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Community Enhances Your Product Enhancements

Higher Logic

And that all adds up to a better product. Whether you’re an enormous B2C company like Coca Cola or a B2B startup with a short runway, collecting user feedback quickly and efficiently is key to creating a competitive product. Product feedback is a natural outcome of community. But it’s not enough to just keep an eye out for actions you can take to improve your product.

’Tis the season for product roadmaps.

YourMembership Blog

YourMembership’s Product Roadmap constantly evolves. Here’s where YourMembership is headed in 2017, and beyond, to drive more member engagement + increase membership for forward-thinking associations. Around this time, everyone is eager to learn what the New Year will bring. YM customers and partners are no different. But, when the rubber hits the road in 2017, […].

10 Tools for More Productive Online Marketing


Productivity becomes key if you want to juggle these correctly. DrumUp is one of the most useful social media productivity tools around. Automated Spreadsheets is still pretty new, as the link to Product Hunt will attest. Online marketing is a many headed monster. The average marketer has to balance social, content, email, and other inbound marketing tactics. GetResponse.

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Does a WELL-Designed Office Boost Productivity?

Associations Now

ASID’s CEO sees the sleek, thoughtful space as not only a place to do work but also to do research into the impact of design on productivity. Some of that purpose is to inspire creativity and productivity. In a survey, the Gensler architecture firm found that improvements in workplace environment could yield 20 percent increases in employee productivity. Am I right?

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive. Association Management Member Engagement Private Online Communities

Realignment #5: From Products to Solutions


Amazon thought along the same lines when it decided to allow customer product reviews on its website, despite that some of these reviews would be negative and jeopardize the sales of individual products. Customers were motivated to keep returning to the Amazon platform because customer reviews of products helped them make better-informed purchasing decisions. It paid off.

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth Kanter's Blog

In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings. If you want the basics about holding a meeting that is energizing instead of draining, here is a good summary from the Harvard Business Review: “ What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings.” What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls.

What’s Getting In the Way Of Your Productivity?

Associations Now

A new study illustrates a common productivity killer for many employees. The answer to question of what’s killing your productivity might be work overload, at least according to a recent study that found nearly 70 percent of employees are suffering from an overabundance of work. Let us know how you stay productive at work in the comments. What’s the ideal break time?

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter's Blog

The first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2015 is on the theme is personal productivity. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging. We are living and working in a world that is connected and where sacred space and deep thinking, essential ingredients to online personal productivity and well-being, is almost becoming extinct. Here’s a summary.

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth Kanter's Blog

In his words: “For nearly 15 years, I’ve been making the case — in my writing and with corporate clients — that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.” This means I have to be careful about scheduling my too many back-to-back work chunks without breaks which can be an energy and productivity zapper.

For More Productivity, Think Social Responsibility

Associations Now

Everyone seems to have an answer for increasing worker productivity these days—by, for example, encouraging people to take a vacation , find a hobby , or redesign their office. The post For More Productivity, Think Social Responsibility appeared first on Associations Now The study, authored by Daniel Korschun of Drexel University, C.B. How do they engage your staff?

Walk Your Way To a More Productive Meeting

Associations Now

Walking meetings may also prove more productive. The post Walk Your Way To a More Productive Meeting appeared first on Associations Now If your usual meetings are feeling stale, try a different approach with a walking meeting. Research and experience have shown that these types of meetings may help increase creative thinking and camaraderie among coworkers. That’s not what you want.”.

How a Nonprofit Turned a Product into a Platform

Associations Now

Our product is good enough to stand out. Our product is strong enough to be sitting next to REI or Patagonia, and people will still want to buy it, and then they’re going to find out about the social side,” she said. In fact, it all began after she received a class assignment in college to create a product that could address a local need. It’s going to be better.”. That’s it.”.

Green Power: Office Plants Make You More Productive

Associations Now

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they may also help boost your productivity and mood. If you want to be more productive at work, try investing in a plant for your desk or office. Researchers in the United Kingdom recently found that employees are 15 percent more productive, not to mention happier, when working in an office surrounded by greenery.

