Meetings mean money for hotels in 2015

Aaron Wolowiec

Thanks to PD nerds like me, in 2015 hotels should get a big financial boost. I touched on it last week in a post about MPI’s meetings forecast for 2015. As such, cybersecurity at hotels will become increasingly important for events and meetings in 2015.”. In fact, according to the Social Tables report, it seems advanced technology will have the greatest effect on hotels and will be in great demand since Americans own, on average, four digital devices.

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Is Your Technology Seamless?

Associations Now

A few smart words from a guy who built his life in technology could help you figure out your own technology balance. Among the many things the Apple II mastermind brought up during his panel discussion at the MassMutual Center was the idea of technology needing to enable us to be better, rather than getting in the way of what makes us best. Rather, we want technology to be invisible, to provide value seamlessly,” the company explained. “In

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Survey: Technology Use Among Young Kids Is Skyrocketing

Associations Now

The survey [PDF], which coincides with Better Hearing and Speech Month , found significant percentages of parents reporting technology use by children up to age 8. And though technology use among young children is high, parents said they have concerns about excessive tech use: 77 percent agreed that misuse of technology can be harmful to young children, and 72 percent agreed that loud noise from devices can result in hearing loss. Technology has had many benefits, Page wrote.

EVOLVE: Technology will Mandate Marketers to Keep Up with the Times


It has become the medium that allows them to search, retrieve recommendations, do price comparisons and make purchases. The terms, “mass customization” have now enabled companies like Nike to give people the features what they want (in style, colour and design) — highly customized but within very efficient pricing. Marketers have to adapt and stay on top of the channels and technologies.

The new association “normal”

Aaron Wolowiec

So for the price of “X,” the CEO and/or directors will be regular members (including receipt of print member magazine) and all the other staff, if they opt-in, will be electronic members. But, technology actually enables communication. The younger generation is much more comfortable with technology. AA: So we can expect more technology-based communication from the next generation of leaders? It’s just that younger people have a much higher expectation for technology.

Trends Report: What Could 2015 Look Like for Association Meetings?

Associations Now

Here’s what a few organizations and companies are predicting that 2015 has on tap for meetings. 5 % The amount air travel costs will increase in 2015, according to MPI’s quarterly “Meetings Outlook” report. But something else has started to pop up in this mix, particularly in my email inbox: Talk of both New Year’s and what 2015 will mean to various aspects of associations, including conferences and events.

Essential Nonprofit Software of 2014


As we watch some of our wildest sci-fi fantasies become reality , the potential of technology seems limitless. From fax machines, to email, to smartwatches, technology has transformed the way the world does business. But with the wealth of business tools and technology available, creating a consideration set for your business can seem like a monumental project. Technology spending is also reportedly a small portion of nonprofits’ budgets, averaging less than 4.2

Study: Business Travel and Its Costs Are on the Rise

Associations Now

Similar to “ Shadow IT ,” employees are taking advantage of technology for more control over their work and life. As TRIPBAM CEO Steve Reynolds told Skift , “A hotel general manager is thinking, ‘if I could fill every room at my hotel for whatever price, why would I sell it any lower?’ Hanson estimates that 2015 will be a record year for capital expenditures , as well. billion, in 2015.

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Time-Saving Tools and Apps for Social Media Management


SproutSocial is a premium tool but is worth the price. You can choose from a range of plans and pricing options and will get access and functionality accordingly. She is also interested in technology, social media and fashion. Social media helps you boost traffic to your website (and your physical office!), increase exposure, build awareness, drive engagement and create a community around your cause. But only when it’s done right.

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Is the Financial Services Industry Poised for Market Disruption?


Technology is enabling a greater awareness of how companies are servicing customer demands. Consumers are using their smart phones to review sites, do price comparisons, take pictures of products and send them to people who influence their purchase. Hyperlocalization and Geo-fencing technologies are being tested to create more relevant offers for people at the time they are most predisposed to purchase.

Is Your Association a Skunk Works for Your Industry?

