The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the fourth report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Four: Special Activities and Amenities that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This newest addition to the series offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers. Part four takes a look at the influence of special activities and amenities in converting attendees to loyal alumni to a specific event.
“When it comes to special activities and amenities that drive repeat attendance, this study highlights the importance of giving alumni the tools to have productive and hassle-free visits and settings beyond the show floor and education classrooms that facilitate meaningful face-to-face engagements,” said CEIR President & CEO Brian Casey, CEM.
“Just as with education, one size does not fit all, and the nature of the event may play in to what alumni value when attending,” Casey continues. “Another critical finding is that some organizers may be ignoring an easy way to increase retention with attendee organizations. Results in this report indicate group amenities are effective in driving repeat attendance.”
2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Four: Special Activities and Amenities that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience identifies ways to help maximize attendee organization retention. Results indicate that alumni value events that give them other ways to engage in valuable face-to-face interactions with participants. Amenities are also valued to take the hassle out of the logistics of attending and making the experience more enjoyable.
Key findings observe:
In addition to total results, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Four: Special Activities and Amenities that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience identifies unique preferences by attendee demographics, including by gender, age, job level, role in purchasing decisions, annual volume of purchases of showcased products and services, organizational size, and profile of event attended. Additionally, exhibition organizer results that differ from total results are reported as well, including by: whether association-run or independently-run; size of exhibition; and whether an exhibition rotates locations.
The 2016 Attendee Retention Insights series consists of five reports focusing on the largest trade shows in the U.S. to understand what generates loyalty among attendees and how event organizers motivate them to return on a regular basis. Input was sought from organizer and repeat attendee perspectives. The resulting reports offer readers a road map for benchmarking attendee retention strategy practices with industry norms; an understanding of commonly held characteristics of professionals who attend a given event regularly; and insights to guide organizers in their marketing and event development.
Other reports in the 2016 Attendee Retention Insights series are:
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CEIR serves to advance the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering knowledge-based research tools that enable stakeholder organizations to enhance their ability to meet current and emerging customer needs, improve their business performance and strengthen their competitive position. For additional information, visit www.ceir.org.