Adding Speakers brings more structure and makes the event more informative to the attendees. Speakers can be added from the Speakers tab or directly from the Schedule. This guide covers everything you need to know around adding Speakers to your Hopin event.
Create a Speaker Profile
When you go to the Event Dashboard > People > Speakers, you will see two options: Add speaker and Add registrant as a speaker.
Click Add speaker to create a Speaker profile. You will need to fill in a number of details, some of which are required:
- Profile Picture
- First name (required)
- Last name (required)
- Email (required, and cannot be the same email as another Speaker)
- Headline (required)
- Bio (note that the Speaker's bio will only be displayed on the registration page when clicking on a speaker tile)
- Website Link
At this point, you can either Create profile and register or Create profile. By registering the Speaker, you will be creating a Hopin account for them (if they don't have one yet) and giving them access to the event. If you’re not ready to do this yet, you can also create a Speaker profile first and register them for the event later.
Once the Speaker profile has been saved, it will be displayed on the list in the Speakers tab where you will also be able to edit it, delete it, or to register a Speaker with a click.
Register a Speaker
As an Organizer, you are able to register a Speaker for your event on their behalf. You can register a Speaker in the Event Dashboard > People > Speakers in one of two ways:
- When creating a Speaker profile and selecting the Create profile and register option as outlined in Create a Speaker Profile
- At a later date by selecting the Register action on the Speaker listing
You will need to assign a free ticket to your Speaker:
If the Speaker doesn’t already have a Hopin account, this step will create one for them. They will receive a notification that a Hopin account has been created for them:
The Speaker will also receive an order confirmation email with a link to the event. This link will take the Speaker to the event reception and they will be able to access the online event venue also prior to the event start. In this case, they will see a pop up message informing them about the event test run and a head banner stating that they're in a test run mode.
Add Registrant as a Speaker
If you'd like to add an existing Attendee as a Speaker, click Add attendee as speaker and search for a registrant by name in the Choose Registrant field. Their name will come up automatically as you type. Only one Speaker at a time can be added.
Once you select a registrant, the Speaker profile fields get populated with the profile information from their exiting Hopin account. You can edit this information but these changes will not be reflected in the individual's personal profile.
Add a Speaker from the Schedule
You can also create a speaker profile or add registrant as a speakers directly from the schedule when creating a new segment or editing an existing one.
Head to your schedule page by navigating through Event Dashboard > Venue > Schedule and open the segment you would like to add a speaker to. Alternatively, click Add to schedule to create a new schedule. A new speaker can be also added directly from the table view.
When editing the Speakers field, you can type the name of a Speaker to select a pre-existing Speaker or to create a new one (if this name isn't on your Speaker list yet). When adding a new Speaker, click + Create or Add. When creating or editing the segment, the new name will also appear on the list and you can click on it:
Next, you will need to fill in the Speaker details. Select Create profile and register or Create profile. By registering the Speaker, you will be creating a Hopin account for them (if they don't have one yet) and giving them access to the event. If you’re not ready to do this yet, you can also create a Speaker profile first and register them for the event later. The new Speaker will be assigned to the scheduled segment and you can then finalize creating or editing your schedule.
You will be able to see the newly created speaker on the list in the Event Dashboard > People > Speakers. Here you will also be able to edit it, delete it or to register a Speaker (if it was created as a speaker profile). However, if the email address of the Speaker profile matches an existing registration, that user is automatically made a Speaker, so you don't have to register them.
When adding Speakers to your event, note that they will appear on your classic registration page, if selected, in the order in which they are added. This is important to keep in mind if you'd like to display your Speakers on the Registration page in a certain order, such as alphabetical.
When adding Speakers to your Schedule, they will populate in your Reception page in the order in which they are added to each segment.
Understanding Speakers Profiles and Personal Profiles
Every user on the Hopin platform has a Personal profile. It is shared across Hopin events the user is registered for. This profile can be viewed by other event attendees in the online event venue when they click on the user’s avatar in the chat or in the People tab. It is owned by the user and can only be edited by them.
Event Speakers have a Speaker profile. This is associated with a single event and is owned by the event Organizer. The speaker profile details are shown on the event Registration page, Reception page and schedule. They can only be edited by event organizers.
When an organizer registers a Speaker and creates a Hopin account for the Speaker, only the first name, last name and email from the Speaker profile fields are copied to the Speaker’s Personal profile.
When an Organizer selects an existing event registrant to be a Speaker in the event the Speaker’s Personal profile fields are copied to the new Speaker profile, but can se edited by the event organizer. These changes won't be reflected in the Personal profile of the user.
The Speaker and Personal profile fields are not automatically synced.