7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook


But what details, in regards to event planning, tend to trip association professionals up the most? We’ve got seven: event planning member engagement membership management Association ViewsThe devil is in the details. We’ve all heard it, and most of us have lived it.

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.

Event-Planning Reminders From “Christmas Vacation”

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Event- and conference-related takeaways from the holiday comedy classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and its lead character, Clark Griswold. So, as you’re designing your upcoming events , keep in mind that a little can go a long way.

Event Planning - A New Normal

Wild Apricot Blog

Technology and social media are changing events and creating a "new normal" in terms of how we "market, consume and measure events." Here are some thoughts and tips to help small organizations update their events. technology events social media

Bananas! Event-Planning Takeaways from “Minions”

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Being leaderless leaves them all depressed, so one of them—Kevin—comes up with a plan. After they arrive in New York City, they come across a secret villain TV channel advertising Villain Con in Orlando, an event billed as “the biggest gathering of criminals anywhere.” (Now

Need Help With Event Planning?

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If you are new to events and need some help with next year's planning, here are some resources to help you get started. events event management

Left brain vs. right brain: Which wins the event planning game?

Aaron Wolowiec

And so, I encourage you to take the aforementioned into account after reading this sentence: New research by London and Partners, the official convention bureau of London, and MICEBOOK.com indicates that event planners aren’t as creative as they thought. So event ROI is important.

Lessons in Event Planning From a Rock Concert

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Steal these five ideas from a recent concert to make your next event a sellout. Here are five things that I took away from this particular show that I think planners should think about as they go about executing their upcoming conferences and events. Pay homage to your event’s location.

Thursday Buzz: Put Event-Planning Goals Before Tech Ones

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There are many tech options for events, but what’s really necessary from a planning standpoint? All the decisions required when putting together an important event, conference, or convention—including deciding what event-focused technology to use—can be overwhelming.

4 Event Planning Ideas to Kick-start the New Year

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If you're planning events for the new year, here are 4 ideas and a round-up of resources that might help. events

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?

Meetings 411: Event Planning Tips for Generation Z - Part 2

Cvent Association Tips

I recently discussed the implications of what we already know about Generation Z for designing meetings and event planners. Here 5 specific tips for designing meetings and events that are effective and engaging for Generation Z participants.

Keep the Light: How to Avoid Event Planning Burnout


Event season is a pivotal point in the association world. If your association does it right, your members will think that your event came into fruition without a hitch: Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Your staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a successful event.

Social Media Roundup: A New Tool For Event Planning

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The event-planning site Splash challenges ticket-service sites with its full-fledged event-planning platform. What are some of the key details that go into planning events? Splash = Facebook of event websites ow.ly/k6YM2

Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

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Partying in a cemetery sounds weird, but it’s not the strangest place that event planners have taken over lately. Also: Is now the time to plan an event in an emerging country? The Craziest Venues We've Seen Events Take Over [link] #eventprofs.

Social Media Roundup: Add Google+ To Your Event-Planning Strategy

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How Google+ can widen your connectivity in promoting your next event. It has plenty of tricks for event planners, such as SEO and segmented notifications. This means that when someone goes to Google and searches ‘Event Planner’ they are first seeing the accounts which rate highest on Google—many of those rating higher because they are posting on their Google+ pages,” Nicolette Anderson explains on BusyEvent.

Social Media Roundup: Starting an Event Planning Company? Read This First

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Before taking your event planning solo, keep in mind the business factors that come with the territory. If you’ve been doing this event-planning thing for a while, you might be wondering to yourself what it’s like to strike out on your own.

Trade Association CEO Support: Event Planning Checklist

Trade Association CEO Blog

Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. Event Planning Checklist. My volunteer leaders were struggling with the complexities of planning a small event for our trade association so I prepared this checklist to help guide them.

The Four Secrets to Making a Big Impression at Your Member Event

Association Management

Does the meeting room make someone feel like they’ve arrived at a real “event.” Pillar number three is the first reception of the event. People come to events to network. Meetings Conference Planning Event Planning

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 ViewsSo naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged.

The Ultimate Post-Event Checklist for Association Pros


‘Tis the season for event planning! And whether your event is in the spring, summer, or even early fall, chances are, you’ve already started prepping. But as much time as you spend on event-related activities prior to the actual event, how much time do you spend on post-event activities, really driving it home? You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: The event isn’t over when people leave the room.

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. We run events in 35 countries for participants including the U.S.

How to Start a National Awareness Day for Your Association


event planning Small Staff ChatterDeveloping a national day to annually rally around your industry (or a related cause) is an excellent way to boost awareness for both your organization and its mission. Not only will this help with member engagement, but you’ll also be working toward starting a larger conversation about something important to you, your members and your industry. Bonus?

15 Event Ideas for Your Young Professional Members


Engaging young professionals is tough, especially when it comes to events. 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? When there’s an activity to break the ice. And no, nothing cheesy.)

7 Ways a Conference App Adds Value to Your Event


Having a conference app just for your event is a seriously powerful tool. Plus, when you have a go-to partner to lean on for your conference app needs, you can focus on the content and event planning. As you read, think about how each of these benefits would make your biggest annual event easier to manage! event planning MC InsiderThey are designed to get more attendee engagement - all while providing a refreshing experience.

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[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. Members love to talk about their conference experience during in-depth interviews with me.

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. So, what’s the trick?

From #ASAE17: 4 Barriers to People Attending a Conference


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? For many associations, the answer is yes.

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 ViewsEspecially online.

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.

Upping Your Event Sponsorship Game: 4 Ideas to Try


Does your association struggle to acquire event sponsors? Here are a few of his tips: association management event planning membership management Small Staff ChatterWhat about sponsor retention?

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


Here are five things you should aim to “get” at your next meeting or trade show: association management event planning membership management Association ViewsYour annual meeting or trade show is a BIG opportunity for your association.

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.

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.

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

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


How do you actually plan and execute an online event? We’ve taken the process and broken it down into five specific steps: association management event planning Association Views

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.

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


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

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? What exactly are the benefits of hosting a virtual conference versus a traditional, in-person event?

How to Prevent Room Block Pirates from Hijacking Your Next Event

Association Management

If you’re planning an association meeting or conference any time soon, you’ll want to be on the lookout for “room block pirates.” Look to your past room block numbers to come up with an accurate number for your latest event. Event Planning