be baked in from the beginning. Event planners need to set measurable goals that provide meaningful data, and track data on their carbon footprint across all key factors, from logistic to energy to catering. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can not be second-hand considerations but should be championed through events that are accessible and inclusive. 

Opportunity: Ensure inclusivity for all guests during the registration process by offering the right fields to collect information on accessibility requirements and event requirements. Use that data to craft considered events ongoing that consider needs. Layer this with virtual events for those who cannot attend in person, and consider how you engage attendees with the right language. 

3. Strategic Cost Management

Costs of event production have risen across the world. Inflationary pressures, increased material and labour costs compete with increased demand to push up event spends for most brands. With no sign of this changing for the foreseeable future and with elections looming, it’s time to make a plan to prove event ROI.

A strategic approach to event design can mean offering more to guests than expected; a focus on greater revenue generation or taking a new approach to content engagement not used previously. Whatever success looks like for a brand, understanding the parameters for positive ROI and collecting corresponding data by way of reference is becoming essential.

Opportunity: Use event tech to find efficiencies across your event and conference programmes through standardised processes and task automation. Cut costs and boost revenue at events by placing an emphasis on content and education as opposed to pure networking which has greater associated costs. Consider creative sponsorship or offer industry partners promotion of their brand in new creative ways, potentially through an associated virtual activation..

4. Data-driven growth strategies

We’ve already considered digitisation and the ability to capture event data. But not all data is considered equally and considering how to leverage the breadth of your event data into practical growth insights is a key next step for event planners. Most planners need insights into attendee experience and engagement that they can use when considering future touchpoints and content, and for measuring agreed ROI. 

Considering the right questions and how that can be translated into outcome-focused reports is a growing trend we are seeing with event professionals. What did guests enjoy? What would they change? What content held engagement longest? Which event generated most sales conversations, and how can that be replicated? Varying insight questions based on demographics, locations and event types can lead to granular analysis that can lead to greater personalisation.

Opportunity: Get to know your event tools. Understand exactly what data you can derive from each event, and how to consolidate into meaningful insights. Consider how to tailor your reports and who is going to be responsible for that data. Trying to find time to measure and evidence ROI is a challenge so get help from your event tech provider to create a metric strategy in advance.

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