September, 2023

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The Association Leader’s Strategic Guide to the Hybrid Work Galaxy

Association Adviser

Remote work is here to stay. That’s something we all can agree on, said 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting panelists Chip Flater of the American Counseling Association, George Rears, MBA, PMP, CSM, of Achurch Consulting, Mindy Saffer, LEED AP, of CRESA, and Erik Haas of designDATA. Where we go from here is to address the challenges […] The post The Association Leader’s Strategic Guide to the Hybrid Work Galaxy appeared first on Association Adviser.

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The Digital Horizon: Understanding ChatGPT for Associations

AssociationChat

It’s not like we weren’t paying attention to AI before ChatGPT. It’s just that generative AI, like ChatGPT, is different. Way different. And its capabilities have led to an onslaught of articles and chatter about the generative AI tech darlings Midjourney, DALL-E, and ChatGPT. What’s so different about generative AI? You know how every association is a nonprofit, but not all nonprofits are associations?

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8 Must-Read Newsletters for Association Leaders

Elevating Engagement

I’m delighted to be a part of this list of must-read newsletters for association professionals. If you like my newsletter feel free to share it with your friends and check out some other great newsletters below! - Amanda Lea Kaiser A version of this article was originally published by Lead Marvels. These are the newsletters association executives read to stay current on trends, insights, and opportunities for their organizations.

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The Real Estate of the Conference Namebadge (Part II: The Extras)

Aaron Wolowiec

Event Garde is a professional development consulting firm committed to lifelong learning—for ourselves, our community and those who attend the meetings we facilitate—believing in its ability to create well-connected leaders and to foster performance improvement.

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Increase Member Value with Modern Training Experiences

Unlock the potential of your membership association by prioritizing modern member training experiences. In this white paper, we discuss the infrastructure behind an excellent learner experience for members, and how a modern upgrade can turn into major retention gains down the road. You’ll gain insights from real-life examples and identify and address common UX blind spots that may be undermining your current training initiatives.

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Are People Becoming Too Busy to Engage?

Elevating Engagement

Yup, I know that I left you with a bit of a cliffhanger in last week's article. It was all about our societal challenge with busyness. Why do members tell me they don’t engage? Time. They are too busy. Well, that’s depressing, isn’t it? How do we have even a speck of a chance against something as big as time? If the people we want to engage are too busy, they are too busy.

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A 90-Day Guide to Tech Infrastructure Assessment for Your Association

AssociationChat

One of the things that I hear from association execs when we start talking about technology needs is that they don’t know where to start. Their quest begins with an attempt at a list of tools collected by IT on a spreadsheet. This is often accompanied by an uncomfortable growing awareness that there is some tech – large, looming, possibly grotesque in their psyche – that they need to budget for.

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The Latest Association Community Benchmarks

Higher Logic

The post The Latest Association Community Benchmarks appeared first on Higher Logic. Higher Logic’s 2023 Association Community Benchmark Report is now available! Compare your association’s community activity and engagement performance for actionable insights. The post The Latest Association Community Benchmarks appeared first on Higher Logic.

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25 Free Skill-Building Webinars for September 2023 

MemberClicks

Every month, we compile the internet’s biggest list of free skill-building webinars. Thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners are always looking for innovative ways to adapt to the challenges of working remotely, all while trying to grow their skills and projects. The webinars below cover a variety of skills, news, and advice to help. Topics include business strategy and innovations, thought leadership,business practices, HR, TED talks, economy, renewals, eCommerce, and DEI.

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What is an online course?

Disciple Media

In today’s digital age, the realm of education has been revolutionized. Online courses, which were once supplementary to traditional education, have now emerged as a primary source of learning for many. These courses provide flexibility, accessibility, and a wide range of options for students worldwide. So, what’s the buzz all about? What exactly is an online course?

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Here’s a Powerful Marketing Tool Designed for Associations

Show the Benefits of Membership to Your Toughest Prospects. Download this FREE infographic from GrowthZone AMS, Why Join an Association, and start using it as your go-to recruitment and retention marketing tool. Post it on your website. Use it in sales presentations. Or use it as inspiration to create your own version. Infographics have power. They're a quick read.

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30 Post-Event Survey Questions (+ Why They Matter)

Wild Apricot

Looking for the perfect post-event survey questions to get feedback on your event? Here are 30 you can use as, well as some best practices for structuring your event survey.

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Why Your Association Should Get into the Microcredentials Business

WBT Systems

Given the demands any project puts on an association’s limited resources, there better be compelling arguments for pursuing a new line of business.

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Finding Data Insights: What Would You Do If You Knew?

Association Analytics

Finding insights and turning them into action is how associations stay relevant and valuable to members. And that’s what analytics is all about. Analytics sh.

