Event Planning Software: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

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Planning an event of any kind takes organization, teamwork, and a lot of manpower. However, one of the most important elements you should include in your event planning process is something that might be easy to take for granted at times: Event planning software. Event planning software can help your team streamline all sorts of event planning tasks, from registration to event engagement. event technology

Leveraging Your Own Event for Membership Sales: 4 Steps

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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? We’ve come up with a few steps from promotion through event follow-up where you can easily splice in some attention to your prospects! Check it out: event planning Small Staff Chatter

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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.

Ask the Experts: Pro Tips for Building Sponsor Relations

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If you work in marketing, event planning, or a position that requires you to wear many hats (Executive Directors and Membership Managers, we’re looking at you), chances are, you’ve had to work with sponsors at some point in time — whether it was recruiting sponsors, developing sponsorship packages, creating recap reports to demonstrate ROI, or all of the above. Here’s what they had to say: Small Staff Chatter event planning and promotion

Is your membership body reaching the professionals of the future?

Optimist Consulting

There are plans to improve the service which is good news for the UK’s c7 million children. There are a number of events planned. Membership Recruitment Failing careers advice. A recent Ofsted report highlighted that many schools do not provide adequate careers advice to pupils. The provision of careers advice became the responsibility of individual schools from last year. My own experience of careers advice at school (a while ago now!) wasn’t great.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.26.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. If your association fits any of the five scenarios described by Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, in his recent post, it’s time to review your strategic plan. Event Talk Live.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.29.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Your voice—along with those of nearly 1,000 association leaders around the world—will help us all gain insights about what is working to recruit, engage and retain members during the pandemic.

Strengthening Member Engagement: Tips From an HR Consultant

Fonteva

These engagement methods aren’t just used to recruit new members, but are also essential elements needed to actively retain those members. Make sure to actively track engagement (like event attendance, online activity, etc.) Event planning and management.

7 Practices to Guide Associations Through the Unpredictable Year Ahead

Membersuite

They figured out what their members and market needed, and provided it, such as pandemic-related resources, and new virtual networking and education events. No one knows what 2021 will bring but you can plan for a few scenarios. In 2020, virtual event planning was in emergency mode.

How Engagement Tools Improve Association Event Management

Higher Logic

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. Exploring new ways to keep your members engaged and informed about your events can increase overall member satisfaction and translate to a boost in event attendance.

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4 tips to help out and stand out as an all-star volunteer

Association Success

According to a 2016 survey of recruiters conducted by Deloitte, only 30% of job seekers mention volunteer experience on their résumés, despite the 82% of surveyed recruiters preference to applicants involved in volunteerism. Plan your goals and work your plan. Plan out your volunteer goals like you would any other goal-based plan. Write down your plan and make it plain. Looks like you’ve forgotten something.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.25.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m not publishing Brain Food next Friday (10/2) because I’ll be hiking in southern Utah, so this edition includes all the events I know about in the next two weeks. The ASAE Communication Professionals Advisory Council requests your participation in a short, 11 question survey to help the community understand the challenges of planning virtual conference communications. No Events?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.19.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusion advice. Virtual event benefits. Fíonta suggests looking at your cancelled events as opportunities to design new experiences for attendees, sponsors and exhibitors—now you can have virtual events that generate both revenue and engagement. Virtual events are responsible for some of the silver linings described by WBT Systems in their post this week.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.15.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Benchmark survey on communicating in the current climate. Billhighway explains how to help chapters leverage their event and content assets to deliver desperately needed revenue to their bottom line and value to sponsors. Virtual event sponsors and exhibitors. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. Host: Event Leadership Institute. Host: Event Garde.

Lunchtime Links: Facing Your Failures

Associations Now

Find out which perpetual event pitfalls to avoid. Also: Give old conference-planning methods a break, and replace them with quality, concurrent sessions. In today’s Lunchtime Links, learn what slip-ups are simply unacceptable to guests: Familiar with failure: Typically, we share encouraging tips and tricks to help guide event planners toward success. Planning means making guests feel catered for at all times.”. What are some additional ways to improve recruitment?

