By: Natasha Archary
From virtual meetings, to livestreaming funerals and conducting job interviews online, thanks to COVID-19 we’re all living in the virtual world.
As mentioned on Kaya Drive with Sizwe Dhlomo this Thursday, Sandile van Heerden is officially off the market, having just finalized iLobola with his Mrs.
Amid the third wave of the pandemic and with all the devastation throughout the country, this was the silver lining many Kaya Drive listeners needed.
Not one to take any risks sanitizer-wise, Sandile managed the lobola negotiations with Mrs van Heerden’s family virtually.
Listen to the Kaya Drive moment here:
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Gone are the days when one could simply host lavish family events or attend occasions in person, and virtual events are not only cost-effective but it gives you the face-to-face interaction in these socially distant times.
Here’s a quick guide to successfully host an event living in the virtual world:
- There are many free-to-use online options to host a virtual event. Depending on the number of guests you’d like to share the day with, for smaller events Microsoft Teams or Zoom is the most popular amongst South Africans since the pandemic.
- Larger events for over 500 people can be hosted on platforms such as Eventcube, Airmeet, Accelevents, vFairs, Intrado, Hopin, ON24, or Bizzabo.
- While virtual events don’t require much in terms of budget, it is a good idea to test sound and lighting to ensure people can see the main event.
- For weddings, funerals, birthdays or webinars, it is best to hire a professional videographer who will be able to livestream things and capture the moment perfectly.
- Don’t forget to give your virtual event a good social media push to drive people to register if need be or to save the date. Without targeted promotion, attendance will suffer.
- Virtual events give people the option for interactive video conferencing. You don’t want interferences at key moments however, and it is advisable to assign someone to settings duties on your live event page, to mute and unmute all participants when required.
Many people have opted for the virtual event route, instead of waiting for life to return back to normal, people have embraced the online realm to help them move ahead with the plans they set for themselves.
Kaya 959 would like to congratulate Sandile van Heerden on this exciting new chapter in his and Mrs van Heerden’s lives.