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.

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. It''s the non-dues revenue nightmare that has gotten more than one of us in trouble over the years. Get the committee back together, we''ll just have to come up with something else.".

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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)?

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. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows.

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 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. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers.

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. Association Management Management Finance Budgeting

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.

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. The committee should meet on a regular and consistent basis.

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)?

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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. 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? Membership Revenue

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.”. In giving it away free to members and qualified non members, ad revenue increased from $85,000 to $3 million.

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. Failure to adapt to this competitive threat puts an association’s relevance in jeopardy. Today's Associations Are Vulnerable.

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.

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. “Most associations are slow to change.

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. Associations and nonprofits are not immune from similar feuds. I was the Deputy CEO of one of those associations. I’m a huge hockey fan.

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. Managers are facilitators of their team members’ success. Pages. About. Contact.

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.

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.

Reaching Out To Global Markets Through Meetings & Events.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. 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. GrowGlobally.org.

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. Here’s a toast to the border-less association. Association Management.

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. 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: 4.5.19

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. What does this mean for associations?

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. There are definitely unique aspects of association management that you need to learn in order to be successful.

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.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

The future looks bright for association e-learning. However, one missing element is clouding the picture for associations. One weakness is holding associations back from reaching their market potential and becoming lifelong learning powerhouses. I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras. Start with an association e-learning strategy. You guessed it, the cream of the crop associations.

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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.

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. of most start-up associations. 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?

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. Please give it up for -- the Association Manager! Pages.

A Kick-Ass Community Manager Q&A

Higher Logic

It's time to get those community management challenges addressed. This year marked our second annual expert panel of kick-ass community managers, who all agree: communities are here to stay and offer the best engagement for members. The Kick-Ass Community Managers.

Association Subculture: Times Like These - My 5 Terms for 2012

Association Subculture

Even though today is still technically a holiday, I feel like 2012 is officially underway and now its time to reveal the 5 Terms for 2012 that will be front and center at Alcorn Associates Management Consulting this year. (By Really, associations have always been about DIY.

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.

How the Mighty Fall - Associations at Risk - Part 2 of 5

Association Subculture

How the Mighty Fall - Associations at Risk - Part 2 of 5. This five-part series will take a look at each of the main stages identified by Jim Collins and relate them to issues you may be facing as association professionals.). Think of it as akin to managing a group of race car drivers. Association volunteers and staff that feel invincible and overconfident will begin to lean into the accelerator pedals in the turns. association. (25). management. (3).

Board of Directors Checklist Tool for Realtor Associations : Off Stage

Off Stage

1, 2011 - Board of Directors Checklist Tool for Realtor Associations. I hate to remind you, but its August 1 and time for the annual Realtor association identity crisis we celebrate: the election and installation of new directors and officers. Financial Management. Blog Manager

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Advocacy Do’s and Don’ts

Association Adviser

As a trade association, you represent a brand and you represent people who have a passion for that brand and its causes. for an in-depth look at how your peers rate the 10 most important topics to association leaders. Top 10 Topics Most Important to Association Leaders.

SCD Group: Is Membership in Your Association Worth the Dues?

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. Is Membership in Your Association Worth the Dues? Two questions of associations are emerging: 1. Some association professionals see these questions as a product of the recession. Pages. About. Contact. Causeaholic.

Members Were My Mentors: Building Consensus Among the Folks Who Build

Association Adviser

After more than three decades at the helm of various AGC chapters, Michael Dunham, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. Association Adviser: Mike, tell us a little about AGC Georgia. Some members have over $1 billion in revenue and hundreds of employees.