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

Sometimes, it’s Personal…

Coverage of the memorial appeared in the next day's issue of the show daily.
Coverage of the memorial appeared in the next day’s issue of the show daily.

By Tim Mercer, Vice President, CustomNEWS, Inc.

When the Pulse nightclub massacre happened in Orlando this past June, there was an international outpouring of shock, sadness and compassion. One of CustomNEWS’ show daily clients, the American Library Association (ALA), was to hold its annual conference in the Florida city only a couple of weeks later. The organization quickly sprang into action: arranging a memorial service at the conference, not only for the victims and their families, but also for the greater Orlando community and association members and conference attendees affected by the tragedy. It also arranged for an onsite blood drive to help replenish the region’s blood supply. The memorial service was attended by more than 1,000 conference attendees, who listened to poignant presentations by the organization’s LBGTQ and Hispanic member groups, along with comments from the organization’s president and even a member of Congress. Continue reading

Show Daily Writers Provide Fresh Perspective

Show dailies usually include a lot of the same things – all valuable. Schedule changes, coverage of keynote speakers and interesting photography help showcase an association’s annual meeting to its attendees and members. But with input from member volunteer writers, the value and scope of show daily coverage can accomplish so much more. Continue reading

This Year’s Popular Posts…

reading pla daily nwesWe’re excited to announce that our blog has had more than 1,400 visitors and 3,300 views in the past 16 months. Here’s a look at the top 5 blog posts so far in 2016:

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

Putting the Fun Back in Social Media

Having members video blog during your conference will lead to increased interaction – and fun posts!

A recent Collison Media & Events webinar focused on social media – and how to make it fun again. We took away some helpful tips from the engaging discussion between Stephanie Davis Smith, Kelsey Ogletree and Natalie Dupuis about how to get the most from our social media platforms.

Social Media: Overall Value and Approach

  • Social media gives you a place to engage, connect and vent.
  • You need to have a social media presence so your audience knows you exist.
  • It’s important to nurse relationships with followers.
  • Social media needs content.
  • Do research: see what your competition is up to.
  • Find a way to make your pages addictive, so they will keep coming back to you.
  • It’s important to put out different types of content to find out what your audience wants and what will make them keep coming back.

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