2019

POST EVENT REPORT

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ENTREPRENEUR

June 20, 2019

BY THE NUMBERS

215 FEMALE (51.2%)

205 MALE (48.8%)

41% Responded to our Revenue Survey

53.2% earn revenues of up to $1M

13.5% earn revenues of $1M - $2M

11% earn revenues of $2M - $5M

5.3% earn revenues of $5M - $10M

17% earn revenues of >$10M

ENTREPRENEUR

This includes Solo-preneurs, Founders, Co-founders, CEO's, Presidents, and Principals.

Approximately

53%

PROFESSIONALS

Professionals include senior management teams, service providers, and consultants.

Approximately

43%

COMMUNITY LEADER

Leaders of non-profit organizations and associations.

Approximately

4%

These stats exclude all event sponsors and partners.

SERVICES

66%

INDUSTRY TYPE

PRODUCTS

25%

COMMUNITY

9%

WINS & LOSSES

What worked and what didn't.

Wins

BEST TURNOUT & RETENTION TO DATE

Despite the venue being a little further than normal, and the late June date, we still had over 400 registered attendees and almost 90% checked in.  The shorter program also helped us retain the audience.

VIBE, DECOR, AND AMBIANCE

We elevated the look and feel, incorporating more AV, lighting props, and floor plan to create pockets of conversation.  We also increased the number of lounge seating areas and divided the space to accommodate flow.  

CORE SPONSOR ACTIVATIONS

Our core sponsors deserve credit for elevating their activations to a level that both inspired and awed our attendees.  Comments were of the "Wow, this is cool" variety.  Thank you sponsors!

OTHER WINS

The Westin Bayshore's staff and level of service was excellent from our perspective.  Relative to 2018's miss at Parq Vancouver, this year was a big success when it came to hospitality and service.

Our theme of "Through the Lens" was a great pilot.  We will continue to develop themes for the event, keeping speakers on track and developing a consistent framework for activations, decor, etc.

Losses

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Okay, this we can improve significantly.  There's no reason for line ups, so this will be dealt with in 2020.  We don't even need fancy technology - just a well-thought out process and the right people.

NAME TAGS

Despite a great reluctance to use name tags we did make a true attempt to get them printed.  Unfortunately, the printer made an error and missed a quarter of the names.  They admit to the mistake, but we obviously didn't use the name tags given so many were missing.

SPEAKER QUALITY

Some of our speakers were surprisingly great.  Others, perhaps we could do a better job on the curation and speaker preparation.  We will continue to work with our Speaker Selection Committee to improve.  That said, overall, there was an improvement over 2018.

OTHER LOSSES

Minor issues with some suppliers, including one rental company, event registration software capabilities, and some inconsistency in quality of activations.  We also note a disappointment in quality of deliverables from the photographer and videographer.  While minor, these will be dealt with for 2020.

Looking ahead...

Plans for 2020 are already underway!  In fact, we're excited to propose a completely different conference format, an unexpected venue (not a hotel ballroom), and some new features that will elevate the attendee experience multiple-times over.

NEW FEATURES ON THE HORIZON...

 A venue with indoor and outdoor space - lots and lots of space!

Multiple tracks taking place simultaneously - attendees can create their own program.

A dedicated area serving an all-day menu -  attendees are welcome to eat whenever they want, and

all orders are included as part of admission.

 

Please contact us with any questions!

Open2Discussion (O2D Media Inc.)

PO Box 73535, Vancouver, BC V6E 4L9

Website: www.o2dmedia.com

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