FTC Seeks to Stop Tradeshow Directory Scam

Associations Now

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it is seeking to permanently halt a Slovakia-based operation from scamming small businesses and nonprofit organizations into collectively paying millions of dollars to be listed in an online exhibitors’ directory called FAIR Guide.

[Infographic] Hold Your Ground: Tips for Print and Digital Directories to Successfully Co-Exist

Association Adviser

Can print and digital member directories peacefully (and profitably) co-exist? Our latest infographic explores four steps to making and distributing a successful print/digital directory pair. We think so.

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Managing Multiple Member Directories in Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

With Wild Apricot, you can create multiple membership application forms and directories to manage different membership types, and single out categories such as sponsors, discounted membership levels, and more. Find out how! membership database management online database Wild Apricot

10 Powerful Online Directory Software Tools

Wild Apricot Blog

If you're looking to build an online directory, here are 10 powerful online directory software tools that can get you started right away. Directory-Software

A Directory Your Members Will Actually Use

SilkStart

Your member directory should be more than just a list of names. Leverage SilkStart’s built-in directory application as an engaging online resource and empower your members with the tools they need to build relationships, further their careers, and learn from others in your database.

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Vendors: Community Friend or Foe?

Higher Logic

The Coin Laundry Association has a public community for its 50,000+ laundromat owners, and it includes a buyers and suppliers guide and extensive manufacturers directory to reach out to vendors in the industry. How to keep members from pillaging your member directory.

Associations Improve Bottom-line with Non-Dues Based Revenue

YourMembership Blog

The following is a guest blog post from Chad Slager, Director of Sales for Directory Solutions. If, however, there are vendors who would like to do business with your members, opening up a directory and charging these companies for exposure to your membership can be a very lucrative program.

LinkedIn finally launch searchable group directory

SocialFish

As of this Friday June 11, you will be able to search for groups within the group directory on LinkedIn. At last! So, instead of emailing me to get this link to YAP, [link] , you will just be able to search for "YAP" and it will come up. Sweet! Now I just wish they would get rid of the annoying red tape where you have to wait for me to approve you. So irritating for all concerned. Speaking of YAP, we're inviting a select group of our readers to beta-test our new groupsite, www.yapstar.org.

PR Departments Take Note: How to Find Relevant Journalists on Twitter

SocialFish

Just came across Press Pass , a directory of journalists on Twitter categorized by media outlet , by beat and by region. You can of course also use various Twitter directories, but those will also pull in anyone who has journalism keywords in their bio.

The Problems With Online Oversharing

Associations Now

Is your staff directory accessible online? About That Staff Directory …. According to Kim, the problem is the public association staff directory—one of the most direct ways that an employee’s data is shared with the broader world.

Improve the Member Experience with Curated Networking

Smooth The Path

Networking is providing a session, a break, a chapter meeting, a plain directory, or a reception. Detailed directory. Imagine a conference that only has 200 attendees. How many meaningful connections does each member make during the conference? Maybe 5. Maybe even 10.

Hold Your Ground

Association Adviser

The Evolution and Importance of Resource Guides and Membership Directories. Features digital communications membership directories membership directory print resource guides The post Hold Your Ground appeared first on Association Adviser - Best practices, news and leadership strategies for. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

On the go with your members: The case for responsive web design for your association website

Vanguard Tech

An event planner might need suppliers, so instant access to your member directory on their mobile device is extremely valuable. Mobile and tablet computer sales are expected to surpass sales for desktop and laptop computers in 2013.

Awards Initiative Launches to Honor Influencers in Sports Technology

Associations Now

For winning, ISTA members also earn a special designation in the association’s recently launched business directory. The International Sports Technology Association is recognizing individual achievements in sports technology with its first awards initiative.

Free Webinar: Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

17 at 3 pm EST. We'll dig deep into the membership database portion of Wild Apricot software, including online database structure and composition; membership directory; integrating widgets into Wild Apricot; and much more.( Want to learn about Wild Apricot membership management? Attend our free webinar on Thurs.

Discovering interesting Google+ users

SocialFish

Find People On Plus – A great directory, search by any keyword. Women of Google+ – an awesome an early directory of women on the G, since there weren’t that many of us to begin with.

How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

Higher Logic

After members log in, you can give them access to member, expert, and speaker directories that allow them to search for and connect with peers and industry experts. Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day.

2017 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report

Membership Marketing

In the case of IMO’s for example, when looking at the products and services that are reported as showing stable or decreasing engagement, one finds many of the traditional and long-term association offerings like volunteerism, the purchase or maintenance of insurance, or book or directory purchases.

How the Customer Support Funnel Works for an Online Community

Higher Logic

Whether it’s tagged discussions, FAQ pages, a detailed member directory or well-placed videos and articles, these various touch points will act as an extension of your onboarding experience.

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IRS Teams With Tax Groups to Make Choosing a Tax Professional Easier

Associations Now

Ahead of what has been predicted to be a particularly complicated tax season, the IRS announced a set of new resources, including an online searchable directory, to help consumers choose credible tax preparers.

Easy Ways to Add Value to Memberships: Pt. 1

SilkStart

Directory. Configure directory access to let non-members browse through profile listings or conduct a detailed search to get a glimpse of the available networking opportunities. How do you attract and retain the attention of newcomers in your industry?

