Attendance tracking in ACT! 2008

We are a Chamber of Commerce and want to track attendance for our various events.  We use ACT!2008 to maintain our membership rolls.  Need to be able to do look-ups based on attendance criteria.  Tried to create and use subgroups for each event, but was unable to search contact info based on multiple subgroups.  Any suggestions.
mpowell3600Asked:
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Mike LazarusConnect With a Mentor Act! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
While you can use Edit | Replace to enter data for multiple contacts, it only replaces, doesn't append

The two options I can think of are:

1. Upgrade to ACT! 2011 and use Sales Opportunities. Sales Ops in 2010/2011 allow you to associate with multiple contacts/groups/companies. You can then lookup contacts based on the associated Opportunities. You can also link activities/notes/histories/documents to the Opportunity... so it can be part of you planning and collection of content.

2. Stay with ACT! 2008, use Groups and there are a few add-ons that allow you to lookup contacts in multiple groups. One is:
http://www.crmaddon.com/en/products/act/group-it/highlights/
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
How many events likely for a contact?

A multi-select dropdown for a char field might be an option?

Also, for future reference, there is an ACT Zone here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Contact_Management/ACT/
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mpowell3600Author Commented:
We have 3 differenct events held on a monhtly basis, 4 major events and a number of random events.  Could be 50 possible choices.  I was using a separte dropdown character for each type of event.  Looking for a better way.  If we have 75 attendees for an event, is their a better way than doing  look up for each member individually to edit thier dropdown?  Someway to use a group or some lookup method to do a mass update for everyone attending?
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