When creating a Socio Event or Community, one of the first steps is to choose whether it'll be Hybrid, In Person, or Virtual. The Event Type you choose determines how attendees interact with your event and the event content, and it enables or disables certain event features and functionality. This article walks you through each Event Type and outlines considerations for each. 👍

Screenshot of the Event Type options in the Basics tab.

Event Types

There are three different Event Type options — In Person, Virtual, and Hybrid. The Event Type setting lives in the Basics tab on the Socio Platform.

Screenshot of Event Type options in the Basics tab on the Socio Platform.

⭐️ Keep in mind, after creating an event, you can change the Event Type in the Basics tab until you publish your event. If you need to change your Event Type after publishing your event, start a chat with our helpful Support team or email support@socio.events for assistance.

Let's explore each Event Type!

In Person (Default)

The In Person (Default) option is perfect for an event at a specific venue with all attendees physically present. If you plan to add remote attendees to the mix, the Hybrid option is a better fit.

When selecting the In Person Event Type, consider the following:

  • An Event Location is required. Session Locations are optional

  • All times in the Agenda feature on the Web and Mobile App are identical to those entered in the Socio Platform, and the venue location determines the time zone of the event. The user's local time isn't shown. 

  • The Live Stream feature is unavailable

  • It's not possible to add Live Stream and Video Replay options to a session

Virtual

The Virtual option is the best choice for events where all attendees will participate remotely, and there isn't a physical venue or location where attendees will meet. 

When selecting the Virtual Event Type, consider the following:

  • You don't need to select an event location

  • You select the time zone that you want to build your content in. Attendees see this time in the Agenda feature on the Web and Mobile App, and they also see the time in their own time zone — AKA "Your Time".

Hybrid

The Hybrid option is ideal for events that are a mix of in-person and virtual attendees. 

When selecting the Hybrid Event Type, consider the following:

  • Event Location is required, and session Locations are optional

  • You select the time zone that you want to build your content in. Attendees see this time in the Agenda feature on the Web and Mobile app, and they also see the time in their own time zone — AKA "Your Time".

  • All features are available

Pro tips! 😎

  • If you're unsure which option to select, we recommend the Hybrid option. This gives you the most flexibility when creating your event, and features only appear to attendees if you configure them to do so.

  • If you select the Hybrid or Virtual option in a Branded Event App, Shake to Connect has no distance requirement. Users across the globe can shake within 5 minutes of each other and still connect! This impacts all other events in the app as well.

Animated GIF of using Shake to Connect to connect with other attendees

Now that you know all about Event Type options on the Socio Platform, check out our Privacy Settings article and decide how attendees will join your event!

Questions? Chat Us or Email support@socio.events

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