Association Virtual Event Strategy Benchmarking

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Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller Virtual event strategies are evolving fast too! First, many tried to monetize them (instead of viewing them as a campaign). Next, quite a few associations embraced hybrid as their future. Now we’re seeing a trend emerging with scheduled replays. But do any of us know what’s working best or what the future holds? We Need More Data Luckily, our friends over at Tagoras are going to … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Adopt a Sharing Economy to Keep your Conference Relevant

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It’s smart. It’s social. It’s green. It’s a movement towards a sharing economy. And the direction your next-gen attendee is headed. Collaborative consumption is about shared access to products and services. Sharing goods and services is considered smart, social, green, and aligns with the values of your next-generation conference participants. Time magazine has identified it as one of the “10 Ideas that will change the world.” The sharing movement is having — and will continue to … [Read more...]

Ambush Marketing: 4 Ways to Diffuse Conference Scammers

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A few practices keep chipping away at the integrity of professional events. Chief among them are outboarding, when companies bypass exhibiting or sponsoring and set up shop on the fringe of your event, and suitcasing, which refers to non-exhibiting sellers who work the aisles or hallways. Lobby rats — non-registered folks who hang out in public spaces, hosting a series of meet-ups with your badged attendees — is also a growing problem. Left unchecked, these scammers pose a major threat to … [Read more...]

Donna Kastner Promoted to Vice President

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I’m excited to announce that Donna Kastner has been promoted to VP, Expo/Sponsor Sales & Activation at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting! Donna’s contributions to our client consulting projects and innovation have grown steadily since joining our team two and a half years ago. Most notably, she’s led the charge for progressing our consulting muscles in the area of sponsor growth strategies for our clients. Donna has successfully run point on some of the largest consulting gigs that we’ve … [Read more...]

Going All-In for Conference Improvement

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You may have noticed that our blog post frequency slowed down a bit in May. Our team was busy upgrading and converting our blog and website. We’re happy to announce that work is complete and the resources available to the industry we love are more accessible and plentiful than ever! We appreciate and value, you, our blog readers and subscribers! If you’re reading this via email or RSS feed, you may not have noticed the changes and additional resources available on our homebase – Velvet … [Read more...]

The Isaac Advantage

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Conference organizers who are in it for the long run know that partnerships really matter. In my mind, the best partnerships are the ones where your supplier is doing everything they can to help you win. If you’re strictly looking at them as an expense that needs to be cut, you’re probably working with the wrong “partner” - or possibly for the wrong employer. During a consulting gig a few years ago, I learned about an AV guy named Isaac. Isaac was so good that one association would follow … [Read more...]

Revamping Your Conference Social Media Strategy

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Are you bald yet from pulling your hair out dealing with recent social medial platform changes? Or perhaps you’ve spent all afternoon biting your nails wondering how to adapt your conference social media strategy to the platform changes. Social Media Platform Changes Yet Again In the past few months, Facebook has dramatically changed how company page posts appear in our newsfeed. Organic post reach and engagement have dramatically declined. Unless your organization ponies up for paid … [Read more...]

Three Amen-Astonishing Ways To Improve Your Conference Networking

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Networking! It’s one of the top reasons participants say they attend your conference. Yet few know how to do it effectively. Give them a helping hand. Networking’s Value Proposition Networking can be the most subjective and variable portion of your conference value proposition. For some, one or two meaningful interactions can more than justify the price of admission. High-value networking experiences initiate or accelerate deals. They expedite problem solving and innovation. They grow … [Read more...]