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4 Tips for Increasing Attendance at Resident Events

4 Tips for Increasing Attendance at Resident Events
You spend weeks planning a great resident event at your apartment community. Then, the big day arrives, and attendance is less than stellar. Have you ever been in this situation? Don’t despair! Here are 4 tips for increasing attendance at your next resident event.  Give Residents What They WantYou can plan the best football watching party in history. But if your residents don’t like football, no one will show up. Find out what types of events your residents are interested in attending by sending out a quick survey. Recruit a CommitteeRather than planning and executing the event on your own, recruit a committee of volunteers to help. Residents who are involved in planning the event will be more committed to making the event a success – including recruiting their neighbors to attend! Promote, Promote, PromoteNo one will attend your event if they don’t know it’s happening! So be sure to promote your event to your residents through a variety of different channels. Here are some ideas: Send out an email to residents Include information about your event in your monthly newsletter Hang signs in the elevators, fitness center, mail room and other common areas Post on your social media channels Add information about your event to your online resident portal Ask for FeedbackAsk residents who do attend your events for feedback. What did they enjoy? What could use some work? Then, use that feedback to put together a plan of action for your next event. What other tips do you have for increasing attendance at your resident ......
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4 Must-Haves for a Resident Football Party

4 Must-Haves for a Resident Football Party

Autumn brings crunchy leaves, cooler temperatures and…football season! Thinking about hosting a football watching party at your apartment community this fall? It's a great way for your residents to meet their neighbors while cheering on their favorite college or professional team. Be sure to incorporate these four must-have elements for a successful event.

1. A TV
You can’t watch the game without a TV. The larger the screen, the better! Don't have a big screen TV on site? You can usually rent one. 

2. Food and Drinks
Food and football go together like peanut butter and jelly. So be sure to provide enough food to go around. On a tight budget? Have a potluck and encourage your residents to bring a snack, side or dessert to supplement the food you plan to provide. Add a competitive element by holding a chili cook-off, where residents bring their favorite chili recipes and other residents vote for the best.

3. Seating
Ask guests to RSVP in advance so you know how many chairs to set up. Keep in mind that some folks will prefer to stand. And of course, make sure everyone has a visible view of the TV!

4. Team Spirit
Encourage some friendly competition among your residents by asking them to wear their favorite team’s colors. Up the competition even more by setting up games at your party, such as bags (also known as cornhole in some parts of the country), for your residents to play during half-time. 

What other must-haves would you add to this list?

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Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement

Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement
The holidays are here, and it’s time to enjoy the season and spend some time engaging with your residents. This time of year is perfect for planning a festive party or offering a little token of your appreciation to your residents. Despite the sound of it, you don’t have to spend a lot to help your community celebrate the holidays – a small investment can go a long way with these fun holiday ideas!   Cookie Exchange. Invite your residents to make sweet treats to share with one another. Consider providing bags or cookie tins so that each participant can take a few of their neighbors’ treats home to enjoy during the holidays.   Craft Night. Provide a ‘how-to’ event for creating festive holiday decor like wreaths or making handmade gifts like Cookies in a Jar. It’s not necessary for you to provide the materials – just be sure to send out a list to participants in advance so they have time to gather the necessary items!   Charity. The holidays are a time for giving back, so consider making a charitable donation on behalf of your residents or asking them to participate in a food or clothing drive. Not only is this a great way to help out those in need, but it also builds a sense of community among your residents.   Potluck Dinner. Invite your residents to bring their favorite holiday dish to share, and make the event fun by having music and a festively-decorated clubhouse to celebrate in. This is a g......
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