COVID-19 Events & Brand Experience Hub
Key insights and resources to help brands to continue to create strong and meaningful connections with their audiences.
The COVID-19 Events & Brand Experience Hub is a selection of resources and insights our team has curated to help your brand navigate your way through events and brand experiences.
Within the Hub you'll find the following...
Things are looking up for the events industry in Australia as The New South Wales Government has announced a major rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions, including removing the capacity limit for corporate events.
From Monday 22 February 2021, maximum capacity limits for corporate events will only be determined by the one person per two square metres rule.
Other venues and gatherings, including hospitality venues, regional agricultural shows, weddings, funerals and retail, will also move to the one person per two square metres rule.
Dancefloors will be limited to 50 people indoors.
Outdoor stadiums and theatres can increase to 100 per cent seated capacity, and one person per two square metres for unstructured seating areas, while indoor stadiums and theatres can operate at 75 per cent capacity.
Gatherings in outdoor public spaces will remain at 50 people, outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2sqm rule) will be increased to up to 2,000 people, and other organised outdoor events, such as community sport and outdoor protests, will increase to 2,000 (subject to the 2sqm rule).
Some of the requirements to be addressed in your COVID-19 safety plan include:
We encourage you to involve us early in your project’s planning phase so we can help you navigate the new COVID-19 protocols and recommend the best format for your event - e.g. hybrid, online or face-to-face event.
Please also refer to your local State websites for the latest updates.
It’s a good question. As restrictions begin to ease, there are already opportunities for brands to communicate with their audiences face-to-face. However, previous behaviours may no longer be applicable so it’s important to find out what’s changed and review your engagement strategy before engaging with your audience. We're seeing positive behaviours from people in both NSW and QLD and believe this will translate over to corporate events if correct procedures are implemented.
We are lucky to live in a society where technological advances are enabling us to stay connected whilst not physically being connected. Social media and technology have become an important source of our daily lives that provides context as all communities are forced to move online.
So what are the ways in which we can ensure attendees feel connected whilst physically distancing? As stated above, the obvious is connection through technology, examples of this include:
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Consider your objectives and whether or not a face-to-face event is suitable right now.
The same rules apply to your content and key messaging for events as they always have, now, there is simply more precaution. You can find out more about persevering event strategies that continue to stay ahead of the curb in The New Experience 2020 Report.
This is a guide our team has curated with expert opinions, analytic insights, and our own professional experiences. Download a copy and see for yourself.
Safety has always been a top priority at Sense. Our projects are assessed individually with advice from our go-to safety manager, Momo Vassilev as well as other expert stakeholders when required.
There will be a lot more to consider during the planning and delivery of future events to adhere to the new COVID-19 safety protocols and health & safety regulations.
Checking these boxes will be important to ensure everyone's safety, but it doesn’t stop there. The design of the space can also contribute to creating an environment where the audience feels safe, can immerse themselves in the experience, and engage with the content.
Sense is committed to taking all necessary precautions as recommended by relevant state and federal authorities to protect businesses and people coming together.
The organiser must have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and electronic entry recording is compulsory.
Our advice is to talk to us first and to get us involved in the planning phase. Conditions are changing day by day, as new information becomes available and we observe how the hospitality, tourism and other sectors respond. We are closely monitoring brands and market activity in Australia and around the world. We’re working on new formats, processes and designs to help our clients navigate through this and return to business sooner. Get in touch with us to arrange a workshop to discuss alternative ways to engage your audience and achieve your key objectives.
Sense’s 'Behind The Experience' podcast, hosted by co-founder and director Mark Bennedick, puts the spotlight on our industry's best talent and interviews forward-thinking leaders of innovative, purpose-driven brands making an impact with brand experiences.
In our COVID-19 learning series, we’ve curated some of the best business minds from companies like Adobe and Atlassian to understand how they’re handling business, as well as globally renowned experts in behavioural science, innovation and creativity. See our recent episodes below.
We're all learning and understanding what The New Experience is together. Through the Sense blog we will be sharing regular findings and insights to help your brand navigate the changes with events and brand experiences. See a few of our recent blogs below.