“Post your questions in the chat.”

For those of us who’ve attended a virtual or hybrid event in 2020, this sounds all too familiar. Unfortunately for many of these events, the chat feature serves as a catch-all for attendee engagement and networking.

But we’ve seen how it often plays out: questions are quickly buried in the fast-moving chat, never to be seen again. Meanwhile, networking is relegated to a wave of “Greetings from Orlando!” messages. I wouldn’t call it networking, and there’s no meaningful connection.

To bring in additional engagement features, like polling and Q&A, organizers have traditionally relied on multiple apps and point solutions. But in reality, they take the attendee to a new window or separate system. It’s not the best user experience.

These challenges become more pronounced with hybrid events. How can organizers engage both their virtual and in-person attendees with a single solution, and how can the two groups engage and connect with each other?

We noticed that engagement and networking are lacking at many virtual and hybrid events, so we’ve been actively developing solutions to address these issues head-on. Starting in September, we launched Socio’s session chat feature. I’m thrilled to announce we’ve added live polling and moderated Q&A, as well as networking functionality to our web app.

Boosting Attendee Engagement with Live Polling and Moderated Q&A

Like Socio’s session chat, you can now include polling and Q&A features — or just one, to each individual live stream. You can also have a single feature offering for the entire event. This gives you total flexibility on how you engage your attendees, regardless if you have one or 100 concurrent sessions.