Association Event Planning: The Complete Guide


Event planning is tough, especially if you’re a small-staff association professional with limited time and resources. We understand the process can be overwhelming, so to help you out, we’ve put together a list of best practices to take before, during, and after your event.

A Royal Affair: Event Planning Lessons from the 2018 Royal Wedding


News , you’re likely at least semi-familiar with dare I say THE event of the year: the 2018 royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Scheduled to take place on May 19, this seems to be all people are talking about, which got me thinking.what can association professionals and event planners learn from all this? Take a look: association management event planning membership management Small Staff Chatter

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What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

This summer I’m looking for opportunities to explain association management and share how we do it at Verto Solutions. One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. Verto Solutions Association Management.

Association Event Planning: Tools to Elevate Your Conference


Associations often host conferences to engage their members and provide unique, enriching experiences. However, conferences are notoriously tough to plan. Ultimately, you want the conference to be a rewarding experience and potentially result in overall growth for the association.

What Hollywood’s Award Season Can Teach Us About Association Event Planning


Which got me thinking: How do these networks get people (like me) so excited about events that they’re not even attending? And more importantly, how can associations incorporate those tactics to get their members (and potential members) excited about events?

The Mark of Cain on Association Management

Reid All About it

The last few nights I’ve watched news stories about Herman Cain and the National Restaurant Association (NRA). I can’t help thinking about the whole ugly situation through an association management lens. Imagine, instead of the NRA, this is your association.

Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks


The best association management software, or AMS, solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of associations just like yours. Overview of this Association Management Software. Powerful event management features. Grant management.

And the Winner is … Your Organization

Association Management

Whether we’re motivated by the appreciation of excellence or the wagers and debates these events often generate, we do pay attention to awards, as the 32.9 The post And the Winner is … Your Organization appeared first on Professional Association Management Company | Virtual Inc.

How to Engage Your Event Attendees


You spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events. Here are a few tips: association management event planning member engagement membership management Association Views

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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference


association management event planning member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterWe all know that running a conference takes a lot of time, money, and energy. But running your conference so that you’ll get maximum engagement is a whole other level.

From #ASAE17: 4 Barriers to People Attending a Conference


For many associations, the answer is yes. Goodstadt went on to explain four things that hinder conference attendance: association management event planning member engagement Association ViewsYear over year, is your conference attendance down?

6 “Picture-Worthy” Props to Consider at Your Next Event


When you host a meeting or event, you want people to engage with you, right? Here are a few ideas: association management social media for associations event planning member engagement Association Views

How to Plan a Virtual Conference at Your Association: 5 Steps


We recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of hosting a virtual conference at your association. How do you actually plan and execute an online event? But let’s say you do decide to host one. What happens next?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?


Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. association management event planning member engagement Association ViewsThis could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization.

11 Ways to Provide Your Members with a VIP Conference Experience


Events are likely one of your association’s biggest revenue drivers. But are you maximizing the amount of revenue your event could bring in? association management event planning member engagement membership management Association Views

5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference


And while that’s okay (there is something to be said about sticking with classic networking events that work!), Check out five unique networking events that we think might surprise your event attendees at your next conference.

How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips


We talk a lot about the importance of surveying your association’s membership , particularly following events. But let’s say you do survey your event attendees and, unfortunately, don’t get the best feedback.

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Upping Your Event Sponsorship Game: 4 Ideas to Try


Does your association struggle to acquire event sponsors? Once you acquire sponsors, do you then struggle to get them to stay and support your association’s initiatives (both old and new) year-after-year? What about sponsor retention?

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The Benefits of Hosting a Virtual Conference at Your Association


Meetings, events, methods of communication - you name it, it’s all going online. That said, is an online event, such as a virtual conference, something your association should consider? It’s no secret that in this day and age, everything’s going digital.

Helping Your Members Justify Conference Attendance


Here are a few ideas: association management event planning membership management Small Staff ChatterYou likely put a lot of work into your conference marketing - explaining the benefits to get your members to attend.

5 Things You Should Aim to “Get” at Your Next Meeting or Trade Show


Your annual meeting or trade show is a BIG opportunity for your association. Because you’ll be around members (and potentially prospects), you’ll have the opportunity to obtain several valuable items that you can then use at your association throughout the year.

Poll: For which services does your association use an association management company?

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For which services does your association employ an association management company? Board management. Event planning/management. Chapter management. Board management. -. Event planning/management. -. Chapter management. -. This poll is open till 31-03-2018 -. remaining only 1 month. All - we use a full-service AMC. Finances/accounting. Strategy/visioning. Executive services. Start-up services.

