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Online Communities are Organizational Silo Breakers

Higher Logic

What department should be involved in their organization’s community? Generally, people would say it depends on what type of community it is. Some might say support, since communities are a natural gathering place for customers to seek help. Others might say human resources, if it’s an employee intranet. What does the silo breaker look like? Marketing is the gateway department.

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Online #learning exams and assessments.

YourMembership Blog

Why learners embrace them and associations are best qualified to deliver them. I cringe at the thought of my dreaded experiences as a youth with standardized Scantron Tests and the small answer bubbles. I always felt I had to perfectly mark them or else worry about getting counted wrong or illegible by the scoring robots. […].

STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities


How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they measure expenditures, revenue, and cost savings? How do they link the community to competitive advantage? To get answers to these critical questions, Leader Networks conducted a survey of nearly 300 marketing and community leaders that resulted in The Business Impact of Online Communities Study. Increase staffing.

How Much Is Too Much for a Membership Dues Increase?

Associations Now

Whether you increase dues as needed or adjust the rate annually, it’s important to ask: How much is too much for membership dues? Last week, Costco, the second-largest retailer in the United States, announced that it would be increasing member dues for the first time in six years , mainly due to disappointing earnings results. I was paying to not use it very much, so I just quit,” he says.

Bringing Real-Life Neighborhoods Online: NextDoor’s Privacy Issues

Higher Logic

NextDoor reinvented the idea of a neighborhood listserv, and turned what used to be mass emailing into an online neighborhood community. To join, you simply confirm your address via credit card, phone number, or a postcard sent to your house. It’s an empowering concept that has taken off - as of June 2016, over 100,000 neighborhoods in the United States had joined NextDoor. What could go wrong?

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How Higher CEO Pay Can Impact an Entire Organization

Associations Now

Association CEO compensation is up these days. That’s good news for execs, but it can have a broader ripple effect too. Things are looking up for association executive pay. “ CEO Salary Dynamics ,” [PDF] a new research paper from the ASAE Foundation and Naylor Association Solutions, reports that CEO compensation has swelled in the post-Great Recession years.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.10.17

Reid All About it

How often do you find yourself doing something that’s at odds with what’s best for you? Something you do to check out and ignore what the best truest part of you would do. Maybe you’re procrastinating. Maybe you’re resisting something difficult. Maybe you’re lazy. What’s numbing you from your guidance system? That’s not my line – I heard it this morning on a podcast. This one life is all we’ve got.

How An Old Interview Approach Increased Our Volunteer Retention by 30%

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re experiencing low volunteer retention, you’re familiar with how much time and resources it can take to constantly market and recruit new volunteers. But what most nonprofits don’t realize is that the problem may lie in how your candidates are interviewed. In my experience, one simple simple change to that process may dramatically improve volunteer retention. twentyhats elisa interview retention volunteer

Do You Know the Value of Your Website?


This post originally appeared on the Tanzen Blog. —— Recently I had a short Twitter conversation about whether valuable and important are equivalent when it comes to websites. carriehd value=importance, surely? Tracy Playle (@tracyplayle) February 15, 2017. I do not think that they are. Of course most organizations know it is important to have a website.

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New Survey Offers a Glimpse at Association Staffing Trends, Challenges

Associations Now

PNP Staffing Group’s “2017 Association Salaries, Staffing & Trends Report” reveals some common threads among associations, including organizational priorities and the effects of more millennials in the workplace. As associations grow in size and influence, they are also challenged with attracting and retaining qualified staffers.

You Need to Know Your Association’s Value Trigger Point

Smooth The Path

Ask engaged members when they realized the value of the association and many could tell you the exact moment. They can quickly recall a single event or moment when it was clear to them they made the right decision in joining. The moment new members understand the value of the association is the Association’s Value Trigger Point (AVTP). They got support. They felt included. They learned a lot.

Does Your Association REALLY Need an Online Social Community?


The topic of online social communities typically spurs a lot of discussion. First, people often wonder how they’re different than traditional social media sites. But once that’s cleared up, the big question is “Does my association really need one?”. association management member engagement Small Staff Chatter

Capital Campaign Marketing Strategies for the Tech-Savvy


If you’re starting a capital campaign, then you know how much work and effort goes into planning a fundraiser of this magnitude. You want all your hard work to result in a successful outcome: reaching your goal. For that to happen, you need to have the right capital campaign marketing plan in place, which should include strategies to attract tech-savvy donors as well as traditional supporters.

Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Associations Now

Is your association relying on the wrong tools to help staff collaborate? Possibly, but the first question you should ask isn’t whether there’s a better option. Instead, find out why your current tools are losing out to email and phone calls. Let’s face it: We live in an era when 9-to-5 doesn’t cover your on-the-job collaboration needs. Your employees may not work in the office part of the time.

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Structuring Successful Virtual Meetings: A Counterintuitive Approach

Wild Apricot Blog

Renowned meeting experts Rick Lent and Nancy Settle-Murphy show you how to avoid the lack of focus, poor engagement and indecision that plague most virtual meetings. With the right planning, a few tips and some simple tools, you’ll actually be able to get work done efficiently at your next virtual meeting. Nancy-Settle-Murphy Rick-Lent meetings virtual-meetings

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Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor

Velvet Chainsaw

Your real conference competition is not that event held six months after yours. Nor is your competitor time, money and resources. Your real competitor is mediocrity to paraphrase authors Karin Hurt and David Dye. You’re In A Difficult Position: Look Backwards Or Forwards For Programming? Too often our current conference planning processes focus on the greatest common denominator. We look backwards.

