By Mary Tucker, IAEE Sr. PR/Communications Manager
Today is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, which really makes it just another day for IAEE because we are all about the love! We love exhibitions and events; we love collaborating with our industry partners; and – most of all – we love making sure our members have everything they need to successfully build on their own passions for the industry.
If you are an IAEE member (or considering becoming one) make sure you are taking full advantage of the offerings below that not only help you stay at the forefront of the industry, but your career as well, all year long.
MemberLink is Your Superhighway
MemberLink is an online forum for IAEE members only that connects you to news and special announcements, community chats, a library of learning, a member directory, and poll Q&As. Essentially, it’s your one-stop shop for reaching out to colleagues for just about anything! The vast network of IAEE’s communities you will find on MemberLink includes:
- Association/Independent/Corporate Show Organizers
- Consumer Events
- Education Faculty
- IAEE Chapters
- IAEE Committee and Task Forces
- Major American Trade Show Organizers (MATSO) – 200,000 NSF+
- Marketing Professionals
- Women in Exhibitions
- Young Professionals
Although There’s No Place Like Home
IAEE has chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad that support members in their education and networking efforts on a grassroots level. IAEE members who are involved with their chapter take advantage of easy-to-access professional development opportunities, activities that benefit their local communities, leadership opportunities within the chapter, and fun networking events with their peers. Click here to check out the interactive map of IAEE’s chapters.
Research is Our Love Language
Data is king and we know you cannot get enough of it. IAEE members receive access to most of the reports produced by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) at no extra charge. CEIR devotes itself to studying and producing reports that address issues such as:
- Attendee Floor Engagement
- Attendee Retention Insights
- Attendee ROI Playbook
- B2B Exhibition Sponsorship Playbook
- Changing Environment of Exhibitions
- Digital Toolkit to Enhance the Attendee Experience
- Global Virtual Event Trends
- Head of Marketing Insights
- How to Grow Attendance
- Omnichannel Marketing Insights
We are talking about having an expansive collection of valuable information on just about every aspect of the industry at your fingertips!
Speaking of Learning…
IAEE members are also front and center at semi-monthly webinars and their on-demand content covering a variety of topics including professional development, health/wellness, advocacy, technology, and health and safety for event planning and meeting management. Earn 1 CE credit for every webinar you watch while staying on the pulse of the latest industry focus points.
Or, take part in the monthly conversations at the BUZZ Hours among IAEE’s various communities. Deeper dives are available via community-specific programs such as the Women’s Leadership Forum, meet-ups for young professionals or MATSO member exclusives. Would you like to download IAEE publications and reports? Members who log in to the IAEE KnowledgeHub have a bevy of information available from one convenient location.
For those ready to slingshot their professional development to the next level, IAEE’s certification journey takes you from being Workforce Ready to Certified in Exhibition Management at every level of experience. The Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibitions and events management arena.
The CEM Learning Program is taught by practicing industry professionals who have earned their CEM designation and bring their real-life experience and years of industry knowledge and skills straight to you. Join the more than 3,700 CEMs worldwide who pave the path for industry communication, ideas, thought leadership, industry recognition and promotion.
The quickest way to register and save the dates for all the learning IAEE has in store for you is through the IAEE Events Calendar which lists upcoming events related to the various communities, CEM, webinars and chapter events.
Love is All Around
Enjoy the unique marketplaces created to bring buyers and sellers in a way that only IAEE can! Our premiere event, Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, has been dubbed “the show for shows” because it brings the industry’s top players together for two days of conducting business and networking that makes it THE PLACE TO BE. With 92 percent of qualified attendee buyers having purchasing power and more than 60 products and services on the show floor, Expo! Expo! creates connections made to last. In addition, IAEE works with preferred partners to provide members with customized discounts and resources.
There are no boundaries to the commitment IAEE is willing to give to its members. On this day that celebrates love and camaraderie, know that we are here for you: Every. Single. Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at IAEE!