I had realistic expectations for meeting attendance both on site and virtual. The people that stopped by the booth, or interacted online, were quality attendees that made it worth my time.
Great attendance all things considered.
Overall attendance met our expectations considering COVID and a hybrid format.
Virtual was bad but worse than expected.
Attendance on Thursday was low but picked up later in the meeting.
There were over 900 registered attendees. Unfortunately, because the FPMA offers free registration to their members, the number of attendees that actually show up is much lower than the registration number. There is no consequence for registering and not actually attending, other than missing the credits of course.
Attendance at Podiatry meetings has dwindled in recent years. Nowhere near what it used to be. They need to incentivize docs to attend. Either by offering more credits they cannot get online, financially insentience them, or make attendance mandatory for certain state meetings. The ROI for vendors is not there for a majority of meetings, thus less exhibitors each year. The Midwest conference is a prime example.