Social Media Roundup: Let Your Attendees Choose Their Conference Experience

Having too much control over your conference could stymie engagement. Also: Don't leave event planning until the last minute. Instead, plan ahead.

Your conference is providing members and attendees with an experience, but they should be able to choose the type of experience they want to have.

That, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Let Them Fly

How do you view your attendees? If you control your conference attendees’ experience, you may be trapping them and making it so that there’s hardly room for engagement. Jeff Hurt, executive vice president of education and engagement at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, thinks planning a conference this way hurts your attendees. “We have been caught in [a] vicious cycle planning each conference the same way we did last year. We have exacerbated the beliefs that our attendees are not responsible civic persons able to engage with others effectively to discuss content and issues,” Hurt writes. (ht @rockettm)

No procrastination allowed

There’s no room for procrastination in event planning. Waiting until the last minute to plan events could mean having fewer attendees, bad service, and fewer options when it comes to booking a venue. Dates could also be a huge factor when it comes to planning in advance, especially during the holiday season. CVent blogger  and Executive Oasis International PresidentAnne Thornley-Brown has some tips on how to avoid last-minute event planning. (ht @OmniMeetings)

What fun things have you been sharing today? Let us know in the comments.

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Anita Ferrer

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