September, 2022

12 Practical Ways To Engage and Retain Members in Today's World

Wild Apricot

Your association’s members go through many steps in their membership journey before signing up. This journey can be long (and often expensive) which is why associations think carefully about what steps they can take to retain the members who. membership


Increasing Member Engagement through Technology Part 1

Association Adviser

In the fast-paced environment we live in, creating engagement among your members through technology can be one of the most beneficial endeavors for an association.After all, it’s your members who interact with your digital platforms every single day.


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4 Signs It’s Time to Streamline Your Association Tech Stack

Higher Logic

The post 4 Signs It’s Time to Streamline Your Association Tech Stack appeared first on Higher Logic. Ever have that sinking feeling you’re falling behind in using the tools necessary for effective, modern association communications that keep you competitive? .

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Aligning Your Venue Space, Content, and Experience Goals

Aaron Wolowiec

You’ve just begun digging into the planning process for your organization’s next event. The venue contract was signed months (or even years!) ago, and you’re beginning to align the existing components of your event within the contracted space grid.

Create Engaging Scenario-Based Training on ANY Budget

Speaker: Tim Buteyn - President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

In this webinar, Tim Buteyn of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions will explore how to optimize learner engagement with scenario-based training. You'll learn what makes up scenarios, how they benefit the learner, and why this is important to your organization. You'll also dive into real-world examples across a wide range of budgets and look at how typical training content can be completely transformed.

4: Five Ways NOT to Brainstorm

Spark Consulting

The 4th most popular blog post on the all-time top ten list is an unexpected entry: Five Ways NOT to Brainstorm. Written almost exactly eight years ago, it was intended to be funny and a little silly – mostly.

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28 Super Engaging Ideas for Giving Tuesday, from Campaign to Marketing

Wild Apricot

Ah, Giving Tuesday. This international day of giving is a nonprofit’s dream, but there sure is a lot of competition with other organizations! In order to make Giving Tuesday your most profitable day of the year, it’s so important to get. fundraising

The Next Definition of The Board’s Duty of Foresight

Association Adviser

With the arrival of T20s Day 1000, our community enters a transitional space within which boards, their staff partners, and other contributors must determine together how they will guide their organizations through the rest of this turbulent decade.

Quick Wins You Can Get When You Adopt Higher Logic Thrive Platform

Higher Logic

The post Quick Wins You Can Get When You Adopt Higher Logic Thrive Platform appeared first on Higher Logic. We recently announced the launch of our new product for associations – Higher Logic Thrive, the member experience platform.

Breaking Down the Many Faces of Meeting Software (in VR)

Aaron Wolowiec

Pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tools for business communication. Now we live in a remote-first society that demands better ways of connecting online. Here we explore what Virtual Reality is, and the many forms that it comes in to help us connect with others remotely

Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

Curiosity with a Purpose

Spark Consulting

As Zora Neale Hurston described it: Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. When you’re sponsoring a research study, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what method(s) to use. What are your choices? Quantitative v. Qualitative. Primary v.

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Digital Strategists, Innovators, and Drivers Build a Relevant Future


Remember Blockbuster? Technology eats business models for breakfast. In 2016, I wrote a post titled, “Could Membership Organizations Become a Dying Model?” This article still has a top slot in my site’s analytics. It seems the question isn’t settled.

Giving Tuesday 2022: Everything You Need to Create a SMASH Campaign

Wild Apricot

If you want to crush your nonprofit’s annual fundraising goals, look no further than Giving Tuesday! Aside from December 31st, Giving Tuesday is the most charitable day of the year. With a simple hashtag and some marketing creativity, you can. fundraising

Is Your Association Leveraging Promotional Video to Solidify Relevance?

Association Adviser

For associations wanting to engage existing members, reach new members and partners, and solidify their position as a thought leader, video can serve as a highly effective and important vehicle to share their message.

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Authentic eLearning Localization: Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

People prefer to learn in their native language, so localizing eLearning helps genuinely engage learners and gives them that much-needed sense of inclusion. In this exclusive webinar with Chris Paxton, learn how to ensure that authentic translation and localization work for your organization!

