A Century-Old Association Committed to Online Community and Data Analysis

Higher Logic

We should probably be innovating new programs, products, and services for these members, because they’re asking certain types of questions.”. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is more than a century old, but that doesn’t mean it relies on old technology.

Data in Action: Acquisition and Analysis

Association Success

Using what we learned and continue to learn, I have put together a guide to successful data acquisition and analysis. Remember: if you pursue a zero-risk policy, you are not disrupting or innovating at all. A foolproof guide to getting the most out of your association’s research. When exploring new markets as an association, whether that be in new geographical regions or new types of services, it is imperative that you have a map to guide you.

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Buzz-Worthy Advice for Member Engagement and Market Analysis

Associations Now

When an innovation serves a basic need in a new way, it sets new customer expectations. The latest update from Trend Watching, “ Turn Overwhelm Into Opportunity ,” is ostensibly about innovation, but it adds an interesting wrinkle to the mantra we hear often (like here on this blog , last week): Listen to your members. Looking for “clusters of innovation” in other markets can show you what your own audience may soon be asking for.

Cheap and Cheerful Audience Analysis for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Even more importantly, what motivates them. So, was delighted when Darren Barefoot asked if he share a guest post about how to do audience analysis. Cheap and Cheerful Audience Analysis for NGOS by Darren Barefoot. But not all kinds of audience analysis are evil. Flickr Photo by Matthew Field. Note from Beth: One of the most common questions I get at workshops or webinars is, “Should our organization be on XYZ social or mobile platform?”

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Velvet Chainsaw

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers. Innovate To Captivate.

Moneyball and Management Innovation

Jamie Notter

Moneyball and Management Innovation. That is the promise of management innovation. The Results of Management Innovation. Want Innovation? Baseball is suited for deep, thorough statistical analysis because of the duration of the season and standardization, depth and accuracy of records. Moneyball and Management Innovation | Humanize | Scoop.it. Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter.

Innovation Starts With Observing Your Conference Attendees In Action

Velvet Chainsaw

With today’s tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it says author Steven Berlin Johnson. Some environments and workplace cultures squelch innovation while others breed it he adds. So what do conference organizers need in order to embrace innovation in their conferences, meetings and events? Innovation does not start with charts, formulas and meetings logistics. Innovation Requires Change!

R is for Open Source Statistical Analysis Programming Language

High Context

I read in the New York Times today about an open source programming language and environment for conducting statistical analysis. The story indicates it is easier to use by non-programmers who want to do custom analysis. It is a classic example of an established firm being disrupted by an upstart, innovative, technology.

At CHEST Innovation Is Called Business as Usual


The association prides itself on an innovative approach that responds rapidly to changing demographics, advancing technology, and the shift from growing membership to increasing the engagement of an expanding profession. The staff and volunteer leaders are creative problem-solvers who embrace innovation and change. Updated learning, member and content management systems were needed to launch the innovative vision.

Wednesday Buzz: Understand What Innovation Really Means

Associations Now

A management consultant shares why associations should learn about innovation before promoting themselves as experts. Also: an analysis of the integral roles managers play in employees’ work lives. All associations want to create unique and innovative content to share with their audiences. For some, innovation may mean slight adjustments. If you are saying you want to innovate, but aren’t doing these things, what’s wrong with this picture?”

10 tactics to ensure your strategic plan addresses member learning

Aaron Wolowiec

Conduct a full SWOT analysis to identify learning gaps and priorities, environmental cues and organizational capacity. Explore opportunities for the application of web-based, virtual and hybrid programs based on survey analysis and market research. Review adult learning principles with professional development staff, subject matter experts and industry speakers as a first step toward developing more innovative and engaging learning opportunities.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. The curriculum was based on their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book and “ taxonomy for innovation.” Here’s a some of what I learned about facilitating innovation and train the trainers design. Innovation Thinking Is A Balance of Generative, Recombination, and Prioritization. How does your nonprofit facilitate innovating thinking and doing?

Psychiatric Association Fires Up Innovation Lab at Conference

Associations Now

The American Psychiatric Association’s first-ever innovation lab, to be unveiled at its annual meeting in Atlanta, will feature a $2,500 prize for the winner. The future of innovation in the psychiatric profession could involve an app, data analysis, or maybe even a bot. Next month the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will host its first-ever Psychiatry Innovation Lab at its annual meeting in Atlanta.

Membership Marketing Blog: Innovation through Collaboration

Membership Marketing

Innovation through Collaboration. We are always looking for new innovative ways to do things better. So I wanted to share two items that I came across this week that attribute successful innovation to collaboration. First, innovation is collaborative. From my own personal experience, I find that if I can get a bunch of smart people in a room, we can innovate much faster and better than any other process that I have employed. Innovation through Collaboration.

