Looking for Cost-Effective Pre-Show Marketing Tools? Publish a Show Daily Preview Issue

Publish a digital preview issue to remind members about registration deadlines and showcase event highlights.

Show dailies are a unique publication – in essence, you are publishing a customized newspaper for your target audience. Content is chosen by your organization, and delivery methods can include print, direct mail, email and social media.

Data released in CEIR’s new report, Cost to Attract Attendees, shows that associations now spend 20% less on attendee marketing than they did in 2013. Is this due to higher printing/postage costs? A feeling that free social media opportunities are more lucrative?  Continue reading

Showcase Photos and Videos in Your Show Daily

Share conference highlights via an email to all members that showcases the post-conference highlights issue of your show daily.
Share conference highlights via an email to all members that showcases the post-conference highlights issue of your show daily.

A show daily can be much more than a one-off print vehicle. Producing a post-conference digital issue creates a tool for sharing conference news, photos and videos to a wide audience – while only needing to direct them to one site. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: Building Your Email Database

(Every Friday, our blog will feature an article we find to be timely, related to show dailies or just an informative read. We’ll then share some links to some of our posts on related topics. Happy reading!)

Reaching a wider audience is always “top of mind” for marketers, especially small businesses that rely on email newsletters to connect with potential customers. Continue reading

Looking Back: Top 10 Posts of 2016!

What a great year we had! After launching our blog last year, it continues to grow in scope and has become a great resource on conference communications for the meetings industry. As we plan out our posts for 2016, we wanted to look back at our most-read posts in 2016:

Feature conference news, photos and daily schedules in your show daily.
Feature conference news, photos and daily schedules in your show daily.

Digital Marketing: It Starts with Print Social media, email and the Internet deliver news to a wide audience very quickly. All it takes is a few keystrokes for photos to populate to a Facebook page or a story to appear on a blog. But where does the content for these mediums start? With print.

Are You Printing a Program Book Because You Think You Have To? With rising printing costs, a transition to mobile apps and frequent schedule changes, is a program book still the best “go-to” your conference can offer? CustomNEWS has a suggestion for you. Combine your program book and show daily to create an updated onsite resource that not only has the latest schedule information that attendees need, but also showcases conference news (session previews and recaps, attendee interviews, photos and association news). Continue reading

Case Study: Daily Schedules in the Show Daily

An attendee used the daily schedule page to keep track of the sessions he attended.
An attendee used the daily schedule page to keep track of the sessions he attended.

Readers of earlier blog posts know we have written about how the show daily can fill a need when a conference moves away from producing a program book.

At last month’s CBCF Annual Legislative Conference, attendees found a critical piece of information they were seeking in the show daily – the conference’s daily schedule. At past conferences, attendees would turn to the conference’s souvenir journal for program information, schedules, etc. This year, the souvenir journal was not produced. Instead, that information was in the conference’s expanded online planner and mobile app (CadmiumCD). Continue reading