ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIP INFO
Revised March 10, 2021.
First Published May 5 2020
Partner: No Cost
The Virtual Propane Expo (VPE) was created in early 2020 in response to the challenges that Coronavirus had placed on our industry. We launched our first show on April 29th, 2020, it was overwhelmingly successful and before we knew it, we did a “VPE Event” every month, from April thru October, in 2020.
- Nearly every Thursday in 2021
- nearly 300 virtual vendors (exhibitors) with interactive booths
- An active list of over 50 sponsors
- Nearly 80 presentations made to date
- A new virtualpropanestore.com where anyone can sell products and services with no money down
- 300% more sessions than 2020
- Available to host your virtual event needs
There was and still is no cost or hidden fees to propane marketers to virtually visit vendors or participate in any of the presentations.
As members of the VPE Advisory Board, we are proud to have been a part of this ground-breaking event attended by thousands of vendors and propane marketers. Feedback has been very positive.
We know that due to the Coronavirus some of you may have either cancelled or are considering cancelling your summer conferences.
Our 2020 ‘numbers’ were:
We welcome your participation in VPE 2021 activities, and would be pleased to have your association as an 2021 Association Partner.
There is no cost to your association.
The chart below summarizes what VPE provides to Association Partners in 2021:
|VPE will||Next Step||From you, VPE needs|
|Promote your association on the VPE website as an Association Partner||VPE will take care of this as soon as you confirm your wish be be an Association Partner||If VPE does not already have it, provide VPE with images, including logo and other graphics. We usually grab this from your website however if you have better image files, please provide them to VPE|
|Provide your association with a VPE background document for use and publication as you see fit||VPE provides this when your organization confirms its intent to be an VPE Association Partner||nothing further|
|Provide your association with a free VPE listing in the designated Association Section of the site (this differs from a VPE Virtual Booth, see below)||If your association not already on that page, VPE will set this up ASAP upon Association Partner acceptance by you||nothing further|
|Provide your association with a free VPE Virtual Booth in the online exhibit hall||If your association is not already a Virtual Booth Holder, Use the link on the site to get set up||nothing further|
|Identify your association on VPE communications to media, propane marketers and vendor communities||VPE will post your Association Partner status to Linkedin and Twitter immediately and will include you on any VPE direct outreach to industry. Association Partners have a permanent place on all VPE e-blasts||nothing further|
|Provide your association with the no-cost option to present at future VPE sessions on your choice of local or national topics, including local, state, regional or federal legislative or regulatory issues. Live or pre-recording presentations are welcome. Please, by all means, feel free to use your own educators and trainers||Please connect with VPE about the details of your desired presentation||Contact VPE to get the ball rolling on your presentation|
|Provide your association with image files related to VPE for your e-publications showing your association is a VPE Association Partner||VPE will send this to you as soon as you confirm your wish be be an Association Partner||nothing further|
|OPTIONAL – Host your association event using VPE – Any Association Partner can have their virtual event hosted with VPE||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org||Ask us how this works: no obligation. email@example.com|
In return, VPE asks that your association do only 2 (two) of the following 5 (five):
- Inform your propane community of VPE via your e-blasts and publications. VPE will provide current info to you.
- Add the link to VPE – www.virtualpropaneexpo.com – to your association website
- Add the link – www.virtual propaneexpo.com – to your association outgoing email signatures
- Provide VPE a space in your association’s regular e-publications for VPE logo and its URL.
- Provide VPE with a written testimonial (a sentence or two) that VPE will use on the site and in its promotion of VPE.
The 5 items above are suggestions however please let us know if you have other means by which to increase VPE exposure and participation. We are open to your suggestions.
This is an opportunity to provide value and continuity of communications to and with your association members. This provides an easy-to-access forum for your members to engage with marketers as well as vendors about topics including new technologies, propane liability issues, safety, training, supply and compliance challenges that so many of your members deal with on a daily basis.
In 2020 VPE “session days” ran once a month from April thru October. In 2021, VPE Session Days will be offered Thursdays provided VPE has content for presentation. These began on March 4, 2021 and VPE would love to have you participate in 2021.
Please note that your association is welcome to be listed for free even if you choose not to become a VPE Association Partner. Any association with retail propane marketers will be listed in the Associations Section of the site.
If you will join us as a VPE Partner, simply reply in the affirmative, and we will get started, or reach out to us for additional information.
Bill Stomp, President, VirtualPropaneExpo.com
Shane Sweet – VPE Advisory Board, shane.sweet@shanesweetLLC.org, 802-558-6101
Mike DiGiorgio – VPE Advisory Board
Mary-Rachel (M.R.) Keyser, VPE Development Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org