Retail Group Launches Innovation Center to Prepare Members for Industry Changes

Associations Now

In an effort to help its members adapt to the quickly changing technology landscape, the Retail Industry Leaders Association introduced the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. To help its members navigate these changes, explore the impact technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual will have on the retail space, and establish tech-fueled business practices, the Retail Industry Leaders Association launched the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. (R)Tech

What Should Associations Do to Bridge the Education to Employment Gap?

Spark Consulting

Conduct ongoing and in-depth workforce analysis (and we have some specific tips how to do that). generations innovation whitepaper young professionals Shelly AlcornIf you’ve been persuaded by the information I’ve shared about The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm the past few days that we do have a large-scale problem that associations are uniquely equipped to address (and I hope you have), the next question is: where do we start?

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

Reid All About it

Reading and discussion groups can help people develop an appreciation for the arts, analysis and communication skills and a sense of history (something sorely lacking today), plus expose them to other historical and contemporary cultures and perspectives. Tagged: Association , Education , Future , Innovation , Professional Development. Associations & Nonprofits Association Education Future Innovation Professional Development

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth Kanter

This is an example of a nonprofit organization that has invested in building an internal learning and innovation network that will lead to improved results for Greenpeace’s environmental mission. Data Analysis and Research :: building a culture of data-driven campaigning, designing tests with campaigns and offices, and setting up controlled experiments to optimize and improve performance. Innovation Incubation :: piloting new ways of working, from practices to technologies.

Web Analytics Association Sets Measurement Standards - TypePad

The Big Picture

At SES San Jose this week, the Web Analytics Association (WAA) released 26 standard definitions for Web site traffic measurement and analysis , aimed at eliminating the confusion around the most basic Web analytics terms. Innovation. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « Happy Birthday, PowerPoint! Main. |

What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

Crowdsourcing leads to dramatic progress in sentiment analysis , a key ingredient to social media success. blog roundup crowdsourcing innovation management marketing membership productivity social media AMS Associations Now Avectra Google Jamie Notter LinkedIn online advertising Technology Review unplugging On goofing off for fun and profit. Jamie Notter on what to take away from the demise of Google’s 20% time.

Strategic Planning v. Strategic Thinking

Thanks For Playing

As Mintzberg points out, strategic planning is about analysis of data, while strategic thinking is about synthesis of data. innovation strategic planning leadershipLots of chatter about strategy and strategic planning on the ASAE Collaborate groups recently, with lots of people throwing around lots of VERY IMPORTANT sounding terms. Me, I like simplicity.

Strategic Planning v. Strategic Thinking

Spark Consulting

As Mintzberg points out, strategic planning is about analysis of data, while strategic thinking is about synthesis of data. Feature Story innovation leadership StrategyLots of chatter about strategy and strategic planning on the ASAE Collaborate groups recently, with lots of people throwing around lots of VERY IMPORTANT sounding terms. Me, I like simplicity.

Let Your Member Data Show You the Way

Spark Consulting

These “clusters of behavior” were uncovered through analysis of member activity data conducted for NICSA by Elizabeth Engel, CAE, CEO and chief strategist at Spark Consulting. NICSA has five staff members, and Engel conducted her analysis in Microsoft Excel. innovation membership Associations Now client work Last week, Associations Now did a story on my awesome client NICSA and the new membership model project we worked on together last summer.

Succeed in association business innovation by seperating it from “the pack” in the developmental phases

Association 20/20

In my mind, one of the biggest threats to innovation, in general, is not a lack of creative thinking or evolutionary ideas… it’s often the wrong composition of people involved in the decision-making process and roles of influence. . While tradition helps us honor the past and the lessons learned, it often serves as the arch enemy of innovation. However, I believe this approach can help anyone maximize the potential for successful innovation.

Left brain vs. right brain: Which wins the event planning game?

Aaron Wolowiec

Creativity and innovation are growing ever more important as clients demand event activations that set them apart from their competitors and deliver enduring memories for consumers. While we need the analysis and fact-finding powers of the left brain, when it comes to motivating our team, ourselves and our attendees, we need right-brain thinking,” Key wrote. “We So apparently I’m right brained. At least according to this test. I guess that’s not surprising considering I’m a writer.

