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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? Event management.

7 Membership Management Reminders for 2017

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2017 is officially here, and that means new goals and resolutions for your association. But before you dive too heavily into those, take a look at these important reminders (some big, some small) regarding membership management in 2017: association management association leadership member engagement member retention membership management Association Views

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Should You Consider an Association Management Company (AMC) in 2017?

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If you’ve been in the association space for a while (or perhaps even just a short time), you’ve probably heard the term ‘AMC’ thrown around, which stands for association management company. And better yet, could it be a good fit for your association? association management association leadership membership management Small Staff Chatter

The Horrors of Association Management (And How to Rise Above)

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Yup, we’re talking about the horrors of association management. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterHalloween is right around the corner, and as you know, things can get a little spooky. Haunted houses, scary costumes, suspenseful thrillers - yikes! But you know what’s really scary? The horrors that don’t go away! What are those horrors, exactly?

Top 5 Association Management Takeaways from Xperience2014

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Throughout the show our guests had the opportunity to attend sessions focused on business, marketing and association management best practices. We’ve put together a summary of the most notable association management ideas and recommendations that each speaker addressed during their presentations. Understanding, adapting, and knowing when to let go, in today’s increasingly competitive environment, are the keys to your associations’ success.

Our Most-Read Association Management Blog Posts of 2016

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The good news: When it comes to association management, there’s a lot of great content out there. The bad news: When it comes to association management, there’s a LOT of great content out there - sometimes, too much to keep track of! Here are our most-read association management blog posts of 2016: association management association leadership membership management Association Views

6 Association Management Tips from Steve Jobs

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The kind of leadership that Steve Jobs practiced not only inspires admiration, but motivates action. Associations can learn a lot from Steve Jobs and his vision to create an enjoyable user experience and brand culture. In recognition to Steve Jobs’ contribution to technology, business, and organizational management, we’ve gathered some of Jobs’ most influential advice and explained how associations can use it. 6 Pieces of Association Management Advice from Steven Jobs.

5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.

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#leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. As an association leader, you have a great case for going to Xperience 2017. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership. It’s a sure way of learning new ideas to make stronger connections with your members, adapt new technologies and grow your membership […].

6 Association Mistakes to Avoid in 2018

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What mistakes should association professionals avoid in 2018? We’ve identified six: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsWhen we talk about the new year and what that means for us - both personally and professionally - we often talk about what we’re going to do.

The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)!

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The post The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)! Association Leadership Association Management Software Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Social Media and Business Trends “Mulder…where is the truth?” ” A little X-Files reference for all you sci-fi fans out there.

How to Explain a Price Increase to Your Members

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsFrom time to time, prices have to go up. You’ve experienced this on the consumer end, and now, you may be experiencing this on the producer (or provider ) end. The tricky part is relaying that news to your members. How do you do it without 1) upsetting them, and 2) pushing them away?

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5 Habits of Highly Effective Association Leaders

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Here are five habits of highly effective association leaders: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterSome people say great leaders are born. Others say great leaders are made. Either way you spin it, though, there’s always room for improvement. Not sure how to become a better leader? Take notes from the best!

Should Your Association Offer a Virtual Membership?

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There are all kinds of memberships out there - individual, organizational, freemium, and ah yes, virtual. But how do you know what models are right for your association? You may be offering individual and organizational memberships, but should you be offering virtual memberships as well?

4 Little Ways to Make Your Members Smile

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Here are a few little tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsAccording to Webster’s Dictionary, a smile is a pleased or amused facial expression. Put simply, it represents happiness - and that’s exactly how you want your members to feel. Not sure how to make your members smile?

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3 Ways to Successfully Convey Your Association’s Value Proposition

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You probably know your association’s mission, but do you know your association’s value proposition? So how do you successfully convey your association’s value proposition? Here are three tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterAnd if so, does it resonate with people? Your value proposition is the reason people pay dues, but in order for it to be effective, it needs to be compelling.

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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

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If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. Now we don’t want to add more stress to your plate, but if this is a topic and regulation your association has been grappling with, allow us to help. Here’s what you need to know about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation: association management association leadership membership management Association Views

The Small-Staff Guide to New Member Onboarding

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterIf we had to guess, we’d say you probably put a LOT of time and energy into recruiting new members - and that’s completely understandable. Your members are the lifeblood of your organization. That said, because you put so much time and energy into recruiting new members, you absolutely want them to stay!

Touring Toronto: A City Guide for #ASAE17 Attendees

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Here’s a round-up of must-see sites for #ASAE17 attendees: association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition is OFFICIALLY one month away! Can you believe it?! It seems like just a few months ago we were learning and laughing it up in Salt Lake City. This year’s location? Toronto! Not sure what to do in the big Canadian city? Allow us to help!

MC Talks, Halloween Edition: 3 Horror Stories for Association Pros

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And some of those, association professionals know all too well. In fact, here are three horror stories association professionals fear (and often face), and more importantly, a few solutions/workarounds for each: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterHalloween is right around the corner, and with that comes scary movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, and other creepy traditions.

Lessons from the Veterans: What to Expect at ASAE Annual

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association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is quickly approaching! Not sure what to expect? We asked our veteran attendees and here’s what they had to say….

