Thu.May 09, 2019

3 Benefits of a Customer Advisory Board for Your Software Company

Higher Logic

Do you have a Customer Advisory Board (CAB) or customer advisory council? A lot of software companies do. It’s one of those boxes that you check because you know it’s a best practice.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: How to Succeed + 5 Platforms You Can Use

Wild Apricot

Crowdfunding for nonprofits might seem intimidating, but many organizations are using it to great success. In this post, I break down the steps your organization needs to take to succeed as well as reviewing 5 common crowdfunding platforms

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Let Your Members Determine Email Frequency

YourMembership Blog

Email tops the list of easiest communication channels to consume, most likely to keep members engaged, and most powerful storytelling. The question is, are you using email in a manner that your members desire? According to the Community Brands Member Loyalty study, email tops the list of easiest communication channels to consume, most likely to. The post Let Your Members Determine Email Frequency appeared first on YourMembership.

Up Your Name Badge Game

Associations Now

Name badges are a staple of association conferences. Three elements to keep in mind when designing your next attendee badge. Do you remember the first time you wore a name badge? I don’t. But I was reminded a few months back when I was going through some boxes at my parents’ house.

Making Marketing Simple for Associations


Marketing encompasses everything your association does. Here are some tips to break marketing down into bite-sized pieces.

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What Associations Need to Know About the EU Copyright Directive

Associations Now

A controversial copyright directive passed by the European Union is more likely to complicate global copyright law than force associations to police copyright themselves, a legal expert on intellectual property issues suggests. The good news is that, unlike YouTube and Facebook, U.S.-based

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Royal Birth Draws Interest to Midwives and Doula Groups

Associations Now

Rumors that Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle sought assistance from midwives and doulas to give birth to her first child have spiked the interest of mothers-to-be in these options, associations say.

The Human Face of Digital Transformation


You installed a new LMS, CMS and AMS; redesigned the website; migrated to the cloud; and purchased the latest computers, printers and tablets for your staff. Was it a digital transformation? Sorry, you’re only about halfway there—maybe not even. You’ve got the technology covered.

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Daily Buzz: Communicate Value Regularly

Associations Now

Don’t just tell potential members that your association is valuable—show them. Also: Try a “hallway huddle” in place of your next meeting. Attracting new members starts with showing off the value of your association—but that doesn’t necessarily mean a flashy presentation or persuasion campaign.

A Handwritten Note Calendar: The New Email Marketing Calendar?


You’ve heard of email marketing calendars. You may even have an email marketing calendar. It’s a great way to plan ahead and get really strategic about your member and prospect communications. Plus, it’s a great way to ensure you’re not overdoing it. Or, just as dangerous, underdoing it.).

Conference Circuit: Professional Piercers

Associations Now

Rundown Attendees: 1,000 plus. Vendors: 50. Roundtable discussions: 6. The Association of Professional Piercers’ 24th Annual Conference & Exposition begins in Las Vegas this weekend. Attendance is expected to top 1,000.

Culture and Process in Design Thinking

Association Success

Culture and process are two sides of the coin that is design thinking. In my work as an educator and facilitator, I like to use techniques from human-centered design, and design thinking in particular. When I introduce design thinking to people, they are really eager to experience all the benefits, especially the teamwork, the very precise problem identification, and of course the often unique and really effective solutions to problems that the process generates.

NYC Drivers Group Launches Mental Wellness Program

Associations Now

The Independent Drivers Guild, which supports drivers for Uber, Lyft, and similar services, timed the launch of the program amid a widespread strike that gained global attention.

It’s all about expectations

Effective Database

A couple of weeks ago I had to go to the DMV to turn in some license plates and possibly get a refund on my registration stickers. Even though I was going to the “express” DMV, based on previous experience, I expected to be there about half an hour and was hoping I might get a $50 refund. But what actually happened was that I was in line for only five minutes, the transaction took less than five minutes, and my refund was over $100! I was ecstatic. But why was I so happy?

Mindful In May – Friend The Now – Live Video Inspiration

Holly Duckworth

Friend The Now “Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, […]. Mindful Business mindfulness

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