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Step Up Your Member Recruitment Game

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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How to Use Postcards to Stay on Member's Minds

This year for ASAE Annual, we decided to get a little creative and extra thoughtful about our messaging. Here at MemberClicks, “What’s Your Why” is frequently discussed and we realized with all of our passionate association professionals that we should bring the question outside of the MemberClicks walls. And we heard so much positive feedback at the show about this idea that we figured we’d share it with everyone!

Check out how you can use postcards at your next conference to stay on your attendee’s minds without breaking the bank!

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Getting the Most Out of a User Conference: 6 Steps

A user conference differs slightly from a regular one. Not only do you get to attend the typical best practice breakouts lead by industry experts, but you’ll also have access to sessions that dive deep into a system you use every day. And, even better, you meet and greet with the people who build it and other users with all kinds of backgrounds!

It’s almost like you can get two or three conferences' worth of value out of a user conference, if you use your time wisely. Here are our suggestions for taking the steps toward an amazing user conference experience:

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How to Ace Networking at Your Next Industry Event: 3 Techniques

It’s no secret that most people are nervous when it comes to networking. You’re usually walking around a room full of strangers who are only connected through your industry and feeling the pressure to strike up one (or more!) random conversation. Sounds kind of intimidating, right?

While we can’t take all your jitters away, we do have some recommendations to help you make the most out of any upcoming networking event with less stress. Take a look at these three techniques you should try to feel your best when it comes to networking.

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9 Questions to Ask Any Vendor at Your Next Trade Show

No matter who you are, walking on the trade show floor can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. You’ve got vendors known and unknown looking to catch your eye as well as countless other attendees all walking and interacting in one dedicated space.

If this visual is making you nervous, don’t fret! We’ve come up with nine questions you can ask almost any vendor at your next trade show to see if their product would be a good fit for your association! Check them out below!

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Creating an Attendee Journey Map for Your Association’s Event: The Why (And How)

Events are likely one of your association’s primary benefits. They’re key for engaging members and providing them with value (the value they’re going to assess when renewal season rolls around).

That said, how are your events currently performing? What’s attendance like? What’s engagement like? What kind of feedback are you getting post-event?

Chances are, there’s room for a little improvement. To take your events up a notch - and really provide your members with a valuable, memorable experience - consider putting together an attendee journey map. The map should highlight what your attendees experience at every stage of the event planning process: before, during, and after your event.

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Convincing Your Boss It Was Their Idea You Attend That Conference

Unfortunately, the choice to go to a work-related conference or event is often out of our hands. Your boss (or even their boss) is usually the one that has to decide if registration and travel costs - plus your time out of the office - are worth what you’ll get out of attending.

And sometimes, that person isn’t close enough to your daily tasks and challenges to see how the event would be incredibly beneficial. When an event pops up that you know would make your life easier (like, oh, say, MC LIVE!, our very own tech conference for associations, chambers and nonprofits), it can be difficult to communicate those benefits to someone who also has a budget to protect. Difficult, but certainly not impossible! After all, they’ve likely been in your shoes before.

Start by gathering all of the relevant information before approaching your boss. Here are a few things to include in your proposal:

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The Ultimate Post-Event Checklist for Association Pros

‘Tis the season for event planning! And whether your event is in the spring, summer, or even early fall, chances are, you’ve already started prepping.

But as much time as you spend on event-related activities prior to the actual event, how much time do you spend on post-event activities, really driving it home?

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: The event isn’t over when people leave the room. To really ensure success - both with your current event and those in the future - several “next steps” have to be completed. In fact, here’s a little checklist:

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience?

It’s starting to be that time of the year: Conference season! With more and more available conference options on the market, it can be tricky to know where to spend your continuing education budget to get the most bang for your buck. And then when you do finally decide, you have all this pressure to make the most of your conference experience!

It pretty much comes down to this: “If I’m going to take time away from the office, this conference better be worth it!” We totally get it. That’s why we’ve outlined the best ways to get the most out of your conference experience. Check them out below!

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