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What Will Association Management Software Look Like in 5 Years?

Socious

Flying cars. Meals that spontaneously appeared after a machine was given an order. shower that dressed you. These are things I grew up expecting. They had been promised to me by the Jetsons , first, and then Back to the Future and all its sequels. Mobile Engagement Membership Management Software AMS Software

How Many Eggs in Your Basket?

Eric Lanke

I used this metaphor the other day when talking about all the things our association does. If our mission is the basket, I said, and the strategic objectives that we pursue in order to achieve that mission are the eggs, then we have six eggs in our basket. Described that way, that doesn't sound like a lot. What do I mean by that? Let me try to explain it this way. Here's the reality.

How to Motivate Around Mission

Associations Now

Roles at associations are in constant flux, which makes it harder for leaders to assign roles. Freeing staff and volunteers to express their own passions around the job can help. Confession: I don’t think Jim Collins’ bus metaphor is especially helpful. The idea is that you, as a leader, can’t implement your vision unless you’ve staffed appropriately for it. Share your experiences in the comments.

How NimbleUser Makes The Perfect Cup of Coffee

NimbleUser

A great team deserves great coffee and at NimbleUser we take great enjoyment in having some of the very best coffee around. Nimble AMS  is fueled by  Salesforce  and NimbleUser is fueled by great coffee We are often asked what is involved in making our coffee great. Here is how we do it. To us that means: Fresh and recently roasted. Ideally beans have been roasted in the last two weeks. Enjoy!

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Clearing up association chapter confusion

Aaron Wolowiec

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m a member of Public Relations Society of America , and I’m actively involved in the Central Michigan Chapter of PRSA. While I enjoy attending PRSA functions across the country – during which I can network and learn from colleagues – I more frequently attend chapter meetings and events. And so, for me, my chapter is of the utmost value. So what do you think?

Lessons Learned on the NimbleUser Playground

NimbleUser

What if I told you that you could have a chance to relive your elementary school recess days? Most of us would jump at that chance. (I’m speaking for the general population here -- not the people, like me, who spent their recess time doing cartwheels and picking dandelions while the other kids played real games.) Today, the NimbleUser team had that opportunity and fully embraced it. What can I say?

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Monday Buzz: Hybrid Theory

Associations Now

What your association needs to know about the hybrid membership model. Also: When event covenants falter. Not every member fits into a single category: That’s the simple reason why hybrid membership won’t go away. The biggest? What you need to know about your audience in building out a hybrid model. You want this thing to be a good fit.). Covenant Competition. Other Links of Note.

Treat Digital Like Real Property

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the Tanzen Consulting Blog. —— I am planning to sell a house soon. To prepare for the taxes that will need to be paid, my financial advisor told me I can deduct improvements from the cost basis when determining the capital gains on the property. Repairs and regular maintenance costs cannot be deducted. The same should happen with digital properties.

Guest Post: Bridging the Education-to-Employment Gap

MembersClick

The following blog post was written by Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CERO & Chief Strategist at Spark Consulting. It explains how associations are uniquely suited to bridging the growing education-to-employment gap. Check it out! association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (.But Only if There are Free Tacos)

NimbleUser

Last Thursday, members of the NimbleUser team and their families set their laptops and smartphones aside to enjoy a night out at a Rochester Red Wings baseball game. Not only did we get to enjoy a Red Wings win and some great fireworks, but we also got to hear our very own Peter Pirro, a project manager, belt out God Bless America during the seventh inning.   “When I talked with Kathryn about a night at the Red Wings for one of my singing gigs this year, I never thought we’d have a Nimble-sponsored night out. Everyone knows we love food… and free food -- even better!

Good News for People Who Hate Designing Emails

Associations Now

Email design remains a dark art for many developers more comfortable with the web, but recent changes to Gmail will likely make things a lot easier. You’ll still have to use tables to build your messages, though. Sorry.). generally try to reach association audiences with my pieces on this site, but nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog post that got a bunch of people talking outside of it.

Give Your Members Tiered Memberships

Membersuite

The power of choice. Everyone loves it, but not everyone has it. When was the last time someone forced you to get a specific ice cream flavor? Manicure color? What about your hair cut? For most people, they value the ability to choose for themselves. Why should their membership experience be any different? trend that is taking over the association space is tiered memberships. Tiered

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Get on the Stick for 2017 Sponsorships - Moery Company

The Moery Company

All right, gang. It’s time to get moving for 2017 sponsorship sales. Here’s our advice on how to kick it into gear: 1)      Begin selling 2017 opportunities right now  and develop your prospectus. The fact of the matter is your prospects are in the budget process now or very soon for 2017. Provide a right of first refusal. The single live event is a thing of the past. Sales Sponsorships

#TheGreatCakeRevoltOf2014

NimbleUser

On February 21st 2014, the Nimbleverse was brought to near destruction as one of the very cornerstones of NimbleUser was challenged. The very underpinnings of the organization were tested as many friends fought together to seek justice in the #TheGreatCakeRevoltOf2014. There's no telling just how it started, perhaps as many other revolts start, with an opposing idea. Chime in." All day, errday!"

Can Associations Thrive in a Crowded Marketplace?

