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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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5 Free Resources for Association Pros

Posted by Callie Walker


Association professionals, you work tirelessly every day to make your industries better (often with very few resources and an abundance of setbacks). That said, we want you to know that there are plenty of resources out there designed to help you accomplish your mission.

In fact, here are five free resources for association pros:

1. The Ultimate Guide to Membership Management

Managing your organization is no easy feat. First, you have to recruit new members. Then you have to engage them. Then you have to convince them to renew - year after year after year after year.

The cycle is exhausting.

And that’s not even getting into what it takes to keep your organization running. Oh vey!

We understand the challenges associated with managing an organization. So to help you out, we’ve put together this Ultimate Guide to Membership Management. Check it out here!

2. Best Practices for Online Member Acquisition

Your members are the lifeblood of your organization. Not only are their dues a primary source of revenue for you, but they’re the ones who bring the life, the drive, and the mission to your association.

That said, it’s no wonder membership recruitment is a top priority at your organization. If you’re looking to get those recruitment rates up, check out our guide, Best Practices for Online Member Acquisition.

3. Your 2016 Conference Survival Guide

Ready or not, conference season is here! But don’t panic. No matter how big the conference you’re attending is, we’ve got a guide to help you get through it.

In our 2016 Conference Survival Guide, you’ll learn how to maximize your conference experience, how to step up your networking game, how to leverage important tools, such as social media and mobile apps, and more! Click here to check it out!

4. Best Practices for Membership Renewals

For many associations, it’s easy to get caught up in the marketing efforts association with attracting new members. But as important as membership growth is, renewal is key. The membership renewal process requires a bit more effort though than just sending out emails. By following a few best practices, you can actually increase the likelihood that members will rejoin.

What are those best practices, you ask? See for yourself in our free guide, Don’t Let Them Get Away: Best Practices for Membership Renewals.

5. The Small-Staff Guide to Volunteer Management

For many associations, volunteers make the world go ‘round. No, seriously. They plan and coordinate events, help with publicity and recruitment, and even lend special skill sets, like videography and writing. Volunteers are truly the backbone of most organizations.

That being said, volunteers are hard to come by. And even when you do get them, they can be hard to keep.

We understand the struggle. So to help you out, we’ve put together this comprehensive Guide to Volunteer Management! Click here to download a copy!

Now there’s plenty more where that came from. Want more free resources for managing your association? Check out our complete list of guides here!

Topics: association management, association leadership, membership management, Association Views

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