Panel Discussion on Emerging Markets

Contributed by: Tennessee

Description of program: The chapter hosted a panel discussion on emerging markets with three photographers who made major shifts in the marketing and content of their photography.

How many people were needed to produce the meeting, and what were their tasks?
2 people: one person making contact with the panel participants, and one person buying and setting up on-site food and refreshments. One of those confirming venue as well.

Describe the type of location needed for the meeting.
Needed a venue with ample seating already in place. A small stadium seating room worked well for this. Ample parking, reasonably centralized in town for attendees’ convenience.

Break down the costs associated with putting on this type of meeting.
Food and refreshments, based on estimated attendance. All promotion for the meeting was done through website, blog, and email.

Describe the attendance and the fee structure used for this meeting.
Upwards of 40 attendees. Do not recall fee, most likely free. Meeting used more as an inspirational meeting than formal seminar.

What was done to market or publicize the meeting?
Chapter website, chapter news blog, and emails.

Was this a public meeting or a chapter only meeting?

Is there anything else we should know about this meeting and why it was so successful?
Our most successful meetings have been primarily single speakers or panel discussions that help members and other photographers inspire goals and further ideas to better their craft and business.

We have also had successful attendance with software training meetings. Mainly Lightroom with its universal acceptance as a fee-based meeting. At least three LR meetings so far, two presented by members with extensive LR knowledge and one presented by Adam Pratt from Adobe.

Also have noticed positive comments from members about meetings that are mainly for members to have a low key gathering that isn’t demanding of them. Just an opportunity to mix and mingle, share stories and experiences, camaraderie and commiserating.