What’s it Cost to Join Your Association?

Moery Company

Can the person in charge of member recruitment tell you how much it costs to join your association? And, not knowing the “cost of membership” puts folks selling association membership at a major disadvantage. The cost is based on your dues revenue and it often seems these figures are generated in a secretly disclosed location – plugged it into some kind of formula and kicked back out to you. Here’s how much it costs. Istock_Credit:anyaberkut.

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What an AMS Actually Costs

GrowthZone

Indirect costs are costs that are not directly accountable to something (e.g., In a recent blog post, Wes Trochlil of Effective Database Management addressed direct costs vs. indirect costs regarding association management software. The direct costs are clear—the amount spent on the software itself. The indirect costs, however, can quickly add up. His client’s experience is the very definition of indirect costs. Tweet.

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How Much Does an Event App Cost?

Socious

Each of those apps cost quite a bit of money, although how much money ranges from several thousand dollars to several million. If you’re considering creating a mobile app for your members, you’re not alone. There are roughly 2.2 million apps in the Google Play store and close to 2 million in the Apple App Store. Association Conference Management Mobile Strategy Event App

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Additional Resources You Can Offer Your Members (At No Extra Cost to You!)

MembersClicks

That said, what if we told you there was a way to offer your members MORE resources at no extra cost to you? Member resources directly equate to member value. The more resources you can provide, the more valuable a membership with your association or chamber will be.

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eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

Reduce Customer Support Costs the Community Way

Higher Logic

But one area communities are particularly effective in is reducing customer support costs -- Gartner found that communities reduce support costs for companies by 50 percent. And reducing support cost is a top three reason 30 percent of companies start a community, according to the in CMX and Leader Networks Keys to Community Readiness and Growth study. Do you want to make customer support fun for your customers? And save money for your company?

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What Is Cost to Serve?

Thanks For Playing

At its most basic level: Revenue per member – Expenses per member = Cost to serve a member Simple, right? "If If membership is $100 a year, and it costs us $60 a year to mail each member our journal, that's our cost to serve, and we bring in $40 a year in revenue per member. What does it cost to recruit and retain each member? What do all services actually cost to provide, in both direct and indirect costs? (Oh Staff costs!) And why does it matter?

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Be Aware of Indirect Costs

Effective Database

When considering the costs of your current data management system(s), you need to consider both direct costs (how much you pay to actually use the software) and indirect costs (e.g., In many cases, indirect costs far outweigh the direct costs of software, but are often unseen or ignored. ” That’s a great example of indirect costs. That “cheap” or free software might have much higher indirect costs than you realize

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5 Options for Low-cost Event Publicity

Wild Apricot

Here are some ideas for low-cost event publicity - as requested in our blog reader survey. By focusing on media relations, event calendars, your website, email and social media, even organizations with limited resources can promote events with little or no cost.( read more ). Associations event management event registration events membership nonprofit non-profit nptech public relations publicity

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Beware of sneaky, hidden costs in your next association management system

Nimble AMS

Determining how much your next association management software (AMS) system will cost you can be a tricky thing. Many of the costs are predictable if you know what to look for. It’s important to be wary of any AMS vendor offering a lower than average software or per-user cost.

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How Much Does an Event App Cost?

Socious

Each of those apps cost quite a bit of money, although how much money ranges from several thousand dollars to several million. 4 Factors that Affect the Cost of Your Mobile Event App. Each method includes a different amount of customization and coding, which affects development cost. However, before we jump into customization and coding costs it’s important to review the other factors will have a large influence on your event app’s price.

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7 Hidden Costs of a “Pseudo-SaaS” AMS

Membersuite

And customized software, no matter its label, has costs. Read the post to learn 7 hidden costs of a pseudo-SaaS AMS A pseudo-SaaS AMS requires developers to "branch off" the core code to create a customized version for you. Guess who pays for that?

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Chapters– Are they worth the cost?

Mariner

cost of chapter support?”, easily identify the costs (financial and otherwise), but struggle to. Nearly half of all associations. have components – a catch-all phrase for chapters, special interest. groups and the like – according ASAE’s last benchmarking study. 2006, two research undertakings by Mariner and Whorton and by the ASAE. Component Section Council sought to answer the question “are chapters. worth the effort – do they have a defensible ROI?” 10 years and a much different.

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Additional Resources You Can Offer Your Members (At No Extra Cost to You!)

