Social networks have been come a part of our daily lives. Are they replacing formal associations? What can an association provide that a social network can't?
Join us this Friday, April 6 at 1pm ET. Lurkers welcome!
Moderator: Chris Aylott (Engage365 Host)
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Chat Rules/Etiquette: Share ideas, ... read more
In an interview with Lindsey Rosenthal of Events for Good, we discovered the details of her fund-raising experience for “Show Me” Support for Joplin, a red-tie event she planned in less than 3 weeks for Joplin residents and sisters Kiki L’Italien and Kylee Coffman (former Joplinites now living in D.C.). I attended the fundraiser at Union Station’s St. Columbus Club to support Lindsey and this cause. Executive Chef Craig Mason was also the featured chef who prepared Spaghetti Red for the taste-off. Hear ab... read more
I was chatting with Liz King on Twitter not too long ago, we were discussing conference plugins and I told her that I was so frustrated that I was going to find someone to create one and then I was going to sell it…. she was like “Go for it!”…
I thought “HELL YEAH”.. and then a couple of days go by and I am forced to put my idea on the back burner because, well, clients come first….I guess this would have to wait.
Just then, like a bolt from the blue, I get an email, it might have been a sign. You cou... read more
Conference & event attendees want to be sure internet communication with their clients or office back home will flow smoothly. But not all venues are well equipped for this. So how can meeting planners ensure they know how a venue rates for all of their technology needs BEFORE signing a contract?
Meeting technology experts James Spellos of Meeting U and Corbin Ball of Corbin Ball Associates have devised a checklist to help planners assess venue technology offerings. The TechSpec Checklist is free and can be down... read more
Over the past year, we have heard about employees being fired for negative social media posts against their employers. Now, we are reading about lawsuits where the decision is being made in favor of those employees. Since we are navigating the wild west of social media legal issues, I have some viewpoints for you to consider.
Many employees believe that on social media, they are not representing the organization and what they talk about with their friends is none of your business! If at any time, you have said the n... read more
Last Friday's topic for the Engage365 chat was Making Engage365 Better: Your Thoughts on Content, Community and Chats. We had a nice turnout with some very useful tips from participants.
As Engage365 is a community for event professionals interested in innovation, we are always looking for new information and ways of engaging our members that exposes them to helpful solutions and new ideas. Our focus on providing quality content seems to be a strength. But there is always room for improvement.
We also provide... read more
Sharing is a human activity that is driving the social web these days.
Thus, it is one that deserves your attention if you expect to be relevant in the communities you engage with and your business serves.
Social Sharing and Social Graphs
Anytime a link is shared on the social web it creates a node in multiple social graphs – yours and those you are sharing with.
Those nodes are searchable by Google and the other search engines. This is why Google encourages sharing – and why their r... read more
At ASAE’s recent Great Ideas conference, a recurring theme focused on how associations can recruit and engage young association professionals. It’s had me thinking about what makes me join associations.
What I came up with is that it has to do with the same principles that apply to dating. That might be an unusual conversation to open in a professional setting, but read on and see what you think. (By the way, I’m happily married and not looking to date!)
I wouldn’t date anyone that asked me throu... read more
Attending conferences is expensive and time consuming. Get the most out of your conference experience by having a plan. Below are some techniques to get the most out of your conference investment:
1. Network, Network, Network
A keynote speaker at a women's conference recently suggested that over 70% of people are introverts. Interacting with others is a very extroverted act. It will require stepping outside of your comfort zone, but it's worth it. The contacts, learning, interaction will boost your... read more
If your annual education conference attracts only 20% of your members what are you doing for the other 80%? How do you create and deliver education for them? How do you bring your community together?
Meeting Professionals International is making some bold moves in 2011 to tackle some of these challenges. Have a look at what they are doing at their annual world education conference and let me know what you think.
Rolling Out the Hive
The Hive is designed to be the hub of digital buzz for MPI’s 2011 WEC (... read more
Social media has given presenters amazing tools with which to market ourselves. But to use these tools properly, it's important to encourage dialogue and stay away from broadcasting our message.
In fact, I'm not even sure I like the term "marketing" in this instance. I prefer "connecting" because it's more indicative of the kind of activity that really benefits presenters and audiences alike.
Here are a few tips I've used and have come across while scouring the web for presentation advice.
BEFORE read more
Networking has always been about making connections, with the ultimate goal to build a mutually beneficial relationship - one that could ultimately lead to new business opportunities.
Anyone that has attended a local Chamber of Commerce networking event knows that the converting connections into new business is nearly impossible. You go back to your office with a handful of business cards and barely remember who gave them to you.
In contrast, social networking significantly increases your opportunities fo... read more
When Google introduced Google Profiles in April of 2009, I had this sense that they were going to be integral to our relationships on the social Web. It turns out I was right, though I didn't expect that I would have to wait this long.
In 2009 there were still many concerns with respect to how much personal information one should share on the Web. I decided to go for it - building the most robust Google Profile I was capable of at the time.
Initially, it was very exciting to see your Google Profile at the ... read more
Knowing a little bit about the method that Facebook uses to determine who shows up in your news feed can mean the difference between visibility and invisibility for your event or events business Facebook page. While the system is somewhat mysterious, it isn't completely indecipherable. And more and more bloggers are sharing tips on how marketers can use the Facebook system to their advantage.
One of the best posts I've read on this is Socialbrite's 15 Ways to Enhance Your Facebook Influence. The article provid... read more