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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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#ASAE16: What to Know Before You Go

Posted by Callie Walker


It’s the most wonderful time of the year - conference season! And speaking of conferences, the “Super Bowl of conferences” is right around the corner. That’s right, we’re talking about ASAE’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Have you registered yet? Are you thinking about registering? If so, here are a few things to know before you go:

What is ASAE Annual?

For those of you who don’t know, ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is a place where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions and more. It’s jam-packed with educational sessions (120+, in fact!), networking opportunities, a hustling and bustling Expo Hall and more. Plus, this year, it’s being held in Salt Lake City!

What are the benefits of attending ASAE Annual?

Well as we mentioned, there are hundreds of educational sessions and countless networking opportunities at ASAE Annual. But in addition to that, there are also several opportunities to earn CAE credit. By attending the 2016 Annual Meeting, you can earn up to 12 CAE credit hours toward certification or renewal of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

I’m registered! How can I keep up with all things ASAE Annual?

Social media! It’s the best way to stay on top of the latest news. To ensure you don’t miss anything, we recommend following ASAE Annual on Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to monitor the official hashtag, #ASAE16.

Note: Even if you can’t attend ASAE Annual, we still recommend following #ASAE16 on Twitter. Many people will live-tweet the educational sessions, meaning you can STILL get key takeaways even if you can’t be there in person.  

What should I bring to ASAE Annual?

Sometimes the hardest part of attending a conference is packing for a conference. What on Earth should you bring? Well, stress no more! Behold, the Essential Pre-Conference Packing List.

Now this is just an overview of things to know before you go. But if you REALLY want to maximize your conference experience, especially at ASAE Annual, check out our 2016 Conference Survival Guide below! (Note: It’s free!)

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