Virtual Event Insider Tips

Let's have a conversation and talk through how we can hold your conference in 2020/2021 LIVE, or feel as much like it as possible. We promise to make this as pain-free and stress-free as humanly possible!

About Us:

For over 30 years, nocci has been the top tier choice for event management and logistics for conventions, festivals, galas, and so much more. Along with the rest of the world, life has changed. We are evolving quickly to help you move into new territory. Luckily, we have a leg up, as we are not new to virtual events.

We Are:

  • A dedicated team, harnessing our 30-plus years of experience and network-building for the benefit of our clients
  • Passionate about our diverse group of clients and events
  • Experienced in producing events from 10 – 80,000 guests
  • Trained to anticipate, plan, and execute every last detail, while always maintaining focus on our clients’ goals
 
nocci Can Partner With You To Offer:
  • A seamless, turnkey virtual/hybrid convention or event.
  • Complete with high level attendee engagement & team building components.
  • All infused with an authentic New Orleans vibe! (Optional, plus we would tie in your event theme)
Secret Insider Tip:

Yes, you can pivot to virtual on your own, but should you?
By utilizing an Event Management & Logistics Company, you are getting:

  • Individualized strategy planning from pre to post-event
  • A fully designed experience which will give your attendees as close to a live event feel as possible
  • Customized matching of technology platforms to fit your exact needs
  • Access to our relationships and discounts of our preferred, fully vetted vendors
  • Years of event management & logistics knowledge & expertise
Detailed Services:
  • Develop a budget – There are almost a dozen key elements to include in making your event successful. We can ensure the best vendor partnerships.
  • Define a timeline for the conference – from pre-event engagement to after event follow up & analytics
  • Reconsider & procure the venue - Find a location where the speakers could present while honoring social distancing and have a strong dependable internet connection.
  • Develop the right event marketing strategies - When you go virtual, marketing becomes all the more critical for you. Our multi-platform expertise would be a huge benefit before, during, and after your conference.
  • Take care of your registration – We would make this attractive, flawless, and easily accessible.
  • Create and manage pre-event activities - Virtual networking, engagement, and early registrant benefits can immensely help your attendees.
  • Design Conference Décor - Still create the feel of a full-fledged convention, but on a smaller scale, immersing the attendees deeply in the New Orleans culture.
  • Implement a high level of attendee engagement SECRET TRICKS including team building!
  • Vet and procure all Tech vendors – This is a tricky industry with many new companies emerging without prior experience.
  • Speaker Management - Vet, coach, and prep speakers on best practices of speaking virtually and being highly engaging.
  • Highlight sponsors & exhibitors virtually - Host sponsors videos, 360 tours, product demos, and documents.
  • Manage all aspects of the execution of the conference on your chosen site.
  • Ensure security/data privacy with all vendors and attendees.
  • Provide analytics measuring your event success.
  • Post-event
    • Ensuring that the post-event content is online and available.
    • Making sure that your post-event content marketing plan is in place and being implemented smoothly.
    • Preparing and reviewing your post-event metrics reports for online performance.

We truly look forward to connecting with you!
 
Socially distanced best wishes,
Nicole Tusa
VP, Sales & Marketing nocci
1340 Poydras Street, Suite 2130 New Orleans, LA 70112
Cell: (504) 563-6725



Make Your Event Virtual


 

There are two major options open to you, IF you decide to go this route:

Hybrid Event: A hybrid event is a tradeshow, conference, unconference, seminar, workshop or other meeting that combines a "live" in-person event with a "virtual" online component. With the growing popularity and cost-effectiveness of virtual events, hybrid events have become a popular way of increasing participation in traditional events at a relatively low cost.

Virtual Event: An occurrence of people gathering together where some or all of the attendees are not physically in the same location but are connected in a common environment. The common environment might be one of many types but is usually enabled through the use of computers and the Internet.

If we had any input, we would vote Hybrid, as it gives a truer conference feel for your attendees.

This being said, nocci would love to help you maneuver through this new territory!

We can:

  • Develop a Budget 
  • Define a Timeline for the Conference
  • Reconsider & Procure the Location
  • Develop Event Marketing Strategies
  • Take care of your Registration
  • Design Conference Décor
  • Implement a high level of Attendee Engagement
  • Vet and Procure all Vendors
  • Highlight Sponsors and Exhibitors Virtually 
  • Manage all aspects of execution of the conference on your chosen site
  • Ensure Security / Data Privacy with all Vendors
  • Post event:
    • Ensuring that the post-event content is online and available.
    • Making sure that your post-event content marketing plan is in place and being implemented smoothly.
    • Preparing and reviewing your post-event metrics reports for online performance.

