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Getting Social(Link) at ASAE 2106

YourMembership Blog

This past week, ASAE 2016 in Salt Lake City was a first for YourMembership’s all-new SocialLink. The response to the unveiling of SocialLink was overwhelming. At first glance, prospects and clients alike were thrilled with the design of the game-changing platform. They quickly understood the real power of the solution when we offered fully-functional demos at our event booth. Give Us More!

The Perfect Storm

Spark Consulting

I’d like to share some sobering statistics about higher education and employment: In the United States, students graduate from college with an average debt load of nearly $29,000. Total student debt in the U.S. is $1.23 trillion and rising. 47% of college-educated workers under 25 work in jobs. that do not require a college degree. Worldwide, 73.3 million people under the age of 25 are unemployed, representing 36.7% of total global unemployment. In the United States in 2015, 32% of employers reported. struggling to find qualified workers. form of postsecondary education or training.

Pokémon, Bacon & an Integrated AMS: All in a Day’s Work

YourMembership Blog

It was a busy couple of days at the ASAE 2016 in Salt Lake City. Here’s a quick recap of topics, conversations and fun stuff that happened at YourMembership’s booth #605 and the event. For more insights, observations updates, go to @jpguilbault and @yourmembership on Twitter! At the booth. Pokémon Go and bacon! What a combination, and what more could you ask for? Attendees loved the five varieties of bacon being cooked and served at our booth. While attendees noshed on the bacon, we helped them find legendary Pokémon hanging out at iconic and historical sites from around the globe.

What Is an Online Community?

Higher Logic

In 2016, many executives and organizations understand that building online communities for their constituents to learn, share and collaborate is critical for growth and relevancy. They know that successful online communities can help them engage and inspire everyone -- customers, partners, members and prospects. Optimal customer experience. Your customers have high expectations. Engaging everyone.

Is It Time to Ax Your Young Professionals Group?


Do you remember sitting at the kiddie table? I do, and it’s a memory that brings up mixed feelings. loved the kiddie table when I was five, but by 14 I was tired of all the screaming children. wanted to move on to the main table. imagine you can think of a time when you wanted the same thing. Association Management Member Engagement Millennials

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Don’t Fear the Peer: 6 Tips for Nonprofits Exploring Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


New to peer-to-peer fundraising? There’s nothing to fear! DonorCommunity has 6 tips for nonprofits who want success. By David Blyer, DonorCommunity President & CEO. ———— You’ve done the asking, but now it’s time to let your supporters do it. Are you both ready? You might be a superstar fundraiser, but you can’t do it all yourself. Yikes! Tell them not to make the ask.

A Global Story of Soap and Hope from #ASAE16 Closing Keynoter

Associations Now

As #ASAE16 came to a close Tuesday, Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, urged attendees to strengthen their powers of observation, commit to solving problems, and recognize their unique place in the world as U.S. citizens. Understand who you are. You are not here to be just here. You have power every day. million lives every year, according to the organization. lost it.”. Solve.

From #ASAE16: Using Trends to Steer Your Organization’s Strategic Plan


While at #ASAE16, I had the opportunity to attend a session titled, “Using Trends and Environmental Scanning to Steer Strategic Planning.” The session was presented by Sue Pine, CAE, Vice President of Professional Development at Association Headquarters , and Kristine Metter, CAE, Vice President of Member Services at America’s Essential Hospitals.

How to Make Culture, Not Perks, Work For Your Organization

Higher Logic

Have you heard of Google’s nap pods ? What about Yahoo’s offer of free food for employees? These types of workplace perks are everywhere these days, but they may actually be harming your organization. What is the benefit of benefits? These perks are meant to reflect a culture that helps employers recruit and retain top-rate talent to their organizations. Afterall, turnover can be expensive.

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What’s the state of association marketing?

Aaron Wolowiec

As many of you probably know by now, I’m a public relations fanatic. Not only is it my full-time profession, but I’m constantly soaking up stories about new trends, PR disasters, crisis communications and more. Years ago, PR (which used to be more focused on media relations) and marketing didn’t always mix well. Fast forward: The line is fuzzy – if it exists at all. Event marketing took the No.