New ABA Network Increases Legal Services for Homeless Youth

Associations Now

The American Bar Association’s new legal network addresses gaps in legal services to meet the myriad needs of homeless youth. Because of their age, homeless youth encounter a unique set of legal challenges.

Membership Hack: Free Digital Access

Associations Now

This promotion had very little budgeting impact and showed the value of membership with free access to our webinars, articles, member directory, newsletters, and archived content.”. A new complimentary, digital membership is adding some much-needed buzz to member recruitment. How to hack it?

Promote Your Community at Events

Higher Logic

Outline community features that would enhance members’ conference experience, like the directory, discussions, event site, resource library and mobile app. You and your team spent a lot of time and energy either creating a new community or revamping your existing community.

Simple Tips for a Better Email Campaign

SilkStart

– Account Update Reminder (completed profiles increase the value of your directory). SilkStart’s email campaign tool lets you effortlessly communicate with all of your members at once, or a specific segment.

Wild Apricot Goes Green: A Live Demo for USGBC Chapters

Wild Apricot Blog

Below is the recording and transcript of this demo to show you how easy it can be to set up a website, create a directory and so much more. On Thursday December 4th, 2014, we held an exclusive live demo for US Green Building Council Chapters.

The association lobbyist’s iPad toolkit

Association Advocacy Chick

112th Congress Member Directory: Produced by the Government Printing Office (GPO), this app is a basic listing of every member of Congress by state, chamber (House or Senate) and political party. MyCongress: It’s another member directory, but more robust. I love my iPad. I really I love my iPad. I probably use it more than my office desktop and television combined.

5 Steps to Create a Sponsorship Program that Increases Non-Dues Revenue

Higher Logic

For instance, if someone sponsors your online community , they may get to add their name to a list of sponsors, be listed in a sponsor or vendor directory, and have blogging rights in the community. Sponsorship programs are tricky.

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What is Association Management Software?

SilkStart

A typical AMS will contain a comprehensive set of features like a full website, email marketing, online invoicing and payments, member/company directories, donation campaigns, event management, a job board, and multi-chapter management. Operating a member-based association is hard work. It requires massive amounts of time, which in turn, translates into high administrative costs. Do you need Association Management Software (AMS)?

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A Framework of Member Value

Elipsis Partners

Member to Member – services which facilitate members feeling connected to each other and being a part of a group to which they really belong, a sense of finding their ‘tribe’ These include mentoring, the social and collaborative aspects of events, online communities and discussion groups, and the member directory to find people who can help them.

5 Colleges Using Social Media to Boost Student-Alumni Relations

SocialFish

The university’s Social Media Directory is proof that university leaders are using the tools of their students and society to stay connected. Guest post by Maria Peterson, an early education specialist who writes about advocating for head start schools.

10 Tips for Increasing the Stickiness of Your Membership

Membership Marketing

Enhance member visibility with directory listings, vanity email addresses, referral links from your organizations website, certificates for display, window clings, and member usage of your organization’s logo -- all limited to continued membership. We all want to increase membership retention. Here are some tips that you can implement this year to help make your membership stickier and encourage members’ to stay with your organization.

Engaging Leadership to Eliminate Deadwood Programs: Repair, Replace, Reinforce

SCD Group

First, was a printed membership directory produced bi-annually, that included headshots of each member. Often, there was only 50% participation and the directories took a tremendous amount of staff follow up time to produce; but the board was committed to keeping the directory.

Bringing on a Fundraising Consultant: A Nonprofit’s Hiring Guide

SocialFish

In addition to your peer referrals, you should also seek the help of professional organizations, since they will have directories with loads of information that you should be able to use. Are you considering hiring a fundraising consultant?

Best Benefit Ever: Free Legal Services for Design Professionals

Associations Now

Other perks: All AIGA members can benefit from the association’s wealth of professional development resources, including personal member portfolios, the Designer Directory, and the organization’s job board.

ATM Association Promotes Networking with Online Tool

Associations Now

The program is a members-only interface that provides access to a member directory and allows users to digitally network within the association. A new online program allows ATM industry professionals to network right from their offices.

Can Email Make Online Community Gamification Fun?

Higher Logic

I found that the members of my community were incredibly motivated to update their profiles because they now had a fancy new badge that they wanted to show off, plus were utilizing the member directory a lot more to check out what badges their friends/peers within the community had been awarded.

Research: People Want Learning Opportunities At Tradeshows!

Velvet Chainsaw

Second to selecting education sessions is searching the exhibition directory and registering for special events. Many (exhibition) attendees have dual needs for attending: shopping (69%) and learning (66%). CEIR, What Attendees Want From Exhibitions , February 4, 2013.

Spring Cleaning - What Parts of Your Community Need Work?

Higher Logic

Do members frequently forget that the directory exists? It’s spring, which means it’s time to fine tune your community. What aspects of your community can you improve? Are there any nagging issues you’ve been meaning to work on?

What can be Done to Increase Renewal Rates?

Membership Marketing

Similarly, 43% who reported an increase in book and directory purchases saw and increase in renewals and 37% who reported an increase in annual conference attendance saw an increase in renewals.