2012

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Please Help the Families of Newtown

YourMembership Blog

Categories: YourMembership.com News Tags: donation , Sandy Hook Elementary School On December 14, 2012 an extreme tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When a tragedy of this type hits it’s more than just the community that’s affected; the entire country feels the pain and loss of those innocent lives cut short.

What is Innovation?

Jamie Notter

I facilitated a staff retreat for a department within a larger association yesterday, and they asked me to talk to them about innovation. So instead of borrowing a definition of innovation from one of the many innovation experts out there, I decided to invent my own definition: Innovation is change that unlocks new value. Innovation is more than just change. Now you have 11. And the systems work.

Duh. Pinning. - KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup - Yes

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

If you are sick of hearing about Pinterest, then you'll really hate this post. Pinterest has basically taken the world by storm and is one of my favorite excuses for insomnia lately. Haters are quick to call Pinterest an online

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“NO vendors, please.”

Reid All About it

Every day in my association’s online community, people reach out to fellow members to ask questions or request guidance. Today I saw someone ask for examples of associations that have had proven success with social media. At the bottom of her request for help, she added three words – “NO vendors, please.”. I get why people say that. They simply want to help. They’re smart. Tagged: Association.

The Future of Work: A Manifesto

SocialFish

This manifesto is a work in progress, and my personal output from 4 incredible days in Omaha last November with Joe Gerstandt, Jason Lauritsen, Jamie Notter, Janyne Emsick, Jen Benz, Eric WineGardner, Charlie Judy, James Papiano, Stuart Chittenden, Mike Wagner and David Ballard. I’m throwing it up on the blog because I can’t hold on to it any more. All of it is up for discussion.

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The great proposal debate: Why consultants eschew RFPs

Aaron Wolowiec

The call comes in. A prospective client needs you – immediately! – to help with an urgent project. They’re unclear how to resolve the issue, but they believe you can help. Simply draft a proposal describing you’re recommended course of action and be sure to include your proposed fees. Days – sometimes weeks – later, they’ve curiously decided to complete the project themselves. I was recently faced with this dilemma. So, I turned to my colleagues in the consultant community (via ASAE’s Collaborate site) for some sage advice. By all measures, it was quite successful. It was not successful.

Eric Lanke: Provocative Proposals for Change

Eric Lanke

I just finished reading an advance copy of Shelly Alcorn's "Provocative Proposals for Change," a report she authored based on Appreciative Inquiry interviews she conducted with more than 200 association executives

Essential parts of a successful member retention campaign.

JP Moery

Member retention is an increasingly critical topic for our clients. I have a few ideas re-vitalize renewal efforts. Go beyond "invoice based" renewal. The best associations have a designed engagement program which contacts members at least seven times. These contacts should be made in addition to regular communications like newsletter and marketing pieces. Action: Develop a retention program with at least 7 outbound communications (include phone, email and conference calls) 2. On-board members within the first 30 days of joining. Action: Build an on-boarding agenda for each new member.

What If Don Draper Ran Social Media for Your Association?

YourMembership Blog

What can an association learn from Don Draper? Social Media and your online community will never be the same

Why Aren’t You a “Best Place to Work?”

Jamie Notter

I read in Forbes about a new list out of the best places to work, and this one is from Glassdoor. Unlike some of the other lists, where the companies actually apply to be on the list, this one is a big survey of employees across lots of companies (500,000 people participated). The best ones are the ones with the highest scores. Does this absolutely mean these are the best companies? I care WHY.

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Head's Up! The Awesome Is Back.

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Many of you may be asking yourselves about this blog. What's happening with it? Where are the regular updates? What's shaking in KiKi's world? Where is the blog bliss we long for? I know, I know. You can dry your tears because change is a comin'. Words of wisdom from Association Chat, just in case you haven't attended any of these chats lately, I'll give you the skinny on what you've been missing!

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It's Not About the Notices

Thanks For Playing

Membership retention isn't about renewal invoices: how many you send, when, in what format. Or at least, it isn't ONLY about the invoices. When someone decides to join your association, she's responding to a promise made - your brand promise. Your association has promised her a certain experience with your communications, your staff, and your events. Are you delivering? Are you living up to it?

Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out: Using LinkedIn Effectively

SocialFish

You hear a lot of hype about the benefits that Facebook and Twitter can bring to your business, but these social networking sites can often overshadow the even greater potential LinkedIn has for virtually every department within the organization. What makes LinkedIn so superior to alternative social networking sites is its exclusively professional audience and no-nonsense atmosphere. Sales.

Come Original - Whole Self Membership

Association Subculture

To come original it ain't nothin' strange. you got to represent you to come full range an'. full range of emotion full range of styles. when you come to town you'll have them comin' for miles and. come original, you've got to come original. all entertainers. hear why. 311 ( link to video ). We've got "occupational" membership or "professional membership" down. Whole Self Membership. How about it?

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Humanizing Government Relations

Association Advocacy Chick

My fellow lobbyists, I have distressing news. Our members don’t know who we are and why we exist within our associations. They don’t see our value. We have to deal with a Congress that can’t get s**t done (yup, I just cursed). Congressional staffers don’t want to meet with us. We’re being told that a 10% cut to our program areas should be considered a legislative victory. We’re in the age of the SuperPAC where our association PAC check isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Friends – It’s time we humanize government relations.

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Creating A Stronger Conference Story

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. What do vacations and colonoscopies have in common? More than you think! Emmy-winning former Wall Street Journal and NBC journalist, author , inventor and business consultant Kare Anderson shares her thoughts on creating a stronger conference story. Here’s a rundown of her video if you want to fast forward to a specific area. 00:30 – Creating A Conference Story.

