How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017. How Do I Use the Digital Badge Strategy Design Canvas?

4 Challenges for Trade Associations and How to Tackle Them with Community

Higher Logic

They bring competing organizations together to protect and promote entire industries, products, services, and workforces. Their role in society is becoming muddied and complicated as new competitors emerge, industries contract and expand, and technology reshapes how the world does business.

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How To Use Microsoft Technology To Supercharge Your Fundraising

Beth Kanter

SOS Children’s Villages International uses cloud technology to help fundraise for children in need. Note From Beth: I am thrilled to host this guest post from Microsoft Philanthropies General Manager that showcases examples of digital transformation and fundraising.

Aligning Vision with Technology

Association Success

When it comes to becoming a more innovative organization and leveraging today’s technological advancements for the overall betterment of the association and its operations, it all starts with the vision. Just look at how the tech stack comes out of the organization’s vision and their strategic plan. Additionally, they have a structured method for breaking the vision down into small digestible bites and attacking it little by little with a well documented execution process.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. This process—the discussions and decisions—is the most important part of any technology selection. You need to involve key stakeholders: staff who use the LMS, use data from the LMS, or use technology that interacts with the LMS now or in the future. How the LMS requirements process works.

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3 technology trends to improve your association’s member experience

Nimble AMS

Is keeping up with technology trends on your association’s radar? These three should be on your priority list to ensure a great member experience. Meanwhile, technology advances aren’t standing still for your association. 3 technology trends associations should be following.

How to Convert Association Prospects to Members


Frank Kenny outlines the strategic process for converting prospects to paid members. You know they don’t just go from an oblivious state of not knowing your organization exists one day, to raving fans telling their colleagues about you the next. Is there anyone they would like to meet?

Daily Buzz: How to Make Remote Workforces Work

Associations Now

Here’s how they did it. Also: how longtime members can increase the value of your association. You’ve heard the conversations about remote workforces: There are many pros and cons, but when it comes down to it, do they work? Unconscious bias can affect how you plan a meeting.

How to Justify an AMS Purchase to the Association Board


Or, maybe you’re starting from scratch and it’s time to push your organization forward with membership, engagement, and retention strategies that you can’t accomplish on your own. Here is what every decision-maker will want to know: What is our return on investment?

How to Prepare for a Chapter Restructuring

Chapter Chat

You know it’s time to make changes. After evaluating your existing chapter model and envisioning options for a new one, you’re ready to move forward. Each must acknowledge the contributions and strengths of the other and leverage those strengths to deliver value to members.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Or, it doesn’t have the functionality to allow your online learning business to grow. You need a better LMS but the powers that be aren’t going to like that news. Your argument for a new LMS has to be rock solid, so first we’re going to explain how to prepare a business case for a new LMS. Then, in our next post, we’ll explain how to make a compelling presentation of that case. How is it negatively impacting learners?

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How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors. The goal of an RFI is to help you determine which three or four vendors should get your RFP. Why do they come to you?

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How Associations Can Improve The Member Experience Through Technology

Nimble AMS

Three technology innovations associations should embrace for a better member experience. How can your association deliver the experience your members have come to expect? Turn to technology innovation. It also helps you to establish trust with your members.

How to Influence People in Online Communities


Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the inside scoop from several awesome association technology vendors and consultants who will share the insights they have gleaned from years of working in our association industry. Why “How to…”? Do you look forward to developing one?

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How to Make the Most of Mobile Apps for Meetings

Associations Now

Six in 10 meeting planners have used a mobile event app at their conferences in the past two years, according to a new study. What a mobile app does is create an opportunity to turn that three-day event into a 365-day community. “If

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How to Prepare for Future Generations of Association Membership

Association Success

It’s not too late for associations to welcome millennials into their ranks. About half the time it’s people of other generations complaining about millennials, and the rest of the time it’s a feeble discussion about how to prepare for millennials who will be entering your association’s membership soon. Be careful not to speak of us as if we’re current college students who will soon be entering the workforce. The time to prepare for millennials has passed.

Encouraging “Play” for Association Websites and Technology

Vanguard Tech

Except that the teacher isn’t going to teach them how to use Powerpoint ! As his teacher said: “No one taught me how to use Powerpoint. The key is to play… Play, try new things, screw up then screw up some more. He goes so far as have a rule that they are not allowed to ask for help until they have tried and failed three times. How refreshing! I wish adults had this philosophy about learning technology.

How to Protect Your Member Data and Reduce Risk for Your Association

Nimble AMS

We all hear a lot about data security these days — from state, federal, and international data privacy and protection laws to consumer demands for privacy. As your association grows and collects personal information about your members, you simply can’t afford not to protect your member data.

How to Design a Successful Mentoring Program

Association Adviser

Benefits for mentees range from a boost in self-confidence to life-long positive professional impacts, such as learning how to speak up and be heard and understanding how to accept feedback. Surveys and discussion groups are a good way to begin this conversation.

What Associations Need to Know About Technology

Association Adviser

” Thanks to social media, 4G, iProducts, broadband, wireless, the cloud, Big Data, Skype and apps, we’re now more connected than ever. You don’t have to be the first to market or the earliest adopter of new technology. Technology cuts both ways.

