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The Myth of the Best Place To Work


This post was originally published on Okay, I know some of you reading this probably won a “best place to work” award, and are quite proud of it. I get it. Your people filled out the survey and it scored really “well” and that’s something to be proud of. If it weren’t aligned, they wouldn’t be so happy, and you wouldn’t be a “best place to work.”. But here’s the problem.

Questioning the Folk Theories of Association Membership

Associations Now

We all know the core fundamentals of how membership works in associations—or do we? Take a moment to consider how these bits of conventional wisdom may be off the mark. On two separate occasions last week, I found myself rethinking the same line of conventional wisdom—namely, that transparency in organizations is a universal good. The same problem can happen in government. What do you think?

Six Reasons to be Excited for the 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum

Higher Logic

We are so excited for Super Forum - this year it’s November 14 and 15. Since this is our seventh one, we have big things in store -- you won’t want to miss out! Here are just a few things I’m personally excited for: Results Driven theme. This year is all about getting results -- for your team, your organization, and your community members. Get ready to take a lot of notes. New location. Networking.

Easy equality: 8 small steps to support women at work

YourMembership Blog

You don’t have to join an advocacy group or attend a protest march to support women in your workplace. Here are small actions anyone can take to chip away at cultures and habits that prevent women from contributing fully to their organizations’ success. In my job creating partnerships between my employer and other organizations, I […]. Industry News + Trends Thought Leaders

Why It May Be Time to Ditch Your Association’s Event Tools for Your AMS Software


I have Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix along with subscriptions to several premium cable channels. watch a lot of TV, and I enjoy it. My mother, on the other hand, thinks I’m crazy. Every time she visits she ends up toggling between systems and exclaiming at how much money I’m spending on different subscriptions that often offer the same shows. Then she gets mixed up.

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3 Engagement Strategies Drive Growth

Potomac Core

Global economic challenges from modest growth to market uncertainty continue to drive changes on how Trade Associations deliver value. In several instances, CEOs are collaborating with their boards and management teams to transform their organizations into strategic partners. What is clear is that 3 Engagement Strategies Drive Growth. Strategic Member Engagement. Actionable Data. Market Focus.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.21.16

Reid All About it

If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the association community, I’ve got one for you. Tagoras , a consulting and education firm specializing in the market for lifelong learning, invites you to participate in a survey that will help our community better understand how membership organizations use or don’t use social technologies to deliver learning. Here’s another link to the survey.

Why Associations Should Have Interns—and Pay Them

Associations Now

Many interns around the country—and right here in Washington, DC—are working for “the experience” rather than paychecks. Here’s a case for having association interns and compensating them for their work. About a decade ago, I was having the time of my life as an intern at an interior design magazine in London. But instead of getting paid to work, I was actually paying to work.

10 Mandatory Membership Fields to Track in Your Database

Wild Apricot Blog

It’s important to keep track of the right member information, because you can analyze it to develop growth, retention, or engagement strategies for your organization. From our experience, here are the 10 mandatory membership fields to track. form registration application strategy membership fields

[Cool Infographic Friday] Snapchat 101: What You Need to Know


Tip o’ the hat to MDG Advertising  for this one. Infographic by MDG Advertising. photo credit ). Content Strategy Cool Infographic Friday Cool Social Tools Industry Insider

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6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems


How many times have you heard someone say that they want to make a difference? Nurses, doctors, teachers, charity workers, and professionals from all generations long to love their work and make a difference in other people’s lives. It’s one of the most pervasive aspirations in our society, and its one that many people struggle to fulfill. That brings us to the topic of you. How lucky are you?

Three Ways to Cut Through the Noise During an Election Year

Beekeeper Group

During a normal election year, it is a challenge to cut through the competing voices and reach decision makers, and we all know that 2016 is no normal election year. This year, the din of the twenty-four hour news cycle covering the candidates, campaigns and debates ahead of November 8 is unprecedented. We disagree with that assessment. Connecting constituents and decision makers.

