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

Recommend Reading: Event Metrics

Higher attendance? More exhibitors? Growth in sponsorship revenue? There are so many ways to measure an event’s success – here’s a great article from SmartMeetings, 6 Ways to Measure an Event’s Success? Here’s a quick look at how a show daily can play a role/impact some of these measurements. Continue reading

Incorporating Print into Green Initiatives

Show dailies can be your go-to onsite communications vehicle.

TSNN recently published an article on ways to “green” your tradeshow, to which CustomNEWS contributed a few suggestions. But we caution against eliminating all print materials, which is what seems to be the first comment during a “going green” discussion:  “print is bad, no more print.” But print has been such a main-stay, both in our daily lives and at conferences, is it really smart to just eliminate all print materials? We recognize that as event technologies become the norm – mobile apps, online planners, etc. – the role of print materials at a conference is changing, but it’s still a necessary component.

Print’s not going away – show dailies are alive and well, CustomNEWS is picking up new clients and seeing ad revenues grow, resulting in bigger issues. Part of that growth is due to organizations taking a strategic look at what print offers their organization (revenue, content marketing channels), attendees and exhibitors. Rather than doing away with print, there could be a more cost-effective path to take. Print show dailies do more than share schedules and exhibitor list – they showcase content, and curate content to repurpose throughout the year.  Continue reading

Recommended Reading: Snapchat

Keeping tabs on the latest social media tools is a must in the meetings industry. Are you up-to-date on Snapchat? Here’s a great guide from Omnipress, How to Use Snapchat for Your Next Conference. If you’re attending the upcoming ASAE MM&C conference, there’s also a session on Snapchat that I’ve already marked as a must-attend.

Show Daily & Social Media Tie-ins

How can a print publication help expand your organization’s social media reach? Definitely! A few simple ways: Continue reading