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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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Tips for Researching Association Management Systems

Posted by Callie Walker


So you’ve decided that your association needs a new association management system. You already have a pretty good idea of what features you need, so what’s next?

Well, depending on your background, you may not be familiar with any AMS providers at this point in time – and that’s ok. Most people reach this stage shortly after learning what an AMS is, so a little research is definitely expected.  

If you’re looking for an association management system for your organization, there are a number of ways to identify possible contenders:

Ask around

Research can be as simple as asking other associations what software they’re using and what they like or dislike about it. This is perhaps the best way to ensure the information you’re receiving is both accurate and unbiased.  

Run a Google search

If you’re at a total loss for where to begin, consider Google your best friend. Try running a basic search and see what type of results you get. Tip: Most AMS providers have a blog and/or strong social media presence in addition to their company website, so be sure to check those out for additional information. 

Check out a software directory

Software directories, such as www.capterra.com, are meant to help businesses and nonprofits find software for their organizations. Most of these directories highlight product details, features, and customer reviews, so they’re a great resource to use during the AMS evaluation process.

Remember, it can be easy to get lost in the research process, so consider building a timeline up front to keep yourself on track.  

For more tips on how to select the right AMS for your association, download our free guide below!

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Topics: association management, small staff association, membership management, Small Staff Chatter, association software

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