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The Big Red “M” Celebrates 9 Years in Business

Moery Company

Back in 2010 when JP Moery launched his company, it was a solo journey. Today, The Moery Company is staffed by a dynamic 12-member team of sales, marketing, research, and communications professionals.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… If you haven’t already, you must read New Member Engagement Study , a collaboration between Kaiser Insights, Dynamic Benchmarking, 12 research partners and 160 association professionals.

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Build a Sustainable Brand with Purpose-Driven Marketing

Higher Logic

Purpose – what is it? If you’re thinking “the name of Justin Bieber’s fourth album”. that would be correct, but this word carries more weight than his millions of fans.

Clarity Is Fleeting

Eric Lanke

I was on the road for much of this past week. I was attending one of my association's major workforce development programs in and around Denver, Colorado, but where I was and what I was doing is not really relevant for the purposes of this post.

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Here Are All The Nonprofit Jobs for April 2019 We Could Find

Wild Apricot

Every month, we compile a list of nonprofit jobs within the United States. Whether you’re looking for a career change or looking to enter the nonprofit space, this list is a helpful way to keep track of nonprofit opportunities in your area

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 186: Building Association Awareness for Volunteer Leaders

Moery Company

Host JP Moery has seen an interesting trend developing, and it’s the growing interest of volunteer leaders in the association business. He says, “We expect these leaders to be strategic and map a path for us and often we are of critical of their ability to do so.

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Experts from Associations, Guilds to be Crucial in Notre Dame Restoration

Associations Now

A fire swiftly burned through the 800-year-old lumber supporting Notre Dame’s roof, causing significant damage. Now, France looks to experts to restore the medieval church.

Consensus – The Association Leadership Challenge

Association Leaders

Consensus is a collaborative process by which decisions are made based on overwhelming agreement of a group. Ultimately a decision by consensus is one that everyone supports (or can live with). Associations are groups of people or companies with similar interests or in similar professions or industries.

How The #1 Car Club Software Can Make Your Life Easier

Wild Apricot

Car club software can save administrators lots of time while growing their club. Find out how car club management software can save you time and put you back on the road

Three Traits that Differentiate Today’s Top CEOs

Moery Company

IStock/Credit:Rawpixel. For nearly 25 years, I’ve had the chance to work with and observe some of the best association CEOs in the business. Several traits differentiate the exceptional leaders – here are a few: First and foremost , the top CEOs have the best staff.

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3 Fresh Content Ideas for Your Organization's Newsletter


Newsletters are great for engaging your organization’s membership. But in order for your newsletter to effectively do that, the content must be: Valuable. Easily scannable (No one wants an overly-long email). Fresh. Now those first two are probably self-explanatory, but what about that last one?

Three Ways to Expand Your Content Marketing Horizons

Associations Now

Signs are growing that more traditional content marketing approaches still have plenty of room to gain steam. But that doesn’t mean your digital content strategy couldn’t benefit from experimentation.

Does your AMS support your mission?

Effective Database

Have you ever consciously considered how your AMS is supporting your organization’s mission? You should, and it should.

Aligning the Human Experience at XDP

HighRoad Solution

Powered by ASAE, the Xperience Design Project was an inspiring two-day learning opportunity focused on creating successful association events and experiences.

Associations Need to Focus Where They Excel: Their Members

Moery Company

Growing up the daughter of an association professional, I learned at a young age the world of not-for-profit management and maybe even more impressive, what all the letters on the side of the buildings in Old Town Alexandria were for.

Bringing a Brand to Life

AMR Management Services

What do you think the biggest misconception of branding is? Designing and branding is not just making something pretty. It’s choosing elements wisely based on what the brand should look


Mensa’s Newest Honorary Member: A Robot That Can Draw

Associations Now

American Mensa is offering only its third-ever honorary membership for a fictional character to a device that aims to tie STEM and artistry together for kids. It’s definitely a smart idea to get forward-thinking about your membership in a world that is evolving in a tech-forward way.

