Association Tips

Meeting Generously: Make It Personal

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Attendees at an event held at the Culinary Center of Kansas City wrote personal notes of encouragement to include with food packages that went to three local charities – Mattie Rhodes Center, Lazarus Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. The...read more

Meeting Generously: Provide a Change of Scenery

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Members from several Garden Railway Societies volunteered to build the “Old Town” display in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s Train Garden. The National Garden Railway Convention was hosted in Overland Park in 2011. When it...read more

Meeting Generously: Fight Hunger Together

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB During the OPCVB’s Fall 2013 Familiarization Tour, attendees took the time to fight hunger together by competing in a peanut butter and jelly making contest. This breakout session, established by the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the...read more

Managing Volunteers? Learn from the Lutherans

According to a Bureau of Labor report in March, the overall volunteer rate of Americans last year was the lowest since 2002, when the bureau began tracking volunteer service. While volunteers are a big part of almost every convention, for religious groups they are crucial, often constituting 80...read more

Meeting Generously: Organize a Collection Drive

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB The Overland Park hospitality community hosted a penny drive for the American Baptist Churches as part of their national campaign “The Penny Project,” which goes to support their ministry efforts. When it comes to planning meetings and...read more

5 Easy Steps to Encourage Meeting Attendees to Use New Apps

If an association's or company's demographics fit a tech savvy profile, there it likely isn't too hard to encourage meeting attendees to use new apps. What if attendees aren't yet comfortable using apps? I have worked with companies that run the gamut from a high level of comfort to nervousness to...read more

Managing Workshops Driving You Crazy? Tips from UUA’s Meeting Planners

Workshop programming for religious conferences is often quite complex, with many submissions to sort through before the meeting and then lots of concurrent sessions for different tracks of attendees to set up and manage. How do meeting planners for faith-based conferences handle this complexity?  I...read more

3 Strategies to Balance Association Member Needs: Entrepreneurs and Employees

For associations, balancing the needs of members who are entrepreneurs with those of full-time employees has always been challenging.  Some members who are entrepreneurs pull out of associations when active participation does not generate much business. On the flip side, some members who are...read more

5 More Questions to Ask About Your Association Social Media Strategy

 Associations have their own unique challenges when it comes to social media marketing. Marketing goals for such organizations are often not as simple as convincing people to buy a product. Member recruitment, member engagement, resource sharing, and advocacy may all be among the stated objectives. ...read more

4 Questions to Ask About Your Association Social Media Strategy

Whether you want to build awareness of a cause; increase conference attendance or recruit new members, creating a social media strategy for your association is much easier when you are clear about where you are and where you want to go. So taking the time to clarify your strengths, weaknesses and...read more
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