See you in Orlando!

By Ksenia Molodych

Only two weeks left till C3X conference hosted by National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) in Orlando. The C3X is hosted annually with the aim to bring together over 700 higher education institutions and nearly 200 NACAS business partners to share their experience on how the modern auxiliary services enrich the campus lives. This event promises to be especially extraordinary as NACAS are celebrating their 50th anniversary! So, what to expect at C3X 2018 this year? With impressive list of motivational speakers, from Kelsey Harmon Finn, Chief Executive Officer, NACAS to Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut/Former Pro-Footballer, and variety of educational sessions it looks like there will be something to see and learn for everyone. If you’re visiting this year, why not start your day with water aerobics or lovely breakfast provided by NACAS partners, continued by keynote sessions and, of course, an exhibition. All 3 days offer impressive opportunity for networking, learning and, what’s very important, fun opportunities.

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Trade Show Tips and To Dos: Part 2 - The During and After

By Suzanne Delap

In our last post, we looked at what should be happening before you attend your next trade show. Now, let’s look at what you should focus on during and after the show.

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Trade Show Tips and To Dos: Part 1 - The Before

By Suzanne Delap

It’s that time of year. Time to gear up for trade shows. Some of the best time to showcase who you are and what you can offer.

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Let the Numbers Justify Your Purchase

By Suzanne Delap

Let's face it. Many times, those of us in conference services find ourselves fighting for any number of items: additional staff, software, access to buildings, the right to exist on campus.  

There is a way to make your case in an effective way, but what are some tools you can use to justify your purchases?

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11 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Software

By Suzanne Delap

A software purchase is a big decision. And when it comes to finding one to handle all the pieces of event management, it can become even more complicated.

Looking beyond the priorities and features specific to the system, here are 11 questions to consider when making a new software purchase.

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4 Examples of the Worst Software Advice We've Ever Heard

By Suzanne Delap

Okay, yes we are a software company. It is our job to convince you to buy our products.

Now that we got that out of the way, we can focus on the fact that we still hear bad software advice. And we have heard some big ones. As you brew your cup of coffee, let's take a look at what made the top of our list.

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5 Contracting Best Practices for Conference Departments

By Laura Lafferty

As one conference season winds down, it is time to look toward the next one. For many, contracting your repeat customers happens right away. 

Before you sign everyone on to next year’s camps and conferences with your existing contracts, take a step back and have a look at them. You may want to consider making some changes to incorporate contracting best practices that may be missing. 

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4 Benefits Behind Offering a One Stop Shop Experience

By Suzanne Delap

Imagine you have been tasked with planning a conference for an organization for which you volunteer. 

The committee looks at you and naturally, with your conference management experience, want you to handle arranging all the logistics. First, you have to find a venue. You start making phone calls to various venues to find out if they have availability. 

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3 Ways to Track Your Impact on Campus

By Laura Lafferty

Last month, I wrote about three of the biggest impacts a conference department can have on its campus. I firmly believe in those three ideas, but how do you prove it? It is one thing to detail what the impact is, but it also needs to be demonstrated for others to buy in to the concepts. 

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3 Ways Conference Services Should Never Underestimate its Impact

By Laura Lafferty

As many conference professionals head into the ‘busy season’ of summer, this is a good time to remind you of just how much impact you have on your university and your community.  

In the day to day chaos of summer conference season, it is easy to forget the big picture when the focus is on the little details. Below are my top three choices detailing the powerful influence of conference services that go beyond the revenue you generate for the university.

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