Despite advances in video calling, super fast broadband and mobile Internet you still can't beat face-to-face contact when searching for new ideas, recognition and job satisfaction. Furthermore face-to-face contact through conferences is a great place to meet and forge contacts that can result in further business later on. It's not just individuals that benefit from conferences; the companies that pay to put them on also profit.
Costs for conference centres across the United Kingdom have been falling even as facilities have been improving. Premium locations such as conference centres London and meeting rooms in Birmingham are now much better value for money, and unlike former conference centres located in out of town business centres to cut costs, centres now are right in the centre of the nation's key business locations.
Here are three reasons why conferences are so important to companies.
Branding, awareness and marketing
A conference is an excellent way of getting your company out there, reinforcing its presence on the scene and helping to publicise your industry. It's also a perfect opportunity to boost your brand's image, differentiate your business from your competitors and otherwise demonstrate to the world what you can bring to the table.
Conferences are excellent marketing tools as well. The business press tends to hone in on large and mid-sized or timely conferences and thus you will receive plenty of free media coverage.
Conferences are great places to recruit new people. You can meet and assess a person in the flesh without having to go through a long recruitment process and you can also see how people interact with others and add to the conference as a whole.
Graduate fairs are one of the best resources for recruiters. You can meet and greet graduates and undergraduates and learn of their abilities before offering them interviews.
Practical learning for your employees and potential employees
Instead of paying for pricey external training programmes, your employees and everyone else attending the conferences (including potential future employees) can learn through engagement, chatting with others and going to lectures and seminars from more experienced speakers.
James King is a freelance business consultant. He recommends ETC Venues for conference centres London based.