The communications struggle continues

Aaron Wolowiec

even the past year), you know I’m a communications nut. Without communication, both internally and externally, there’s no content, no strategy. But not everyone knows how to communicate, at least not effectively. In fact, only 6 percent reported having a communications strategy.

Partnership v. Membership: Communicating Change

Spark Consulting

Now that you’ve mapped out the changes you want to make to your membership program, and your board of directors is on board with those changes, how do you go about communicating them to the members who will be affected? Membership: Communicating Change appeared first on Spark Consulting.

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The communications struggle continues

Aaron Wolowiec

even the past year), you know I’m a communications nut. Without communication, both internally and externally, there’s no content, no strategy. But not everyone knows how to communicate, at least not effectively. In fact, only 6 percent reported having a communications strategy.

Balancing Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Association Adviser

This year’s Association Communications Benchmarking Study showed us that traditional forms of member communication – live events and print media – continue to be popular among associations and their members. Don’t think of new member communication as all or nothing.

Cut through communication clutter

Aaron Wolowiec

As a writer and professional communicator, nothing (O.K., well, not very much) is more frustrating than people who can’t communicate. But seriously…communication is a hard gig for most companies, especially with the advent of social media. Communication is everywhere.

How to Create a Crisis Communications Plan for Your Nonprofit

Wild Apricot

When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic strikes, is your nonprofit ready with a well thought out communications plan? Here's how to put one together

Your 5-Step Guide to a Streamlined Member Communications Schedule

Higher Logic

If so, interdepartmental silos might be keeping you from an effective member communications schedule. Member communications often hover between extremes like this - too much and too little, or both. Align Your Staff for an Effective Member Communications Schedule.

Communications With Hustle – Moery Webinar

Moery Company

The post Communications With Hustle – Moery Webinar appeared first on The Moery Company. Resources

10 Association Communications Stats with Tips to Reach Younger Members More Effectively

Higher Logic

The sooner associations wake up to the reality that their multigenerational membership base isn’t going to retain itself with an outdated communications strategy, the sooner they can break through to emerging generations and maximize overall engagement and retention. A cheer for 2020: ??

4 communication tips for small-staff associations during a health crisis 

YourMembership Blog

Every day brings more uncertainty with the spread of Coronavirus and your association has a need to expand your communication. Here are four communication tips to assist small-staff associations in displaying responsiveness, partnership and kindness.

Communication Secrets of Successful Associations

YourMembership Blog

In our work with associations over the past decade and a half, we’ve found several communication “secrets” (best practices really) that the most successful of our customers have in common. Association Management Software association communication

Strike the Right Tone When Communicating in a Crisis

Association Adviser

The post Strike the Right Tone When Communicating in a Crisis appeared first on Association Adviser. COVID-19 Resources Features Marketing & Communications content strategy crisis communicationsUnprecedented.

How to Communicate Member Benefits Effectively

Association Adviser

The post How to Communicate Member Benefits Effectively appeared first on Association Adviser. Features Marketing & Communications Membership member benefits membershipAssociations have the ongoing job of retaining existing members and attracting new ones.

Long Live Print: The Enduring, Original Communication Method

Association Adviser

Associations should use digital and print communication to maximize reach. The post Long Live Print: The Enduring, Original Communication Method appeared first on Association Adviser. Both are important to showcase the association as a prime source for industry news.

Podcast: The 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Report

Association Adviser

Join Sarah Sain as she explains the results from the 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Report on The Association Adviser Podcast. The post Podcast: The 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Report appeared first on Association Adviser.

Hurricanes and Asynchronous Communication

Eric Lanke

My social media feeds were full of examples of associations pitching in to help storm victims or otherwise changing their marketing and communications strategy to give members in the hurricane affected areas a break from what otherwise must be an onslaught of association messages.

Customized Member Communications are Within Your Association’s Reach

Association Adviser

Customized member communications are needed now. Learn how with data from our 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Report. The post Customized Member Communications are Within Your Association’s Reach appeared first on Association Adviser.

Daily Buzz: Communicate Value Regularly

Associations Now

Colleen Bottorff writes on the MemberClicks blog that instead of working hard to convince potential members of your value in occasional recruitment campaigns, you should show it to them continuously through your regular communications.

Snow day productivity: Briefer, clearer, funner communications

Aaron Wolowiec

This year I’m recommending in your communications with members that you simply emphasize brevity and clarity. It means sending fewer communications (electronic and print) that are consistently branded in both look and tone. Likewise, I’m advocating for clearer communications.

