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How to Create a Data-Sharing Partnership with Chapters: Part 1

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Relationships are tricky. Chapters don’t like their national association looking over their shoulder like Big Brother. Or, nagging them with requests for data. But, the national association has to know which chapters need help or are at risk of failing. Or, which ones have success stories to share.

7 Reasons Associations, Chapters AND Members Love Auto-Renewal Membership Plans

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Is it time for your association to become part of the subscription economy? Many of your members and your membership prospects are consumers of the subscription economy. Think about everyone you know who belongs to Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, Audible, eHarmony, Blue Apron, or Stitch Fix.

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10 Warning Signs of a Chapter Network in Trouble

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Anyone who’s lived with a dysfunctional kitchen knows how challenging it is to get a big meal on the table. Everything takes longer because ingredients and utensils aren’t handy. There’s only room for one person to work. The lighting is terrible. You’re cut off from your guests in the living room.

What Does the Process of Chapter Restructuring Look Like?

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When your association and chapters don’t have a true partnership, you each spend time focusing on things and fixing things you shouldn’t. Members are the ones who lose and eventually fade away. In our last post, we identified ten warning signs of a chapter network in trouble.

Is Auto-Renewal Membership a Good Option for YOUR Association, Chapters & Members?

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Recap & Review – Why associations and their chapters should be thinking about auto-renewals (See our previous post in case you missed it). Your members live in a subscription economy.

How to Build a Case for and Implement Joint Membership for Your Association and Chapters

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Without an effective sales pitch and a comprehensive implementation plan, good ideas die. Joint membership is one of those good ideas for associations with a chapter network. Also known as unified membership, the joint membership model packages national and chapter memberships together.

Joint Membership: Why It’s the Special Sauce of the Association/Chapter Experience

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Associations are appreciating their chapters more than ever. As the number and quality of online educational and networking opportunities continue to increase, chapters provide a unique professional experience for members.

How to Create a Data-Sharing Partnership with Chapters: Part 2

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Ask any component relations professional to describe the worst possible relationship between an association and its chapters and you’re bound to hear the words “us vs. them.” When this mindset afflicts staff and leaders, everyone loses, including your members.

Are chapter volunteers burning out? Surveying chapter leaders could be a game-changer.

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Volunteers are often the lifeline of associations, especially when it comes to the chapter and local levels. They take time out of their busy lives and dedicate it to your mission, to engage others and help your association be successful.

Implementing technology with chapters can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be

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So, you’ve been tasked with implementing new technology into your organization. You’ve created a committee of all the right people. You’ve chosen the technology that meets your needs after weeks, months or maybe even years of research (we’ve seen it…). …. Now what?

The Mystical World of Chapter ROI – Assessment Included

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We continue to hear the same question being asked – are chapters worth it ? Our guts tell us yes, but having the numbers to prove it is much more challenging. It’s Not All Rainbows & Roses. Only 5% of associations calculate ROI*.

Lessons Learned from Leveraging Components

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dresden Farrand, MPP, MPA, CAE, Director of Membership & Chapters at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Are you an iMIS Superhero?

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We’re looking forward to meeting a few iMIS Superheroes at the 10 th Annual NiUG Discovery Conference , September 26-28, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. NiUG Discovery is the most comprehensive iMIS conference in the country.

Billhighway Heads to the Capital for AMS Fest 2016

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We’re excited to announce our participation in the popular technology conference AMS Fest , which will be held in Washington, D.C., September 15-16.

Got chapters? Could this be the next trend?

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There is no doubt that when an association has chapters, there is an added layer of complexity when it comes to operations, technology and processes. . We find ourselves consistently referencing a great session from the 2016 ASAE MM&C Conference and wanted to share it with you.

Chapter Takeaways from the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo

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Hopefully everyone has had some time to settle back into their daily routine after a great ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo! (We We know it can take forever to dig yourself out of those emails). As if life wasn’t hard enough, chapters have to come in and add more complexity to everything.

