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.

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

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.

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.

Lessons in Event Planning From Hollywood

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And while the show’s main attractions are the fashion and celebrities, it also provides plenty of food for thought for meeting planners as they go about executing their next events. After all, everyone should want to avoid a Michael Bay moment at a meeting or event.

Event Planning Is a Team Sport


Ask any event planner and they’ll tell you that planning any event, big or small, can be a stressful ordeal. While the majority of the responsibility falls on the event planner, make no mistake, event planning is a team sport.

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

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

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.

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

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

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Take a look at the tremendous effort it takes to produce a world-famous event. How do you begin to plan an event that 1 million people will attend? “Sure, there are some slower times, but there is never a time that you are not planning,” he says.

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: 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

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.

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

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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.

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?

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.

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 Association Management Event Planning Experience ManagementThe Oscars. The Nobel Prize. The Palme d’Or.

Leveraging Your Own Event for Membership Sales: 4 Steps


Your own events are a great place to recruit new members! Planning this event is time consuming enough, how do I add in recruitment efforts and stay sane? Check it out: event planning Small Staff Chatter

How to Use Postcards to Stay on Member's Minds


small staff association event planning Small Staff Chatter chambers conference marketingThis year for ASAE Annual, we decided to get a little creative and extra thoughtful about our messaging.

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

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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

Finding the Right Speakers for Your Association's Event: 4 Tips


A big factor in whether or not people register for an event (depending on the type of event) is the speaker lineup. Finding speakers who meet those qualifications can definitely be a challenge, but to help you out, we’ve put together four tips: event planning Small Staff Chatter

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14 Ways to Promote Your Association's Next Event


One of the most difficult aspects of event planning is actually getting people to register and attend. So how can you drive awareness and registrations for your association’s next event? Here are 14 ideas: event planning Small Staff Chatter marketingYou’re putting so much time and money into this. You need to make sure the ROI exceeds that.

Small-Staff Engagement Hack: Members Helping Members


Here’s one hack in particular we think you’ll love: event planning ASAE member engagement Association ViewsAs you may know, a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

[Guest Post] 8 Ways to Weave Collaboration into Your Virtual Event


Technological solutions for interaction and communication mean that a virtual event can stimulate a unique kind of knowledge-sharing, across a huge range and variety of minds. Association Views event planning member engagement

3 Details That Can Make or Break Your Association's Event


We’ve all heard it: The devil is in the details, and boy if that isn’t true of event planning. It’s the little things that often have the biggest impact on people, and these three details, in particular, can actually make (or break) your association’s event…. event planning Association Views

Your Guide to Gen Z: Will They Be at Your Next Conference?


Born into the age of innovation and technology, Gen Z can be the perfect target market for anyone’s next event. event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterSpeaking as a Gen Z-er, myself, I know we can be a tough crowd to please.

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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.

Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

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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.

20 Networking Questions to Keep in Your Back Pocket


If networking intimidates you and you’re never really sure what to ask/talk about, here are 20 questions to keep in your back pocket: association leadership event planning Association ViewsNetworking. If your eyes roll (and your stomach drops) upon just READING that word, you’re not alone. Many people understand the importance of networking, but they still dread it. We get that - and we’re here to help!

5 Things You NEED to Ask Your Event Speakers For


Speakers are a BIG part of your association’s event. event planning Association ViewsThey play into why people register and what attendees will ultimately take back home with them. (A A pretty big responsibility.). That said, you want to leverage your speakers to the best of your ability (to attract members and drive registration rates). To do that, it’s important to ask your speakers for a few key marketing materials. Particularly….

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?

Hiring an event management partner

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So you’ve decided to have an event, and you’re not sure whether or not you need professional assistance. A good event management company should be an asset to your event, not a liability. But not all event managers are created equal. Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA.

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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.

Creating Basic Videos For Your Association: 101


Looking to expand your marketing efforts by introducing video to your event campaigns? association management social media for associations event planning Small Staff Chatter chamber of commerce marketingVideo 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.

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11 Unique Swag Ideas for Your Association's Next Trade Show


With every conference or trade show comes the topic of event swag. Ok, now without further ado, here are 11 unique swag items for your association’s next trade show: event planning Small Staff ChatterWhat should we give out? What’s fun and unique? What’s AFFORDABLE? Sure, there are the tried-and-true items: t-shirts, water bottles, koozies, phone chargers, etc. And don’t get us wrong - those are all great!)

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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?

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.