For more information or inquiry of going virtual with your event please contact:

Nicole Tusa (ntusa@nocci.com) - VP Sales & Marketing 


COVID-19 Information & Pandemic Relief Resources

 

Dear Clients, Vendors, & Friends,

We hope and trust that you all are staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We want to provide you with updates, information, and resources to help during these troubling times. As we receive more information, we will continue to share and keep you informed.

Please make sure you are washing your hands, and abiding by the guidance of the CDC public health protocols including social distancing. We all have a role to play in abiding by official government orders and keeping each other safe. Be sure to see the links below to many different pandemic relief resources such as industry-specific benefits, unemployment benefits, small business opportunities and more.
 


nocci Update Regarding COVID19

 

Dear Clients, Vendors, & Friends,

To protect the health and safety of our staff and community, nocci is implementing a "social distancing" policy. Our physical office will be closed until further notice, but our staff will be working remotely and will be accessible via email. We encourage everyone to stay safe and use their best judgment during this time.

Meetings scheduled with any of our team members at this time will need to be via phone or email, and we will reach out to you personally about making those arrangements for existing plans.

We are OPEN and HERE to take care of you and meet each of your event needs as always, but especially in this difficult time.

We can help you with:

  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media Content
  • Rescheduling Meetings & Events
  • Online Meetings & Webinars
  • Future Events, Meetings, Festivals, Conventions

We assure you that with nocci you can book with confidence now and for any of your future events.

 


New Year, New Look! NOCCI Announces New Logo!

New Year,  New Look.

As we welcome 2019, we are excited to introduce you to a refresh of our brand identity. 

For 32 years, we've been committed to providing our clients with world-class event marketing & logistics services. We continue to uphold this commitment with a logo that better reflects the evolution of our brand.

With the rebrand of our logo, we pay homage to our company's roots while symbolizing our company's dynamic and modern future. This clean new look represents the outstanding excellence we provide to each client. 

Same Great Services.

By the beginning of the New Year, you will see our new logo on our website, social media accounts, business cards, and on all branded documents. 

We are excited to share our new logo with you and we look forward to doing business with you in 2019!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!




Celebrate NOLA's 300th With Us!

As many of you know, this is a BIG year for NOLA. 2018 is the city's 300th Birthday and Team NOCCI has been tasked with planning many of the city's celebratory events. Earlier this Spring, we helped welcome gifts and dignitaries from Belgium and Monaco. The month of April is jam-packed with Tricentennial festivities, which means we are working around the clock to ensure this celebration is unforgettable for locals and visitors from across the globe. 

We love this city and we're so proud to work alongside the City of New Orleans and the 2018 NOLA Foundation to help produce some major events to ring in the city's 300th year. 

Here are some of the upcoming Tricentennial events that we're involved in... We hope to see you there!

Our City, Our Future Tricentennial Concert
Date: 
April 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Saegner Theatre

This free concert hosted by Mayor Landrieu and the 2018 NOLA Commission will celebrate the musical legacy of our city and include musical performances by Kris Royal, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Stooges Brass Band, DJ Raj Smoove, the New Orleans Youth Choir, and a Special Guest. 

The event is open to the public, but RSVP is required. Interested in attending? You can RSVP here.  

Tricentennial NOLA Navy Week
Date: April 19, 2018 - April 25, 2018 
Time: The ships are expected to arrive on Thursday, April 19, between 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM 
Location: New Orleans Riverfront 

Navy ships from the U.S. and around the globe will be in New Orleans for a week-long festival, including free ship tours and a cook-off between the ships.

For more information on the NOLA Navy Week events, visit here or check their Facebook for updates!

Tall Ships New Orleans
Date: 
April 19, 2018 - April 25, 2018
Time: The ships are expected to arrive on Thursday, April 19, between 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Woldenberg Park

Tall Ships of America's unique selection of antique ships will be on display at Woldenberg Park for the weekend. Come out to enjoy the ships and enjoy food and beverage out on the waterfront! 

Attendees can purchase a VIP FastPass to skip the tall ship board line and eat and drink in the VIP Hospitality Tent. FastPass tickets can be purchased here. 

For more information on Tall Ships, check out their website or Facebook Page.  

