All too often after conferences or retreats take place, the memories of the event fade without much to remember them by. Unless a few regular attendees have perfect memories, recurring retreats can only rely on flawed accounts. But by inviting conference attendees to share their testimonials after the retreat, future guests can see how rejuvenated they are and will be looking up next year’s conference dates before you know it.
Plus, by having people talk about their time at your conference after their experience (not before or during), they’ll be able to fully enjoy their stay and not worry about making a good impression for a video crew. And relaxed guests, of course, make happy guests!
If you do end up insisting on stock videography (such as shots of the venue or of guests listening to lectures), make sure that privacy expectations are well-established beforehand and that if your partakers are featured in promotional material, they are completely comfortable with it. We would recommend taking footage of your event’s ballroom, lobby, or grounds before any visitors arrive, so everyone can focus on the task at hand- ensuring that retreat participants revel in their sabbatical. That way, even if you don’t get a shot of any guests during, their ovations will give attract plenty of newcomers.
If you can afford it, try offering a discount or a free retreat as a potential reward to those who submit videos. In your campaign description, tell them what the prize is, what they need to do to enter your giveaway (ie, send in a video), and the deadline for entry. When the deadline hits, draw a winner randomly through an online raffle generator. Everyone loves a freebie!