Eric Lanke

A consultant, trying to shake an association executive out of his complacency, asks how he would feel if his association spent gobs of time and money developing an unique product for its membership, only to have a for-profit company sweep in, develop, and launch a competing product, at a significantly lower price, for the same audience two months after the association''s launch.

Should You Tell Your Website Vendor Your Budget?

Vanguard Tech

As a technology provider for associations for over 15 years, we've seen quite a few RFPs in our day. Okay.maybe you're not saying that exactly , but you may still feel it's prudent and a best practice to get the best price from all vendors before sharing your budget. Some written well, some not so much. Some with a very clearly articulated purpose, some rambling with little sense of what they are really asking for. And to be honest, these things are not deal-breakers by any stretch.

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Four Trends Tradeshow Organizers Need to Know Now

Associations Now

With less than a month to go until 2016 (Wow, what happened to 2015?!), noted that some of the major updates in the 2015 edition address data, including how it relates to capture, strategy, and security; education approaches; physical security; and the impact of the global economic picture. However, to remain relevant, the industry will need to upgrade its teaching approaches and technologies to accommodate the broad spectrum of changing attendee demographics and learning styles.

Make the Dynamics of Member Influence Work for You

Associations Now

As reported last week by MIT Technology Review , researchers at the University of Southern California studying social-network dynamics published a report in June that illustrates how an idea held by a small number of people in a network can be mistaken for being much more widely held than it actually is. Social-network research shows just a few influential members of a large group can take a new idea and make it seem like everyone’s talking about it.

Thursday Buzz: Recognizing the Association World’s Brightest Minds

Associations Now

“Washington’s Leading Association and Nonprofit Innovators,” an event in Arlington, Virginia’s, Crystal City neighborhood, recognized 20 association executives for their groundbreaking approaches to technology, revenue, and events. Head of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, analyzes 2015 #SuperBowl ads: [link] — Haylie Starin (@HaylieStarin) January 29, 2015. Pricing a hot topic for your association?

The Hidden Costs of Inefficiency

Associations Now

For New Yorkers, the most annoying thing might be that some of this is a direct result of pricing inefficiencies baked into the system. Last year, data blogger Ben Wellington pointed out a big problem in MTA’s pricing structure : The touchscreen machines that push out the cards are designed to let users pay flat rates, but the pricing structure, with fees and bonuses added, basically makes it impossible to get a zero balance when buying a MetroCard with one of the default options.

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Meeting Registration: It Goes Beyond Process

Associations Now

It’s also about what’s included, the price, and any extras that come with it. Of course, there were the usual suspects, like technology , content marketing , green meetings , and new event formats. Bundle Up In another twist on the registration front, the American Library Association offers what it calls “bundle registration” for its 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. Registration for meetings and events is about more than the process.

Your Members’ Tech Comfort Level Matters

Associations Now

In a Sunday panel at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit, Geary noted that he respects the value of technology but said he has become less knowledgeable about tech as he gets older, relying on his younger staffers to keep him abreast of important trends and stepping in when he needs to get a stronger handle on a given issue. That’s not an unusual spot for an association exec to occupy regarding technology.

Greeting Card Industry Shifts Over Millennial Taste

Associations Now

“The industry is declining, and from 2015 to 2020 we expect it to continue this downward trend,” Sarah Turk, an IBISWorld analyst, said to NPR on the card industry. They just aren’t keen on price or greeting card technology. Additionally, GCA states on its website that “younger card buyers and those who are more technology savvy are currently the ones most engaged in buying paper greeting cards online.”.

Sen. Schumer: DOJ Investigation Should Include Airlines’ Blocking of Travel Data

Associations Now

With the airline industry already facing a Justice Department probe, the Democratic senator from New York said this week that airlines’ withholding of price and schedule data from travel websites should to be added to the investigation. The Travel Technology Association has been pushing that message for months. Travel Tech has already pushed for the agency to add to its investigation the issue of airlines withholding fare and schedule data from price-comparison sites.

