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Planning a Virtual Day of Service for Your Organization

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Although your association might not be meeting in person right now, plenty of organizations are moving their meetings and events online and engaging members in the digital realm.

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.

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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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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.

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

Webinar Recap: Getting Good Programs (and Great Money) Out of Partners

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Recently, our clients Joy Davis and Eri k Burns from AAPS joined us to provide a webinar on getting good programs (and great money) out of partners. When we say partners, we’re talking about your exhibitors and sponsors.

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.

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Virtual Event Engaging

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If you’re not seasoned in hosting virtual events, you may be worried about holding your attendees ’ attention. After all, they aren’t sitting in front of you in a conference room, but instead behind a computer at home. Here are some ways to keep virtual attendees engaged: .

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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.

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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.

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!

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!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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?

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. .

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 .

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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!

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.

Webinar Re-Cap: Will Learning Ever Look the Same?

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It’s a thought many of us have had: Will learning ever look the same? Dan Streeter, Blue Sky’s Vice President of Learning Strategy and Development, recently sat down and discussed re-visioning in-person, eLearning, and virtual events in a post-Covid world.

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.”.

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.

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.

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.

Smart Tactics to Keep Members and Sponsors Engaged During Challenging Times

With conferences being canceled due to COVID-19, associations need to be nimble by implementing alternative strategies and tactics that can continue to bring value to their members, keep sponsors/exhibitors, generate revenues for the Association.