Weston Imagine

An engaging virtual event with an 87% attendance rate, more than double the industry standard.

Client  Westcon-Comstor New Zealand
Campaign Name  Westcon Imagine

To create and deliver an engaging reward platform to support the Westcon-Comstor Imagine event as it becomes an online virtual customer conference. The program to be interactive and reward individuals who attend keynotes and webinars of the online event and for completing post event surveys. Points to be redeemed from a range of rewards online along with the ability to donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

The Problem

Due to Covid19 restrictions, Westcon-Comstor made the decision to move their Imagine event (which is a staple in the New Zealand IT industry for the last decade) to a virtual event. Westcon felt it was more important than ever to run Imagine and support the IT channel and local economy during those unprecedented times. However hosting virtual events to this magnitude and in that current environment created many unknown factors. One of these factors was to drive registrations and attendance on the day to ensure the speakers and content that had been created, was delivered to the optimal audience. It was critical to Westcon to plan and host a virtual event that proved to be engaging, interactive and rewarding for their customers.

Our Solution

From the initial registration experience, an interactive online journey was created that allowed attendees to earn points for attending webinars during the day and for completing online post event surveys. As an added bonus, Vendors were able to offer additional points for attendance to their webinar. Points earned at the event could then be redeemed online for a range of merchandise or gift card rewards. One of the highlights of the reward catalogue was the ability to redeem points for a donation to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

The design

The over arching design was built off the existing Westcon Imagine design.

The results

Close to 700 activated accounts and an 87% attendance rate compared to the industry standard of just 43%. Overall email open rates with registered members was 46% with a click to open rate of 57%. Following the virtual event, 89% of attendees redeemed a reward and nearly 200 donations were made to the Mental Health Foundation through the Imagine 2020 Virtual Event.

The result of including the loyalty program to support attendance and engagement of the virtual event proved to be incredibly positive for Westcon and for the 89% of attendees who received a reward of their choice, along with the added halo effect through enabling the support of a local charity.