What’s On Your Wish List For 2017?

Author: Michelle Russell       


In addition to data about quantifiable things like the size, frequency, costs, and types of meetings, our Annual Meetings Market Survey also captures a wealth of data in the form of comments in response to a series of open-ended questions. Last week we published comments about what changes meeting planners made last year  positive or negative  in response to the economy. 

For this week: 

In terms of your job, what is at the top of your wish list for 2017?

  • A buyer’s market.
  • A fully developed app that can be used for multiple events.
  • A job promotion. I feel long overdue for one. 

  • A seat at the table.

  • A way to connect attendee and exhibitor. 

  • Access to new technology that will make our job easier and help reach our members. 

  • Additional clients with adequate to increased meetings budgets. 

  • Additional staff [eight mentions]. 

  • An assistant so that I can remove the administrative tasks off my plate to focus on strategic planning [three mentions]. 

  • Be able to offer webcasting/ live streaming at our next convention and be able to make it profitable. 

  • Better and more effective content design to drive sales and profitability. 

  • Bigger budget. 

  • Continued financial success for the association, which affords us the opportunity to take a few risks in new areas. 

  • Continued stability in my job as well as continued understanding of what I bring to the table in my organization. 

  • Create a cohesive team. 

  • Exceeding registration numbers and a wide variety of programs. 

  • Expanding into Asia. 

  • Fewer governmental regulations. 

  • Free WiFi in all venue meeting space.
  • Have time to see and experience more places to encourage my groups to travel to. 

  • Having everyone enjoy themselves at the events and come back. 

  • Housing Bureau. 

  • I wish there were a path here for progression in terms of responsibility, title and salary, but there really isn’t due to our size. 

  • I’d like more responsibility and more money. 

  • Increased visibility in my company. 

  • Increasing sponsorship revenue and improving the attendee experience. 

  • Larger budget. 

  • Less stress, more work-life balance, and to KEEP my job [two mentions]. 

  • Looking for new opportunities and hopefully a job shift. 

  • Mobile App. 

  • More attendees. 

  • More clients listening to what we can offer. 

  • More donations. 

  • More empowerment. 

  • More flexibility from hotels. 

  • More flexibility to work at home or work a 4/10 [two mentions]. 

  • More funds for professional development. 

  • More supportive staff. 

  • Our corporate attendees share rooms. My wish would be that every guest has his/her own room. 

  • Pass CMP exam. 

  • Raise and/or bonus. 

  • Rebuild our website to be accessible on mobile platforms. 

  • Retirement! 

Secure all speakers within the first quarter of the year. 

  • Several new clients. 

  • Start booking further out. 

  • Streamline and implement consistency across all our meetings. 

  • Stronger membership. 

  • The top two items on my wish list are a higher salary and a dedicated, full-time admin. 

  • To add more meetings in more remote areas of the world. 

  • To find a cheaper alternative to the housing program we are currently using that offers more for us and our members. 

  • To grow my team of 13 to a team of 15 to help with the growth of our events. It is also one of my goals to be brand loyal this 
 I also would like to obtain my CMM in 2017. 

  • While I love my job, I come from an association background where I planned multiple conferences a year. I would like my 
company to evolve into holding more events per year. 

  • Winning more clients.

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