HOW TO HOST A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY PUB QUIZ.
LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY 9TH APRIL.
Despite lockdown, local pubs are still at the heart of our communities with the use of virtual pub quizzes – which are quickly turning out to be big wins for many forward-thinking operators.
Just because your pub is closed for sitting in, it doesn’t stop you hosting your own virtual pub quiz for your customers, keeping your pub at the forefront of their minds and boosting awareness of the new takeaway and delivery services you may be offering.
Like many, for the Brass Castle in Malton, Tuesday night is quiz night! A virtual pub quiz held over Facebook Live where “anything goes and anyone is welcome to host”, a true example of a pub quiz hosted by the community, for the community.
“Community is a very important thing to us at BCB. It pains us to not have our community hub in our Taphouse at the moment, so we’re doing all we can to maintain our community online, keeping everyone involved as far as possible”, Ellis Walsh, Taphouse Manager & Events Coordinator.
Despite this, the now virtual nature of the quiz has allowed more people to get involved and share the positive experience, while still being able to enjoy their Taphouse beers which are available for delivery. To get involved in their pub quiz, or to ‘see how they do it’ click right here.
To help you get started with hosting your own virtual pub quiz, click on the questions below to learn more.
What video app or platform should I use to host the pub quiz?
When it comes to hosting, there are a lot of apps to choose form and it’s easy to get sucked in to using a newly emerged app that might not be right for you!
If your pub/bar has a Facebook page, then the quickest and easiest way to host your quiz is with Facebook Live. The benefit of using Facebook, for many, is that your existing customers and local community are already present and easy to reach, with the ability to ‘post’ the live quiz on your business page, private group or even dedicated quiz event.
Starting a live video doesn’t just notify people who like your page or are ‘interested’ in your quiz event, but it keeps your viewers relevant to those people that you’re trying to reach, maximising engagement.
The nature of Facebook also allows participants to get involved with a live chat, or post and discuss before and after the quiz, allowing you to socially engage with your customers and encourage them to join again next week. In doing this, you’re continuing to raise awareness to potentially new customers and keeping at the forefront of your existing customers minds – which may pay dividends when your pub reopens.
To learn more about Facebook Live and tips for using it, click right here.
For those looking for greater quiz engagement and interactivity, but still wanting a simple solution to use – Zoom may be for you. Zoom is great if you’re wanting to see your participants over video which makes for a more interactive and wholesome community experience. Allowing you to host up to 100 participants at once, the app is ideal for most virtual community quizzes, with a whole host of additional features such as screen sharing (useful for quiz rounds that may use PowerPoint), group chat and the ability to mute all participants but yourself (the quiz master!).
You can see all the features of the free version by clicking right here.
However, despite the free version allowing users to have an unlimited number of sessions, each session is limited to 40 minutes – but that’s not to stop you having a bathrooms and beverages break in between. If you like the sound of Zoom, you can download it by clicking right here.
How should I design my pub quiz?
The design of your quiz is completely up to you, but here’s some tips that your may find useful:
Typically, to keep your audience engaged your quiz should aim to last around the 1-hour mark, this gives you time to have 5, 12-minute rounds (with 6 questions per round), leaving plenty of time for repeating/ explaining questions and thinking time for your participants.
Include a break at some point within your quiz to give everyone a chance for a bathroom and drink break, keeping participants from leaving during the quiz and missing questions.
Keep your rounds fresh and different. The classics work a treat, such as picture, music and general knowledge round. For using picture and video round (if you have time!), we recommend using Microsoft PowerPoint, this way you can share your screen and make the image/video easier to see.
To retain your viewers for the entirety of the quiz, we recommend going over the answers at the end of the quiz opposed to after each individual round, this way you’re building excitement and suspense before announcing the winner at the end of the quiz.
The only downfall of a ‘virtual’ over a ‘real’ pub quiz is marking (and cheating!) – here you will have to trust your viewers, as without going to extreme measures, ensuring your scores are legitimate is near impossible! We suggest that you get participants to private message you their scores before announcing the winner, this way public competition and score fixing is limited.
Where can I find pub quiz questions?
If lockdown has made you short of creative inspiration, here’s a few ideas and where you can find some ‘ready to go’ pub quiz questions:
General knowledge: a round everyone can contribute to and get involved in, plucking answers from deep in their minds that they never knew they had! From the longest dictionary words to the height of the Empire State building.
Who am I?: as the quiz master, you describe someone famous or well-known, leaving just enough clues for your participants to guess their full name.
Connect these images: pick five things that all have a common theme, asking your participant to guess what it is. It could be four footballers who have all played for the same football club.
Music round: play the first ten seconds of a song (or however long needed to make a reasonable guess) though your phone or PC, then get participants to guess the artist and the song name.
Anagrams: choose five words with the same theme and then scramble the letters, asking your participants to re-arrange the letters to guess the words.
Themed question rounds: you can pick whatever themes and questions you want, or why not let your participants choose before the quiz? If you’re looking for quick questions that are ‘ready to go’, click right here to see hundreds of up to date pub quiz questions.
How can I let people know about the quiz and maximise participation?
The best free way to raise quiz awareness during lockdown is via social media. The ability to create dedicated pub quiz events on platforms such as Facebook is effectively an advert that you can send to your friends and customers directly or share with a public post for all to see.
Some towns and villages may also have local community social groups, these are a great place to shout about your pub quiz and get the local community involved in something fun and different during the crisis.
Utilising community engagement will increase the reach of your social media posts, through likes, comments and shares to create a multiplier effect. To do this, you could post a picture of that week’s quiz winners congratulating them (and tagging them in it), which will encourage them to share the post to their wider connections where others can comment on the post, in turn raising the awareness of your quiz and driving participation.
Offering the pub quiz as close to free will also maximise participation, reducing the ‘faff’ of sending wireless payments to get involved; if your pub quiz is free, you should include this in the event title which for some, may be the decider to take part in your quiz over others.
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