AMS Project Management Basics for Association Smarties


Your association has finally selected a new AMS. You’re the one chosen as the project’s manager, yet you’ve never implemented a new AMS. Your AMS vendor assigned a project manager to your implementation. Project management is a huge topic. Good news!

What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

This summer I’m looking for opportunities to explain association management and share how we do it at Verto Solutions. One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. The model is relatively new, and there are still many trade associations and non-profits that could benefit from the efficiency and flexibility of association management. Verto Solutions Association Management.


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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)? In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. Association Software 10 1. Popular Association Software Platforms.

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. With features spanning database capabilities, messaging and email tools, accounting and payment systems, and event planning, a top AMS solution is a smart move for practically any group. Overview of this Association Management Software. Powerful event management features. Member communities and tools.

What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

There are two primary association operation models used today. The newer model, association management is generally more flexible and effective for associations of any size, but particularly those that are small to medium-size. This includes associations as large as those with $6 million in annual turnover. What does it mean when an association is managed and what are the advantages? These groups are increasingly supported by professional managers.

Association Management and Corporate Management: How Do They Diverge?

Association Success

Transitioning from the corporate to the association space was a steep learning curve. Coming from the corporate world, when I first started working in an association 27 years ago I thought the job of an association executive would be a walk in the park. I am involved in at least three other associations, one of which I founded: the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE).

Third-Party Partners: An Essential Tool for Better Association Business

Association Adviser

Third-party partnerships are an especially valuable tool in the multifaceted world of association management. Such arrangements enable associations to focus their attention and efforts on doing what they do best: serving their members and advocating for their industries. In this realm, associations save on the overhead costs of producing member communication publications and the back-office management of content, revenue tracking and strategic planning.

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When Your Best-in-Breed Tool Suddenly Wants to Do it All

Associations Now

When it comes to enterprise software, there are two camps—a variety of best-in-breed tools or an all-in-one suite. There’s been something of a long-standing debate in the tech sphere when it comes to tools: Best-in-breed or all-in-one? Then, of course, there are all those vendor relationships to manage. Earlier this year, the email-marketing tool MailChimp publicly broke ranks with a longtime partner, Shopify. A few thoughts: Consider your legacy tool.

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Survey: 9 of 10 Association Professionals Say They Aren’t Using Artificial Intelligence


Are you using artificial intelligence at your association?” . Thanks to many successful AI integration projects from association technology vendors over the years, it’s quite possible that your organization is using artificial intelligence without even knowing. . In a recent webinar hosted by Protech, we were joined by a panel of association tech experts from CommPartners , Higher Logic and OpenWater in which we answered that very question.

Serve Your Members and Grow Non-Dues Revenue With These Online Career Center Tips


An association’s mission is to serve members, and right now, your members might be experiencing the need for new employment. . With that in mind, Dawn urged associations to think beyond job boards. . One suggestion is to implement an online career center where members can post their resumes, share job opportunities or gain career advice from your association. It can also serve as the central hub for members to interact, share content and manage industry resources. .

Technology Considerations for Moving to a Virtual Office


These organizations have leveraged digital workplace tools to get work completed, communicate, and collaborate all from outside of a physical office. Association Management - Leadership Tips - Trends - TechTalks CIO - Digital Transformation - IT Maturity COVID-19

Jumpstart 2012: A Planning Tool for AEs to Use : Off Stage

Off Stage

12, 2011 - Jumpstart 2012: A Planning Tool for AEs to Use. One of the new projects I’m working on is a 1-day presentation for Realtor association leadership and staff: “J umpstart 2012 ” My goal for this program is to aim association leadership in the right direction to have a productive year—a year which concentrates on the priorities of each individual organization and strategizes on the highest and best use of that association’s resources.

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Engage Your Membership with Social Technology [Case Study]

Higher Logic

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) was ready to take member engagement to the next level. As its member base grew, the association needed to adjust member communications to match. So it gave members a voice and a platform with powerful social networking, discussion, and information-sharing tools. The Challenge: Increase engagement by upgrading online collaboration tools. Bringing association executives together.

