Virtual fair is the same as an “in-person” fair. Exhibitors have booths that they decorate and brand. You display your brochures and roll ups. You meet prospective candidates and talk with them. Just like a regular, old-fashioned, “in-person” fair.
As in a “real” fair, you decorate your stand. Candidates can view your promo videos and download your brochures. You can chat with your candidates and video chat. You can see them and they can see and talk to you.
The difference is that you save a ton of money and lots of time because you do not need to travel. It’s all at the touch of your fingertips and a click of your mouse.
Virtual fairs were developed for job hiring and employment recruitment over 15 years ago. In the last 5 years or so, virtual fairs are spreading fast in the education and college recruitment industry. Recruiters all around the world are amazed at the cost-effectiveness, ease of candidate engagement and more access for both parties. The future of job/career/education recruitment is virtual!
Virtual Fair is an online event, where various colleges, business schools, universities and executive placement companies exhibit their program and admission information and engage candidates directly. This is like any other College or Career fair, but with an added benefit of being able to interact without physical travel and expense. Students and potential candidates can interact with the college representative on-line. This interaction may include live chat, discussion forums, and video chat.
· Engagement with candidates is flexible
An in-person fair lasts anywhere between 2 loooong days to 4 short hours. The recruiter has to be present at the stand during the fair’s opening hours.
While the virtual fair is open a whole 7 (seven) days for candidates (visitors), the recruiter can chose how many hours and what days they want to have scheduled “in time.” Most exhibitors select several 2-hour slots at the times what they think are the most convenient for their target candidates. A busy MBA candidate, such as a business person, might find a convenient lunch-break or after hours, 6pm -8pm. A young master’s degree candidate might have more flexible schedule. You know that the best.
· Your program presentation
Remember the dreaded roll-ups that you drag everywhere? And break your fingernails while putting them up 😉
Virtual roll-up is dynamic and you can display visuals and text as a Power-Point slide show.
You do not need to send packages with brochures. Display them and candidates can download at their convenience.
You have a large TV on your stand. Show them your prize-winning videos that your Marketing had spent tons of money producing. Show me the Dean who doesn’t like to give a “welcome” speech and we’ll say you are not a true college recruiter 😉
· Stand decoration
Virtual MBAfair gives a great opportunity for exhibitors to decorate their own stands by themselves. Want to change something? Presto! You can change anything at any moment. Sweet 😉
· Chat with a group of candidates or 1-on-1
Tired of repeating the same “we are the best” spiel over and over again? In the virtual stand, you can text chat (hint: copy paste your FAQs one by one) with all candidates that enter your chat room. If someone wants 1-on-1 video chat (think of Skype) you just go ahead and another member of your team carries over the text chat.
· Spend money on what is important, not airline tickets or hotel
Eliminate travel cost. No lugging your luggage to hotels and no food bills. Your Director of Finance will love you. Focus on talking to Candidates when it is convenient for them.
· Spend money on what is important, not printing brochures and DHL
There are no costs of printing brochures, roll ups and other promotion material, everything is downloadable.
· Spend your time on what is important, not travel
Spend your precious time on learning what your candidates want and what they need. Be their career advisor. Stop wasting your time on idle chit-chat with taxi drivers and fellow travelers.
· Visit regions and countries that used to be “terra incognita”
There are business people in need of an MBA in Albania and Serbia, and Cyprus and Bosnia, places that no recruiters go to.
There are wealthy parents in SEE that want the best master education for their kids.
There are talented and experienced young managers that your business and/or clients need on their staff.
With a Virtual MBAfair you can have it all. Period!
· Thinking of your personal safety and security
In today’s crazy world when getting on a plane or in a metro poses a safety risk, engaging virtually with candidates form 14 countries of South-Eastern Europe is safe and sound. Your family will thank you.
Exhibitors can offer all their programs postgraduate programs, from Master to MBA and from Specialist Diplomas and Executive Courses to PhDs.
