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How to Plan an Effective Summer Missions Trip for Your Youth Group

Top 8 Tips for Planning Mission Trips

 

Mission trips are a fantastic way that your church can engage with the youth, and make a real difference in a community. Whether you're renovating old homes, volunteering at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, or spreading the Word of God anywhere else, a summer mission trip can be truly life-changing for a teenager.

Youth groups love the opportunity to connect, bond, and fellowship with each other during a week-long missions trip. Friendships and relationships can deepen, and so does the spiritual connection with the Lord.

But if you're a newer youth pastor, or just getting started with summer missions trips, the whole process can be very intimidating. So here are some of our best tips for planning an effective summer missions trip for your youth group.

 

Date - Top 8 Tips for Planning Mission Trips

1. Start by Thinking About the Trip Date

You should start planning your trip 12-15 months in advance. Yes, seriously! You can certainly start planning a trip later than this, but the dates of your trip are very important.

You want to make sure that you choose trip dates that allow everyone to come on the trip, if they want - and because your youth group probably goes to a variety of different schools, this can be quite difficult.

You'll also have to work around summer family vacations. So start by announcing a prospective date well in advance - and then get feedback from youth group families, to learn if you should shift or adjust your trip date.

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8 Extremely Effective Tips for Marketing Your Next Conference or Trade Show

Top 8 Trade Show Marketing Tips

 

If you're an event manager, and you're responsible for the marketing and promotion of a conference or trade show, it can be hard to know where to begin. Many trade shows and conferences are very industry-specific, so gauging the best methods of marketing is often quite a challenge.

In this article, we'll take a look at 8 extremely effective ways you can market your next conference or trade show.

 

Rewards - Top 8 Trade Show Marketing Tips

1. Reward Returning Attendees

This is one of the best ways to ensure that you start strong when marketing an event like a conference or trade show. If someone has attended your show in the past, chances are that they're going to be very interested in returning - especially if you give them additional benefits and bonuses.

Using an email newsletter, traditional direct mailers, or SMS marketing from DialMyCalls, you can reach out to attendees that came to your show last year, and offer them special promotions and offers that will make them more likely to purchase a ticket.

You could offer them significant discounts on a ticket, for example, or a special "meet and greet" session with an industry luminary who is speaking at your conference. You could even offer a special keynote or workshop that's available only to those who have attended your conference before - your options are limitless!

 

Early Bird Tickets - Top 8 Trade Show Marketing Tips

2. Sell "Early Bird" Tickets

You want to make sure you start selling tickets as soon as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is with early bird pricing. Offering a reasonable discount for folks who buy their tickets early is a great way to make them take action! Once they see that prices will go up if they wait, they're sure to want to attend.

You can also consider offering discounts to large groups from a single company. This will encourage more attendees, and a better overall turnout.

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The 5 Best Ways to Improve Employee Morale in Your Small Business

Top 5 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

 

If you're a small business owner, you probably care for your employees quite a bit. And if recently, things have seemed a little bit dour at the office due to a looming deadline, or a general sense of low morale, you may be looking for ways to make your employees feel better.

Improving employee morale is a great idea. It's not just a good way to make sure that your employees feel valued and useful - it can have a positive impact on your business!

In fact, a workplace culture that emphasizes employee engagement and positivity reduces turnover rates, increases profitability, and makes employees feel more loyal to your company.

Not sure where to start when it comes to improving employee morale at your small business? In this guide, DialMyCalls will take a look at a few simple things you can do to make your employees feel more valued, and boost employee morale and engagement.

 

Employee Hotline - Top 5 Ways to Improve Employee Morale

1. Set up an Employee Feedback Hotline

We all like to think that we have "open door policies", and that employees can talk to us about anything. But this is not always true. Employees may feel intimidated by discussing their problems with work in-person, or may not give you honest feedback in a one-on-one situation.

This is where an employee feedback hotline is valuable. Using DialMyCalls, it's easy to set up an employee hotline.

With an anonymous employee feedback hotline, you will be able to get truly valuable, honest input about how you've been running your business. Maybe you have a manager who has been underperforming, and making your employees feel bad. Perhaps you have been pushing your employees too hard.

Whatever it may be, your workers will feel like they're able to truly open up and tell you the truth if you provide them with an anonymous hotline, where they can speak without fear of repercussions.

