April, 2019

The Importance of Language for Your Community

Higher Logic

I recently read Trevor Owens’ book, Designing Online Communities , which looks at the design process for web communities from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Why Your Association Shouldn’t Ignore Direct Mail

Associations Now

Direct mail often doesn’t get the respect it deserves these days, but it’s a significantly more effective medium than digital tools like email or social media. And it’s getting more interactive, too.

What Are You Providing Your Members Through Social Media?

Moery Company

I’ve talked a good deal about social media and how these platforms better enable you to communicate with members and prospects. These tools help connect with your audience in very real and authentic ways about your organization and the value you provide.

Members Hire Constant Transformation

Potomac Core

Late Breaking News. Members Hire Constant Transformation. As Artificial Intelligence , the cloud, and virtual reality take hold , Industries will invest resources in Associations that are equally transformation focused.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.12.19

Reid All About it

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Partnership v. Membership: Defining Terms

Spark Consulting

Lewis and I are both going to take a crack at this topic, and I’ve elected to go first. I see partnership and membership as being founded on the same broad idea: individuals or organizations that seek some type of a relationship with an association.

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8 Practical Ways to Boost Engagement with Mobile Event Apps

Higher Logic

Here’s a fun forecast: The number of mobile users worldwide is expected to reach 7.26 billion in 2020. With (nearly) the entire human population walking around with a mobile device in their pocket, it should come as no surprise that people expect a certain level of connectivity in their experiences.

What Makes a Great Leader in the Association Game? Moery Webinar

Moery Company

The very best CEOs are involved at some level in growing revenue – whether they’re actively leading the effort or making sales calls. The point is, your organization will follow your leadership. It’s up to you to set the bar high.

How The #1 Car Club Software Can Make Your Life Easier

Wild Apricot

Car club software can save administrators lots of time while growing their club. Find out how car club management software can save you time and put you back on the road

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.26.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Millennials and Gen Z are joiners but only if they believe the ROI your association offers is worth the short-term sacrifice to their budget.

Blockchain for Associations

Spark Consulting

In the spring of 2018, I had the opportunity to attend one of my favorite conferences in the association year: digitalNOW. At that event, among all the cutting-edge content, I heard one word over and over: blockchain.

Associations Are Not Responsible For Hotel Rooms That Go Unused

Eric Lanke

A while back I wrote a kind of mini-series on this blog I called Paradoxes in Association Management , which I described as the counter-intuitive practices that we must embrace if we want to be successful. I'm not sure if this one really qualifies, but I'm going to try and frame it that way.

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The Importance of Cultural Artifacts

Jamie Notter

This week I spoke to leaders from a group of contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers about both culture and employee engagement. In the afternoon session, I was part of a panel that went for two hours (!), so it allowed for some interesting and more in-depth conversations.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 184: How Long Does it Take to Close a New Membership?

Moery Company

Your data should tell you. Tracking sales data is critical for association growth no matter the size of your organization. Host JP Moery found data tracking imperative to success when launching his 1-person business nearly ten years ago.

39 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2019

Wild Apricot

Here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in May 2019 that the internet has to offer

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… If you haven’t already, you must read New Member Engagement Study , a collaboration between Kaiser Insights, Dynamic Benchmarking, 12 research partners and 160 association professionals.

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Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

And if so, why? Blockchain for Dummies offers some qualifying questions when you’re trying to figure out whether blockchain is an appropriate solution for your association and for which projects: Do we need to track transactions that involve more than two parties?

The Carver Guide Series on Effective Board Governance by John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver

Eric Lanke

Back in 2007 I read Boards That Make a Difference , which lays out the Carver Model of Policy Governance in book form. This series is comprised of twelve short pamphlets, intended to be read by Board members, that explains and accentuates important portions of that overall Model.

Benchmark Data Are A Complete Waste of Time

Jamie Notter

Okay, not ALL benchmark data are useless, but they are when it comes to culture and employee engagement. In our recent book on engagement , we have a whole chapter dedicated to gathering the right data, and we make the case for basically ignoring culture and engagement benchmarking data.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 188: Why Solid Vision, Mission & Value Statements are Essential

Moery Company

Bottom line: Today’s associations must have solid vision, mission, and value statements in place to be effective in moving forward. These organizational tenets help guide strategic planning, new initiatives, goal development, and better define its value proposition.

Here Are All The Nonprofit Jobs for April 2019 We Could Find

Wild Apricot

Every month, we compile a list of nonprofit jobs within the United States. Whether you’re looking for a career change or looking to enter the nonprofit space, this list is a helpful way to keep track of nonprofit opportunities in your area

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… When I was in charge of getting a new AMS back at my old association, I had no idea how to approach selection and implementation. Even worse, I didn’t even know how clueless I was.

What IS Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

At it’s most basic level, blockchain is a ledger-style database. “Wait a second!” ” you might say. “There are PLENTY of database options out there. Why do we need ANOTHER one?”

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Risk and Reward

Eric Lanke

I think I've written on this blog before about the Technology Roadmap that my association maintains for the industry we represent.

Is Culture The Weak Link in Your Chain?

Jamie Notter

Take a minute and look at your organization from the 30,000-foot level. You’ll see that you have a number of key functions that need to be managed well if you’re going to thrive. Some of them are infrastructure functions, like financial management.

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Do You Know What’s Going On?

Moery Company

What is the best way to manage a situation when you think you are losing control or don’t know where things stand? Here’s a scenario: you meet with a potential new client, and you feel the conversation was great, but aren’t getting a response now. What is the best way forward?

Talkin’ SaaS Stats: Customer Success is Having a Moment

Higher Logic

Which begs the question…what took so long? It’s simple. Without customers, you don’t have a business. Without happy customers, you don’t have a successful, profitable, sustainable business.

Here Are All The Nonprofit Jobs for May 2019 We Could Find

Wild Apricot

Every month, we compile a list of nonprofit jobs within the United States. Whether you’re looking for a career change or looking to enter the nonprofit space, this list is a helpful way to keep track of nonprofit opportunities in your area

Consensus – The Association Leadership Challenge

Association Leaders

Consensus is a collaborative process by which decisions are made based on overwhelming agreement of a group. Ultimately a decision by consensus is one that everyone supports (or can live with). Associations are groups of people or companies with similar interests or in similar professions or industries.

Clarity Is Fleeting

Eric Lanke

I was on the road for much of this past week. I was attending one of my association's major workforce development programs in and around Denver, Colorado, but where I was and what I was doing is not really relevant for the purposes of this post.

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Small associations have big opportunities: benchmark report

YourMembership Blog

In a recent benchmark study, Community Brands set out to discover what’s going on behind the scenes at associations with small staffs (10 or fewer). What are their top priorities? Are they expecting growth? How are they preparing for the future? It turns out that associations with small staffs have opportunities to boost their use. The post Small associations have big opportunities: benchmark report appeared first on YourMembership. Industry News & Trends Membership & Marketing

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Three Traits that Differentiate Today’s Top CEOs

Moery Company

IStock/Credit:Rawpixel. For nearly 25 years, I’ve had the chance to work with and observe some of the best association CEOs in the business. Several traits differentiate the exceptional leaders – here are a few: First and foremost , the top CEOs have the best staff.

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What is a Social Business Model? 8 Companies Doing it Right

Higher Logic

Once upon a time, during the initial rise of social media platforms and online communities , people were aflutter about what these new developments would mean for their business.

The 1-Minute Guide to Getting a Website Security Certificate – For Free

Wild Apricot

Your custom domain could be missing out on website traffic and member registrations if you haven't secured it with an SSL certificate. This guide shows you why and how to get one