By: Rachel Luoma, CAE and Brianna Barnebee
Many associations include advocacy as part of their mission. There are the standard methods, such as lobbying, working with allied organizations and communicating with regulatory agencies.
But, what happens when the association determines it wants to start messaging directly to the public? Where do you start as an association? Continue reading The Four Steps to Creating a Public Awareness Campaign
By: Shelly Sobol
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away….
While the actual stories have changed from the time we were children, the idea of storytelling hasn’t. We tell stories to make sense of the changing world around us and to remind the listener of shared values (or values you want to instill upon them). You can use these same storytelling skills when determining a branding plan for your professional image. My goal today, is to share how to brand your organization by storytelling, and telling those stories through images (versus text/infographics/video or other mediums). Continue reading Glass Slippers and Branding
By: Shelly Sobol
Since I was a kid, I remember being dressed in Florida State University outfits/colors and would even ask for new FSU stuff for holidays and birthdays. Even though I grew up seven hours south of Tallahassee, the Seminoles were always my favorite team.
Fast forward to 2003 and my freshman year at college. I went to every single home game… but it wasn’t always about the football. Yes, I loved the exciting plays and yelling about bad calls. But outside of that, the reasons I went every week, and the reason I have hardly missed a home game in the 11 years I’ve lived in Tallahassee is for 3 reasons (in no priority order). Continue reading Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members
by: Kim Barclay
Remember back in the late ‘80s, NBC had a public service campaign called “The More You Know”? The messages focused on education, social awareness, storm survival and basic information regarding day-to-day life skills. I think that’s what we need for our daily business and work related interactions…specifically networking. Networking is a skill that isn’t taught anymore and you can only learn from experience. People don’t practice it, therefore they are horrible at it. I can’t tell you how many times I have attended a networking event and people will not introduce themselves to the people they are sitting with, nor did they bring any business cards.
Here are some basic DOs and DON’Ts you may not know to successfully engage people in any networking situation:
Continue reading Networking 101: What You Thought You Knew… But Probably Don’t
By: Amy Bean Napier
One of the associations that we work with celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2014 at their Annual Conference and Trade Show. After the big 50th Anniversary Extravaganza blowout in 2013, staff had to work hard to ensure that the 51st Anniversary was just as exhilarating, so that we harnessed the positive momentum moving forward. While we were successful in making our 51st Anniversary Conference effective and exciting, we also noticed a trend that we may have been purposely overlooking. Continue reading 51 Shades of Gray (Hair)
By: Shelly Sobol
We as a society are a visual group! There’s no way around it. We make snap decisions based on visual data we take in without even realizing it and this is usually done before utilizing any other sense. You don’t need further proof than when you consider how much weight you place on your graphic designer when developing ideas for conference and marketing brochures. If the event doesn’t look exciting and engaging on paper (or other forums: e-mail, social media, etc.), how will it ever encourage people to shell out hundreds of dollars to attend, let alone exhibit or sponsor an event? Continue reading But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
By: Maureen Turner
Springtime in Tallahassee. It is a very special time of the year! We have welcomed Spring since 1967 with one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast. Over 200,000 people flock to Tallahassee to celebrate Spring.
What better way to start the new season? Put the dead winter away and begin a new season. Having been raised in New England with bitter cold winters, spring was always special to me. Spring brings forth rebirth! There are gorgeous flowering trees and camellias and azaleasare everywhere.
Continue reading Springtime! Rebirth! Review!