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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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Your Association and Social Media Communities Should Be Friends

Posted by Sarah Hill

It’s easy for an association to see social media “groups” as competition. In new member recruitment, for example, potential new members can (and often do) use the excuse that they get plenty of networking and interaction with various online social communities.

Your Association and Social Media Groups Should Be Friends

First of all, there are so many ways to answer that statement. It’s absolutely true that since its creation, the Internet is a very powerful tool for interaction, both personal and professional. But your association offers a deeper kind of connection. Online communication can certainly result in close connection, but an association facilitates hand shaking, eye contact, collaboration, and personal and professional development. And probably quicker than what would go down online.

But secondly, that potential member has a good point. So the bigger question is, “Why aren’t you using online social communities to promote your association?” Potential members, meaning qualified people who share genuine interests with your association and who will spend their spare time engaging in such topics. Make a profile for your association and join the conversation on social media!

Don’t see any groups out there? No LinkedIn groups, no Facebook groups, no Google+ communities? Make one!

Also consider Meetup groups. Don’t necessarily create a meetup group, but if you see a group already out there that syncs up with your association’s mission and whose events seem similar to your own, reach out! E-mail the planners and recommend an event your association is putting on, offer yourself or another expert in your association as a speaker or collaborator, or offer reduced membership fees.

The point is that your association and online communities shouldn’t compete for attention. They should be working together!

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Topics: association management, social media for associations

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