With access to a growing number of tools dedicated to meeting others online, and in combination with the social distancing program, this could be an era where fun means digital. Virtual meetups/parties may very well become a day-to-day norm, at least for now. If so, what's your outlook on this and do you have any interesting ideas for a good one? Personally, I'd love to be part of a weekly karaoke meetup myself.
Already planning a zoom happy hour with some of my mom friends tonight when the kids go to bed!!
Hi @Muse ,
Funny that you mention that! Our ad tagline was, "Put on your PJ's and grab a glass of wine!"
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Thanks for the suggestion will check this out for sure. I love a new virtual party game to help pass the time!
Hi @Ramzi419 ,
We are doing this very thing! We use Zoom. When we first announced the idea to our customers via FB we had a response in less than a minute. We had 12 customers in our first virtual party and it went off without a hitch. We have a shopping cart available for immediate orders. Supplying links through the chat window works like a charm.
Just practice a bit first!'
Hope this helps,
@Muse Yes! I'm sure all sorts of games are going to be made for this. I already know of a Netflix group watch chrome extension being shared around, time to become a movie buff, maybe?
Hi @Ramzi419 ,
Just wanted to note that with our "Virtual Parties" it is really good to have a set of party rules that you introduce at the beginning of the meeting. We noted stuff about talking over each other, appropriate language, .... It really helps set the tone of the show and make managing the show a bit easier. Also, if the party host has someone who can operate the chat while the show is in progress that makes for an easier presentation. One person can certainly handle a small chat, but sometimes 10 or more people can be a chatfull!
Hope this helps,
@JMPepper Agree 100%; being new to this, I'm unaware of how messy it could get, so If I were to start one, your tips would be great starting points, thanks for that.
My fitness team is partnering with a local brewery to support sales of their products since bars are closed. They're delivering purchased beer + cider to our houses and we're having a ZOOM happy hour! I think there's a lot of creative ways to get in tune digitally with ZOOM, SKYPE, FACETIME, IG, ETC. I just watched a wedding on IG live. Cried like a baby.
My wife and I have been in the "home-party" business for 24 years as well as having our brick-and-mortar. Ironically, I'm about a week from releasing our latest template and update for the "party planners". The prep for a virtual party is not too much from a real one these days. Soooo.....
From the feedback here, I'm going to add "how to do a zoom party" as a module of the site.
Looks like a couple of long, perhaps entertaining, and hopefully productive nights in a trying time!
@Ramzi419 For a while I've been an avid supporter of virtual reality experiences. Technology is getting to the point where portable VR systems are really good. I'm hoping that this situation opens the virtual door so to speak for more people to try such experiences. They can be very fun and help with feelings of isolation and "cabin fever". Just my 2¢ 😁
Just wanted to give you all an update on what we actually accomplished over the weekend. Keep in mind that I already have a zoom account and a GoDaddy hosted site. Of course, getting a Zoom account is very quick!
We have scheduled 3 online parties so far. We reached out to our manufacturers and distributors to help us provide content. They've responded by providing sales reps and their brand ambassadors as participants in the zoom meetings. So, reach out and utilize these resources.
Each of our team members has a company email. From my zoom account, I sent them an invitation to be a team member and they created their basic free zoom account. WE are now planning and publishing our scheduled meetings. Before the week is over we plan to have at least 6 more parties on the calendar. Hopefully, "privately assisted shopping/consultation" bookings will be ready on the website by tonight or tomorrow. Of course, this can also be immediately accomplished with an invitation to call or a website form.I'm having a hitchamagoo to work out so I'll be calling GoDaddy support shortly! Our online team is rapidly becoming available to our customers and suppliers. Whew.....
We also reached out to our local merchant associated and offered our Zoom room to anyone who needed it while we are not using it. I am in the process of doing my documentation for how I put all of this together. If anyone is interested in it let me know. If there is enough interest I will host a Zoom meeting to discuss it.
We also have a grasshopper account. Its proving to extremely helpful. All of our team members have (or will be getting) a store phone to associate with their assigned grasshopper extensions. One might also consider GoDaddy SmartLine numbers for each team/employee. This helps keep business communication separate from personal.
Once again, I'll keep you updated as I get each piece of this challenge addressed.
Stay safe and #OpenWeStand