Thursday Buzz: Celebrating the Global Meetings Industry

Global Meetings Industry Day honors the positive impact of meetings on local economies. Also: Making the most of your online directories.

Today is the third annual Global Meetings Industry Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the positive economic impact meetings and conferences have on businesses and communities.

On GMID, more than 160 events on multiple continents are taking place to highlight the power of events, including educational sessions, celebration breakfasts, Facebook Live chats, and happy hours. You can find all the events here.

“GMID reveals the true convening power of our industry and connects the work we do every day to the long-term impact we have for businesses and economies around the world,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of Meetings Mean Business in a news release [PDF].

Follow along with today’s events on social media using the #GMID18 hashtag.

Online Directory

Members love the exposure that comes with being included in your organization’s online directory. Are there things your group can do to make your directories even more beneficial?

“Actively promoting your online directory means actively promoting your members, which only increases their loyalty to your organization, writes Colleen Bottorff in a recent MemberClicks blog post.

She recommends promoting online directories through social media and your board’s professional network and by adding reminders in your email newsletters.

Other Links of Note

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Raegan Johnson

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