Recommended Reading: Promoting Content

Show those not attending what they are missing.

Do you create great content, then wonder, why isn’t anyone reading it? It could be because they don’t know it’s out there. Here’s a great post from the Content Marketing Institute, 7 Promotion Tactics to Get Your Content Noticed.

Almost all of these suggestions can be applied to your conference content, whether it’s being generated by your show daily’s reporters, committee members, bloggers, etc. Don’t stop promoting content just because the conference ended.

  • Take the digital versions of your show daily and link directly to an article on a hot topic, or current event.
  • Did your conference have tracks? Plan to have a few sessions from each track covered, then condense those articles down into wrap-ups that can be posted online, in newsletters and shared via email newsletters.
  • Depending on your email marketing plan, perhaps look at sharing a daily email during the conference that highlights conference content. You’ll probably cause at least a few non-attendees to second guess their decision not to attend.
  • Were topics covered in your show daily going to be addressed during future webinars, covered in upcoming publications, etc.? Tease those events by repurposing the show daily articles.

Let’s talk about how publishing a show daily will give you non only a new non-dues revenue stream, but also a resource for content that can be shared throughout the year. Contact Jenn Waters, jwaters@showdailies.com, today!

Recommended Reading: Facebook Live

Has your organization wanted to introduce a video component at your conference, but wasn’t sure where to start? Check out this BizBash article on how the Global Pet Expo used Facebook Live to grow its audience and create a way to showcase Expo news and events, Why This Trade Show Is Adding Facebook Live to Its Social Media Strategy.

One key take-away from this article was the organization’s goal to be selective and limit the number of streams each day. It’s very easy to go from “interesting” to “intrusive” when it comes to social media – there is such a thing as too much! Continue reading

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

Social Media’s Impact on the Attendee Experience

Promote social media channels such as Instagram with collages of posts.

This Wall Street Journal article on social media’s impact on face-to-face attendance at conferences has gotten a lot of buzz since it was published last week. The author provides some great tips on using social media to enhance attendance by networking, building connections and expanding your reach. I particularly like the suggestion of booking tables at different restaurants each night to play host to theme dinners.

It’s no secret that social media has had a (mostly positive) impact on the meetings industry. Of course, when an attendee tweets about shuttle bus problems or over-packed sessions, a meetings organizer may question its benefit. But overall, the good usually outweighs the bad – afterall, it’s free marketing for your association. Continue reading

Recommended Reading: Industry Trends

Keeping up on the latest trends in the meetings industry is a full-time job – here’s a fun infographic from Multibrief that you’ll want to check out, Infographic: Key trends for meetings and events.

Everyone knows there’s a move towards event technology and digital platforms. But don’t forget, if you’re looking for content for year-round use, a show daily will deliver. And be sure to make your show daily available digitally and share it via email with those not attending as well. Continue reading