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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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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!

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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. programs and services revenue

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!

Put Your AMS to Work Earning Non-Dues Revenue

Association Adviser

Most of us know that membership software is designed to make association processes easier and more automated, but did you know that your AMS could earn your association essential non-dues revenue? Make Your AMS Work for Your Non-Dues Revenue Needs.

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

Moery Company

Does more than 50% of your revenue come from membership dues? 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.

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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

When to give your AMC the boot

Association Success

If your association uses the service of a for-profit association management company (AMC), then the AMC will have assigned a staff person as a primary point of contact to act as the association’s manager. Invigorate Revenue

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.

The Most Important Things to Consider When Creating Your Association’s Annual Budget

Association Management

Once the strategic goals have been determined, the author must then engage the various departments and vendors involved with the organization to budget for both revenue and expenses for the upcoming fiscal year. Thus, managing collaboration, inputs and the overall budget schedule are critical in developing and completing an accurate and realistic budget. Association Management Management Finance BudgetingThe budget: The lifeblood of any organization.

4 Steps to Assessing Your Membership Management Software Needs


In a less dramatic sense, if you’ve worked for an association or membership organization, selecting membership management software can feel the same way. What are your requirements right at this moment and what do you see your association needing in the short and the long terms?

Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

Association Management

Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual. At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. Virtual’s event planning team plans numerous of Board of Directors and association working group meetings every year. My skills and responsibilities can range from managing all event logistics and customer service to on-site coordination. Managing trade show participation.

Member Engagement Strategies: A Guide for Associations


Association memberships are rewarding experiences and unique in the way that members pay dues in order to continue to be a part of the organization. Engagement secures your association’s relevance and fuels healthy member retention. Association member engagement strategies.

Maintaining Your Business Continuity in the Event of a Man-Made or Natural Disaster

Association Management

For any association, consortium or standards - setting organization (or , for that matter, just about any other type of group or business), having such a strategy to rely on in a crisis is essential, yet it’s also often overlooked. that everyone is talking about, but how does that help you when it’s only a part of your association’s information and business? The committee will elect the leader of the Business Continuity Plan , as well as the leader for the Disaster Recovery Plan.

What happens when the magic is gone? And how to get it back!

Association Management

It’s become hard to get volunteers to sign up to head committees, working group attendance is down, membership renewals are lagging. If revenues are down, what impact is there on the budget? Are there changes to the committee structure that make sense ("start/stop/continue" analysis)? If the organization is self-managed? Could efficiencies be achieved by outsourcing management services? association management Membership Life Cycle membership value

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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.

Game Plan 2014: Seeing Around the Corners

Association Adviser

We’re not recommending a life on the lam for 21 st century association leaders. Associations and their boards need to develop clearer and better researched priorities—then make sure they have the right staff or outsource partners to execute. Many associations lack member communication plans that are fully integrated. Most associations agree non-dues revenue is essential, but our research shows very few ask advertisers and sponsors for their input.

Free is a strategic option for some associations

SCD Group

Years ago, Charles Rumbarger, CAE, told one of my groups “everyone in your industry is a member of your association, just some of them ain’t paying member dues.”. If your association conducts industry-wide research and/or marketing, everyone in the industry benefits not just those who are paying dues. When I was at a major national association, we converted our monthly magazine from a members-only publication to a free, controlled-circulation magazine.

Reaching Out To Global Markets Through Meetings & Events.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. The following post was written by Ajay Bhojwani, MCI director of association management, consulting and congresses for MCI Middle East in Dubai and published in ASAE’s Global Link newsletter, July 2010. As an association, where funds are prudently spent, it is important to invest in the right strategy that would allow you to grow. Association Management.

Association Boards Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for The Competitive Association

SCD Group

Today's Guest Bloggers are Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE Associations today are confronted with unprecedented levels of competition. Competition comes from other associations; from the association’s own members; from publishing houses and media companies; from cooperatives, buying groups and self-directed peer groups within the association; from for-profit companies: both large with considerable resources and small, quick, tech savvy entrepreneurs.

Global MegaTrends Part 4 ? Rise of Sustainability, Venture Capital.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. European Association Execs View the Need to Redefine Value in Changing World » Dec. Hello from Istanbul, Turkey for this fourth and final post on leading global business and economic trends effecting US associations prepared by MCI’s Global Association Management & Consulting Practice. Here’s a toast to the border-less association.

