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Association Management: Online vs. In-person Engagement

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As an association leader, you know the importance of engaging your members. How you communicate with members and the opportunities you offer directly impact their experience with your organization and the chance that they’ll renew.

Going Virtual: What We’ve Learned Supporting 2000+ Virtual Events in 6 Months Part I

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Recently, Blue Sky eLearn’s Senior Sales Director, Lance Simon, sat down with Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, CEO of AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, David Ditker, CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association, and Dan Streeter, Vice Presid e nt of Learning Strategy and Development at Blue Sky eLearn. .

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8 Tips for Attending a Virtual Conference

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At this point, you may have attended a virtual conference, and you’ve probably attended a webinar or two. While organizations are getting creative with their online events you can still probably expect to be sitting in front of your computer watching sessions for multiple hours a day.

6 Tips to Attract Attendees to Your Virtual Conference

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When the pandemic started causing conferences to cancel at the last minute, those that quickly went virtual saw a high number of attendees. In fact, even at Blue Sky eLearn, our webinar attendance for our own educational webinars shot up. But as the months of the pandemic have worn on, we’ve started to hear the phrase “Zoom fatigue” more and more. . We’re all getting it. Some of us sit on video conference calls the better part of the day.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Looking For a Virtual Events Partner? Be Sure To Ask These 10 Questions

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During this Coronavirus crisis, many planned conferences are being transformed into virtual events. In response to this demand, there are new companies springing up each week. So, beyond your standard questions about event schedule and production cost, what are the other most important questions to ask a virtual events vendor as you investigate their services? Here are 10 questions that you should be sure ask: 1. Are you a reseller for your event platform or is it your own technology?

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Why Your LMS Needs Google Analytics

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Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Google Analytics. You (or your marketing team) are probably using it to track traffic on your organization’s website. But why not on your Learning Management System? Audience . General dashboards offer an at-a-glance view of some general insights. In addition to this, you can also create custom dashboards that focus on the data you are most interested.

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For Presenters: A Virtual Event Checklist

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Whether your presenters are experienced in presenting to a virtual audience or not, it’s never a bad idea to have a checklist for them to run through. Even if some of these items seem obvious, you never know what someone may forget to do before it’s time for them to present! Reboot your computer a few hours before the webinar to avoid any automated updates that could launch during the virtual event.

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Travel Restrictions Affecting Your Event? Go Virtual!

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We’ve seen it in the past. Outbreaks, travel bans, terrorist attacks affecting travel around the world, and as a result – your events. As the current Coronavirus outbreak continues to grow, more and more organizations are being forced to cancel their e vents and con ferences, and in some cases stop employee travel completely. . While there is uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead, there are things you can start doing now to ensure the show does still go on! .

Keep Your Association on Track: 4 Ways to Stay Organized

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With the new year comes a fresh list of aspirations and a renewed vigor for setting (and following through) with your loftiest goals. For your association’s member businesses, this may mean mastering new emerging technologies in your industry or even hitting specific success metrics within their own internal processes. Your association’s management as a whole probably has slightly different resolutions for the new year.

eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

It’s Time to Get Started: 5 Key Steps to Success with a Virtual Conference

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Whether a virtual conference is driven by the current virus COVID-19 virus, financial considerations, member outreach, or beneficial global dialogue, the fundamental process for planning and implementation remains the same. These five success factors outline important steps to creating a successful virtual conference. Know your audience. At the heart of a conference’s success is audience participation.

Attracting More Association Members: A Q&A

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An association’s success is dependent on how happy and fulfilled its members are. The more meaningful experiences and learning opportunities your association offers , the more likely you can get membership renewals and even attract new members. Though member retention is crucial to keeping your association on track , you shouldn’t stop your member acquisition efforts.

