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2019 ACM Awards Weekend: How to Make a Polished Volunteer Management Program

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We've all heard of the Academy of Country Music Awards Weekend -- but not everyone knows that it's run primarily by volunteers.

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Tips To Successfully Plan Your Next Conference Event

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Conferences are some of the best places to meet like-minded colleagues within the same industry or creative individuals who share similar interests. In an increasingly interconnected world where relationship is key for business, conferences are a must-have for proper networking.

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Improving Event Staff Communications by 100% at the Academy of Country Music Awards

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How do you manage over 95 staff members, over 415 shifts, and over 2000 working hours for an event? Sheri Piecuch Vyfvinkel, Volunteer Manager for the Academy of Country Music, had this very question for organizing the ACM Awards in 2019.

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The Shift Change Shuffle: Volunteer Placement Done Right

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You've planned your festival to the last detail: every seat's arranged, every ticket booked, each artist knows their start time and every goody bag is filled, tissue paper-fluffed and labeled. And your volunteers are signed in, assigned and accounted for.

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A Practical Guide to Measuring Event Success

Can you measure event ROI? 3 in 5 marketers can't. Learn how with this free ROI model.

5 Simple Things You Can Implement Now to Get More Volunteers Later

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Having enough volunteers can mean the difference between a nice event and a wildly successful one. Though, they're not always easy to find and the last thing you want to do is rush around recruiting at the last minute.

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The Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Value that Volunteers Bring to Events

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Most volunteers aren't in it for the recognition; they just want to help. Volunteering can be a thankless role (which is exactly why you should make your volunteers feel appreciated ). The tasks that volunteers commonly handle may seem minor, but the assistance of volunteers is vital to any event.

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4 Risks of Using Spreadsheets to Store Your Volunteer Data

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Using a spreadsheet software program can serve its purpose in some capacities, but managing and storing your volunteer data is not one of them! Below we'll discuss the inherent risks of using spreadsheets to store your volunteer data. Duplicate copies.

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12 Essential Volunteer Roles for your Next Tournament

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If you're planning a tournament, you know that winging the prep just doesn't work. Rather than waiting to see who shows up before designating duties, it's important to assign and schedule all volunteers beforehand so that nothing is left undone.

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4 Reasons Why Collecting Availability From Your Volunteers Is Crucial

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Any organizer knows how important it is to keep volunteer availabilities updated. Because of the role the volunteer workforce plays in calculating a business's ROI, it's essential to keep up with schedules and other important volunteer information every step of the way.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

How to Reduce Risk at Your Event Using Volunteers

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No matter how much you prepare for your event, the unexpected always happens. But by providing safety procedures, well-trained volunteers, emergency planning, and direct communication, you'll easily reduce risk of an emergency. So, here are five ways to reduce risk at your event using volunteers: 1.

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Push and Pull Approaches for Successful Volunteer Recruitment and Scheduling

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Adopted from push and pull marketing , push and pull methods of recruitment and scheduling are two very different but valid ways of going about managing your volunteer teams for your event. Read on to learn more about push versus pull approaches to volunteer recruitment and scheduling.

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7 Ways to Persuade People to Volunteer for Your Event

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Today's volunteers look for great experiences and meaningful engagement when they give away their time. So make it clear from the moment you launch your online recruiting campaigns that those are precisely the benefits your volunteers will find.

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5 Ways to Get Volunteers Settled on Event Day

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Your event is all set. The vendors are on time, and the public will be arriving in just a few hours. Suddenly a horrifying thought pierces your brain: What if the volunteers don't show up? Well, if you've made all the key information available to your volunteers, you have nothing to worry about.

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How to Organize a Low-Risk Event

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Planning an event is an incredibly complicated process that involves making hundreds or even thousands of decisions, each of which has to be right if you don’t want to risk your event falling apart.

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Getting To Know You: 5 Essentials For Your Volunteer Handbook

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Even with our busy, digitally-driven lives, we still find the time to volunteer, according to The Corporation for National Community Service : more than a quarter of Americans, nearly 63 million people, give their time to a cause.

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Volunteer Qualifications to Look For & How to Use Them

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Every volunteer brings a unique background of skills and experience that you can leverage when assigning roles. To fully utilize everyone's skills, it's important that you ask about more than their work experience.

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Top Tech Trends for Event Planning in 2019

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As technology continues to develop and evolve over time, its impact continues to reach numerous different industries, from manufacturing, fashion, music and everywhere in between. The event planning industry is no exception.

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The 9 Essentials of a Great Volunteer Orientation Meeting (Part 2)

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As you gear up to help get your volunteers in order, here are 4 more important elements to include in your volunteer orientation meeting! If you haven't read part 1 yet, be sure to check it out here ! Policies and Dress Code. Let your volunteers be your brand ambassadors!

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6 Ways to Make Event Check-in Convenient for Your Volunteers

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First impressions for any event are important, especially when it comes to onboarding volunteers. The first time volunteers step onto your event site, you'll want to make it as easy as possible for them to check in, find out where they need to go, and become a fully-engaged part of your event team.

