Association Management: Online vs. In-person Engagement

Blue Sky eLearn

As an association leader, you know the importance of engaging your members. Managing your members is no easy feat— it requires dedicated association management software as well as a strategic plan for engaging your constituents. The importance of association engagement.

Know Your ABCs: Associations Benefit from Committees

Association Adviser

Committees are the lifeblood of associations. The post Know Your ABCs: Associations Benefit from Committees appeared first on Association Adviser. Association Management FeaturesHere's how you can better appreciate their value and identify steps you can take to better realize that value.


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Evaluating Committee Success (Before It's Too Late)


Does your association or chamber of commerce have committees in place? Perhaps you have an event planning committee, a fundraising committee, and/or a diversity and inclusion committee. But let us ask you this: For whatever committees you have set up, how do you evaluate their success? Do you send committee members a self-assessment once their term is up? What happens if a deliverable doesn’t get done and the committee has run its course?

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. Personally, I have often wished for a high-level ‘cheat sheet’ explaining all the acronyms I see in the email signatures of accomplished association leaders. Association/nonprofit management: Certified Association Executive (CAE). Institute for Organization Management (IOM).

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps


Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people. Now if this has happened at your association, don’t beat yourself up. Collapsed committees are actually quite common.

What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

This summer I’m looking for opportunities to explain association management and share how we do it at Verto Solutions. One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. The model is relatively new, and there are still many trade associations and non-profits that could benefit from the efficiency and flexibility of association management. Verto Solutions Association Management.

Paradoxes in Association Management

Eric Lanke

In it, she wonders which members association staff should pay the most attention to: those most or those least actively engaged in the association's activities. In my tweet, I called it one of the paradoxes of association management, meaning that inherently inclusive organizations needed to embrace a certain level of exclusivity in order to be successful. Here I'm talking about "program" committees, those formed to help the association conduct its programs.

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)? In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. Association Software 10 1. Popular Association Software Platforms.

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!

4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee


If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest! association management association leadership small staff association member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

A Committee By Any Other Name

Eric Lanke

One of the very first posts I wrote for this blog (back in September 2011) was titled, " Should Committees Report to the Board? " In the post, I argued that committees whose function was programmatic (i.e., related to how the association managed its programs, not how it governed itself) should, in fact, report to the chief staff executive. And that, despite the fact that my very own association hasn't formally adopted this convention. Working Committees.

NAHB Association Management Conference is Coming Up


The cutting-edge training will undoubtedly contribute to the success of HBAs as their leaders deliver new ideas and solutions back to their boards, committees, and members. with the Association Networking Tip Sheet. See More: A Critical Marketing Tool for Association Conferences . The post NAHB Association Management Conference is Coming Up appeared first on GrowthZone.

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Association executive and author. Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. The Education Committee. The Membership Committee. Eric Lanke.

Beware of Dogfooding in Association Management

Association Subculture

One of the things we struggle with in associations is the development of new programs and services. I can''t tell you how many times I have seen programs developed in committees, with painstaking attention to detail and marketing, vigorous debates around pricing, long contracts drawn up establishing royalty relationships and then well timed wide launches at conferences or events with a full court communications press annnnnnnnnnd.crickets.

Your Approach to Working Committees Reveals Your Organizational Culture

Eric Lanke

Her last position was with an association management company, so, unlike some people we've brought on board over the years, she has some real association experience to draw on as she acclimates to our organization and its culture. As we were discussing her work with committees in her old position and her anticipated work with our committees in her new position, a difference in style and culture became readily apparent. The committee would decide what to do.

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference

Association Subculture

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference. If you think about it, your conference may be the most important asset your association has both in terms of member connection, financial benefit and goodwill. The good news is, I evolved with the help of some of awesome peers and thinkers out here in our association community (Yeah, @jeffhurt , @velchain , @JoanEisenstodt , @jcufaude , @ginsut , @mbobrow , @steveswafford , @asegar - Im looking at you!)

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick

Association Subculture

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick. What if your association stopped creating so many services? What if, when someone asked what your association did, you could answer in less than ten minutes? What could your association do if you could simplify what you do while simultaneously amplifying your volume? This will be a sea change from what our committees are used to, but it had to be done. Very simple association business model.

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies

Association Subculture

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies. Or maybe an admission in a conference registration brochure that says, "Our association focuses on community but we dont always get it right. Or a note from your legislative committee that says, "You know, weve decided to drop our opposition to this bill because even though it will cost our members some money, its the right thing to do.". Labels: association , marketing , transparency. association. (25).

Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Like many of you, I’ve been known to juggle a handful of volunteer roles in addition to my nine-to-five job at any given point in time during my association management career. Whether volunteer, volunteer leader, staff liaison or some other essential component of the volunteer management continuum, we all know what a good experience “feels” like. Above all, people who volunteer for associations expect to be involved effectively.

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Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management : Off Stage

Off Stage

7, 2012 - Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management. But the association manager in me never is quiet. Shelters don’t do much good if I can’t get down my driveway (just as education and other opportunities in a trade association need to be relevant to the member’s business success). I know, I know: this is especially difficult in an organization run by a committee. 7, 2012 - RE: Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management.

