When it comes to events, we tend to think that bigger is better. You want a large crowd so as many people as possible hear your message, right? Maybe not. There’s also tremendous power that comes from hosting quality micro-events.
Are you tired of large events where you end up feeling like a number? Right now, there’s a trend happening in the event planning world where attendees have the opportunity to interact with others in more meaningful and authentic ways.
People are looking for time and space to clear their minds, identify or re-connect with their purpose, determine what's next and establish the friendships and connections that will support them on their journey.
Sounds amazing, right?
This trend is called the Micro Event, and it is small but it is mighty! I know that there are some of you who that believe when it comes to events, bigger is better….but hear me out.
Believe it or not, the size of an event doesn’t matter. It’s all about the impact that it has on the people that attend. People remember events not for their size, but for the personal impact and the meaningful connections made. When your events are memorable, attendees are more likely to maintain engagement with your business, refer others to your community, purchase your products and services, and attend future events.
Micro-events offer more benefits for your business than you may think. They’re worth checking out if you desire something that offers a more personalized experience, while also being fun and affordable.
What is a micro-event?
So what exactly is a micro-event? You may be surprised to find out that you already know the answer. They’re events you’ve probably attended or hosted yourself.
Historically, micro-events referred to online events like webinars, networking events, or live broadcasts. They stand in contrast to large-scale virtual summits or multi-day events that draw lots of attendees and include multiple sessions and speakers that all add up to hours of event content.
Today, Micro-events have evolved to include both virtual and in-person experiences where the focus is on quality over quantity. The events are highly targeted and curated for a smaller group of people (typically between 8-75 people) and are highly experiential, high touch, and achieve maximum impact and connection.
Micro events represent an event format for an intimate group that is simpler than complex larger events, and allows you the opportunity to elevate and enhance the experience and results.
9 Benefits of Micro-Events
Ready to unleash the power of a micro-event?
Here are 9 benefits that prove that bigger isn’t always better.
1. Establishes Authenticity and Creativity
In today’s world where remote connectivity can at times feel alienating, authenticity is a top priority for many. And micro-events give hosts and planners the opportunity to do just that: Create authentic experiences on a people-to-people basis. Increased flexibility and creativity make it easier to create unique, exclusive experiences that will resonate with the audience.
2. Offers A More Customized Experience
Having a smaller group provides you with more freedom to personalize your outreach efforts, content, and activations. A more personalized event experience will help you retain current and potential customers. Consider the attendee’s perspective and deliver core value. The first step is to design your program with the attendees in mind. The more customized an event is to its attendees, the more needs will be met and the more value they will receive.
3. Creates a Feeling of Exclusivity -
People love the concept of exclusivity because it elicits a sense of belonging and importance. Simply put, when your product, service, or events are limited, you can create a higher demand for them among customers. Micro-events offer an experience that is both memorable and meaningful. A smaller event allows you to share knowledge in a way that’s focused on quality rather than quantity, and content can be designed for a particular niche, rather than mass appeal associated with larger events. With a micro-event, the experience feels more exclusive and tailored to the specific wants and needs of the attendees, with the added benefit of crowd-sourcing that occurs naturally with smaller groups of people.
4. Creates Deeper Connections
Meaningful connection can be challenging at events with hundreds of attendees. Now more than ever, people are looking to establish deep lasting relationships that are true and meaningful. Micro-events cater to this need for connection. Micro events create an intimate environment for connecting on a deeper level, can help to boost one-on-one connections, and are perfect for building community and helping attendees feel comfortable in a close-knit environment.
5. Increases Audience Participation and Engagement
Conferences, conventions, and large gatherings may be an extrovert’s dream, but not everyone thrives in this environment. Micro-events are perfect for attracting all types of attendees and helping them feel at ease and comfortable in a smaller environment. Smaller events are more conducive to interaction and attendees are more likely to open up, share, ask questions, and be more vulnerable because the experiences feel more like conversations.
6. Builds an Impactful, Action-Driven Community
An active, engaged community helps kick off successful events. Since you are able to provide greater value to your attendees at micro-events, this streamlines the growth of an impactful community. Your attendees seek quality networking possibilities when attending an event. And through a micro-event, you are able to provide them with a sense of belonging. There is a strategy to creating results-driven events and by forging communities through micro-events, you will be able to generate better results from your current and future events.
7. Maintains Momentum
Many organizations host one large annual event which acts as a reunion for repeat attendees while also strengthening the community with first-time attendees. Your loyal active community craves more engagement with each other. Adding smaller, micro-events throughout the year not only increases audience retention but also keeps the momentum alive which enables your attendees to achieve maximum results.
8. Works As Part of A Larger Event
If you’ve already planned a large-scale event, you can create added value by providing one or more micro-events within it. It allows your attendees to find a more focused experience. Having a micro-event within a larger conference can provide an opportunity for individual conversation and deepening of personal relationships. You may have experienced this at a pre-event mastermind, a VIP reception, an off-site excursion, or other pre/post activities at larger events.
9. Helps you take advantage of trends
Trends come and go - sometimes so fast that you don’t have enough time to fully take advantage of them. With a micro-event, you can create an event on a smaller scale that takes less time to plan and execute. This allows you to take advantage of current trends and utilize them to your advantage, all while minimizing cost and positioning yourself as a thought leader in your industry.
Hopefully, now you’re excited at the potential impact micro-events can have on your business. Micro events can minimize overhead costs without compromising on quality, while also facilitating more meaningful event connections, and help future-proof your event strategy.
Our team would love to support you in creating a micro-event that can greatly benefit your business. Schedule a free consultation to see if a micro event is the right fit for your business.