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For Marketing Association, Name Change Highlights Data

Associations Now

DMA’s new name recognizes data as the “fuel” of the marketing industry, says its CEO, previewing the Data Marketing Association’s rebranding in advance of its 100th anniversary next year. The Direct Marketing Association will remain DMA, but it’s dropping “direct” and putting “data” front and center. Why is data so important?

The One Simple Thing That Nonprofit Leaders Do To Keep Inspired and Avoid Burnout

Beth Kanter's Blog

Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. Yesterday, I honored to fill in as MC and interviewer for Darian Rodriguez Heyman at the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters  event.   (Darian was welcoming his first child, a boy, into the world!). ” While their answers and anecdotes were different, one simple technique or theme came across:   “Stay connected to the source of your work.”

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Attention all business book enthusiasts!


Do you love to read? I do!  I read an absolute ton in airplanes and during the summer at the pool… yes, that’s basically when I find the time. also have a big pile of books on my desk that I want to get to (Sound familiar? know you do too!)… … It’s so hard to find the time when we’re always so busy with work and other things. Enter summarizes

Why Associations Need to Take Back Control of Their Websites Today (And How to Do It)


Try to count how many websites you visited yesterday. Or even today – just this morning. Do you know? Or have you already lost count? Member Benefits Marketing Strategy Association Management Services Membership Management Software

MC Talks, Halloween Edition: 3 Horror Stories for Association Pros


Halloween is right around the corner, and with that comes scary movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, and other creepy traditions. But you know what’s really creepy? The horror stories that aren’t made up! And some of those, association professionals know all too well.

Attract Smaller Companies and Startups to Your Tradeshows

Associations Now

Could exhibiting costs be keeping smaller companies and startups from your tradeshow? Some thoughts on wooing these exhibitors, who may offer ideas and innovations that your members need to be successful long term. After all, tradeshows are a huge source of nondues revenue. percent of nondues revenue at trade associations, while professional organizations receive 7.8 percent from booth fees.

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We’ve Moved!

Jamie Notter

Just wanted to make sure that if you've found your way to my blog here that you realize I now do all my blogging over on the WorkXO blog. I'm keeping this blog here because it obviously has all the posts I've written, even back to when it was the "Get Me Jamie Notter" blog, dating back to 2005! But make sure you head over to the Culture Chat blog on WorkXO and stay up to date with my current writing (as well as posts from my partners, Charlie Judy and Maddie Grant!). Announcements


How to Promote Your Blog: 5 Tools to Improve Rankings of Your Old Content


To keep your blog growing, you add more and more content doing your best to market everything you write. It’s a long and challenging process and it’s well worth going through. But while doing that, you may be missing a low-hanging fruit, something that may boost your blog traffic considerably over time, that is go back and optimize your old content. It all starts with keywords.

How to Rock Marketing Automation


Many organizations are asking how to  prepare for and rock marketing automation. Change is hard, take it from me. have historically owned a stockpile of jeans that I couldn’t bear the thought of getting rid of. What if I needed that one pair back in the closet? Well adopting new technology requires accepting change and rolling with it. Ready to get started? Gain adoption with staff. Sniff.

Association Professionals: Don’t Forget Your Baby Boomer Members!


Everywhere you look, it seems like there’s a new article explaining how to engage Millennial members. And now, articles are starting to pop up explaining how to engage Generation Z members. But while both of those are important, it’s also important that you don’t forget your Baby Boomer members. Not sure how to engage your Baby Boomer members? Allow us to help.

Looking Forward: American Express Forecasts 2017 Meeting Trends

Associations Now

The latest edition of an annual American Express report, predicting meeting trends for 2017, suggests that tradeshows and conferences in North America will see a decline in growth, with smaller events taking their place. According to new research from American Express, next year could be the year of the slimmer, more focused meeting. Also notable is the increased interest in security.

What If Attendees Remember Nothing From Your Event?

