December, 2016

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Association Management

We’re fortunate at Virtual to be in a position to support many worthy causes in the Boston area.

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How Much Does an Event App Cost?

Socious

If you’re considering creating a mobile app for your members, you’re not alone. There are roughly 2.2 million apps in the Google Play store and close to 2 million in the Apple App Store.

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Richard Millington on Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Community’s Big Wins

Higher Logic

Is your community stuck? Or, worse, is it stuck and you don’t even know it? Richard Millington’s Super Forum breakout session was about just that - figuring out if your community is stuck and, if so, how to successfully move on. How do you spend your time?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.9.16

Reid All About it

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …Christmas, Hanukkah, frosty nights, comfort food, warm fires, cozy slippers, wool sweaters, and ASAE Tech. One of those things doesn’t belong, you say? Well, it does in my world and the world of my fellow association tech geeks – you know who you are.

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What Really Worked in 2016?

Spark Consulting

Beth Brodovsky, who hosts the Driving Participation podcast (and if you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for?) recently asked a bunch of her former guests this insightful question for a year-end episode.

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Yes, We Opened That Can of Worms

Higher Logic

It’s fun talking about community strategy at the 50,000 foot, theoretical level, but sometimes you need to dig in and ask the nitty gritty questions. At Super Forum 2016, Higher Logic’s team of six community managers did just that in a two part break out session, “Let’s Open a Can of Worms.”

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.2.16

Reid All About it

‘Tis the season for ASAE Tech exhibitor emails. If you’re going to the ASAE Technology Conference, like me, and agreed during registration to receive emails from exhibitors, then you’re probably getting several of them a day.

What Will 2017 Hold?

Spark Consulting

Aptify set out to answer this question, at least for associations, in their recent e-book: Top Association Management Predictions for 2017.

5 questions to better market your career center.

YourMembership Blog

Nothing promotes a career center like putting relevant, niche jobs in front of professionals. When it comes time to look for a new job, professionals turn first to associations, which are among the best places to start.

10 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right CMS for Your Association.

Vanguard Tech

It could be argued that the content management system (CMS) is the most important element of your site. Sure, having a credible and professional association website is paramount, too, but an efficient CMS is a bedrock upon which you can build stellar digital experiences.

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3 Things Your Conference Attendees Want to Do on Their Phones [Research]

Socious

77% of people say that when they’re attending live events they often (or always) use their smartphones for business. Another 13% say they sometimes use their smartphones, while only 10% say they rarely or never use their phones. That means that 90% of your event attendees are on their smartphones.

Meet Your Community Manager: Will Machin

Higher Logic

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.2.16

Reid All About it

‘Tis the season for ASAE Tech exhibitor emails. If you’re going to the ASAE Technology Conference, like me, and agreed during registration to receive emails from exhibitors, then you’re probably getting several of them a day.

Stop Calling It Failing

Eric Lanke

At my association, we set goals every year. Some of them we're pretty sure we can achieve and others seem a little more far-fetched. I typically don't shy away from those "stretch" goals, but you do have to be careful that you don't pile too many of them on top of each other.

‘A’ is for automation: how a simple word can change your world.

YourMembership Blog

Association auto-renewal + advanced reporting automation enables engagement + retention. As associations become more and more data-driven, the need for automation and efficiency is even more critical.

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23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Start 2017 with a boost to your professional skill set with some free education. Each month we compile a list of the best free nonprofit webinars for you to attend. This month's webinars feature online fundraising best practices, software training, and how to find new donors this year. training Education webinars nonprofit free

4 Things To Do Before Starting a Blog Program in Your Customer Community

Socious

You did all the work. When you started your customer community, you created the content, wrote the blogs, and encouraged your customers and prospective customers to join. It was all on you. And to some extent, the pressure will always be on you and your business.

Who Is Ruling the Community?

Higher Logic

People! Let’s talk about the moving mechanism behind the community. It may sound excessive to say that community is about people, because we all know it to be true.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.9.16

Reid All About it

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …Christmas, Hanukkah, frosty nights, comfort food, warm fires, cozy slippers, wool sweaters, and ASAE Tech. One of those things doesn’t belong, you say? Well, it does in my world and the world of my fellow association tech geeks – you know who you are.

