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Association Growth Strategy: 6 Tech Tools to Drive Member Recruitment + Retention

Higher Logic

For associations focusing on strategically attracting new members (and keeping them engaged for the long haul), it’s important to package your tech stack for ample growth and retention. Association membership in the modern age is all about providing people with real value on their terms, and strategically leveraging technology is an effective way to attract and retain those members who you’ll transform into your trusty advocates. Give people indisputable reasons to renew.

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How to engage your members in today’s hyper personalized world

Aptify

To engage today’s members, personalization is no longer a nice-to-have. Here are some ideas to get you started. Here are four ideas to help you engage your members with the personalized experience they’ve come to expect. Need some inspiration to get started?

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New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

We are all making personal and professional new year’s resolutions for 2017, setting goals and making promises to ourselves to keep them this year. Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.11.20

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WBT Systems describes the different factors you need to consider when pricing a virtual conference , and right at the top they say, “Your virtual conference should not be free.”. Check out these 14 ways to spark FOMO with your virtual conference from MemberSuite. LMS/CRM integration.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.10.20

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But if you are, or even if you’re not, you might like this story about a professor who asked his students to try an experiment: turn in their cell phones for nine days and write about living without them. One way to cut through information overload is to see what other people are reading.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.28.20

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The organizations behind it, Conference & Incentive Travel and Event First Steps, believe the results “will enable our industry to develop, and make the work we create more diverse in terms of workforce, audience and representation. You want to be indispensable to your members?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.1.19

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On the DelCor blog, Tobin (also a Squiggle) explains how you can use this exercise to reveal and mesh different project team personalities. How’s your association’s relationship with your chapters? Another way to improve your relationship with chapters is to help them grow their membership. Billhighway suggests several resources and strategies a national association can provide to help chapters with member recruitment. I’m starting to feel old.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.8.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Don’t keep your association’s technical savvy and systems all to yourself. Billhighway suggests how you can help your chapters with member recruitment by sharing your digital and technical expertise and resources. MemberSuite explains how associations can respond to this market demand by offering certificate and certification programs.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

Blue Sky eLearn

For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. There’s a lot riding on your association’s next event, so how can you get the most out of it? . With the right tools and strategies on your side, you can build out an approach to event planning that will always support these goals of recruitment and engagement. So you know who to invite again.

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Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

WBT Systems

If you have been providing continuing education programs or professional development training via your website or learning management system, but your members don’t seem to be interested in the training you are offering, how can you re-energize online learning for members? If your members are finding your online learning content to be a bit stale, or if participation levels are dropping, don’t despair! How to Really Involve Learners.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.14.20

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I took three days off this week to dedicate my time to ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting aka #asae20. Sessions are available on-demand until August 31, so we have less than 19 days as I write this to watch any sessions of interest. I also added some barbecue sauce to the mix.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.4.19

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When you’re selecting technology, like a learning management system (LMS), there’s so many ways you can botch the decision, mostly because you don’t know what you don’t know. WBT Systems suggests ten factors you should consider while developing requirements for your new LMS. MemberSuite shares the secret to retaining new members. It’s a secret worth spilling about what members are really seeking and how to help them find it.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.13.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I just bought a wreath at the farmers market and I’m listening to the Christmas Cocktail Jazz playlist on Spotify. We still have a long way to go.

Social Learning: Creating Community Around Learning

Fonteva

It’s easy to talk about the benefits of wrapping social features around more traditional courses and education initiatives but how does it all really work? Before we get into the details around software and ideas on how to wrap community software around learning, it’s important that you’ve built a sense of community with your association members in general. make X number of posts / replies) could even be a criterion for course completion and certificate awarding.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.5.18

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Melissa Henley and Katie Burke at CMS Wire explain how to drive change without driving your colleagues crazy using techniques based on neuroscience. A few quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars: Keep an eye out for these top 11 phishing email subject lines.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.4.20

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In conversations about virtual conferences, one question always arises: how to provide value to virtual sponsors and exhibitors. Alex Palmer at Northstar Meetings Group describes how to provide an optimal experience for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.1.20

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Here’s a pair of posts about a virtual event format I’ve only recently come around to. I must admit, I was a skeptic about using an avatar to attend an event in a virtual world. If we are looking to affirm our associations are dynamic, meaningful homes for connection and community, it is time to start looking further forward and creating elevated connection experiences.”. 20 great questions to ask right now instead of “How are you doing?”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.24.17

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But, you have to read novels or poetry, not articles about blockchain, if you want to get those benefits. I imagine your members (and others in your community) would keep coming back for more education if they were progressing along a learning pathway with a digital badge or certification as the prize at the end. WBT Systems explains how learning pathways benefit your industry, association, and learners , and how to get started.