Really Great Team Communication Follows These 12 Guidelines

Wild Apricot

These 12 guidelines by two leading communications experts can help you create really great team communication in your organization. Team-Communication

Avoid These Four Crisis Communications Mistakes

Associations Now

When bad stuff happens—whether it be a financial scandal or a cyberattack—associations need a communication plan. So, if you’re an association without a crisis communications plan, what do you need to know? First, it’s about the communication not the crisis. “We

Set Your 2017 Communications Resolutions Now

Association Adviser

However, the time for planning your association’s New Year’s marketing and communications resolutions is now. Outline a clear vision for your association’s communications. Naylor and Association Adviser recently released its Association Communications Benchmarking Survey.

Are your member communications audience-centric?

Optimist Consulting

One of the benefits of being a consultant is that I can bring fresh eyes to member communications. A subject that crops up regularly is how to ensure communications remain audience-centric across a range of media. Audit your communications for audience centricity.

2104 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Wild Apricot

Curious about how other nonprofits will communicate in 2014? Here are highlights of the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. nonprofit-communications

Member Retention through Communications

Association Adviser

The ability to communicate effectively is crucial to making sure the members of your association understand all that you offer. Associations like the NRCA send frequent surveys to help them better understand their members’ communication preferences.

How to integrate communications at your membership body

Optimist Consulting

I recently read ‘ One Voice – A Best Practice Guide to integrated communications ’, which is a great free guide from CharityComms, the charity PR and marketing professionals membership body. Bring copies together of a couple of months’ worth of communications and also mark them in a calendar.

6 top tips for how to talk to your trustees about your communications work

Optimist Consulting

While some boards understand the role and remit of their communications team and actively seek their help, the report illustrates that some boards do not share this interest in communications, and it offers ideas to overcome this and work effectively with your trustees.

If You Build It –and Communicate It– They Will Come

Association Management

The post If You Build It –and Communicate It– They Will Come appeared first on Professional Association Management Company | Virtual Inc. “If you build it, they will come.”

Improve Intergenerational Communication: 3 Tips to Attract & Retain Younger Members

Higher Logic

When Kim Lear spoke at our most recent Super Forum , she reminded us that improving intergenerational communication has never been more pertinent than now. Effective communication is all about managing expectations. Use member data to strengthen communication.

The New Communication Challenge

Association Adviser

For the first time in the six-year history of our Association Communications Benchmarking Study, association executives reported that communicating member benefits effectively is more often a challenge than combatting information overload. In looking at answers to other survey questions, however, the survey uncovered that communicating member benefits effectively has more to do with how associations define and demonstrate member value.

Leading During an Epidemic: Communicating With Staff and Members

Associations Now

How do you communicate with staff and members? How do you effectively communicate your response to the crisis with staff, members, and other stakeholders? In the ever-changing landscape brought on by coronavirus, leaders have had to triage their communication priorities.

Communicating Your Unique Membership Value: 2 Steps

MembersClicks

Part of growing your organization is communicating membership value - and that’s tough! You and your active members know there are things that are totally unique to being a member of your organization, but it can be hard for a potential member to see that before joining.

5 Recommendations for a Winning Communications Strategy

Association Adviser

With the evolving communications landscape delivering more messages and advertisements to your members than ever before, it’s getting harder to rise above the static to get your messages heard.

8 things to consider when communicating difficult messages to members

Optimist Consulting

Here are my reflections on what you need to consider when communicating difficult messages to members. Plan enough time: Rushing communications through could lead your members to wonder why this is happening so quickly. Have you had to communicate difficult messages to your members?

How a New CEO Can Communicate Openness

Associations Now

Which makes communicating your ideas even more critical. At the top of the must-do list is a willingness to communicate, often and deeply. How have you communicated with stakeholders during your first days as a leader?

4 helpful tips for communication during a health crisis

Nimble AMS

What to do in uncertain times when communication is key. Every day brings more uncertainty with the spread of Coronavirus, and your association has a need to expand your communication. Pay close attention to the communications you receive.

Conference Circuit: Public Safety Communications

Associations Now

More than 5,000 public safety communications officials, including frontline telecommunicators and comm center managers, are headed to Baltimore to learn more about the industry’s newest technology, hear from speakers about trends and challenges, and get to know colleagues.

2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

Wild Apricot

The latest edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report offers up some excellent insight into the minds of non-profit staff. We''ve gathered some highlights and shared a handy inforgraphic to help make sense of it all. nonprofit research

2016 Benchmarking Study Reveals Association Communication Hurdles Remain

Association Adviser

Each year when Association Adviser and Naylor Association Solutions launch the Association Communications Benchmarking Study , we certainly hope to see measurable improvements in the ways associations communicate with members. Subtly remind members of that in your communications.

Benchmark Report: Association Communications Struggle to Keep Up

Associations Now

A report from Naylor Association Solutions finds that small staffs and more competition make it tough for communications to break through. Each month, the average association communicates with its members about 30 times.