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My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Eric Lanke

As we end another year, here's a look back at the five posts on this blog that received the most page views in 2016.

’Tis the season for product roadmaps.

YourMembership Blog

Here’s where YourMembership is headed in 2017, and beyond, to drive more member engagement + increase membership for forward-thinking associations. Around this time, everyone is eager to learn what the New Year will bring. YM customers and partners are no different.

How This Mother Grew her Nonprofit 300%

Wild Apricot Blog

A few years ago, Sarah Rintamaki noticed her two-year-old struggling to speak. Sarah’s long and lonely search for help inspired her to found Connecting for Kids, an organization devoted to helping mothers like her quickly find the education and support they need. Although Sarah had no experience building a nonprofit, she did have one thing that helped her grow Connecting for Kids over 300% from 2012 to 2015. Read this post to discover Sarah’s secret behind this phenomenal growth.

5 Must-Haves for Your Mobile Event Experience

Socious

I hated the last event app I used. Every time I opened it, I had to sign in all over again. It didn’t save my login information, so I had to manually type in my email address and password multiple times a day. Customer Engagement Conference Management Mobile Strategy Event App

Know Your Audience: Create a Community Editorial Calendar

Higher Logic

Content creation - and managing user generated content creation - is a big part of being a community builder. But how do you manage your content in an organized way that increases engagement?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.16.16

Reid All About it

I believe. Who else is getting excited about Christmas? Now that I’m back from the ASAE Technology Conference & Expo , it’s time to get festive. Although, thanks to the good cheer of ASAE attendees and exhibitors, I’ve been feeling pretty festive these past few days.

The Busy Time of Year

Eric Lanke

Does your association have a "busy time" and a "slow time" of year? I remember it certainly felt that way when I first started working in association management. Then, the busy and slow cycles were tied to my association's Annual Meeting.

Solving real-world problems through learners.

YourMembership Blog

No matter your politics, our country needs associations. The challenges are our industry’s to take. Collectively, we are at a pivotal point in U.S. history, and associations will be key to bring viable solutions to our country and its challenges. This is no lofty aspiration or illusion of grandeur.

A Helping Hand to Physicians: Groups Launch Anti-Suicide Effort

Associations Now

With suicide rates among physicians at a high level, and concern rising among medical students, a trio of groups has made resources available to physicians who might be dealing with stress or burnout. The medical world wants to open up a dialogue oa major problem affecting physicians.

Can Your Online Customer Community Be Fun?

Socious

How do you get people to join and return to your customer community? It’s one of the most persistent question in community management. There are many tactics, but one of the best ways is to ensure that customers enjoy themselves while they are in your community.

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Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)

Higher Logic

What makes a Harley Davidson motorcycle special? You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to answer this question - almost anyone can name something. Harley bikes have a distinct sound, look and feel. Even if you’ve never been on one, they’re an iconic part of American culture.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.16.16

Reid All About it

I believe. Who else is getting excited about Christmas? Now that I’m back from the ASAE Technology Conference & Expo , it’s time to get festive. Although, thanks to the good cheer of ASAE attendees and exhibitors, I’ve been feeling pretty festive these past few days.

The Happy Healthy Data Nerd: Using Your Personal Health Data to Support Your Wellbeing

Beth Kanter's Blog

I just published this piece guest blog post over at MarketsforGood about how nonprofit data nerds can use data to set some new goals for 2017 to become healthier – Enjoy. The passion that many nonprofit data nerds feel for our work is a double-edged sword.

How an Uncashed Check Led to This Association Tripling Membership

Wild Apricot Blog

In 2012, Kim Elliot discovered that a check she’d written never got cashed. This discovery would inspire her to take over an association that was struggling and turn it around, tripling its membership within the first two years. triple membership check kim-elliott growth

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Why Your Attendees Are Your Best Marketing Tools

Associations Now

Sure, direct-mail pieces and email newsletters can be compelling. But having your attendees market your conferences or events for you may be a sure-fire way to engage new audiences. One of my best friends came to visit me a few weeks ago.

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