Take your 2015 event to the next level with these 5 tips

At Convening Leaders earlier this month, meeting planners were inspired to “make no little plans” for themselves or their projects. The underlying theme throughout the sessions was that events are moving beyond “attendance” to “participation.” Attendees want to feel like they are part of something. Lucky for us, we felt like we walked away with some new plans after attending.

Here are our top 5 takeaways:

1.  Throw your old event surveys out and start fresh! While it may be tempting to pull up last year’s and just change a few items (such as the date!), it is worth taking the time to start fresh and make sure that the survey is built to capture the view that you and your stakeholders need most.

2.  You can have a compelling marketplace experience without an expo hall. Product theatres, demonstration areas, and kiosks that are well staffed can lead to a dynamic marketplace environment without the standard 10×10. Pulling this off requires a shifting of both mindsets and expenses from both the host organization and the vendor community.

3.  It’s time to get innovative without the additional expense – frugal approaches work. How can you repurpose the resources you already have to create an even better experience for your attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and other stakeholders?

4.  Events no longer appear in a single time and space. The moment someone tweets, your event has become hybrid whether you like it or not! Be prepared for this by having someone on your team ready to monitor and respond as needed.

5.  Every session, room configuration, and sequence of events orchestrated by the host organization can (and should) feed into the theme of the event to make it memorable.

Learn more about Network’s event services for associations.

- Network Media Partners Event Team

Leave a Comment January 27, 2015

Network’s design talents and company culture honored at Folio Awards

Folio magazine honored Network Media Partners for the second year in a row this past Thursday, December 11 with awards and nominations in three different categories: Standalone Digital Magazine, Overall Design, and App Design. Separately, Folio named Network one of the Top Places to Work in Media.

Among the three nominations and listing as one of the Top Places to Work, Network also came away with two wins. We received the award for best Association / Non-Profit (B-to-B) – Standalone Digital Magazine – 6 or more Issues for Middle Market Growth Magazine. The Folio team also acknowledged our design team’s work with a win in the Association / Non-Profit (B-to-B) – App (Magazine Replica) – 6 or more Issues category for T+D Magazine app.

“It feels great to be recognized by our peers for our work in digital publishing,” said Jen Smith, creative director. “We are thrilled to accept these awards along with our publishing partners.”

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After nominations and honorable mentions in these categories at the 2013 Folio Awards, it was particularly exciting for our Chief Operating Officer Carrie Hartin to accept these awards on behalf of our stellar design department: “It was a true honor to be able to represent two of our clients as well as our entire staff at the Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards. We look to find shared relationships that allow us to deliver an exceptional product for the association members. This has been an exciting way to close out the 2014 year.”

In particular, Network is proud of our nod as one of the Top Places to Work in Media. Acknowledgement of what we know to be an encouraging and collaborative company culture is especially rewarding! In case you missed it, see why our team loves working and growing at Network.

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Thank you again to Folio for these hard-earned awards, nominations, and recognitions! We look forward to what 2015 will bring.

Leave a Comment December 16, 2014

Folio Awards finalists announced: Network picks up 3 nominations

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In addition to being named one of the Top Places to Work in Media, Network Media Partners is honored to receive three nominations in the 2014 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards on behalf of our clients. The Folio Awards is the largest awards competition in magazine publishing, recognizing excellence in both editorial and design.

 

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TD magazine, published by Association for Talent Development, is named a finalist in two Ozzie (design) categories:

  • Overall Design – Association/Non-Profit for the February 2014 issue
  • App – Association/Non-Profit (6 or more issues)

Middle Market Growth magazine, published by Association for Corporate Growth, is named a finalist in the Eddie (editorial) category:

  • Standalone Digital Magazine – Association/Non-Profit (6 or more issues)

These nominations are a reflection of the great partnership between Network and our publishing partners. “We are excited to once again be recognized for the creative efforts we extend to our client publications,” said Jen Smith, creative director. “The high caliber of work created for both of these magazines is a result of the peer-to-peer partnership in both publishing teams.”

The magazines are up against some serious competition. See the full finalists list here. (http://www.folioawards.com/finalists/) And wish us luck at the Awards Breakfast on Dec. 11!

 

Leave a Comment November 10, 2014

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