Best 2014 Blogs from Our Association and Alliance Management Company

Association Management

And we’ve really begun to make headway as a technology-focused alliance management company—capable of supporting open-source technology associations , standard-setting alliances, and IoT consortia, in addition to our other practice areas. Happy New Year!

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Top 5 Association Management Takeaways from Xperience2014

YourMembership Blog

The Xperience2014 Customer Conference, held March 31 – April 1, 2014, at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Throughout the show our guests had the opportunity to attend sessions focused on business, marketing and association management best practices.

The Heart Rending Truth About Association Management

Association Subculture

association membership mission vision Sloe gin, sloe gin Tryin'' the wash away the pain inside Well I''m sick and I''m all done in I''m standing in the rain And I feel like I''m gonna die. I''m so damn lonely, ain''t even high.

Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

So when I came across “Association Learning + Technology 2014,” a recent report by Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele , founders of consulting firm Tagoras , imagine my delight! Use a learning content management system (LCMS). As a former journalist, I love data.

CalSAE Association Executives Name 6 Big Trends for 2014

Association Subculture

and they''re only gettin'' better I''m doin'' all right Gettin'' good grades The future''s so bright I gotta wear shades.Timbuk 3 I am lucky enough to get to play along with the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) IDEAL(TM) learning laboratory. association trends

Some Especially Great Ideas From Great Ideas 2014

Associations Now

From thinking differently about workspace to expanding reach via pop culture, the 2014 Great Ideas Conference brought out plenty of concepts worth taking to your staff and board—even if you weren’t in Florida this week. — Jamie Notter (@jamienotter) March 10, 2014.

The Future of Association Management Systems

SocialFish

This seems to be the question that has haunted association execs for more than 25 years when the initial association management system hit the not-for-profit marketplace. Associations should budget appropriately for AMS training, especially beyond implementation.

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Meetings 5.0: Five Ways to Improve Your Events

Association Management

This week I’m speaking on a panel at the New England Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting. Governance Membership Technology Uncategorized association management Association Management Company Board of Directors Conference Planning Organizational Development Training

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Top Stories of 2014: Here’s What You Read and Shared From Associations Now

Associations Now

From Ebola to drones to cybersecurity, it’s been an exciting year in association news. We looked back to see what grabbed and held your attention and what you shared most with other association pros. Here’s a look back at the most popular Associations Now stories of 2014.

Tuesday Buzz: The State of Fundraising Tech in 2014

Associations Now

Find Accounting Software has released the findings from its 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study , and the results are clear. But only 1 in 3 say they have the tools they need to be effective,” Find Accounting Software project specialist manager Adam Bluemner writes.

Back to basics: Education programs

Aaron Wolowiec

I recently facilitated two sessions on meeting planning and professional development for the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Academy of Association Management. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows.

Winning Lessons from the World of Sports

Association Management

In honor of Boston sports, here’s what our four teams can teach associations: From the Red Sox: “Know your role.” When a ball is hit up the middle in baseball, you never see the shortstop and second basemen collide as they both go for it. In Boston sports, these are “the good old days.”

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Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Like many of you, I’ve been known to juggle a handful of volunteer roles in addition to my nine-to-five job at any given point in time during my association management career. Above all, people who volunteer for associations expect to be involved effectively.

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Coming Soon.Holiday Wishes From Virtual

Association Management

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The Three “I”s of Successful Tech Associations

Association Management

As someone who’s worked around technology associations for a long time, I often get asked: “So what are the secret traits of the groups that are the most successful?”

Fighting fury with F.I.R.E.

Association Management

association management Board The “bad” Board member. Every Board has one. Just say their name and people roll their eyes. This person exists on nearly every Board, but takes on different forms. Sometimes it’s a person who is intentionally disrupting the group’s activity.

Sharing our Great Ideas

Aaron Wolowiec

The event focuses on creative approaches to everyday issues in association management and is built around the sharing of – you guessed it – great ideas. Scott Oser, president, Scott Oser Associates. The ASAE Great Ideas Conference is right around the corner.

Your Choice: Change or Irrelevance

Association Management

But boy, is it tough for a lot of associations to heed this advice. Membership Operations Starting an Association association management Launching an Association Leadership Organizational Development Technology

The Association Scoreboard

Association Management

Just like in sports, there’s no end to the statistics that you can look at, but here’s my top three gauges on the association dashboard. association management CASH RESERVE association membership

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Does Your Association Have a Private Online Social Community?