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The 9 Essentials of a Great Volunteer Orientation Meeting (Part 1)

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Whether you hold your orientation face-to-face or remotely, this meeting is one of the essential parts of your event planning. After all, volunteers keep down in-house costs for an event, and they are very much part of the glue that holds a successful event together.

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Good, Great, Different: How to Leverage Your Event Team's Strengths

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You cherish and appreciate every member of your event management team, and you wouldn't trade any of them for anyone else.

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5 Volunteer Management Strategies Event Planners Need to Know

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As an event planner, you're always searching for new and exciting ideas, changing trends, information, and technologies that will help make your job a little easier. Fortunately, that's what we're all about.

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How to Create an Amazing Event Experience with the Help of Volunteers

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Maximizing your resources to improve your events means leveraging your supporters. Who better to help than those who have already stepped up? An amazing event experience requires an amazing team.

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Mastering the Art of Conference Planning in 5 Easy Steps

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Conferences are some of the best places to meet like-minded colleagues within the same industry or creative individuals who share similar interests. In an increasingly interconnected world where relationship is key for business, conferences are a must-have for proper networking. And the company that organizes the conference will have the most prestige and visibility at the event. But, you already know all that.

How to Stay Sane as an Event Organizer & Producer

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Organizing and producing a large event can be incredibly stressful. It may feel like a million things are happening all at once. While it may seem impossible to hold onto your sanity, here are some solutions and tips to help you survive & thrive: Equip Yourself with Software Solutions.

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4 Ways to Encourage Repeat Volunteers

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There's absolutely nothing better than a repeat volunteer. They're knowledgeable, friendly, reliable, and they engage others in the community with the mission. But how do you go about turning a one-time volunteer into a recurring visitor? Check out our four tips on keeping your volunteers engaged: 1.

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Plan the Perfect Event With These 9 Free Resources

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Planning an event can be a time consuming and frustrating task. You want every detail to be perfection, and your time should be spent on making that possible not evaluating hundreds of resources to see if they fit your needs.

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5 Reasons Why Communication With Your Event Staff is Essential

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Communication in life is key -- especially when planning events. In fact, if you think about it, you can always trace a glitch in an otherwise seamless event back to some sort of lapse in communication. So we've gathered some top reasons why communication with your event staff is essential.

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How to Edit Your Registration Process to Dramatically Increase Volunteer Signups

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Great news! Potential volunteers are visiting your site. But, how can you make sure they actually sign up? You need to create a volunteer signup page that encourages registration, rather than a, "Nah, I'll do this later." This is how: 1) Include All the Necessary Information.

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10 Clever Thank You Gift Ideas for Event Volunteers

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Congratulations! You've been putting on fantastic events all year. And thanks to your awesome volunteers, you've stayed within your budget. Now it's time to show your gratitude this holiday season.

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Why it's Essential for Volunteer Management Technology to be Intuitive

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You might take a deep breath before you pick up a new piece of technology, bracing for the whirlwind of information that will try to engulf you throughout the learning process.

Planning a Sporting Event: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Organizing any event can be tricky and time-consuming, but scale that up to a sporting event and you’ll really come to appreciate the power and importance of planning. From sourcing a venue and enlisting a suitable number of volunteers, to arranging all-weather preparations and on-the-day logistics, there are potential pitfalls at every turn. With this in mind, in today’s post by the experts from Start Fitness , you’ll be treated to a step-by-step guide to planning a sporting event.

How to Provide Volunteers with Greater Support and Incentives

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Nowadays, younger generations are more sophisticated when it comes to selecting a volunteer position. And top-notch volunteers are vital to many companies, even in their day-to-day operations.

10 Must-Have Volunteer Roles For Your Next Conference

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Conferences are a vital part of professional development and continuing education for nearly every profession and non-profit organization. A key element for conference organizers to strive for is to make the event as seamless as possible for all participants.

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13 Essential Volunteer Roles for Races

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Planning and organizing a race takes a lot of time, consideration, and volunteers. There are not only a ton of tasks to fill, but there's also a lot of ground to over. We're here to help make it a little easier for you by breaking down the most essential volunteer roles for your upcoming race.

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How to Create Awesome Event Graphics Without Photoshop

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You’re about to plan out your next event - you have all these ideas, you know who you want to market it to, and you’re super hyped to get started, but… you’ve hit a roadblock: How do you design awesome event graphics (logo, promo, hand-outs, signage, etc.) that will make your event shine without using PhotoShop? How do you not spend forever trying to make your design vision become a reality? Event graphics are key for event marketing, so something has to be done, but how?!

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Exceeding Expectations: 4 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Event

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Any event manager will know that outdoor event planning comes with its own unique complications and demands - which can make it difficult to manage the expectations of attendees, vendors and onsite staff, while also ensuring your event goes off without a hitch.

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No-Shows? No Problem: Developing Your No-Show Volunteer Policy

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There's nothing like visiting the reception desk at your event to discover there's no volunteer there after all. It's the stuff event planning nightmares are made of, and most of the time, it's an event planning reality, too. Considering the number of people you might be working with, every event is likely to have no-show volunteers. Unfortunately, it's a big burden on event managers and supervisors who have to come up with a solution, and fast.

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