Monday Buzz: Appealing to New Graduates

Associations Now

How to engage and recruit new graduates to your association. Also: Even a veteran event planner can make these common mistakes. Now is a great time for your association to engage with and possibly recruit these new college graduates. Event Planning Errors. 6 #Things Even the Most #Seasoned #Event #Planners Get #Wrong [link] #eventprofs. That’s one of the mistakes even seasoned planners make, according to a post from event agency MICEFX.

Soliciting Feedback for Your Event – Is Sooner Better than Later?

SOS Association

When your association has only one annual event and that event is expected to produce a large percentage of your non-dues revenue, every step must be taken to ensure a unique and memorable experience. Professional development and education, branding, engagement, networking, building loyalty, recruiting – each component during the event must inspire and contribute to the long-term success of the association. By Suzanne Lanctot. Managing Director. About Suzanne.

Soliciting Feedback for Your Event – Is Sooner Better than Later?

SOS Association

When your association has only one annual event and that event is expected to produce a large percentage of your non-dues revenue, every step must be taken to ensure a unique and memorable experience. Professional development and education, branding, engagement, networking, building loyalty, recruiting – each component during the event must inspire and contribute to the long-term success of the association. By Suzanne Lanctot. Managing Director. About Suzanne.

Wednesday Buzz: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

Associations Now

Also: why more event planners should take Pinterest for a spin. In the event that your association has slipped into online obscurity, she says, it’s even more imperative to take action. Your website is key to visibility these days,” Hill writes, “and if your association isn’t appearing at all in search engines something’s wrong and it may be seriously crippling your chances at visibility, marketing, and recruitment. How can you use #Pinterest for event planning?

Let Leaders Lead

SOS Association

At SOS, we often come across organizations that are seeking additional capacity after years spent relying upon volunteers (typically Board members and committee chairs) for the performance of key functions, including event planning, membership recruitment, database management, and marketing and communications. By Jeff Falcusan. SOS Account Executive. About Jeff.

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Let Leaders Lead

SOS Association

At SOS, we often come across organizations that are seeking additional capacity after years spent relying upon volunteers (typically Board members and committee chairs) for the performance of key functions, including event planning, membership recruitment, database management, and marketing and communications. By Jeff Falcusan. SOS Account Executive. About Jeff.

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10 Reasons to Use an AMC (Association Management Company) To Manage Your Association

SOS Association

AMCs are fully staffed with Account Executives (experienced nonprofit professionals that can act as your Executive Director), as well as other nonprofit specialists in accounting/bookkeeping, event planning, membership management, and other support areas including marketing and communication. You don’t lose staff or service when things are slower, and when they are busier, such as conference planning time, you gain the expertise of more staff without having to hire anyone.

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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. Billhighway shares advice on ways your association can provide member recruitment training to chapters and affiliates. Now for the educational events scheduled for next week. If you have any free webinars or events coming up, please send me the link.

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Monday Buzz: The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Events

Associations Now

Are the events industry and the sharing economy a match made in heaven? Or is sharing putting a drag on events? But as sustainable event specialist Shawna McKinley notes, shared resources and spaces have been hallmarks of event planning for years. Nonetheless, many elements of the modern sharing economy are creating new opportunities and raising new challenges for event planners. But are all of these changes a net gain for event planners?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.17.17

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Now, onto the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. If you’re eager to get the most out of your time at the European Meetings & Events Conference, think of this webinar as a “must-attend.” Plan to join the discussion. Discover what exciting events are doing in experiential, the role of technology in experiential events and how can you make the most out of it, and cutting edge tactics to get the wow factor. Hosts: Hubb and Event Tech Tribe.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.17.17

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Now, onto the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. If you’re eager to get the most out of your time at the European Meetings & Events Conference, think of this webinar as a “must-attend.” Plan to join the discussion. Discover what exciting events are doing in experiential, the role of technology in experiential events and how can you make the most out of it, and cutting edge tactics to get the wow factor. Hosts: Hubb and Event Tech Tribe.

