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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

Many of you are starting to get together (or are already in deep) with planning your 2014 annual meetings and conferences. Both takes a lot of time and are cornerstone events in your calendar. They're also probably a main platform where you and your members can show off! 

Here are some tips that will hopefully make it a little easier to plan such a huge event. 

Friday Top Five: Conferences

 

Speakers:

Lunchtime Links: Wow Your Members With a Celebrity Speaker by Emma Beck

“Fire up the cameras and roll out the red carpet: A celebrity speaker can take your conference from “sure, I’ll go” to “can’t be missed.””

 

Venue:

How to Choose a Meeting Venue from Meetings.org

“When choosing a venue for your next meeting or conference there is more to consider than just the budget. Taking into account who is attending, from how far and how many you should plan to ask the following about any potential venue: Suitability, Location, Availability, Size, Facilities, and Cost.”

 

Food:

What’s On Your Plate? By Linda C. Chandler

“While value and "bang for the buck" remain important, association food and beverage budgets are beginning to show signs of recovery. Chefs and conference venues in the West are ready to respond with menus that reflect current trends and tastes.”

 

Location:

“Second Tier” Convention Cities by Judy Ackerman

“Think teleconferencing is the only way to bring clients together without breaking the bank? Think again. Conventions remain the best way to exchange ideas, promote products, and make contacts, and thanks to a wealth of meeting facilities in so-called second-tier markets, bringing together like-minded professionals can be quite cost-effective.”

 

Registration:

Event Registration and your Association Management Software by MemberClicks

“Event planning and registration is a very big deal in your association management software for that reason. So what should your AMS be doing for you to make registration and planning as easy as possible?”

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