6 Association Management Tips from Steve Jobs
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Association Management Association Executives InnovationIt’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since Steve Jobs’ passing. Many of us early adopters still remember his live announcement/unveiling of the iPhone and the immediate, burning desire to own one. His legacy is still felt around the world every time someone looks at an iPhone.
What is Association Management?
JULY 13, 2016
This summer I’m looking for opportunities to explain association management and share how we do it at Verto Solutions. One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. The model is relatively new, and there are still many trade associations and non-profits that could benefit from the efficiency and flexibility of association management.
Association Management - FIX IT
OCTOBER 2, 2012
I'm starting to wonder if we, myself included, might be making the question "how do we move associations forward into the future" a little too complicated. Sometimes I see good executives become almost paralyzed, overwhelmed with the sense that this association management thing is careering out of control. "It's really very simple Seth. It is so worth a watch. Do it.). Breathe.
Why Did Socious Create a New Association Management Software Platform?
JUNE 1, 2016
Association Management Company News Membership Management Association TrendsSome people think we are crazy.
Association Management Software: Giving You Your Day Back
JULY 3, 2013
I’ve made it my business to stay on top of the latest and greatest additions to association management software – things that we’ve added and things the competition did. The post Association Management Software: Giving You Your Day Back appeared first on YourMembership.com. I’ve worked for a software company for nearly half a decade.
The Heart Rending Truth About Association Management
JANUARY 29, 2014
association membership mission vision Sloe gin, sloe gin Tryin'' the wash away the pain inside Well I''m sick and I''m all done in I''m standing in the rain And I feel like I''m gonna die. I''m so damn lonely, ain''t even high. I''m so damn lonely, think I''m gonna die.Joe Bonamassa, Sloe Gin (2007) The thing that nobody tells you about this profession is sometimes it breaks your heart.
7 Association Management Services You’ll Actually Use
JUNE 2, 2016
Association Management Association Executives Member Benefits Membership ManagementMost of us have accepted being overly busy as just another unfortunate fact of life today. Emails on your phone, meetings with staff and members halfway around the world, taking your laptop home from work, not quite getting to that extra member program you wanted to start.
Association Management Lessons from Twinkpocalypse 2012
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
I wonder if there is a lesson here for associations. Later, they appreciated the fact that associations were there for them when they were down. If your association gets to the point where you feel like throwing in the towel, I wonder how many people will come out of the woodwork to say, "No! I knew there would be a number of tribute videos on YouTube for the Twinkie.
Beware of Dogfooding in Association Management
JUNE 13, 2013
One of the things we struggle with in associations is the development of new programs and services. Just a fun video that everyone has already seen, but it''s totally worth a re-watch. It''s the non-dues revenue nightmare that has gotten more than one of us in trouble over the years. Inevitably, the cycle begins: Denial: "We just need a better marketing effort.". Jerks!". What if.?!?!?".
Association Management Alert - The EXODesk is Coming
JANUARY 14, 2013
The debate about association education needs to take a quantum leap forward if we are planning on staying competitive in this new arena. We are all aware of the inherent tension in any association between serving members today and trying to position them to move into the future. For anyone obsessed with education, this video is a mind-blower. Now, we don't. We aren't doomed.
Association Management and Board Reports: “Done is Better Than Perfect
JULY 29, 2013
Good regular communication between quarterly in-person meetings with your board is critical to the success of any association executive. The association executives at Verto Solutions even have different names for them. One association receives a “Monthly Board Report” while another gets a “Headquarters Update.” My wife was inspired by it and quickly passed it on to a friend.
Our Most-Read Association Management Blog Posts of 2016
DECEMBER 28, 2016
The good news: When it comes to association management, there’s a lot of great content out there. The bad news: When it comes to association management, there’s a LOT of great content out there - sometimes, too much to keep track of! But not to worry.
Nimble AMS is the First Salesforce Lightning Ready Association Management Software
JANUARY 18, 2017
This makes Nimble AMS the only Association Management Software that has met this certification. . The professional and trade associations that use Nimble AMS will have additional tools to help their staff be more productive and drive their mission forward faster. . NimbleUser has been helping associations and nonprofits become nimble through technology since 1992.
