Going virtual after 24 years of in-person annual conferences—while keeping the same level of high value and engagement for attendees
Expert support every step of the way, smooth-sailing Greenroom features, and smart solutions for meaningful digital connections
More than double year-over-year attendance, increased global reach, and raves from presenters and viewers alike
Starting from scratch on the virtual stage
The International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing DBT clinicians from around the globe together once a year to learn, network, and advance their field.
After 24 years of successfully hosting their annual conference in person, ISITDBT faced an all-too-common problem in 2020: go virtual or bust. To fulfill their mission, the conference organizers would have to transition their tried-and-true in-person gathering into an online event—one that delivered a meaningful experience for attendees.
Program Chairs Dr. Alison Yaeger and Dr. Nick Salsman began the hunt for a platform and production partner, exploring which of 10 contenders could successfully launch them from the conference hall to the digital spotlight.
Dr. Yaeger experienced Brandlive’s above-and-beyond service from the get-go: “My first impression of Brandlive was refreshing—I was dealing with impersonal replies from other companies. On our first call, a storm cut my power. I thought, ‘Oh no, how do I get this person back?’ But Rachel emailed me within seconds. That first foot forward was everything. It was a lovely presentation of the company.”
Having never run their conference on a virtual platform before, Dr. Yaeger naturally had a lot of questions—how it would look and feel, what the process would be like for partners and presenters, how much support they’d have. And Brandlive had answers. “Rachel knew the product inside and out, was easy to connect with, present, kind and patient,” Dr. Yaeger reflected.
That stand-out support was the clincher for Dr. Yaeger: “Brandlive’s quote was inclusive and fully transparent—including full support, a production crew, and a Greenroom tech and dress rehearsal. Other companies offered these as add-ons. I liked that it was all part of the Brandlive package, so I knew I had all the support I needed.”