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A Century-Old Association Committed to Online Community and Data Analysis

Higher Logic

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is more than a century old, but that doesn’t mean it relies on old technology.

Building Value: How Associations Can Leverage the IKEA Effect

Association Success

What happens to member value when you design for participation? You’ve been working for hours on your new IKEA wardrobe. First you unpacked the flatbox into meticulous piles on the bedroom floor. Then you opened the instructions and set carefully to work, tapping wooden dowels, twisting bolts, and holding random screws up to the page to make sure you weren’t using the wrong one. At times, it felt more like a mensa challenge or an inside joke than a piece of furniture.

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5 strategies to build a case for new membership software in 2018.

YourMembership Blog

Every association department competes against yours for limited funds you need to purchase new technology. If your membership department (and association) requires a new membership management system, you must build a business case to justify allocating money and staff time to select and implement new membership software. Examine your software’s checkered past. Before developing a. The post 5 strategies to build a case for new membership software in 2018. appeared first on YourMembership.

The Intersection of Online Communities and Marketing Automation

Higher Logic

In the digital landscape of 2017, online communities continue to make headway in the association market. While once thought of as members-only online discussion groups, online communities have taken on even greater importance given the generational shift in workforce and associations adjusting to the mobile-first and always connected user. Online communities help organizations to maximize retention rates, attract new members, and grow their relevancy.

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Fostering a Culture of Innovation (Webinar)

Jamie Notter

Don't miss this upcoming webinar , featuring me and Dan Stark from Nimble User/Community Brands, to be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:00pm eastern time.

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Happy Giving Tuesday: How Board Members Participate

Beth Kanter's Blog

Before I take you behind the scenes of our NTEN board fundraiser for Giving Tuesday , let me ask you to consider to a donation of any size to support NTEN and the Nonprofit Technology Conference Scholarship campaign.

[WEBINAR] How to build a culture of innovation 12/5


Don’t miss this upcoming webinar , featuring me and Dan Stark from Nimble User/Community Brands, to be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:00pm eastern time.

The Moery Company Forms Advisory Board - Moery Company

The Moery Company

The Moery Company (TMC) proudly announces the creation of its 10-member Advisory Board composed of specialized consultants and the best minds in the association industry. Launched in 2010, TMC has made its mark as one of the most respected and successful consulting firms in the nonprofit industry.

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3 ways to unstick the vicious continuing ed tech cycle.

YourMembership Blog

One of the hardest tasks as a continuing education provider is maintaining confidence in your learning management software (LMS). Some of you are currently stuck in the vicious cycle of investing in new technology. You feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. But soon, you realize there’s a new tool or technology that offers more. The post 3 ways to unstick the vicious continuing ed tech cycle. appeared first on YourMembership. Online Learning Professional Development

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How to Drive Traffic to Your Community Using Social Media

Higher Logic

We are busy people. And there is a constant battle for our attention. Some people tend to spend their time on Facebook and others on Instagram. Our communities are in constant competition with these other platforms, so why not use them to our advantage? Go where your members go.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Influencer Marketing on Instagram


I like this one because it’s a good reminder that the most effective influencers, for Instagram in this case, are the “micro influencers” -the “advocates” – people with smaller audiences but deeper relationships. Via X-Cart.

You’re not special (when it comes to data management)

Effective Databse

I don’t mean to sound harsh, but the truth is, when it comes to data management, your association is probably a lot like most other associations. You probably manage membership, meetings, committees, product sales, and so on. And what this means is, there is probably an off-the-shelf association management software (AMS) system that can support the data you have to manage. Click here to find a whole list of these products.).

9 (little) Things to Be Thankful for at Work


Imagine your work-life without these (shudder)…. Control-Z – for real. Email – what did we without it? Payday – enough said. Chairs with wheels – right? Heat and A/C – even if it’s never the right temperature. Small wins – being able to check something simple off a to-do list.

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An Introduction to the EU Global Data Protection Regulation

Higher Logic

If you send email or maintain a user database and have any members, customers, or prospects in the European Union, you’ve probably heard about the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Going far beyond email and electronic communication, this new law covers all aspects of data privacy and has been hailed as the most important such regulation in 20 years. Today we’ll talk briefly about the key provisions of GDPR and how it may affect you as an email marketer. First, a little history.

[Upcoming webinar] Digital trends and strategies using YourMembership AMS.

YourMembership Blog

Member preferences are shifting, and the digital evolution is impacting member experiences through training, membership and events. How can your organization prepare for this evolution? How can associations keep members engaged? Consider these statistics: 91% of adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach—every hour of every day. Networking is the #1 reason why members. The post [Upcoming webinar] Digital trends and strategies using YourMembership AMS. appeared first on YourMembership.

Facebook Live-A-Thon for @ASPCA Raises Over $50,000 on Giving Tuesday

Beth Kanter's Blog

Last week, nonprofits in 42 countries celebrated the sixth Giving Tuesday ,a global movement to inspire giving. According to the Giving Tuesday report , $275 million was raised in addition the countless hours of volunteer time and in-kind contributions.

