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.

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. Live events remain the No.

3 Ways to Strengthen Communication Using Smart Member Data

Higher Logic

Member engagement drives retention, and communication is the key to boosting engagement. Data-driven and unified communication strategies are the best way to ensure you and your members get the most out of your program. Ensure effective communication with member self-service options.

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.

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.

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.

8 Practical Ways to Boost Engagement with Mobile Event Apps

Higher Logic

Businesses can tap into this potential with a mobile app for their events. Meeting and conference attendees increasingly expect ways to engage organizers, presenters, and each other – from the moment they register until months after the event. Mobile Event Apps: No Laptop?

The Top 10 Individual Communication Channels for Associations in 2018

Association Adviser

Every year, we ask association professionals who take our Association Communications Benchmarking Survey how much they value individual member communication channels. But events for young professionals moved up a couple spots in importance while Facebook was demoted to No.

Does Your Member Communication Tell Your Association’s Story Well?

Association Adviser

I love telling stories because they communicate who I am, what I do, and how I relate to others. Does your member communication convey who your association is, what you do and how it relates to members? Let members get to know other members through your communications.

Daily Buzz: Big Event Inception

Associations Now

How Bud Light somehow figured out a way to put on a music festival around the Super Bowl—which is already a pretty big event. This weekend’s Super Bowl in Atlanta is already a pretty big event, but a major beer brand has somehow figured out a way to make it even bigger.

Build a Strong Foundation for Your Communications with an Editorial Content Plan

Association Adviser

This holds particularly true for your association’s print and digital communications. It’s essential for your association to have a clearly defined editorial content strategy if you want to reach your communications goals. Extend the Life of Your Event with Content That Lasts All Year.

Do Your Members Hear You? Tips for Promoting Your Member Communications

Association Adviser

Providing relevant and engaging content for members should always be at the top of an association’s communication strategy. In our 2017 Association Benchmarking Survey, “communicating member benefits effectively” was reported as the No. Promote Member Communications as a Member Benefit.

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. We’ll delve into the findings shortly, but first, Informz points out marketing automation technology has transformed the way associations communicate. Remember that newsletter I referenced?

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. We’ll delve into the findings shortly, but first, Informz points out marketing automation technology has transformed the way associations communicate. Remember that newsletter I referenced?

Back to Basics: Make Member Communication Useful, Accessible and Engaging to Earn More Revenue

Association Adviser

Thankfully, there are varied approaches to increase non-dues revenue (NDR) from member communication. Member communication platforms can range from an association’s official website, magazine, newsletter or directory, and serve as channels for advertiser support.

Associations Increasingly Adopting Communications Popular in Mainstream Life, But Do Members Care?

Association Adviser

The 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Study results show the needs for a balanced approach to technology and tradition as association communicators strive to keep members’ attention. What did association professionals reveal about the state of their communications this year?

Don’t Let These Member Communication Culprits Derail Your Association’s Content

Association Adviser

According to the recently published Association Communications Benchmarking Study , an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of associations believe they are good at creating relevant content in their communications. We know our communications. Association events.

Turn Your Association Event Into an Incredible Content Powerhouse

Association Adviser

Is your association taking advantage of all the event-related content that your annual conference generates? Planning a large, industry-leading event can be quite the undertaking, and nearly every association knows that the months leading up to an annual conference can be a bit daunting.

Friday Buzz: Keep Your Nonprofit Communications Relevant

Associations Now

If your newsletter isn’t on target with your readers, these tips might help. Your board may represent your members’ interests, but that doesn’t mean your board is the target audience for your newsletter.

Why an Annual Content Plan is Paramount to Member Communication Success

Association Adviser

Part 3 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Our annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study revealed that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents say they have a single strategy for communicating with all members: Why is this bad?

Ten Criteria for Vetting Event Technology Solution Providers (Updated)

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past decade, there have been significant upgrades and newcomers in the event technology space. There are several hundred event technology providers competing to win your business. What are some of the other criteria you like use to vet core event technologies?

Strategic Communications Power Membership Value at the American Public Power Association

Association Adviser

Its communications department, headed by Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications Meena Dayak, has led a strategic rebranding of the association to emphasize what its members do — provide community-owned electric power for 2,000 towns and cities nationwide while creating content for utility members to share as their own, fielding ongoing media requests in times of disaster and calm, and producing a daily newsletter with original content.

Why an Annual Content Plan is Paramount to Member Communication Success

Association Adviser

Part 3 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Our annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study revealed that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents say they have a single strategy for communicating with all members: Why is this bad?

