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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees

Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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20 Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

Posted by Callie Walker


If your organization depends on volunteers to support its mission, you’re not alone. But keep in mind that volunteers are under no obligation to continue sharing their time and talents. They continue because they want to and because they know their efforts are appreciated. 

To let your volunteers know how much you appreciate them, why not:

  • Surprise them with a phone call.
  • Send them a simple, handwritten thank you card.
  • Feature them on your association's website or blog.
  • Nominate them for an award, such as "Volunteer of the Year."
  • Feed them. (Hey, everybody loves free food!)
  • Give them a small thank you gift, such as a Starbucks gift card.
  • Offer them VIP parking.
  • Host a special volunteers-only event.
  • Take photos of volunteers on the job, frame them, and then give them to each volunteer.
  • Give them a mug or t-shirt with your organization's logo on it.
  • Thank them in a newsletter.
  • Create a volunteer recognition board.
  • Mention them on social media.
  • Give them a shout out at your next member meeting.
  • Present them with a certificate of appreciation. 
  • Treat them with a candy bar and thank you note.
  • Send them an ePraise eCard.
  • Consider naming something in their honor.
  • Invite friends and colleagues to thank them on social media.
  • Endorse them on LinkedIn. 

Showing appreciation will increase your volunteer retention rate, so don’t put it off. For more tips on member retention, download our free member retention guide below. 

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Topics: association management, member retention, Small Staff Chatter

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