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We are seeing a cautious return to in-person meetings. However, with cost cutting as well as sustainability considerations driving a rethink of business travel in large corporates, associations should expect lasting changes to the event landscape. Many international event organisers would be wise to prepare for lower attendance at in-person events whilst maintaining a strong online presence. Read Michiel Gen’s ESAE Knowledge Library article here.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for US-based Associations with Plans for Europe

Europe is a high potential region for many US-headquartered international associations. Successful organisations are self-aware and make the effort to adapt. From our experience, if you pay attention to these 10 Do’s and Don’ts your current and future European members will feel much more at home within your association.

Data and Cyber Security at Events – IAPCO Impact Dialogue

Bénédicte contributed to the IAPCO Impact Dialogue panel on data and cyber security in the meeting industry – all insights in the video replay: click here.

The Cost of Being Behind the Curve

Continuing uncertainty about the pandemic recovery timeline has removed any lingering doubt that associations must get their digital act together. In this article for AMI we explore what the impact is of being behind the curve digitally – looking at both operational and business model/revenue generation perspectives.

Taking the ASIS Europe Event online

Re-creating an excellent educational and knowledge sharing experience in a brand-new resilient format… Read more.

Insights from our Digital Maturity in Associations Webinar Series

Exempla’s collaboration with digital experts Belly & Brain combines expert views from association and for-profit perspectives and provides fresh insights for the association community. Discover them here.

Digital Ambition vs Digital maturity: an Alternative view on Associations

Our study about the digital maturity of associations done in collaboration with the digital and customer experience experts at Belly & Brain was summarised in this article published by Boardroom .

Read here.

Why should associations embrace sustainability?

Colm Clarke was one of the panellists in this webinar highlighting how associations can play a key role in addressing critical topics around the UN SDGs.

Outlook for Security Events

Michiel spoke at a thought leadership webinar organised by Professor Martin Gill on the outlook for security shows and exhibitions in 2021. Michiel explained that while serendipity is more difficult to recreate in online events, it is not impossible and requires event design, platform technology and  attendee mindset to be aligned. Looking ahead at events post-pandemic, Michiel argued that the future of events is hybrid.

A summary and a recording of the discussion are available here.

Increase the added value of your virtual events sponsorship package

Many online events have struggled to offer enough value to sponsors and are missing out on opportunities to raise revenues. While onsite events will return in Q3 and Q4, we foresee that online components will continue to be used to deliver event value. To help you make sure your online events work for your sponsors, we have published an e-guide to help organisers identify key focus areas that drive value. Click here to learn more.

Finding a way to cut through the noise in 2021

Colm Clarke’s latest article for AMI on why packaging content and nurturing expert contributors could help associations stand out from the crowd, why hybrid doesn’t mean what it used to mean, and questions on the value of Skeuomorphism.

Virtual, live, and in-person…impact of terminology in the online era

In her article about online event terminology, Doreen Loeber recaps what perception and understanding the different terms in use can generate amongst event stakeholders.

Lessons for Association Leaders from Elite Sports Teams

Stamina and mentality will be as important as creativity and innovation during the year ahead. Read how association leaders can learn key lessons from elite sports teams.

Addressing Association Strategy on AMI Webinar

Colm Clarke was one of the panelists invited to discuss how in the post covid world associations can avoid sinking into obscurity and become influential actors on the world stage.

Helping Visit Brussels Prepare Associations for Uncertainty in 2021

Exempla Partner Colm Clarke was invited to moderate the breakout discussion on “Ensuring Sustainability: Alternative Income Models for Associations” during one of Visit Brussels’ insights webinars.

Exempla authors cover story for AMI magazine

The cover feature for October’s AMI magazine was written by Exempla Partner Colm Clarke. The article looks at association business models and lessons to be learned from other sectors.

Hopes and Fears for Association Business Models post COVID

As we enter budget review and business planning season, Exempla Partner Colm Clarke published this article exploring some of the big questions facing association business models dealing with the double disruption of COVID-19 and faster than planned shifts to primarily digital services.

Capitalising on Content Opportunities in “International Markets”

US headquartered international associations are leaders in online learning but many still struggle to engage potential audiences outside of North America. This insights article highlights key factors in successful, relevant content initiatives.

EU is about to get more powers – Associations should pay attention

Important developments are taking place in the European Union, including fundamental precedents on mutual debt and taxation agreed at this week’s summit, as well as expected increased cooperation in the field of healthcare – read our insight article.

Selecting an Online Event Platform

An online event platform is your virtual venue – so its complexity and breadth reflect the structure of your event, just like an onsite venue would. Check out our article summarizing the essential parameters to consider when selecting your online event tools.

Dealing with Doubt – Decision Making for Associations

Our insights article was featured in the July newsletter published by our friends at SoolNua.
Read the newsletter here and our full article here.

Contributing to the ESAE Webinar about association online events

Bénédicte contributed to the “Events Going Virtual” webinar organised by ESAE and shared the floor with Sharon Ashton, EURORDIS, and Feriel Saouli, Cambre Associates, to help association professionals tackle the pivot to virtual events.

Creating Content During Lockdown

With in-person events off the agenda, we’re always ready to adapt. Here switching to interviewer mode, providing engaging insights for ASIS International members.

Insights on COVID-19 at the European Association Summit

Colm’s Linkedin post summarising the impacts of the emerging COVID-19 crisis generated several thousand views and interaction with association professionals and volunteer leaders around the world.

Boardroom Magazine article “Game Changing Globalization” featuring Exempla

In his conversation with Boardroom Magazine, ASIS CEO Peter O’Neil highlights Exempla’s contribution to expanding ASIS’ reach in Europe.

Speaking at the European Association Summit 2020

Colm contributed to the panel “Association Management Company Models in the US and Europe” at the European Association Summit in Brussels on 10 March, moderated by Bennett Napier and also including Jeanne Sheehy from Bostrom and Nele Devolder of Kellen.

Events are Like Trees Campaign

From December 2019 to January 2020, our Events are Like Trees campaign brought to life some of the key concepts we see today and tomorrow’s event professionals grappling with.

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