AMS Project Management Basics for Association Smarties

Achurch

You’re the one chosen as the project’s manager, yet you’ve never implemented a new AMS. Your AMS vendor assigned a project manager to your implementation. Project management is a profession with its own set of credentials (you can see a few PMPs in our team bios ). Project Team.

The Art of Discipline and Selling New Projects – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 253

Moery Company

This week JP shares insights gained from listening to his favorite podcasts and six steps to launching a new sales project. The first will cover insights learned from listening to podcasts and the second will cover the steps to selling a new project – maybe a new prospectus, maybe a new membership category – I’ve got some thoughts on how to do that. By listening to this podcast, I learned a lot about communicating and working with the leading women in the industry.

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Unpacking an Association’s Project Management Bag

Delcor

Project managers head into a new project with that same sense of excitement and caution. And, like backpackers, they only achieve success if everything they need is in their metaphorical association project management backpack. Let’s see what association project managers carry in their backpacks. A backcountry camping trip is a project. But sometimes, a colleague without any project management experience is put in charge of the project. Tools.

100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot

Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.(

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Five Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit

Associations Now

If you’re new to working remotely, or even if you’re a regular teleworker, you may not know all the tools and hacks that can make virtual work a little simpler. These tools can boost your productivity, make conference calls more bearable, and even improve communication with your team.

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Communication Etiquette in a Distributed Workforce

Achurch

In a remote or distributed workforce, arguably, the most important rules are around communication etiquette. It is vital to establish a communication etiquette that is accessible and universally applied across your organization.

Tools you can use to organize your content strategy

Association Success

That’s why, through our own research and suggestions from association professionals, we’ve developed this list of content strategy tools to help you tackle your projects in a more seamless and effective way. . Know of any tools that should be on this list but aren’t?

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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. The value of taking a more integrated approach with communications is to ensure that all your audiences (members, trustees, event attendees, customers, service users, volunteers, MPs, policy makers, the press) receive an underlying, consistent and clear message about your organisation. Tools.

Technology: The Communication Enabler

Association Success

As a systems developer for 10+ years, a manager for about a year, and yes, a huge techy, I have firmly come to believe in the importance of technology for assisting in building bridges and opening communications between people. Communication is the golden ticket to fixing a siloed culture, improving connections, and fostering transparency across an organization. How this sharing model is executed on a wider level brings us full circle back to the communication issue.

$10,000 Association Video Project?

SCD Group

Today’s tools allow them to be produced fast and inexpensively. American Cycling Association ABC-TV ASAE association communications association executives association leadership association marketing associations Plumb Hollow Golf SCD Group The other day, a colleague told me that his board wanted to have an updated video produced that could be used in trade shows and other venues. He said he received a proposal to do it for $10,000!

Third-Party Partners: An Essential Tool for Better Association Business

Association Adviser

Third-party partnerships are an especially valuable tool in the multifaceted world of association management. One particularly powerful and profitable area to utilize third party partners is member communications. In this realm, associations save on the overhead costs of producing member communication publications and the back-office management of content, revenue tracking and strategic planning. Amanda Glass is a project support specialist with Naylor Association Solutions.

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Small but Mighty – Tech Tools on a Budget

.orgCommunity

If you weren’t able to hear their recent presentations, here are some tools that level the IT playing field and help minnows swim alongside the sharks. If you’re looking to staff a special project, you might find the people you need here. This software gives you the tools to create attention grabbing email campaigns that turn leads into customers. It’s an electronic world with technology driving organizational communications and growth.

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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. The value of taking a more integrated approach with communications is to ensure that all your audiences (members, trustees, event attendees, customers, service users, volunteers, MPs, policy makers, the press) receive an underlying, consistent and clear message about your organisation. Tools.

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. The value of taking a more integrated approach with communications is to ensure that all your audiences (members, trustees, event attendees, customers, service users, volunteers, MPs, policy makers, the press) receive an underlying, consistent and clear message about your organisation. Tools.

5 Ways to Power Boost Your Revenue from Member Communication

Association Adviser

One of the most valuable revenue-building tools all associations have in their arsenal is member communications. Think about what it takes to produce a successful line of member communications products. Before you start implementing changes to your member communications, evaluate your members’ needs. If that’s not the case, perhaps your communications are cutting edge but you’ve left your more tenured members in the dust. How can we increase non-dues revenue?