Communications Planning

Plexus Consulting

Carter How many of you have been ambushed in the communications trap? For example, at a meeting of the respected Past President Committee, and esteemed member says, “This organization does a crappy job of communicating. What should I renew when this organization can’t communicate any better than that?” Of course you have a beautiful 4-color monthly magazine, a wide variety of newsletters or a range of subject, you have a web site, a blog and monthly postings.

Results-driven Event Marketing for the Discerning Attendee

Association Adviser

Report, commissioned by the Convention Industry Council (now the Events Industry Council) and researched by PwC, participant volume at meetings and events increased by 10 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012. To whom does the content need to be communicated? By Scott D.

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Your Membership With Effective Communication

Associations Now

Plus: Long live newsletters! Edelman President and CEO Richard Edelman has long been a leader in the public relations world, and his comments at a recent event at De Paul University may be of particular interest to association pros.

Results-driven Event Marketing for the Discerning Attendee

Association Adviser

Report, commissioned by the Convention Industry Council (now the Events Industry Council) and researched by PwC, participant volume at meetings and events increased by 10 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012. Capturing your industry’s slice of this pie requires, among other tactics, results-driven event marketing. When intentionally designed, developed and implemented, the right event marketing can cause both attendance and revenue to soar. By Scott D.

Did You Know? Associations Plan to Rake in More Revenue from Publications, Events and Continuing Ed

Association Adviser

Non-dues revenue is often an essential component of an association’s operating budget, allowing staff to produce high-caliber member communications, events and continuing education programs. Live events continue to be a primary source of non-dues revenue that associations rely upon.

Trade Association CEO Support: Newsletter Distribution

Trade Association CEO Blog

Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. Newsletter Distribution. How tight should you control your associations newsletter distribution? Most primary contacts will not pass along your newsletter. Labels: Communications.

AE on the Verge: 3 Reasons to use only text in your e-newsletter

AE on the Verge

3 Reasons to use only text in your e-newsletter. Im sometimes asked why our association e-newsletter isnt loaded with a template, graphics, colors, and pictures. Check out what a heavily formatted and imaged newsletter looks like on a very small screen. We encourage members to take sections of our newsletter to redistribute to their clients/customers/others or into social media. A newsletter I've been receiving in text converted to a prettier format.

Trade Association CEO Support: The Newsletter

Trade Association CEO Blog

Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. The Newsletter. The primary objective of a trade association newsletter is to get read by the members. So YOUR need, alone, is not enough to get THEM to open and read YOUR newsletter. The Newsletter.

Bonus content: Event Garde e-News – May edition

Aaron Wolowiec

The first edition of Event Garde’s monthly e-newsletter launches today (and we’re sharing here some of the bonus content from that publication). Q & A with Kristen Parker, Digital Content Manager for Event Garde.

24+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits: October 2010

Wild Apricot

October 2010 is notable for the variety of topics in the free nonprofit webinars on schedule – both recurring events and special one-time opportunities for professional development. If you don’t find exactly the kind of training you’re looking for today, do check back here as the month goes on – any late-arriving webinar announcement will be added in the comments thread, below.

A look back at 2015

Aaron Wolowiec

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time for us at Event Garde to reflect on the many things for which we’re thankful. Here’s a look at 2015: Marketing and Communications. Next month, we’ll be discussing how to implement our marketing and communications plan.

Don’t rely on one form of communications for your association

SCD Group

Ohio State recognizes 50 years of varsity ice hockey One common theme among association professionals: frustration about communication with members and prospects. I just experienced poor communications of an event designed to include me and my teammates.

20+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits: September 2010

Wild Apricot

Tags: Non-profit technology General non-profit interest Fundraising nptech Marketing Best practices Volunteers E-mail marketing events Social networking case studies Non-profit Communications websites training Membership management Donor management webinar software social media newsletters

Communicating Your Conference Value Proposition To A Short Attention Span World

Velvet Chainsaw

As the digital wheel accelerates, we find ourselves buried in a tsunami of information… emails, texts, blog posts, newsletters, whitepapers, podcasts, apps. Adapted from Donna’s Meeting Innovation post on Cvent’s Event Planning blog.

[Infographic] The Power of Audience Segmentation

Higher Logic

Start with the end in mind: who are the different types of people you’re communicating with, and what specific actions do you want them to take? Take it one step further: use your audience data to segment by geographic location for promotions and events.

8 Tips to Write Emails Your Association Members Will Open

Higher Logic

If your target audience has opted into your communications, the open rate should be on the higher end. Follow our tips to improve your association’s email open rate and boost member engagement, building a stronger communications strategy along the way.

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