Splash’s virtual sessions feature enables you to run virtual event programs that feature smaller gatherings. Attendees can choose their own adventure in real-time from a list of active and upcoming sessions.
In this guide, you'll learn how to set up an event with virtual sessions. This includes creating sessions, styling a sessions agenda page, and customizing the virtual venue where the live sessions take place.
|This feature is available to Pro and Enterprise plans|
|Roles available: Builder and Host|
|This feature is in General Availability|
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What are virtual sessions
Virtual sessions allow attendees of virtual events to choose programming that’s most relevant to them. From a primary live stream setting, attendees can see what sessions are coming up and happening in real-time — then easily jump to their session of choice.
Take a look at the experience:
Virtual sessions are best suited for events that offer a range of content, cater to different audiences, or create opportunities for smaller groups of attendees to engage with each other. These types of events include:
- Internal events where organization leaders can lead small sessions that help mimic an intimate, in-person experience.
- Thought leadership events where attendees can join sessions related to personal or professional development.
- Roadshows where event sponsors can visibility by leading different sessions.
Note: Virtual Sessions is not currently compatible with event create workflows utilizing Approval Flows. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for any other information.
Getting started with virtual sessions
Create an event with virtual sessions by following the steps below.
- Click New Event from the Events Dashboard.
- Enter the required event details: Event Title, Domain, and Event Type.
- For “How will your guests attend?” select Virtually.
- For “Is your event multi-session” select Yes.
- Enter the event date and time.
- Click Next: Choose Theme.
- Select your desired theme.
Note: If you select "Virtually," the location will appear as Virtual in any calendar attachments by default. To edit the location, head to the Settings tab of your event. Create a new event to change the attendance or sessions type.
Your Splash event will come equipped with the following features:
|Sessions Tab||This is where you will create and manage your virtual sessions — including session descriptions, speaker information, session tags, and the streaming technology that powers your sessions.|
|Agenda Page touchpoint||This is a dynamic list of all the sessions created in the Sessions tab, organized by session time. Link to the agenda from your registration page or email campaigns to promote your programming.|
|Virtual Event Page touchpoint||This is the virtual venue where your attendees will check-in and view the live event. It’s also where they will jump in and out of sessions.|
Next, move on to creating your virtual sessions.
Creating a virtual session
To create a new virtual session:
- Click the Sessions tab.
- Click New Session.
The following information is required to save a session:
- Session Title: Enter a name for your session.
- Session Description: Enter a description of your session that communicates what attendees can expect.
- Date & Time: Select the session’s date and time.
- Virtual Content: This is the streaming technology that powers your session.
- From Embed Type, select from Splash’s recommended providers: Splash Studio, Zoom, Vimeo, or select Custom Embed to enter the custom embed code from your provider. If you don't know the embed type, you can leave the dropdown on Select and add it later.
Link: Learn how to embed a Zoom Webinar or Meeting in Splash.
You have the option to add up to six speakers to a session. Enter the speaker’s first name, name, last name, bio, title, and company. Click the icon to upload a speaker image from your desktop.
From the Session Organization section, input one or multiple tags for your sessions by entering the name of the tag then clicking enter.
Tags are used to categorize sessions. These categories might include:
- Audience: If you are running multiple sessions at the same time — each catered to a different audience — consider using tags like “Design” or “Engineering” to classify them.
- Format: If your event begins (or ends) with sessions where all attendees should gather together, use a tag like “Main Session” or “Networking.”
Attendees can filter by tags on the Agenda Page to understand what content is most relevant to them.
Importing virtual sessions
To import sessions in bulk:
- Click the Sessions tab.
- Click the carrot next to New Session.
- Click Import CSV.
- Click Choose CSV.
- Select the .CSV file from your desktop.
- Map the CSV columns to the correct Splash fields.
- Click Finish.
Note: You cannot import virtual content or speaker information using a .CSV file. Click into each session to add speakers and finalize the embed information.
Once your sessions are finalized, it’s time to design the Agenda Page touchpoint.
Designing the Agenda Page
Click the Agenda Page touchpoint from your Event Overview.
This is an attendee-facing display of your event’s sessions. The URL of the Agenda Page is youreventtitle.splashthat.com/agenda.
Note: Guests can register for the event at large but they cannot register for individual sessions. Any registered attendee is free to move between sessions in real-time to get the most of your event’s programming.
You can style the Agenda Page elements listed below using the Layout tree on the right. Text elements marked with an asterisk* can be edited from inside this touchpoint.
