Let's Rock, Rattle and Roll at AUDC in Austin!

Higher Logic

We’re heading out to Austin, TX this Thursday and Friday for the annual Abila Users & Developers Conference (AUDC), one of our favorite tradeshows of the year. Round up your colleagues and “roll on over” to one of the newest bars in Austin’s popular West Sixth Street District, Rattle Inn. And we’re promising fresh margaritas, Tex-Mex treats, endless rounds of corn hole and a great view of the Austin skyline. ABOUT THE SHOW.

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YMCA of Austin Gets Buy-In, Results With “Big Data” Push

Associations Now

The YMCA of Austin, Texas, boosted by the tech savvy of its hometown, has learned to embrace the use of big data in its day-to-day work. James Finck, president and CEO of the YMCA of Austin, believes that his organization could soon serve as the prime example of how nonprofits can benefit from embracing big data. The post YMCA of Austin Gets Buy-In, Results With “Big Data” Push appeared first on Associations Now

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Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

WBT Systems

In just five days, we will be returning to sunny Austin, TX to sponsor PersoniFest 2018! The post Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

After Uber and Lyft Leave Austin, Tech Scene Rallies Behind Nonprofit Alternative

Associations Now

One of the firms hoping to fill it in Austin is doing something unusual for an app of its nature: organizing itself as a community-driven nonprofit. The failure of a ballot measure backed by Uber and Lyft led the two companies to leave the market in Austin, Texas. If Austin wants ride-hailing, and wants it quickly, you have to have the whole community behind it. There was a big fight, and the vote was had,” Liemandt said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Where Do We Go From Here? How COVID-19 Hit One Small Company and How They Are Hitting Back


I talked with Austin Childers, Community Manager for Map Dynamics, and Alexis Simoneau, account manager for Map Dynamics, to find out more. Austin Childers: Before COVID struck, we were the events team for Map D and traveled across the country to attend events and keep our fingers on the pulse of the industry and see the needs of events and event managers first hand. . The year 2020 has been dedicated to change.

We Have Exciting News: Wild Apricot Has Been Acquired by Personify

Wild Apricot

We are thrilled to announce that Wild Apricot has been acquired by Personify, an Austin-based constituent management software company that shares our mission of serving and empowering membership and constituent-focused organizations. Read all the details here. Personify

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4 readings for association management

SCD Group

Four Agri-Marketing Campaigns Any Marketer Can Learn From By Doug Austin via Marketing Profs.com When someone says the word "agriculture," what comes to mind? Allee blog; Shannon Neesere Stan Phelps XYZ University MarketingProfs 9" Marketing Doug Austin Retention vs. Acquisition: Do You Focus on the Funnel or Fix the Leaky Bucket? By Stan Phelps Via 9" Marketing Answer: Retention is Fast Becoming the New Acquisition/Satisfaction Drives Loyalty. More importantly, it drives retention.

Membership Hack: Microvolunteering for Content Creation

Associations Now

At the Austin chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events, creating engaging content is everyone’s responsibility. Contributing content is one of many microvolunteering opportunities that members can sign up for, either as one-off assignments or recurring duties that take less than an hour to complete, says NACE Austin Communications Chair Michelle Chavez. “We’ve Your members can pitch in as content creators of social media feeds, newsletters, or blogs.

Raising spirits: How a Texas community is engaging residents during COVID-19


Residents have donated money, food, snacks, and water to staff at hospitals and clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, says Page Austin, Harvest’s lifestyle manager. Austin notes that a neighbor mowed the lawn of a couple in the community who are both nurses as a way to thank them for their work, and residents who are teachers have been helping parents with schooling their children at home.

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Meet Outside the Box: Bringing the Destination to Attendees

Associations Now

Austin House is a case study in creating a relaxed, but experience rich area featuring storied local businesses, food and artists together in one place for attendees to easily visit as part of their professional development and networking. The “house” was a collection of pop-up shops selected to appeal to the attendees of the Professional Convention Management Association’s annual Convening Leaders conference in Austin, Texas in January 2017.

Five Things You Missed at Wild Apricot’s First User Conference

Wild Apricot

The conference took place between April 8 - 10, in downtown Austin, Texas. Last week we hosted our first ever Wild Apricot User Conference as part of Personify’s Annual user conference, PersoniFest. Here are the highlights

Daily Buzz: Flip the Script on Mentoring

Associations Now

Associations should give members the power to choose their own mentorship experience , argues Tirza Austin on the Community by Association blog. They are relevant,” Austin says. What works for one partnership will not work for all of them,” Austin says.

Meet Outside the Box: Food Tourism for Team Building

Associations Now

That’s where food tour operators can be useful, says Andy Potter, owner and operator of Austin Eats Food Tours in Austin, Texas. Austin Eats curated a seven-hour event with two buses, two food tour guides, coolers in each bus with local beverages and four stops including a BBQ and a brew pub. This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin.

