Buying Association Management Software in 2019? Start Here.


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?

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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Reviewing Association Management Products : Off Stage

Off Stage

4, 2009 - Reviewing Association Management Products. One of the services I think can help Realtor AEs as well as other association managers of my non-profit clients is a product review site. So Im starting a series of product reviews and Id like your help.

Association Management and Board Reports: “Done is Better Than Perfect

Association Navigator

Good regular communication between quarterly in-person meetings with your board is critical to the success of any association executive. The association executives at Verto Solutions even have different names for them.

The Future of Association Management Systems


This seems to be the question that has haunted association execs for more than 25 years when the initial association management system hit the not-for-profit marketplace. Associations should budget appropriately for AMS training, especially beyond implementation.

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Association Management Lessons from Twinkpocalypse 2012

Association Subculture

Harvard Business Review published a smart blog entitled, " The Day Twinkies Became Cool Again ," that examines the relationship between brands and how we can still stay hooked to them even when they become irrelevant. I wonder if there is a lesson here for associations.

Why the Performance Review Is Worth Saving

Associations Now

As brain-shatteringly hard-to-resolve mental challenges go, the employee performance review seems to be right up there with the trolley problem and the nature of consciousness. When companies eliminate reviews,” they write, “managers actually devote less time to performance management.”.

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Follow the leader to ensure your association management software’s code is covered

Nimble AMS

Understanding what code coverage is and what associations can learn from Salesforce. Here’s an overview of what it is and why your AMS should follow the code coverage guidelines set forth by Salesforce, the leader in customer relationship management.

Periodic Goal Review

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. Periodic Goal Review. January 19th, 2012 | Posted in Membership Management , Social Media and Business Trends. It’s also shown me that taking time to periodically review what is (or isn’t) working is valuable to the overall success of the goal. Membership Management. Associations. Solutions. Nonprofits + Foundations. Chambers + EDCs.

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MemberClicks’ Year in Review: Highlights from 2016


In fact, here are some of our favorite moments and memories from 2016: association management small staff association membership management Small Staff ChatterWe can’t believe another year is almost gone. Is it just us or did 2016 FLY by?

Thanks For Playing: Book Review: Humanize

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Book Review: Humanize. Authors Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter use the lens of social media to examine our "modern" business, management, and leadership practices and find them au courant.with the Industrial Revolution. Association blogger and general troublemaker. Top association management Blogs. Book Review: Humanize. Alltop Association Management. Association Subculture.

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Association Management Gen Xer Meme - Right Here, Right Now

Association Subculture

Association Management Gen Xer Meme - Right Here, Right Now. I entered the association workforce and found myself surrounded for the most part with Boomers. I started meeting other executives and association professionals who were/are in my age group. association. (25).

Your Email Marketing Checklist: What to Review Before You Hit Send


We know that heart-drop-to-the-bottom-of-your-stomach feeling, so to help minimize those blunders, we’ve put together an email marketing checklist with everything you need to review before hitting send. Email blunders happen to everyone. And when they do, well, they’re certainly not fun.

Thanks For Playing: Book Review: The Back of the Napkin

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Book Review: The Back of the Napkin. Fortunately, the Association Chat book club got me to bump it to the top of the pile, and I finally read it last month. Labels: book review , Dan Roam , Visual Thinking. Association blogger and general troublemaker. Top association management Blogs. Process Killed the Association Star. Why Are We Still Doing Annual Performance Reviews? Association 141+.

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Book Review - Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter

Association Subculture

Book Review - Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter. This is a book review of Humanize - How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. The Association Subculture Blog does not accept author pitches and only writes about books we dig.). association. (25).

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Association Basics: How to Write a “Year in Review” Newsletter


With 2018 around the corner, it’s important for your association to show what was accomplished in 2017. One of the easiest ways to do that is to write a newsletter to recap your association’s year. This newsletter should cover the big highlights of 2017 as well as include your association’s updates for 2018. Take a look at the four categories you should include to knock your “Year in Review” newsletter out of the park!

Have you written your Humanize review yet?


There are many good reviews on Amazon already, but here are some of our favorite blog reviews: Danny Brown, Director of Retention and Social Media at Jugnoo, Inc. ” John Stepper , Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, New York City, NY. Want more reviews?

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[Cool Infographic Friday] How Online Reviews Can Either Make or Break Your Business


By the way since were on the topic – Are you using an association management system or online community platform? Help your peers by adding a review of your technology for the former or the latter ! . Tip o’ the hat to Megan Arevalo for this good one !

Seven Keys to Running a Successful Meeting

Association Leaders

Meetings are necessary to achieve consensus – especially in associations. The agenda should clearly state the purpose of the meeting and the expected outcomes for the meeting and should be distributed enough in advance of the meeting for participants to review and give thought to the items being addressed. should be a facilitator, not a dictator This is very important and is often a difference between for profit corporate leaders and successful association leaders.

