Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) businesses, events, and education have shifted to a work-from-home (WFH) model with schools and universities shifting to the online class format. More people are staying home practicing “social distancing” and/or actually being under quarantine.
Many event professionals, organizers, and teachers are seeking to adopt alternative virtual (or remote) events that still allow engaging meaningful audience participation and interaction from remote participants.
Crowdpurr offers social media channels, brands, educators, and companies a way to engage and entertain their followers remotely by combining our engagement platform with virtual events.
What Are Virtual Events?
Virtual events are the idea of a group of people collaborating and participating together but from their own remote location without actually meeting in real physical space.
Virtual events are typically webinars, video-teleconferencing sessions (e.g. Zoom, GoToMeeting), live streams (e.g YouTube, Twitch), Skype and Google Hangouts sessions, Slack chats, and any other remote service that connects geographically disparate participants through chat, audio, and/or video.
Crowdpurr has traditionally been geared toward in-person live events since our launch in 2014. However, there has always been an avid customer-base who leverages the uniques features of Crowdpurr for virtual events as well. In this article we’ll be discussing the various types of virtual event use-cases that can be created using Crowdpurr.
Remote Participants Simply Join on Their Smart Phone… No Hotel Ballroom Needed!
Crowdpurr participants, whether remote or at an in-person event, have always joined using their mobile device. If they’re actually at a live event, we also offer a Keynote-like display called the Projector View that the host could display on a projector for participants to follow along in an event-space (e.g. conference hall, classroom, ballroom, etc.)
However, all the required information to participate and play a trivia game (e.g. the question, answers, results, and real-time live rankings) are also sent out to the Mobile View on each participant’s mobile device. The Projector View has always been optional and is not required to participate or conduct a Crowdpurr experience.
Because of this, participants can literally play wherever they are located and need not be in the same actual physical location. They must simply have knowledge of the unique experience Uniform Resource Location (URL) (i.e. hyperlink) in order to join the Trivia Game.
Great… But How Do Participants Know How To Join?
So participants can join remotely, but how do participants know how and when to join the virtual event? How do they know where to go on their mobile device? When conducting a virtual event, there are several ways to send your participants the URL.
Emailing the Experience URL To Remote Participants
For corporate virtual events where you have an organizational email list, our users simply send the Participant URL to their participants via an organizational-wide email. The email will contain the URL that they simply click on in order to join the interactive experience and any other pertinent details (e.g. when the event is happening, what the prize is, etc.).
As an alternative to email, many corporate users will send details out via a Slack chat update, via Skype, or over their corporate messaging service.
Posting the Experience URL on Social Media to Remove Participants
For Social Media channels, influencers, and brands doing virtual events, our users simply create a post with the URL, time, and other additional information. This could be an Instagram post or story, a Tweet, a LinkedIn post, or a Facebook post.
Your users will then see the information for how to join on their computer or mobile device when checking those apps.
Live-Streaming the Experience URL to Remote Participants
If your participants have already joined your virtual event, webinar, video-conference call, etc. the host can may simply display the URL within the content the live stream for the participants to see and then type into their mobile device.
There are various software streaming tools like very popular and free Open Broadcast Software (OBS) that allow the host to dynamically overlay graphics, text, and even our Projector View directly onto your live stream (see below).
Conducting a Live Trivia Game or Poll Virtually
Conducting a Live Trivia Game or Poll is almost exactly the same as if you were actually in front of a live audience. The Experience Dashboard and Mobile View works exactly the same. You would simply not use the Projector View since you are not hosting any actual participants in a physical space.
However, you may still want to use the Projector View if you are broadcasting a live stream to your participants as they would still be able to view it on laptop or desktop computer while they interact with the experience using the Mobile View on their mobile device.
Leveraging Live Streaming So Participants Can Follow Along with a Live Host
Many Crowdpurr users have successfully created live-streaming style “game shows” that they host for their organizations. Usually on a recurring basis (e.g. daily, weekly, etc) to keep their base engaged on an ongoing basis. Often times rewarding winners with prizes, incentives, or at the very least fun and bragging rights!
Participants look forward to joining in and competing in a live trivia contest remotely while also following along with a live-streaming host who is conducting the Trivia Game.
With free live-streaming services like YouTube Live and Twitch you can use free tools like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to layer the Projector View onto a live hosted stream that your participants can watch using your YouTube Live, Twitch, or other streaming channel.
Crowdpurr recommends streaming services with “low latency” settings (e.g. YouTube Live and Twitch) as this keeps the live stream in sync with Trivia Game or Poll. If the streaming delay is too long it will create a sub-optimal experience as Crowdpurr updates in real-time and the host stream and game may be out of sync.
Example Setup & Walkthrough
There are users who are successfully running interactive Trivia Games and Polls on their YouTube Live channels, on Twitch, and on many other streaming services.
Stream Geeks Example on YouTube Live
The YouTube Channel StreamGeeks recently created a YouTube video on how to create your own live-stream Trivia Game Show. Check out the below video How to Create Engaging Educational Presentations with Live Streaming HQ Trivia Style which details the process.
Total Party Chill Example on Twitch.tv
The Twitch streaming channel Total Party Chill conducts a weekly Live Trivia Game using Crowdpurr to award their followers with prizes and incentives. Each week followers look forward to following along on their stream and joining in on their mobile device. Check out the below video Total Party Chill Weekly Game Show which shows how their weekly game works.
Not Using Live Streaming? No Problem
Crowdpurr can manage an interactive Trivia Game entirely on its own using the Experience Dashboard without any additional audio or video streaming. You’re always free to instruct your participants to join at a certain time and run the Trivia Game or Poll on its own.
The Mobile View has all the information players need in order to play and understand the how the Trivia Game or Poll works. No live host or streaming needed!
Stay Tuned For More Examples
They are many more details, use-cases, and exciting opportunities for creating and hosting virtual events in Crowdpurr. We’ll be releasing some step-by-step video tutorials in the coming days and weeks to further illustrate the above use-cases.
For now, check out our overall live demo webinar that covers Crowdpurr’s pricing, features, various experience types, and demonstrates a live team-based Trivia Game with remote participants.