- Cover Story: Limited Attendance: How Government Cuts Are Affecting the Meetings Industry
By: Katie Bascuas With federal agencies under orders to scale back spending on conferences and travel, government employee attendance at association meetings is dwindling in 2013. Here's how associations and convention destinations are adapting to the age of scandal and sequester.
- Create a Meeting Experience Unlike Any Other
By: Samantha Whitehorne Well-known keynoters, high attendee numbers, and hundreds of education sessions are nice, but they don't guarantee a successful meeting. What does? Designing a learning experience your members can't re-create or find elsewhere. Take a cue from two associations that have been there, done that—and ended up with more engaged attendees.
- How Technology Is Changing Association Meetings
By: Melanie D. G. Kaplan With smartphones, tablets, and apps changing the face of modern life, it's only natural that these technologies would transform meetings too—for planners and attendees.
The A List
- Ask the CEO: School Nutrition Association
Patricia Montague, CAE, CEO, School Nutrition Association, answers questions from SNA member Jean Ronnei.
- Leading the Recovery After Natural Disaster
By: Julie Shoop The Edison Electric Institute shifted into high gear as Superstorm Sandy approached in the fall of 2012, coordinating a nationwide super-response to a superstorm that left millions in the dark. In a matter of days, the lights were coming back on. Here's how they did it.
- Comings and Goings
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
- Rapid Response: Reconvening a Board After an Emergency
By: Mark Athitakis The New England Law Library Consortium had to think fast and change plans when its board meeting was derailed by the city lockdown after the Boston Marathon bombing.
- 3 Lessons: Long-Haul Thinking
Ellen Voie, CAE, takes time to hear others' perspectives.
- What Squirrels Can Teach Us About Perseverance
By: Francie Dalton Look to the furry creatures for guidance on prevailing in tough situations.
- CEO to CEO: The Impact of Travel Costs
CEOs discuss how increased travel costs are affecting their strategies for meetings and events.
Money & Business
- A Bigger Tent Leads to Tradeshow Rebound
By: Andrew S. Lang, FASAE The National Association of Broadcasters grew tradeshow attendance and revenue by rethinking its target audience.
- Ethics Codes and Antitrust Risk
By: John M. Peterson Association ethics codes guide member conduct, build trust in your industry, and protect consumers. But take care to enforce your code fairly. Without solid policies and procedures, you could face a charge that you've violated antitrust law.
- Go Green and Save Money
Do good for the environment and your bottom line with these energy-saving tips.
- Idea Bank: Dividing a Large Meeting Space
By: Rob Stott The Silent Room concept is a creative way to break one large meeting space into separate rooms.
- Associations USA: New York
Associations are everywhere. Here's a snapshot from the Empire State.
- Create a Strong Online Community
Ben Martin, CAE, chief engagement officer at Online Community Results, on the secrets of successful online communities.
- Hybrid Mobile Apps: A Better Blend
By: Katie Bascuas Hybrid mobile apps marry native capability with web technology for a more cost-effective mobile approach.
- Data: Meteoric Rise of the CRM App
Downloads of CRM apps are growing rapidly.
- The Effect of Meeting Location on Membership
By: Joe Rominiecki The International Liver Transplantation Society shares how it lives with and tries to combat ups and downs in membership driven by a global rotation in conference sites.
- Micro-Volunteering Builds Loyalty at Events
By: Joe Rominiecki Peggy Hoffman, CAE, shares how associations can get members involved in simple jobs to both make an event run smoothly and give volunteers a sense of ownership.
- Best Benefit Ever: Research Tools and Funding
The American College of Cardiology gives members access to top resources for their work in advancing medical knowledge in heart health.
- How to Reuse Content Once the Meeting's Over
By: Samantha Whitehorne Three ways to capture content from your meeting to use later.
- Destination: Burlington, Vermont
By: Samantha Whitehorne Unique venues and a convenient location make the city a smart choice for a New England meeting.
- Data: Linen and Towel Reuse Programs
Percentage of hotels offering towel reuse programs to guests.
- Books: Problem Solver
By: Kristin Clarke How collaboration and disruption create market opportunities for nonprofits and for-profits.
- Use Your Voice to Your Advantage
By: Kristin Clarke Change your voice to change your image.
- How to Better Negotiate Your Salary
By: Joe Rominiecki Career advice from Cheryl Palmer, M.Ed., CPRW, career coach at Call to Career
- Government Conference Spending Still Under Scrutiny
By: Chris Vest Congress is still watching federal-employee conference attendance.
- A Strategic Board is an Effective Board
By: Keith Skillman, CAE A new ASAE Foundation study offers a snapshot of effective governance practices in member-serving organizations.
- New Research to Explore Engaging Membership Models
By: Rob Stott Four organizations will study and develop models to address member engagement
- DELP Offers Career Advancement Opportunities
Two new DELP scholars share their thoughts on community, career, and making a contribution.
- Associations Embrace New Membership Models
By: Kim Fernandez To meet today's goals, associations are looking beyond traditional membership models.