MembersClicks

That said, what if we told you there was a way to offer your members MORE resources at no extra cost to you? Member resources directly equate to member value. The more resources you can provide, the more valuable a membership with your association or chamber of commerce will be. Well good news.there IS! Read on for a few specific ideas to consider: member engagement member retention Small Staff Chatter

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10 Ways E-Billing Increases Efficiency and Lowers Costs

GrowthZone

The post 10 Ways E-Billing Increases Efficiency and Lowers Costs appeared first on GrowthZone. Tweet How much time (and money!) does your association staff still spend on tedious billing, payment processing, and manual accounting tasks? Electronic billing enables staff to streamline their day-to-day tasks, increasing efficiency. ADVANTAGES OF ELECTRONIC BILLING. For Associations: SAVES TIME & MONEY. No need to mail invoices, process individual payments, and cash checks. RETENTION.

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The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials

WBT Systems

The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials. Read more about The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials

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The Cost of Dirty Data

AssociationTrends

Technology

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4 Common Website Problems that Cost You Members and Revenue

Wild Apricot

If you're not growing your membership or generating the kind of revenue you want, your website could be a major culprit. In fact, most membership organizations suffer from at least one major website problem. The good news is, fixing these website issues is probably a lot easier than you might think. design website builder Abourahma Lamees

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22 High-Impact, Low Cost Social Media Opportunities for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

For non-profits new to social media, guest blogger, Brad Aronson offers 22 social media opportunities to consider. social media

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The fallacy of “sunk cost”

Effective Database

As we all know, a sunk cost is a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. A good example of a sunk cost is the purchase of a new AMS to replace an old system. The cost is sunk. The sunk cost fallacy is the belief that once the money is spent, there is no going back; one must continue down the road you’re on, because after all, if you change directions now, all that money would be wasted. But sunk costs are just that; sunk.

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Calculating the Cost to Serve a Member

Membership Marketing

One of the questions that I am frequently asked is how to calculate membership servicing costs. Here is a real life story on how NOT to calculate the cost to serve a member. He took the entire budget for his organization and divided it by the number of members and determined that the cost to service a member who annually paid $79 in dues was $300 ($3,000,000/10,000 members). So what is the best way to determine the cost to serve a member?

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The Hidden Costs of Inefficiency

Associations Now

When you’re losing a nickel here or a dime there, it doesn’t seem like a lot … until you do the math and realize it’s costing you a pretty penny. If you spend $20 on a new card, for example, the cost breaks down like so: $19 goes on your card. At a cost of $2.50 The post The Hidden Costs of Inefficiency appeared first on Associations Now

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Report: Cost-Conscious Business Travel Programs Have Hidden Costs

Associations Now

The report, based on a survey of more than 750 business travelers, makes the case that programs focused on cost over the employee’s productivity and comfort level make the business trips less effective overall. The report found that business travelers in cost-conscious programs took 22 percent fewer effective trips than their counterparts and were 13 percent more likely to be interested in a new job.

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How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. We know how hard it is to get approval for expenditure. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association Management

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How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. We know how hard it is to get approval for expenditure. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association Management

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5 Ways to Find Low-Cost Association Conference Speakers

GrowthZone

The post 5 Ways to Find Low-Cost Association Conference Speakers appeared first on GrowthZone. When it comes to finding a conference speaker, associations work with a limited (if any) budget. The challenge, though, is that a talented speaker is a key to increasing attendance and engaging members. Get more tips to engage members with our on-demand webinar: Engaging the Disengaged Member with Shari Pash.

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Webinar Recap: How Much Does an AMS Really Cost?

ReviewAMS

Guest post by Sigmund VanDamme, Membership Software Evangelist, Community Brands When you consider moving to a new association management software (AMS) system for the first time, or changing the one you have, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask is, “How much does it cost?”.

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Costs in Translation

Associations Now

Can you manage meeting costs and deliver big on a small budget? Often, your venue contacts will have budget-friendly ideas, having worked with countless other groups also trying to cut costs. says it’s important to understand what costs are somewhat fixed and which are somewhat variable. Also, determine which cost-saving measures will be felt by the attendee (e.g., The post Costs in Translation appeared first on Associations Now

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Use Facebook To Measure The Cost Of New Members

Wild Apricot

You run a small, nonprofit or membership-based organization and you’re looking for inexpensive ways to gain new members. Have you thought of advertising on Facebook? Facebook measure ads

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How Much Does Association Management Software Really Cost?

