Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, CMA is a not-for-profit association helping business-to-business companies make fast, accurate credit decisions.
Prior to 2020, CMA had focused on in-person events and webinars to share educational content with credit professionals and CMA members. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a standstill, CMA needed to find another way to connect with its members and maintain its presence amongst financial experts. So they started investigating the potential of running their CreditScape Conference as a virtual event.
There were three main challenges CMA faced when moving their conference online.
Firstly, they had never run a virtual event before, meaning they were starting from scratch. This meant that the level of support and guidance that could be provided by any platform they chose was extremely important.
Secondly, there was the challenge of ensuring that they could get buy-in from their sponsors for a virtual event and being confident they would see a positive ROI for both their time and money.
Finally, CMA had to consider how in-person engagement levels would be maintained or exceeded in a virtual environment.
Audience participation was the number one goal. CMA wanted to utilize engagement tools and design to keep audiences engaged, but also track and report on audience participation.
Sponsor satisfaction was also a key goal. Sponsors are a large part of CMA events and it was important that they could replicate the traditional in-person networking within a virtual space and show the ROI.
CMA utilized WorkCast’s virtual sponsor booths to allow their sponsors to engage with attendees within the virtual event. This included taking advantage of fully branded templates with the option to add videos, downloads, and links to external resources. The booths also included the attendee chat function, allowing sponsors to interact with users and answer any questions. To show the sponsors the performance of their booths and content, each booth had its own unique reporting dashboard.
With one of CMA’s goals being participation, we helped them gamify the attendee experience by creating an attendee leaderboard. Attendees were set the challenge of engaging with the virtual conference as much as possible so they could get the most out of the event. This included things like attendee chat, downloads, answering polls etc. The more an attendee interacted with the experience, the more points they earned. At the end of the event, the three attendees with the most participation points won gift cards.
Meeting sponsor needs was one of CMA’s core goals, so WorkCast provided templates that could be fully branded. Additionally, the whole of the CreditScape event was created with CMA’s branding, pulling in their Las Vegas roots.
WorkCast provided support pre-event, during, and post-event to ensure CMA’s virtual event ran smoothly. From helping make their ideas a reality, building the event, providing technical support on the day, and follow-up event care. WorkCast also provided support to the sponsors and speakers to ensure they felt confident.
WorkCast’s reporting dashboards enabled CMA to track and report on the performance of each element of CreditScape. From the number of registrations, to how many attended live and what resources were interacted with, the robust analytics provided them with a full view of attendee engagement and a higher level they would have gotten at an in-person event.
CMA was able to deliver a successful virtual conference, CreditScape, and garnered positive feedback from both attendees and sponsors.
"I love the fact that you could be sitting in front of your screen and you literally feel like you're walking into a conference hall. So you really get that conference feeling. And the team itself was beyond phenomenal to assist me in everything I needed to do...they knew exactly what I needed and wanted and could do that for me" - Ann Westpy, Head Director of Education and Events, CMA