Buying Association Management Software in 2019? Start Here.

Delcor

Before embarking on an association management software (AMS) selection this year, get clear on two things: Why you want a new AMS. Why is your organization considering new association management software? Is your association starting a new line of business?

Salesforce or Microsoft: What’s the Right CRM Platform for Your Association Management Software?

Nimble AMS

In the past few years, there has been a noticeable push by associations to leverage enterprise constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms from Salesforce or Microsoft as the platform for their association management software (AMS). and associations.

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!)

Configure versus Customize: Which option is best for your association management software?

Nimble AMS

Association management software (AMS) systems typically include out-of-the-box functionality to support most of the organization’s basic processes. But what do you do when your association has a unique need that can’t be addressed through basic setup?

What Do Your Customers Expect from You in 2016 & Beyond? A Guide Map

Socious

The well-documented consumerization of business product users is putting increasing pressure on companies. Association Management Social Business Customer Engagement Customer Experience

Why Your Professional Association Needs a Strategic Plan…Right Now

Association Management

What’s an eight-letter word for association management? And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements—including the imperative to stay current.

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?

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.

Thanks For Playing: New Year, New Goals

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. After much consideration, Ive stolen an idea from a good friend who used this to document a year abroad: Taking (at least) one picture a day. Im documenting the whole thing on Tumblr. Association blogger and general troublemaker. Top association management Blogs. Alltop Association Management. How to Manage Social Employees, Social Media at Events, and Car Talk. Association Subculture.

Digital Governance is Critical for Digital Transformation

Delcor

Associations are generally experts in governance. As Lisa Welchman explains in her book, Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design , “Digital governance is a discipline that focuses on establishing clear accountability for digital strategy, policy, and standards. Product Management.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Training for Performance

Observations on Association Management

An untrained staff member can deliver a ruinous member service experience or can destroy an important document without knowing what he or she is doing. Suffice it to say that a lack of adequate training can be cataclysmic to an association. Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website. About Challenge Management. Challenge Management, Inc. Challenge Management, Inc. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, February 9, 2009.

Do Smartphones Hurt Your Leadership Ability?

Association Leaders

I decided to document the number of times per day I check my phone and the approximate amount of time per day I spend engaged with my phone and not the people around me. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized association management leadership I’ve often wondered if I could be a better leader if I was less connected to email, google, news feeds and apps through my smartphone. I try not to be rude about my smartphone use.

Simple Truths about Strategic Planning for Your Professional Association

Association Management

Too many professional associations function without a strategic plan. There are some very simple strategic planning methodologies that professional associations can follow. And you shouldn’t let your professional association take a journey without them either.

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Top Ten Reasons to Select CM Services as your AMC

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies (AMCs) have been providing value to associations for more than one hundred years. What kind of value do they provide and how do volunteer leaders determine the best model for their association – and if that model is the AMC model, how do volunteer leaders determine which AMC is right for them? Associations managed by AMCs outperform associations not managed by AMCs from a financial perspective.

Thanks For Playing: Happy Birthday, America!

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Independence Day seems like a great time to refresh ones memory on our founding documents. Association blogger and general troublemaker. Top association management Blogs. Process Killed the Association Star. Alltop Association Management. How to Manage Social Employees, Social Media at Events, and Car Talk. Association Subculture. Association Advocacy Chick. Association 141+.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Small Associations Can.

Observations on Association Management

Small Associations Can Perform "Big". Small associations often lament the fact that they do not have the resources to perform as well as their larger brethren. While it is indeed true that larger associations with big budgets and large numbers of dedicated staff members may have an easier time of "performing" than smaller, leaner organizations, small associations can behave like the big guys. Your association can look big, no matter its size!

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

Association Management

Thus, managing collaboration, inputs and the overall budget schedule are critical in developing and completing an accurate and realistic budget. Use your budget as a point of reference, not a static document. Association Management Management Finance Budgeting

Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

So when I came across “Association Learning + Technology 2014,” a recent report by Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele , founders of consulting firm Tagoras , imagine my delight! Have a formal, documented strategy for their use of technology for learning. As a former journalist, I love data.

What will 2016 bring for associations?

Aaron Wolowiec

From memberships to learning to partnerships, software and services provider Abila just released its predictions for associations in 2016. One of the most valuable resources you have is your association’s e-learning content,” Abila wrote in its whitepaper. It’s a new year.

The Paperless Association

Association Management

Decades after some unnamed publicist coined the term “the paperless office,” paperless association operations are at hand. At least that’s the case for many technology industry associations. Same for documents. How much paper does your association produce?

The Process of Recovery from a Disaster

Association Management

Having used your business impact analysis to identify the systems, services and applications at risk, you can now replicate those services into a redundant platform that can either be hosted or managed somewhere else, or at the very least run from a remote location.

Compliance: Do We Really Need to Bring Our Volunteers to Volun"tears"?

