Conventions, Meetings and Mixers - The Cost of Conventions
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A massive amount of planning and expense can go into creating a convention. Youíll want to know exactly how long this event will last, where it will be held and what itís going to offer to the attendees. Will you invite guest speakers (and whatís their motivation to attend)? Will you offer group activities and events, and what will they be?
Have an answer for every question, have a clear-cut agenda for every single day of the event and have easy-to-understand travel and lodging arrangements for everyone who wants to attend. Youíll have to have all of these things in place before you even think about announcing a convention or similar event for your site. If the details arenít ironed out, you wonít inspire a lot of faith for your visitors, so why would they spend money on your event?
You may have to rent out conference space to house some of your events, and youíll definitely want to offer easy accommodations to your guests. Provide information and links on your site so itís easy for traffic to make travel arrangements and order tickets to the event. Know what you need to spend on the entire event, to know what you need to charge from every attendee.
Planning a real-life meeting for online friends is a big deal. Make it successful by making it exciting; make them want to go. Offer something that will draw them in and youíll get more people to turn out for your event.
Conventions can be costly but also highly beneficial. A social gathering creates a sense of community and togetherness, a festival atmosphere that will be hard to forget. Youíll make your site memorable for them, which only helps spread the word and create more traffic in the future.
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