Understanding the ABCs of Association Management Credentials

Association Success

This is especially true when attempting to navigate the alphabet soup of credentials and certifications geared towards association management professionals. Association/nonprofit management: Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


Could an Association Management Software (AMS) solution be the answer to the inefficiencies that plague your association? This article will help you evaluate ten association software options. What is Association Management Software (AMS)?

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Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks


The best association management software, or AMS, solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of associations just like yours. That way you’ll get a clearer sense of the particular balance of specificity, utility, and ease-of-use that will best suit your association’s needs. Overview of this Association Management Software. Powerful event management features. Plus, your members have the ability to form and manage their own groups!

You’re Never Too Young to Conquer New Challenges

Association Adviser

Christina McCoy, AMPED Association Management. Do you remember how you started working in associations? This month’s Corner Office professional, Christina McCoy, CAE , landed her first association job literally hours after taking her last college exam. She currently works for AMPED Association Management in Madison, Wisc., Association Adviser: How did you get into association work? So, falling into associations was exciting after all.

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. It’s again a reminder of the important intersection and relationship between learning and logistics, particularly as it relates to association education programs. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows. Prepare for certification.

3 Strategies to Recruit Members Through Association Software

Blue Sky eLearn

When it comes to recruitment for your association, you have to walk a thin line. Prospective members are much more likely to respond positively to a recruitment strategy that feels like a natural part of their interactions with your association than they are with outright marketing strategies that, in today’s media landscape, feel obvious and forceful. So how can your association put this theory into practice? Your association maintains profiles of your members.

Thinking Outside Of The Box

Moving through the Association World

One example is the recent certification exam I have been prepping for. One of the exam’s given requires an extensive review of the applicant by a committee. Everyone in association management knows this can be difficult as committee members are spread out, so virtual meetings are a must. Certification General Technology association management Go Daddy Joe Sapp Outside the Box

Yes, You Can Restructure Your Association Governance Model!

SCD Group

Guest Post by Marilyn Jansen, Association Management Center Name of Association: A certification board in healthcare Description of the Organization: Currently 1000 certificants; 7 member commission, with 3 Task Forces/3 members each; $400,000 budget The Problem: A top-heavy governance structure for a small organization was too complex, preventing strategic decisions and making it challenging for the group to grow.

5 Reports No Association Should Live Without


Your association management software is the lifeblood of your organization. It contains all key contact information, annual billing, past transactions, related individuals and companies, events management, committees, certifications and much more.

3 reasons to know your association’s RPM (Revenue Per Member)

SCD Group

What is Your Association's RPM (Revenue Per Member)? When I interviewed Rob Fowler, president/CEO of the Small Business Association Of Michigan, for my September 20 post about SBAM’s freemium membership model , he talked about their Revenue Per Member or RPM metric. It made me realize many association’s may not think about the importance of knowing your RPM. Or even of including RPM in your association’s metrics dashboard. Political action committee donations.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.3.20

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This series of 15-minute videos cover hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Organizer: Association Data Analytics Brown Bag.

The Perfect Storm

Spark Consulting

Over the next week, I’ll be blogging about and sharing excerpts from The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm , the eighth white paper in the ongoing Spark collaborative series. We also share case studies of organizations doing excellent work preparing their audiences for the future of employment: HR Certification Institute. Maryland Association of CPAs. National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses.

Summer Update

Moving through the Association World

Earlier this year I stepped in to Chair the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executive’s Education Committee. We have been hard at work finishing our ANSI Accreditation Application for our certification program. Part of that was implementing a new policy/document management system. Formalizing our processes through a policy management software has been good for us, but it has been work both in implementation and practice.

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Keeping Your Members Involved: A Helpful How-To Guide

Blue Sky eLearn

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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SCD Group: 30 Marketing Tips for Associations: Highly Rated Ideas.

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. 30 Marketing Tips for Associations: Highly Rated Ideas from ASAE12. At the ASAE annual meeting Sunday (8/12/12), five panelists from five accredited association management companies shared 30 Marketing Tips in the Social Media Age. Integrated Marketing #1 Step 1 Start with your desired outcomes (goal), your audience and your messages, then build your campaign via Association Management Center (AMC). #2

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Best Cloud-Based AMS and MMS Features for Organizations


Association Management Software (AMS) offers associations, as well as other member-based organizations, the tools to run their day-to-day operations and provide services to their members. The most popular association management software and membership management software (MMS) saves associations time and money by improving their membership management and increasing efficiency in addition to growing and retaining membership, engaging members and streamlining tedious tasks.