Driving Growth with Hybrid Events

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Whether it’s due to conflicting schedules, cost, or travel limitations, there are throngs of people who would love to engage with your brand at an event, but simply cannot attend. However, if show organizers and event marketers hope to expand their event and their brand to new audiences, they still need other ways to reach these people. What is a hybrid event?

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7 Creative Ways to Promote LMS Engagement

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When launching a learning management system (LMS) for the first time, organizations need to take into consideration different ways to generate excitement and interest in their new platform. This could mean email blasts and posts on social media to start creating buzz, as well as providing incentives and discounts for early visitors. We see these tactics often, in all aspects of life.

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Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

8 Tips for Recruiting High-Quality Webinar Speakers

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What is the most important part of a webinar presentation? Of course, the timing, technology, and ease of use for the learner are super important, but the absolute most important part to the success of your webinar is the content and subject matter expert (SME). These two components can make or break your session. .

Building a Community: 5 Tips for Digital Member Engagement

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Association membership is one of the most enriching experiences—particularly when you’re part of an association that prioritizes engaging its members. Whether the association is made up of people in the same professional field or just those with common interests, members appreciate an association that offers a variety of events and learning opportunities.

Setting yourself up for Success with eLearning Feedback Surveys

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I recently attended a webinar on mentoring and induction programs for new PK-12 teachers. A survey popped up at the end and among the questions was this feedback form favorite – “What did you learn?” I answered honestly, “I learned strategies for mentoring and new teacher induction.”. Feedback Survey Fails. Most adult learning sessions, whether conducted in-person or online, include participant feedback surveys.

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6 Ways to Repurpose Your Webinar Content

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Just like your presenters do with a face-to-face presentation, they spend a lot of time preparing for their webinar presentations as well. And while they’re doing that, you’re spending the time marketing the webinar, you’re spending the money to work with a company who will assist you in hosting a professional event and take care of the technical and customer support needs. All of that time and money and within 30, 60, 90 minutes it’s all over.

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

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For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. Plus, events are one of the ways that your association can raise non-dues revenue. . There’s a lot riding on your association’s next event, so how can you get the most out of it? . Every event-planning team struggles with this question.

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4 Considerations for Your Virtual Event

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Whether your event is next week, next month, or later this year, you’re probably starting to think about virtual options. It can certainly be overwhelming, so we’ve broken things down to get you started. . Moving Your Conference 100% Online . Live vs. Pre-Recorded – one of the first things you have to decide is if you want your speakers to present live or if you’d rather have them recorded and then played back as a mock live.

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Tips for Preserving Your eLearning Programs

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A volunteer member once enthusiastically told me “I love a good binder!” ” I’ve taken that to heart over the years and have created many, many good binders. To preserve the online education programs and processes I worked so hard to put in place! At some point, circumstances that may or may not be in your control will dictate that someone else is going to need to review past decisions in order to make future ones.

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Blended Learning: Tips for Successful Clinical Trial Training

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What is the best way to train study sites for a clinical trial? An onsite meeting? CRA training at the study site? Virtual meetings? On-demand modules? . While all of these are good options, blending these together can provide you the best option. . Blending learning combines live interactive training with self- paced on-demand training, which can include assessments or e xercises to reinforce learning objectives.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

5 Ideas for New Digital Revenue Streams

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Over the past few weeks hundreds, maybe thousands of association events have been cancelled. Even as many remain hopeful for summer and fall events, it is unclear when we will be able to return to a more normal way of life, and what this new normal will look like. O pport unity for new and increased digital revenue streams still lies ahead even if your face-to-face meeting is cancelled or is smaller in attendance. . Virtual Events . Taking Your Face-to-Face Conference Virtual.

3 Ways Associations Can Deliver Value to Members at Events

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If you’re considering hosting an event or conference for your association, it’s critical that you plan for a few key elements to drive value to your members: Education. Engagement . Experience. Explore this guide to learn how your association can increase the value it provides to members through events. Let’s dive in! Education. Applying adult learning principles, ultimately helping attendees turn learning into action, is key for a successful association event or conference. .

