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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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Is Your Association Difficult to Join?

Posted by Callie Walker

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If you’re like most associations, membership recruitment is a top priority for you. You need to recruit more members to help your association grow (and to make up for the members who are bound to lapse each year).

That said, there’s one big factor affecting whether or not people join - and that’s the ease of joining your association. If it can’t be done in a few simple steps, people might toss the idea altogether.

To make your association easy to join, consider the following:

1. Placing member information/benefits front and center

The first challenge in getting people to join your association is convincing them they should. That said, don’t make prospects go looking for that information. Make it clear what they’ll get out of joining your association and put that information front and center. You’ll also want to make sure that information is easy to digest, so consider utilizing numbered lists, bullet points, infographics, etc.

2. Placing “Join now” links or buttons in multiple, prominent places

People will decide they want to join your association at different points in their experience with you. Some may decide they want to join right after reading the aforementioned list of benefits. Others may need some time to think it through. That said, it’s a best practice to place “Join now” links or buttons in as many places as you can (where it makes sense, or course). For example, you’ll definitely want to have one on your member benefits page, but in addition to that, you’ll probably want one on your home page, on your “About Us” page, on your social media account(s), etc. The more people see that link or button, the more likely they are to actually click it.

3. Accepting online applications

This one’s huge. In an age where everything is digital, it’s a big inconvenience for people to have to mail things in. That said, sell your membership(s) online. Allow for people to submit their applications and pay for membership dues right there on your association’s website. And this probably goes without saying, but make sure your applications are mobile-friendly as well. A lot of people complete tasks like this on their cell phones and/or tablets.

Want more tips for boosting your membership recruitment rates? Check out our free guide, Best Practices for Online Member Acquisition, below!

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