Rise4Disability is an industry leader in the Healthcare and Disability Sector in the UK. Before the pandemic, they used to host their once-a-year exhibition in central London, however, due to the pandemic and the mandatory measures, their physical event was hosted online by using iStaging as a virtual exhibition provider. Jade Godier, Company Director of Rise4Disability, speaks below about her collaboration and experience with iStaging.
This is Jade Godier and I am the Company Director for Rise4Disability. We host an array of different types of events for predominantly the healthcare and disability sector.
The customized exhibition entrance of Rise4Disability. The advanced tag functions provided flexibility to create a unique and welcoming experience.
How everything started
At the beginning of the pandemic, we were obviously unable to facilitate our physical in-person events. Discussing with our key audience of health professionals, they said that there would be no way that any physical events would be able to go ahead for at least a year. So suggested that we look at putting our events online through webinars and training. The health care professionals suggested looking into online events, restricting the hosting of in-person events.The customized exhibition entrance of Rise4Disability. The advanced tag functions provided flexibility to create a unique and welcoming experience.
The struggle to find a platform that fits our needs
Obviously, there's a lot of different kinds of virtual events companies online that offer a package for events. Usually, you have to purchase a full package upfront regardless of how many exhibitors that you've got. Meaning, you have to pay obviously beyond the initial package of extra exhibition stands. Further, the stands didn't actually deliver what we needed (visually) for our industry.
Looking at different types of platforms such as virtual tours and more visualized demonstration platforms, we came across iStaging upon our online search. We looked deeper into their website and we saw that they offer virtual event solutions, and we contacted them. A member of their team contacted me immediately and we did the first demonstration.“We helped people to demonstrate their products virtually at any time with no physical restrictions” Jade say
“I was blown away”
I was blown away by the functions of the virtual showrooms and obviously the online activity that you could have from them. So from that, we have developed our events to an online platform for people to demonstrate products virtually which has given so much more accessibility to our clients and at any time with no physical restrictions.Exhibitors get to keep their showrooms after the exhibition and use them as a new sales channel, hosting live demonstrations, chatting with visitors and launching new products.
How the “virtually” possible helped attendees and health professionals
Given the nature that some of our attendees are also physically disabled [challenges such as.. ] access issues, fatigue and time travelling appear and [hosting virtually...] made things far more accessible for them to attend a virtual event. Health professionals from the NHS (National Health Service in the UK) and hospitals have busy schedules, so being able to attend post-event has been great!
The platform gives you great functions and iStaging has been a great support throughout the events. iStaging has delivered pretty unique developments and offers an interactive platform. I would highly recommend them for any kind of visualization that you want for events, stores, tours, so get in touch with them!
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