How to Use Twitter: A Guide for AEs : Off Stage

Off Stage

13, 2009 - How to Use Twitter: A Guide for AEs. I reviewed the proposed new Social Marketing course from Internet Crusade, as well—it’s going to be very helpful to our members, I think (should be released soon!). There’s a ton of information out and about on the topics—the real problem is finding the time to sort out what will work for you and your situation and what won’t. You will want people to find you easily. Technology.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth Kanter

I recently submitted a proposal for NTEN’s 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference with colleagues Cindy Leonard, John Kenyon and Jeanne Allen called “ Supercharge Your Technology Training ,” so please take a minute to vote for it. .

Virtual Associations: How to Transition Away From the Brick & Mortar

Association Success

Working virtually can mean anything from accessing technology that allows you to work when you’re not in the office to running a company without a physical location. Association managers and members are already using tools to access information and network virtually. Imagine how a virtual environment could improve member services, create operational efficiencies and increase the well-being of your team. Those who are fearful will want things to stay as they are.

How to Host a Virtual Meeting


Take a look at the following tips before you subject your coworkers to even another minute of “Sorry, the person who knows how to set this up is out today.” Your smooth, productive virtual experiences will bring all the stakeholders to the meeting.

How to Build a Case for and Implement Joint Membership for Your Association and Chapters

Chapter Chat

Read Part 2 to learn how to: Find out if joint membership is a good idea for your association. Identify process, technology, and budget considerations. Now, we’ll take our joint membership plan through the steps to implementation. Next, think about technology.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after.

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How to Brand Your Nonprofit’s Instagram


Social media is so embedded in our lives that part of experiencing something is documenting it digitally on our Instagram profiles. Whether you are for or against this proliferation of technology, you must admit, Instagram is one of the goliaths.

Tips for Preserving Your eLearning Programs

Blue Sky eLearn

” I’ve taken that to heart over the years and have created many, many good binders. To preserve the online education programs and processes I worked so hard to put in place! Here are some tips to get you started: Education Department Overview.

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Eric Lanke: Leadership is a System Capacity

Eric Lanke

Thats the other big lesson I got out of the "How to Be Open" chapter in Humanize by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant. What kind of legacy is it for a passionate leader to see the organization they have committed so much energy to stumble and fall when their hands are taken off the reins?

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Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? #CoFLA

Beth Kanter

I discovered that it was Larry Eason from DotOrgPower and his colleague, Shelley Wenk, offered to write this summary of the discussion as a guest post. Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? These techniques could be used to.

Salesforce or Microsoft: What’s the Right CRM Platform for Your Association Management Software?

Nimble AMS

In the past few years, there has been a noticeable push by associations to leverage enterprise constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms from Salesforce or Microsoft as the platform for their association management software (AMS). But it doesn’t have to be. We’d love to chat.

Website Governance for Associations


Tweet You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Precisely why you need to know about website governance. Website governance is about putting policies and procedures in place to ensure a consistent look. How website governance benefits your association.

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Higher Logic

According to the Harvard Business Review , before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people. Document sharing.

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What Makes a High-Performing Team?

Higher Logic

Whether it was sports teams or other team-oriented extracurriculars, many of us spent a good chunk of our adolescence learning how to function on a team.As No matter what you do professionally, almost everyone needs to work in a team at some point.

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Your AMS vendor’s implementation approach is as important as the software

Nimble AMS

As you consider moving to new association management software (AMS), you likely think about what types of product functionality and best practices are built into the system. But equally important is your software vendor’s approach to implementing the system. What’s important, and where the difference lies, is how they approach those phases. The Nimble AMS implementation team takes a unique approach to project implementation. Understanding how to use the AMS.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.11.19

Reid All About it

The resulting report from this survey provides benchmarking data and insight into how more than 1,000 associations recruit, engage and retain members and certificants. Yes, I’m a tease, you’ll have to click through to see what everyone was reading last year.

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Webinar Recap: AMS Implementation Doesn’t Have to Be a PITA (Pain in the Association)

Association Adviser

From Nate: Want to listen (in the car, on a jog, while folding laundry) to this info? Download the archived version of our webinar, AMS Implementation Doesn’t Have to Be a PITA , hosted by ReviewMyAMS and Naylor Association Solutions. Talk to Your Current AMS Vendor.

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Surprising Feedback from Attendees on “Trends Impacting Associations” Webinar


See their surprising answers when you Click here or on the video below… During the webinar, all attendees answered YES to feeling the impacts of 3 major forces of change: Demographics. Technological change. This was because it took a long time for institutions and law to become comfortable with signed documents being valid via email. Gen X,Y and Z by nature are not as dedicated to associations the way boomers were. Technological.

To RFP or not to RFP?

Elipsis Partners

How much detail do you really need to include? While most organizations are open to business process improvement during a new system implementation, sometimes that isn’t possible. We often see that with AMS/CRM system selections, where the system has to cope with complex dues calculations that are mandated by the bylaws. We’ve also seen it with certification management systems, where many of the processes are influenced by the need to stay accredited.

Association Communication Evolution


Association communication has evolved over time as new technologies have become available. They communicated face to face because there were few other options. The Academy of the Mysteries of Nature was required by the Pope to close eighteen years later under suspicion of sorcery but the Royal Society of London which first met in 1660 has lasted a little longer. In 1662 it was first permitted to publish and it is still doing so.