Mastering Your Craft

Thanks For Playing

Now some people - myself included - would argue that what is commonly referred to as a "traditional liberal arts education" (aka, studying impractical stuff like philosophy and literature) can, in the right circumstances, get you quite a long way towards acquiring skills like critical thinking and sense making and analysis and transdisciplinarity. innovation trends leadership

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The Hourglass Blog: Internalizing the Externalities

The Hourglass Blog

In all the coverage about the mismanagement behind the Gulf oil disaster and the corporate and governmental response to it, this analysis by Gregory Unruh on the Harvard Business Blog really stands out. Innovation. Principled Innovation. Barriers to Innovation in the Association World. Principles of Innovation. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Sunday, July 11, 2010. Internalizing the Externalities.

Virtual Event Sponsorship Resources for Associations

Moery Company

However, some of those changes and innovations needed to happen, they just occurred earlier than expected and pushed the necessary changes to the top of our to-do lists. Prepare for the Virtual Event Sponsorship and Membership Recruitment Surge Now is an incredible opportunity to innovate.

Education Is Not Enough

Eric Lanke

What follows this paragraph in the white paper is indeed some practical advice, including: Conduct ongoing in-depth workforce analysis; Clearly define actual competencies needed, including soft skills; Clearly define career pathways; Consider alternative delivery methods and new technologies; Professionalize content development and delivery; Provide quality certification programs; and Create effective alliances. Associations Innovation

Quality Matters


The testing methodology is largely based on the five focus areas as highlighted below: Requirement Analysis: Requirement analysis is a critical factor for the success of a software project. Analysis of the client request, assignment of prioritization, and implementation testing is done to address the request. Association Management InnovationAptify’s membership software empowers associations to engage their members and achieve their mission.

Top Findings from the Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report

Membership Marketing

In addition to looking at the tactics and strategies that typically correlated to success, we also asked respondents to rate how innovative their association is and what level of value that they are delivering to members. In each case, associations that reported higher innovation and value scores showed a correlation with increased likelihood to be achieving a number of important positive outcomes in membership.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action


The first modern concepts, such as the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, originated at Harvard Business School in the 1920s. One of the benefits of integrating strategy is the reporting and analysis that is fundamental to the process. From environmental scans to persona analysis and white papers. Strategy Meltdown —The screen play. The corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon.

Association Subculture: Words Make Worlds - Part 4 - Strategy vs.

Association Subculture

Godwin at Case Western - Positive Organization Development: Innovation-inspired Change in an Economy and Ecology of Strengths. This paper is a MUST READ for anyone interested in innovation in our association community. We often attempt to think innovatively while not recognizing the common terminology we use can work to block us in. Also, they were inherently focused on incremental improvement, not creating large leaps in innovation. innovation. (6).

Association Subculture: Words Make Worlds - Part 1 - Association.

Association Subculture

Godwin at Case Western - Positive Organization Development: Innovation-inspired Change in an Economy and Ecology of Strengths. This paper is a MUST READ for anyone interested in innovation in our association community. We often attempt to think innovatively while not recognizing the common terminology we use can work to block us in. But we need more than a functional analysis to understand associations in depth. innovation. (6). Principled Innovation LLC.

What’s the Big Idea?

Association Adviser

If you want to get better at innovating, don’t spend all your time with people just like you. To ensure better innovation during the day, make sure you and your team unplug and recharge at night—that’s a healthy form of R&D (rest and dream). ” Last summer, I sat in on a panel discussion about innovation for association professionals. Luke Williams , executive director, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at New York University , agreed.

Why We Might Be Interpreting Our Association’s Data All Wrong

Smooth The Path

Each and every one of us looks at the data through a different lens, and this impacts our analysis. Member Research association change association innovation association research member data member insights member research member surveys qualitative member research quantitative memberTwo people were talking about the same data represented in a chart, but you wouldn’t know it.

Online Communities in 2020: 28 Key Facts + Statistics to Know

Higher Logic

It’s always filled with insightful analysis on how online communities, both internal and external, are making a difference. But before we dive into those stats and facts, don’t miss out: The Community Roundtable provides incredibly helpful analysis on three trends in the report, along with specific recommendations you can apply at your organization, all available in the full report below. Innovation (42%). Innovation.

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Young Association Members: Myths vs. Facts


Developing a SWOT Analysis doesn’t have to be complicated. Download How to Create an Association SWOT Analysis to get started. Engaging with young professionals is important because they are energizing, creative, and innovative. Tweet. The greatest asset our country has is not oil or gold, but the minds of our young people.” – Irving Fradkin.

3 things successful associations do to get their members to stick around

Association Success

With the right data analysis, you can make informed decisions about where to invest in improvements to your membership program. Loyal members do more than just stick around. They put your organization’s resources into practice, advocate for your mission, and persuade new members to join them.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.16.20

Reid All About it

Frugal innovation. Due to the pandemic and uncertain economy, associations are constantly creating new resources for members and making changes to business as usual—yes, they’re innovating!