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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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The Overtime Rule and Your Association: What You Need to Know

Posted by Callie Walker


A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule regarding overtime pay.

The new rule states that anyone making a salary of less than $47,476 will automatically qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. That’s more than double the $23,660 threshold that’s currently in place. The new rule will take effect December 1.

So what does this mean for your association? Well, chances are some of your staff members fall under that “less than $47,476” category, meaning if they work more than 40 hours a week, they’ll need to be compensated.

As an association professional, you’re already working 40+ hours, you don’t have a lot of help, your budget is small, and now, thanks to these new federal guidelines, you have to figure out a way to either pay your staff members overtime or limit them to 40 hours of work per week.

Definitely not an easy task.

So what’s an association professional to do?! Well, here are a few tips…

  • Raise salaries to the cut-off level - If you can afford to raise salaries, it might be worth doing. This will, of course, vary by organization though.
  • Utilize volunteers - Are there any job functions that can be handled by volunteers? If so, take those off the plates of your staff members. (A guide to recruiting/retaining volunteers here.)
  • Hire interns and/or part-time staff members - Like volunteers, interns and part-time staff members can really come in handy, especially for administrative tasks.
  • Consider outsourcing - Can any of your job functions be outsourced (i.e. accounting, marketing, etc.)? If so, it might be worth considering. Sure, you still have to pay to outsource, but it might be cheaper than raising salaries or paying overtime. If you’re utilizing an AMS, check with your vendor to see if they have any services that can help.
  • Re-evaluate your budget - Perhaps you can afford to raise salaries, pay overtime, or outsource if you re-evaluate/restructure your budget. Are there any places you can cut costs? Are you paying too much for your software? These are important things to consider.

Now as we mentioned, an AMS may be able to help you work around these new guidelines. What is an AMS, you ask? See for yourself in our free guide below!

What Is an AMS?  What exactly is an association management system? Download this guide

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