How to Surprise and Delight Attendees in a Virtual Environment

If you think hosting a virtual conference makes it more difficult to surprise your attendees or incorporate small elements of fun, think again. Here are five ways to delight your participants. At your in-person events, you may have found fun ways to surprise your attendees, whether a pop-up ice cream sundae bar at the end of the day, a performance by a local music group between sessions, or putting gift cards for local restaurants or shops under some [...]


Investing Through Crisis: Technology to Strengthen Resilience of Your Association

During this unprecedented time, associations must leverage creativity, communication and compassion to survive and stay ahead. As we enter the reopening phase of the global pandemic, organizations face a new normal for how they will operate and how they can grow. During this time, creativity, communication and compassion will be critical to not only survive but also to thrive in this unexpected landscape. Not surprisingly, technology will play a huge role in how organizations can manage change, adapt [...]


Four Ways to Boost Nondues Revenue Right Now

As associations look for ways to increase revenue during the pandemic downturn, one expert says they should consider monetizing their role as matchmaker for industry partners and members. With pandemic closures killing the event revenue associations rely on, many are looking for new ways to bring money in. Don Neal, CEO and founder of 360 Live Media, spoke at a recent ASAE webinar, “The Association Revenue Recovery Plan.” While he offered more than a dozen revenue generators in [...]


Membership Incentive Ideas During a Crisis

Wondering what to do about member incentives during a global pandemic? You’re not alone. Here are some tips and real-world examples to help you navigate this tricky question in difficult times. COVID-19 has turned a lot of common association challenges into bigger ones that are particularly hard to address, like how to talk about membership incentives during a crisis that has caused significant economic hardship. A recent thread on ASAE’s Collaborate (member login required) raised that question to see what [...]


Pandemic Risk Insurance Act Introduced in House

The new Pandemic Risk Insurance Act, endorsed by ASAE, would create a federal backstop to prevent economic losses from future pandemics. ASAE endorsed a bill introduced on May 26 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to create the Pandemic Risk Insurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe financial strain on America’s associations resulting from cancelled meetings, conventions, and [...]


Four Ways to Help Attendees Have a Successful Virtual Conference Experience

As participants transition to attending your virtual conferences, some may have a larger learning curve than others. Here are four ideas for helping attendees have a positive virtual experience. When associations have hosted in-person conferences, they’ve done a number of things both ahead of and during the meeting to make sure their attendees are ready for the experience. Among them: hosting virtual pep rallies before the event to get participants excited, setting first-timers up with conference mentors, and incorporating [...]


Design Strategies for Your Virtual Exhibit Hall

You can still let your sponsors shine when you move your in-person event online. Also: ideas to make your June newsletter special. Did your conference go virtual? You can still put together an exhibit hall, which gives you a way to include your sponsors and provide an important resource center for attendees. “Exhibit halls can be converted to an online format easily and can be just as informative for attendees,” says CommPartners’ Julie Ratcliffe. “A virtual exhibit hall is [...]


What Associations Should Know About Electronic Signatures

E-signatures are gaining popularity among remote workforces thanks to COVID-19, but the best solution requires more research than just putting a signature on a PDF. Read on for some e-signing considerations. With people located far away from their usual offices, it creates logistical problems that can be frustrating and annoying to solve. For example, have you ever had to send a document via fax just so it had your signature? Not fun, is it? (Also worth considering on [...]


Meeting Cancellation Challenges During Pandemic

Current updates on association response to the global COVID-19 crisis, along with a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information. CANCELLATION CHALLENGES While more than a quarter of associations with in-person events scheduled between May and December have yet to cancel them, cancellations are far more common—and many association pros are having trouble seeing the potential resumption of events before January. That’s based on the latest data from the ASAE Research Foundation’s Association Snapshot 2.0, which finds [...]


Congress Moving Separate Bills to Change Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Two bipartisan bills, up for vote next week, would modify elements of Paycheck Protection Program loans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, introduced legislation this week to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). While Rubio had been optimistic about the Senate taking the bill up today before a Memorial Day recess, the vote did not happen. Rubio said there is bipartisan support for extending the current eight-week time period during which businesses must [...]