August, 2017

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Higher Logic

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day.

Energizing Member Engagement

Potomac Core

Driving Sustainable Industry Growth Helps Trade Associations Energize Member Engagement . With global economic uncertainty dominating most conversations, we’re learning that Trade Associations who drive sustainable industry growth are helping their organizations by energizing member engagement.

Membership 101: What IS “Engagement,” Anyway?

Spark Consulting

Association membership professionals, particularly in the last several years, talk about engagement A LOT. We want our members to be more engaged. We want to measure engagement. We want to score engagement. We want to reward engagement.

You Must Be Staff Driven

Eric Lanke

Last week I wrote about a presentation I would be giving at one of my association's major conferences -- a presentation on the work product of one of our technical committees.

Tips for Marketing (Online Courses) To Your Association Members  

Web Courseworks Associations

Associations and nonprofits share a marketing dilemma unlike traditional for-profit businesses. The target market and demographics for a business are centered around prospective clients and existing clients.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.25.17

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Amanda Kaiser (aka Smooth the Path) has partnered with Dynamic Benchmarking on the association community’s first benchmark survey on new member onboarding.

How to Be a Better Boss

Spark Consulting

A good friend of mine recently returned to the 9-to-5 office world after several years of freelancing while her kids were small, and she asked me if I had any advice about being a better boss, since she’s managing a team for the first time in several years.

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The Benefits of Being a Personify Partner

Web Courseworks Associations

Many of our customers use an association management system (AMS) as their system of record.

Moving the Goal Posts

Eric Lanke

One of the central challenges we face in our association is determining how we're going to measure success.

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How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

Higher Logic

Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky.

Data Driven Engagement

Potomac Core

Data Driven Engagement is the best bet for Associations seeking to accelerate member engagement. Getting and keeping members engaged will be even more challenging.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.18.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… It drives me nuts when I hear about associations that don’t give their employees a decent professional development budget. Short-sighted. Hypocritical too.

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11 Ways to Make Money on the Side Because Your Nonprofit Job Doesn't Pay Enough

Wild Apricot Blog

I’m just going to say it, lots of nonprofit professionals are overworked and underpaid. So what do you do when you love your nonprofit job, but it doesn’t pay the bills? Here are 11 gigs that can make you money on the side. Nonprofit-Job


American Board of Medical Specialties Conference

Web Courseworks Associations

ABMS , a prominent board of medical specialty boards, will hold its annual conference in Chicago, September 25-27. Healthcare professionals attending will include medical educators interested in professional development of clinicians.

Sticking to What You Know

Eric Lanke

It's hard for me to write about anything this week except the presentations that I'm going to give at one of my association's major conferences next week. Hard, because creating and rehearsing them has occupied an enormous portion of my mental life this week.

How to Improve First-Year Member Retention

Higher Logic

Retention is king. It’s vital to growth and sustainability as well as the success of new member acquisition campaigns. Because how valuable are new members if they stay for just one year? That’s what many new association members do. They join, pay their dues, and drop their membership a year later.

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Innovate or die? Wait, there’s a third way.

YourMembership Blog

These are exciting, yet challenging, times to run a business with models constantly disrupted all around us (see: Uber with taxis, Amazon with retail). We may now feel impending pressures to reinvent, innovate and/or transform in our fields and niches. These are part of the marching chants nowadays, and they’re accompanied with dire warnings: If. The post Innovate or die? Wait, there’s a third way. appeared first on YourMembership.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.11.17

Reid All About it

Look out associations, now that LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft, you can expect it to become a professional development and networking behemoth.

44 Free Nonprofit Webinars for September 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the internet's biggest list of nonprofit webinars. Here are 44 free nonprofit webinars for September 2017. webinars nonprofit-webinars


You Decide! Interactivity in New Media

Web Courseworks Associations

I recently wrote about my experiences presenting at FocusOn Learning 2017 (you can read about them here ). Part of my presentation pertained to branching scenarios, online simulations in which learners decide how to proceed in problem solving.

Giving Core Values Teeth

Eric Lanke

I heard a great way for organizations to give their core values "teeth" at a recent conference I attended.

How to Increase Nonprofit Website Traffic (And How That Translates to Revenue)

Higher Logic

Websites are par for the course. Your nonprofit probably already has one, but you may be leaving money on the table if you’re not consistently working on improving your website’s visibility. Just having a website isn’t enough.

#ASAE17: Inspiration found.

YourMembership Blog

As a first-timer attending the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo, where thousands of association leaders, staff and industry partners gather to share strategies, resources, solutions and successes, I was—in a word—amazed. I was amazed for a variety of reasons. First, the weather in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was pleasant and comfortable compared to the dog days. The post #ASAE17: Inspiration found. appeared first on YourMembership. Industry News & Trends ASAE

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.4.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… For the first time in several years, I’m not attending ASAE Annual. Instead, in case you’re dying to know, I’m heading to Massachusetts for a family gathering.

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

Beth Kanter's Blog

I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.

Content Curation & Association Education Strategy

Web Courseworks Associations

In the Learning & Development world there has been a lot of buzz recently around content curation and the skills associated with being a curator. National associations or “communities of practice” have been in the business of content curation for many years: publishing journals, books containing the community’s body of knowledge, and face to face educational sessions. Yep, museums hire curators to assemble artifacts to display and tell a story. Nothing new you say?

5 Steps to Create an Amazing Membership Website with No Technical Expertise

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's how to create an amazing membership website from scratch and without any technical expertise. membership website

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How To Start a Micro-Advocacy Program in Your Association

Higher Logic

What happens when you combine a passionate segment of your membership with opportunities to make a difference beyond the walls of your association? An advocacy program.

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A “can’t-miss” list for #ASAE2017 sessions.

YourMembership Blog

For thousands of association professionals traveling this weekend to Canada for ASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Canada means much more than Mounties. As always, the ASAE team has put together an action-packed agenda filled with informative sessions on a wide variety of topics designed to appeal to organizations of all sizes. And, while having too much. The post A “can’t-miss” list for #ASAE2017 sessions. appeared first on YourMembership. Industry News & Trends ASAE

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Got Chapters? Reason #1 to attend #AssnCEX2017


If you have chapters - geographic components of any form - join us. for a full day of conversation focused entirely on how to. LeverageChapters. We're calling it CEX: Association Component Exchange. The "We" is a group of curious component relations professionals with. hosts Billhighway and Mariner

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7 Steps for Finding Work/Life Balance While You’re Trying to Save the World


By Meico Marquette Whitlock. ——-. You’re deeply committed to your organization and doing whatever it takes to make life just a little bit easier for your members and the community you serve.

API Challenge Looks to Spur Scientific Enterprise

Associations Now

As part of its ongoing digital strategy, the American Geophysical Union is hosting an API Challenge to advance scientific discovery in the data community.

How to Use the Wild Apricot Membership App to Easily Run Your Organization

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re looking to manage your members on the go, you’ll be happy to know Wild Apricot built a membership management app for smartphones and tablets. Here's what you can do with it. Membership-App Mobile-App

3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

Higher Logic

Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users.