Fun Event Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Encourage collaboration and increase engagement by incorporating scavenger hunts and gamification at your next event
Try this twist on a childhood classic to build team morale: Create your own scavenger hunt! Scavenger hunts offer an interactive alternative to traditional team meeting ideas by encouraging collaboration amongst your attendees. By competing against and with each other, attendees are motivated to find common ground, play to their strengths and network in a comfortable environment.
With the advent of smart devices and digital applications, it’s easier than ever to customize and launch a small-scale scavenger hunt. Transform your meeting venue or event ballroom into a scavenger’s delight with these tips.
Build Trainable Skills
Scavenger hunts that are limited in time or location can be great opportunities for team training and skills management—they just require a little more creativity. For example: Create a competition that prompts teams to find mistakes in résumés or to spot ideal candidates on LinkedIn for impromptu training in human resources. For customer experience training, detail a customer service interaction and ask them to spot process errors.
Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Develop more engaging sessions by starting with difficult training areas or subjects that need to be revisited annually (like certifications, office rules and evacuation plans).
For more traditional scavenger hunts, you can use an event scavenger hunt app like MeetingPlay, Scavify, Actionbound or Eventzee to build and launch your scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt apps provide specific functionality for this type of event, including task listing, checklists, social sharing integration and message boards. Attendees can download the application to their phones to create or join teams, communicate with each other and trade valuable networking information after the event.
Event planners can benefit from using scavenger hunt applications by tracking and measuring important event data, engagement and updates.
Gamify the System
Games are an easy way to encourage interaction among your guests, much like a scavenger hunt. Up the ante by incorporating a scoring system into the scavenger hunt that allows teams or individuals to earn points. You can assign more points to impressive feats, like finding an obscure object. Tally up points at the end of the hunt for a big prize or MVP status.
Gamification allows you to form teams, which can be an excellent networking opportunity. If possible, sort teams yourselves to shuffle attendees into unlikely pairings and groups, or allow your guests to decide for themselves. Encourage your new teams to create team names for instant team building—and fun bragging rights!
Boost Marketing with Custom Content
Scavenger hunts are an effortless content marketing tool for your client’s organization or association. Create a custom hashtag and instruct attendees to share completed tasks via social tools like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook as part of the game. You can use the hashtag to showcase selfies, communicate important information during the game and provide critical updates about the event. Avoid confusion for annual scavenger hunts by adding the year of the event to the end of each succeeding hashtag.
For digital flair, incorporate QR codes to communication clues and directions during the game. Post them prominently in each location to keep the game running smoothly, and try to relate the same type of information (clues, tips or directions) with each code so attendees know what to expect.
In addition to excellent marketing, social sharing tools encourage those not in attendance to get involved in the fun from a distance. Inspire a bit of FOMO with fun props, an event photo booth and goodie bags to round out the event.
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