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Keeping Your Members Involved: A Helpful How-To Guide

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Your association is most effective when you’ve created a strong community of members who value opportunities for professional development. Once your members have attended their first event or taken their first course through your association, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to keep them involved and motivated. When it comes to keeping your association’s members engaged, your software solutions are your secret weapon.

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The Learning Equation that Changes Everything

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As adults, most of us operate with a fundamental belief that we are terrible students. In fact, in many of the presentations I have delivered over the course of my career in education and public speaking have contained the following message in some form or fashion: “Let me make a prediction, most of you in this room believe you are terrible students.” And inevitably, this statement is met with head nods, cheers, and even a few “Amens.”.

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

Speaker: Jay Wilkinson, CEO & Founder, Firespring

It doesn't take an industry professional to know that nonprofits highly depend on donations. The marketing emails, events, and website design are meant to attract new donors, when what we should be doing is trying to keep the donors we have. Teach a man donor acquisition and he'll get donations for the day--teach a man donor retention and he'll get donations for a lifetime. John Jay Wilkinson, CEO and founder of Firespring, and learn how to get donations for a lifetime. In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and rev up donor retention. Six out of ten donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Tips for Kickstarting Your Podcast Channel

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You’ve finally done it. You’ve decided your organization needs to start hosting podcasts. Or maybe you’re still on the fence and are just looking for some advice if you do decide to take the leap. Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction. . Why . You should have a clear vision and mission in mind when you start your podcast channel. Are you shaping public perception and policy? Are you trying to reach new audiences or deepen your connection with your current network?

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Best Practices for Monetizing Your eLearning Content

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How vital is non-dues revenue for your association? For many, it is quite substantial. In 1953, more than 95% of revenue for professional associations came from membership dues. Recently, that number had decreased to a mere 30%. Over the last few decades, the biggest driver of non-dues revenue has been technological advancements. Technology has paved the way for innovative methods of generating non-dues revenue while providing significant value to your members.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing an LMS

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Selecting a new (or your first) learning management system is a big undertaking. Some organizations hire consultants to help them with the tasks. Some send out large RFPs. Every organization has different needs and specific requirements, but there are some main things to look out for when evaluating LMS prospects. . The User Experience. This means your learners’ experience as well as your own.

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Going Virtual: What We’ve Learned Supporting 2000+ Virtual Events in 6 Months Part II

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In Part II of our Going Virtual: What We’ve Learned Supporting 2000+ Events in 6 Months series, we spoke with David Ditker, CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association came to talk to us while in the midst of preparing for his virtual conference. (If

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Ask the Association Veteran Anything – October 2020

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Recently, Blue Sky’s VP of Continuing Education Solutions , Amanda Davis, sat down with our clients and prospects to answer their questions. You can view the entire webinar on-demand here , otherwise check out our recap (as well as some new tidbits!) of a few of the questions asked below. .

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Choosing the Right Model – Certificate or Certification

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Recently, Michelle Nolin, Learning Strategy and Instructional Design consultant from Learn Ethos, LLC and Linda Anguish, Director of Accreditation Services at the Institute of Credentialing Excellence presented a webinar on choosing the right model between certificates and certification programs.

3 eLearning Examples to Spark Innovation

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Creating online courses that not only educate learners but captivates and leaves them full of curiosity is a difficult task. Most people will agree that the quality of the content is the most important aspect of any educational course. But once you have your subject matter experts creating content, the next step is to determine how to deliver that content to your audience.

Social Learning: Integrating Courses with Community

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Social Learning has been a buzz word for some time now. It’s easy to talk about the benefits of wrapping social features around more traditional courses and education initiatives but how does it all really work? . Community Group . It’s difficult to get people to engage when they aren’t even in your community! Setting up a dynamic , auto-populated community based on users who are engaged in a course is a great way to kick things off.

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