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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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6 LinkedIn Groups Every Association Professional Should Join

Posted by Callie Walker


Keeping up with industry trends can definitely be a struggle. But did you know that you can access all the latest news and insights from the experts just by joining LinkedIn groups?

That’s right. There are several LinkedIn groups designed specifically for nonprofits. In fact, here are six of our favorites:

1. Non-Profit Marketing

The name says it all. With more than 66,000 members, this group is all about different ways and best practices to market your nonprofit organization. From public relations and fundraising to grant writing and social media, this group has everything you need to master the marketing sphere.

2. Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations

Struggling with social? Then this LinkedIn group is for you. It’s comprised of more than 78,000 nonprofit pros trying to master the trick of the trade. Have a question about Facebook? Or thinking about joining SlideShare? Drop your questions, comments, or concerns in this LinkedIn group and see what other industry professionals have to say!

3. Nonprofit Leadership

There’s no magical formula for being a great leader - but there is a LinkedIn group! With more than 22,000 members, Nonprofit Leadership is a resource for nonprofit executives to share their leadership experience and find solutions for the greater good.

4. Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of managing a small-staff association. But don’t lose sight of the bigger picture! If you need help rethinking your organization’s strategy, check out Strategic Planning for Nonprofits. It’s comprised of more than 57,000 members (board members, executive directors, staff members, etc.) all dedicated to strategic planning. Definitely worth a look!

5. ASAE Young Professionals

If you’re a young professional in the association space, be sure to check out the ASAE Young Professionals LinkedIn group. It has several resources designed specifically for young professionals, such as webinars, networking events, and leadership opportunities.

6. TED Talks Discussion Group

Ever have one of those days where you just feel completely unmotivated? Well head on over to the TED Talks Discussion Group for a little inspiration. This is just a casual group of people that enjoy the thought-provoking talks offered by TED.com, and it’s sure to get you back on your feet.

And speaking of TED Talks, if you enjoy watching them, here are five we highly recommend.

Topics: association management, association leadership, small staff association, Small Staff Chatter

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