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In the April 13, 2011 issue
RCMA Unveils Logo for 40th Conference
Meet RCMA's New Board Members
How to Use Social Media to Drive Attendance at Religious Meetings
Bedbugs: 7 Things You Need to Know
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RCMA Unveils Logo for 40th Conference

The first step in planning any large annual religious conference is to choose a theme, then an identity to go with it. “Dare to Dream” is the theme for the Religious Conference Management Association’s 40th World Conference & Expo, which will be held January 24-27, 2012 in Kansas City, Mo. The 2012 conference logo is unveiled here first!

And if you happened to miss our online photo gallery from the 39th annual conference in Tampa, click here.

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Meet RCMA's New Board Members

RCMA announced four new board members at its 39th World Conference & Expo in Tampa in January, when they began serving a three-year term. Find out who they are and why they are a part of RCMA.

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How to Use Social Media to Drive Attendance at Religious Meetings

Social media may be what everyone’s talking about these days, but do you know how to put it to work for your religious conferences? Religious Conference Manager, part of the MeetingsNet group of magazines and Web sites, found some folks who can show you the way: Lara McCulloch-Carter, Julius Solaris, and Kate Slonaker. This Thursday, at 2 p.m. EDT, they’ll be sharing their knowledge, tips, and practical advice in a can’t-miss free webinar.

McCulloch-Carter, founder and chief brand storyteller of the consulting firm READY2SPARK, and founder of the thriving Twitter community #eventprofs, will provide an overview of social media’s role in marketing for today’s events. Event Manager Blog Editor Solaris, who founded one of the largest meeting planner groups on LinkedIn, will explain strategies such as using social pay-per-click and leveraging conference content providers on social networks to amp up your messaging. For those who want to brush up on the nuts and bolts, Slonaker, who is director of marketing with Cvent Inc., will show how to create Twitter hashtags, LinkedIn groups, and Facebook event pages, and how to hook those social media efforts into your event Web site and registration systems. There will be ample time for Q&A, so bring your questions (or e-mail them ahead of time to webinar facilitator and MeetingsNet editor Sue Pelletier.)

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MeetingsNet and Cvent are presenting a panel of social media experts in the event planning community to help you navigate Event Marketing 2.0 Be sure we answer your question by posing it when you register—it’s free! Register Now!

Bedbugs: 7 Things You Need to Know

Yuck, right? Unfortunately, bedbugs can’t be ignored. And with hotels on the front lines of the bedbug battle, here’s what meeting planners need to know to educate their attendees and help their hotel partners squash the problem.

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