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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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Life Is #Instagood: Utilizing Instagram for Your Organization

Posted by Callie Walker


If you’re thinking about utilizing Instagram for your organization, we HIGHLY recommend it. Facebook and Twitter are pretty standard for nonprofits, but Instagram is good a way to take your social media presence above and beyond. 

To grasp it’s full potential, here are a few tips for utilizing Instagram for your organization:

Optimize your profile 

Like many social media platforms, Instagram provides you with several opportunities to optimize your organization’s profile. It’s important not to skimp on these sections because they really add to your organization’s credibility. That being said, be sure to include a nice branded photo, a short informative bio, and a link back to your organization’s website.

Use industry-related hashtags

Hashtags are a major part of Instagram. They expose your organization to an even larger audience and help people find you in mobile and desktop searches. And, unlike Twitter, you’re not limited by character count here, so you can afford to include a few tags.

Follow your followers back

This is just common courtesy. If and when your members start following you on Instagram, be sure to follow them back. They’ll feel more connected to your organization and be more inclined to like your posts down the road.

Balance fun images with professional ones

Yes, people want to see pictures of your organization’s meetings and board members, but don’t limit yourself to just these things. Instagram is meant to be fun, so take a little time to show off your organization’s true culture. Susan G. Komen does a great job of showing off its unique personality. Take a look:


Crowdsource photos

The best thing about Instagram is how well it lends itself to crowdsourcing. If people are posting pictures of your big meeting or event, regram them! The same thing goes for your organization’s branded merchandise. If someone posts a picture of your new shirts or coffee mugs, share it! Not only is this a great way to generate online engagement, but it takes some of the added pressure off you to come up with original content.

Below is an example of how Starbucks regrams it’s customers photos:


Note: This probably goes without saying, but if you’re going to share someone’s picture on your page, you need to always give them credit.

Want more tips for engaging your members through social media? Check out our free social media guide below!


Topics: social media for associations, member engagement, Association Views

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