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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: February 21, 2014

Posted by Sarah Hill

It's Friday, and you know what that means! We're sharing some of the best of the web this week for associations. Enjoy!

Friday Top Five: February 21, 2014

 

Can You Grab Leadership Gold 5 Ways to Help by Emily Jarvis 

Are you, like me, an Olympic junkie? I am not proud to admit how many hours I have devoted to watching the athletic pursuits of others. The twizzle. The back-sided 360. The hammer. Though the hours i've spent perched in front of my tv, I have learned more about ice dance, half-pipe and curling than I could have ever imagined. But as I watched the athletic heroics unfold before me another trend started to emerge, a trend of leadership lessons.

  

Blogging Best Practices by Angie D’Aoust

The CSAE Marketing & Communications group was privileged to receive some great advice and words of wisdom from local blogger and social media advisor Sue Murphy (@suzemuse) at a recent session.  As a result, here are 10 Steps to a Better Blog…

 

Should I create a Survey or Vote? By Alex Mastrianni 

We’re big proponents of electronically polling members, donors, and partners for feedback, suggestions, and even votes. If you can eliminate paper surveys and voting ballots, and be a little more green, why not? Survey feedback is crucial to improve future events, modify your email communications, or improve any other programs you choose to survey on. Electronic voting can streamline the administrative process and encourage more responses because of its convenience for respondents. One of our clients saw member voting response increase by 56% and saved $2,480 and 35 hours of staff time by implementing and online voting campaign with email marketing!

 

Another Way to Make Conferences Memorable by Adrian Segar

I have great respect and admiration for those event designers who can create spectacle and wonder through a creative fusion of decor, environment, flow, entertainment, and technical production.

Concentrating on these issues (and filling the holes) is especially appropriate when the process is a human ritual, like a meal, a wedding, or an awards ceremony. We know what’s supposed to happen at such events: food and drink will be served, two people will be joined in matrimony, and worthies will be honored, all in ways that are familiar components of our cultural experience. These processes have been performed countless times before, so, provided the food tastes good, the best man remembers the ring, and the speeches don’t go on too long, convention will be satisfied and the event will be deemed a “success”, at least as far as its process is concerned.

 

13 Ways to Curate Great Content at Your Meetings and Conferences by DeDe Mulligan

Have you ever thought... Wouldn't it be great to collect photos, videos, and text content from as many attendees as possible on a real-time basis?

Now there is a way to do so! With the assistance of mobile devices, great apps and interactive technology tool rentals, meeting organizers can easily gather data from attendees. While there are many benefits of allowing attendees to create and curate event content, the best benefit is your ability to use their words when selling next year's conference to potential attendees and sponsors. After all, the best sales persons for your event are your attendees!

 

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