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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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3 Phrases That Matter When "Selling" Your Organization's Membership

Posted by Callie Walker

3 Marketing Phrases That Matter

Words matter. If you’ve ever done any kind of marketing, you know that. And even as a consumer, you know that. Certain phrases just compel you to make a purchase.

So how can you tap into some of that psychology when “selling” your organization’s membership? Below are a few words and phrases you may want to consider utilizing:

1. “Join [numbers] others…”

Rather than just saying “Join now,” consider saying something along the lines of “Join 2,000 other Georgia nurses” or “Join 300 other local business.” What this shows is that other people are taking advantage of your organization’s membership. And no one wants to be left out! This prompts the thought, “Oh, a lot of my peers are doing this. Maybe I should too.” Plus, by listing your organization’s size, it gives your organization credibility - and that plays a big role in the sales process as well.

2. “Save [XYZ]”

We all want to save something.

Time.

Money.

Resources.

Our sanity. (We’re only half kidding here.)

If you can include what people will save in your communication materials (on your website, on fliers, in emails, etc.), you can likely boost their interest in joining. And if you can quantify what they’ll save (“Save $250 on recertification”), that can be even more compelling.

3. “...at your fingertips”

The phrase “at your fingertips” is appealing because it implies ease. Whenever you need something, it’s available. “Benchmarking data at your fingertips.” “Industry news at your fingertips.” “A network of other educational professionals at your fingertips.”

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? And really, it goes hand in hand with saving them time and reducing stress. Re-emphasize that by letting them know these resources are available 24/7.

A lot of marketing revolves around experimentation. What works well for some organizations may not work well for others. (Though wouldn’t it be nice if it did?)

That said, there ARE a few marketing best practices that apply to just about all organizations. We’re talking about best practices for website marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, and more.

Interested in learning more about those? Check out our free Small-Staff Guide to Association Marketing below!

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