Marfan Foundation: Life Will Go on for Would-Be NBA Star

Associations Now

While an NBA career isn’t in the cards for Isaiah Austin, the Marfan Foundation says the basketball league may have saved his life by testing him for the genetic disorder. The foundation is using Austin’s situation to draw attention to the potentially fatal disease. Baylor University standout Isaiah Austin expected to get drafted by an NBA team Thursday night, but a fateful medical test got in the way.

How Associations Are Using Community to Support Their Members During COVID-19

Higher Logic

Tirza Austin, their online community manager, said: “We have made our forums available to non-members.

Daily Buzz: Set Chapter Leaders Up for Success

Associations Now

CbA contributor Tirza Austin explains what you can do to avoid burnout and increase productivity in your community as a “team of one.” But that number is probably higher for nonprofits, Tirza Austin writes on Community by Association. To avoid burnout and beat loneliness, Austin also recommends engaging the entire organization through staff trainings. Leading a chapter can be a high-pressure job, but creating the right leadership environment makes it manageable.

Starting Chapters? In 2019?

Mariner Management

They launched new chapters in six focus regions: Austin, Birmingham, Detroit, Piedmont North Carolina, Tulsa, and Dallas/Fort Worth. According to the 2019 Chapter Benchmarking Study , the trend looks more like it’s about closing chapters.

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Meet Outside the Box: Teaching Veterans in a Novel Setting

Associations Now

It’s not enough to have sessions or events outside of the convention center,” says Rachel Paisley, vice president of business development at Red Velvet Events, a destination management firm in Austin, Texas. More than 200 attendees in a group for hotel general managers and chefs spent a day at a working ranch with free-range Longhorn cattle in the Driftwood area outside Austin, Texas. This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin.

Good thinking: Finding solutions and support in communities


You can see those contributions throughout this issue, including the cover photo (thanks, Page Austin at Harvest in Texas ) and the detailed guidance on reopening common areas and amenities (thanks, Michael Johnson at FCS Community Management in Utah). What will we remember about the COVID-19 pandemic when we look back at it a few years from now? I’m hopeful one thing that remains is how we’ve found solutions and support from each other, our neighbors, and within our communities.

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Meet Outside the Box: The Experience Economy

Associations Now

Amy Brown, director of sales at Visit Austin, is part of a contingent of destination marketers working with event planners to harness the uniqueness of their cities. This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin.

Meet Outside the Box: Aligning Locale & Attendees’ Identity

Associations Now

For its 2018 annual conference, the organization selected Austin, Texas and hosted a block party for 1,800 attendees on the city’s historic Rainey Street. The event began with a party at the Austin Convention Center, featuring a live band, local food vendors and an ice breaking activity where attendees decorated their own cowboy hats. “It’s This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin.

Conference Circuit: Getting Analytical

Associations Now

The American Psychoanalytic Association’s 106th Annual Meeting is set to start in Austin, Texas, next week. Venue: Austin Hilton Hotel. City: Austin, Texas. Rundown Attendees: 500 plus. Scientific Sessions: 50. Exhibitors: 20 plus. More than 500 attendees will be onsite. Some 500 psychoanalytically trained psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, and researchers will make their way to Texas’ capital city next week.

ICYMI: Key Takeaways From Our 2018 Super Forum Keynote Speakers

Higher Logic

Also, fun fact - Jackie identifies as a One-Percenter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, so she created a community for fanatics like her.who also live in Austin, Texas. What’s the connection between customer loyalty and Lady Gaga? Why are many Generation Z-ers best friends with their parents?

Meet Outside the Box: Getting Outside for Team Building

Associations Now

There is such a high demand for it,” says Lindsay Rohler, general manager of Rowing Dock, which provides tours and activities on Lady Bird lake in Austin, Texas. This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin. Outdoor excursions can provide an opportunity for professional development and networking by making work feel like a vacation.

ASAE Joins Tourism, Business Groups to Oppose Texas “Religious Refusal” Bill

Associations Now

ASAE joined business and tourism leaders in Austin on March 27 in opposing Senate Bill 17 , a pending bill in the Texas Legislature that would weaken LGBTQ rights in the state. ASAE President and CEO John Graham, FASAE, CAE, joined leaders from Texas Welcomes All, Texas Competes, Visit Dallas, Visit Fort Worth, PCMA and others at a press conference in Austin to oppose SB 17 and SB 15, another bill pending in the Texas Legislature.

Meet Outside the Box: Apply Your Knowledge to a New Business

Associations Now

Gold Rush Vinyl in Austin, Texas is an example of a business that also functions as a venue for professional development. This series is brought to you by Visit Austin. Learn more at visitaustin.org/why-austin. Create meaningful professional development opportunities by introducing attendees to local businesses that could benefit from their knowledge. The number one reason attendees go to meetings and conferences is for education, reports The Experience Institute.