ReviewAMS

Guest post by Sigmund VanDamme, Membership Software Evangelist, Community Brands What is the true cost of purchasing, owning, and maintaining an association management software (AMS) system? It’s an important question to ask – especially if your organization is considering a move to a new, enterprise-level AMS system. You need to understand what you’re getting into before you decide on the AMS that’s. Read more. associations.

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The High-Cost Solution Association Fallacy

Smooth The Path

Free or low-cost solutions are not always bad. At the same time, high-cost solutions are not always good. In some cases, low-cost solutions work just as well as high-cost solutions, and this is good news for cash-strapped associations. Help your board, volunteers, and staff understand that the high-cost solutions do not always yield a better return. Sometimes the thoughtfully implemented low-cost or free solution works perfectly well too!

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8 ways to cut the cost of new association management software

Nimble AMS

While several factors — from the number of licenses to implementation to staff training — determine the price of the system’s cost, there are strategies to keep your AMS price from escalating beyond the budget. There may be new paths to get there, but the result will be better — and less costly — in the end. Selecting an AMS system built on an enterprise platform in the true cloud can reduce costs, as platform and AMS upgrades are included and happen on a regular cycle.

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25 (Cost-Effective) Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

MembersClicks

As an association professional, you understand the importance of volunteers. They’re the ones that help your association function. They help out with events, administrative tasks, strategy on occasion - the list goes on and on. Simply put, they do a lot - and they deserve to be thanked! The question is, how do you thank your volunteers, particularly when you’re working with a small budget? We’ve got a few ideas! association management member engagement membership management Small Staff Chatter

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Report: Pointless Workplace Meetings Costly, Time-Consuming

Associations Now

Are all those boring, disorganized office meetings costing your association a whole lot of money? The State of Meetings Report 2019 —from Doodle, a company that offers online meeting-scheduling software—argues that pointless meetings will cost businesses worldwide an estimated $541 billion in 2019. The post Report: Pointless Workplace Meetings Costly, Time-Consuming appeared first on Associations Now

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Virtual Event Engagement Can Be Low Because the Switching Cost is Nearly Zero

Smooth The Path

The switching cost of leaving most in-person conference sessions is very high. However, this scenario is different online, where the switching cost is next to zero. The post Virtual Event Engagement Can Be Low Because the Switching Cost is Nearly Zero appeared first on Smooth The Path. Imagine sitting in the middle of a conference room with about 100 other people surrounding you. The speaker is talking, and everyone is listening intently, you could hear a pin drop.

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HBA Journey to Reduced Costs and Process Improvements

GrowthZone

She knew that a dues-based organization had to have cost-efficient systems in place in order to provide members with valuable programs and services. Laurie identified costly inefficiencies at the association, including separate systems for managing programs, accounting, and member data. The post HBA Journey to Reduced Costs and Process Improvements appeared first on GrowthZone. THE CHALLENGE.

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Three Tech Screw-Ups That Could Cost You

Associations Now

Falling behind on your tech needs slows down your organizational machine and can cost you plenty. And when an organization screws up its tech, this can create massive long-term problems—costing it as much as 46 percent in revenue over a multiyear period, according to the “Full Value. The post Three Tech Screw-Ups That Could Cost You appeared first on Associations Now Is your association lagging rather than leading when it comes to tech?

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The Hidden Monetary and Environmental Cost of Invoicing

GrowthZone

Cost of handling NSF checks. The post The Hidden Monetary and Environmental Cost of Invoicing appeared first on GrowthZone. The ugly truth about traditional billing and payment processing is, well, ugly. Invoices sent via mail require more resources than you may realize. You spend time and money on: Paper (invoices & envelopes). Bank slips, receipts, and deposit notes. Ink cartridges. Printers, postage machines, copiers (plus power and maintenance).

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How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

Higher Logic

5 Ways User Groups Cut Customer Service Costs and Increase Satisfaction. Workarounds and other ideas from user groups can also be implemented immediately, without additional product development or investment from your business, providing more value to your customers at no extra cost to your company. User groups help your business save money by providing cost-effective self-service tools and better customer support overall. These costs are well worth the investment.

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Non-Profits Called to Explain Costs of Fundraising

Wild Apricot

But there are costs. and then there are costs. Can you imagine asking for $100, and telling your donor up front that $80 will go to the telemarketing company that interrupted his dinner, and only $20 to your non-profit? You know that it takes money to raise money for a cause. And your donors, for the most part, can accept the reality that some part of their donation must go to cover overhead expenses.

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