When you begin thinking about how you want to organize your next conference, it’s important to consider how you are going to attract a variety of attendee demographics. One easy way to start is by curating varying educational tracks that could interest a range of professionals to your event.
While these will vary depending on your industry, we’ve highlighted four types of educational tracks that will help you cover your bases for attracting both veteran and newcomer attendees alike!
1. Technology Track
Every year, new technology is released and existing technology is updated. This means that your potential attendees could be looking to your conference as a way to be kept in the loop, especially when it comes to learning how to integrate these new technologies into their everyday work life.
While you can focus on this track in a variety of ways, we recommend requesting topics on:
- The basics on any popular technology used in your field (like event management software)
- Digital marketing best practices (there are TONS)
- Ways attendees can use technology to be more productive
You might even consider breaking from the norm and offering sessions that help attendees identify how to best integrate technology into their day — when to use it to their advantage vs. when to put it away.
2. Leadership / Culture Track
Whether you’re a new leader or a seasoned pro, it’s important to keep up-to-date on the best ways to engage with your employees and volunteers. Typically these tracks have a heavy HR presence and focus on current trends in:
- Volunteer management (including acquisition, engagement, and retention)
- Learning current hiring expectations in the field
- Adding energy to their office culture
It will be to your conference’s benefit if you also include a session outlining some tried-and-true tips from experienced CEOs and leaders in your industry. Who doesn’t love hearing some real-world truths?
3. Professional Development Track
Across the board, every professional has a skill they can improve. This makes a professional development track a must for your conference, as it will allow you to highlight some of the soft and hard skills that can really boost your attendees’ resume and everyday workflow.
You will usually find these sessions describe how to:
- Become a more proficient worker in organizing your time
- Become better at dealing with difficult people
- Figure out your next career move
Generally, these sessions allow for your attendee to take a second away from thinking “what’s best for my company?” and instead think about “what’s best for me?”
4. Customer Experience Track
Expectations for a great customer experience are getting higher and higher. By establishing customer experience track, you’ll be able to cover topics like:
- The ideal attendee surveys for the best feedback
- What’s hot and what’s not for your industry
- Engaging with your audience in meaningful ways
As your industry grows, so will the need for varying sessions, so start considering the growing pain and passion points in your field to see what your attendees want to see more of in the coming years.
Varying (and enticing) educational tracks will certainly help give your event a great selling point, but there are tons of ways to effectively promote an event. Check out some top tips in our free guide, Event Marketing: Promotional Tactics to Amplify Attendance!