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Six tips for a successful membership drive

YourMembership Blog

Members are the lifeblood of associations – they help your organization fulfill your mission, not to mention, small staff associations report nearly half of their revenue comes from membership dues. Memberships propel your organization forward, so it’s no surprise that increasing membership is a top goal for many associations. Community Brands survey of small-staff associations. The post Six tips for a successful membership drive appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing

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Report: Nonprofits Excluding People With Disabilities

Associations Now

RespectAbility, a bipartisan group focused on inclusion for individuals with disabilities, says that bias is a key factor that puts disability-inclusive diversity on the sidelines at many nonprofits. Are nonprofits focusing enough on inclusion when it comes to individuals with disabilities?

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Associations Are Not Responsible For Hotel Rooms That Go Unused

Eric Lanke

A while back I wrote a kind of mini-series on this blog I called Paradoxes in Association Management , which I described as the counter-intuitive practices that we must embrace if we want to be successful. I'm not sure if this one really qualifies, but I'm going to try and frame it that way.

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How a 1-Person Comm Shop Can Execute a Killer Communications Strategy – Moery Webinar

Moery Company

Many associations say the #1 communications challenge is the struggle to relay their membership value proposition because they don’t have the bandwidth to execute. JP Moery knows the struggle is real but can attest to a successful strategic communications effort that can be led by a 1-person shop.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.3.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… View from our campsite in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness east of Phoenix.

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Influence Across America

Spark Consulting

Thanks to the generosity of my friend and colleague Ed Barks , I had the opportunity to attend Influence Across America: The Rise of State and Local Power and the Impact of Digital Media , a National Digital Roundtable panel event at the Newseum earlier this week.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 188: Why Solid Vision, Mission & Value Statements are Essential

Moery Company

Bottom line: Today’s associations must have solid vision, mission, and value statements in place to be effective in moving forward. These organizational tenets help guide strategic planning, new initiatives, goal development, and better define its value proposition.

Are Association Management Companies (AMCs) Jacks of All Trades or Masters of O-N-E?

Association Leaders

Remember the phrase “Jack of all trades and Master of none”? Some people think of Association Management Companies (AMCs) as just that – Jack’s of all trades but masters of none. That perception is simply not true. AMCs are Masters of One, not Jacks of All. In fact, the opposite is quite true. Association’s that hire their own employees as staff (especially small to mid-sized associations) tend to ask their employees to be more “generalists” in association management than “specialists”.

Here Are All The Nonprofit Jobs for May 2019 We Could Find

Wild Apricot

Every month, we compile a list of nonprofit jobs within the United States. Whether you’re looking for a career change or looking to enter the nonprofit space, this list is a helpful way to keep track of nonprofit opportunities in your area

Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

And if so, why? Blockchain for Dummies offers some qualifying questions when you’re trying to figure out whether blockchain is an appropriate solution for your association and for which projects: Do we need to track transactions that involve more than two parties?

Should You Give Trial Memberships a Shot?

Moery Company

IStock/CreditMichail_Petrov-96. I did a speaking engagement recently for a state organization and I received a great question about the value of trial memberships – a situation where you give a company a free membership for 6 months, or so.

6 Tips to Maximize the Success of Your Association’s Publication

Higher Logic

If your association is interested in maximizing the educational value its offering members, you might already know that having a publication is a great asset to your content strategy. Association members want to learn, and there are multiple different ways publications can support that.

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3 Popular Event Registration Hacks to Save You Time

Wild Apricot

With these 3 templates you can clone events (with registrants), import or export lists of registrants. It only takes a few clicks to use them - we show you how


13 Ways to Develop Expertise & Keep Up with Trends in Your Industry

WBT Systems

13 Ways to Develop Expertise & Keep Up with Trends in Your Industry. Read more about 13 Ways to Develop Expertise & Keep Up with Trends in Your Industry

Keep Your Contacts Fresh

Moery Company

It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but I encourage everyone to take a look at their contacts and see how many could be “stale”. Being in sales, you get so used to working through your usual list of companies and contacts that you may not realize how often those contacts can change.

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8 Reasons Your Customer Support Improves with an Online Community

Higher Logic

In today's global economy, you're no longer competing with just the businesses in your town. You're competing around the world, and you may offer similar products and services to half a dozen other vendors, maybe more.

