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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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Your Association’s Newsletter: How to Make It Awesome

Posted by Callie Walker


It’s easy for newsletters to become stale and repetitive, but you can’t quit sending them because that would be marketing madness! To make your organization’s next newsletter awesome, try incorporating some of the following techniques:

  • Volunteer spotlightProfile a volunteer who went above and beyond. Not only will this show your appreciation for that person, but it might inspire others to volunteer as well. 
  • Flashbacks - Include some photos of your organization in the past. Let people see how much you’re growing. This is particularly great if you’re celebrating a milestone, such as 5 or 10 years. 
  • StatisticsProvide a few statistics that are relevant to your organization or industry. Statistics can be great motivators for people. 
  • Q&AInterview a staff member at your organization. This is a great way for members to get to know people better. 
  • Book review - Recommend a book related to your cause. You can do a longer review of just one book or briefly describe three or four.
  • QuotationsPublish quotations from members, event attendees, volunteers, etc. Let other people do the talking when it comes to bragging about your work.
  • 60 minutes - Write a list of what volunteers can do in just one hour to help your cause. Include a call-to-action at the end, such as “volunteer here” or “call us today.”
  • Blog posts - Include a teaser from your most recent blog post. There’s no need to rack your brain for new ideas when you already have quality content at your fingertips. 
  • Top 5 listsMany people find top 5 lists quite useful. These could be the top 5 people to follow in your industry, the top 5 books of 2015, etc.
  • Donations - Let your members know when major donations have been made and what that money will do to further your organization’s mission.

For more email marketing tips and tricks, download our free email marketing guide below!



Topics: association management, member engagement, Small Staff Chatter

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