Velvet Chainsaw

Yes, what if they remember nothing from your event? Meetings are often so overloaded with material that learning may be hurt more than it’s enhanced,” says Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings. Read her article for seven ways to boost learning.). What’s worse than remembering nothing from the event? If attendees learned something and can’t apply it. No learning.

Moery Sponsors WCGA Event, Leeman Serves as Chair - Moery Company

The Moery Company

The Moery Company was a sponsor of the recent Women’s Congressional Golf Association’s  (WCGA) fall outing at Bryce Resort, which was chaired by our own Patty Leeman, MBA, CAE, Chief Analyst. Attendees included Capitol Hill staffers and trade association executives. The event was also recently highlighted in Politico Influence. Way to go, Patty (pictured on the far right)! Events


Digital Marketing Design Lookbook 2016


Let’s be honest. Looks matter. They certainly aren’t everything but they sure do encourage people to look further. There’s a reason wines with cool labels sell more or books with intriguing covers get picked up. The same applies to your email design. well designed email stands out and encourages your audience to take action. Your We’ve got you covered. Associations eBook

Your Association and Crowdsourcing: A Perfect Match?


The concept of crowdsourcing has always fascinated me - and I don’t just mean in terms of money. See, I like taking pictures (of places, restaurants, food, etc.), and I LOVE when companies/organizations share my content. In fact, I TRY to take good pictures so that companies WILL share it. But think about that for second. When a company shares my picture (via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.),

AARP Opens Tech Lab to Foster Innovation

Associations Now

AARP has teamed up with the University of Illinois to open a lab to develop new technologies to improve quality of life for the 50-plus population. To drive innovation in technologies that can benefit people as they age, AARP and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) have joined forces. AARP’s social mission involves enhancing people’s quality of life as they age.

Embracing Otherness for Conference Uniqueness [Webinar]

Velvet Chainsaw

Think about the last time you approached a stranger and asked if you could help them? Now ask yourself; Did that person look like me? Robert Putnam , Harvard Political Scientist claims that when most of us are faced with diversity, we retreat and close our doors. As a species we are attracted to sameness and reject otherness. Honoring Uniqueness. Radical Hospitality. Shift Happens.

Association Labs – Episode 58: Engaging Millennials with Great Culture - Moery Company

The Moery Company

So, what is organizational culture and will yours attract Millennials flooding into the workplace? Host JP Moery welcomes guest Jamie Notter, a founding partner at WorkXO where he helps leaders drive growth through cultural alignment. Notter discusses how organizations should develop or shift their culture to engage and support the success of this next generation of professionals.  Podcast

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Associations Are Lagging Behind, Is It Because We Are Not Playing Enough?

Smooth The Path

Most professionals are missing out on play. We equate play with kids. For us play is not serious enough. We tend to think of our outside-of work-activities as exercise, hobbies, competing or relaxing. We tend not to engage in play and certainly we don’t engage in play at work. If work was fun we would have to pay to get in, I’ve heard people say. appeared first on Smooth The Path.

The Member 180: What to Do When a Member Goes from Engaged to Disengaged


Imagine this: You have a member who regularly engages with your association. They come to meetings, events, “like” your posts on social media, etc. They even volunteer from time to time. But all of a sudden, you stop seeing that member as much. They stop coming to meetings and events, stop liking your posts on social media, and stop offering to volunteer, entirely. What happened?!

Engagement Report Card Shows Members Where They Stand

Associations Now

Three years after building a full-scale member-engagement dashboard, one association shares how that effort is paying off, including a new, external iteration it hopes will spur more member activity. As mentioned here a couple weeks ago, in-depth member engagement tracking and scoring is a common goal for many associations, but without a clear playbook , most are still in figuring-it-out mode.

Defining the Right Ends Takes Time

Eric Lanke

That's one the observations I took away from my association's latest Board meeting. Defining the right "ends" (i.e., the high-level outcomes the association is in the business of achieving) takes time. And by time, I don't mean hours or days. mean years. Hear me out. My Board adopted a modified version of the Carver Policy Governance model five years ago. It's been a journey of five years.