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Association Brain Food: 4.12.24

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I would love to live Like a river flows, Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding. – Fluent by John O’Donohue from Conamara Blues (hat tip to Swiss Miss for sending this poem my way) Attendee attention. Distraction is an occupational hazard for all of us. Even well-meaning learners who’ve paid for online courses and conferences are apt to click away if their attention wanes during your program.

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Of Crowdsourcing and Cassandras

Spark Consulting

Reupping this post I wrote back in 2009 about crowdsourcing, because my larger point is, I think, even more relevant in 2024. Jeff Howe , who is credited with coining the term “Crowdsourcing,” was the opening keynoter at the 2009 ASAE Technology Conference, where he mad the point that no matter how smart the people around you are, most of the smartest people work somewhere else.

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How to Get Funding for a Nonprofit: Tips on Tapping into 12 Top Funding Sources

Wild Apricot

Knowing how to get funding for a nonprofit is the first step towards success! Discover the pros & cons of the most common nonprofit funding sources.

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Member Engagement Metrics, Trends, and Education Program Advice for Associations in 2024

WBT Systems

What goals and concerns are your association peers prioritizing? How does your association’s performance across a range of member engagement metrics compare with theirs?

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The Ultimate Guide to Monetizing Customer Learning

Every decision that goes into your learning monetization strategy matters for your organization’s bottom line. Our research has shown a clear correlation between high program maturity (and ROI!) and choosing the right monetization strategy. This eBook contains clear, actionable ways to approach packaging and pricing models that will help your association grow revenue, improve profitability, and drive expansion into new markets.

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Association Brain Food: 4.5.24

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Apply for a marketing/branding grant. In honor of their 25th anniversary, Mighty Citizen is giving away $100,000 in marketing and branding services. They’re looking for a 501(c)(3) organization whose powerful mission could impact more people more deeply if it had marketing and branding help.

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The Top 15 Member Retention Strategies to Grow Your Community in 2024

Wild Apricot

Retaining your membership base saves money on recruitment and helps build a lasting community. Get inspired by these 15 member retention strategies!

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In an AI-Powered Market, a Human Touch Can Differentiate Your Association’s Education Programs

WBT Systems

Building AI into your association’s practices is a careful balancing act. It makes sense to use AI to automate menial tasks and extend your capabilities.

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“It’s About Delight”

Spark Consulting

Seth Godin recently had a sort of silly story about a recent experience at Whole Foods. Which is all well and good. But one thing particularly struck me: “It’s not about charging less. It’s about delight.” I want to emphasize that. It’s about delight. Stop and think about that for a minute. I think we don’t focus enough on the concept of creating delight when we’re creating member experiences.

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How to find the best association software solution for your organization

NetForum

As an association, it’s vital to find a software solution that works for your organization. Discovering the right association management software (AMS) that supports your association and is also up and running within your timetable might seem impossible. But it doesn’t need to be! Read our blog to discover helpful strategies to choose the right […] How to find the best association software solution for your organization appeared first on NetForum Association Management Software.

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2024 Association Survey Results Report

2024 Association Survey Results Report For the 10th year, association professionals across the U.S. and Canada provided a look at the inner workings of their organizations when they replied to GrowthZone’s annual survey. Read the 2024 survey results report to see how your association compares: Top Challenges Retention Rates Non-Renewal Reasons Automatic Renewals Reinstatement Strategies Member Engagement Changes & Strategies Why Members Join Non-Dues Revenue Sources Dues Increases, and more

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Three Data-Informed Strategies for Better Member Engagement

Association Analytics

In the association world, member engagement is always a top priority – but it’s not always a successful endeavor. Most associations don’t have an easy way to measure member engagement across all their different systems and touch points. And even when measured, it can be tricky to know how to use engagement scores to improve member experience and operational results.

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15 Attention Hacks to Improve Online Attendee and Learner Engagement

WBT Systems

Even when people pay for online education programs—and especially when they don’t—they still sometimes let themselves get distracted.

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‘Mastering Earned Media’: insights from O&U’s open mic Q&A

The Association 100

OnWrd & UpWrd’s latest open mic Q&A, “Mastering Earned Media for Associations,” offered a deep dive into effective media strategies for associations. Highlights included crafting narratives that resonate, personalizing pitches, innovative follow-up techniques and the strategic use of Letters to the Editor. Attendees explored storytelling for industry advancements, building meaningful trade publication relationships and employing modern metrics for measuring PR success.

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Dump the Performance Review!

Spark Consulting

We all know that one of the top reasons people voluntarily leave their jobs is bad management. Bad management can express itself in a variety of ways: the infamous “one person screwed up/took advantage of the organization so let me send out a cranky email to everyone setting up a Draconian new policy,” the capricious boss who takes out bad moods on staff, the micro-manager, the boss who never, ever backs staff members in confrontations with volunteers or members, the boss who plays f

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The Retention Ripple Effect: Nonprofit Staff and Donor Dynamics

Speaker: Andrew Olsen, CFRE - EVP, Fundraising Solutions at DickersonBakker | Kat Landa, CFRE, CSD - SVP, Talent Solutions at DickersonBakker

Across the nonprofit sector, organizations invest heavily in donor retention efforts, yet the struggle of cultivating lasting relationships remains. While attracting new donors is crucial, the lack of repeat donors poses significant financial risks. Through a comprehensive analysis of industry data, experts argue that there is a direct correlation between donor burnout, donor retention, and the talent retention crisis.