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Top 9 Best Business Apps for Internal Communication

Top 9 Best Business Communication Apps
 

For businesses, communication is key. To reach your organizational goals effectively, it's important that everyone involved can communicate with one another. The internet, and especially the rise of mobile, has made communication more instant and more effective than ever before. Today, web and smartphone apps can supercharge your company’s internal communications, helping streamline your efforts to improve efficiency, productivity, and ultimately, your bottom line.

Versatile Options for Communication

Instead of relying on a company intranet, organizations can take advantage of a variety of programs designed for business communication. There are apps available for instant messaging, email-style message threads, and even sending out notifications via SMS text message or phone call. By leveraging more than one available app, businesses can streamline and enhance internal communications for better team cohesion and improved productivity.

Business Apps for Internal Communication

These nine business communication apps, available on mobile devices and desktop computers, provide a reliable and versatile way for employees to communicate effectively with one another:

 

Slack - Top Business Communication Apps

1) Slack

Slack has quickly become one of the most popular project management and collaboration tools, especially for companies with remote workers. This cloud-based team communication app actually originated as an internal communication tool for a small game development company. Launched in 2013, it's now one of the most popular ways for internal teams to collaborate. Slack features chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging. Files, groups, and members are all completely searchable, making it easy to pull up previous conversations. It's available for web, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. [slack.com]

 

HipChat - Top Business Communication Apps

2) HipChat

HipChat is another popular team communication app, accessible from web or mobile anywhere in the world. It's available in a freemium version, but there's also an inexpensive paid version that adds extra features. Designed to integrate with Google Drive, Facebook, Dropbox, and other popular software, it's a versatile and affordable option that's a great choice for small businesses. [hipchat.com]

 

Basecamp - Top Business Communication Apps

3) Basecamp

Basecamp bridges the gap between staff and clients. It's designed to make it easy for people in different departments within a company to share files and collaborate on projects. By consolidating internal communications, project management, and client relations in one place, it provides an efficient and streamlined solution for managing a variety of internal communication and collaboration needs. Basecamp's discussion boards eliminate the need for complex, hard-to-navigate email chains by consolidating discussion about a subject in one place. It also manages tasks and to-do lists for staff members. [basecamp.com]

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Top 7 Ways Event Promoters Can Sell More Tickets

Top Event Promotion Tips
 

Event promoters have a tough job. Whether you're promoting a concert at an enormous venue, or simply trying to bring in more people for a special event at a bar or nightclub, it can be tough to sell as many tickets as you need to - and turn a profit.

Below are 7 valuable tips that will help you promote your next event:

 

Early Sales - Top Event Promotion Tips

1. Start Selling Tickets Early

Do you want to know the #1 thing that will stop someone from going to an event they're interested in? If they see an announcement about your event, go to your website, and find out they can't buy tickets yet!

A customer who wants to buy a ticket - but can't - may become frustrated, and then never come to your event. Alternatively, they might try to remember your event and get a ticket when it goes on sale - but they could forget, and fail to purchase their ticket in time.

Either way, this results in a lost sale. So you should start selling tickets early - ideally, as soon as you announce your event. You can even offer discounts and special promotions to customers who pre-purchase tickets - "early-bird" specials are always popular among event-goers.

 

Group Discounts - Top Event Promotion Tips

2. Offer Group Discounts

Most people don't go to concerts, events, or shows alone. So take advantage of this! You can raise the prices of individual ticket slightly, but offer group discounts.

You could offer discounts based on the size of the group. For example, maybe a group of 4 is eligible for a 10% discount on every ticket - while a group of 10 or more can get a 25% discount.

Group discounts are super helpful for marketing your event. Money-conscious consumers will try to recruit their friends and family to come to your event so that they can save money - that's the best "word-of-mouth" marketing that money can buy!

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5 Safety Tips to Prepare Your School for Winter Weather

Winter Weather Safety Tips
 

Halloween has passed which is the official sign that winter weather is impending. For school boards and administrators this means getting their schools ready for cold air, icy walkways and all of the other issues that come with the onset of winter. Start getting your schools ready now, before that temperature starts getting dangerously close to freezing.

1. HVAC Maintenance

Don't wait for the boiler to break down in January, schedule an appointment with your HVAC company now. A broken heater in January can shut your school down for a week. The HVAC tech will look over the entire heating system, change any filters and make sure that it is ready to handle the coming cold and keep the kids in school.

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