4 Ways to Use Your Online Customer Community to Increase Upsell and Cross-Sell Revenue

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Did you know that 80 percent of your future revenue will come from only 20 percent of your current customers ? This highlights just how important your existing customers are to growing your business.

Does Your Association’s Structure Stifle Success?

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A startup mentality can help an association generate new ideas. But success has less to do with “failing fast” than knowing how your organizational structure stands in your way.

How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

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In 2016, businesses lost $63 billion dollars due to bad customer service. That’s up from 2013 by a whopping $20 billion.

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Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

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Today marks five years since I launched Spark Consulting. As I look back on the past five years, I have much to be grateful for. Leading that list is all the people who’ve contributed to the success of this Big Hairy Audacious Goal. First, I have to thank all my wonderful clients.

Association Tips: 6 Irresistible Member Benefits that Convince People to Join and Renew

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Getting people to join your association is like making a sale. You need to offer them something they want enough that they’re willing to pay for it. The problem is that many other organizations have similar offers and value propositions.

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

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Email can be overwhelming. Many of us let emails sit, often with good intentions of getting to them later, which results in emails not being opened or read at all. Email communication suffers when we’re busy or our inboxes are clogged with to-dos.

3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

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Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users.

How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

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Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky.

How Switching to a Private Online Community Helped the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Double Community Engagement

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The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) once served its members with a Yahoo Group, but only a few hundred members signed up to participate on the platform. Something wasn’t right.

5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today

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My favorite childhood game was Telephone. My friends and I would sit in a circle for hours passing messages around by whispering in one another’s ears. Hearing how the original messages changed to something nearly unrecognizable at the end always made me laugh.

Improve Your Customer Retention Program with an Online Community

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Many people ask how online communities can bring in new customers. It’s important, but communities aren’t just about growing your customer base. Part of a community’s value comes from something else - retaining existing customers.

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

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Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy.

Build a Bridge to Maximize the Community Experience With Social Learning

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If we build it, members will come, right? Organizations and associations dedicate significant resources to their learning strategies and content development in order to attract members and make their membership more valuable.

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How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products

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We recently caught up with Alexandra Dao , Senior Manager, Research and Customer Insights for Vimeo. Alexandra spoke about how she works with current Vimeo users to do usability testing on new products.

Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together

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We’ve been busy here at Higher Logic - last September we announced our spot as a Leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape : Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment, as well as our new investment and partnership with JMI Equity.

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

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Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day.

Why Online Communities Still Aren’t a Top Business Strategy (And How to Change That)

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Dear online community professionals, We have work to do. Today, we are failing to showcase the inherent value we believe online communities can provide, because too many of our arguments are unproven. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs don’t drive revenue.

How to Overcome Challenges and Use Community as an Integrated Service to Improve Business Results

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Historically, organizations have struggled to integrate community into their infrastructure and customer-facing offerings.

#ASAE17 session: Redefining association member value.

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Like many of you, I’m excited about attending ASAE Annual. Not only will this be my first time in Toronto, Canada, but I will also be presenting a session on redefining your association’s member value propositions. Traditional value propositions have shifted to become the expectations of your members. They demand continuing education and job opportunities, The post #ASAE17 session: Redefining association member value. appeared first on YourMembership.

Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

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“We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill. Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much.

Learn How to Leverage Your Chapters


Looking for a learning event that's all about association chapters and other member communities? One where we don’t start the conversation with “why chapters?” but with “Yes, chapters …” It’s coming! October 13, 2017 #AssnCEX2017

The Great News in the Jive Acquisition

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Last week, Jive announced it was being acquired by Aurea, which would make Jive part of the Aurea customer experience management platform.

The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

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Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things.

How to Improve First-Year Member Retention

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Retention is king. It’s vital to growth and sustainability as well as the success of new member acquisition campaigns. Because how valuable are new members if they stay for just one year? That’s what many new association members do. They join, pay their dues, and drop their membership a year later.