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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 Reminders From “Christmas Vacation”

Associations Now

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.

Bananas! Event-Planning Takeaways from “Minions”

Associations Now

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

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

Associations Now

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.

Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

Associations Now

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.

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?

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

Associations Now

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.

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.

4 Event Planning Ideas to Kick-start the New Year

Wild Apricot Blog

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

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 indicates that event planners aren’t as creative as they thought. So event ROI is important.

Need Help With Event Planning?

Wild Apricot Blog

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

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

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Social Media Roundup: A New Tool For Event Planning

Associations Now

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

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.

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

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

Associations Now

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.

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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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.

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

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

Associations Now

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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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


Events are a great way to engage your association’s membership. By following a few best practices, you can actually maximize the impact of your events. association management event planning member engagement membership management Association Views

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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

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

From OSAE: Refreshing Your Exhibit Hall


association management event planning membership management Small Staff ChatterTrade shows are a huge opportunity for associations and exhibitors alike, but often, they're also a bit of a challenge. How do you make both your exhibitors and your attendees happy?

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?

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

Your 2017 Conference Survival Guide


association leadership event planning Association ViewsReady or not, conference season is just about here! But don’t panic. No matter how big the conference you’re attending is, we’ve got a guide to help you get through it. Behold, your 2017 conference survival guide!

12 Easy Ways to Make Your Conference Stand Out


If you’re like most organizations, your conference is your biggest event of the year. We’ve got 12 tips: association leadership event planning member engagement Association ViewsSo how can you make it REALLY stand out?

Hiring an event management partner

Aaron Wolowiec

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.

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


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

Take Your Professional Development Virtual

Association Adviser

When planning a virtual event for professional development, it's imperative to have a game plan in place before, during, and after the event. Successful virtual events that end with your members. Events Features Technology designing events event planning event strategy Measuring events planning a virtual event virtual continuing education virtual education virtual education system virtual events virtual professional development

Take Your Event Virtual: Recent Trends and Strategies with Virtual and Hybrid Events

Association Adviser

What is a virtual event? It’s a Web-based event that replicates many aspects of a traditional location-based conference, membership meeting or trade show through webinars, webcasts, discussion. Events Revenue Technology event content event planning events hybrid events live events non-dues revenue revenue trade show virtual events

Audit Secrets: Leveraging Your Inner Entrepreneurial Spirit

Association Adviser

Wolowiec, MSA, CAE, CMP, CTA, Event Garde. Editor’s Note: Before your association decides to modify or expand its slate of events, consider stepping back to conduct an audit of what is working well for your members and other stakeholders, and what could use some improvements.

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.

Good News About Millennials and Meetings

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re in the midst of event planning for the coming year, here’s some good news about getting Millennials to attend your events. Millennials events