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

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Face Your Fear of Technology

Association Adviser

Technology (and the thought of it) sometimes elicits a similar response. I’ve worked with hundreds of associations and here are some of the responses I have gotten when asking about their take on “technology” or “new ways” of reaching and engaging their members: Do we have to?

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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. It’s never a good idea to be on the bleeding edge with any technology.

Study: Business Travel and Its Costs Are on the Rise

Associations Now

Similar to “ Shadow IT ,” employees are taking advantage of technology for more control over their work and life. Will higher costs slow down business travelers? ” As technology makes remote work easier , travel could be the glue that keeps companies together.

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Is Your Technology Seamless?

Associations Now

A few smart words from a guy who built his life in technology could help you figure out your own technology balance. Rather, we want technology to be invisible, to provide value seamlessly,” the company explained. “In Security is a factor, yes, but so is cost.

Another Federal Conference Scrutinized for Excessive Costs

Associations Now

A new report by the Department of Commerce on a 2012 National Institute of Standards and Technology conference raises more questions about federal agencies’ conference spending. It’s the latest in a string of reports detailing what investigators say is a failure to rein in costs.

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The Impact of Gas Prices on Associations and Their Members

Observations on Association Management

The Impact of Gas Prices on Associations and Their Members. Associations, like every other type of business, are feeling the impact of rising petroleum prices. The effect of high gas prices will be felt for the forseeable future. As frightening as the rapidly-escalating price of energy is, it provides us with an opportunity to think about new ways to do business. Labels: environment , gas prices , social changes. gas prices. (1). technology solutions. (2).

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New Technological Realities: What’s on the Market?

Association Success

Technology to send your association hurtling into the future. This is a trendy topic these days because these technologies are increasingly accessible in the market. They can be given away in gift bags due to size, price, and easy user experience. 1550), pushing the cost.

Is New Technology Worth The Investment?

Association Adviser

We asked Marcus Underwood, vice president for online media at Naylor, to weigh in about technology becoming more personal and, at times, more expensive. Tech innovations such as blogging and social media platforms allow associations to host low-cost, two-way communication forums. The reward from using new technology—and the risk of not implementing it—usually outweighs the upfront costs. Costs of these tactics are very low, and the exposure is tremendous.

Don’t Fool Yourself: Your Technology Has an Expiration Date

Associations Now

While the costs of upgrading basic technology building blocks like hard drives certainly add up, delaying those upgrades comes with another price tag—one that could really hurt. But it does make a pretty good argument for exactly how associations should spend on technology.

Why Anticipating Needs Trumps Meeting Them

YourMembership Blog

Pricing. Technology. Although the butter chicken is to die for and I desperately wish I could bathe in the sauce, it’s the remarkable service that has won my loyalty and the reason I return week after week even though it’s one of the highest priced lunches downtown.

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The Lifelong Learner’s Guide to Success: Future-Proofing Your Career, Part Three

Blue Sky eLearn

We also dove into technological advancements and their effect on the workforce and the economy. We know that a college degree does not get you as far as it used to, and that technology is rapidly changing entire industries. Part One & Two – What We Learned.

Part 3 of Life after MLS: Technology Strategic Plans : Off Stage

Off Stage

16, 2010 - Part 3 of Life after MLS: Technology Strategic Plans. In the last two blogs Ive been discussing your IT needs as an association, particularly as a Realtor trade association, excluding any MLS technology needs you might have. Technology. Off Stage.

Best Practices for Selecting an LMS

Blue Sky eLearn

It’s important to have a budget in mind when you begin narrowing down the LMS providers you would like to evaluate, as pricing can vary widely. You’ve outlined your needs and requirements, heard presentations, viewed demos, tried out sandbox accounts, discussed costs.

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Association Staffing and the End of Toll Booth Workers: 3 Lessons for Association Executives

SCD Group

Technology at work. As new, disruptive technologies emerge, what jobs within associations are similar to a toll booth worker? You know, those jobs that we used to need but that have been replaced (or can be replaced) with technology? Just cutting the costs? Using the cost savings to pay for upgraded technology? Interestingly, many major cities are doing it via dynamic pricing (see USA Today story: Toll lanes create 'another option' to avoid traffic.)

Don't Get Left in Time

YourMembership Blog

Pricing. Technology. ” For technology enthusiasts this means a lot of things involving servers and data but to many users it means receiving new features immediately — no downloads, no installs, no waiting. Pricing.

Stop Waiting. It’s Time for Associations to Use Marketing Automation

GrowthZone

Lack of money is no longer a valid reason for not implementing basic marketing automation systems because the price has come down significantly. And, you probably already have this feature as part of your current email software investment, so no added cost. Productivity Technology

Put Your AMS to Work Earning Non-Dues Revenue

Association Adviser

Additionally, you can offer different pricing options for members, nonmembers, or different types of members. All sessions or breakouts held during your event can be included within the registration process, and those sessions can have an additional cost tied to their attendance.

Juice Up Your Conference App

Velvet Chainsaw

Until hotels and convention centers resolve WiFi bandwidth cost and availability issues, your conference app needs to be on at least three platforms — iPhone, Droid and mobile web. Beware of too-good-to-be-true pricing.

How to Meet the Membership & Education Expectations of Millennials and Gen Z

.orgCommunity

New research shows they have much greater price sensitivity and much lower brand loyalty than older generations. Uncategorized #membership Association associations e-Learning eLearning Gen Z Millennial professional development Technology WBT Systems

Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

Higher Logic

Total cost of ownership. How you choose to store your data will also majorly impact the total cost of ownership. Depending on how the platform is hosted , the price structure will either be a lower subscription fee or a high upfront licensing fee. Predictable costs.