6 Questions to Ask Your Members BEFORE Planning an Event


association management event planning member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterWe all know the importance of asking for feedback - and most of us are pretty good at actually doing so. But what about asking for input? Are we doing that enough?

15 Event Ideas for Your Young Professional Members


Engaging young professionals is tough, especially when it comes to events. It’s a big reason why they joined your association in the first place. Here are a few event ideas to consider: association management event planning member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterThrow the word networking out there, and people seem to run for the hills. But you know what makes networking a lot less intimidating and a lot more appealing?

Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

Association Management

Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual. At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. This might mean planning conferences and member meetings. Every event is different.

[Guest Post] The Problems Attendees Experience at Conferences


Looking at the responses across more than three hundred interviews, of mostly very engaged members, a handful of typical weak spots in association conferences emerge: association management event planning membership management Small Staff ChatterThe following blog post was written by Amanda Kaiser, qualitative member researcher, writer, and speaker, and author of the Smooth the Path blog.

Creating Basic Videos For Your Association: 101


Looking to expand your marketing efforts by introducing video to your event campaigns? Video is one of the best ways to promote your association to a new audience as well as to remind your members of the value that you provide to your industry. However, learning new technologies can be an intimidating experience, especially when you’re going to use those results to publicly market your association.

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Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros


If your annual meeting or event keeps growing, first of all, that’s AMAZING news! You put so much time and energy into planning that event, and the fact that people not only want to attend but are attending is huge. How do you make your big event still feel somewhat small?

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4 Ways to Engage Your Conference Attendees


Planning a conference is one thing. Prime example: Whether or not your attendees ACTUALLY engage with you and the activities you have planned. Here are four, in particular: association management event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterBut then, there’s the execution. And while a lot of little details are somewhat in your hands - what food you serve, what music you play, what topics are covered during educational sessions, etc.

How to Keep the Momentum Going AFTER Your Meeting or Event: 4 Tips


You spend SO much time planning your meetings and events - especially the big ones. So isn’t it a shame when after months and months of planning, suddenly it’s all just.over? There are actually several things you can do to keep that post-event excitement (and chatter) going.

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Event Feedback: 9 Questions You NEED to Ask Your Attendees


You hear us talk a LOT about the importance of post-event surveys - and we stand by that. association management event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterBut that then begs the question: What should you ask your attendees?

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Using Events to Grow Your Association’s Membership: 4 Tips


Events are a great way to engage your association’s membership. But did you know they’re also a great way to grow your association’s membership? By following a few best practices, you can actually maximize the impact of your events.

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Association Professionals: Are Your Educational Sessions “Diverse” Enough?


Education is likely one of your association’s biggest offerings. association management event planning ASAE member engagement Small Staff ChatterAnd it’s likely at the heart of your annual meeting or conference. People attend to network and learn.).

Event Mishaps: Lessons from the Oscars’ Best Picture Mistake


association management event planning Small Staff ChatterWhether or not you watched the Oscars last week, you probably heard about the big (and pretty uncomfortable) Best Picture mistake.

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How to Find Sponsors for Your Association’s Event


We all know the importance of event sponsors - they’re the ones who make our events possible, plain and simple. But finding event sponsors? We’ve got some tips: association management event planning Small Staff Chatter

Creating an Attendee Journey Map for Your Association’s Event: The Why (And How)


Events are likely one of your association’s primary benefits. That said, how are your events currently performing? What kind of feedback are you getting post-event? To take your events up a notch - and really provide your members with a valuable, memorable experience - consider putting together an attendee journey map. The map should highlight what your attendees experience at every stage of the event planning process: before, during, and after your event.

From OSAE: Refreshing Your Exhibit Hall


Trade shows are a huge opportunity for associations and exhibitors alike, but often, they're also a bit of a challenge. Well, I sat in on a webinar hosted by the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives last week that covered all of that.

Trade Association CEO Support: Event Planning Checklist

Trade Association CEO Blog

Trade Association CEO Support. The role of association CEO is diverse and whether youre a volunteer or a paid staff executive director this blog is the starting line for concepts and ideas to solve your leadership challenges. The Role of Association CEO. Whether your association budget is large with many staff or your budget is small with few or no full-time staff, the responsibilities of the CEO are common and many. Event Planning Checklist.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

Blue Sky eLearn

For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. Plus, events are one of the ways that your association can raise non-dues revenue. .

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A Library of Event Checklists

Association Navigator

Verto’s event planner Jane Reynolds deserves the credit for amazing food, good logistics, and no surprises. Jane and I have discussed the importance of starting your planning with a good checklist. Verto Solutions plans and executes dozens (almost hundreds) of events each year.