4 Tips for Soothing Member Burnout

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Instead, to help soothe some of that end-of-year burnout, check out these four tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterWe’re nearing the end of the year, and your members (and staff) may be starting to feel a little burned out. That’s natural. But don’t neglect or brush off those feelings, otherwise you could end up pushing your members away.

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6 Questions to Ask Your Potential AMS Provider

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When it comes to shopping for an association management system, the questions people ask are often pretty routine: How much does it cost? That said, here are six questions - beyond features - you NEED to ask your potential AMS provider: association management association leadership membership management Association Views association software

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5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

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No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye. If you’re looking to catch these folks before they leave, check out these five methods you should try to retain those one-and-done members of your association. Let us guess: Member turnover on your mind?

5 Reasons to LOVE Being an Association Pro

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It’s no secret that being an association pro is hard. In fact, here are five reasons to LOVE being an association pro: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterAnd sometimes, it can be downright exhausting. But take pride in your job! You do something not a lot of people can.

3 Reasons Your Membership Spreadsheet Just Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

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Do you ever feel like you’re in a bad episode of “Man vs. Membership Spreadsheet?” Now you might be in denial that it’s time for a change, but if that’s the case, here are three reasons (or reminders ) that your membership spreadsheet just isn’t cutting it anymore: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterAnd worse, you’re losing ? It’s not a fun position to be in.

Engaging Your Association’s Introverts: 3 Tips

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But are you taking enough action to engage your association’s introverts? In fact, here are three specific ways to engage your association’s introverts: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Association ViewsYou’ve probably heard and read a lot about introverts. You might even BE an introvert. If not, it might be time to offer a few new outlets/opportunities.

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Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps

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Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Now if this has happened at your association, don’t beat yourself up. That said, here are four steps to get them back up and running: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Small Staff Chatter

How to Share Your Association’s Members: 3 Tips

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With more than 66,000 trade and professional associations in the United States alone, there’s bound to be some overlap when it comes to memberships. For example, if you work for a tourism association, some of your members might also be part of a hotel association or a restaurant association. Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff Chatter

4 Things to Try in the New Year

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While you’re basking in the glow of the positivity brought by this resolve, why not try a few new things for your association? association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterNew Year; New You! That’s how the saying goes right? Resolutions offer us a chance to wipe the slate clean, correct bad habits and try new things. From a personal angle, it’s all about embracing the best parts of yourself.

From #Ideas17: How to Simplify Your Association’s Messaging

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association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterMessaging is something that all companies and organizations have to do, but something that only a small percentage do well. Many organizations disseminate complicated messages - or conflicting messages. This is particularly common for organizations that have multiple divisions (national and state divisions, for example).

Branding on a Budget: 3 Tips for Association Pros

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Take a look at these tips for branding your association on a budget: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterBranding is important - we don’t have to tell you that. But branding can also be expensive, and that’s where the problem often lies. But good news! Branding doesn’t HAVE to be expensive. In fact, some of the best tactics out there are actually quite cost-effective.

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How to Stay Focused at Work During the Busy Holiday Season

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To help you stay focused and productive at the office, here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterThanksgiving is next week. NEXT WEEK. Can you believe it? This year has flown by. That said, you know as well as we do that the holidays can be, well, distracting. Not in a bad way - the holidays are fun! But sometimes it can be a challenge to actually get work done.

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Gearing Up for 2017 at Your Association

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Is your association ready for 2017? To help you hit January at “full speed ahead,” here are a few items you’ll want to consider and knock out ASAP: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsWe’re essentially a month away from 2017 - can you believe it?! We sure can’t! Where did 2016 even go? As the year is winding down, it’s time to start looking at the year ahead.

3 Ways to Attract Recent Graduates to Your Organization

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We’ve got a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsThe caps are off and the tassels have been flipped. Congrats Class of 2016! Now the question is, how can you attract those new graduates to your organization?

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Re-Aligning Your Goals for a Strong Q4

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In fact, here are a few tips to help you end the year out strong: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterFall is officially in full swing! Hard to believe, right? That means we only have a few months left in 2017 - a few months left to achieve the goals we want. That said, what goals are you trying to achieve? What resolutions did you lay out in January? How are you pacing with those goals/resolutions?

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3 Association Lessons from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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But this year, as I was watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (another classic), I realized, there are actually a lot of lessons association professionals can take away from that movie. Here are three, in particular: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterOne of my favorite things to do during the month of December? Binge (and binge and binge) Christmas movies!

How to Deal with a Difficult Board Member: 4 Tips

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterEvery once in awhile, a difficult board member comes along. And that can make your job HARD (and not to mention, incredibly unenjoyable). So what do you do? How do you handle the situation when you’re both clearly invested in your roles?

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The Dos and Don’ts of Handling Brand Damage Control

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If you’re looking to get ahead of any potential PR trouble before it even starts, check out these dos and don’ts to properly handle damage control when it comes to your association’s brand. association management association leadership small staff association social media for associations member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

From GSAE: Understanding Change at Your Association

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I attended a webinar held by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) where Dr. David Renz , Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, spoke in great detail about successfully leading change initiatives. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterWe talk about, hear about, and experience change all the time.

5 Ways to Beat Association Burnout

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If you’re an association professional, you probably…. Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterWork practically 24/7. Wear many, MANY hats. Struggle to get things done - and get them done RIGHT. Know what burnout feels like. Yup, burnout is REAL, especially in the nonprofit space. So how can you overcome it, so that you don’t resent your job?

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