Lisa Junker , CAE , September 10, 2010
Kelly, thank you for your feedback on this article--I appreciate it. The iPods were provided as part of the registration fee for the meeting, which we tried to express in the article by saying that they were provided "at no additional cost to attendees." I apologize if that phrasing was not completely clear.
We did not include the registration fee for the meeting, just because we typically don't feel that that information is useful for comparison; different associations' meetings are so different in so many ways that comparing registration fees without a detailed breakdown of what they represent can be an apples to oranges scenario. If you would like more information on the AANS meeting, though, I'm happy to contact them and see if I can either answer questions or put you in touch with their staff directly for more detailed information.
I agree that this particular idea might not work for all associations. We do try to feature a wide variety of ideas in the Idea Bank column for that reason, to provide inspiration for the wide variety of associations our readers represent.
Thank you again for the feedback and for reading Associations Now. I hope you have a good weekend.
Kelly Gardner Headd , August 30, 2010
This article does not bode well for the rest of the reporting one will find in AssociationsNow. Fails to answer questions that I am sure lept into everyone's head as they read this: Did the attendees pay an extra fee for the iTouch? Was it included in the registration fee? How much is the registration fee? File this under cool, but unattainable for 99% of us. Boo and hiss to AssociationsNow for not addressing the obvious in this article.