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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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Circling Back on 2015 Goals: How’s Your Association Doing?

Posted by Callie Walker


Remember those goals your association set back in January? Yup, those. How’s your association doing? If you’re right on track, keep it up! You’re one of the few. 

But if your association is one of the many that struggled with goals in Q1, don’t fret. There’s still plenty of time to get refocused and back on track.

Here are four tips to help you get started:

Be specific

It’s easy to slack when your goals are vague. If your goal is to increase membership, does that mean by 10 people or a whopping 500? It’s easy to settle for the “just 10” when you don’t have a specific goal in mind, so set yourself up for success by being clear about your goals upfront. 

Write them down

It’s hard to achieve your goals when you can’t remember them. Commit to your goals by writing them down or saving them on your computer. Not only will this force you to clarify what you want, but it will likely encourage you to begin taking action. 

Review them daily

Reviewing your goals can be just as important as setting them. Consider hanging them up at your desk or placing them on your computer screen. By looking at your goals daily, you’ll be reminded of where your organization is headed and, more importantly, what needs to happen today.

Ask for help

If you have big goals, chances are you may need some help. But don’t be afraid to ask your coworkers or board members for support! You’d be surprised at how many people actually like to be asked. It makes them feel useful and, better yet, part of a team. 

If your goals include better organization or increased member engagement, perhaps an association management system is right for you. Not sure what an AMS is or how it can help your organization? Download our free guide below to find out.

Good luck with Q2, everybody!

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Topics: association management, Small Staff Chatter, association software

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