Here at Livecube, we talk a big game.
That is, we talk a lot about the benefits of gamification for boosting engagement at live events. From realtime surveys and polls to icebreaker games and leaderboards, Livecube gives event professionals everything they need to keep attendees engaged at their events.
But what happens when somebody wins the engagement game? Well, they should get a prize! Here we offer 14 ideas for prizes you can give to attendees at your next event. And remember the best prizes are often the cheapest. It’s about having fun and rewarding engaged attendees with exclusive access.
Secret Session with the keynote speaker
For your most engaged attendees, a secret session with a well-known speaker is super compelling. Decide on the criteria and the time slot in advance – and of course get the speaker’s buy-in beforehand.
Dinner with a well-known speaker
This is a great way to keep the prize on theme with the event while also offering the attendee an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience.
Everyone loves a free meal, even if it’s not necessarily with the event’s main speaker. Make sure you award a dinner for two, at least, so they don’t have to go out alone!
So what if it’s the traditional cop-out Christmas and birthday present? Nobody ever complained about gift cards to Amazon, Target, or other popular stores.
What’s the only thing better than a gift card? Cold. Hard. Cash. Again, it’s a bit of a cop-out, but nobody will complain about an extra Jackson (or Benjamin, if you can afford it).
Tour of the city
This is a great one for destination events. Often a big draw for events is the fact that they’re in a new city, so capitalize on this by awarding the attendee a few hours out on the town.
The key here is to create a shirt that shows off your event or company branding while also looking good enough for someone to enjoy wearing it.
Similar to the first prize on this list, this one could be the offer to connect the prizewinner with a thought leader for a couple hours to discuss whatever they want.
Easily one of the most popular prizes for an event is also the most popular tablet. Whether it’s the iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini, everyone loves an awesome new Apple toy.
Besides the iPad, wearable tech offers the next best electronics prize since it’s still emerging as a mainstream technology.
Bottle of wine or champagne and course, chocolate
It’s gender-neutral and not as aggressive as hard alcohol; and teetotal prizewinners can always pass it on to an eager friend. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Mix it up by choosing a dark chocolate, one with nuts, or even a candy inspired by the local flavor.
Tickets to a sporting event
This really only works if the event is hosted where most of the attendees are based. But if office raffles offer any proof, tickets for sports events are always a hit.
Backpack, tote, or luggage
Most of us businesspeople could always use another pack to lug around our stuff. The benefit of these is you can brand them with your logo.
Skin care kit
This one might sound like it’s only for the ladies, but that’s just because more gentlemen need to discover the benefits of moisturizing. (Or they can just pass it onto a lady friend.)
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