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Spring 2024 Release Highlights

NetForum

Uncover the benefits of choosing the right association management software for your fundraising activities. Learn how the right AMS can empower your staff and maximize revenue generation. Spring 2024 Release Highlights appeared first on NetForum Association Management Software.

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4 Tips for Handling Unexpected Challenges During Events

NXUnite

When planning an event for your nonprofit or association, you’re probably focused on securing a venue, soliciting sponsor support, and encouraging people to register for your event online. Likely, you’re not anticipating things that could go awry at your event. However, all event organizers know there’s a chance that something will go wrong, such as the internet going out, your check-in software malfunctioning, or attendees getting lost.

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Membership Retention 101: Building Loyalty and Keeping Members Engaged Year After Year

Association Adviser

Membership retention is the cornerstone of any successful organization, whether it’s a gym, a professional association, or a subscription-based service. Building a loyal base of members not only ensures a steady revenue stream but also fosters a sense of community and belonging.

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Elevate your association’s PR game with The A100 podcast

The Association 100

Join me on this week’s episode of The A100 podcast, dropping tomorrow, as I embark on a solo journey to unravel the complexities of PR and media relations for associations. I’ll guide listeners through creating newsworthy content, managing strategic press lists, securing national coverage and nurturing lasting media relationships. Offering a wealth of strategies and insights, this episode transforms your approach to PR, positioning your association as an industry leader.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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The Role of AI in Strategic Planning: Avoiding Algorithm Aversion

Aaron Wolowiec

Developing a strategic plan can be complex and time-consuming. It requires a lot of data collection, analysis, and synthesis, as well as creativity, collaboration, and communication. It also requires a lot of flexibility and adaptability because of the need to routinely update and revise a plan to reflect changing realities and opportunities. This is exactly where AI can help.

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How to go beyond “thank you” to show gratitude for your volunteers

NetForum

There’s nothing that shows volunteers more appreciation than providing them with a well-organized volunteer experience and the tools they need to succeed. Here are four ways the right technology can help you deliver a great volunteer experience year-round. How to go beyond “thank you” to show gratitude for your volunteers appeared first on NetForum Association Management Software.

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How and Why Do Today’s Companies Donate to Nonprofits?

NXUnite

Companies gave $29.48 billion to nonprofits last year, representing an incredible 3.4% increase. Nonprofits Source shared these impressive numbers in its corporate giving trends article, indicating that companies proactively seek causes like yours to support. The benefits of corporate support for nonprofits are clear: more revenue, extra volunteer power, and greater brand exposure.

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Unlock the Transformative Potential of Your Association’s Career Center

Association Adviser

Associations are facing a myriad of challenges in today’s rapidly evolving landscape, from membership recruitment and retention to revenue generation and strategic decision-making. However, by harnessing the power of data from their career centers, associations can not only address these obstacles but also thrive in the face of adversity.

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5 Habits of Growth-Oriented Associations

We’ve identified the five defining characteristics of future-focused associations. Adopting these traits allows your organization to chart a course for long-term growth and success. Find out: Why some organizations are more adept at navigating and overcoming challenges facing all associations. The success formula for thriving associations, including a behind-the-scenes peek at some flourishing organizations.

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Elevating association research: transform insights into impact

The Association 100

Unlock the secrets to maximizing your association’s research with OnWrd & UpWrd’s eBook, “Five Steps to Unlock the Power of Your Association’s Research.” This guide will help you amplify the reach and significance of your research efforts. The five-step process is designed to involve critical stakeholders early, identify compelling narratives within your findings and develop a robust strategy for sharing your insights.

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7 steps to advance your volunteer program with your online member community

Nimble AMS

Volunteers are an important part of your association! You likely leverage your association management software (AMS) to manage, recruit, retain, and engage your member volunteers. But have you considered leveraging your online member community to give your volunteer program a boost? Read our blog for seven tips to use your online member community to enhance your volunteer program!

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Elevating Event Marketing for Associations

AMR Management Services

In today’s bustling event landscape, where myriad options vie for attendees’ attention, the challenge of encouraging attendance looms large for associations. Standing out amidst the noise requires more than just hosting an event—it demands a strategic approach to event marketing. Associations must navigate through the sea of competing events by crafting compelling narratives, highlighting unique… The post Elevating Event Marketing for Associations first appeared on AMR Management Ser

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Nonprofit Chart of Accounts: A Guide for Getting Started

NXUnite

Between the limitations of restricted funds and the need to continue fueling charitable missions, your nonprofit must keep organized data for a successful approach to accounting. A foundational tool for keeping organized finances is the nonprofit chart of accounts (COA), which is a resource that records your organization’s financial activity. In this quick guide, we’ll explore how you can create a COA by covering the following topics: What is a nonprofit chart of accounts?

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11 Tips to Drive Learning Content Consumption

Unlock the full potential of your educational initiatives with the 11 Tips to Drive Learning Content Consumption eBook. You’ll uncover: Why measure content consumption rather than (or in addition to) completion rates and member satisfaction? What are some proven tactics to create quality learner content and raise your content consumption rates? Discover the secrets from leading experts in the field, distilled into practical tips that promise to elevate the quality of your educational offerings,