Membership Hack: Conference Suggestion Box
A digital suggestion box gives members an easy way to provide input
Does your conference need an overhaul? At the Online News Association (ONA), a digital suggestion box gives members an easy way to provide input into content planning for ONA’s annual meeting.
How to hack it? Instead of relying solely on a committee review process to select conference speakers from a set of formal proposals, the ONA has added an online suggestion box to gather conference ideas and topics for its annual meeting.
“We felt there was a risk of overlooking an important topic or speaker if we left the process strictly to a planning committee,” says Trevor Knoblich, ONA’s head of programs and events. “Plus, we have a lot of smart people in our community and love to hear their creative input.” Submitting a suggestion is quick and easy, he says, and members can look at past submissions as well as an FAQ page to guide pitching.
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