January, 2017

Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together

Higher Logic

We’ve been busy here at Higher Logic - last September we announced our spot as a Leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape : Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment, as well as our new investment and partnership with JMI Equity.

The 2017 Community Management List (What's In & What's Out)

Socious

I wonder what is was that convinced the last person using dancing palm trees on their website to stop in the late 90s or early 2000s. Was is feedback from their market, a grouchy boss’s comments, or an epic marketing fail?

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5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.

YourMembership Blog

#leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. As an association leader, you have a great case for going to Xperience 2017. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership.

29 of the Best Nonprofit Event Management Software Tools

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re looking to raise more money and make managing your events easier, here’s a list of 29 event management software tools that can help you out. It’s my hope that you browse the list and discover one or two new tools that are perfectly suited for your organization’s needs.

15th Anniversary Thank You!

Mariner

It started on a dare. Could we – a married couple with three sons to raise – open a business to create a new option for small, chapter based membership organizations and succeed? Heck why not? In January 2002, Peter and I opened the doors of Mariner Management.

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7 steps to select the right LMS for your association, part I.

YourMembership Blog

The following is a guest blog article originally published by Jeff Cobb of Tagoras, a leading expert in strategy, learning, marketing and technology to organizations in the business of lifelong learning.

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Four Things that Turned This Association’s Annual Conference into a Member Recruiting Machine

Wild Apricot Blog

For many associations the annual conference is the biggest event of the year. But, what many associations don’t realize is that the annual conference can also be their biggest member recruiter. Here's how one association uses its annual conference to add hundreds of members each year.

A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License. This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails. I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?

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Email Marketing Trends: What’s Hot in 2017

Associations Now

Long neglected as part of the communications conversation, emails have become more essential than ever in 2017. But the ground is still messy. Read on for some suggestions on to improve your email production workflow.

LEGO: Don’t End Your Community

Higher Logic

Is an online community ever too big to fail? Unfortunately, just like everything else, no. In fact, LEGO Message Boards (LMB), a vibrant online community for LEGO enthusiasts, is being permanently shut down and deleted this March.

Where are the YPs?

Spark Consulting

“How can I recruit young professional members if there are no young professionals entering our industry?” ” I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently, not least of which because I have a client that is in this EXACT situation.

5 learning tech trends for 2017.

YourMembership Blog

A snapshot from one expert of what associations can expect from learning management systems. At the start of every new year, Talented Learning CEO John Leh offers his take on learning technology trends to watch.

Seven Ways Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout

Wild Apricot Blog

Most people who join nonprofits find it hard to look after themselves. Here are seven ways top nonprofit leaders avoid burnout. From Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, coauthors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, described by Arianna Huffington as an “essential guide for nonprofits.”. Aliza-Sherman Beth-Kanter burnout nonprofit

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12 Advanced Google Tricks

SocialFish

Came across this awesome article by Larry Kim. One to bookmark! Implementation Industry Insider

4 Association Disruption Strategies

Potomac Core

The 2017 PWC 20th annual CEO Survey , fourth quarter domestic GDP numbers and the 2017 Conference Board Global forecast of 2.3% economic growth show just how challenging business conditions are for business decision makers.

Three Analytics Community Managers Need to Track

Higher Logic

When it comes to analytics and KPIs, it can be hard for community builders to know exactly what to focus on.

Will ‘Gen Z’ be a Generation of Joiners?

Associations Now

While most associations are plotting out recruitment strategies for millennials, membership professionals need to be thinking about a younger generation entering the workforce this year. Generation Z, it’s said, will be even more digitally savvy and globally focused.

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Association leaders, stop! 10 things not worth doing during the New Year.

YourMembership Blog

Editor’s Note: Elizabeth Engle, CAE; Mary Byers, CAE; Peggy Hoffman, CAE; and Shelly Alcorn, CAE provided these 10 tips for 2014 that are still useful as association leaders head into 2017. We’re hoping to lighten your load and not add to your 2017 to-do list.

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How to Get Your Customers to Sell and Market for You

Socious

You’ll easily pay $300-$500 for a new vacuum cleaner. That’s why, when I needed to buy a new one recently, I didn’t take the decision lightly. I spent over 50 hours researching vacuums online. I went to multiple stores, testing several vacuums as well as questioning the people selling them.

Hot Association Membership and Marketing Jobs this week – January 26

SocialFish

Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.

Five Reasons Your Sponsorship Prospects Ignore Your Emails

Wild Apricot Blog

Wondering why your emails asking for sponsorship aren't getting any responses? Chris Baylis, CEO of The Sponsorship Collective knows exactly why. Read his five reasons why your sponsorship emails are being ignored and what to do about it. cold-call sponsor emails sponsorship

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How to Engage Members Without Desk Jobs

Higher Logic

How do you engage members who don’t sit in front of a computer all day? If your community members typically sit at a desk most days, an online community fits more easily into their routine.

Associations Can Take the Guesswork Out of Membership Forecasting

Associations Now

You don’t need a crystal ball to see what the future may hold for membership recruitment and retention in your association. Here are a few strategies that membership pros have used to prepare for 2017. At the start of a new year, it’s only natural to plan ahead.

Stay relevant to your association’s members in today’s social world.

YourMembership Blog

An integrated online community keeps you in control. Associations face the constant challenge of making decisions about how to efficiently meet their missions and member responsibilities.

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Make 2017 a Home Run for Your Association: TPG's Not-to-Miss Association Learning Opportunities

Portage Group

Join our team for one or both of these innovative and interactive sessions in the coming weeks. Whether you are in Ontario or BC, these are not-to-miss opportunities to gain practical knowledge and tools about organizational transformation based on real-world examples of association change.

Introducing an Awesome New Podcast About Workplace Culture

SocialFish

So perhaps I am biased, as the Culture Chat podcast is my podcast I have started producing over at WorkXO, but it really is awesome and I want to share it with you. Here’s a list of the episodes so far.

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Beth Kanter's Blog

Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review , the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.

Building Inclusive Online Communities

Higher Logic

What would happen if you asked me for my email address and I told you it was jessicafish@aol.com? How might your perception of me be shaped by that one piece of information? What if I told you it was a gmail address? Would that draw any reaction at all?

Are Your Members More Tech-Savvy than You Think?

Associations Now

Recent ASAE Foundation research highlights the fact that a good chunk of your members—particularly your newer ones—are likely on the cutting edge when it comes to tech uptake. But just because your members are raring for more technology doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think it over first.

Create real value from 2017 learning trends.

YourMembership Blog

Let’s attack the hype machine in learning. It’s big, but easy to take down. In the education industry, we are notorious hype builders. We quickly herald the start of new trends as quickly as our digitally shortened attention spans enable us.

What Participants Expect From 21st Century Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

Everything we take for granted about conferences, and planning them, faces disruption. Participants from all generations and cultures increasingly expect conferences to mirror their work and personal lives.

2017 Social Media Cheat Sheet – Updated!

SocialFish

Tip o’ the hat to Matt Banner at OnBlastBlog. Thanks for sending this along! photo credit ). Content Strategy Cool Social Tools Implementation Potluck

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.20.17

Reid All About it

Monday, January 23 is Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD). If your association has a community manager, I know you already appreciate him or her because your online community would likely fail without their attention.

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Four Community Newsletters You Need to Subscribe To

Higher Logic

Where do you turn to for information? Community management is a growing industry, with more resources than ever before - but sometimes it can be hard to find the golden nuggets within the ever increasing sea of content.