Category Archives: annual conference

Ideas to Help Inspire Your Fundraising Efforts

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

Annual convention’s and fundraising go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you are fundraising for your association’s foundation or maybe you are raising money for a charity,   you are probably asking your attendees to donate, donate, donate.

At one of our client’s most recent Annual Convention and Trade Show, we incorporated the following activities and increased our fundraising revenue.

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Nervously Networking

By: Kristi Spargo

I recently attended a client meeting in Chicago along with over 35,000 attendees. With that insane amount of people basically overtaking the city, pretty much every person I saw was a potential networking opportunity. The sales people that I attended with were practically salivating at the world of prospective clients and never seemed to have enough time to meet everyone. Yet, for me, I am an editor/writer that works from home. The loudest and most people-intensive day of my week is Thursday, when both the trash and recycling truck swing by my house. Admittedly, being in a scenario where I am expected to drop into a room packed with strangers and network forces me outside of my comfort zone. It is part of my job, however, to establish connections and potential authors and nobody said it was easy. Continue reading Nervously Networking

Two and Through!

By: Shelly Sobol

In two months, I’m getting married. After 16 months of planning, researching every element, and working with family and friends to make it all happen, we’re just 60 days away. To say that my fiancé and I really utilize social media is an understatement. We use it to share our adventures, our quirky interests, and connect with loved ones. And sometimes, like it or not, social media is the quickest way to disseminate important information.

In these last 16 months, our wedding planning has taken a similar approach to branding as your next important event, product roll-out or association milestone. Continue reading Two and Through!

3 Easy Tips for Preventing Disasters

By Christina Welty, MA

In 2004, in just 6 short weeks, Florida was hit by 4 major hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.  I was working for another association at the time, busy planning our Fall Seminar & Expo. Of course, staff was keeping tabs on the storms, but no one expected so much damage.  Continue reading 3 Easy Tips for Preventing Disasters

Getting Your Name Out There

By: Shelly Sobol

Going to a “networking” event can oftentimes feel like you’re going to a sales convention. Determining what someone can do for you, and pitching what you can do for them. But how do you (or your association/business) make an event more subtle on sales and more about genuine connection? The folks at Hyatt Hotels showed me how when they recently hosted an event in Tallahassee before the Florida Society of Association Executives’ Education Day. Continue reading Getting Your Name Out There

Association Meeting Planners – It’s a Sellers’ Market Out There : 2015 Update

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

I recently attended an event cohosted by the American Society of Association Executives, http://www.asaecenter.org/ and the AMC Institute, www.amcinstitute.org. AMCs Engaged is a pre event held in conjunction with the ASAE Annual Meeting.

One of the most important sessions was led by Michael Dominguez, CHSE, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International. His session was sponsored by ALHI Hotels and Resorts.

Mr. Dominguez shared a comprehensive update of both the global and North American meeting market trends. Most of the data source comes from https://www.strglobal.com/products/census-database.

For anyone that plans association or corporate meetings, there were some startling data points to consider as you plan future events: Continue reading Association Meeting Planners – It’s a Sellers’ Market Out There : 2015 Update