Choosing the Best Association Management Software


Leveraging a robust AMS system engages members and helps you develop your association, while automating many mundane and repetitive tasks. Whether your membership organization is an association or chamber of commerce, feature-rich Association Management Software (AMS) is a must.

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.


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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!

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

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.

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

Association Adviser

Tamela Blalock, MBA, CAE, CMP, DES considers her professional superpower to be revenue generation, but after talking with her about her experiences as an association leader, our staff at the Adviser thinks developing authentic empathy that nurtures others’ professional growth should be considered one of her superpowers, too. We talked with Tamela about how she applies a sales mindset to membership growth, revenue generation and board development.

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

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.

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.

Top Membership Management Software Options & Reviews


As your association grows, your requirements for your membership software grow, too — so much so that you’ve outgrown your current membership management solution! We’ll cover these topics: What is Membership Management Software? What is Membership Management Software?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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. The first step in finding membership management software that fits your organization is understanding what you need from current and future perspectives. What are your requirements right at this moment and what do you see your association needing in the short and the long terms?

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.18.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Billhighway describes the chapter self-assessment exercise used by the Associated General Contractors of America to collect data for chapter benchmarking. Membership committees.

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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.

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.

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?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.26.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Association innovation. The research revealed that associations with a more innovative mindset and culture were more successful at navigating the early challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.23.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. WBT’s post describes why your association would want to offer mixed-age learning programs and suggests how to get started. Hear how to become a more culturally competent association professional.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.16.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. WBT speculates about the invisible forces affecting your members , causing irregular or new behavior, and disturbing the regular attraction between them and your association.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.23.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Help yourself and others benchmark member communication efforts and strategies by participating in Association Adviser’s 10th annual Association Communications Benchmarking Survey.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.4.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Urgent request for participation in an association professional development survey. How the American Anthropological Association created a successful virtual internship program.

Compare Association Membership Management Software Platforms


Leveraging a robust AMS system enables membership professionals to engage members and develop their association instead of focusing on mundane, repetitive tasks. This article will help you compare and evaluate different association management software options to help you do just that.

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

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: 10.16.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The state of associations. Cecilia Sepp, CAE, founder of Rogue Tulips, recently released the findings of their September association survey, What’s Next for Associations.

7 Practices to Guide Associations Through the Unpredictable Year Ahead


Many associations don’t see this as a time of doom and gloom. In fact, 69% of associations have seen an increase in member engagement since the pandemic began, according the Association Economic Outlook Report , conducted in the fall of 2020 by Marketing General Inc.

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AMS vs. CRM: Integrating Strategy and Software


Our staff has the privilege of working with professional and trade associations every day. So, to help clear up confusion, here’s a breakdown of AMS and CRM, and how integrating the two optimizes your association ’s database infrastructure. . Human resource management .