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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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7 Association Blogs You Need to Be Reading

Posted by Callie Walker


We love a good blog – especially one that consistently provides relevant and interesting convent. Fortunately for us, there are several of those in the association space. In fact, here are seven of our favorites:

1. Associations Now - If you’re in the association space, Associations Now is THE blog to be reading. It’s the official news source for association professionals from ASAE. (And I kid you not when I say it’s the first thing I check when I come into the office. Well, aside from my email, of course.)

2. Capterra – Capterra’s Nonprofit Technology Blog is another industry goodie. It has all the latest tech advice for how to best manage your nonprofit organization. Plus, it’s kind of funny. (See what we mean by reading this Minions Guide.)

3. Incline Marketing – If you need help boosting your organization’s social media marketing strategy, Incline Marketing is the blog for you. From setting up social media accounts to utilizing new features, Incline Marketing has everything you need to master the social space.

4. Smooth The Path – Amanda Kaiser’s Smooth The Path blog is another personal favorite. Kaiser is a member-informed researcher, marketer, and writer, so she truly understands the association space. Plus, she’s really great at asking those thought-provoking questions.

5. Ewald Consulting – Ewald Consulting specializes in association management, so as you can imagine, their blog posts are extremely valuable. From building member loyalty to recruiting new volunteers, Ewald Consulting has something for everyone.

6. MultiBriefs – MultiBriefs’ association management blog is another industry gem. It has everything you need to stay up to date on industry trends and best practices.

7. MemberClicks – You didn’t think we’d finish off the list without mentioning our blog, did you? We’re always putting out new content, from member engagement guides to social media tips and tricks. You can subscribe to our MC Talks blog here!

Happy reading!



Topics: association leadership, social media for associations, Small Staff Chatter

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