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.

101 Things You’d Rather Be Doing Than Wrestling With Your AMS


Despite all those glowing reviews you see on association management software provider’s websites, it seems like no one is actually satisfied with their AMS. You don’t like the tools, you hate the support, and you spend all day wrestling with technology and trying to get your association management system to work. Association Management Membership Management Membership DatabaseWe’ve been reading the studies , and they’re dismal.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Get It in Writing

Observations on Association Management

Send a message to others involved, along with the person with whom you have reached an agreement : All, I want to be sure everyone is in the loop, so I want to review what Bob and I agreed to this morning: 1). Challenge Management, Inc. Return to Challenge Management Website.

Creating an Effective Nominating Process for your Association

Association Leaders

It’s the time of year again when many associations are implementing their nomination and election process. Because associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry there are many opportunities for conflict and other challenges as an association goes through its nomination and election process. . it is important that every association have a clear nomination and election process and that the process is followed each and every time.

Shaking Things Up With Transparent Reviews: An Interview With Teri Carden of

Association Mavens

Teri Carden is behind a new online resource called and we talk about the reason why she started the site, what the response has been from the association industry—plus a ton more about the need for such a review site. This is Bryan Kelly from Association Mavens, the place to get direct access to some of the foremost thinkers and teachers in the association industry. Welcome to Association Mavens. Then they can actually give a full written review.

Don’t be an Association Hoarder: Use Professional Organizer Techniques to Revamp Your Programs

Aaron Wolowiec

John Ricco, vice president, Partners in Association Management. This month’s guest blog post is by John Ricco, vice president, Partners in Association Management. It originally ran on Partners Preceptors, a blog by Partners in Association Management.

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.

How Would an AMS Company Select an AMS?

Association Adviser

AMS (association management software) platforms can be a huge asset in managing your association’s membership data. Brian Choate & Debbie Rhoda of Timberlake AMS Solutions review how to select.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Volunteer-Managed.

Observations on Association Management

Volunteer-Managed Associations: Avoiding Traps. I see one of the most visible results of associations being completely volunteer-managed almost every time I encounter such an association: the organization has, either in the past or at present, lost its standing to do business in the state in which it is incorporated (and, therefore, in other states). They will come back to bite the Association, and can do it with a vengenance. Challenge Management, Inc.

Wild Apricot Software News - December 2010

Wild Apricot

I was recently talking to a friend and he was complaining to me that online reviews for his business were are not so great on average - because people who are negative and like to complain are much more likely to fill out reviews/surveys than people who are satisfied. association management software association management software system association management system memberership website software nptech software surveys Wild Apricot

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

Association Management

Plenty of time should be allowed for preparation, internal and external review, revision and presentation to the Board of Directors for approval. Thus, managing collaboration, inputs and the overall budget schedule are critical in developing and completing an accurate and realistic budget.

Can associations bridge the skills-gap for their members?

YourMembership Blog

Jack is the inventor of Knowledge Direct ® - a robust learning management system (LMS) used by dozens of trade associations and professional societies including the Emergency Nurses Association, the Direct Marketing Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, among others.

Why Employee Engagement Should Be Part of Your HR Strategy

Association Management

Associations often feel particularly challenged in this respect—feeling that constraints on salary or “perks” compared with non-profits relegate them to be less selective on hiring. Association Management ManagementWe’ve all had them.

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

Association Staff Stretched to the Limit? How to Get More for Your Association Without Breaking Your Team

Association Adviser

What can association professionals do to make the most of the resources they have without leading to staff burnout? Slightly more than half of respondents to the 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey reported feeling understaffed.

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How to publish a book and why you should care

Aaron Wolowiec

As a featured association management blogger on Alltop , I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review an advance copy of a new book written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch titled, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book.

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Dealing with Conflicts on Your Board

SCD Group

Whether poker or association board meetings, you need to have ground rules to play! Last week, I came across Solange Charas’ Harvard Business Review piece titled Good Conflict Makes a Good Board.

Thanks For Playing: Why Are We Still Doing Annual Performance.

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Why Are We Still Doing Annual Performance Reviews? Ah the dread performance review. But most importantly, review performance every day - yours, your bosss, your staff members, everyone. Labels: innovation , management , professional development , staff development. Association blogger and general troublemaker. Top association management Blogs. Process Killed the Association Star.

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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?

Don’t Nickel-and-Dime Members: Ideas to Increase Non-Dues Revenue


Associations have traditionally used membership “as an excuse to sell more stuff at discounted prices to members,” said Garth Jordan , senior vice president of corporate strategy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

What happens when the magic is gone? And how to get it back!

Association Management

Is the level of interaction appropriate given the current state (review the calendar)? 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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