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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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Exploring Association Innovation: New Study

Posted by Callie Walker

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“Innovative” is something all companies - both big and small, for-profit and non-profit - aspire to be. But all companies will tell you, innovation is NOT easy, particularly for small companies and non-profit organizations.

That said, it can be done! In fact, Amanda Kaiser, qualitative member researcher and Chief Pathfinder at Kaiser Insights, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), recently teamed up to put together the 2016 Association Innovation Research Report.

Want to see how other associations are taking on innovation? Want to learn how they got started and what challenges they faced? If so, this report is for you.

In fact, right off the bat we learned…

  • For there to be association-wide innovation, the CEO has to be on board with innovation minimally. More likely, the CEO has to be an enthusiastic driver of innovation.
  • Very few organizations have pure goals written just for innovation. Those that do are typically large organizations that have VPs of innovation. (Note: Innovation goals are different than strategic goals.)
  • Time and resources are the number one challenge preventing associations from moving forward on all of the great innovative ideas they have.
  • Many associations want to innovate, but they want to do it with no staff additions. (This clearly poses a problem.)

Do any of these bullet points sound familiar? Are you experiencing any of these challenges? If so, see how other associations handled them in the 2016 Association Innovation Research Report.

At the end of the day, innovation is all about keeping your association attractive to existing and potential members. Need help with recruitment, engagement, and retention? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Membership Management below! (Note: It’s FREE!)

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