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May 15 2017

Successful Lessons on Going to Market in Europe

 

With 28 countries, the European Union is one of the largest and most profitable markets in the world.  While Europe is not new to US associations, the business results generated by many could be significantly improved.

Is there a one size fit all to best approach the European audience?   How effective are associations at adapting to European sensitivities, cultures, and needs?

US associations often under-estimate the importance of a having a local value proposition. The lack of validation of benefits, products and services before going to market can lead to poorer performance and even failure.

Join Florian Cartoux, Director for Europe for IHRSA, the world’s leading fitness association, for a fascinating discussion.  Bring your questions and gain important insights to help you in Europe. 

This LIVE webinar on June 8th from 12Noon-1245pm will share insights to help you develop better ways to grow in Europe:

  • How to position ones offerings when Europe is not a single country but 28+ countries that often require a different “go to market” plan

  • Understanding the latest trends that most effect the region in order to adjust to “the age of the customer”

  • Appreciating the importance of market segmentation and tying this to a unique customer experience.

  • Knowing the importance of clarifying ones value proposition for the European markets.

  • How to adapt marketing channel strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The main challenges to strategy in Europe

  2. The importance of market segmentation and providing a tailored customer experience

  3. Recommendations to best approach the European market

Register today for this LIVE webinar.

For questions contact Peter Turner at peter.turner@mci-group.com.

 

 

 

Feb 01 2017

Join MCI As Our Guest for IMEX Frankfurt 2017

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The world’s leading international meetings marketplace is now in its 15th year and has moved back to a May date. As always IMEX Frankfurt is going to be another incredible experience. Over the years, IMEX has become the leader in  the ever-changing face of the meetings industry.  Constantly evolving and with a firm finger on the pulse of all the breaking news and trends, this show really puts you at the center of the action and MCI is inviting you to attend as our guest.

Every year record numbers of international meeting planners and association executives attend IMEX, the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel – featuring IMEX Association Day & Evening, a dedicated education and networking day for association executives.

Association Day – Monday, May 15, 2017

The day before IMEX opens, this event is designed exclusively for association professionals. During this special day of education and seminars, IMEX explores key topics and new developments within association management. This year, Association Day has been researched, and re-designed to ensure that it focuses on only the greatest challenges that association professionals across the world face.

Open to all levels of association professionals registered to attend IMEX as either hosted buyers or visitor buyers, Association Day offers a VIP opportunity to invest in yourself and your association. This year Association Day will be held at the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt.  A free afternoon of education, co-delivered by ICCA and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Followed by the much-loved networking reception, Association Evening hosted by Marriott Frankfurt on Monday 15 May from 19:00. It is open to exhibitors who are members of one of the organising associations (ICCA, AIPC, IAEE, DMAI, IAPCO, ESAE, PCMA, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership) and association executives.

Association Day attracts over 300 association executives from nearly 40 countries annually.

Join MCI @ IMEX 2017 – Hosted Buyer Benefits

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Year after year, attendees comment that is it the show where business gets done. The atmosphere is almost electric with exhibitors, buyers and visitors alike all “charged up”.  This is where major senior executives from the global meeting services arena meet association leaders to discuss proposals and complete deals.

3,500 exhibitors come to IMEX each year (including tourist boards, convention bureaus, international hotel chains, airlines and destination management companies). They’re poised to do business with the 9,000 visitors (including almost 4,000 hosted buyers) who attend during three energetic and very inspirational days.

In 2017, MCI would like to extend an invitation to our US-based association colleagues to be our guest at IMEX.

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The IMEX association hosted buyer program offers the following exclusive benefits:

  • Attendance at IMEX 2017 and IMEX Association Day and Evening on Monday, May 15th, the day before the exhibition opens in Frankfurt.

  • Economy flights

  • Accommodations in specially selected 4 or 5 star hotels

  • Ground transfers within Frankfurt from the airport to hotel and to the exhibition

  • Hosted Buyer Lounge access, with complimentary WI-fi and other services

    April 2016 Hosted Buyer Stats

  • Dedicated support team before and during the show

  • Free access to over 200 educational sessions throughout the 3 days

 

To qualify for MCI’s Guest IMEX  Hosted Buyer Program you must be responsible for planning, organizing, recommending or making financial decisions for events outside the United States.

Most people will attend from May 15 – 18 in order to attend Association Day and the exhibition, but for those who would like to attend the exhibition only, that is possible. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, May 16 to Thursday, May 18. Please state your travel preferences during the registration process.

Please follow this link to be a part of  MCI’s Guest IMEX 2017 Hosted Buyer Program.

Attending IMEX 2017 and IMEX Association Day will be the best decision you make this year.

If you have questions, please contact Theresa DeConinck at theresa.deconinck@mci-group.com.

Jul 28 2016

New Benchmark Index Study Measuring Engagement & Relationship Strength Debuts

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For the first time ever, association executives will be able to better understand how relationship strength impacts the ability to improve engagement with members and customers through empirical data.

 

MCI along with its partner FairControl (a German-based global market research firm), launched the Global Engagement Index to measure the performance, relationship strength and outcome of engagement tactics as seen through the eyes of associations’ customers and members, allowing like-minded associations to benchmark their performance against that of 15 leading brands across multiple sectors.

MCI and FairControl were joined by: American Concrete Institute, American Institute of CPAs, APICS, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Clinical Pathology, ASIS International, American Society for Quality, American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Facility Management Association, International Society of Automation, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Material Research Society, NACE International, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

We sought to understand:

  • How strong is the relationship with members and customers outside of the US?

  • What is impacting for good or bad the quality of these relationships?

  • What resources deliver the most value and impact engagement the most?

  • How relevant is the value proposition to the needs of local members and customers?

  • What levels of engagement are there and how do members and customers fit into this model?

GEI construction

With GEI, we now have dedicated data and measures that can be utilized to answer these questions and help association executives adapt existing strategy and operational resources to be more effective at building and nurturing relationships that convert financially and sustainably.

 

The sample size of the GEI is substantial, more than 123,000 non-US contacts were invited to respond to the survey through contact lists, who were invited to respond to the survey in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, and Simplified Chinese. Nearly 9,000 respondents from around the world ultimately completed the survey. Through an innovative crowd-funded model, the 15 participating associations will gain in-depth data and feedback as to how their global community perceives their value, relevance and engagement efforts and where they stand comparative to the Index.

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The complete public findings and recommendations will be released next month during ASAE’s annual meeting.  An overview article meanwhile can be found here:  Global Engagement Index 2016.

To obtain a copy during the show, please visit the MCI booth #1620.

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