Friday Buzz: Reignite Innovation During Business Meetings

Associations Now

Also: A celebrity event planner offers her trendsetting, customer-focused tricks of the trade. 8 Rules for Events from Celebrity Wedding Planner Sharon Sacks ( @sacksprods ) [link] #eventprofs #eventplanning. Every event is a moving work of art,” celebrity event planner Sharon Sacks told BizBash. From leaving guests to their own devices to sending nonstop emails to your team, Event Manager Blog editor Julius Solaris lists several event planning no-nos to avoid.

Social Media Roundup: Better Strategy Means Smarter Questions

Associations Now

While communication tactics, event planning programs, and recruitment campaigns continue to evolve, and as associations continue to focus on providing value to members, Association Subculture blogger Shelly Alcorn believes they also should pose a new question to spur membership growth. Blazing a new trail toward membership success starts with asking better questions. Also: Your nonprofit isn’t winning (on social media, that is) if it isn’t pinning.

Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks

Fonteva

With features spanning database capabilities, messaging and email tools, accounting and payment systems, and event planning, a top AMS solution is a smart move for practically any group. Focused on offering your team both big-picture planning capabilities and more specific tools to fine-tune your strategies, events, and communications, Fonteva Membership is a powerful partner for any membership-based organization. Powerful event management features.

10 Reasons to Use an AMC (Association Management Company) To Manage Your Association

SOS Association

AMCs are fully staffed with Account Executives (experienced nonprofit professionals that can act as your Executive Director), as well as other nonprofit specialists in accounting/bookkeeping, event planning, membership management, and other support areas including marketing and communication. You don’t lose staff or service when things are slower, and when they are busier, such as conference planning time, you gain the expertise of more staff without having to hire anyone.

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Awesome Association Jobs This Week – April 26

SocialFish

Membership and Development Manager , National Association for Fixed Annuities – The primary objective of this position is membership recruitment, engagement and retention goals of new and existing Carriers, IMO’s, Banks and Broker Dealers for a national trade association. This person is also responsible for the oversight and management of the PAWS Chicago Professional board along with the assistance of Coordinator, Events and Sponsorship.

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. Considering that 93% of all online experiences begin with organic search, organizers should learn the basics of SEO in order to drive more qualified visitors to event websites and to ultimately increase event registrations.

Solutions for Your Membership Conundrum

Association Adviser

The same members tell us they never know about events, professional development opportunities or other benefits to which they’re entitled. Early results of our unscientific reader poll show that one in four associations (26 percent) are now offering separate networking events for young leaders at their live events. While that may not surprise you, did you know that 23 percent of associations tell us they are inviting younger members to join their event planning committees?

Tuesday Buzz: Building Your Dream Event Team

Associations Now

Learn how to hire a top-notch team to pull off memorable events. Associations reach for the stars in planning events, and they need to do the same when building the teams behind them. The good news, according to meetings professional Tahira Endean, is that technology has completely streamlined the essential steps to create and train a superior event-planning team. First off is recruiting qualified people for your team.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.16.18

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Did I talk to these people? If you plan to shop for a new learning management system (LMS) in the coming year, WBT Systems explains why you may want to work with an LMS consultant during the requirements, selection, and/or implementation process. Now for the main event: free professional development events for the association community. Own Post-Event Planning!

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. The council manages leadership recruitment, candidate evaluation, and nominations. Now, onto the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. Learn how you can prepare for upcoming trends in meetings and events. Dustin Westling, CSEP, OneWest Events.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. The council manages leadership recruitment, candidate evaluation, and nominations. Now, onto the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events. Learn how you can prepare for upcoming trends in meetings and events. Dustin Westling, CSEP, OneWest Events.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.20.18

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Tim Ebner at Associations Now talked to the American Society for Quality about some of the things they did to turn around declining membership. Off-topic: Check out my Grabbing the Gusto blog for my posts about the recipes I’ve made recently or plan to make in the coming week. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week plus a few extras. Host: Event Manager Blog.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.7.18

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… DelCor’s Tobin Conley, CAE, has some advice for association IT directors: it’s time to start thinking like a CIO. I was at this fun and enlightening event.) Here’s another explanation of how to use inbound marketing for member recruitment. Off-topic: Check out my Grabbing the Gusto blog for posts about the recipes I’ve made recently or plan to make soon.

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