Posts Under: Matthew Cibellis

Virtually Amazing. SIPA 2020 Day 1 Talks up Data, Events and Value.

Look at your data. "[Data] value is in the eye of the beholder," said Michael Marrale, CEO, M Science, in an informative Alternative Data 101 session with Meg Hargreaves, COO, Industry Dive. "You'll find value in surprising places. Typically, we've partnered with companies that don't fully realize the value of their data. They can be surprised" when told their data has value and content licensing potential. "Don't think that size of the company is the main factor. It's really about the data. You can have relatively small revenue but big data capabilities." 

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Global Audience, Discussion Rooms, Polling - The Virtues of Virtual Events

Offer content—video, gamification, polling—and then bring people together around that. Speaking at the ongoing-through-May CES Deconstructed Jesse Serventi, founding partner, Renovus Capital, said (in a virtual discussion) today that we're really just starting to learn how to "have a keen understanding of how to engage an audience virtually. A lot of it is asynchronous. You're on an island. You're going through it by yourself. It's tough to engage. But then it's also synchronous where you might be watching many hours of content. That's tough too. The companies doing the best job are bringing in both. They might be starting off with prerecorded asynchronous content, watching video, doing a multiple choice quiz, and then coming together to do a group exercise around that and developing relationships—reaching you through multiple modalities. That's just a great way to engage the customer or get customers hooked in an even better way than live in-person training ...

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Virtual Event Platforms Are Out There, Listening and Ready to Fill in

I peeked into Education Week's Online Summit last week and was very impressed. Halfway through they already had almost 1,000 live attendees and 550 comments! It took place on a platform called Brazen, that's usually associated more with virtual career fairs. But it works very well for their summits which are centered around text-based chats with editorial staff—and experts in the K-12 world—and entering various "reporter" or "sponsor" rooms.   "Brazen has been with us since the beginning of our online summits," Matthew Cibellis, director of programming for live and virtual events for Education Week, wrote to me today. "That's because we were already using them for our online job fairs. The price tag back then was too high, and we didn't have sufficient job fair sponsorship to merit keeping them. But my production director asked me to meet with them to discuss how versatile it could be for more content-driven meet-ups. Brazen only convinced me when I st ...

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10 Successful Webinar Promotion Strategies

Restate the key value proposition of your webinar in reminders, writes Ken Molay on The Webinar Blog. Never send reminder emails that just say, "Your webinar is tomorrow." Add a sentence that reinforces why they were interested in the first place: "'Just a reminder that tomorrow is your chance to learn ways to improve the efficiency of your operations.'"

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9 Action Items From SIPA Annual 2018

When putting on a webinar, we may have a tendency to be satisfied with a great speaker, valuable content and knowledge that the audience will really benefit from this. Matthew Cibellis, director of programming, live and virtual events, Education Week, would say that one thing is missing from that formula that directly affects how many people will attend—a strong title.

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