Rambling Thoughts About Association Management
MARCH 15, 2015
I posted all three presentations -- all topics valid for most association members -- on Slide Share. If I didn’t know better, it looked like an association event. Thus, this corporate-sponsored event competes with association conferences that the attendees could have attended. I gave three presentations last week at a Green Industry Conference near Milwaukee. Again, “No.”
Lessons in Association Management: How to Communicate Your Group’s Vision
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
When it comes to association management, vision is paramount. But having a vision is only half the battle for associations. Help members make the connection between your association programs and the broader vision. I shouldn’t have to look deep within an association’s “About Us” section to identify its purpose. Here are five ways to do just that: 1.
Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference
FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference. If you think about it, your conference may be the most important asset your association has both in terms of member connection, financial benefit and goodwill. The good news is, I evolved with the help of some of awesome peers and thinkers out here in our association community (Yeah, @jeffhurt , @velchain , @JoanEisenstodt , @jcufaude , @ginsut , @mbobrow , @steveswafford , @asegar - Im looking at you!) Here is how we did it: Association Vision - We started with the vision of the association itself.
5 Little-Known Secrets to Getting More Out of Your Association Management Software
AUGUST 22, 2016
Training Chapter Management Membership Management Software AMS SoftwareAt this moment, you’re staring at a screen. You’re scrolling through this article on your smartphone, or your tablet, or your laptop. An hour ago, yesterday, and last week at this same time, chances are pretty good that you were also staring at a screen, taking advantage of technology to find information or get some work done.
Creativity in Association Management - Are You the Roadblock?
OCTOBER 18, 2011
Creativity in Association Management - Are You the Roadblock? We talk so much about creativity and innovation in the association sphere but we know so little about how to actually facilitate their achievement. take that project on in addition to your existing work" - Associations are famous for this. Sometimes Shelly, I wish you would stop looking into my association.
Introducing SocialLink mobile app to transform your member experience.
MARCH 9, 2017
It’s the association industry’s first online community and social mobile app built into an association management software. Your association membership is boosted by your members seeking credibility, professional development, competitive advantages and ways to give back. But, one of the primary reasons members join your association is for networking opportunities.
Association Management Lessons from Harley Davidson
JULY 23, 2012
Association Management Lessons from Harley Davidson. If I remember correctly, at one point their senior leadership mentioned that their major marketing goal was to take a mid-level manager from Hewlett-Packard and make them feel like a bad-ass on the weekend. Associations could learn a thing or two from Harley. The Politics of Dancing (and What If Ideas in Associations).
Top Six Things to Look for in an Association Management Company
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Uncategorized Association Management Company Experience Launching an Association Leadership Management Starting an AssociationAt Virtual, half of our business is organizations we helped launch. And the other half comes to us from another AMC. But it has given me [.].
The 10 Most Popular Member Engagement Articles of the Year
DECEMBER 17, 2015
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The Illusion of the Right Answer in Association Management
Smooth The Path
JULY 10, 2016
Overwhelming, ambiguous options plague associations. Smoothing the path to try something new at your association. The post The Illusion of the Right Answer in Association Management appeared first on Smooth The Path. For any strategic question we might ask, there are a thousand potential answers. Let’s say we ask, how can we host a better conference? Onward!
True Professionalism at an Association Management Firm
JANUARY 16, 2013
Originally published in 1997 and still relevant today, it is the single best guide I’ve found so far to managing a professional services firm like Verto Solutions. Uncategorized Association Management leadership Non-Profit Management Small Business OperationsI’ve just completed David Maister’s True Professionalism.
Accurate association member data drives better engagement + revenue.
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Data management and data integrity is a demanding job for you and your association. Your association is only as good as your member data, and it’s a big task to keep it clean. Updated profile data is more than just getting current email address information. But, it has to be done. While you regularly communicate […].
Association Subculture: Innovation in Association Management
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Innovation in Association Management. Why do you think your association is immune to those same forces? Your association - unassailable? Ive seen the wreckage left behind after an association flies into a mountain. Shelly kept up the fast pace by diving head-long into her career in the world of association management. association. (25). Pages.
4 steps to develop association member personas.