So Long LinkedIn Products & Services Tab

Wild Apricot Blog

On April 14th LinkedIn will "retire" the products & services tab. Here are the details and what it might mean for your organization. social media

Say Hello: Welcome New Products and Brands to Your Tradeshows

Associations Now

Every industry has new brands or products trying to make a splash, but often budgets don’t allow them to purchase booth space at tradeshows or market at the same level as the bigger, already-established players. All associations should give some thought to how they can welcome new companies and their products and services to their tradeshows. It also has its What’s New, What’s Hot!

How You Can Use Promotional Products to Boost Your Social Media Campaign


That component is promotional products. On their own, promotional products and social media provide cost effective methods for reaching new customers and prospects, exposing your brand to newer and larger audiences and driving new business. Here are some ways promotional products can enhance your social media campaign. Encourages Sharing and Increase Followers. Potluck

Association Conference Calls: Stay Productive

Association Management

With that many calls, I want them to be productive time. Here are seven habits that help keep calls that I facilitate more productive: Know who’s driving. Operations conference calls productivityThat’s how many association conference calls I facilitate in the average year. So many calls are just adrift, it’s unclear who is charged with facilitating the call [.].

Association Conference Calls: Stay Productive

Association Management

With that many calls, I want them to be productive time. Here are seven habits that help keep calls that I facilitate more productive: Know who’s driving. Operations conference calls productivityThat’s how many association conference calls I facilitate in the average year. So many calls are just adrift, it’s unclear who is charged with facilitating the call [.].

My Interview with Creative Maya Kalman, CEO of SWANK Productions

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

One exemplary standout from the lineup of speakers is Maya Kalman, SWANK Productions CEO. The focus of the interactive Plan-A-Thon this year is for attendees to reinvent three key event formats: the award show, the gala fund-raiser, and the product launch. I''m both the CEO and creative director of SWANK Productions. trade show and conference on Wednesday, October 30. Normal.

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Beth Kanter's Blog

The header to this cartoon in the article is “ Be Realistic About Your Productivity Goals.” And, of course, we have all experienced attempting to get a task down and not allocating enough time. Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. I happened to catch the above cartoon from a recent medium post called “ 9 Cartoons To Help You Avoid Any Work.” How can you stop it?

Experience Guides Nimble AMS Product Strategy


As a product manager/owner at NimbleUser for the past year, I have had the opportunity to see how we scope and develop new features for Nimble AMS. I have borne witness to the meteoric growth of both our customer base and product capabilities. "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” —Sun Sun Tsu. New Role.

Monday Buzz: 10 Minutes to Greater Productivity

Associations Now

It’s Monday, and the week has scarcely begun, so why not try to take advantage of an efficient tactic to heighten your productivity? The post Monday Buzz: 10 Minutes to Greater Productivity appeared first on Associations Now Take control of your association’s to-do list with a simple practice. “Sometimes, the 10 minutes seems like an eternity. Other good reads.

Product Launches: Will They Be a Thing of the Past at Tradeshows?

Associations Now

Two recent articles suggest the tradeshow model is changing, or perhaps even dying, when it comes to product launches. This week I came across two articles on that got me thinking about the future of association tradeshows, particularly when it comes to launching new products and services. The post Product Launches: Will They Be a Thing of the Past at Tradeshows?

Productivity Hacks

Spark Consulting

Sharing a fun presentation from Etienne Garbugli on how to be more productive: 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20 from Etienne Garbugli @egarbugli. presentations productivity Vinay Kumar My favorite tips include: Work when you’re in the zone – relax when you’re not (that’s also a great time to do stuff like your filing, balancing your books, reading an article, catching up on the blogs you follow, etc.). Stop multitasking (a theme of my Attention Doesn’t Scale whitepaper and accompanying presentation ). Pomodoro !

The Secret Sauce for Productive Nonprofit Meetings that No One Talks About

Beth Kanter's Blog

So much of our work life is being in meetings, but many times are a participant, not the meeting leader. What can we do as a participant to make meetings more productive? Look Out for Others: While this is the role of the meeting leader, it is a great way to contribute productively to meetings. Flickr Photo by Iain. One of the modules is on meetings. The Healthy Meeting Mindset.

Snow day productivity: Briefer, clearer, funner communications

Aaron Wolowiec

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. Both Kristen and I, together with the Event Garde team, appreciate you following our blog, sharing your comments and post ideas and paying forward those posts that resonate with you most. For some, that means a snow day (or two) home with the kids. Forget even the larger-than-life New Year’s resolutions.

