Inspiring Speeches from Plesk at CloudFest ‘21

Another year of CloudFest has come and gone, leaving excitement for the future and inspiration for the hosting and developer community. Although for the first time CloudFest was held completely online, the challenge created a unique and fulfilling experience for all attendees.

On day one, the talks explored the theme, ‘The Intelligent Cloud’, looking at the possibility of AI in the cloudscape. Then, the topic ‘Web Pros in the Cloud’ was at the forefront for day two, an area of interest that directly impacts the Plesk community. So what better day to present advice and news from our expert team!

So, as part of day two, there were multiple opportunities to hear directly from Plesk insiders, giving insights into the landscape for web professionals in 2021. Among other news, during the conference we had the pleasure of announcing the acquisition of our newest family member, NIXStats, and we were inspired by Jens Meggers’ call to action that now is the best time to build.

Here’s a rundown of the speeches by key members of the Plesk team:

 

March 24th 2021

Speaker: Jens Meggers – CEO of Plesk & cPanel

Speaking as CEO of the server Saas group, WebPros, Jens Meggers delivered a motivational speech, encouraging the attending community of web professionals to keep building. In this climate of rapid online growth, he argues, the time to build is now. Listen in to hear his insights into the world of hosting and server management in an era of speedy innovation and change.

Speaker: Jan Loeffler - CTO of Plesk

In this speech - delivered by the tech genius who keeps Plesk products top-of-the-line - we learned about the importance of choosing the best, reliable platform right from the start that builds an environment suitable for developers. Jan’s engaging report took us through the essential checklist for attracting the best DevOps talent, taking the CloudFest audience through success stories from the last 12 months.

Lucas Radke CloudFest Plesk workshop

Panelist: Lucas Radke - Product Manager at Plesk

Taking part in an enlightening workshop hosted by WordPress experts and our very own Lucas Radke, this educational event at CloudFest drew a considerable crowd, eager to learn from the best. The panel discussion was aimed at championing success on the web, just like the rest of our Plesk products.

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Speaker: Jens Meggers – CEO of Plesk & cPanel
Speaking as CEO of the server Saas group, WebPros, Jens Meggers delivered a motivational speech, encouraging the attending community of web professionals to keep building. In this climate of rapid online growth, he argues, the time to build is now. Listen in to hear his insights into the world of hosting and server management in an era of speedy innovation and change.

Speaker: Jan Loeffler – CTO of Plesk
In this speech – delivered by the tech genius who keeps Plesk products top-of-the-line – we learned about the importance of choosing the best, reliable platform right from the start that builds an environment suitable for developers. Jan’s engaging report took us through the essential checklist for attracting the best DevOps talent, taking the CloudFest audience through success stories from the last 12 months.
Lucas Radke CloudFest Plesk workshop

Panelist: Lucas Radke – Product Manager at Plesk
Taking part in an enlightening workshop hosted by WordPress experts and our very own Lucas Radke, this educational event at CloudFest drew a considerable crowd, eager to learn from the best. The panel discussion was aimed at championing success on the web, just like the rest of our Plesk products.
Alongside the talks, the virtual booths for this year’s CloudFest got the Plesk team of account managers, marketers, product managers and support engineers networking! With live chatting, meeting rooms and networking opportunities, the whole team was thrilled to meet with partners another year. Did you attend CloudFest this year? What did you learn? Would you like another chance to network with our dedicated team? Leave us a comment below, or get in touch with your account manager! See you at the next conference for web professionals!

Business in 2021 – Tips for Organizing Online Events

Covid-19 has changed what “normal” looks like for us all, and the events industry is no exception. Today, virtual events, also known as online events, have grown in popularity around the world and have become a part of our lives and our businesses. 

A virtual event is very similar to an in-person one, but with some outstanding benefits. Virtual events could be online conferences and webinars, interviews and performances, training and courses, tutorials, classes, and more. 

One of the biggest benefits of virtual events is not being restricted to a single place or location. This means that anyone from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a device can join the event. Secondly, online events are cost-effective as they avoid booking venues, staff, producing merchandise, hiring or buying equipment and other staff you need for off-line events. 

Last but not least, you may already know how important it is to measure any digital activity you perform. Thus, being easy to measure, online events give you the opportunity to measure your success, get data on overall engagement and number of attendees, and gauge the most popular speeches and downloaded materials. All these insights can help you to better plan for your next events. 

However, even though there are benefits and tools to help you create an online event,  organizing a successful online event may require time, effort and consideration.

Here are some top tips to help you host a successful online event:

1. Create a strategy 

 

Before you start, think about why you’re planning the event. You can start by defining whether you’re targeting your current customers as part of an engagement strategy, or whether this is a lead generation activity to pick up new customers, or both. What kind of experience do you want to deliver? What outcomes are you looking for? 

2. Find the right platform

 

Choosing the right platform mainly depends on your goals and the type of events you plan to organize.  However, there are some important features every platform should include; chat, Q&A, live polls, the ability to upload slides or additional content. Also, consider which ones provide an option to run both live and on-demand events, and with access to the events from mobile devices. 

Even if you find the perfect platform, don’t forget to anticipate any tech issues that your attendees may face while using the platform. On the day of the event, a couple of hours before, send out a notification email to your attendees. Make sure to log in to the platform 15-20 minutes earlier to give your speakers the administrative permissions, and during the event, make sure to mute all attendees.

3. Pick the right time

 

Choosing the right time for your online event is very important. Before reserving

the time for your event, consider the profile and the location of your audience.  If you plan to go global and your targeted audience is based in different time zones, do your best to pick a time that works for as many of your customers and followers as possible. If you can’t find a suitable time for everyone, create accessible content and record live presentations for those who couldn’t attend. 

Make sure not to plan your online event during public holidays or other similar events which could coincide with the date of your event. 

4. Promote the event

 

It’s time to promote your online event. It is important to understand your audience and choose the right channels to promote your event. Depending on where your audience spends more time online, you can manage sign-ups: through the event platform directly, on a dedicated landing page on your website, via social media event pages like Facebook or LinkedIn, over email marketing, or all of the above. You may also consider running paid ad campaigns. The best time to start the promotion is two-three weeks before the event, depending on its size and scope.

5. Keep attendees engaged

 

Make your audience feel connected, involving them into the process so they stay longer and participate more. Here are some ideas: 

  • Ask your audience questions during the event
  • Encourage debate
  • Use live content for presentation
  • Use the webcam all the time and encourage the audience to do the same
  • Leave time for Q&A sessions 

After the event

No matter whether the event you are running is online or offline: it is always important to follow up with attendees. Sending a post-event survey to understand participants’ experience will show that you care and will help you to understand the outcome of the event. Also, include a sign-off thanking everyone, both participants and speakers. Share the meeting recording with those who missed it. 

The new normal has boosted the world of online events. Many of you have moved your events online, and we hope this article helps you make them a success! 

Need more answers on this topic? Let us know in the comments below, or if you are a Plesk Partner, get in touch with your Account Manager and they will be happy to provide whatever guidance they can.