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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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How To Explore Nashville ASAE Style

Posted by Renee Key


This year, ASAE will take place in Nashville. Full of history and culture, Nashville is the perfect place to spot a celebrity, enjoy great food and take a step back in time. MemberClicks has put together a map of must-see places while in Nashville for ASAE.

1. Most of the action will take place at the Music City Center. The Association Solutions Marketplace Exposition will be here! All of the vendors and exhibitors will be at the Music City Center, so make sure to stop by and visit all the booths. Want to win a year’s worth of bourbon? Then visit MemberClicks at Booth #246! Don’t forget to grab some free MemberClicks swag!

2. Since you’re in Nashville, it’s only proper to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum though; it’s an experience with something for everyone. You’ll be in the presence of legendary seasoned instruments, rhinestone costumes and tear-stained lyric sheets. It’s also home to the world’s largest collection of country music artifacts.

3. Speaking of legendary, make sure to stop by the Johnny Cash Museum. This museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia. Perfect for Cash fans of all ages! 

4. Rock Bottom Nashville is a must-see. Visit the brewery, take a tour and grab a drink to share with your new association friends. Don’t forget to visit the rooftop for amazing views of the Columbia River.

5. Need some fresh air while in Nashville? Stop by the Music City Bikeway for a quick bike ride during ASAE. This 26-mile route mazes through Nashville by utilizing the greenway system and roads with bike lanes.

6. When you’re not at the Music City Center, the party will be off 2nd Avenue. This lively nightlife district features popular bars and is a perfect place to grab a drink and network. The MemberClicks Small Staff Shindig will take place at B.B. King’s Blues Club off 2nd Avenue. Next to B.B. King’s is the Wildhorse Saloon, the site for MultiView’s “Party Your Assn Off,” party. 

7. If you’re looking for more musical-themed memories, then you should visit the Ryman Auditorium. Known as the original home of the Grand Ol’ Opry, this place is full of entertainment history.

8. Or, if you’re looking for something with deep, historical roots, then you need to see the Hermitage. This charming country estate, located a few minutes from downtown Nashville, was home of former President Andrew Jackson. Take a step back in time and enjoy all the history this place offers.

9. A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without visiting the state capitol! The Tennessee State Capitol building is home to the Tennessee state legislature and is the location of the governor’s office. The building is also a registered National Historic Landmark.

 10. And if you appreciate great art, then you must visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. With new artwork being rotated into the schedule every six to eight weeks, this place offers something to satisfy everyone’s artistic palette.

 Even though you’re going to Nashville for ASAE, take a moment to appreciate the history and culture in the host city. With all the hustle and bustle of the exposition floor, the networking, the learning labs, receptions and parties, it’s easy to be swept up in the commotion, but we promise it’s worth your time to check out Nashville.

Click here for more information on the ASAE annual meeting and to RSVP to the Small Staff shindig.


Topics: ASAE, Small Staff Chatter

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