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.

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?

Small-Staff Engagement Hack: Members Helping Members

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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.

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

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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 Chatter

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5 Messages Your Volunteers WANT to Hear

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For your association, they probably assist with marketing, event planning, fundraising, etc. Take a look: member engagement Small Staff Chatter volunteer managementNote: This post was originally published on 8/19/15; Updated 10/8/18 for added value.

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 ChatterWe all know that running a conference takes a lot of time, money, and energy.

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 Views

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

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This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members.

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

8 Practical Ways to Boost Engagement with Mobile Event Apps

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Businesses can tap into this potential with a mobile app for their events. Meeting and conference attendees increasingly expect ways to engage organizers, presenters, and each other – from the moment they register until months after the event. Mobile Event Apps: No Laptop?

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

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.)

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? Are we doing that enough?

3 Ways to Strengthen Communication Using Smart Member Data

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If your organization manages a membership program, you know that it can be a real challenge keeping your members fully engaged while developing ways to grow your program. After all, no matter how many new members you attract, it’s your retention rate that drives real growth.

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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12 Easy Ways to Make Your Conference Stand Out

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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?

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Association Luncheon Ideas That'll Bring Members Back For Seconds

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Keeping your members engaged with new and refreshing topics is crucial in having them sign up for regular attendance. event planning member engagement member retention Small Staff ChatterFeel like your attendee rates have dropped lately with your association’s monthly luncheons? Check out this list of association luncheon topics and subtopics (from our MemberClicks blog!) that will get you brainstorming for your next luncheon!

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

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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.).

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 ChatterBut that then begs the question: What should you ask your attendees?

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. 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 Engagement Tools Improve Association Event Management

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Interested in filling more chairs at your next event? It is incredibly gratifying for associations to see a spike in event attendance, as participation plays a valuable role in their impact, but poor event management can cause your members to disengage.

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How to Find Event Sponsors That Are a Perfect Fit

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These are the companies that just belong at your event. They aren’t providing products or services that are beyond your members’ needs.and making sense of their presence isn’t a stretch, either. We get it, sponsors are important for throwing a successful event - necessary, even! Additional funding can go a long way for bringing your event to the next level, so usually this is a “the more the merrier” situation. Or as I like to call them: your Goldilocks Sponsors.

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Pay Attention to These Details for Ultimate Event Engagement

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There’s nothing more frustrating than getting all hyped up for an event, and then feeling awkward and unsure about what to do the second you arrive. Events are crucial to association life; no matter the size or purpose, each one should be given the white glove treatment of member experience. You want to make it as easy as possible for any member to attend, all while making sure they get the intended value out of the content you’re presenting.talk about pressure!

8 Ways to Engage and Promote Your Members with Small Business Saturday

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In the spirit of community, read on for some ways that chambers, associations and nonprofits can help prepare their members for a successful Small Business Saturday on November 25 th ! event planning member engagement Small Staff ChatterSmall Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express to help promote the little guy after the fallout from the 2008 recession.

How to Start a National Awareness Day for Your Association

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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. 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.

Why Everyone Needs to Be a Community Manager

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As an association, you can never go wrong investing in your members, which is part of what makes your private member community so powerful. It’s an exclusive space where members connect with peers and your organization as well as enjoy the myriad of benefits your association offers.

The Event Planner’s Guide to Using Online Community for Your Annual Event

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Your annual event might be looming, or it might be a year away – wherever you are in the planning, it can feel like you’re stuck in a crazy-making cycle. We’re not saying you have to get best friend necklaces, although if you did, we would totally support it, but taking advantage of the event planning resources your online community offers won’t hurt. Planning your annual event can become hectic, and it would be a shame not to rely on the tools at your disposal.

Universal Membership Software Tips: Executing Events with Ease

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Association and chamber events are an important piece to the member engagement puzzle. That’s why we built your membership management software (whether that’s MemberClicks or WebLink) with the features to make managing events - large or small - a whole lot easier! No matter which of our products you use, these tips can surely help you out: event planning MC InsiderThat being said, there is always a LOT to manage.

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?

4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

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A membership director also helps with event planning and updating the website, for instance. Instead of taking that risk, consider hiring a professional web designer or agency to create an attractive website that draws members and prospects in. Event Planning.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… If you haven’t already, you must read New Member Engagement Study , a collaboration between Kaiser Insights, Dynamic Benchmarking, 12 research partners and 160 association professionals.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

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Now on to the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. Brainstorm ways to start planning for the uncertain future with case studies and best practices from around the globe. The Event Planner’s Guide to SEO. Digital Planning Priorities.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.15.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Back in my restaurant general manager days, I went through a serious bout of burnout. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week. Does finding ways to prove your event’s R.O.I.

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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. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.14.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Evidence, not ego, must drive digital transformation , says Gerry McGovern. And, if I’m missing a webinar or learning event, please add it to the Comments section.