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

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

Rumor 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. 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. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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Friday Top Five: Conferences and Trade Shows

Posted by Sarah Hill

#Tech12 was last week, and in wake of that huge conference and with everyone planning out their 2013 schedules, there has been a lot of buzz about trade shows and conferences. Here are some of the most valuable things I found!

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5) ASAE #Tech12: Connecting Technology & Real Life by Kathi Rabil

“I approached conversations asking my #assnchat friends and other attendees questions like—why did they come to the conference, what are they hoping to get out of the conference, what’s one good thing that they learned, or what was one actionable item they were going to implement when they went back to their organization? After spending time online, finally meeting folks IRL is really fun; and ASAE is full of really great folks! In the end, it’s still all about relationships.”


4) Five Energy Hungry Brain Functions We Use At Conferences by Jeff Hurt

“Five brain functions make up the majority of your conscious thought at your conference: understanding, decision-making, recall, memorizing and inhibition.”


3) 15 Key Considerations for 2013 Conferences by Jeffrey Cufaude

“In my involvement in about 40 different conferences this year, I've noticed what once were isolated ideas or innovations beginning to be echoed repeatedly in other meeting designs.”


2) Association Social Media at #Tech12- More on Google+ by Maddie Grant

“Our social networks subtly changed. They were no longer just connections with friends. They now included other people with interesting information to share.


1) The 12 days of conference by Sara Canaday

“Our audience expects the clarity, structure and wit that come from carefully planned events and presentations. At the same time, however, our audiences want a fluid conference experience and a genuine and more spontaneous connection with presenters. What this means for all of us is that we need to be more responsive to attendee feedback and reactions, not just before or after the event, but right smack in the middle of it.”

Note: this is part of a series. Today was day 4, but the other three have been great as well! Keep an eye out for the rest of the series.

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