Whether you are hosting a trade show, a team-building celebration or even a product launch to mark a new era in your organisation, there is much thought that must go into planning a corporate event. From venue and menu to entertainment, setting the right tone is crucial. In this article we’re going to focus specifically on how to pick the best entertainment for a corporate event.
What to consider when picking corporate entertainers?
Here are a few considerations that will help you narrow down the search: •
Budget: How much money do you have to play with? Delegating your budget accordingly requires a certain delicacy, particularly given just how much goes into hosting a corporate event. So, consider carefully how much money you can set aside for entertainment. Be realistic about what you can afford – but don’t skimp either; corporate performances are important for bringing the whole event together and really making an impact. •
Audience: Who is the main demographic of your event? There’s a clear difference between hiring a DJ and an Adelaide musician playing the harp. Think carefully about the average age and interests of your audience before rushing in and hiring a corporate entertainer. Singing and harp is beautiful, but if you are hosting a team building event where the average age is between twenty and thirty, a DJ or live band might be more appropriate. For an older audience at a charity event on the other hand, harp and vocals would be arguably perfect.
If you are planning a work event, why not speak with your employees in advance and try to gauge what kind of experience they would enjoy most? You might just get some amazing recommendations. •
Theme: Theme is another important consideration when it comes to which corporate performances are right for your event. Having a cover band at a black tie event won’t quite make the same impact as some charmingharp music in Adelaide. •
The purpose of your event: What is the purpose of your event? Is it for charity? Is it a team-building exercise? Is it an exciting product launch? The overall purpose and intention of your event will help you determine the most appropriate form of entertainment.
The planning process is crucial when hosting a corporate event so make sure that you take your time when making these considerations. Once you have a solid plan in place, the rest will start to come together quite nicely.
Of course, one of the biggest considerations when planning a corporate event at the moment is health & safety. Be sure to brush up on current COVID-19 regulations to ensure that your event goes ahead safely and responsibly.
Corporate event entertainment ideas
To give you some inspiration and help you along with making a decision, here are some corporate event entertainment ideas:
Photo booths: These are great for promoting silliness and engagement at team building events! They can dress up with all sorts of silly costumes and props, bringing them together. •
Celebrity impersonators: perfect for a little comic relief.Celebrity impersonators are a fun and laid-back way of adding a light silliness to your event. •
Fire dancers and performers: wow your audience with some death-defying stunts! If you really want to take things up a notch, then there are many acts that you can hire in Adelaide. •
Casino: for black tie parties and “guys and dolls” themed events, a casino is a great way to encourage interaction between your guests. Everyone gets ‘fake money’ that they can gamble, giving your guests a thrilling way to win prizes and let their hair down. •
Musicians: This is quite a broad category that can be broken down into DJ’s, cover bands, acoustic artists, pianists, harp and vocals, and more. One great artist we would highly recommend for the more up-market corporate events is a renowned Adelaide harpist called Visnja. Breathe a little class and sophistication into your corporate event with some high-end classical vibes. • Caricaturist: These artists can be a great addition to a team building corporate event where guests can take home personalized caricature paintings of themselves, giving your event that extra memorability. •
Comedians: If you want to keep the evening light and entertaining, hiring a comedian can be a great way of engaging your guests. Often some of the best memories are formed through laughter and if you want your event to be memorable to your guests, a comedian can bring them together nicely. •
Break-dancers: can truly energise your audience with sizzling performances. Depending on the tone you want to set throughout your event, this level of performance can be highly effective. • Create an immersive experience: another great way to engage and entertain your guests is by making the overall experience as immersive as possible. For example: many event managers are utilizing AR (augmented reality) technology to give guests a way to take part in the event while having some fun. • Visual / performance artists: Hiring live, visual performance artists is another effective way of creating a memorable event. This will lend a certain ‘once-in-a-life-time’ vibe to the event as the art will be created live in front of the audience. • Karaoke: it might sound silly, but for the right event karaoke can be an excellent means of engaging your guests and allowing them to really let their hair down. Who knows, some of your guests might end up being the next Beyoncé! OK, perhaps not, but it’s great fun all the same!
Entertainment for corporate events isn’t something to rush. Just as feeding and keeping your guests watered is crucial for keeping them occupied and engaged; Giving them a break and some much needed entertainment in between is an essentiality.
If you wish to make a huge impact and host a truly memorable event, take your time, weigh up your options carefully, and make sure you choose the perfect corporate entertainers to wow your guests.