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2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks Associations

As always, we try to use this blog post to speak from our experience as a learning technology partner to organizations that provide continuing education and professional development. We like that idea, and we agree that you need to provide many different pricing models.

Questions Are More Important Than Answers When Evaluating Your Association’s Tech

Association Adviser

Changing up the technology or software systems your association uses is scary. Most tech comes with a significant price tag and an even more significant amount of time and effort required to train on it and become proficient at its use. The duo discussed their experience rebuilding the tech stack for AIA and developing best practices to ensure your association has the right technology in place to meet your operational and member needs. WHEN do you look at technology?

7 Reasons Associations, Chapters AND Members Love Auto-Renewal Membership Plans

Chapter Chat

The initial cost of joining an association can seem like a formidable outlay of funds for many prospects. A survey told them young members considered the cost of dues a key barrier to joining. Associations Chapters Dues management Membership Operations Technology

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Questions Are More Important Than Answers When Evaluating Your Association’s Tech

Association Adviser

Changing up the technology or software systems your association uses is scary. Most tech comes with a significant price tag and an even more significant amount of time and effort required to train on it and become proficient at its use. The duo discussed their experience rebuilding the tech stack for AIA and developing best practices to ensure your association has the right technology in place to meet your operational and member needs. WHEN do you look at technology?

Questions Are More Important Than Answers When Evaluating Your Association’s Tech

Association Adviser

Changing up the technology or software systems your association uses is scary. Most tech comes with a significant price tag and an even more significant amount of time and effort required to train on it and become proficient at its use. The duo discussed their experience rebuilding the tech stack for AIA and developing best practices to ensure your association has the right technology in place to meet your operational and member needs. WHEN do you look at technology?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.19.18

Reid All About it

One thing we can predict about the future: implementing new technology will never stop. A key ingredient for successful technology projects is collaboration. Mike Guerrieri at DelCor Technology Solutions explains how technology and collaboration can be a virtuous cycle.

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Members Hire Constant Transformation

Potomac Core

Despite profitability, Industries are using new technologies to prepare for whatever comes next. Reduces Industry costs. The Index’s return to the Industry is helping to justify price changes with its customers. Late Breaking News. Members Hire Constant Transformation.

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Association Events Can Learn from Amazon’s Disruption Model

Associations Now

Is there a transparent pricing model? I’ve been in situations where using the break-even formula (fixed costs/number of attendees + variable costs) would price us out of the market. I’ve worked with groups where the pricing is set because it just “feels” like $500.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.6.19

Reid All About it

Useful, Free & Low-Cost Tools, Software, and Services for Your Nonprofit. What software tools and services are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are worth using? We’ll walk through the latest free and low-cost tools, software, and services that are worth knowing about.

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Mobile Conference Applications

Association Adviser

The sophistication of mobile apps continues to increase as the price continues to drop. In most cases, the cost of developing conference apps can be offset by the sponsorship revenue they generate. Take advantage of this technology at your next event. Technology

The Ultimate Risk Member-based Organizations Face with SOPA

YourMembership Blog

Pricing. Technology. My biggest concern for the operation of member-based organizations, businesses and nonprofits is the risk and responsibility (not to mention costs) they would now assume. Monitoring will be time-consuming and costly as it will be a full-time requirement.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.26.18

Reid All About it

4 million US jobs are expected to be disrupted by technology and other factors between now and 2026. Make Your Marketing Technology Resolutions for 2018. How Much Does an AMS Really Cost? Eric McDonald, sales executive and pricing expert.

How Transformational Is Your Association CIO (or IT Leader)?

Delcor

The role of the association CIO (or technology leader) is evolving before our eyes as associations adapt to a world full of disruption and change. But, associations aren’t the only organizations adjusting their approach to technology. IT as a cost function is dead.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.22.16

Reid All About it

Stop focusing on features, instead, learn how to: evaluate association management software based on important, often overlooked criteria; avoid hidden costs you may not see on the surface; and attract next generation thinkers and staff with a strong technology platform.

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Best Benefit Ever: Purchasing Power

Associations Now

The Advanced Medical Technology Association hopes to leverage its members as a way to reduce prices on common services and equipment. What is it?

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With Video - Seconds Matter to Your Audience - Here’s Proof

Support Services Unlimited

I came across this article on CNN Tech about a new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Akamai Technologies which says you’ll lose 40% of your audience if you don’t start playing video before 10 seconds after landing on your page. As Associations, we’re not attracting audiences like CNN – losing any of them due to poor video performance can be very costly. Association Websites Technology Video Marketing

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Membership 101: Ladders of Engagement Revisited

Spark Consulting

You’ll go through that same process of deepening effort, cost, and/or commitment that you did when converting a lead to membership, only with better insight into what to offer along the way. Once members join, the next question becomes: How do you keep them?

To Boost Global Membership, Get Flexible

Associations Now

For your global members, consider flexible options, like income-adjusted pricing or low- or no-cost membership. Even though it doesn’t cost the member anything, having them renew tells the organization that this is an active and engaged individual.”.

Membership 101: What IS “Engagement,” Anyway?

Spark Consulting

We have a lot of new technologies at our fingertips these days, and that’s a good thing. Many of our member interactions are now mediated by technology, which allows us to do more tracking and more automation, and that’s a good thing too.