6 Things that Go Boo in the Night for Association Execs

SCD Group

Here are six things that can spook association executives. A key employs embezzles association funds. both as an association exec and as an AMC owner. And, despite warnings, we’re seeing far too much embezzlement in associations and nonprofits. When I owned an AMC, I contracted with a certified fraud examiner to establish financial systems (yes, checks and balances) to reassure myself and our clients that their funds were safe and well managed?

Hockey Feud Shows What Happens When Associations Forget about Their Members

SCD Group

As a hockey fan, the current “lock-out” shows hockey leaders (management and players union) are the dumbest “association” going. The core argument: how to split the $3+ billion in revenue the league generates, how to deal with player contracts and how to deal with the aftermath of the lock-out. Associations and nonprofits are not immune from similar feuds. In fact, what’s happening in the NHL reminds me of two similar cases in the association and nonprofit world.

Connecting Associations in Person and Online: The Evolution of Naylor AMS

Association Adviser

The company’s association management software helped associations manage their member and operations data including event registration, committees, continuing education, directories, website data and reporting. Timberlake Membership Software offered associations an efficient way to organize and track member data, manage member dues, communicate with members and more.

SCD Group: 7 stories for Busy Association CEOs, EDs, Execs from.

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. 7 stories for Busy Association CEOs, EDs, Execs from FastCompany, HBR, Associations Now, Association Trends and more. Starting with the “Ignore List,” these articles will help you and others on your association management team. From FastCompany: Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. Pages.

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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Meditated Momentum: Creating Momentum using Advisory.

Elipsis Partners

On associations, technology, parenting, people, meditation, and America. Creating Momentum using Advisory Committees. For most associations, creating successful revenue-generating services is founded in truly knowing the needs of your members. In the association world, we convene an ad hoc advisory group. Labels: advisory , association , committee , focus , group , momentum , revenue. ASAE - American Society of Association Executives.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

Reid All About it

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. Your non-dues revenue doesn’t have to suffer when you move to virtual. Jeff Cobb, Managing Director, Tagoras. Host: Associations Catalyzing Entrepreneurship.

ASAE Announces Passing of CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE

Associations Now

The longtime association chief executive died over the weekend after a battle with cancer. Whatever our personal journeys have been—however we came to embrace associations as our life’s work—we can take great pride in the advancement of this profession.

AMS vs. CRM: Integrating Strategy and Software


Our staff has the privilege of working with professional and trade associations every day. And occasionally, we hear nonprofit professionals use the terms association management software (AMS) and customer relationship management (CRM) interchangeably , which clouds the benefits of an AMS built on top of a CRM platform. . However, keep in mind that unless you have an experienced developer of that system, the benefits your association will gain is limited. .

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… When I was in charge of getting a new AMS back at my old association, I had no idea how to approach selection and implementation. If only I had read a post like this one from the DelCor team about buying association management software. What does this mean for associations? Ruud Janssen, CMM, DES, Managing Partner, Event Design Collective, Oberdorf, BL, Switzerland.

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.”

Moving From Association Member to Staff Member

Associations Now

An association executive shares his story on making the successful leap from member to employee at the National Investor Relations Institute. After years working in corporate communications and investor relations, Matt Brusch, CAE, stumbled on a unique opportunity to work at the association that he had come to rely on to help do his job. There are definitely unique aspects of association management that you need to learn in order to be successful.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.17.20

Reid All About it

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.3.20

Reid All About it

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.”

New association initiatives take more time than you think

SCD Group

In their book Road to Relevance Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE, mentioned issues around launching new association initiatives: “With associations operating in an environment of unprecedented competition, involved volunteers can be very naïve about what it takes to launch a successful venture. And, they talk cavalierly about identifying new sources of net revenues like it was an effortless, uncomplicated walk in the park.

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.

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: How to Start an Association

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. How to Start an Association. Every now and again, we go through a phase when we get multiple calls or inquiries from individuals looking to start an association or formalize a loosely knit group. He wanted to monetize the group by creating an association, establishing a membership dues structure and soliciting sponsors. Form an organizing committee or task force to determine interest: is there enough to get started? Pages. CONTRIBUTORS.

Leadership Training With a Personal Touch

Associations Now

Why one association is setting up shop to handle individualized board consulting and CEO searches. If you’re the head of an association, how responsible are you for improving the quality of leadership within its industry? Brooks is president and CEO of the Texas Society of Association Executives, and in recent years she’s witnessed a troubling amount of churn among top staff executives among her membership.