8 things your association’s online career center should do

Aptify

Provide member value and job opportunities to your association’s members. Want to deliver a career center experience that offers unmatched value to your members while driving revenue for your organization? Here’s how. . In fact, according to the 2018 Member Education and Career Development Report , 66 percent of members look to their professional associations to help them find new job opportunities. .

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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It’s that time of year – your chance to participate in the industry’s most comprehensive study on membership marketing. Every year, I look forward to pouring over this report as soon as it comes out. Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. To participate in the survey, follow this link.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.13.17

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It’s that time of year – your chance to participate in the industry’s most comprehensive study on membership marketing. Every year, I look forward to pouring over this report as soon as it comes out. Not only will this report help you benchmark your association’s membership marketing efforts against nearly 1,000 other associations, but you’ll pick up ideas for improving recruitment and retention tactics. To participate in the survey, email Tony Rossell at MGI.

9 things your association’s online career center should do

Aptify

Provide member value and job opportunities to your association’s members. Want to deliver a career center experience that offers unmatched value to your members while driving revenue for your organization? Here’s how. . In fact, according to the 2018 Member Education and Career Development Report , 66 percent of members look to their professional associations to help them find new job opportunities. .

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Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

But even when people have access to the web, another type of digital divide may present a challenge to associations with online learning programs—a digital readiness gap. If the target market for your educational programs is on the wrong side of this gap, you need to know and you need a plan for bridging the gap. adults are “relatively hesitant” to use digital tools for learning. Who regularly visited your website to read content or download resources?

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

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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). Their new membership model includes unlimited access to certifications, online education, newsletters, industry analyses, and communities—the “ pay-to-play ‘extras’ in most association business models.”.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.9.19

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But, I’ve got to admit, reading all the tweets and putting together this post, I’m feeling a bit wistful. I’m realizing how much I’ll miss seeing my friends. Jay Daughtry shares his list of 19 moments to celebrate at #ASAE19 in Columbus. Take a look at MemberClick’s Small Staff Guide to #ASAE19 and Ultimate Guide to Networking at #ASAE19. Shopping for an LMS? After reading their post on how to get started with marketing segmentation , I’d have to agree.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.31.18

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Do you know what your APIs are up to? A few quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars: Why listening to members is crucial to becoming an indispensable part of their lives.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.6.19

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Do brands have anything to teach associations about earning and rewarding customer and learner loyalty? They explain how to earn and reward learner loyalty. The Harvard Business Review describes how the New York Public Library involved employees from 93 branches in innovation communities —could be a good model for chapters. Another person who has dedicated countless hours to the association community is KiKi L’Italien. ” What to say? How to respond?

Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks

Fonteva

The best association management software, or AMS, solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of associations just like yours. The time and money that effective software saves leaves you more resources to devote to pursuing your goals and continuing to grow. As you begin your search, take the time to explore beyond the first dominant choices you come across. Ready to get started? It is fully native to Salesforce. Easy-to-use CMS.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

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Each episode is dedicated to a president starting with George Washington and ending with Donald Trump. I’m listening to them all in order, of course, and have made it up to the Warren Harding episode. I subscribe to dozens of podcasts and normally don’t listen to every single episode, like I do with Presidential. Since I love to cook, America’s Test Kitchen Radio is another favorite. Now on to the list of this week’s free webinars and learning events.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.28.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… One of my soapbox topics is associations taking a more holistic and innovative approach to sponsorships, so I enjoyed reading this MemberSuite post on sponsored experiences. They provide several examples to get you thinking, including some hallway activations at PCMA’s Convening Leaders. Are you still using sales funnels to map your customer journeys?

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