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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 Habits of Highly Successful Event Planners

Posted by Callie Walker


So you’re planning an event, huh? Well hats off to you! We know how stressful that can be. If you want it to be a success (and hey, who doesn’t!), take a look at these five habits of highly successful event planners:

They understand their audience. 

This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many event planners don’t even think about their actual audience. They just go with what’s “in” at the time. Good planners give attendees what they want, rather than just what’s “in.” 

They're team players. 

Event planners may be in charge, but they know they need help in order to get things done. That’s why they often form dedicated planning committees. With the help of a committee, event planners delegate, communicate, and ultimately, divide and conquer. 

They utilize technology. 

Whether it’s experimenting with a new event app or utilizing online event registrations, successful event planners are always embracing new technology. It helps them increase their productivity two-fold. 

They prepare. 

Disasters happen. Mistakes happen. The real test though is in how you deal with it. Successful event planners take time to anticipate possible challenges. They also conduct test runs to eliminate any unforeseen complications.  

They ask for feedback.

Good data leads to good decisions. That’s why good event planners are so adamant about collecting event feedback. It gives them insight into what works and what doesn’t. To collect feedback, event planners often place comment cards on tables at the event or send out post-event surveys.

For more tips on event planning success, download our free guide below!

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