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Association Brain Food: 9.22.23

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Event recordings. TopClass LMS reviews the pros and cons of recording an educational event from both the attendee and association perspectives. Make sure you go through this list before making any decisions about recording upcoming events. Gen Z education. At Business Insider, Charlotte Lytton reports on research about Gen Z and education.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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The Time Is Now

Spark Consulting

Climate change and sustainability are increasingly in the news and showing up as a key topic for the association industry. Association execs are realizing that climate change is not just a moral imperative, it’s a business imperative. To quote ASAE from their well-attended webinar on this topic back in May: “Either as part of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives or looking at impact and legacy, associations are increasingly grappling with the role sustainability plays in suppo

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Integrating a Community-Driven Approach through Targeted Engagement and User-Generated Content

Higher Logic

The post Integrating a Community-Driven Approach through Targeted Engagement and User-Generated Content appeared first on Higher Logic. Creating a loyal customer base requires a profound understanding of your customers’ needs, beyond the functionalities of your software. Here’s how to integrate a collaborative, community-driven approach through targeted engagement and user-generated content.

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How to Write A Donation Letter (+ Examples & Template)

Wild Apricot

Learn how to write the perfect donation letter by understanding the ins and outs of appeals, following simple best practices, and referencing these two stellar examples.

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Join the Coalition Supporting the Use of 529 Savings Plans for Association Credentialing Programs

WBT Systems

Higher education has been under siege for their expensive degree programs with questionable real-world ROI.

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5 Habits of Growth-Oriented Associations

We’ve identified the five defining characteristics of future-focused associations. Adopting these traits allows your organization to chart a course for long-term growth and success. Find out: Why some organizations are more adept at navigating and overcoming challenges facing all associations. The success formula for thriving associations, including a behind-the-scenes peek at some flourishing organizations.

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Making the Case for Analytics to Secure Your Slice of the Budget Pie

Association Analytics

Data-driven decision-making isn’t just a trendy phrase; it’s here to stay and essential for any organization’s success these days. Especially in associations, analytics can provide invaluable insights, guiding strategies and shaping outcomes. However, the hurdle remains: how do you convince the powers-that-be to earmark a slice of the budget for analytics?

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Association Brain Food: 9.15.23

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Must-read newsletters. I was happy to see Association Brain Food in Lead Marvel’s list of eight must-read newsletters for association professionals. Curated reading lists are the best, right? So, let’s move on to the rest of your weekend reading. Credentialing support.

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Membership Directory: Why Your Organization Needs One & How to Create One

EventMobi: Association Events

A membership directory is the #1 way to accomplish what your association does best: keep your members connected to one another and you. In this article, we’ll touch on what a member directory is, how it can help your association, what type of information should you include in a membership directory, how you can create one, and several platform options for you to choose from.

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How Informz Has Changed (and Using It to Transform Your Email Marketing) 

Higher Logic

The post How Informz Has Changed (and Using It to Transform Your Email Marketing) appeared first on Higher Logic. Informz (now Higher Logic Thrive Marketing Professional) has been the leader in email marketing for 20+ years. Learn how you can use it to automate and transform your marketing to engage members and prospective members. The post How Informz Has Changed (and Using It to Transform Your Email Marketing) appeared first on Higher Logic.

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How to Design a Seamless & Personalized Digital Donor Journey

Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio

The average nonprofit uses five or more different software platforms to create their donor’s journey, making the experience clunky and disjointed. If you want to design a magical online giving experience for donors, making their journey as seamless as possible is key. In this webinar with expert Tim Sarrantonio, you’ll learn the fundamental steps to create an immersive and personalized online giving experience for your donors.

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The Best Social Media Tools for Nonprofits in 2023

Wild Apricot

These top social media tools will help your nonprofit grow your online presence, all while saving time and money.

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The Pros and Cons of Recording an Event

WBT Systems

Recording an event—or not—is often an automatic action. Maybe your association always records educational events and shares the recording with attendees or sells it later. Or you rarely do because of the expense.

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The Power of Learning Analytics: Maximizing the Impact of Your Education Programs

Association Analytics

In the fast-paced world of online education, understanding the effectiveness and impact of learning programs is crucial for associations. By harnessing the power of learning analytics, decision-makers can gain valuable insights into learner behavior, course effectiveness, and overall program success. Let’s dive into how learning analytics can drive engagement, improve course completion rates, identify gaps in learning programs, and optimize the learning experience.

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Association Brain Food: 9.1.23

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Because I’m away most of next week at the Non-Dues-A-Palooza conference, Association Brain Food isn’t publishing next Friday, September 8. Hope to see you back here for the next edition on Friday, September 15. AI pulse survey. MCI invites you to participate in its AI benchmark survey , a 3-minute pulse survey about the integration of AI technologies within your organization and your members’ inte

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Virtual Training, Real Results: Exploring the Potential of VR in the Workplace

Speaker: John Blackmon - CTO, CAIO ELB Learning

Did you know that (VR) training is becoming more of a mainstream strategy in the eLearning Industry? This learning modality has changed dramatically over the past 2 years, and several organizations have proven it has better results than traditional eLearning - but why and is it worth it? Join John Blackmon, CTO and Chief AI Officer of ELB Learning, and creator of CenarioVR and Lectora, for an honest look at data points and common myths — including needing a camera to get started or a headset to