Social Media: It’s a Thing


We all know it, but this is kinda fun regardless. Credit: OnBlastBlog. photo credit ). Potluck

Aligning Your Mission, Values, and Benefits for HR Success

Associations Now

At #ASAE16, Learning Lab Speaker Mark Sedgley told attendees that aligning your association’s mission, values, and benefits will attract, engage, and retain talent. When I hear the word “alignment,” I think of Bikram yoga—that sweaty brand of stretching, which entails 26 repeated poses in a 105-degree studio. What they really want is to be part of something.”.

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To Share or Not to Share Your Association’s Content?


It’s a common question in the association world: Should you share your organization’s content or reserve it for members only? On one hand, you want people to see the great value your organization provides. But on the other hand, why would someone join your association if they can get that information for free? association management member engagement Small Staff Chatter

How to Talk About Bad News on Your Community

Higher Logic

When the news shakes our perception of the world, what are you supposed to do as a community manager? On the one hand, your community is for a specific purpose and may not need to weigh in on every happening. On the other hand, you’re a community where people care for each other and support one another on a human level. Sometimes news is good, leaving people happy and excited. What do you think?

What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?

WBT Systems

The new version of TopClass LMS (Learning Management System) is here and we are excited to share with you the great new features that make participation more rewarding for professional learners and simplify the delivery of learning for administrators. It has never been easier to connect and engage with your learners. Working Hand-in-Hand with our Clients. New Features in TopClass LMS version 10.

Hello, Goodbye, Hello

Association Subculture

Dear Association Subculture Readers - I know it has been a long time since I have posted. Please forgive the communications sabbatical I took from blogging and social media (although I have been active on Facebook). I've missed you guys. wanted to send you a quick message to let you know I'm back, but I'm shuttering the Subculture and moving my efforts to a new platform - The Association Forecast.

Why Does Innovation Challenge Associations So Much?

Associations Now

During this week’s ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, a trend of discussion during different sessions was that innovation quite often requires quick work, something many associations are not known for. How can we make the big, hulking machine a little easier to turn? That’s not to criticize the work that associations do, which is often monumental.

Conference Checklist: 4 Things to Do When You Get Home


Ok, we’ll admit it - conferences can be exhausting. So it only makes sense that you want to go home and relax. Well, some R&R is definitely needed, but before you go home and fully embrace that, we recommend completing a few post-conference tasks: association leadership ASAE Small Staff Chatter

Association Labs – Episode 49: Are You Really “Showing Up”? - Washington DC Association Consultant

The Moery Company

Host JP Moery had the opportunity to return to his high school in Hennessey, Oklahoma to present at a career day event. His speech to a group of teenagers turned into a self-reflective essay on his own career navigation and what really matters in business. During his recent podcast, he talks about two tenets, which he hopes will help you along your path in business and your personal life. Podcast

Association Pillars of Excellence

Smooth The Path

What are your association’s pillars of excellence? Did the association’s pillars of excellence evolve? Did they become a few departments in your association or maybe they are a few products or a service that became special because a few dedicated, thoughtful, hard working staff have produced extra value? Related: 3 Levers of opportunity for associations who are preparing for the future.

Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education

WBT Systems

Why are Digital Badges the future of Association Education? The way we learn is constantly evolving. Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. At the same time, the means whereby learning/training is recognized, accredited and validated is also changing. How do you achieve both?

Nonprofits Get New Guidelines for Presenting Financials

Associations Now

More than two decades after issuing rules and regulations for nonprofits on how to present and share their financials, the Financial Accounting Standards Board hopes to simplify things for these organizations, as well as their donors, by issuing new guidelines. One major change, for example, is replacing the existing three-class net asset system with a simpler, two-class structure.

