As with any events, online or offline, you and your team will probably be a little stressed — speakers can cancel last minute or not show up, a network connection can go down, and an attendee might aberrate — but don’t worry, here are several tips and how-tos that will help you keep your event as stress-free as possible from start to finish.
Tip 1 - You don't need to "start" your event
Your event published on Hopin opens five minutes before the start time. This means everyone can enter your event through the registration page link. The Tickets button turns to Enter Event and anyone who has registered will land in the Reception area and start interacting. Your attendees will be able to chat, see Polls, and check out other attendees in the People tab.
There is nothing you need to do to “start” your event. It’s automatic. Most organizers “kick off” their event on Stage with a welcome message, but you can begin your event however you please.
Tip 2 - Open three browser tabs
To manage your event, you’ll probably want to have three browser tabs open:
- The event itself -- so you can join Sessions, Networking, and Expo and other parts of the event as an attendee.
- The Backstage -- so you can broadcast to the Stage.
- Your event Dashboard -- so you can make changes to settings of your event on the go, such as end times, schedule changes, adding speakers or sessions, or placing pre-recorded videos on the Stage or in vendor booths. All changes are real time once you save them.
Note: Keep extra open event tabs muted to avoid issues with echo and audio feedback. Only tab should have audio playback enabled to avoid issues.
Tip 3 - Remember the Stage delay
There is a 10-15 second delay between the Backstage and the front Stage. So when you start broadcasting to the Stage, you won’t show up instantly. That’s okay. Continue speaking normally. When the front Stage does start streaming, make sure it’s muted on your device. You are able to mute the stage by lowering the volume/clicking on the speaker icon in the bottom left of the stage stream. Otherwise, you’ll hear an unpleasant echo.
Also, if you ask your attendees a question while you’re presenting on the Backstage, their responses in chat will come ~10-15 seconds after you ask the question.
Tip 4 - Mute, delete, or remove aberrant Attendee behaviour
If an attendee is writing inappropriate messages in the chat, you can click the red “trash” icon next to their message to delete it instantly:
You can also go to the People tab, find the attendee and click on Mute this person to prevent the attendee from sending messages at the event.
Block this person option will immediately ban the attendee from the event
Tip: Organizers can easily unblock attendees clicking the Unblock button on the View Attendees tab.
Another way to remove an attendee from an event is opening View Attendees tab in your event dashboard and clicking Remove next to the attendee's name:
This will remove the attendee's registration.
If an issue with a user persists, you can reach out to the support team directly, we will swiftly respond, look into the situation, and remove the person from the event on the backend.
Tip 5 - Have a backup plan ready for absent speakers or bad network connections
As with any event, online or offline, things happen. People get sick, get called away, or get delayed. There are things outside of your control to account for. In these scenarios, it’s always good to have a backup plan — maybe another speaker or someone from your team can step in, or a pivot to another area of the event, such as Networking or Sessions. Or encourage your guests to explore the Expo area.
Tip 6 - How to present your slides in the Backstage
To present your slides in the Backstage follow these steps:
- Open your slides in a new tab or application.
- In the Backstage once you are on screen, click Screenshare (it looks like a computer with a red line through it).
- Once your options appear, choose to share the Chrome tab, entire desktop, or application with your slides.
- Your camera and slides will be split vertically 50-50 down the middle in the Backstage.
- Disable the camera clicking the camera icon and your screenshare will automatically cover the entire space for the attendees on the Stage.
If you need more details on presenting slides from the backstage, please read our support guide.
Check on our Sharing your Powerpoint guide for more information on presenting slides during the event.
Tip 7 - Direct your attendees with chat messages
To direct people around your event, mention the plan in a welcome message on the Stage or use the event chat to post where everyone should be. Your Organizer messages are always highlighted in colour so they’re easy to see.
You can link to the area you want people to go to. For example, drop a link to the specific Session you want your attendees to join in the Event chat (i.e., https://www.hopin.com/events/your-event-name/schedule/1485/roundtables/1057). When you paste a link in Hopin, it automatically shortens to a clickable hashtag, (i.e. #sessions/1057). Attendees will land in the area in one click.
After you drop a link or message, pin it to the chat! Our Pinned message feature allows each chat has its own pinned message to direct attendees. To create a pinned message, send a chat message and hover over it. You will then see a "thumbtack" icon, and all you do is click it.
Below is how it looks in the chat.
Once you click the icon, it will bring it to the top of the chat:
Tip 8 - Replace the Stage with a pre-recorded video
When you’re done with your live Stage events, you can switch the Stage from livestream to a pre-recorded video. This way, when attendees go to the Stage when it’s not live, they’ll still be able to watch a video (recordings are only available after the event).
You can change the Stage from livestream to pre-recorded video by going to your Event Dashboard → Venue → Stage. Click to edit the Stage, and switch the "Stream provider" from “Hopin” to “YouTube”/”Vimeo”/”Wistia” input the video ID, and hit Save.
Go to your event and hit Refresh and the pre-recorded video will be playable on the Stage.
Note: Your attendees will need to push play in order to start the video.
Tip 9 - After your event
Once the event is over, event Organizers receive an email to view the Event Reports. Event Reports section is available at any time in the event. Organizers can find it in the Event Dashboard → Analytics → Reports. The section contains the following reports:
- Event summary. Event summary all in one csv file.
- Event chat. Event chat as HTML or CSV file (All Plans)
- Connections. Connections stats from Networking segment as csv file (All Plans)
- Schedule. Schedule structure as csv file (All Plans)
- Attendee activities. Movement and Participation duration logs data in one file. The report tracks attendee navigation across the event, and time duration of how long the attendees spent on a specific event page. (Advanced plans only)
- Movement logs. Attendee movement across event pages as csv file (Advanced plans only)
- Viewership Counts. Viewership data per each event segment as csv file (Advanced plans only)
- Participation Durations. Participation per each event segment as csv file (Advanced plans only)
- Schedule Participation Report. Event agenda based on schedule items showing organizers who attended and how long attendees spent on a scheduled segment. E.g. with a single stage with six different talks scheduled against it, Schedule Participation report gives exact data on how each of those talks performed. (Advanced plans only)
- Booth Attendee Report. Insights on who went to each expo booth, how long attendees spent at a specific booth and what interactions (if any) they had (Advanced plans only)
- All Reports. Compilation of all reports in one ZIP archive ready to download (Advanced plans only)
Note: Create a Report by clicking the Start button on the Reports tab. Once the report is generated, the Organizer will receive an email and will be able to download the Report from Report History tab.
Tip: Contact us on upgrading to the advanced plan and unlocking event reports. Once upgraded, you will get access to all available reports even for past events on your Organizer account.