Healthy and Productive Meetings: Free Guidestar Webinar on Feb. 12th

Beth Kanter's Blog

I have learned a lot – and the results have helped me be way more productive (and drop a lot of pounds toos!). I’ll be doing a Guidestar Webinar on health and productive meetings on Feb. ” I have cut out non-productive work time where I sit at my desk and can’t concentrate! Flickr Photo by Lynn Friedman. hours. I made a commitment to change. It’s work.”

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter's Blog

Activities are designed to support organizational wellness for greater productivity and morale boosts. Studies confirm that creative activities – painting, drawing, dancing, playing music, theatre, or singing – can improve employee productivity and skills. The benefit is not only stress reduction, but improved productivity. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang. Have story?

Brain-Loving Foods That Affect Our Productivity [Infographic]

Velvet Chainsaw

Does the food we eat affect our productivity? Of course it does! Here’s an infographic from MindFlash on the very subject. While the graphic refers to workplace wellness, the information definitely applies to conference attendee wellness too! Featured By: Compliance and Safety.

Pet Love Generates Record Spending in 2015, Says Pet Products Association

Associations Now

The American Pet Products Association says an increase in “pet humanization” is helping to drive record growth in the industry, even as other segments, such as sales of live animals, stumble. And according to the American Pet Products Association, all that spending adds up. billion on pet products last year—up from the $58.5 Americans love spoiling their pets.

Embrace the (March) Madness And Other Productivity Tips

Associations Now

The NCAA Tournament is upon us, and while many reports cite the potential for lost productivity at work, some are claiming just the opposite. Plus, a few other tips to help boost productivity. Both those activities could result in almost $2 billion in lost productivity for U.S. So let’s cool it a little on the March Madness productivity panic.”. Drop the routine.

Study: “Prosocial” Employees are Happier and More Productive

Associations Now

A newly published study illustrates that when workers give their bonuses to charities or their coworkers, instead of spending the money on themselves, they report higher levels of job satisfaction and productivity. The implication is not that you should buy this product instead of that product and that’s the way to make yourself happier.

Study: Government Meetings Benefit Economy and Productivity

Associations Now

The post Study: Government Meetings Benefit Economy and Productivity appeared first on Associations Now According to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, government meetings are more cost-effective than private-sector meetings, and government attendance at meetings provides opportunities to advance industries. Now new research [PDF] sponsored by the U.S.

6 basics of member re-engagement: Part 1.

YourMembership Blog

Industry News + Trends Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Product Information association members email marketing member engagement member re-engagement membership marketingThis is the first of a two-part series from Real Magnet looking at best practices for re-engaging your association members.

Trust and LinkedIn Product Recommendations: Measurable Business Results

Wild Apricot Blog

Social networks are popular with marketers but often don't lead to tangible results. Here's an example of how LinkedIn recommendations drive real business for Wild Apricot. LinkedIn Marketing Social networking

How to Grow Your Company By Turning Your Product into a Platform (plus 9 other resources)


Every week we aim to make your life easier by compiling the best online community articles from around the web right here on our blog. This week, our favorite articles focus on providing our readers with tips for building online communities and increasing engagement. Association Management Social Business Customer Engagement Customer Experience

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Selling Membership Solutions vs Products - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Recently, I was inspired by a quote I saw posted on LinkedIn that really struck me: “It’s Not the Products You Sell, It’s the Problems You Solve.” These are all “products” that you sell and this approach is strictly association-centric. And, I thought about this perspective for our clients and for associations selling membership in particular. I wish you the very best on doing so.

5 questions to better market your career center.

YourMembership Blog

Career Centers Industry News + Trends Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Product Information Resource Center Resource Home Revenue Solutions association management software business productivity solution career center cloud-based technology job board software marketing automation member engagement membership growth professional development professional education

Boost productivity in your association with online conferencing tools


Check out these free tools and see your association’s productivity skyrocket! The post Boost productivity in your association with online conferencing tools appeared first on SilkStart. At SilkStart, it’s an absolute necessity to connect with our customers in a way that is not only reliable, but convenient. Setting up an online conference call is part of every day for me.

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