Seven Keys to Running a Successful Meeting

Association Leaders

Meetings are necessary to achieve consensus – especially in associations. The meeting leader (President, Committee Chair, etc.) should be a facilitator, not a dictator This is very important and is often a difference between for profit corporate leaders and successful association leaders. If you follow these seven simple steps your meetings will be efficient and will lead to successes for your association.

SCD Group: 12 Tips for association board/committee work

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. 12 Tips for association board/committee work. So, how do we enhance the time spent in board or committee meetings? · Routine items (minutes, committee reports, metrics, financial reports) can be placed in consent and assumed approved unless a director wants it added to the discussion agenda. · Ensure committees have clear assignments/roles and be sure they dont overstep. Pages. About.

Creating an Effective Nominating Process for your Association

Association Leaders

It’s the time of year again when many associations are implementing their nomination and election process. Because associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry there are many opportunities for conflict and other challenges as an association goes through its nomination and election process. . it is important that every association have a clear nomination and election process and that the process is followed each and every time.

Scouting for Talent within Your Association Membership

Association Management

What does baseball have to do with association membership? Great associations need to follow baseball’s example. Talent development doesn’t happen by accident—your organization needs a member management strategy, to develop talent systematically. Members ascend from volunteer roles, to committee chair roles, to Board member roles, and through a rotation of officer positions. 2. Do you regularly scan your association membership for stars?

Attracting More Association Members: A Q&A

Blue Sky eLearn

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. What kind of opportunities do association members want? Options to join committees.

Keeping Association Leaders and Staff Accountable

Association Leaders

Associations are no different – except that associations are led by volunteers. This is the biggest mistake we see associations make every day. Volunteers have “real jobs”; volunteers have families, volunteers have other interests AND volunteers aren’t getting paid to do their “Association job”. What are some things that can be done within the association framework to change this paradigm and create accountability? At each meeting (committee, board, staff, etc.)

The Hourglass Blog: Which Committee Are You On?

The Hourglass Blog

Which Committee Are You On? A new post, "Which Committee Are You On?" Association Management. Management. Association Subculture. Which Committee Are You On? skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, November 14, 2011. At the end of this year I will no longer be posting here at The Hourglass Blog. To see my reasons why click here. To keep following me on my new blog, go here. has just gone up there. Posted by Eric Lanke. at 7:00 AM.

Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector : Off Stage

Off Stage

3, 2010 - Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector. Often the public sector is motivated by consensus building, not problem solving—and thats a problem thats common in membership associations as well. “What the members want” becomes the slogan for inaction, rather than accomplishment, and associations spend more resources on achieving group good feelings than on effecting significant progress in achieving their missions. (Im Blog Manage

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees. Strong post from association executive Eric Lanke (on his own blog) about how committees can and should be used in a modern, progressive, professional association. Stronger by Association delivered to your inbox. Individuals form associations to collaborate and accomplish together what cannot be achieved separately. Follow Stronger by Association on Twitter.

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.

Five Steps to Modernize Your Association’s Membership Dues Model for Growth

Moery Company

If so, you may be joining the numerous associations that are now addressing taking a real good look at their business models this year by resetting their membership dues and modernizing their membership categories. Here are top level observations, based on dozens of projects that we have completed with our association clients, and steps that you can take to modernize your dues models and value propositions. This is really important with your associates, or your allied members.

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No Silver Bullet for Association Success – It’s about the Members

Association Leaders

As a leading Association Management Company (AMC) we are often asked by prospective association client partners and volunteer leaders of associations, “What is the key to making an association successful?”. They, understandably, want a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘easy button’ answer – something they can easily implement to make their association successful. . The key to association success can be found in one word – Members. .

7 association management techniques that come from having a teenager

AE on the Verge

I think those who start in association management after their kids pass the teenage years have the added bonus of the wisdom that comes from that parenting. Here are 7 association management techniques that come from having a teenager. It's really not okay to break the rules: Sometimes I read association blogs and they suggest breaking the rules or operate in an association world with no rules - so I assume they don't manage associations.

7 Attractive Member Benefits for Virtual Members of Your Association


For associations and other membership organizations, part of meeting members on their terms is allowing them to interact with your organization in the hours that are convenient for them. This means more virtual engagement opportunities and offerings for members who are unable to attend member events, committee meetings, and industry conferences in person. Association Management Member Engagement Association Trends

The Hourglass Blog: Should Committees Report to the Board?

The Hourglass Blog

Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. But there are other committees whose jobs relate to the management of the association. Management.

“Sunsetting”—a way to impose accountability on your committees and programs

Plexus Consulting

Too few associations have adopted such a “sunset” strategy and as a result are burdened by projects, programs and committees that continue long after they have ceased to be useful. Volunteers who might have grown comfortable in their committee roles seek to perpetuate the way they identify with the association even after these committees have ceased to produce meaningful results. No association should be burdened by permanent committees.

How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association ManagementWe know how hard it is to get approval for expenditure.

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How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association ManagementWe know how hard it is to get approval for expenditure.

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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. Board/committee meetings.

Who Should be in Charge of Your Membership Database Migration?


Create a small committee that includes membership, meetings and IT, maybe one more … Continue reading Who Should be in Charge of Your Membership Database Migration? → Association Management Software Budgeting and Planning AMS AMS implementation Association Management database