Adding Content to TVPPA Conferences
Thank you, first, for considering how you may enhance the education, experience and overall knowledge sharing at a TVPPA Conference. It has been our goal to provide the most cost effective and educational event for attendees and, through the assistance of sponsors and conference speakers, we’re able to.
Listed below are methods we’re hoping to include in each and every TVPPA Conference. We’re providing some simple details and templates to get you started. Beyond that, be creative and enjoy the process! If at any time you need assistance or additional guidance from us, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Daugherty at TDaugherty@tvppa.com or by phone at (423) 490-7930.
White Papers come in a variety of formats but are generally one to ten pages (usually on the lesser side) and are case studies, explanations of new technologies, research results or other informative examples. They should not be a sales piece but are often used by companies to develop leads in their sales stream.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn… the list goes on. Everyone is doing one or more of them which means there’s an opportunity to reach them outside of the two or three day conference!
TVPPA has created hashtags for each event (listed below and also within our conference materials) that you can use to tie your messages to a specific event.
BEFORE, DURING, AFTER
No longer are you limited to interfacing just during the event. For speakers, this is an opportunity to engage your audience ahead of time and potentially gain some insight into their existing knowledge, information gaps or challenges you can include in your presentation. For sponsors, this is a great time to pre-position thoughts and information so you can elaborate on it during the event. And it doesn’t stop there — in either case, you are subject matter experts. New information happens over time and what a great tool for updating people.
Think outside the box, here, and leverage systems that people are actively engaged in both for their personal and professional lives.
Here are a list of hashtags for each TVPPA event:
Utility Purchasing and Materials Management Conference
TVPPA’s Annual Conference
#TVPPAAnnual and #TVPPA71st
(71st for 2017 and so on)
Engineering and Operations Conference
Utility Safety and Security Conference
#TVPPASafety and #TVPPASecurity
Accounting and Finance Conference
Customer Service and Communications Conference
Human Resource Management Conference
Poster Sessions are a growing trend in conferences. They’ve been around for many years but not as prevalent in our industry. For 2016, TVPPA is including Poster Sessions at each conference. We’ll also take one or two from each event and showcase them during the 71st Annual Conference in 2017! That’s added exposure and helps utility general managers and board members see what key staff have been seeing throughout the year.
Much like White Papers (and can also be developed from them), Posters are something a bit more graphical and something a person can glean information from in a very short amount of time. Where White Papers may be more text heavy, Posters are more graphical and visually interesting — all while conveying the same sort of information. Here again, case studies, new technology, processes or other topics are viable subjects.
For speakers, this is an opportunity to convey your presentation or a component there of in a digestible way. The Posters will be on display during the entire event so there’s a good chance attendees will see it before your presentation.
For sponsors, this is a great way to educate people on key components of your products or services to help them better understand. Using a case study, here, is a great way to show how people are leveraging you to solve problems.
There’s no cost to have a Poster but you’ll need to put the information together. TVPPA may be able to assist depending on time and available assets. We’ll print the Poster and have it on display for you during the entire conference.