[OSGeo-Conf] Invitation to hear your wisdom about FOSS4G 2015
peter at ebatty.com
Tue Sep 22 12:54:14 PDT 2015
The rush of late registrations is a perennial challenge - it was the same
in Denver back in 2011. It certainly adds to the stress for the organizing
team and makes it harder to plan certain things.
My suspicion is that most people who register at the last minute didn't
decide to go at the last minute, they just missed the early bird
registration and then figured there was no rush to register, and didn't get
round to doing it until relatively last minute.
One simple idea might just be to more actively encourage people to register
sooner rather than later (after they've missed the early bird deadline),
and let them know that this helps us to plan the event. A lot of people
probably just haven't thought about the fact that registering late makes it
harder for the organizers, and if you point that out to them (in email
blasts, social media, on the web site, etc), it might encourage more people
to register sooner.
On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good idea
> On 22 Sep 2015, at 12:58, b.j.kobben at utwente.nl wrote:
> Hi all,
> Seeing that workshops are usually popular, and place is actually limited,
> this seems to me an obvious candidate for getting people in early.
> Something like "discounted workshops if booking before date x", or
> "popular workshop y only available for early bookers"...
> Barend Köbben
> Senior Lecturer ITC-University of Twente
> PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)
> On 22-09-15 13:33, "till.adams at fossgis.de" <till.adams at fossgis.de> wrote:
> Hi Steven,
> your thoughts were exact ours ;-)
> The idea with the special benefit is the one that also came to my mind.
> We'll think about that - I think we are planning lots of
> side-activities, so thism ight be a suitable way.
> Regards, Till
> Am 2015-09-22 13:10, schrieb Steven Feldman:
> The challenge is to provide some real incentives for early
> registration - price seems the obvious one but it creates 2 problems
> either you discount price levels to such a low level that you might
> lose money on early bird delegates or you artificially increase the
> price of non early birds to create the differential and discourage
> late bookers. Neither is ideal.
> One lesson from both past FOSS4Gs and other events is not to extend
> the early bird deadline, this results in a loss of confidence in any
> limited offers and encourages the expectation that there will be
> further extensions so there is no need to book early. If an event
> needs to offer an incentive after the early bird has expired there
> several other ways to offer a similar (but slightly smaller discount)
> e.g. book for 2 or more delegates and get x% discount off second
> Maybe a better option is to offer some other benefits to early birds?
> Limited t-shirt? A free day of workshops? Privileged access to
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