6 Online Engagement Hacks for Association Professionals


Member engagement is top-of-mind for most association professionals. But when it comes to actually making that happen, well, roadblocks often occur. Sometimes what we THINK will appeal to members and potential members doesn’t, and we’re left scratching our heads. Engagement is tough - we get it.

What Seating Arrangements Reveal About a Meeting’s Culture

Associations Now

In a recent article, two architects argue that the seating and structure of a country’s legislature reveal a lot about its culture and how decisions are made. What do seating arrangements and room setups say about your events? Think back to your school days for a minute. What were the seating arrangements in your classrooms like? For example, the semicircle design, which the chambers of the U.S.

Simple Tips for a Better Email Campaign


SilkStart’s email campaign tool lets you effortlessly communicate with all of your members at once, or a specific segment. Easily design a message to promote your next event, keep members up-to-date, increase online engagement, and more using our tips below! Optimize Deliverability. We recognize email deliverability as a top priority for organizations, and provide each website with a.

The Most Frustrating Thing New Members Do

Smooth The Path

One of the most frustrating dynamics for association staff is noticing that some members join but then never take another single action. They don’t read the emails. They don’t sign up for webinars. They don’t log in to the website. You may be surprised to learn this super frustrating for new members as well. Members join with the intention of engaging.

Event Mishaps: Lessons from the Oscars’ Best Picture Mistake


Whether or not you watched the Oscars last week, you probably heard about the big (and pretty uncomfortable) Best Picture mistake. To recap, La La Land was first declared the winner, but while the team was onstage accepting the award, it was discovered that Moonlight had actually won. Awkward. See below.). association management event planning Small Staff Chatter

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Membership Hack: A Soft-Touch Note

Associations Now

Tell Us Your Hack What’s your favorite membership hack? Tweet it to @AssociationsNow with the hashtag #MembershipHack or email Sometimes a bit of friendly outreach is all it takes to get valuable information from your members. How to hack it? At the Radio Television Digital News Association, career changes are common for members. That can make Karen Hansen’s job a bit tricky.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. Staffing Resources. Support and Maintenance.

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Best Practices for Images in Your HTML Emails


You might find yourself pondering questions like; What is the best image file format? What should the height of my email header image be? What’s the best image editing software out there? Here are a few tips that would help you design and publish email friendly graphics. Basic Image Recommendations and Specifications: Informz supports BMP, JPEG, JPG, GIF and PNG. Aviary. PicMonkey. Sign up here.

How to Plan a Virtual Conference at Your Association: 5 Steps


We recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of hosting a virtual conference at your association. But let’s say you do decide to host one. What happens next? How do you actually plan and execute an online event? We’ve taken the process and broken it down into five specific steps: association management event planning Association Views

#Ideas17: Take Cues From Pop Culture to Power Up Your Panel Discussions

Associations Now

Panel discussions are standard fare for conferences and other events, but they can prompt yawns from attendees. On the second day of the ASAE Great Ideas Conference, one expert suggested reinventing the format in ways that borrow more from pop culture than association events. When it comes to panel discussions, are you better off borrowing ideas from TV shows and fan conventions?

How to Streamline Online Event Registration


Today, we welcome a guest post from Kate Dodd at Expo Logic. If you're looking for more ways to streamline your next event, you can contact them at When it comes to making online purchases, customers want it to be quick, easy and straight-forward. The same is true with event registration.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 77: My Top 3 Business “Rereads” for 2017 - Moery Company

The Moery Company

There are several business books that have had a tremendous impact on host JP Moery’s professional life and he points out there are some books, like classic movies, worth rereading – again and again. Some of those classics are probably sitting on your shelves right now full of excellent insights worth revisiting. In his latest episode, he recommends his top 3 business books, which are on his list of rereads for 2017. The post JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 77: My Top 3 Business “Rereads” for 2017 appeared first on Washington DC Association Consultant.

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The Song Remains the Same

Eric Lanke

I recently attended my association's Annual Conference. As any association professional knows, that means several weeks of focused attention on what feels like an infinite number of details. One of many for me, given my position in my organization, was preparing for the remarks I'd give from the podium. It happens during our Annual Business Meeting. But not this year. And that is a good thing.

Great Ideas 2017: The Challenges of Making Great Videos

Associations Now

A morning workshop on the first day of the 2017 Great Ideas Conference highlighted that there are many ways to make videos that work for your audience—but also many factors, including cost, approach, and overall strategy. Looking to do video? If so, it’s important to keep your options open. Video isn’t the be-all-end-all, as much as we love video. Simple or complex?

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Wild Apricot Ranked Number One for the Seventh Time

Wild Apricot Blog

Eleven years ago, Dmitry Buterin began to dream of a world where everyone involved in a membership organization could spend their time pursuing their purpose, instead of getting bogged down in administrative tasks.That’s when he decided to create software that could do all the tasks better suited for robots. popular best capterra

The Key to Embracing Change


We’ve all been the “new” employee at some point. Whether you started a career at a brand new company or moved into a new role at your current employer, you know what it feels like to be the “new kid on the block.” You probably felt anxious, maybe a little nervous, but also motivated, and pretty excited! It’s all about getting acclimated and working together as a cohesive unit. Great expectations.

Pilot Madness!


Like many forward-looking Salesforce partners, we've been enrolling in the new developer pilots that are hitting the streets now. Here's some public background links on the various pilots in progress now. Note these are historical links from Dreamforce '17, so you may have already had the pleasure.). Meet the next generation of packaging - Packaging 2 Pilot. The DX goodness starts at 35:25.

New Collaborative Aims to Keep Independent College Stores Independent

Associations Now

As colleges and universities continue a trend toward leasing campus bookstores to large chain operators, the National Association of College Stores is launching an initiative to help independent stores keep their place in the market. The move comes at a time when independent college stores are struggling to compete with large chains.

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