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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

Posted by Sarah Hill

Here in Atlanta we're all craving warmer weather, and can't wait for everyone in the Association world to come to our home this summer. Those thoughts of ASAE 2013 in hot hot August inspired today's Friday Top Five about those huge gatherings we all know and love: conferences.

Friday Top Five: Conferences

The key to successful CSM/planner collaboration is communication
by Aaron Wolwiec with guest author Kelly Van Dyke
“Your venue CSM should be your number one go-to person, your number one collaborator, your biggest fan, maybe even your best friend (even if only for a short period of time). This person wants a successful conference just as much as you do.”

How Predictable Is Your Annual Conference? By Jeff Hurt
“What could we do to shake it up a little? How could we create an annual conference that was unpredictable, unexpected and had a huge WOW factor?”

Events Can Change The World by Thom Singer
“A conference, trade show, convention or other meetings are built around venues, agendas, speakers, and information.... but the real power happens in the "Hallway Conversations" that spontaneously occur between attendees.  While content matters, the content alone is not enough to create memorable experiences.”

Virtual Conferences: Advantages That You Should Know by Alix Sandler for SocialFish
“Participants have the flexibility of arranging their conference schedule at a moment’s notice. If you are in the wrong session or want to switch, you can transfer sessions.”

Google+ Hangouts: Give Your Conferences A Longer Life by Anita Ferrer for Association's Now
“The social-media-based videoconferencing platform offers ample opportunities to stretch your event’s budget and reach.”

Topics: association management, event planning

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