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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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7 Items to Include in Your New Member Welcome Packet

Note: This post was originally published on 10/20/15; Updated 11/6/18 for added value.

When it comes to onboarding new members, welcome packets go a long way. Not only do they help your new members get up to speed, but they make your new members feel welcome and relaxed about their decision to join.

While every organization’s welcome packet will vary, there are seven basic items you don’t want to leave out. Take a look:

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5 Nightmares You'll Avoid with Association Management Software

Managing any type of organization comes with its pitfalls. Enter, technology. It’s built to make your life easier and avoid those pitfalls at all costs! This Halloween season has us thinking: What nightmares could YOU avoid by using the right association management software?

Here are a few we think are worth mentioning:

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3 Eerily Good Ways to Re-Engage Your Lapsed Members

Ghosted by a member? Yup, that’s scary. You NEED membership renewals to grow your organization.

But fear not! Even if a member lapses, there are still several ways to bring them back. (And these three are eerily good.)

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So You Started an Association, Now What?

Growing a new association is no easy feat, even for an experienced association professional. You’ll have to start considering alternative ways to expand your member base as well as expose your brand to a larger (and willing!) audience.

To help get you started, take a look at these four simple tips to start developing your association today!

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Industry Buzz: 3 Key Takeaways from #MCLIVE18

If you follow us on social media, you likely know about the conference we just held in Indianapolis - MC LIVE! (If you don’t follow us on social media, well...you should! All the links are at the bottom of this page.)

That said, at MC LIVE!, there were a number of breakout sessions covering a variety of industry-related topics: how to work with a difficult board (yeah, we’ve all been there), how to improve the member experience, how to more effectively manage your organization’s data - all that good stuff.

Now as you can imagine, we left with pages and pages (and pages and pages) of notes, but if we were to pull only a few key takeaways, they’d be as follows:

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13 Ideas for Generating Non-Dues Revenue

Note: This post was originally published on 1/13/16; Updated 10/16/18 for added value.

Membership dues are a big part of your organization’s overall revenue stream. But in order to attract more members, it’s important to keep those membership dues down. And in order to retain existing members, it’s important to try your best to keep those dues consistent year after year.

Embracing non-dues revenue streams is a great way to keep membership dues down, while still bringing in the revenue you need to run your organization. To help you get started, here are 13 non-dues revenue ideas for your association:

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15 Questions to Ask in Your Next Member Satisfaction Survey


Note: This post was originally published on 5/18/16; Updated 10/15/18 for added value.

Member satisfaction surveys are valuable for a number of reasons. They allow you to collect important feedback from your members, make improvements to your association (thus boosting engagement and retention), and at the most basic level, show your members you genuinely care about their thoughts and happiness.

Can’t really go wrong conducting something like that, can you? The key, though, is making sure you ask the right questions - questions that are going to get you the feedback you need to advance your association.

Not sure what to ask your member satisfaction survey? Here are 15 questions we highly recommend:

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13 Fall Fundraising Ideas Worth Trying

Pumpkins, sweaters, apple cider, oh boy! Fall is OFFICIALLY here!

Now it may not feel like fall yet (depending on where you live), but trust us, even if temps are still in the 90s (which they are in Georgia, by the way), people are eager and excited for that seasonal change. (Just check your social media feeds if you don’t believe us.)

Why not tap into that excitement at your association? Allow people to celebrate and get in the spirit, while also raising money for your organization.

Here are 13 fall fundraising ideas worth trying:

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Developing Your Association's 2019 Strategic Plan

It’s hard to believe we’re in Q4 already! As part of that, you’ve probably started putting together your organization’s 2019 strategic plan. But as you do that, to really ensure you take your organization where you want it to go, we recommend asking yourself the following four questions:

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3 Ways to Bump Up Your Member Recruitment Game

If there’s one common goal for associations across the globe, it’s grow, grow, grow.

But we know as well as you do, easier said than done. So where are some of the best places to find new members? Are there any “hot spots” you’re currently leaving untapped? Here are three ways to bump up your association’s member recruitment game:

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