Solving the Trade Association Software Dilemma
DECEMBER 2, 2016
The heart and soul of every trade association is its Association Management System or AMS. It’s also critical you have a good financial accounting software solution for tracking expenses, paying bills, managing against your budgets, and reporting on your financial condition. This in turn allows associations to be more flexible and better leverage new technologies.
The Evolution of Workplace Communication (And What It Means for Your Association)
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
That said, are these workplace communication tools beneficial for associations? Take a look: association management association leadership membership management Association Views association softwareThe times they are a changin’ - particularly in terms of technology. Just look at workplace communication tools. Are they worth looking into/considering?
Eliminating the Pain of Membership Spreadsheets
AUGUST 17, 2016
Many associations have the same story. For that reason, many organizations turn to association management systems, or AMS solutions, for short. Well, it’s a technology solution designed to help you manage your association’s membership. association management association leadership membership management Association Views association software
How to Clean Your Association’s Database: 5 Tips
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Here are a few tips: association management membership management Small Staff Chatter association softwareDatabase management is TOUGH, especially if you’re doing it all manually. Over time, you’re bound to find typos, duplicates, outdated information, and maybe even some false information altogether. But with 500+ members, where do you even begin?
5 Signs It Might Be Time to Invest in an AMS
DECEMBER 1, 2016
So you know you’re abnormally busy, and you know there’s technology out there designed to help you, but you keep putting off the idea of an association management system for one reason or another - time (or lack thereof), budget (or lack thereof), your board’s approval (or lack thereof), etc.
The Right Time to Buy: Preparing for the AMS Shopping Process
AUGUST 8, 2016
Are you thinking about purchasing an association management system, or AMS, in 2017? But I urge you to reconsider, as there are several factors you’ll want to take into account: association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter association softwareWell if you are, now is the time to get started. Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s only August.
Attention Shoppers: 4 Ways to Simplify the AMS Shopping Process
JUNE 30, 2016
Shopping for any kind of technology is stressful, but when it’s a small-staff association professional shopping for an association management system, it’s a particular kind of crazy. There are SO many moving parts - software features, price points, the board’s opinion, etc. But good news association pros! No wonder shoppers tend to get frustrated. Score!).
Volunteer Management & Onboarding Best Practices
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Volunteers are integral to the success of most association-hosted events. At SilkStart , I’m part of a team that onboards single and multi-chapter organizations on our Association Management Software in the most efficient manner possible. Membership management software helps to automate the daily tasks required to run an association. Que the hair-pulling.
Kickstart your Association’s Social Presence
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
It’s here, it’s important and your association needs to have a social presence or runs the risk of looking. outdated and irrelevant – the exact opposite of what most associations are trying to convey. For me, some include ‘SilkStart’, ‘Association Management’, Association Software’ and so on. You might not care about image results of your association but a negative blog post may interest you much more. Top Keywords: These are the most frequently used keywords that are associated with your search. Hootsuite. Google Alerts. Social Mention.
Don’t Get Fired for Building Your Own AMS. Top 6 Questions Every CIO Should Ask First.
JULY 31, 2016
With an in-house developer, there is always the temptation for an association to build a custom Association Management System (AMS). Before Rolling Out Your Own Association Management Software Ask Yourself These 6 Critical Questions: #1 - Look Inward. Software development is not easy - it is both an art and a craft. 4 - Who Will Monitor and Maintain the Software?
Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.23.16
Reid All About it
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
The tools to minimize time and maximize impact are housed in your association management system (AMS) and learning management system (LMS). Learn how to make the most out of your AMS + LMS to enhance your association, the top features to consider when shopping for association software, and how to navigate the marketplace and make an informed decision. 1 CAE credit.
New Membership and Partnership Models Will Mark 2016
JANUARY 11, 2016
Association software provider Abila predicts associations will start mixing up their membership and partnership models to meet their 2016 resolutions. With the turn of the new year, associations will start seeing some new trends. Abila also predicts more associations will partner with for-profit organizations in 2016.
Tech Groups Urge Congress to Get to Work on USA Freedom Act
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
When Congress returned to the Hill from its summer recess earlier this month, a letter from several technology trade associations was waiting. In a letter [PDF] to the Senate earlier this month, a group of technology trade associations urged the lawmakers to act quickly to pass the bill. Its message: Pass the USA Freedom Act. Late last week, Yahoo! The revelations about the U.S.
Tuesday Buzz: Welcome Your New Members
APRIL 5, 2016
Introduce your members to your association with a seamless onboarding program. Some 38 percent of new members [cite] lack of engagement with an organization as the number one reason for not renewing their membership,” Kim Sorin wrote last week on Forward Together , the blog of the association software and service provider Abila. Science Can Help. Additional Links for Your Day.
AUDC 13 Recap: Community and Innovation for Association Websites & Technology
MARCH 7, 2013
Technology is now part of every facet of your association and is part of every transaction and interaction between your association staff and membership. New memberships, events, email, association website content, organizing volunteers and even generating support for a new program. Every staffer must know how the technology works to make associations thrive and survive.
My Cyber Awakening
JUNE 30, 2014
All this has me of course wondering about associations and cybersecurity. Associations are hubs for various industries--there’s an association for every industry, right? say, like, through the industry’s association database, for instance. I’m curious--what are associations doing to protect their systems from cyber attacks like this? associations Yikes.
My New Best Friend: Dialogue with an IT Guy : Off Stage
MAY 6, 2010
Matt: My industry colleague Judith recently posted brilliantly about Associations having an IT strategy outside of MLS ( [link] ). To get back to Judiths point, whether there is full separation from the MLS or some staff are shared, this means that IT staff at the Association have time devoted to specific association activities and carrying out the Associations IT strategy.