Association Management

Now think about the members of your association who have already opted into a community of common interests and mutual benefit. Aside from contact at association meetings and conferences, how do they interact with each other? social media association management Technology

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Game Plan 2014: Seeing Around the Corners

Association Adviser

We’re not recommending a life on the lam for 21 st century association leaders. Associations and their boards need to develop clearer and better researched priorities—then make sure they have the right staff or outsource partners to execute. “Most associations are slow to change.

Happy Birthday to Us

Association Management

First, the birthday of Virtual itself – July 6, 2014 marks 15 years, and we are grateful to have been a part of many global technology movements that have since transformed the lives of consumers and altered how businesses function.

Fifteen Minutes of Privacy

Association Management

So what does this mean for associations and consortia? Consortia association management communications Andy Warhol famously said that in the future everyone will have fifteen minutes of fame. Nowadays, it seems like in the future everyone can aspire to fifteen minutes of privacy.

Good Leaders Know They Don’t Know Everything

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism decisions knowledge leadership If you study leadership, read about great leaders throughout history, or even if you just think about what you should do (and not do) to be a good leader, you may come away with a very wrong conclusion – that good leaders are always the smartest people in their organization and therefore have all the answers.

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Satisfaction Formula

Association Management

association management Membership association membership A very smart polling professional once told me the formula for satisfaction was “S=P-E”. Put another (actually understandable) way, Satisfaction equals Performance minus Expectations. I love this.

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Missed Connections

Association Management

So what does any of this have to do with associations? At their essence, associations are about connectedness. Whether its connecting people or companies, associations are about creating the fabric that weaves people together. I’m still pretty young (by my own standards).

Your Choice: Change or Irrelevance

Association Management

But boy, is it tough for a lot of associations to heed this advice. Operations Starting an Association Organizational Development association management Technology Launching an Association Membership Leadership

Tough Customers

Association Management

Does your staff know when to: Escalate —when is it appropriate to call in their manager for support? association management Membership A lot is made about bad customer service. But let me tell you, customers themselves are no picnic.

Facing Your Fears

Association Management

association management success of professional associations I hate heights. My sister is still mad that we never made it to the top of the Statue of Liberty in 1974, because I froze up on the stairs. So, of course, yesterday I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Salesforce or Microsoft: What’s the Right CRM Platform for Your Association Management Software?

Nimble AMS

In the past few years, there has been a noticeable push by associations to leverage enterprise constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms from Salesforce or Microsoft as the platform for their association management software (AMS). and associations.

At the Ready

Association Management

There’s a lesson here for associations. Operations Starting an Association association management companies Membership Standards Association Management Company Yesterday I went underwear shopping.

At the Ready

Association Management

There’s a lesson here for associations. Membership Operations Starting an Association Uncategorized association management companies Association Management Company Standards Yesterday I went underwear shopping.

Thumbs Up

Association Management

association management Technology One of my favorite travel apps is TripIt. It does a great job organizing my travel world. According to TripIt, with the flight I’m currently sitting on, I have 241,745 miles flown since January 1, 2013. By comparison, the moon is 238,900 miles away.So

Now what?

Association Management

That’s the question that often comes up on the heels of an association accomplishing what it set out to do. So if this is the decision, be sure to make a definitive decision when you still have the cash reserves to manage doing it right. association management

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The Future of Associations

Association Leaders

On Friday, January 17 I had the privilege of moderating an esteemed panel of experts in a discussion titled, The Future of Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Meeting. The audience included more than 100 association executive members of the NAM CMA and more than 200 people joining live via webcast. How are demographic shifts impacting associations now and in the future?

Mistakes Happen

Association Management

Think about mistakes you’ve made with your association. association management Leadership Associations Everybody makes mistakes. That phrase is a cliché because it’s so true. And we make mistakes here at Virtual as well.

The Three “I”s of Successful Tech Associations

Association Management

As someone who''s worked around technology associations for a long time, I often get asked: "So what are the secret traits of the groups that are the most successful?"

How to be a World Changing Leader

Association Leaders

Recently, my brother-in-law sent me a copy of the text of the University of Texas 2014 Commencement speech given by Naval Admiral William H. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism change leadership UT My brother-in-law graduated from the University of Texas. I’ve often thought fondly of UT. I remember watching great UT football teams in the 1970′s and again in the 2000′s.

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Winning Lessons from the World of Sports

Association Management

In honor of Boston sports, here’s what our four teams can teach associations: From the Red Sox: “Know your role.” Your members want to know what will happen in 2014, not what happened in 2004. In Boston sports, these are “the good old days.”

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Missed Connections

Association Management

So what does any of this have to do with associations? At their essence, associations are about connectedness. Whether its connecting people or companies, associations are about creating the fabric that weaves people together. I’m still pretty young (by my own standards).