How to Create Your Virtual Event's Networking Center
Note: This feature is available for enterprise clients only.
To create your event’s Networking Center, begin on your event channel and create a separate webinar series. Click Create New Webinar, located on the top right corner of any page on BigMarker, then select Summit or Series. Create a new webinar series and give it a name (either Networking Center or Lounge).
Once you’ve created your Networking Center, you’ll be prompted to create a landing page. Because it’s already associated with an event, skip this step and click the Manage button instead, located in the header banner, on the top right corner of your screen .
Next, adjust its settings and customize your Networking Center’s appearance and functionality. Select the Edit tab, then scroll to Series Format. Choose Lounge.
How do I customize, design and add features to my Networking Center?
To customize your Networking Center, remain in the Edit tab and continue down to Networking Page Background. There, change the background of your Networking Center, either to a color or an image. If you want to use a solid color background, navigate to Networking Color and enter your desired hexadecimal code or use the color picker.
If you select Image, you’ll be prompted to upload a logo instead.
Next, you’ll customize welcome text for the Networking Check In and Networking Center itself. The Networking Check In is the welcome page where your guests will enter the networking page and complete their Virtual Business Card. Enter a welcome title and subtitle under Networking Check In Big Title and Subtitle Title respectively. Because you’re collecting your attendees’ personal information, we recommend adding a disclaimer to that subtitle text. An example is below:
Then name your Networking Center itself, and select the text color using a hexadecimal code or color picker.
When participants complete their Virtual Business Card, they’ll be prompted to share their contact information and/or social media profiles with other attendees to encourage follow up. Using the checklist below, decide whether you will ask participants to share their email address and links to their LinkedIn, Twitter, Calendly and Instagram accounts.
Next, you’ll select the tabs that will be visible to attendees in your Networking Center, and rename them if desired, using the checklist below.
The People tab is a listing of event attendees and their Virtual Business Cards, with the option to contact and book appointments with specific attendees.
The Lounge is a public chat room enabling group and one on one text chats, as well as video chats, between event attendees.
The Prize Packs tab is where gamification takes place. Gamification is a series of challenges in which participants engage in desired engagement behaviors (visiting exhibitor booths, etc.) to earn points, with the goal of winning “prize packs” of sponsor and exhibitor products upon hitting a specified point total. You’ll learn how to input prizes on pages 8 and 9.
Underneath the tab name, list the rules and logistical details for your challenge.
The Our Partners tab lists the event’s exhibitors and enables attendees either to visit their booth or book meetings with them. This allows attendees to reach out to your exhibitors without having to visit the Expo Hall, and gives event partners more touchpoints to meet new contacts.
The My Profile tab shows the participant’s profile. Check this box to make it visible within your Networking Center.
The leaderboard lists the most engaged participants within the Networking Center. Make this visible to guests by checking “Show leaderboard tab.”
Participants may “favorite” other contacts to connect with at a later date. Allow this action by checking “Allow delegate to favorite others.” These contacts will be visible to participants in the Saved Contacts tab.
Click Save Changes to complete your event’s Networking Center.