Mariner

In a recent post on ASAE’s listserv, a member relations manager asked “if anyone has strategies to get their chapters/Sections/SIGs to hit their deadlines. We remind them by email - have deadlines posted everywhere and on each document or online document to no avail. Blog Association Executives Association Volunteers Build Chapters Develop Leaders Engage Volunteers Association Management Chapter Component iVolunteer Leadership Volunteering

Five Budgeting Misconceptions That Will Change Your Association’s Strategy

Association Management

Strategic planning and budgeting for associations is an essential part of management, and yet few experts can agree on what the term actually involves. Estimated costs and projected revenue are the key components of any association budget. Association Management

Shining a Spotlight on Your Association’s Member Benefits

MembersClicks

How many benefits does your association have? Now you may be thinking, “Those benefits are listed on our association’s website. AND we include them in our onboarding documentation. association management member engagement membership management Association ViewsBetter question: How many of those benefits do your members actually use? Do you have benefits that your members don’t even know about? If we had to guess, we’d say yes.

Are You Ready to Onboard Your New Volunteer Leaders?

MembersClicks

While you still have some time before selecting these individuals and scheduling new leader orientation meetings, it is the perfect time of year to evaluate your onboarding process and dust off stale documents.

Building your Business Continuity Plan

Association Management

In the wake of a natural disaster affecting your technology alliance or association , you stand in the midst of the rubble that was once your business and wonder how in the world you will notify everyone and tell them that the organization and office no longer exist.

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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. Association ManagementIt’s 3 a.m.

Learning about Soyfoods, a Book Review

Association Navigator

I was recently tapped to lead the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) , the trade group which represents soyfoods manufacturers, soy processors, and soybean farmers. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S.,

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Good Leaders Know How to Get People off the Bus

Association Leaders

In those cases, even though they may be a “top performer”, successful leaders recognize the need to get this person “off the bus” The article focuses mostly on the ways to document “not being a good fit” for legal protections. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism Probably every business leader today has read Jim Collins’ best selling business book Good to Great.

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Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action

.orgCommunity

The corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The membership manager looks like a deer in the headlights. Membership Manager. Membership Manager shifts in her chair. Membership Manager. The product was an elegant document.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action

.orgCommunity

the corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The membership manager looks like a deer in the headlights. Membership Manager. Membership Manager shifts in her chair. Membership Manager. The product was an elegant document.

The Year Without Pants and How to Replace Email

Association Navigator

the company behind WordPress, the online, open source website creation software that many consider the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS) available today. The reason many people want to work remotely is to help manage kids and the household.

Quality Matters

Aptify

Aptify’s membership software empowers associations to engage their members and achieve their mission. Through our web services layer and flexible APIs, Aptify is very easy to integrate with an organization’s preferred third-party systems and content management system (CMS).

Webinar Recap: AMS Implementation Doesn’t Have to Be a PITA (Pain in the Association)

Association Adviser

Download the archived version of our webinar, AMS Implementation Doesn’t Have to Be a PITA , hosted by ReviewMyAMS and Naylor Association Solutions. I cover best practices and tips to ensure your next AMS implementation isn’t a pain in the association (PITA).

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Association Subculture: Suicide and Generation X - The Association.

Association Subculture

Suicide and Generation X - The Association Management HR Dilemma. 43% of documented suicides in the US in 2007 were between 35 and 54 years of age. Labels: association , Gen X , human resources. Shelly blogs at Association Subculture because her cat is a bad listener.

Association Marketing: Connecting & Rewarding Your Customers

SCD Group

What can your association assemble that accomplishes the same thing? Louis Institute for Association Leadership (STIAL) to help use its rebranding to position STIAL as THE resource for associations based in the St. The study documents the economic value of associations to the St.

Think Before Changing Your Association’s Name or Logo

SCD Group

One of my associations changed its name (to broaden its reach) and lost its identity with its existing members! Back in June, I wrote Rebranding Can Cause Controversy for Associations Too. Association Weighs Letting Go of “Lobbyists.". Association C: The St.

When a plan comes together

Moving through the Association World

It was about a year ago when I started my current position as a certification manager at an organization that tests and certifies professional construction managers. The second level exam requires more than just a simple online registration, each candidate has to submit references and other documentation to verify their work experience or education background. Certification General Small Staff Work association management customer service Joseph Sapp

5 Steps to Protect Associations from Embezzlers

SCD Group

w hen my golfing partner learned I formerly managed associations, he said his wife – a co-founder of a nonprofit for women – had just received an email saying that the organization’s financial manager had embezzled about $150,000 from the organization.

Thinking Outside Of The Box

Moving through the Association World

Everyone in association management knows this can be difficult as committee members are spread out, so virtual meetings are a must. In total each applicant could have 5 or more documents attached to their application. Doing this allowed me to give access to all these documents without sending multiple emails loaded with attachments and also a permanent archive in the cloud of all the documentation.