Socious

When my family played Monopoly, whoever got those two blue properties (Park Place and Boardwalk) usually won. They dominated the real estate in the most powerful area of the board, so it was hard for anyone to take over their lead. Association Management Online Community Member Benefits Association Trends

Turn Your 'Over Eager' Online Community Members into Super Users

Higher Logic

Do you have one member -- or several -- whose engagement is off the charts? Every time the average member posts, one of your over eager member posts many more times, far outshining the runner up. It might seem overwhelming, but don’t fret -- you actually hit a goldmine. Congratulations -- you just found a super user. Do you have trolls or super-users? Redirect behavior. Give them a job.

Alright stop: collaborate + listen, part 4.

YourMembership Blog

Push notifications tied to mobile apps deliver instant updates + target association members. Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a four-part series looking at member engagement at associations and the importance of implementing a social networking platform equipped with the right tools to ensure early adoption and consistent engagement. That’s what we tasked ourselves to figure out.

#40BetterHours: The Art of Single Tasking

Beth Kanter's Blog

” This week, the Poynter Institute Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Ren LaForme joined forces to host a series called #40 Better Hours , a project to improve newsroom culture by looking at things that cause stress like workflow and communication and teaching journalist skills to combat information overload, part of a technology wellness routine. Single tasking – Do one thing at a time.

Volunteer Day: Northwest Harvest's Cherry Street Food Bank

NimbleUser

As somebody living right in the center of Seattle, surrounded by high-rise office buildings, various apartment complexes, hundreds of restaurant establishments, and just as many retail shopping stores, it’s sometimes hard to fathom that millions of people in the United States go hungry every single day. The Northwest Harvest is a 501(c)(3) based in Seattle, Washington. Corn, peas, carrots, etc.

7 Things Your Competitors Will Hate About Your Online Community

Socious

Has your competition gotten a little too close for comfort recently? Customer Communities Customer Retention Social Customer Service

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Have You Seen the IDC MarketScape Report on Online Communities?

Higher Logic

Online communities are all about getting relevant, ongoing conversations to customers quickly and easily. The community industry is quickly becoming a frontrunner for the customer experience, with an emphasis on the growing importance of communities for customer relationships, feedback, and support. IDC is an analyst firm that focuses on the high tech market (similar to Gartner and Forrester).

Talking About Values

Eric Lanke

I had a rare treat this week. It's actually something that should happen a lot more frequently than it does. But in the rush to get all the "work" done, it's often something that takes a back seat. I had a talk with a staff person about our organization's core values. As I found myself sitting across the table from her, a couple of realizations occurred to me. 1. Our values are ours.

How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Here's one simple thing you can do to get your emails to stand out. Volunteers personalization email emails

Guest blog: Beyond the RFP.

YourMembership Blog

Widen your AMC’s business development process. by Erin Fuller, FASAE, CAE, President | MCI USA Association Management & Consulting & Member | AMCI’s Board of Directors. The email came out of the blue, from a really strong association executive that I interviewed a few months back who wasn’t the right fit for the professional society leadership role I tried to fill. brought him in anyway to meet with other members of our team. I was so impressed that I wanted him front of mind for the next appropriate executive director position we filled. Clearly, the win number is important.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.23.16

Reid All About it

Let’s start with my desert hiking observations from last week in Sedona, AZ. suppose this might bore 96% of you. But if you’re hiking out west soon, you’ll appreciate these thoughts, I hope. Greet fellow hikers as you pass by. People hiking trails rated “strenuous” are usually much friendlier than people on trails rated “easy” or “moderate”—must be a camaraderie thing. Host: Abila.

Association Social Media Jobs

SocialFish

No Feeds Found. TIME IS RUNNING OUT! We have a special 20% discount for employers for a very limited time:  Please use SOCIALFISHVIP at checkout. The SocialFish job board is live! Will you please share this with your friends and colleagues and employer and anyone else you know who might be looking for a job or looking to hire? We photo credit ). Featured From the Trenches

How to Become a Lifelong Learner: 5 Tips

MembersClick

If there’s one thing we should all continue to do in life, it’s learn. In fact, Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Learning helps us become better professionals and people. Not sure how to become a lifelong learner - both personally and professionally?

For Leaders, Approval Starts With Awareness

Associations Now

Tonight’s presidential debate is a reminder that Americans are skeptical of a lot of institutions—including nonprofits. Proactively building awareness of what you do can help, even if you don’t have a debate stage. Tonight marks the first of three planned presidential debates. But I come here not to pre-game the debate, or pick a side. Why all the distaste for those groups?

You May be Doing Innovation: Introducing the Association Innovation Continuum

Smooth The Path

The magnitude of an innovation project doesn’t determine whether the project is innovative or not. Innovation is synonymous with big. So innovation also might be just as well be synonymous with risky, scary and the domain of only a privileged few. This is dangerous thinking for association executives, boards and staff alike. Innovation Type 1: Evolutionary. Innovation Type 2: Revolutionary.

Who Runs the World? Girls.

NimbleUser

“I just love bossy women. could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”    -Amy Poehler On Wednesday, a few Nimble women spent some time out of the office at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Summit in Rochester, NY. Here are some of our favorite takeaways: In order to lead you must go first.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Top 5 Fundraisers for Fall School Fundraising

SocialFish

I like this one, could give you ideas.  H/T from Booster. ——– Looking to make a mark this fall fundraising season? Choosing and planning fundraisers can be daunting, especially if you’re fundraising for a school and are already juggling numerous other initiatives and tasks. Check out the list below and share it with those you think might find it helpful! photo credit ).