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Associations Leading Ladies – Elizabeth Skirving

This year for International Women’s Day we approached some of the amazing female leaders within the association industry to ask for their thoughts on what it means to be a leader and wear the responsibility of managing an association in this day and age. This will be the first article of a continuing series featuring…

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Are you protecting the integrity of your event?

We recently discussed the Royal Commission and a recent example of an Events company benefiting from undisclosed commissions, rebates and mark-ups. In case you missed it, you can read it here. This article will highlight a few points to consider when assessing the fees charged by potential event managers and protect yourself as a consumer…

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Are you paying a fair fee?

“No matter how you spin it, there’s something seriously smelly about an industry that survives on kickbacks and commissions. Claiming you act for your client but getting paid by people who want you to flog products to that client, is the sort of behavior that is rightly seen as corrupt.” – Annette Sampson, Sydney Morning Herald, April…

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Membership: Back to the Drawing Board

We hear too regularly the difficulties of keeping members happy, engaged and coming back without asking the same question each year: ‘Why should I be a member of your Association?’ Now before we continue, it’s important to note that many associations are thriving off their current membership structures, and if so, don’t think we are…

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Security: How Protected is your Association?

  The very public and recent data breach of an event application in the UK has brought the need to plan for potential data breaches. Whilst a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), organisation or company can take all steps possible to minimise security risks, in the current technological environment there is still the growing possibility of…

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Innovation and Engagement – Conferences in 2019 and Beyond

360 Live Media has released their 2019 report on the existing and upcoming trends in the events industry that we should have on our radar. This article will be based on their informative piece, with input from The Association Specialists! Experience Engineering It is no surprise that members and delegates want more from events. “Experience…

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Company Limited by Shares or Guarantee – What’s the Difference?

Legal Vision has recently posted this important information on the differences between a Company Limited by Shares (Public or Proprietary) and a Company Limited by Guarantee. We feel it is important to understand each structure as it has a drastic effect to the functioning of your company. From Legal Vision: Company Limited by Shares A company limited by…

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Director Penalty Regime Extended to GST

A recent article from by Craig Whatman from Pitcher shed light on proposed penalties to be applied to directors when announcing bankruptcy as a means of holding directors accountable for engaging in phoenix activity. We felt it important to share their article to keep you aware of the changes and how they may affect you.…

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An Industry Innovator – Christine Pope

Recently nominated for the Third Sector Board Director of the year award, Christine Pope has defined herself as an innovative strategist and Board Director. Working with the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), Christine has played a pivotal role in increasing membership engagement and retention, the implementation of a radically successful marketing plan and an extremely successful …

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Get Your Instagram On The Map!

It might seem like a daunting task – starting and maintaining an Instagram account for your organisation. And why even bother? Instagram is more than just a pretty way to add photos and see others eating acai every morning. It is a powerful tool capable of driving leads and traffic, raising brand awareness and membership…

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Is Anyone Opening This?

We have some quick and easy time-tested ways to increase your email open rates! Open rate for emails is still an incredibly useful statistic to gather engagement and influence on your membership base. Some tech names like Whatagraph and Mailchimp have put time into compiling statistics meaning we don’t have to! So here are some…

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