Citywide Family Reunion
Date: 
April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Armstrong Park

Community Celebration at Armstrong Park and throughout the city. The event at Armstrong Park will have two stages with musical guests. The Tricentennial Stage in Armstrong Plaza will feature Mia Border with special guests John Gros, Arsene DeLay & Robin Barnes, Ivan Neville & Friends, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, and more! The International Jazz Day Stage in Congo Square will feature Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ledisi, and other special guests! Food and beverage will be available for purchase but feel free to bring food, family, and laissez bon temps rouler!

There are plenty of other amazing Tricentennial events happening in the city. Be sure to check them out here
This is a birthday party you don't want to miss out on!



Turn Your Tailgate Up A Notch

Tailgating is the pre-ceremonial football celebration practiced at any level of performance from peewee to NCAA to NFL. Tailgating dates as far back as the Civil War, as soldiers traditionally would eat and drink in preparation for battle. This tradition has evolved into one of America’s favorite pastimes as sport fans anxiously await the epic battle between rivaled teams.

This Fall, we’ve been on tour with Cracker Barrel for their HBCU Road Tour and have seen so many amazing tailgates. Feeling inspired by our college tour, we wanted to share some tips on how to plan the perfect tailgate.

Prep & Pack Your Cooler
Learning how to pack a cooler is essential!

1. Use airtight reusable containers
2. Add all bottles and cans to the bottom of the cooler to stay chilled longer
3. Place bagged items sideways on top of the beverage layer
4. Chill everything, especially all perishable foods and adult beverages with ice, or frozen ice packs

Bungee Cords are “Major Key!” (As DJ Khaled would say)
Never head out to a tented tailgate without some bungee cords. Bungee cords make terrific paper towel holders along struts of a tent. They are also helpful in securing box fans to help with proper air circulation for those steamy mornings, especially before you decide to fire up the grill.

“Phone, Wallet, Keys” and Other Important Items Not to Forget at Home:   Spatula, tongs, skewers, can/bottle opener, basting brush, seasoning, spices, condiments, ponchos, paper towels, plates, cups, your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, garbage bags, plastic zip bags, sunscreen, bug spray, misters, chairs, Tupperware, tarp, canopy tent, portable speakers, foldable tables and most importantly, attire to represent your favorite team!

What’s Cooking?
It’s time to turn your tailgate food up a notch. Neat idea? Turn your game day food into your team’s colors! From team colored jello to dessert icing, jazz it up by color coordinating with your favorite team. Not extreme enough? Try eating the competition! Make a creative dish inspired by the opponent’s mascot that will intimidate your rival team.

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody
Despite what your grandmother may think, beer pong is a sport and is more than likely the number one tailgate past-time. Some other game suggestions include: Kan-Jam, Tarp Toss, Jenga, Battle-Shots, Backyard Tic-Tac-Toe, Basketpong.

Lastly, nothing says game time more than your team's traditional chant or making up chants with family and friends. This set the atmosphere as you all prepare to enter the stadium while you are in the process of killing the grill and making memories with your closest friends.

-Raven Campbell
NOCCI Intern



Meet Our Interns

NOCCI is excited to welcome two bright and determined interns to our staff! Read on to learn more about our new team members, Karen and Raven.

Karen Velandia

Karen Velandia is a candidate for BBA in Marketing with a concentration in E-commerce. She is expected to graduate from Southeastern University in December. Karen is excited to work on NOCCI projects such as NOWFE and Oyster Fest. From this experience, she hopes to gain skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Originally from Columbia, Karen loves living in New Orleans. She is passionate about food, music and festivals; making her a perfect fit for our team! In her free time, Karen likes to discover new places around the city, read, exercise and work on her website. Karen’s favorite New Orleans’ festival is Jazz Fest and when it comes to eating in the city, Sobou is her favorite spot!

Raven Campbell

Raven Campbell graduated from Grambling State University in December 2015 with a BS in Kinesiology and concentration in Sports Management. Raven has experience working with the Zephyrs, Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Grambling State University Department of Athletics. As a sports lover and Grambling State Alum, Raven is most excited to contribute to the Bayou Classic. Raven hopes to gain skills in project/time management, marketing and budgeting during her internship. Raven lives outside of New Orleans in LaPlace, but loves the easy going people, nightlife, food and culture that New Orleans has to offer. In her free time, Raven coaches youth basketball & football, spends time with her family and travels. Raven’s favorite festival is Oyster Fest and she loves eating at Muriel’s.

Karen: Top, Raven: Bottom


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