Fri.Dec 13, 2019

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.13.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I just bought a wreath at the farmers market and I’m listening to the Christmas Cocktail Jazz playlist on Spotify. I’m getting in the Christmas spirit.

Partnership v. Membership: Selling the Board on Change

Spark Consulting

When you’ve realized it’s time to make a change to your dues amounts, member benefits, or overall membership structure, how do you convince your board of directors to support it? Particularly if there’s resistance? Let’s start with the easiest case: a dues increase.

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How One Association Found Opportunity in a Public-Private Partnership

Associations Now

The National Automatic Merchandising Association is collaborating with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on more efficient refrigerants for vending machines—an effort the group says will jumpstart the industry’s R&D approach.

Is Your Association Software Really Cloud Based?

Nimble AMS

How do you know if your association management software is in the cloud? Here’s how to tell. What’s in the “true cloud”? Read on to learn characteristics of true cloud-based software plus questions you can ask to tell if your association management software (AMS) is really cloud based.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

New Bill Would Expand 529 Savings Accounts to Cover Professional Certification

Associations Now

A new bipartisan bill would expand the use of 529 education savings accounts to cover the fees related to professional certification and credentialing programs. ASAE and the Professional Certification Coalition say it would benefit associations and the workforce.

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Daily Buzz: Why Americans Are Leaving PTO on the Table

Associations Now

More than half of Americans leave vacation days unused each year, according to a new survey. Also: celebrating success with your members. For many Americans, paid time off is going to waste.

Industry 4.0 is a Rocket—Don’t Let a Strategic Plan Designed for a Bicycle Leave You in the Dust


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clark. Industry 4.0 is killing science fiction. With each new technological miracle, the window of time and imagination between fantasy inventions and real products and services grows smaller.

Share Your Members’ “Year in Review”

Associations Now

Businesses like Marriott, Spotify, and Facebook use “year in review” campaigns to connect and engage with users, customers, and members. Do you? Ah, the end of the year. Hopefully, you’re looking forward to some holiday rest and relaxation, and maybe you’re counting down the days to the new year.

Infographic: Make Your Exhibitor Marketing Campaign a Success

Association Adviser

Maintain an event marketing plan for supporter members to ensure your association conference achieves its goals. Check out our guide to exhibitor marketing. The post Infographic: Make Your Exhibitor Marketing Campaign a Success appeared first on Association Adviser.