Business schools, faculties, universities, executive recruiters, top regional companies participate in MBAfair. A List of participating exhibitors will be updated on the site. You will be able to find them under the Exhibitors tab.
Organizer targets the master, MBA and higher level education candidates, young and mid-career managers in need for career change/advancement.
Even today when all the info can be found on the internet, we hear from frustrated candidates that it is difficult to get the right info. Nothing can substitute for the live chat with a person “who knows”. Add your lack of time and a busy professional and private schedule to this and you get stuck. There is no other opportunity for you to find the best possible program, all in one place and all at the time when it is convenient for you. And, the best of all, you do not need to travel. Just log on from your office, home, car or train and chat with world-renown colleges and business schools.
There will be a floor map on the homepage with a searchable and interactive list of exhibitors with their locations (www.mbafair.net/MBAfairFALL2017).
Whatever you have in a physical, in-person fair, you get in the virtual. You have the space, the info booth, the back wall, place to display your brochures, the roll ups, the TV screen. And then, all of that get enhanced on-line. Candidate downloads your brochures. He/she can watch your videos even without you being present there. They can send you mails and ask questions. You can talk to them when you set the chat times.
There are several types of stands (Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond). The number of features is determined by the stand level. Please click on for more details www.mbafair.net/pricing.
Our exhibitor tell us that on each stand, regardless of the category, you should use both textual and video components. You wish to convey your message to your candidates. The number and the position of display items varies depending on the stand category. Please have a look at the Exhibitor Corner on www.mbafair.net/exhibitors.
There is a Chat (text only) and Video Chat (video) available to engage with your clients.
There is a Chat (text only) and Video Chat (video) available to engage with universities. Each exhibitor will show when their representatives will be available to chat.
All fair visitors can visit any booth and inspect all the displayed material while the fair is open. That is during 7 days, 24 hours/day. Once a registered visitor has found something to his particular interest, (s)he can contact you in several ways:
· Send a textual question during the group chat time that the exhibitor has scheduled
· Request a 1-on-1 text chat during exhibitor chat time
· Request a 1-on-1 video chat during exhibitor chat time. Candidate can request the time slot via mailbox.
· Dedicated message sent to your Mailbox (during the time that no one is attending the booth at the time of attempted contact).
Exhibitors can register on/line on the fair web site www.mbafair.net starting May 3, 2017.
Price list is available on www.mbafair.net/pricing
When an Exhibitor registers, the Organizer will send an invoice with the payment instructions. This is the same as when you participate at an “in-person” fair.
All payments need to be completed 30 days before the start of the fair at the latest.
All visitors enter for free and can browse the fair and explore the exhibitor stands. They can engage stand personnel only while they are present on their stands. All exhibitors will announce the times when they are available for Chat and Video Chat.
Please refer to your Agreement. If unusual circumstances occur, it is possible to carry over your payment for the following event.
To celebrate the migration from old/fashioned, physical to the future of on=line recruitment, the Organizer offers 3 (three) kinds of discounts:
· Early bird discount for registrations before June 16, 2017 = 10%
· Volume discount for participation in both Virtual MBAfair events within a calendar year (Spring and Fall) – 10%
· Loyalty discount to our current and past EDUfair and MBAfair exhibitors – 10%.
Note: above discounts can be combined and added up to a max 30% for Fall 2017 show only.
The organizer (Oivivio Consulting Services LLC) will mount a comprehensive on-line and off-line campaign in all 14 SEE countries in order to create brand awareness and attract qualified visitors.
Promoting your participation in the Virtual MBAfair through your digital channels would be very helpful and highly recommended. We look forward to creative offers for synergistic promotion (e.g. webinars, exclusive seminars, exclusive promotions, discounts and scholarships, etc.)
We have a dedicated team of experienced virtual fair coordinators. They also possess experience in running “in-person” fairs and are thus uniquely qualified to answer all questions you might have. They can also help you set up and decorate your stand and upload all visuals and collaterals.