The Strauss Blog

How Bad Design Can Hurt Your Event

Event budgets can often be tight so cutting professional design out of the event budget is sometimes seen as an easy way to save some money. There are dozens of free online design tools that promise to make anyone design like a professional. While these programs can often be useful, in the end they are […]

Incorporating Mobile Tours in Your Conference Program

We are seeing more and more association conferences incorporate mobile tours as part of their conference programming. A mobile tour is an educational session that takes your delegates offsite to a location(s) outside of your regular conference space. They are most typically either walking tours or bus tours. Keep reading for some tips on how […]

Speaker Agreements – The Key to a Great Association Event

An event planner’s relationship with a speaker for an association conference often starts with a formal speaker agreement. With this being the initial interaction with the speaker, you want to make sure you get off on the right foot and ensure the details of the engagement are clear and concise. What is included in the […]

Simplifying the Venue Selection Process

Your association may be in the habit of sending out Requests for Proposals for every event that you host, and we have written an article just for that purpose, What to Ask and How to Ask It , but often the RFP process is extremely time consuming and unnecessary. Through doing a venue screening as […]

Five Things to Do During the Quiet Months

The crazy, busy event season has just wrapped up, all financials have been settled, and final reports have been submitted to the association leaders. Now what? It is difficult to switch gears and adjust to not having to work at such a hectic pace. Issues and client requests are not as pressing or time sensitive […]

A Focus on the New Attendee Experience

Generally association event managers focus on improving the event or conference based on previous years. They use post-event survey results to gain feedback from attendees and make slight changes based on that data – and this process works well. However, the focus is solely on existing event attendees and their impressions of the previous event […]