Association Growth Strategy: 6 Tech Tools to Drive Member Recruitment + Retention

Higher Logic

For associations focusing on strategically attracting new members (and keeping them engaged for the long haul), it’s important to package your tech stack for ample growth and retention. Association membership in the modern age is all about providing people with real value on their terms, and strategically leveraging technology is an effective way to attract and retain those members who you’ll transform into your trusty advocates. Learning Management System (LMS) / eLearning.

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Hear That Sound? It’s the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Engaging Members from Day One

Association Adviser

Since becoming Director, Membership for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2013, Mike Skiados, CAE has enjoyed a 98 percent member retention rate. Association Adviser: Tell us how you got into working for associations. MS: We’ve got a great association.

What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection


Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. For example, the requirements checklist on a typical request for proposals (RFP) for a new association management system (AMS) hasn’t changed much over the years: Membership requirements - check. Joining your association. Managing their CE credits and certification status.

ASAE Installs New Officers and Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 to Begin September 1st


The ASAE Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2021 was selected by ASAE’s Leadership Committee in June and is carefully assembled to be representative of the organization’s membership profile and diversity – including geography, size, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, skill sets and areas of expertise. Caldeira, president and CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association; Chair-Elect/Chair of ASAE Research Foundation Steven C. Online News Association.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.6.16

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That’s why we need articles like this one from Brianna Lawson at Naylor Association Solutions: Kick Your Association’s Webinar Promotion Up a Notch. Association or company, in this case the same rules apply. She shares ten tactics to promote your webinar, including #3: “Add a blurb or graphic onto the home page and additional main pages of your association’s website.”. Also, learn what it takes to become a Certified Event Designer and obtain your certification.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Zoom fatigue—or is it? I’m reading a lot about “Zoom fatigue” these days, which concerns me because associations are relying on Zoom (and other web-conferencing platforms) to educate and connect members to each other. Jeff Cobb, Managing Director, Tagoras. So take 30 minutes to join this edition of Heathy By Association Live. Host: Associations Catalyzing Entrepreneurship.

What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection


Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. For example, the requirements checklist on a typical request for proposals (RFP) for a new association management system (AMS) hasn’t changed much over the years: Membership requirements - check. Joining your association. Managing their CE credits and certification status.

Use Sponsored Grants to Strengthen Your Membership and Events

Association Adviser

Kelly Clark, Naylor Association Solutions. Did you know that associations are using grants to encourage seasoned professionals to continue their professional development or to help young people interested in their industry find internships? Hester Ndoja, CAE Florida Society of Association Executives. With many companies operating on lean budgets, money for association dues is not always available. It’s up to your association to fill in the other benefits.

Hot Association Jobs – Week of August 9


Public Affairs Manager , Florida Municipal Electric Association – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), a statewide trade association, seeks a Manager of Public Affairs. This position plans and manages all legislative and regulatory initiatives that have potential impacts to electric utilities as directed by the Executive Director and Board of Directors, and ensures that FMEA maintains high levels of rapport with government entities.

Lunchtime Links: Build a Clan Of Loyal Volunteers

Associations Now

How to staff a committee of volunteers while letting them take the lead. Plus: Make sure you’re selling members on your association’s value. Let them lead: Supporting and staffing a committee of volunteers can prove both rewarding and challenging. No matter where the boundaries lie, though, it’s important to remain an advocate for your committee and its volunteers in all situations. Know what you’re worth and be confident that your association provides value.”

Segmenting Members Leads to More Relevant Communications – and More Memberships

Association Adviser

Last year’s survey results revealed that associations are communicating with members more frequently and via more channels than at any time since we began this survey in 2011. On average, associations communicate with members an estimated 31 times per month (via print, online, social media and video) vs. 30 times per month in 2016 and 26 times per month in 2015. Just two percent of people surveyed think their association is overstaffed. Committee membership.

