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How to Communicate Price Increases

How do you raise the price of a virtual event when you did a free event or a very low cost event last year? Here are three key things that you need to include when communicating a price change, especially within the context of raising the price of a virtual event when you did one for free or low cost in the past year.

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The Quick Way To Price Your Hybrid Events

After running virtual events for free or very low cost, the first thing that you want to focus on is raising the price of any virtual components that you're going to offer, whether hybrid components or purely virtual events. Here are some thoughts to help guide you.

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Is it Time to Rethink Your Event Sales Strategy, Process and Expectations?

One year later, as we continue to watch the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in the United States, there is hope that we may start to see in-person meetings and events return in the near future. There are still however many unknowns related to events, and particularly for associations who rely heavily on this non-dues revenue source, there continues to be concern and angst with regards to revenue goals. Perhaps it’s time to consider plan B, C, and D…

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Tips for Sponsor Relations and Retention

Associations continuously look to sponsorships to achieve non-dues-revenue goals. Putting your focus on sponsor retention will have long-term impact on your revenue goals and repeat support from sponsors. Here are 10 simple things you can do to improve your sponsor relations.

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By: John Bacon | Apr, 16 2021
Non-Dues Revenue

Grow Your Non-Dues Revenue in Times of Crisis and Beyond

Non-dues revenue is a driving force for your association. It gives you the financial freedom to explore new technology and tools that help you evolve your communications strategy. Businesses that advertise and sponsor your communications rely on your association for innovative opportunities to reach their customers. You can help them reach their target audience and, at the same time, give your members the relevant education and information they need. Here are a few ways your association can re-examine and refresh your non-dues revenue-earning channels.

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Challenges with Non-Dues Revenue Continue in 2021: Time to “Up your Digital Game”

In 2020 many associations were forced to react quickly and either cancel events or pivot to virtual. In many cases shifting to virtual also allowed them to retain sponsorship and exhibit revenue versus refunding dollars. Luckily, our sponsors and advertisers also found themselves in unchartered waters and were likely more flexible and understanding with regards to ROI. Moving forward however, this new digital landscape, that is expected to continue in some form even after the return to in-person events, presents many opportunities for new and increased non-dues revenue. And with a year under our belt, we have a bit more intel and can be much more intentional about our digital advertising, sponsorship, and exhibit offerings. Let’s look at two opportunities we can up our digital game to increase revenue.

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