Event Ideas for Breakout Sessions and Continuing Education Credits

Event Ideas for Breakout Sessions and Continuing Education Credits

Breakout Sessions Select a nice breadth in session topics if you are conducting breakout sessions. While they must still remain targeted on the theme of your event, this will allow participants to explore a variety of topics that may hold even greater interest and value for them. Additionally, by offering some of … Read more

Wining and Dining Your Event Participants

Meals If your event is a full day event or longer, you will want to consider providing meals. If your event participants are forced offsite to fend for themselves, many will be late getting back and you lose an important opportunity to have them network with one another under your brand. Sharing … Read more

11 Types of Difficult Customers

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Create brand loyalty through ease of use    An often quoted and now legendary study from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) led with the provocative headline “Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers.” The thesis of the study is that companies are wasting large swaths of time expending energy on providing “exceptional service.” … Read more

Utilizing the 5 Senses to Make Customers Feel Comfortable

using the senses in marketing

Not all marketing research comes from business scientists. When a customer walks into your store, a neuroscientist would identify the millions of interactions starting with sensory nerve cell receptors that transmit data to the brain. The brain then interprets the information, filtering through its knowledge, emotions and life experience to create a … Read more

Why Offer Gold for Your Next Fundraiser

gold fundraiser event ideas

  At a time when donors are less open-handed as a result of a tough economic climate, and their willingness to commit to new products or services is curbed; it has become unsmilingly challenging for fundraisers to get by. The sting of the Great Recession can still be felt, can’t it? People … Read more

Developing Your Introduction

Developing Your Introduction

by Amanda Chocko How do you answer the question, “What do you do?” When answering this question you need to have a clear understanding of what you do, why, and for whom. You should be able to articulate what makes you special or different from others in the same field. And believe … Read more

Infographic: The Art of Window Displays

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Some fashion brands have gained a reputation for their impressive window displays, most notably high-end brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel. They go the extra mile when it comes to attracting shopper’s attention. Whether they have effective storyline type displays or they simply let colours or their clothes do the talking, these … Read more

Personal to Pro: Selling Ideas Like a Motivational Speaker

Personal to Pro: Selling Ideas Like a Motivational Speaker

One of the most important ingredients for a successful, happy and harmonious life is the ability to communicate effectively. Life is built upon relationships, and one of the components of positive, successful connections is good communication. This applies in both your personal and professional life. Motivational speakers are known for their skilled … Read more

Marketing Idea #127: Silent Auctions

Silent Auctions

Not only do silent auctions bring in money for your cause, they can also be a great marketing idea for nonprofits seeking new donors. Because you’ll need to do a little pavement-pounding to collect the items up for bid, you’ll have the opportunity to forge new relationships within the local retail community, … Read more

11 Ways to Market Your Fundraiser Offline

11 Ways to Market Your Fundraiser Offline

If you are intending to raise funds through a charity event, there are marketing techniques that can help greatly both online and offline. Depending on your desire and budget, you can try a number of promotional activities for your charity event. If you have taken care of online marketing and are now … Read more

The One Program Your Nonprofit Needs (and Probably Doesn’t Have)

nonprofit affiliate networks

Are you involved with a nonprofit organization (NPO)? Is your organization looking for a cost-effective way to increase donations, further the cause and grow your management or volunteer base? If you answered yes to these questions, starting your own nonprofit affiliate network may be the right solution for you. For most nonprofit … Read more

Marketing Idea #24: Volunteer for Local Nonprofit or Charity

Marketing Ideas Volunteer

Volunteer for a local nonprofit group or charity. Maybe you have something to offer by volunteering on an advisory board. Maybe you want to climb into the trenches and help on the front lines. Whatever direction you choose, be sure your efforts are a reflection of the values you hold close to … Read more

Marketing Ideas #59-66: Event-Goers Love Attention to Detail

Marketing Ideas Event Attention to Detail

Don’t skimp on the small stuff when you’re producing an event. People will always expect certain things, and if they’ve paid to be there, they have a right to expect those things. #59: If you have an event or seminar, provide beverages, a coat rack or coat check, and snacks. #60: Validate … Read more

Marketing Idea #58: Promote Your Cause with the Local News

Marketing Ideas Partner with the Local News

Contact your local TV and/or radio stations about teaming up to produce special events and programming around your issue. You and your partner stations might consider creating news stories on key issues in the community, while also sponsoring city hall forums, fairs, and other outreach events. The goal of partnering with your … Read more