How 3 Associations Used a Microsoft-powered AMS to Execute Digital Transformation


A ssociation management software ( AMS ) help s member-based organizations optimize processes, energize member engagement, enhance organizational decision making and transform their organizations. . The Protech AMS is the core of how we manage our business.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Anger: It's No Way Out

Observations on Association Management

I was moved by it and believe it holds a lesson for all of us.including association staff and volunteers. I’m no psychologist, and I’m no expert on anger or its management, but I do know that anger is nothing more than a feeling, and that feelings by definition are fickle things. When that happens, when rage floods in to overwhelm the rational mind, the easiest—perhaps the most natural—thing to do is to project it out and find someone else to blame.

4 Little-Known Services from Your AMS Software Vendor that Will Save You Time and Money


Unfortunately, many association professionals spend a lot of time on low-level tasks or work outside of their field. For instance, running reports from your association management software is a common responsibility. Also, membership managers often find themselves in the throes of event planning. When your skilled workers venture outside their fields or focus on low-level tasks, your association suffers. Service #3) Event Management.

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! ” The 52-page Tagoras report provides such data, which were collected based upon a survey of 200 trade and professional associations. Use a learning content management system (LCMS). As the association industry transitions into technology-enabled learning, other trends will emerge, the report said.

Pros and Cons of Remote Association Employees

Association Management

Upsides include cost savings and a much broader talent pool; challenges include time management oversight, coordinating communication, long-distance IT support. If your association is in hiring mode, a key consideration is whether your employees will work together physically in a central location, or whether some or all will work remotely (also called "teleworking"). Working Groups Association Management Association Association Boards

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Serious Strategy & Tools for Pursuing Sustainability ? GrowGlobally.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Serious Strategy & Tools for Pursuing Sustainability. and European institutional investors managing over $1.75 Additionally, European investors managing $6.5 While it is not the only indicator that should be used, many companies already declare their greenhouse gas emissions, with over 3000 of the largest corporations registering them with the Carbon Disclosure Project.

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Can Associations Thrive in a Crowded Marketplace?


Associations used to have similar monopolies in their industries. That made association life pretty comfortable. Associations no longer have the advantage of a relative lack of competition. With the emergence of new competition , associations have to find a fresh foothold in today’s marketplace, creating offers and value propositions that set them apart. Download Your Free Report of 9 Consumer Trends That Affect Your Association Today.

AMS Platforms: A Comprehensive Guide for Associations


Running an association can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Without the right capabilities in your association management software , it can be very difficult for your team members to navigate your association’s wealth of data in order to make the best possible strategic decisions. Upgrading to a robust, centralized AMS platform can be a particularly smart move for more established associations with a large membership. Membership Management.

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. Most members of the Verto team are passionate and self-sufficient, but when professionals aren’t in the same office it takes extra effort to collaborate and keep projects moving. The reason many people want to work remotely is to help manage kids and the household.

Build a Better Request for Proposal

Association Adviser

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) can be a useful tool for associations wanting to discover the best options for products or services they need. Only if both sides communicate clearly about their goals for the project, its scope, any limiting factors, the timeline and the budget. The specific experiences that your association wants to improve. Creating an RFP that will generate a workable project might not be so simple after all!

Why Measuring Member Engagement for Unions is More Important Now than Ever Before


As a result, unions need to start adapting and thinking more like non-profit associations and clubs. As a result, unions need to start adapting and thinking more like non-profit associations and clubs. Membership in these non-profits has always been optional, and associations have therefore been ahead of their union counterparts in providing additional value to members and driving better engagement through data and metrics. Managing Your Data. Association Management

Quality Matters


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). The testing methodology is largely based on the five focus areas as highlighted below: Requirement Analysis: Requirement analysis is a critical factor for the success of a software project.

Slack for Nonprofits and Associations


Back in Jan 2016 I wrote a SilkStart Blog article about Slack for Associations. The title was: How associations and nonprofits can leverage Slack to reduce email and improve internal communication and the goal of the article was to introduce our customers (professional associations) to a relatively new product that was changing how people and companies worked. How can Slack help my nonprofit or association? What does this mean for associations?