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Let’s get personal with 1:1 association marketing. This is especially true for associations. Industry News + Trends Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Product Information Thought Leaders association management association management software association member personas association members member engagement membership data membership marketing
The Mark of Cain on Association Management
Reid All About it
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
The last few nights I’ve watched news stories about Herman Cain and the National Restaurant Association (NRA). I can’t help thinking about the whole ugly situation through an association management lens. Imagine, instead of the NRA, this is your association. Crisis management. Above all, it’s a story about crisis management and communication. Yuck.
Top Association Management Predictions for 2017
DECEMBER 2, 2016
For the upcoming year, Aptify just released a report titled, Top Association Management Predictions for 2017. In 2017, membership will continue to be the glue that enhances networking, information distribution, and sales for associations. In 2017, many associations will evaluate and adjust their membership product to meet the changing needs in the marketplace.
Questions to Ask When Hiring an Association Management Company
MARCH 11, 2016
Wendy Weiser, WJ Weiser and Associates. For small- and medium-sized associations, taking on new projects or initiatives often means taking on more work than your staff can reasonably handle. With the first two options, your association saves money, but your staff and/or volunteers run the risk of burnout. What is your management style? Ask your volunteers for help.
What My New Apple Watch Made Me Think About Standards Groups
JUNE 25, 2015
An association management company like Virtual can help. Association Management Association Management CompanyI love a new toy. That’s why I was so excited to get my Apple Watch last week. And as I hit the one - week mark, a few lessons have struck me: Experience starts at the beginning. Apple is known for its packaging, and this exemplified why.
3 Sports Cliches for Association Management
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Ok, I admit it: I like sports and I recognize the lessons from sports can positively guide association executives. Three cliches can guide association professionals: 1. Lesson for Association executives: Keep improving. Lesson for Association executives: Don’t be defensive. Lesson for Association executives: Be flexible. It rarely works. Change on the fly.
ASAE 13 Follow Up - Gaming in Association Management
AUGUST 26, 2013
Wow, my schedule has been nuts ever since Atlanta and I am just now getting around to sending follow ups and resources out to everyone who was able to attend the session as well as my readers here at the Association Subculture. In the coming weeks I have a lot to say about membership engagement and professional development but for right now, I just wanted to shoot out some resources for those of you who are interested in learning about how gaming and gaming techniques can be used in our associations to make us more fun, more engaging and "stickier.". Gaming in general. link].
5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.
JANUARY 26, 2017
As an association leader, you have a great case for going to Xperience 2017. #leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership. It’s a sure way of learning new ideas to make stronger connections with your members, adapt new technologies and grow your membership […].
An Association Management Company: What is it?
MARCH 28, 2016
If you haven’t spoken to or worked with an AMC lately, you may be surprised by the endless opportunities an AMC can provide to associations. The post An Association Management Company: What is it? Features AMC Association Management Company association staffing financial management management staffingFor more about this topic, click on the headline.
Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick
SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick. What if your association stopped creating so many services? What if, when someone asked what your association did, you could answer in less than ten minutes? What could your association do if you could simplify what you do while simultaneously amplifying your volume? association. (25). Ready?
4 Ways Association Executives Can Reduce Staff Stress
JULY 15, 2016
Association Management Association Executives Employee ProductivityWhat costs employers $300 billion per year? Workplace stress. According to the American Institute of Stress , workplace stress can cost employers more than $300 billion annually in medical care, turnover, absenteeism, and diminished productivity.
How to Define, Track, and Increase Member Engagement [Webinar]
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
Association Management Member Engagement SocialBusinessData from a recent report makes me think that there are a lot of executives that are losing sleep these days.
Secrets to Ending the Re-Training Cycle in Your Association
JULY 13, 2016
Association Management Employee Productivity Training Association Management ServicesHave you ever been frustrated by employee turnover and the training that inevitably comes after you finally find a replacement? An employee takes an opportunity outside the organization, you get your new membership director and supporting staff trained on your AMS, member needs, and organizational policies - then the dreaded conversation happens again. Another employee is leaving, and you have to start all over.
The 5 Most Common Mistakes of Association Onboarding Programs
JULY 18, 2016
Association Management Member Engagement Email CommunicationAh, the honeymoon stage. White sand beaches, a gentle breeze, drinks with the little tiny umbrellas. It’s great, until someone makes a mistake and overbooks your hotel or cancels your flight.