April Update: How to Learn About Fundraising, Marketing & Management for Free

Wild Apricot

This month's newsletter covers the best free webinars on the internet, how to get an SSL certificate for free, and 3 new event registration hacks

When Your Annual Conference Conflicts with Summer Vacations: 2 Workarounds


Summer means many things: Pool days. Barbeques. Fresh fruit. And for many, annual conferences and meetings! But it also means vacation season.

What Did Your Organization Serve up for Breakfast This Morning?

Moery Company

If we know culture is the most important part of any successful business, what is your organization doing to create a positive and healthy culture? How much is your company spending on creating the culture they want? What are they spending in time? In money? In thought? In discussion?

Why Servant Leadership Is Making a Comeback

Associations Now

Today, everybody wants to feel like a stakeholder in an organization, and a new study suggests command-and-control leadership is obsolete. But strong execs still have a role to play. Leadership models come and go, but humility never goes out of style.

What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection


Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. But have you changed the way you select and implement technology?

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Why Associations and Online Learning are a Perfect Pair


Online learning initiatives are on the rise. Between advancements in different tools and the way we communicate, just about anyone can pretty easily create valuable, educational content to share. Really, though - spend just 5 minutes on YouTube and see how many “how to” videos you can find!).

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Young Association Members: Myths vs. Facts


Tweet. The greatest asset our country has is not oil or gold, but the minds of our young people.” – Irving Fradkin.

Curious About SMS Marketing? These Three Strategies Could Get You Going

Associations Now

SMS marketing has been around a while, and holds lots of appeal due to its higher engagement and relatively low cost. But adding text to your repertoire requires strategic thinking and careful timing.

The Carver Guide Series on Effective Board Governance by John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver

Eric Lanke

Back in 2007 I read Boards That Make a Difference , which lays out the Carver Model of Policy Governance in book form. This series is comprised of twelve short pamphlets, intended to be read by Board members, that explains and accentuates important portions of that overall Model.

3 Common Staffing Problems (And Solutions for Each)


A big part of management is finding - and keeping - great people around you. We’re talking great employees!

GSAE Raises Thousands for Host Cities through its Pay the Pig Raffle

Association Adviser

You might have had a pink piggy bank when you were a kid. But did you manage to stuff it with $12,000 – and then give every penny away? Through their signature “Pay the Pig” fundraiser, the Georgia Society of Executives (GSAE) has raised more than $12,000 since 2015 for charities beloved by the cities […]. The post GSAE Raises Thousands for Host Cities through its Pay the Pig Raffle appeared first on Association Adviser.

Understand Membership Culture to Improve Engagement

Associations Now

Your members create a culture that leaders and staff should understand and act on. One association executive, speaking from experience, explains how the nuances of membership culture drive member engagement and volunteer involvement.

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Problems with Association Membership

Association Success

Are you ready to create a new member onboarding program? This year I joined three associations and let two memberships lapse. Since I specialize in member engagement I paid special attention to each association’s onboarding and renewal messaging. One association sent a welcome email from the executive director inviting me to reply with questions. I did have questions so I wrote back but never received an answer.

How to Recognize Volunteer Burnout (And What to Do Next)


For most organizations, finding volunteers - time and time again - can be tough. And for that reason, many associations and chambers find themselves asking the same people (people who’ve volunteered before) to volunteer again. They’re engaged. They’re committed. They’re willing.

How Should Your Association Think About Reserves?

Association Adviser

What factors associations should consider when deciding what to do with reserve funds and when, or how much to invest in a reserve portfolio. The post How Should Your Association Think About Reserves? appeared first on Association Adviser. Features Revenue investments reserve portfolio study on Nonprofit Investment

Membership Hack: Microvolunteering for Content Creation

Associations Now

Your members can pitch in as content creators of social media feeds, newsletters, or blogs. These microvolunteering opportunities can help time-strapped members get involved. How to hack it?

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What is the Dollar Value of Member Engagement?

HighRoad Solution

One of the frustrating things about member engagement is that it’s such a vague concept. We know engagement matters, we know we need engagement, we know that we’ll lose members if they are not engaged. And yet, it's hard to say exactly what engagement is. member engagement