7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook

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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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

Event Planning Is a Team Sport

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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?

Keep the Light: How to Avoid Event Planning Burnout

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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.

Trade Association CEO Support: Event Planning Checklist

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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.

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

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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

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.

14 Ways to Promote Your Association's Next Event

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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.

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

How to Engage Your Event Attendees

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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.

20 Networking Questions to Keep in Your Back Pocket

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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

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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….

Creating Basic Videos For Your Association: 101

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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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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.

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

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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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7 Learning Styles to Incorporate at Your Next Conference

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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

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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

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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 ViewsEspecially online.

How to Start a National Awareness Day for Your Association

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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

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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.

7 Ways a Conference App Adds Value to Your Event

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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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15 Event Ideas for Your Young Professional Members

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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.)

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

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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.

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.

Upping Your Event Sponsorship Game: 4 Ideas to Try

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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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[Guest Post] The Problems Attendees Experience at Conferences

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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.

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

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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.