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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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Association Luncheon Ideas That'll Bring Members Back For Seconds

Posted by Krissy Conant


Feel like your attendee rates have dropped lately with your association’s monthly luncheons? Keeping your members engaged with new and refreshing topics is crucial in having them sign up for regular attendance.

Check out this list of association luncheon topics and subtopics (from our MemberClicks blog!) that will get you brainstorming for your next luncheon!

No matter your age, industry, or background, networking can be nerve wracking for anyone. Any talk on this topic will definitely pique your member’s interest, as everyone wants to get better at connecting and building personal and professional relationships.  

Basic Professional Knowledge
In order to evolve within your industry, it’s key that you’re continually trying to improve your skill sets (both hard AND soft skills). Your members are also feeling this pressure, so consider framing your luncheons as an educational improvement space to get those sign ups.

Over the last decade, culture has emerged as one of the key factors that professionals look for in their employer. So it would be to your advantage to leverage your association as a thought leader on what a supportive office culture can look like within the workplace.

We can all attest to the importance of how great leaders foster great companies. We recommend highlighting varying leadership techniques at your luncheons to help continue the cycle of building influential leaders.

Remember: For each of these topics, you’ll need to find a strong speaker who can speak to their purpose. We recommend sending out a call for proposals with topic suggestions (like the above) and see who bites!

If you’re like most association professionals, you spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events. So naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged. Wondering how? We've got some quick tips in our free guide, How to Engage Your Event Attendees!

How to Engage Your Event Attendees  Tips and tricks for boosting attendee engagement Download this guide

Topics: event planning, member engagement, member retention, Small Staff Chatter

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