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Social Media Work Flow?

Beth Kanter's Blog

Image from Steve Heye. Jeremiah Owyang’s post, ” Social Media Work Flow ,” offers a good taxonomy for a social media work flow, triage, or process. He defines this as “a sequence of connected steps that enables the entire organization to act efficiently with minimal overlapping tasks and resources in order to serve the market in social channels and beyond.”

22 High-Impact, Low Cost Social Media Opportunities for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog

For non-profits new to social media, guest blogger, Brad Aronson offers 22 social media opportunities to consider. social media

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3 Things I Learned from Bosses

JP Moery

This weekend I reflected about my bosses who influenced me regarding leadership. I jotted down tactics they used, and thought the ideas might help you. To make the dash, you need the cash. It continues to surprise me how many executives seem "above the fray" in regards to fundraising. My experience is the best CEOs are prolific fundraisers who then have the resources to hire great people. If you are the President/CEO, don't forget to be the #1 salesperson. Make a decision for cryin' out loud. Nothing frustrates a motivated team more than leaders paralyzed in the decision making process.

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How Moose Became King of the Forest: 5 Tips for Recruiting

YourMembership Blog

Launch a successful membership recruitment campaign with these five easy steps that you can start today

The Down-Side of Great Ideas

Jamie Notter

We go to conferences to learn great ideas, but we still don't know how to make change back in our organizations. This is a problem

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Extrapolation Gets You No Where | KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Most of my life I have tried preparing for the future the best that I could. Sitting deep in thought, going around and around looking at all the options and all the possibilities before moving forward had a dizzying effect

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Five reasons why membership is killing association business models: Part I

Principled Innovation

Membership is perhaps the most sacred tenet in all of association orthodoxy. Indeed, for many organizations, the membership imperative defines the very existence of the association: membership is who they are and what they do. In a time of relentless societal transformation, however, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question all of our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership. In this three-part series, I will share five critical reasons why the continued emphasis on membership is “killing” association business models.

Generation Y – Reinventing the Way We Communicate

SocialFish

Those of us born between 1980 to 1995 are commonly referred to as Generation-Y. To be honest, I think the name N-Gen (Net Generation) is more befitting. We are certainly addicted to the internet; we grew up with it, so it comes naturally to us. Whether our predecessors (or even us!) like it or not, this method of communication is no longer a trend, but a solid means of interaction.

Gen Y Workforce and Association Membership

Association Subculture

People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout my generation) Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation) Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation) I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation). The Who - 1967. Seriously, this video shows The Who were FIERCE.:D. There is no generation that has felt understood by the generation that came before. Why not?

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Eric Lanke: Bucking the Trend

Eric Lanke

McKinley Advisors is out with the results of their 2012 Economic Impact on Associations study. I think it's their fifth one. Throughout the recent recession and slow climb back to prosperity it's been an interesting way to check the

Creating Compelling Experiential Spaces For Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. Steelcase, a global office environment creator, was invited by TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference organizers to create immersive environments for their conference. Did you click on that link to watch the short video clips showing some examples?). TED wanted compelling spaces that sparked great attendee conversations and nurtured community. The Space’s Context Rules.

Attention Data Nerds: The Mobile Mindset Study and More

Beth Kanter's Blog

Source: Mobile Mindset Study. Two excellent sources for stats on how mobile use in the US has become more pervasive. American’s are no longer tethered to their desktops to use the Internet, especially social media. do not go for more than one hour without checking their devices. The summary: Here’s the topline summary: Smartphones are essential to our lives. We constantly connect.

Free Non-profit Webinars For July 2012

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's our monthly round-up of free non-profit webinars. There are some hot topics coming up in July, including naked meetings, organizational drama and content curation. nonprofit webinar

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Special Offer for Blog Readers

JP Moery

Good morning, friends. This week, I visited friends at the National Confectioners Association to discuss "Top Ten Trends in Association Business Development." We had a great dialogue about these observations and how it applies to NCA's opportunities. As you prepare 2013 plans and budgets, I am pleased to offer this presentation as a complimentary, no obligation, live briefing for your team during the month of August. The 30 minute presentation can be conducted at your offices or our global headquarters at 1990 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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Storytelling Tip ? Capturing the Difference

YourMembership Blog

If you are using storytelling for your business or organization's marketing, consider expectations for a moment. Expectations are akin to the emotional

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Fire Two-Thirds of Your Employees

Jamie Notter

You might as well. Because according to the research report put out by Towers Watson , only about one third of employees (globally) are highly engaged in their jobs. They surveyed 32,000 people to come to that conclusion, so these data are nothing to sneeze at. That’s their definition of highly engaged: engaged (like the work), enabled (have the resources), and energized (supported).

3 Ways Associations Can Live Dangerously in 2013

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

What if 2013 was the year of living dangerously for associations? What kind of changes would we see? Fear is such a pain. It saps our energy; develops more of the same old thing. Fear creates doubt in the place of excitement. Fear sucks. And yet, when we drill down into why many decisions are made the way they are in organizations, we find fear at the root. Or the budget. What do you think?

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The association lobbyist’s iPad toolkit

Association Advocacy Chick

I love my iPad. I really I love my iPad. I probably use it more than my office desktop and television combined. It’s not only a great way to watch videos, read e-books and check email and social media networks, it’s also becoming a part of how I do my job as an association lobbyist. In the process, I’ve discovered some apps and other items that every iPad-toting lobbyist should have in their arsenal. The free app is available for download through GPO - [link]. MyCongress: It’s another member directory, but more robust. You will need to create an account to use.