- Back to event page*
- Event Title
- Register Button*
- Session Navigation
- Session Search*
- Session Filter*
- Session List
- Session Cards
- Speaker Modals
- Call to Action
Once your Agenda Page is finalized, Splash recommends promoting it on your registration page. This gives guests a glimpse of what they can expect during the live event.
Use the steps below to promote your agenda:
- From your Event Overview, click the Event Page touchpoint.
- Hover over an existing button element, then click the Edit link icon.
- In Current Display Name, enter a call-to-action like “View the Agenda.”
- From the Link To dropdown, select Go to Agenda Page.
- Click Save.
Note: Roles with advanced design permissions can add a new button element to their page.
Customizing the Virtual Event Page
Click the Virtual Event Page touchpoint from your Event Overview.
On the day of your live event, attendees will check-in and join their preferred sessions from this touchpoint.
Link: Familiarize yourself with Splash’s Virtual Event Page guide.
All sessions will be listed in chronological order. Each session’s “Join Session” button will become active two minutes before the session’s start time, set in the Sessions Manager.
When an attendee clicks Join Session, the session will appear at the top of the page — as indicated in the Virtual Event Page.
An attendee can click Leave Session or click to join another active session to move around.
Note: Once a session ends, it's automatically removed from the Virtual Event Page.
You can style the items listed below within the Virtual Event Page’s Livestream state. Any text elements marked with an asterisk* can be edited from this touchpoint.
- Virtual Content
- Event Title
- Session Information
- Speaker Information
- Upcoming Sessions
- Upcoming Session Cards
- Speaker Modal
- Contact the Organizer*
- Visit Event Page*
- Custom Button*
Pro Tip: Review the design of the Check-In (Countdown) and Check-In (Open) states using the dropdown in the upper left.
Preparing the attendee experience
Now that your virtual sessions are finalized, it’s time to create a seamless check-in experience for your attendees.
Attendees will join the live event using a personal access link called the Virtual Event URL. Each URL is unique to the attendee and should only be used for check-in on one device and one browser at a time.
The [virtual_event_url] tag is used to auto-populate an attendee’s personal access link. Splash recommends including this tag in the following places:
- Calendar attachment
- Confirmation email
- Reminder email
Link: Refer to the instructions in the Virtual Event URL Communication guide for including the [virtual_event_url] tag in the recommended spots.
Hosting the event
Your designated event hosts and session speakers will use their streaming tools to host the live event, while your attendees will tune in using the Virtual Event URL.
Link: Prepare for the live event with Splash’s Virtual Event Page Troubleshooting guide.
Adding on-demand content
Within each Virtual Session, hosts can add recordings and share on-demand content with guests.
The on-demand option is available on a per-session basis.
Once a session has ended, it will be added to the Past Sessions section on the Virtual Event Page.
Guests will need to register for the event and use their unique Virtual Event Page URL to access the recorded content.
Note: The on-demand toggle can only be enabled after the session date and time have passed. As a best practice, we recommend enabling the on-demand setting after all sessions have ended.
To enable on-demand using Splash Studio:
- Open the Virtual Event Page touchpoint.
- Click Open Hosting Link.
- Click Edit Placeholder Text.
- Under “Display Custom Text,” enter a custom message for your guests, e.g. Enter your information to watch the recording.
- Under “Select On-Demand Replay,” select Replay.
- Click Publish.
- Click back into your Event Dashboard and click the Sessions tab.
- Click the corresponding session you set up the on-demand replay for.
- Turn On-Demand on.
- Click Save.
For sessions hosted through Zoom, Vimeo, or another streaming service, the recording can be added using the Custom Embed option within the session.
- Once the session has ended, turn the On-Demand setting on.
- In the dropdown, select Custom Embed.
- Enter the embed code.
- Click Save.
Reporting on the event
You can find a breakdown of who attended your event in the Guest List. Splash statuses are defined as follows:
- Attending: Guests who registered for the event but didn’t check in.
- Checked In: Guests who checked in and viewed the event. In some cases, these guests are not marked as Checked Out when they leave the Virtual Event Page due to browser limitations.
- Checked Out: Guests who checked in, viewed the event, and then exited the Virtual Event Page.
For session-specific data, click the Analytics tab. Here you'll find:
- Session data that includes each session's data and time and number of attendees.
- Guest data that includes each attendee, their email, the sessions they attended, and the duration they spent in each session.