Purchasing Fundraising Software: A Small Shop’s Guide


Membership or associate management software. Volunteer management software. For example, if you find your organization is raising the majority of money through membership programs, it’s probably a good idea to seek out membership management software. Make a projection as to how much your supporter base will grow in the next 3-5 years, and choose a software that will accommodate that increase. Matching gift tools. Cool Social Tools Nimble Nonprofit

Get friendly with your data


Whether you’re entering, updating or just trying to find it, the process of managing data is sure to be frustrating. Stop stressing about your data and focus on improving your association with these four quick tips: Document. Document your processes to ensure everyone is aligned and comfortable when managing your database, even if your “database” is a series of spreadsheets. association tools membershipMember data is inherently difficult.

Implementing a Successful Cause Marketing Campaign

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. Drake & Company recently donated 100 hours of staff time to build a cause marketing program for the Chesterfield Arts “Make Your Mark” levee mural project, held June 4. Jill Mahoney and I were the project managers. Not just paint it but make it a free, community-based piece of outdoor art, and to use the levee as a great art education project at the same time. Develop overall theme and timing of the project. Pages.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.11.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. This survey data will provide quantitative insights to help guide associations planning 2021 conferences. Project management basics. Association websites.

5 Factors to Help Estimate an AMS Implementation Timeline


The process of b uying enterprise association management software (AMS), f rom developing an RFP and rec ruiting your AMS selection team to narrowing the list of vendors and evaluating demos and quotes , requires a full team effort from your association. .

Meditated Momentum: Deep Conversations

Elipsis Partners

On associations, technology, parenting, people, meditation, and America. Brainstorming is a great tool and can lead to new ideas. Its one of many tools (God bless the Memory Jogger ) that help groups work together. How would the project be impacted if we didnt do that? If you must present your own or the associations viewpoint, present it as another aspect of the issue, without being defensive or vested in thew viewpoint. Meditated Momentum.

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Practical tips to prepare your association for virtual work

Nimble AMS

Now is an ideal time to assess your organization’s tools and approaches for working remotely. In fact, now is an ideal time to assess your association’s tools and approaches for virtual work. Here are three tips for preparing your association for virtual work: 1. TECH TIP: Nimble AMS is a cloud-based association management software system built on the Salesforce platform. Consider your association’s communication and collaboration tools.

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Stronger by Association: Cause Marketing Tips - Target Prospects

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. I would certainly share this to my boss too in order to improve our projects. Stronger by Association delivered to your inbox. Individuals form associations to collaborate and accomplish together what cannot be achieved separately. Stronger by Association is a blog for members, volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations. Produced by AMR Management Services, an AMC Institute charter accredited association management company.

Protech Announces SSO Integration with Web Scribble


July 29, 2020 – Protech Associates, Inc. Protech), provider of the first and leading cloud association managemen t solution powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365 , announces a single-sign on (SSO) integration with Web Scribble. COLUMBIA, Md.

Another AMSFest in the Books


I have attended all of the AMSFest events and have been consistently impressed by the value provided to associations who are researching association management system (AMS) options. This year, I hosted an AMS Selection and Data Preparation Bootcamp with Joan Menzer, a fellow DelCor consultant, and Katherine Matthews, Data Manager at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Systems an association should have in its ecosystem.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.13.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Looking forward. The Association Laboratory Research Alliance invites association executives to participate in the Looking Forward 2021 study. Ernie Smith, Associations Now ).

7 tips for getting the most out of an RFP for your next AMS

Nimble AMS

Best practices say that when you’re ready to find a new association management software (AMS) system, you should issue a request for proposal (RFP). The RFP: What it is An RFP is a document that provides background and details about your project and solicits bids from vendors. Project overview. Project goals. Project requirements, including budget. Project deliverables and specifications. Project timeline.

Content Recycling Tip

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. For membership directors you may suggest ways to tie in membership drives with the event; for the event coordinator you may refer to software that projects live tweets behind the speaker; for the event attendees you may encourage tweeting as an organizational tool for take-aways. Membership Management. Associations.