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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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Gettin' Down in Chi-Town: Your #ASAE18 City Guide

Posted by Callie Walker

ASAE18 City Guide

We’re almost exactly a month out from the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) 2018 Annual Meeting, and this year, it’s being held in Chicago!

Now one of our values here at MemberClicks is “work hard, play hard,” and you better believe we’re planning on playing hard in the Windy City!

We encourage you to do the same, and in fact, here are a few things to check out if/when you have a little downtime:

The Bean

The Bean

No trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean.” The Bean is a public sculpture (composed of nearly 200 steel plates and weighing 100 tons!) and one of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks. Plus, it’s one of the most popular places to take a selfie, so get those cameras ready!

The Skydeck at the Willis Tower

The Skydeck at the Willis Tower

For one of the best (and most all-encompassing) views of Chicago, check out the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Located 103 floors up, the Skydeck offers 360-degree views spanning 50 miles and FOUR states!

Bonus: If you’re daring, step out onto “The Ledge,” a glass balcony extending 4.3 feet outside the building! But note: If you do, you HAVE to take a picture - and tag us. We, of course, want to see!

The Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago Riverwalk

With ASAE Annual being held in August, there’s literally no better time to stroll down the Riverwalk. (Maybe grab some deep dish pizza for lunch?!) Chicago is known for its incredible architecture, and the Riverwalk (expanding 1.25 miles) offers the perfect vantage point to take that all in.

Pro tip: You don’t have to walk to take in the views. Consider renting bikes or hopping on a boat! (Yes, there is a river cruise, and yes, we hear it’s amazing!)

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Even if you’re not a big baseball fan, you have to admit, seeing and experiencing Wrigley Field first-hand would be cool. After all, it’s the second oldest field in Major League Baseball (104 years old!), second only to Boston’s Fenway Park (106 years old).

And there are games - at home - around the time of ASAE Annual. Just saying… (Again, could the timing - and location - of this conference BE any more perfect?)

Now let’s talk a little bit more about the conference itself. Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran attendee, you’ll want to make sure you maximize your experience. For tips on what to expect, what to attend, what to pack, and more, be sure to subscribe to our blog. (We’ll be posting a lot leading up to and during the event.)

In the meantime, check out our free 2018 Conference Survival Guide!

See you in August!

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