Association Event Planning: The Complete Guide

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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.

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

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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?

How to Engage Your Event Attendees

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You spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events. So naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged. How do you make sure your attendees are having a good time and engaged in your sessions/activities?

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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference

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But running your conference so that you’ll get maximum engagement is a whole other level. association management event planning member engagement membership management Small Staff Chatter

From #ASAE17: 4 Barriers to People Attending a Conference

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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

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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

5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference

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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.

11 Ways to Provide Your Members with a VIP Conference Experience

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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

The Benefits of Hosting a Virtual Conference at Your Association

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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.

6 Questions to Ask Your Members BEFORE Planning an Event

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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?

15 Event Ideas for Your Young Professional Members

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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.

4 Ways to Engage Your Conference Attendees

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Planning a conference is one thing. Prime example: Whether or not your attendees ACTUALLY engage with you and the activities you have planned. Now there’s no way to force attendee engagement (sorry!), Here are four, in particular: association management event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterBut then, there’s the execution.

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

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

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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 Feedback: 9 Questions You NEED to Ask Your Attendees

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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 Chatter

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

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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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Refocusing on Member Retention: 7 Best Practices

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Member retention is likely in the back of your head at all times. Member engagement, event planning, the day-to-day logistics of running your association - the list goes on and on. But let’s take a moment to refocus on member retention. What are a few things you can be doing throughout the year (not just at the end or beginning when renewal season rolls around) that can really help bump up member retention at your association?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… When I was in charge of getting a new AMS back at my old association, I had no idea how to approach selection and implementation. What does this mean for associations?

Are You an Innovator or a Producer?

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Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. Ideas to help you engage, empower and retain members. May 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Member Engagement + Retention , Membership Management , Social Media and Business Trends.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.24.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… The next time you find yourself procrastinating, take a moment to think about the task you’re avoiding. I wonder how this consumer trend— described in this CIO article —will affect association membership.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. Here’s a great idea for associations: a Talent Council.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. Here’s a great idea for associations: a Talent Council.