How Technology’s Past and Present Will Affect Future Member Experiences

Higher Logic

The post How Technology’s Past and Present Will Affect Future Member Experiences appeared first on Higher Logic. A recent episode of the Member Engagement Show podcast featured a discussion on how technology, or the lack of it, shapes the member experiences associations provide.

Gardian of the Month: Ahliba Toffa

Aaron Wolowiec

Ahliba Toffa is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, her go-to networking tip, the resource she can't live without and a little-known fact about her

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Labor Day-inspired ideas to strengthen and grow your union


Labor Day is an ideal time to reflect on ways to prepare your union for a bright future. . Read on for three ideas to help strengthen and grow your organization. The history of the labor movement in the U.S.

Tiny Shifts in Environment Radically Impact Engagement

Smooth The Path

Wedding DJs should probably become psychologists, but that’s a story for another time. A wedding DJ was setting up for an outdoor gig when my dad and I happened to stroll past.

Localization: Revolutionize Your Global Content Strategy

Speaker: Zak Haitkin, Localization Manager

From broad communication to eLearning and virtual content distinctions to understanding the unique cultural nuances of a new demographic, there are many factors at play when it comes to localization projects at scale. Join this webinar with localization manager Zak Haitkin to dive into the details!

Creating Capital Campaign Gift Range Charts: Tips & Example

Wild Apricot

If you’re planning a major campaign for your organization, there are a few essential resources you’ll need on hand to help guide the process and give your team a clear view of its trajectory and goals. If we had to choose the very most

Make the Most Out of Your Association’s Website: Leveraging Landing Pages and Best Practices for Marketing Success

Association Adviser

Whether your association is using association management software (AMS) for web development or not, there are plenty of challenges in managing an association website.

Why practicing data hygiene can benefit your association staff and members

Nimble AMS

According to the Community Brands 2022 Association Trends Study, over half of association professionals say investing in business intelligence and data analytics is a top priority, yet only one-third would rate their organization’s data as excellent or very good.

How the Questions We Ask Effect Our Work

Aaron Wolowiec

Often as facilitators we create questions to get to a particular outcome, to the extent that it guides the conversation in a narrow direction.


What AMS Vendors Don't Tell You About Implementation

AMS vendors often boast about proven implementation processes. And while yes, the right strategies are imperative, they are also not enough. Discover 3 often-overlooked requirements for successful AMS implementations by downloading!

What your membership-based organization should know about engagement scoring


Gauging member engagement can help you improve interactions with your members. . Here’s what your organization needs to know about member engagement scoring. Drive explosive growth for your organization with engagement scoring. Get the guide.

Embracing and Engaging Young Professionals


Our annual survey of association professionals reports repeatedly that a common concern is the increased pressure to recruit young members. The bulk of the workforce is made up of Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers, and Gen Z is not far behind.

The BEST Online Payment Processing for Nonprofits: Our Top 18 Picks

Wild Apricot

The BEST Online Payment Processing for Nonprofits: Our Top 18 Picks If you want to collect donations online (and you do!), you’re going to need an online payment processor. Payment processors are a key piece of setting up your online payment. website-and-technology

Technology 101: Revisiting Your Association’s Options and Goals

Association Adviser

Technology has come a long way in the past few decades, completely transforming the business landscape. Proper use of technological tools and services is no longer an optional route for associations.

Here's How to Write an Effective New-Member Welcome Email

Welcome emails have an incredibly high open rate (50-60%). Read here to learn tips for taking full advantage of your valuable, one-time opportunity to reach new members.

Leverage your online community for maximum member engagement and loyalty

Nimble AMS

Your members want to connect. The Community Brands 2022 Association Trends Study reports that the first reason members join associations is to network, and the sixth is to socialize. Is your association maximizing the reach of your online community?

Member Engagement Needs to Evolve

Smooth The Path

Early in my career, I remember everyone in the corporate office I worked in took a lunch hour. People went out to eat together, went for walks, and a core group met to chat every day in the cafeteria.

You Can’t Run an Obstacle Course in the Dark


When you look at our aggregate culture assessment data, the lowest scoring marker is Agility (average score of 3.52, compared to the overall average of 3.69). We see this a lot with clients as well.