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Friday Buzz: We’re Using YouTube a Lot More

Associations Now

” Google said this week that its quarterly revenue increased by 11 percent in the previous quarter, creating a big pop in the company’s stock price. The Event Manager Blog highlights the mistakes event planners make when figuring out their event technology plans. New stats from YouTube show that mobile users are sticking with the site for nearly an hour at a time. Also: One online video-maker that builds hits month after month.

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It’s Never Too Late to Catch Up

Associations Now

Starting a direct competitor to Amazon might sound like a fool’s gamble in 2015, but has succeeded in building momentum quickly. Like Amazon, Jet sells basic goods at lower prices than you might find in a store, driving sales through the strength of a membership program. Unlike Amazon, Jet requires its users to be members—and in exchange, it offers lower prices than even Amazon does. A strong strategy is the atlas for your technology.

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Google Brings Nonprofit Funding to the Polls

Associations Now

The organization aims to use technology to tackle problems ranging from renewable energy to crisis response. — (@Googleorg) May 29, 2015. Attracted by high-paying jobs, engineers and other tech folks have flocked to the area, driving up real estate prices and accelerating gentrification. The tech giant has revealed 10 Bay Area organizations that are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in funding.

Tuesday Buzz: Carry On Your Wayward Bags

Associations Now

JetBlue’s pricing shift, which includes an expansion of its first-class “Mint” offering, will make Southwest Airlines the only major U.S. — Adrian Segar (@ASegar) June 30, 2015. “I am often being contacted specifically because I have advanced technological expertise relative to the audience that I am being asked to share it with,” she writes. Don’t like having to pay for checked bags?

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Travel Search Sites: Airlines Aren’t Playing Fair With Flight Data

Associations Now

The Travel Technology Association, in a new report, says travel sites like TripAdvisor can’t serve travelers well when airlines limit access to fare and schedule information—and in some cases, withhold the data entirely. That’s the word in a new report from the Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), whose members include online travel-booking sites like TripAdvisor. The study argues that if consumers lose the ability to compare prices, airfares could rise by $6.7

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Social Media Roundup: Ramp Up Your Cybersecurity Protocols

Associations Now

Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 13, 2015. The Issues Driving Advocacy in 2015. Bet on technology and healthcare. — Connectivity (@CQConnectivity) January 14, 2015. You might think that with oil prices dropping during the past year, energy issues will go to the back burner, but Gunster warns otherwise. ” For the full 2015 preview, click here. Another round of digital intrusions brings cybersecurity back to the forefront.

Friday Buzz: Concrete Evidence on the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

Associations Now

Those shifts include making groups like the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Rutgers University, Rowan University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology more accessible to innovators. The price of medicine is often a tough pill to swallow, and healthcare organizations have had enough. A study of the past five years of economic activity in New Jersey reveals a number of insights about partnerships that associations nationwide can learn from.

Wednesday Buzz: Where to Turn for In-Flight WiFi

Associations Now

“Coverage is starting to be meaningful on flights worldwide, along with a wide variety of speeds, coverage availability, and pricing models, including free of charge.” — Jamie Notter (@jamienotter) January 28, 2015. ” Future topics include dealing with slow cultures, creating diversity, and the role of technology in influencing culture. A new survey reveals which airlines can provide you with WiFi that actually works.

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How Shopping Centers Are Boosting Their Game in the Age of Amazon

Associations Now

Rather than concentrating on winning the price war, malls are working to provide great customer service, food, and entertainment offerings, says ICSC—all in the interest of making the mall less of an place to buy stuff and more of a community destination. “The industry is currently evolving as a result of technological innovations and changes in consumer tastes and preferences,” according to a 2014 ICSC report.

Monday Buzz: Six Guidelines for Picking Association Consultants

Associations Now

Eugene Fram , professor emeritus of management at Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, has seen that problem arise many times during his many years with nonprofits and has shared some lessons learned in an article for The Huffington Post. Price. Avoid the pitfalls of hiring consultants by learning how to properly vet them. Plus: how to sell more tickets to your next event.

