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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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Location-based social media and your association

Posted by Sarah Hill

You’ve probably seen this symbol at various restaurants you’ve visited in your city.

Location-based social media and your association 

That’s foursquare, a mobile app that allows you to "check in" places and share that information with your friends. Foursquare also occasionally offers discounts and promotions when someone "checks in" and you earn points for the frequency and variety of places you visit. If you check in at a place more than anyone else with the foursquare app, you're deemed the "mayor."

You’ve also probably noticed on Facebook posts and tweets that people’s locations are sometimes mentioned, or when you open your social media apps on your smart phone you get prompted to share GPS location information.

Time will tell if the obsession with sharing where you are (and knowing where your friends are) will fade, but restaurants, stores, and meeting places are capitalizing on this trend. You association can too!

Be sure you create a “check in” at your events, and maybe even meetings. For larger events, offer a small giveaway if your members or guests check in on foursquare. Be sure to encourage tagging at events on Facebook, and even generate some buzz with a twitter hash tag and if your chosen venue already has social media accounts (many popular restaurants and meeting venues do) inform them of it ahead of time so they can generate some buzz.

And don’t forget pictures! A few quality pictures can pump up social media presence.

If you need more tips on bringing social media to your association world…

Click here to download our  Small Staff Guide to Social Media

Topics: association management, social media for associations

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