5 Signs You’re Ready for a Learning Management System


Learning management systems are flexible enough to make an impact on your organization (and its members) in a number of different ways. Content management? Check. Continuing education tracking? Check. Revenue generation? Check. And that only scratches the surface.

What Kind of Marketing Services Does Your Association Need?

HighRoad Solution

You won’t always have the kind of expertise on hand that you require for marketing success. There are circumstances where you need additional technical expertise or some assistance with strategy, or simply a new pair of eyes and some fresh thinking. Association Management

Get Your Prospects to Open your Emails!

Moery Company

When it comes to the daily grind, everyone can relate to an overcrowded inbox and how easily an important email gets pushed to the bottom. When it comes to being seen and opened, I follow a set of best practices when I am brainstorming email subject lines.

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The 40 Year Old Association Problem

Smooth The Path

Some associations are busy solving the problem their members had 40 years ago. Or 30 years ago or 15 years ago or even 5 years ago. That problem was a problem then, but it is not an urgent, painful problem right now. Now your members are grappling with entirely new problems.

Setting Strategy for Certification’s New World

Associations Now

It’s tempting to jump right into the new ways to engage members in certification. But before you launch your digital badges and microcredentials, think about where your members are—and how long they’ll stick around.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action


Strategy Meltdown —The screen play. The corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The executive director and membership team are seated at a conference table. They are hunched over laptops. The executive director is frowning.

How to Build the Right MarTech Stack for Your Association Marketing Plan

HighRoad Solution

You might have a great association marketing plan , but nothing will come of it unless you have the right tools to turn plans into actions. Association Management

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A Futurist’s View: On The Amazon Of Certifications

Association Success

Associations are stronger together, how can they collaborate to create a place to develop, provide, and update certifications? Association leaders need to be futurists and makers. It’s that simple.

Post-Event Engagement: How to Keep the Hype Going Once Your Event Is Over


So much of the event planning process comes before and during the actual event - and understandably so! But to keep the experience alive, it’s important to have a post-event engagement plan as well. How will you follow up with attendees? What types of collateral will you create?

When Your Heart Isn’t in It: Leadership Lessons from Magic Johnson

Associations Now

The NBA icon quit a leadership role on live television last week, before even telling his boss. Johnson is a unique case, but his story raises important issues of authenticity and obligation in leadership. You have to really not like a job to quit during an impromptu interview on live television.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action


Strategy Meltdown —The screen play. the corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The executive director and membership team are seated at a conference table. They are hunched over laptops. The executive director is frowning.

The End of the Road

Idea Architects

20 years. 600+ posts. 500,000+ words. It has been fun, and I thank you for reading. All posts will be removed from publication no later than May 1 , 2019


Best Association Management Tools: What Combination of Technologies Do You Need?

HighRoad Solution

If you’re a tech leader at an association, you probably find yourself struggling with the same questions over and over. Questions like: How do I support the unique organizational structure of an association? How can the tech stack support the lead generation goals of the marketing team?

The Problem with Association Problems

Smooth The Path

The problem with association problems is it is challenging to get to good solutions. It’s not just associations; by the way, problem-solving is a complex minefield for for-profits and non-profits alike. There are many reasons why we experience problems finding solutions to our problems.

For Member Onboarding, Think Outside the Inbox

Associations Now

Email remains the most popular way to engage new members, but some associations are testing creative alternatives in an age of email fatigue. When a new member joins your association, the first thing you probably do is send an email to make that person feel welcome.

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3 Different Types of Member Recruitment Events to Try


Planning events specifically for recruitment can be really effective - after all, communicating membership value is a whole lot easier in person.

Is It Time for the MVS (Minimally Viable Structure)?

Idea Architects

If I had not been a part of the discussion, I might not have believed it. Here we were—a group of intelligent, caring, and capable individuals—discussing what would be required to accomplish the direction we had set. The answer?