5 Ways to Power Boost Your Revenue from Member Communications

Association Adviser

One of the most valuable revenue-building tools all associations have in their arsenal is member communications. Think about what it takes to produce a successful line of member communications products. Before you start implementing changes to your member communications, evaluate your members’ needs. If that’s not the case, perhaps your communications are cutting edge but you’ve left your more tenured members in the dust. How can we increase non-dues revenue?

Day in the Life of a Director of Salesforce

Moery Company

Salesforce is involved in the beginning, middle, and end of all sales projects which makes my day-to-day vary. At the beginning of new sales projects, I will evaluate the quality of a prospect list and determine if we need to enhance the list for successful sales.

New Assessment Tool Will Measure Nonprofits’ Impact

Associations Now

An association representing nonprofit organizations announced a new measurement tool to help its members better determine their community impact and identify ways to support one another for even better results. Earlier this month, the Alliance, which represents organizations in the human-serving nonprofit sector, announced a new assessment tool it developed to help better inform the governance decisions of these organizations and help them support one another.

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Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Associations Now

Is your association relying on the wrong tools to help staff collaborate? Instead, find out why your current tools are losing out to email and phone calls. And you may be the big decision-maker on some major projects, no matter your current location. A recent report by Technalysis Research [PDF] found that nearly two-thirds of business communication—whether with coworkers or people outside the organization—happens via email or phone.

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Debunking 5 Marketing Automation Myths

Higher Logic

This requires having a form that is somehow integrated with your subscriber database, but odds are your AMS/CMS provider or even your integrated communications platform will be able to set you up with this. At the very least, it’s an easy first step in a potentially arduous but ultimately vital data cleanup project. Use automation rules to request action from people who have failed to do so in previous communications.

5 ways to communicate the value of your membership

Optimist Consulting

Your membership organisation is likely to have a membership fee, however do you know and communicate what the value of membership is to your members and potentials? I recently carried out a project for a client and as part of that I spoke to some of their members. Yet, this fact wasn’t something that the organisation was aware of, they are now going to use this powerful fact when communicating about their benefits. .

Advice for Associations to Succeed in 2020 – Drown out the Noise

Moery Company

Your plan should include goals, objectives, and project plans with tactical methods. What tools do you need to succeed? The next step is to decide what tools you have, what tools need to be tuned, what tools you will need to acquire, and what work will need to be outsourced.

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

Higher Logic

It makes sense that a generation raised on team projects would prefer collaboration to competition. Collaborative businesses focus on solutions instead of which department oversees which project. Anyone can solve a problem because communication is open and people are receptive to new ideas. Communicate Effectively. Communicating honestly and equally with all employees is critical to a collaborative environment. Some companies naturally attract millennials.

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. According to the 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Report , associations know that having a communications strategy is important, but they also say that creating a comprehensive plan that meets their members’ needs can be a challenge.

Wednesday Buzz: Slack’s New Login Tool

Associations Now

Instant messaging has taken over the workplace, making it faster and easier than ever to communicate with coworkers, managers, and clients. Slack has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the leading chat applications, and with its introduction of Sign in with Slack on Tuesday, it hopes to expand beyond the realm of communication. When it comes to a successful project, a solid plan is essential.

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Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth : Over the past six months, I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. Based on the research, they have launched a platform that helps connect practitioners with tools and resources to tell better stories of impact. I particularly like the sections about how to create a culture of storytelling and measurement.

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Take a Second Look at Google Wave

Wild Apricot

Google Wave's steep learning curve and "invitation only" policy made the collaboration tool less than useful for most nonprofits, when it first launched. online community Non-profit Communications collaboration project management application Google Wave But take another look: Wave is now faster and more stable, with quick-start templates and tutorials - and it's finally open for everyone to use.( read more ).

Five Killer Graphic Design Tools for Community Managers

Higher Logic

We’ve assembled a list of the top five killer graphic design tools we think any community manager can use as a quick resource for simple design jobs. Here are the design tools every community manager should try: 1. Canva is an online graphic design platform that offers access to a wide assortment of design tools, templates, images, icons and fonts. Features include photo editing and effects tools like vignette, drag-and-drop and pre-made digital and print layouts.

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Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

We had a wide ranging conversations about how to apply network mapping and visualization and debated about its use as a measurement technique vs strategy tool. For example, the Irvine New Leadership Network project that has used network mapping for two purposes: 1) evaluation 2) direct network engagement. He started with a simple tool call Netviz that analyzed how his friends were connect. There are even simpler technology tools to use to map your professional network.