Marketing Idea #46: Throw a Party

Marketing Ideas Throw a Party

Whether a holiday or a “client appreciation” party, getting your clients together in the same room and collectively thanking them for their loyal patronage can help you make clients (and friends) for life. Depending on the nature of the organization you operate, you may also have key staff members available to assist … Read more

10 Great Office Fundraiser Ideas

Marketing Ideas Office Game Ideas

1. Create a Recipe Book Everyone brings in a favorite family recipe which is then compiled into a single document, beautified, and published for resale. To execute this fundraiser Send around a sign-up sheet so you can get a feel for the kinds of dishes people would like to contribute. Have the … Read more

Marketing Idea #54: How to be Arrested for Fundraising

Marketing Ideas Arrested for Fundraising

A number of good causes offer a “lockup” program to enlist members of the community in raising funds. The idea is to publicize a mock arrest and jailing (though you may really be handcuffed and driven to the local jail in a police car) in exchange for “bail” (contributions to the cause). … Read more

Marketing Idea #87: Demonstrations Work

Marketing Ideas Demonstrations Work

Many a cheap diaper has been bought because of commercials showing it can hold the contents of an entire water balloon. Whether at trade shows or in your TV ads or videos, demonstrations prove your products work. This is why those late-night infomercials are so successful. Even brochures can illustrate a step-by-step … Read more

Marketing Ideas #32-37: Navigating Networking Events

Marketing Ideas Who to Look for at Networking Events

You’ve arrived at the latest networking event. You have your name tag. You have your drink. You’re looking sharp. Now what? If you arrived at the event with someone else, you shouldn’t be standing around talking to that person all night. You’re there to make new connections. #32: Don’t be afraid to … Read more

Marketing Idea #41: Brew the Best

Marketing Ideas Tea Time

Always offer fresh, high-quality coffee or tea. Make sure it’s good. It’s this kind of touch that shows you care about your customers. You might also want to offer bottled water for those who don’t care for coffee or tea. There is nothing worse than a company that cares so little about … Read more

Marketing Idea #52: Join an Art Hop

Marketing Ideas Art Hop

Participate in a local gallery hop, where local artists bring their wares to display at a collection of stores and businesses. Maps of participating businesses are provided, and the event is advertised throughout the community. Businesses may serve appetizers and beverages to visitors on the tour, and artists may be present to … Read more

Marketing Idea #56: Conduct a Seminar

Marketing Ideas Hold a Seminar

Offer an adult education class or seminar. This may be something you conduct through a local school or university, or it could be offered through a local business association or group. Your intent is to bring value to the attendees and the program hosts and to become known. Variation: Spread the wealth. … Read more

Marketing Idea #49: Community Day

Marketing Ideas Community Day

Hold a Community Day. Offer your goods or services to your local community at a free or reduced cost. Work with other local businesses and the media to promote your event. This is a great way to give back to the community and bring in new customers who have not visited your … Read more

Marketing Idea #69: Rush-Hour Interviews

Marketing Ideas Rush Hour Interviews

Offer to be available for comment or interviews on your effort. Television or radio news programs are always interested in talking with local experts who can speak to the issues faced by the community, especially during rush-hour radio broadcasts or early morning/late evening TV programming. The broader your topic, the more appealing … Read more

Marketing Idea #51: Window Display Contest

Marketing Ideas Window Display Contest

Conduct a window display contest (instead of a sidewalk sale). Make voter cards available, and encourage participants to vote on their favorite display. Offer free samples to entice voters to try your product or service. Maintain a guestbook to track traffic and build your contact database.

Marketing Idea #50: Hold a Cooking Contest

Marketing Ideas Hold a Cooking Contest

A restaurant might have a cooking contest for newly graduated local chefs. During the event, the restaurant would charge ten dollars per person to sample all the showcased dishes. Attendees must vote on which dish is the best. The dish that wins gets on the menu (which should tell the story about … Read more

Marketing Idea #47: Host a Competition

Marketing Ideas Host a Competition

Host and promote a competition. You can call it “The Great ____________ Race.” Set up a small number of teams, each with a small number of participants. One team wins upon accomplishing the appropriate task you set before them. The entry fee may be the cost (or reduced cost) of your service. … Read more

Marketing Idea #57: Offer Great Music

Marketing Ideas Offer Great Music

People love to hear great music, so if you would like to offer music at your next event, make sure the band is well-known and worth your audience’s attention. Nothing screams cheap like bad or inappropriate music that is forced upon would-be customers. Your band should understand your business and your clientele … Read more