RainFocus INSIGHT 2024 Unveiling the Impact of AI in Events by Heather Munnell
March 5, 2024

RainFocus INSIGHT 2024: Unveiling the Impact of AI in Events by Heather Munnell

Excitement bubbled within me as I prepared to step onto the stage at RainFocus INSIGHT 2024, knowing I was one of the speakers at this prestigious event. As VDA’s Client Experience Director, I was honored to share insights on how artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the events industry. My presentation delved into various facets of AI’s impact, from automating tasks to sentiment analysis, enhanced experiences, ethical AI practices, and smart matchmaking. However, my eagerness to contribute didn’t end with my own session; I was equally excited about attending all the other sessions to glean insights and perspectives from fellow experts. This article encapsulates the amalgamated strategies discussed during INSIGHT 2024, shedding light on the future trajectory of AI in corporate events.

VDA & BizBash Conducted a Large-Scale Industry Survey

At the end of 2023, VDA and BizBash teamed up for a major industry survey to explore how AI could transform event planning. The results revealed some interesting trends: a whopping 71% of respondents currently aren’t using any AI tools in their event planning, but looking ahead, 91% anticipate using AI more in the next year. For those not already on the AI bandwagon, 59% cite a lack of expertise as the main reason. On a positive note, 68% believe that training workshops could boost their confidence in implementing AI for event planning. These findings highlight both the current landscape and the optimistic outlook for AI adoption in the events industry.


Seamless Integration of AI in Event Practices

Today, AI has seamlessly integrated into mainstream practices, providing event planners with a revolutionary set of tools. Solutions like Copilot, ChatGPT, Zoom, LinkedIn, and Teams have ushered in a new era where automation becomes a key ally in managing tasks efficiently. These generative AI technologies serve as virtual administrative assistants, enabling lean event planning teams to save time, streamline operations, stay organized, and maintain a competitive edge in the industry.

How AI will foster Event Industry Growth in 2024?

1. Enhancing Creativity and Strategy with AI-Powered Tools

AI empowers event planners to focus on creativity and strategy by automating tasks such as crafting compelling content, automating responses, and orchestrating virtual meetings. Generative AI tools become invaluable assets, allowing event planners to navigate their roles with enhanced efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring a seamless experience for clients and attendees.  Explore our cheat sheet for essential AI tools that streamline planning and enhance corporate events.

2. Sentiment Analysis: A Game-Changer in Event Personalization

Sentiment analysis emerged as another pivotal aspect of the discussion. AI’s ability to analyze survey responses and identify common words, sentiments, and themed events provides valuable insights into attendee preferences. This information allows event organizers to tailor marketing campaigns and create more targeted experiences, ultimately enhancing attendee satisfaction and engagement.

3. Tailored Experiences through AI Algorithms

Beyond organizational tasks, AI significantly augments the overall attendee experience. By delving into attendee data, event organizers can leverage AI algorithms to segment audiences into specific niche groups. This allows planners to customize their marketing campaigns that resonate personally.

This tailored approach not only enhances engagement but also ensures participants receive information relevant to their interests and preferences. Additionally, AI extends to speaker coaching portals, where advanced algorithms provide real-time feedback to presenters, enhancing the quality of presentations.

4. Ethical AI Practices

INSIGHT 2024 discussions emphasized the paramount importance of adopting responsible AI practices and clear tech policies within the events industry. Addressing issues like bias, privacy concerns, and ensuring transparency in AI systems are essential components for ethical and beneficial AI utilization.

5. Intelligent Matchmaking: Redefining Corporate Networking

I delved into the realm of AI-driven networking, imagining a future where event planners harness algorithms to dissect attendee interactions. This method enables deeper connections by matching participants with similar interests and professional backgrounds. Such tailored networking elevates the event atmosphere, paving the way for fruitful collaborations and sparking fresh ideas in the events sector.

Artificial Intelligence in Events: A Continuing Evolution

As the events industry stands at the forefront of leveraging AI, it is evident that we are only at the beginning of this exploration process. AI is continuously evolving, and ongoing considerations involve determining the best use cases, ensuring compliance, and maximizing its potential to enhance efficiencies and attendee experiences. The role of AI in shaping the future of event planning is poised to become even more indispensable as technology evolves.

About Heather Munnell

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Sales and experiential marketing expert, Heather Munnell works with small businesses and international corporations to amplify their communication and connection with their audiences. In addition to being a passionate sales and events strategist, Heather has 20 years of experience in delivering corporate events to Fortune 500 companies that include sponsorships, team building, and experiential event design for both live and virtual events. In her role as Director of Client Experience at VDA, Heather has played an integral part in developing a cohesive sales and marketing strategy for new product development.

Heather is also a sought-after speaker who has shared her expertise at industry conferences such as EMS, BizBash Connect, IMEX, WEC, INSIGHT, and PCMA.

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