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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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Let’s Get Trendy, Nonprofit Style

Posted by Callie Walker


With so many different communication channels out there - websites, newsletters, emails, and more – communicating with your association’s stakeholders can seem overwhelming. What channels provide the most value? How often should you be sending out messages? What types of messages should you be communicating in the first place? The list of questions goes on and on.

Fortunately, Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com recently released their fifth annual Nonprofit Communications Trends Report to help nonprofits understand how other similar organizations are communicating with their key constituents. This year’s report features responses from 1,535 nonprofit professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

Take a look at some of the key takeaways:

  • For the first time in five years, donor retention is a more important communication goal for nonprofits than donor acquisition.
  • Websites, email, and Facebook continue to be the top communication channels for nonprofit organizations. 
  • The biggest communication challenges for nonprofits are lack of time of produce quality content, lack of budget for direct expenses, and inability to measure effectiveness. 
  • Most nonprofits (62%) will send an e-newsletter at least once a month in 2015. 
  • The top calls to action for email appeals in 2015 are donate, register for an event, and use services.
  • Facebook, e-newsletters, and media relations/PR are the most time consuming content pieces for nonprofits to produce. 

For more insights on nonprofit trends, download the complete 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report here

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