Daily Buzz: How to Reengage Audiences During Your Presentation

Associations Now

Tirza Austin explains why you should see your online community as one of the onboarding vehicles to your association. To facilitate growth, you have to nurture members, says Tirza Austin on Community by Association. Writing an engaging speech is one thing; delivery is another. One speaker weighs in on how to keep listeners tuned in while you’re talking. Also: Nurture your online community to increase growth.

Daily Buzz: Relaunch Your Online Community

Associations Now

Tirza Austin from the American Society of Civil Engineers writes on Community by Association that the first step to a successful reintroduction of your online community starts with a solid rebranding initiative. Don’t go back to the angry members to say, ‘Look, it’s new,’” Austin says. Is your online community inactive or failing to meet goals? It might be time for an update. Also: leaders’ role in career development.

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2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Breaks Event Registration Record


Visit Austin. Viva Las … Virtual ? Originally slated to take place in Las Vegas, the 2020 ASAE Annual Meeting had to change plans due to ongoing problems with COVID-19. With little time to switch gears, ASAE pivoted and just wrapped up its first-ever 100% VIRTUAL annual meeting. Was it successful? ASAE released its press release this morning sharing that it had the highest registration number in the 100-year history of the event.

How Associations are Making Their SXSW Imprints Felt

Associations Now

Associations, big and small, are all over the annual education, interactive, and music festival, which is getting even more attention than usual, thanks to President Obama’s appearance in Austin this year. Among the groups you might stumble upon in Austin, Texas, in the next couple of weeks: Consumer Technology Association (CTA): The tech industry group, famed for putting on CES each year, will hold the third edition of its Innovation Policy Day in Austin on March 15.

10 virtual event tools you can use to move your meetings online

Association Success

Because social distancing — as in, the physical separation of people — is one of the only tools in the medical toolbox known to assuredly prevent the spread of this new virus, the cancelation of the Austin, Texas, music and technology conference South by Southwest was just the first in what will ultimately be a long line of events shut down by Covid-19.

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Following Harvey, Meetings Change Course to Give Back

Associations Now

In the meetings sector, convention centers in Houston and Dallas, along with Austin, have been turned into shelters , and numerous hotel brands have also offered lodging and monetary support to those affected. Its second-largest annual gathering, Mega Camp, was expecting 7,500 attendees to arrive in Austin next week. According to TheRealDaily.com , the company “hopes to make Austin the epicenter of disaster support.”.

Alright, Alright Alright!

YourMembership Blog

McConaughey is somewhat of a favorite son here in Austin, where he attended the University of Texas, got his start in films with the locally shot movie, “Dazed and Confused”, and built a colorful reputation with his unique and carefree lifestyle at the Pecan Grove RV Park, located near the epicenter of the Keep Austin Weird movement.

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Customers for Life: Meet the Zenoss TechZen User Community [Case Study]

Higher Logic

Zenoss debuted its new community in April 2017 at its annual conference, GalaxZ, complete with an updated brand and a new crowdsourced community name, courtesy of its Austin roots: TechZen.

PhilanthroTech: How Nonprofits Are Using Crowdfunding

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’m headed down to Austin, TX for SXSW where I will have the pleasure of facilitating a workshop on measuring social media with KD Paine with case studies by David Neff and Carie Lewis. David is based on Austin — wanted to share with you a post about crowdfunding to celebrate Austin Giving Day #AmplifyAtx that raised over $2 million earlier this week. Austin is hosting its own giving day, called Amplify Austin , on March 4, 2013.

Beer Groups Find Common Ground to Promote All Kinds of Brews

Associations Now

The “Beers to That” campaign, which will initially target the Austin, Texas, market, started earlier this month and will feature events through December 10. $ 79.1B The estimated amount that the craft beer industry contributed to the economy last year, according to numbers just released by the Brewers Association from its 2018 Economic Impact Report.

Associations Prep and Debut Virtual Conference Options

Associations Now

According to the group, all CoSN2020 participants will be automatically enrolled in the virtual opportunity and provided with a $200 credit toward any CoSN learning opportunity in the next 12 months, including registration to CoSN2021 in Austin, Texas. With coronavirus causing many groups to rethink face-to-face meeting plans, some have turned to virtual offerings as way to deliver the education their attendees need.

Daily Buzz: Define Your Community Manager’s Role

Associations Now

In a post on Community by Association , American Society of Civil Engineers Senior Coordinator of Online Community Tirza Austin describes five areas that community managers typically have some responsibility for. I urge you to look at community discussions as user generated content,” Austin says. “It A lack of clarity about what a community manager is supposed to do could lead them to focus on the wrong things. Also: why you should keep your data organized—but ready for play.

Groups Concerned Pending Texas Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

Associations Now

But six major Texas cities—Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Plano and San Antonio—have their own nondiscrimination protections in place. A coalition of business groups and convention and tourism leaders, which includes ASAE, is expressing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature could weaken protections for the state’s LGBTQ workers.

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