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Social Media Benchmarking: Gauging Success for Project and Organizations in Global Health and Development

Beth Kanter

That’s why I have developed the “Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly” maturity of practice framework into a benchmarking tool – so it can quantify the level of maturity of one 13 different practices in the areas of: culture, capacity, measurement, monitoring, engagement, content, and network building. Social Media Benchmarking: Gauging Success for Project and Organizations in Global Health and Development. Flickr Photo by Kevlar.

Technology in the Workplace: Merging Boomers and Millennials

Achurch

Communication. First, it’s important for organizations to acknowledge that not only is the mode of communication different, but the attitudes and styles about communication are different between generations. Tools like Slack , Monday , and Workplace have changed the way employees communicate internally, including the type of content that is shared among colleagues. Younger generations are used to a more casual style of communication, even with their superiors.

A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas

Wild Apricot

There’s no question that blogging is one of the most powerful communications tools a nonprofit can have in its online arsenal, if you’ve got the resources to put behind it. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Best practices Blogging Non-profit Communications project management social media content But yes, maintaining a blog can take a lot of time and mental energy – especially if you frequently find yourself running out of blog post ideas.

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Engage Your Membership with Social Technology [Case Study]

Higher Logic

As its member base grew, the association needed to adjust member communications to match. So it gave members a voice and a platform with powerful social networking, discussion, and information-sharing tools. The Challenge: Increase engagement by upgrading online collaboration tools. As the association grew and evolved, so did the communication needs of its members, volunteers and sections councils.

The Ultimate Tool for Managing Your Organization’s Social Strategy: LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar 2015 Edition

Beth Kanter

There is no better tool for doing this than the LightBox Collaborative 5th Annual Editorial Calendar. Take Charge of Your Communications with LightBox Collaborative’s 2015 Editorial Calendar – guest post by LightBox Collaborative Amanda Cooper. In it you will find scores of interesting hooks to use to drive your social media planning or to interest traditional media in your projects.

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Pulling it All Together: The 360 Degree Marketing Communications Strategy

Guilt by Association

These days, we’ve seeing another branch of the conversation emerge and begin to dominate: How does everything fit together in a single, cohesive marketing communications ecosystem? Nothing goes away; every tool has value. Each of our tools can, and must, work together. I think marketers’ biggest mistakes occur when we apply the wrong tools to the wrong parts of the funnel. Communicate to your outposts, and bring them back home.

Is Your Organization Risking Members' Privacy by Connecting on Facebook?

Higher Logic

On the front-end sales line here at Higher Logic, we often hear organizations are happy with using social media platforms as their main line of communication with and between their members. Do You Need a Private Secure Communication Channel? To decide if your organization needs a more private communication channel than social media, consider these three advantages to owning your data: 1. They say to "never build on rented land," but is that always true?

Higher Logic Acquires Kavi: Powerful Collaboration for Thriving Communities

Higher Logic

We’re looking forward to incorporating Kavi’s Workspace tool into the Higher Logic community platform. Workspace, Kavi’s Powerful Collaboration Tool. We did this acquisition to provide powerful project collaboration for community users, combining Higher Logic’s dynamic discussions with Kavi’s structured document management. We’re excited to offer more collaboration tools, making it easier to track projects, community activity, and networking all in one system.

Advice for Associations to Succeed in 2020 – Four Tips to Effectively Manage a Small Team

Moery Company

When our communications department (a team of one) was writing a book and managing our daily communication efforts, I stepped in by helping brainstorm ideas for the book and serve and an editor. There are many tools that can help you manage your team and your projects.

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Serious Strategy & Tools for Pursuing Sustainability ? GrowGlobally.

GlowGlobally

Serious Strategy & Tools for Pursuing Sustainability. While it is not the only indicator that should be used, many companies already declare their greenhouse gas emissions, with over 3000 of the largest corporations registering them with the Carbon Disclosure Project. One of the key tools used by the team is the MeetGreen Calculator. GrowGlobally.org. global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. About. Channels. MarCom.

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Help Wanted: Find Your Next Marketing and Communications Star

Associations Now

No fires to put out—and you actually made some progress on one of your long-term projects. And in today’s evolving communications and marketing environment, it’s important to find someone who has the right skills to take your associations to the next level. Sales: While the word “sales” makes some cringe, it is important to realize that all aspects of marketing and communications require the ability to influence and persuade.