Eliminating the Pain of Membership Spreadsheets


Many associations have the same story. They start off small, using a simple spreadsheet to manage their organization’s membership. But then their organization grows, and suddenly, that spreadsheet isn’t quite cutting it anymore. For that reason, many organizations turn to association management systems, or AMS solutions, for short. What is an AMS, you ask? Allow us to explain….

Are You on the Same Page? - Washington DC Association Consultant

The Moery Company

The #1 reason client relationships tank is you’re often not on the same page. Typically, goals and expectation are not clearly defined at the outset. When the deal is signed, you’re often so excited – this key conversation is often missed. Project goals and expectations are an agenda item with everyone at the table.  But I learned that just isn’t enough.  What’s the status?” Let’s act like it.

How to Get the Most out of Your Next Association Brainstorm

Smooth The Path

Have you ever facilitated a brainstorm where no matter what you did you couldn’t get the energy up and the participation flowing? Have you ever participated in a brainstorm and had a hard time coming up with great ideas? Have you ever walked out of a brainstorm and thought we didn’t come up with much that we haven’t already discussed before? love brainstorms! love the energy.

Membership Renewal Starts on Day 1


When is the right time to start approaching your members about renewing their membership? Do you start 30 days prior to their membership expiring?  What about 60 days? Do you go back even further than that?  The truth is, renewal started the moment that the member chooses to join your organization. It was interesting to hear the many approaches that different organizations take to retain members.

Lean Startup Strategy: Take Your Innovation in Smaller Bites

Associations Now

Notes on My Notes Two weeks ago, before the ASAE Annual Meeting began in Salt Lake City, I noted that I was conducting an experiment in putting my notes out there in public, through Dropbox Paper. Next time, I might test out another tool. You can see how I did over this way. Could the lean startup strategy for building out ideas be one way to shift the conversation in your association?

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Embracing Change at Your Association: 3 Tips


Regardless of who you are or how much experience you have under your belt, change is scary. It’s the fear of the unknown. But don’t let fear hold your association back. If you need a little push, check out these tips for fully embracing change: association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter

Reeling in the Big Kahuna - Washington DC Association Consultant

The Moery Company

Ah, the sales ‘go round’… I’ve attended meetings for years now where we sit around the table with association people who are NOT in sales or the business development area.  They start ticking off all the prospective member companies we should have, or the sponsors who should be at a six-figure package.  I like to categorize these as “oughta be’s.”. “Oh, ‘so and so’ ought to be a member, etc.”

We Are Finding Out What Skills Association Leaders Need Today (And You Can Too!)

Smooth The Path

-What skills do today’s association leaders need? What can association CEO’s be doing to nurture great boards? – What are the non-negotiable elements that make up high performing boards when there is so much change going on? These are the questions the folks at AH and I have been wondering about. And now we are asking them! All the best, Amanda. appeared first on Smooth The Path.

Keep the Light: How to Avoid Event Planning Burnout


It’s that time of year again! Event season is a pivotal point in the association world. This is the time when association’s can showcase their personalities and put their best foot forward. If your association does it right, your members will think that your event came into fruition without a hitch: Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. At some point, your event staff may get burnt out

Want to Improve Your Culture? Don’t Micromanage It

Associations Now

Leaders steer the culture of their organizations, actively or not. But leading well demands an awareness of when managing becomes controlling. didn’t attend the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition last week in Salt Lake City, but I did my best to keep up with the conversation on leadership there via the #asae16 hashtag. Gruenert & Whitaker #ASAE16. ASAE16. Love this. ThadLurie.

You Can't Please Everyone

Eric Lanke

My association hosted its largest conference of the year this past week. In all my years in association management--including my formative ones as the meeting planner putting events just like last week's conference together--there is still nothing quite like the high that comes at the close of a successful and well-executed conference. The speakers were top-notch. The members were energized.

How to Navigate the World Today - Washington DC Association Consultant

The Moery Company

There are terrible things going on in the world. But tragic events have always been an unfortunate part of a world occupied by the human race.  However, we could choose not to use these events to make generalities about the world or certain people in it. Yes – there are terrible things taking place every day; but, there is an incredible amount of goodness in response to catastrophe.