Back to Basics: Membership Models

Association Success

The foundations of an association shape the member experience. Associations exist for their membership. Every association has a unique way of working to make their members lives easier, and membership structures are the foundation upon which associations work. The question of how to build the best membership structure for an association can be daunting, as it suggests an overhaul of how we do things from the ground up. But it need not be scary.

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3 Ways to Quit Wasting Time in Worthless Meetings


Communication is key to association efficiency. And there are times when that communication requires face-to-face meetings. These meetings can be a model of efficiency or go on forever with no measurable accomplishments.

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You Can’t Prove Your Culture’s Good Until You Know What It Is

Jamie Notter

Everyone wants to know how good their culture is. They want to know if their people rate the culture favorably, they want to know if they are considered a best place to work, they want to know if they have good engagement scores, and they want to know if they do a good job on things like innovation, transparency, collaboration, and agility. I get it. But before you even worry about how good you are, you need to know HOW your culture does these things.

November Update: How to Apply Membership Growth Strategies in Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

We recently wrapped up our Free Membership Growth Online Summit 2017, where five leading experts shared strategies for increasing membership growth. Access the recordings here and learn about more of our upcoming webinars. november-update

The Anatomy of an Effective Customer Community Team

Higher Logic

Communities are naturally multi-disciplinary projects. They use diverse tools to provide the information customers need in the way they want to receive it, all to fill a business need like improving retention or increasing awareness about your products.

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New article posted: Understanding Queries

Effective Databse

When I work with my clients on any issues related to data management, whether it’s selecting a new AMS, or just making the current system more effective for the association, one of the most common complaints I hear is something along the lines of: “Our querying/reporting is all messed up” or “Our queries/reports are wrong” or “Our queries/reports don’t work correctly.”.

Belonging to an Association Could Make You Happier

Association Success

So how do we foster that sense of belonging? Do members feel they belong to the association? Does their feeling of belonging equal the sense of belonging they feel when they go to a book club meeting? Is it like getting together with coworkers after work for a round of beers? Or do your members have a more transactional feeling about their membership? One that is more akin to being a member of Amazon Prime? There is probably a range of emotion in your association.

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Remember the Process Side of Culture Too

Jamie Notter

I’ve noticed an interesting pattern among the organizations that have measured their cultures using our culture assessment to date.

Use These 5 Steps to Create a Successful Nonprofit Marketing Plan

Wild Apricot Blog

Having worked with hundreds of organizations, I can tell you that the ones who develop and follow a strong nonprofit marketing plan grow faster and make a bigger impact than those who don’t. Here are 5 steps to create your own with examples. Nonprofit-Marketing

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.24.17

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… CB Insights published one of the best explainer posts I’ve read about blockchain technology. The article also covers Bitcoin, Ethereum, initial coin offerings, and promising use cases.

China’s Foreign NGO Law Update: 242 Offices Register Successfully


Reported by Maria Tong, Director Association Management & Consulting, MCI China. As of October 31, 2017, a total of 242 foreign NGO (FNGO) offices have registered successfully in China. In figure 1 below, shows the leading registration areas and where FNGO’s are based. . Beijing 80.

5 Lists to Make for a Knockout 2018


If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I LOVE lists. To-do lists, bucket lists, grocery lists - you name it, I’m all about it. Why the obsession with lists? Well not only do they prevent things from falling off your radar, but they hold you accountable. Putting things in writing just MAKES them more real.) Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than checking something (or many things) off a list.

A Guide to Effecting Change at Work

Association Success

These tips on (sensibly) shaking things up will put you on the path to success at your association. Innovation is not easy. Switching up working practices at associations that have existed for decades takes tenacity, especially if you have a relatively small sphere of influence. But we should never let complacency get in the way of progress. I believe you can influence change in your organization at any level if the environment is primed.

The 3 Best Instagram Strategies For Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re struggling to get results, or simply starting from scratch, I’m going to show you the three best Instagram strategies for nonprofits I’ve seen get more likes and followers. Instagram

Tips for Building Your Brand by Scaling Content - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Istock/Credit: zaieiu. The Moery Company faced major headwinds in its start-up phase. Primarily, no one knew what the heck we did. But, I learned early on about the value of thought leadership and content delivery as being the most valuable part of modern marketing.

[Webinar] Social Media and Your Perfect Audience


Learn how to revitalize your association’s social media relationship with prospective members! Join membership expert and social media pro, Frank Kenny, on Wednesday, December 13 th at 1 PM CST for our live, FREE webinar, “Social Media and Your Perfect Audience.”. Register for the Webinar Now ».

Your Members Want This From Your Executive Director


While personalities will vary between your association’s management team, it’s important that your members feel like they can relate to your executive director. In many ways, they are often seen as the face of your association. No pressure to make a good impression, right? So then, what is it exactly that your members want? We’ve narrowed it down to these top three traits that we believe your members want to see in your association’s executive director. Take a look below!

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Insights into the Member Journey

Association Success

Check in with your member community through surveys to find out what’s working and what has to go. Your members are on a journey with your association. Some are taking their first steps with you while others have reached the end of the line. Others are prospects and they’re deciding whether to hop on board. Having conversations with your members at various points in their journey can yield valuable insights into member acquisition, engagement and retention. Over at Bramm Research Inc.,