Audience Acquisition & Engagement

Strategies for getting the right attendees to your meeting and keeping them engaged while they are there and after.

A Deep Dive Into Attendee Behavior

Digging for honest attendee feedback, PCMA Foundation and Steelcase went beyond surveys in a study that gauged attendee behavior at Convening Leaders 2019. The results — released at EduCon — hold valuable cues for all kinds of events.

BY David McMillin June 26, 2019

Rx for Better Health: Take 2 Hours Outside

It turns out your mother knew best — spending time outdoors is good for your health. A new scientific paper establishes a minimum requirement for that and gives event organizers reason to reconsider their programs.

BY Curt Wagner June 17, 2019

How the Abilities Expo Breaks Barriers for Attendees With Disabilities

The Abilities Expo, founded 40 years ago by late disability activist and post-polio survivor Richard Wooten, attracts hundreds of people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, health-care professionals, and special needs professionals.

BY Casey Gale June 1, 2019

Novel Attendee-Engagement Ideas That Are a Cinch to Pull Off

Respondents to Convene’s most-recent Salary Survey cited coming up with new ways to engage attendees as their biggest challenge. The recently published ‘Rituals for Work: 50 Ways to Create Engagement, Shared Purpose, and a Culture That Can Adapt to Change,’ has answers for that.

BY Casey Gale May 2, 2019

1st World Hospital at Home Congress Gathers Global Group

In early April, 400 participants from 40 countries gathered in Madrid for the WHAHC to connect hospital-at-home stakeholders through an international platform dedicated to advancing the HaH model, which provides hospital-level care in a patient’s home.

BY Lane Nieset April 30, 2019

Moving Beyond Gadgetry to Engage Conference Attendees

You can easily find VR hardware at an event. But is it delivering the all-important attendee engagement? Probably not, say industry experts, who advise choosing event tech wisely.

April 22, 2019

Convene Survey: Does Your Event Offer Child Care?

Do you provide child care at your events? Have you skipped a conference yourself because you lacked child-care options? Let us know by taking a quick survey.

BY Convene Editors April 17, 2019

GitHub Universe Meets New Goals, Doesn’t Lose Wow Factor

What does it look like when a national conference is shaped as much by a company’s values as by its financial goals?

BY Nichole Bernier April 17, 2019

Crafting a Solution to Falling Attendance

When a major craft and hobby show moved from its long-time host city to a new one, attendance dropped off. Here’s the creative approach event organizers and the show’s new host CVB took to win attendees back.

BY Molly Petrilla April 17, 2019

Ditch the Doughnuts to Boost Attendee Wellness

Doughnut wall? No. ‘Sweatworking?’ Yes, says Tourism Vancouver’s Rachael Riggs, who helped organize the Health and Wellness Forum in Chicago, devoted to helping planners create healthier events.

BY Cristi Kempf April 11, 2019

This Novel Convention Celebrates Betsy-Tacy Books

The intimate gathering of readers features speakers who have been inspired by Maud Hart Lovelace’s semi-autobiographical book series and have followed the protagonist Betsy’s dream of becoming a published author.

BY Casey Gale March 28, 2019

‘Convene’ Survey: Do You Make Room at Your Events?

Convene seeks your input on how attendee needs — such as a place for prayer or to care for children — are being met at events.

BY Convene Editors March 27, 2019