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While foregoing live events in the wake of COVID-19 means putting a halt to onsite gate revenue, many organizations are taking the opportunity to add value for virtual event attendees and sponsors

One of the earliest events to be postponed was the highly anticipated PR Week Awards in New York City. Instead of the usual traditional awards fanfare, PR Week had to pivot to a virtual event, slated to go live later this week. Things will be a bit different from the live production – for example, the event planned to honor Michael Phelps for his “It’s OK to not be OK” campaign about mental health awareness. Instead, his participation has been transformed to a more interactive Q&A session to open the awards night, offering attendees the added value of personal engagement. 

Music streaming service Pandora is another big name forced to shift gears for its 2020 live concert series, which took place virtually yesterday. Headlined by country artist Kane Brown, the event sought to deliver a rich experience for viewers – if even virtually. From BBQ pre-game recipes to exclusive promotional apparel, Pandora had to strike a balance between giving fans meaningful ways to engage with the event while still “placing advertisers at key consumer touch points before, during and after the events to enable these special connections.” 

There’s more below, including a look at Quora’s new lead gen forms for advertisers. 

Taylor Peterson,
Deputy Editor


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Capture leads from Quora ads

Quora has rolled out Lead Gen Forms for advertisers after a few months of beta testing. The forms can contain up to 12 fields and are prefilled with users’ Quora account information. Available fields include:

  • Contact Info: First Name, Last Name, Email, Business Email, Phone Number
  • Employment Info: Job Title, Company Name, Company Size
  • Location Info: City, State (US Only), Zip Code (US only), Country

You can download leads via CSV in the Ads Manager or use the Zapier integration to send leads to Salesforce, Gmail, Marketo or other system.

Why we care. Lead Gen Forms can reduce friction for users looking to engage with your company — whether to download a whitepaper, request a demo or sign up for a newsletter — and increase the number of leads you can generate from Quora ad campaigns. The Zapier integration means you should have no problem pushing that lead data into whatever CRM or email system you’re using. 


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