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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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Touring Toronto: A City Guide for #ASAE17 Attendees

Posted by Callie Walker

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ASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition is OFFICIALLY one month away! Can you believe it?! It seems like just a few months ago we were learning and laughing it up in Salt Lake City. This year’s location? Toronto!

Not sure what to do in the big Canadian city? Allow us to help! Here’s a round-up of must-see sites for #ASAE17 attendees:

1. The CN Tower

At 1,815 feet, the CN Tower is a Toronto must-see! Inside are restaurants (three, in fact!), a wine cellar, a glass floor, and best of all, a lookout level, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass and one of the best views of Toronto!

Note: For all you daredevils out there, you can actually walk on the edge of the CN Tower! But please, if you do, promise you’ll post pictures using the hashtag #ASAE17. We’d LOVE to see!

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2. Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square is a big events landmark located in the middle of the city. On a nice summer day, you might find people sitting by the fountains eating lunch, shopping for produce at the local farmers’ market, viewing an outdoor art exhibition, etc. It’s a very popular spot!

But perhaps most popular of all is the Toronto sign located in Nathan Phillips Square. It was originally installed as part of the Pan American Games in 2015, but it was such a hit with residents and visitors that the city of Toronto decided to keep it. If you’re looking for a good Toronto photo op, this is it!

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3. The Royal Ontario Museum

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. And not only that, but it was rated one of the 15 most beautiful museums in the world last year by Conde Nast Traveler!

If time is a concern for you, not to worry - this is actually where ASAE’s Opening Celebration will be held! So come on out to enjoy ancient dinosaurs, mysterious artifacts, and glittering gems WHILE you network and connect!

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(Note: This is the outside, so just imagine how cool the inside looks!)

4. Graffiti Alley

Last but not least, there’s Graffiti Alley, one of Toronto’s coolest (and most colorful) scenes. Located south of Queen Street, this alley is filled with works for art that not only showcase Toronto’s personality, but tell a story - one that residents and visitors can enjoy.

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(Again, if you go, please post pictures using the hashtag #ASAE17.)

Like we said, only a month left until the big event! To help you maximize your experience at ASAE (or any other conference, for that matter), check out our 2017 Conference Survival Guide below!

And stay tuned for more updates regarding ASAE Annual - what to expect, how to prepare, etc.

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