Synergy in the Boardroom: From Chaos to High Functioning

SCD Group

Guest Post by Russ Lemieux, Kellen Company Description of the Organization: The Research Chefs Association is a 2,000 member professional society of chefs and food scientists working in R&D in food industry. The Problem: Early in its existence, the association was served well by a very entrepreneurial Board of Directors. Although the association had a strategic plan, association programs were developed and managed in silos with little or no mapping to the organization’s mission.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.17.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Crisis overwhelm. WBT Systems found out how they managed to pull that off so quickly. Associations are scrambling to virtually resurrect their canceled conferences.

When Your Superpower is Member Development and Revenue Generation: Tamela Blalock, CAE, CMP, DES

Association Adviser

The SoWH is a special interest affiliate of the American Physical Therapy Association that strives to expand the role of physical therapy in women’s (men’s and gender non-conforming people’s) health across their lifespan. I appreciate that nuance of being an association executive!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.3.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Sponsorships. Please participate in a short survey on the impact of COVID-19 on association conference sponsorships. He says, “Association leaders, the time to experiment is right now.”

Rethinking Membership As A Global Engagement Model


. The following article was written by Nikki Walker, MCI’s Global Vice President, Association Management & Consulting. No longer can associations continue with their traditional “one size fits all” approach to membership. For decades now, associations have maintained a very traditional approach towards “membership” and membership dues. This is particularly true for associations trying to build their membership outside their home market.

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Stronger by Association: Who Should Manage Your Organization.

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. Who Should Manage Your Organization? Industry Experts vs. Association Experts. This battle royale will decide who should be the next executive director for your association. Shes spent 15 years in the association industry and successfully grew association membership and revenue. She manages a team of 8 staff members and is an ASAE-certified association executive! Please give it up for -- the Association Manager!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.11.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Dave Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting says conferences are missing the boat by offering mostly novice or intermediate content. Does your association have a blind spot on this one? Rethink your leadership training programs , says WBT Systems, so you can develop leaders who not only lead your association into the future, but help lead their company (and industry) into the future too.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.18.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Here’s one for the accidental project managers. If you’ve ever been in charge of a technology implementation project without the benefit of project management experience, then you know what a wild ride it is. WBT Systems shares some project management basics , like why you need a charter and sponsor, and what you should think about during the project planning phase.

10 Unconventional Ways to Get More Value from Your Association’s LMS

WBT Systems

If your association’s learning management system (LMS) is only used by staff in the education department, you’re not taking full advantage of its potential. An LMS can do so much more than help you manage online courses, certification and accreditation programs, digital badges, and webinars. Quarterly live webcasts on a hot industry or career advancement topic with time for a Q&A session about the association.

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Association 141+: Member Orientation: A Personal Connection

Association 141+

Association 141+. Basic Premise: Members who are new to an association often are only aware of their subjective point of entry. If they joined through certification, they may not be aware of conference opportunities. The broad appeal of this approach became apparent at the last annual conference when, upon hearing the premise of the webinars, a number of board members asked if they would be allowed to attend to refresh their knowledge on all the association has to offer.

Stronger by Association: AMR Promotes Two, Hires Policy Analyst

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. – AMR Management Services promoted Ele Moreland and Kristy Brown, as well as hired policy analyst Chris Record. All three will support the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). About AMR Management Services AMR Management Services provides professional services to a variety of local, regional, national and international nonprofit trade associations, professional societies and foundations. Pages.

Building the Foundation, Strategic Planning part 3 : Off Stage

Off Stage

In the last blog entry I talked about understanding an associations competitive advantage. In Realtor-dom we gather together in Board Forums and listen to newly minted association leadership discuss concepts which may have little real history or fact behind them. The listening dewy-eyed association representatives grab the ideas and carefully pack them in their traveling home luggage, regardless of the effectiveness or appropriateness of the purloined strategy. Blog Manager

Spillover: Heartbleed’s Big Lessons, One Drop at a Time

Associations Now

The idea is that you only need to know one password—the one that protects your password manager—and it creates new ones for all your other accounts. The LoBue & Majdalany Management Group’s Michael LoBue, CAE, the executive director of the Storage Products Association, argued that this situation proves that using a third-party public cloud provider is not a replacement for securing your data locally. Heart beating fast enough yet?