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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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Association Professionals: 5 Things to Truly Love This Valentine’s Day

Posted by Callie Walker

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is officially here! To celebrate (in addition to the mounds and mounds of chocolate we’ll eat), we thought it’d be fun to put together a list - FOR association pros - of five things to truly love this Valentine’s Day:

1. Your members

This one’s a given. Your members are the heart of your association. They believe in your mission, show up to meetings and events, volunteer for various activities, and sometimes, even advocate on your behalf (tell their coworkers and friends about you, share your content on social media, invite non-members to meetings and events, etc.). What’s NOT to love about that?!

2. Your mission

You probably already love your mission, and in fact, it might be why you started working at your association in the first place. But sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight of that mission, particularly when you’re bogged down with seemingly never-ending tasks.

That said, allow this to serve as your daily reminder to truly love your association’s mission. A lot of people go into work not really having a reason for why they’re doing what they’re doing (or at least not a reason they understand). You’re not one of those people. Be thankful!

3. A community of support

Even if you’re a small-staff association or a fairly new association with not too many members, you STILL have a huge community of support - the members you do have, other companies/organizations in your industry, the nonprofit/association community as a whole, etc.

Kiki L’Italien’s Association Chat and the American Society of Association Executives’ Associations Now are two perfect examples of this. They’re platforms designed to help association professionals come together, share advice, learn, and ultimately, thrive. Talk about a support system!

4. The power your organization holds

Associations pack power in numbers. Period. You can set goals and advocate on behalf of certain causes - and actually stand a really good chance of having a solid impact. That’s impressive - and definitely something to love!

5. The opportunity to be creative (and change)

We often think of change as scary; as something we have to do. But many people don’t get that opportunity - to switch up what they’re doing here and there. You do! For example, if you’re planning an event, you can play around with different promotional tactics and on-site offerings. Or, if you’re trying to engage younger members (or the next generation of workers - Generation Z), you can, again, experiment with different strategies. You get to use your brain and think creatively - and we love that FOR you!

So there you have it. Five things to truly love this Valentine’s Day. What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Topics: association management, association leadership, membership management, Small Staff Chatter

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