FCC Probe Questions Business Broadband Practices

Associations Now

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would scrutinize business internet pricing practices, which critics say force out smaller firms and put customers at a technical disadvantage. The world of business internet, a place where the FCC announced Friday that it is investigating whether the two telecom giants, along with CenturyLink and Frontier, are abusing their market dominance to push anticompetitive tariff pricing on businesses that use their services.

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Traffic Jam: Associations React to Urban Mobility Scorecard

Associations Now

An improving job market and cheaper gas prices are nothing to complain about. According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, produced by TTI in conjunction with data technology firm INRIX, drivers wasted more than 3 billions gallons of fuel and lost almost 7 billion hours while stuck in traffic in the last year, which cost the economy an estimated $160 billion. — ASCE Headquarters (@ASCETweets) August 27, 2015.

Lessons From an Implosion: Analyzing Gigaom‘s Demise

Associations Now

It seemed like the technology publication Gigaom had a ton going for it—including a business model that seemed inspired by the world of associations. ” Here was a company that, albeit a for-profit publication, was borrowing many strategies from the world of associations (high-priced events with big names, a significant research arm) and apparently doing quite well with them in its effort to reinvent journalism for the world of technology.

FAA and Unmanned Aircraft Groups Partner on Drone Safety

Associations Now

“The price of unmanned aircraft has come down and this newer and more powerful technology is more affordable to more people, yet many are not familiar with the rules of flying.” “We hope this agreement with CNN and the work we are doing with other news organizations and associations will help safely integrate unmanned news gathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”

Indie Bookstores Aren’t Surging Everywhere

Associations Now

But the independent bookstore is a business model that’s shown surprising resilience in an age when low prices and free shipping seem to win the day. Despite all the quantum leaps in technology, the fact is nothing beats a physical, bricks-and-mortar store to discover books that you didn’t know about.”. One of the greatest American success stories in recent years has been the strong recovery of the independent bookstore—despite a huge surge in online competition.

Should New York City Cap The Number of Uber Drivers?

Associations Now

Technology and innovation allows us to better utilize the cars on the road, increase wages for drivers, and save money for riders.”. As Uber driver and ABDA member Peter Kuel told Inc , fewer for-hire drivers equates to less competition, and it correlates with higher prices for rides—a win-win for drivers. “I

Groups Boost Opposition to Comcast Merger

Associations Now

With Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable under regulatory scrutiny, associations and advocacy groups in the technology and cable sectors are ramping up their lobbying efforts. Both Comcast and Time Warner Cable are notorious for poor customer service and arbitrary price hikes—issues which are bound to persist, if not increase, under Mega Comcast’s regime,” Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel at CU, told Consumerist. “By

Opportunities in the Face of Declining Membership

Plexus Consulting

Technology is changing at an ever-increasing rate causing whole industries to disappear. However, technology is also creating new industries (such as in healthcare with the MRI and PET scan equipment manufacturers and users). Among many in the younger generation there is perceived to be no intrinsic value in joining an association; you buy what you want and move on, even if it means paying a nonmember price.

6 Steps to Creating a Tropical Paradise Out of a Tropical Storm (Part 2)

Tom Morrison

Just before the year turned to 2015, I wrote part one of 6 Steps to Creating a Tropical Paradise Out of a Tropical Storm. The first three I discussed in part one were: ONE: Blend Young and Old to Maximize Energy and Wisdom TWO: Build Your Internal Technical Knowledge and Leadership Upstream THREE: Be On The Cutting Edge of Technology The next three steps to creating a tropical paradise out of a tropicaal storm are as follows: FOUR: Excite Your Customer - Do You Have Rock Star Status?

The Threat to Trust

Plexus Consulting

As associations seek ways to increase the value proposition as a way of either retaining, or increasing membership, the pressure to use data mining technologies will increase. When asked to estimate the possibility that “The use of consumer information and advanced technology will allow products and services to be dynamically priced and tailored to individual consumer requirements.” 2) Technology continues to advance in two key areas, data collection and storage.