Sat.Mar 18, 2017 - Fri.Mar 24, 2017

Should you remove negative reviews from your community?

Higher Logic

You went out to dinner and had a horrible experience. What do you do? Many people would go to a site like Yelp and post about how the food was late, cold, and over-priced. Hopefully the restaurant either sees your review and apologizes, or a future customer decides to eat somewhere else.

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6 basics of member re-engagement: Part 1.

YourMembership Blog

This is the first of a two-part series from Real Magnet looking at best practices for re-engaging your association members. As an email marketer, your list of both members and prospective members is probably your most valuable asset.

3 Association Radical Transformation Strategies

Potomac Core

Are persistent growth challenges and global uncertainty opening different pathways for Trade Associations? In several instances, several Association CEO’s are utilizing radical transformation strategies to increase their relevance to the members and the industries they serve.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.24.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… The next time you find yourself procrastinating, take a moment to think about the task you’re avoiding. What’s its purpose?

Why You Should Be Measuring Community Vibrancy

Higher Logic

Charisma, drive, perception – all so-called "soft skills" essential in today’s workplace. Yet despite being widely known and valued, soft skills take a back seat to more defined skills like writing or expertise in Excel. Those are the skills employers use to grade your resume.

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45 LinkedIn Groups for Nonprofit Professionals to Network or Find Jobs

Wild Apricot Blog

There are hundreds of nonprofit groups on LinkedIn. Here I’ve segmented the top ones into the categories and written a few lines about each to help you decide which ones to join. networking LinkedIn-Groups LinkedIn


9 Tools to Address Various Aspects of Visual Marketing


Visual marketing has been growing steadily throughout the years now. These days readers expect to see visual content when they land on a blog post. Few people enjoy reading a wall of text. Content marketing will not work unless you engage in visual marketing. Here are a few tools to help you!

Report: Women Underrepresented in Cybersecurity

Associations Now

A new report found women in cybersecurity continually fight obstacles to their career advancement. But organizations can help eliminate them, says the leader of a women’s IT group.

Streaming services, HDTV and Chapters


What do trends in streaming services and TV purchases have to do with chapters? Well maybe we should say member components rather than chapters. And the answer is provide an important lesson


Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth Kanter's Blog

I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “ Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” If you are attending the NTC, please join us.

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25 (Cost-Effective) Ways to Thank Your Volunteers


As an association professional, you understand the importance of volunteers. They’re the ones that help your association function. They help out with events, administrative tasks, strategy on occasion - the list goes on and on. Simply put, they do a lot - and they deserve to be thanked!

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Opposing Forces: When Your Keynoter Has Different Views Than Attendees

Associations Now

What happens when your keynoter has a completely different position on an important issue than your attendees do? Take some lessons from the Magnet Schools of America’s decision to turn the stage over to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

What Your Volunteers Need to Be Happy


No, its not as difficult as you think! The ASAE Foundation Study on what makes a Mutually Beneficial Volunteer System illuminated a few points. Read the full report here.) The list: effective training and orientation, accessible volunteer.

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Attract With Content; Keep Them With The Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

The internet has made world-class content front, center, mobile and affordable—often free. Anyone can hear the best experts for free (or nearly free) on almost any device they own. Anyone can get thought leadership at their fingertips. And your conference audience does.

Hot association jobs this week – March 23


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.

Autism Group Lends its Expertise to Sesame Street

Associations Now

With help from the Autism Society of America, the Sesame Street cast will welcome a new character next month: Julia, a Muppet with autism.

Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros


If your annual meeting or event keeps growing, first of all, that’s AMAZING news! You put so much time and energy into planning that event, and the fact that people not only want to attend but are attending is huge.

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2017 Association Cyber Security Best Practices


Whether we like it or not, passwords are a part of our daily lives and the number of nefarious characters trying to get your data in 2017 will grow and threaten association cyber security. .

You can’t fix politics, but you can fix this


These are turbulent times, and I think many of us feel pretty powerless (no matter which side of the fence we’re on). So while we can’t fix politics (or maybe we can, but that’s a topic for a different kind of blog), we CAN focus on the things that matter to us directly.

Millennial Engagement: Lessons from a Successful Video Contest

Associations Now

Associations are constantly trying new tactics to engage the youngest generations entering the workforce. The Institute of Management Accountants did so with a successful video contest, which also boosted its Facebook reach by 500,000 individuals in February.

4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good


There are probably a number of reasons people join your association - for professional development, to network with other industry-professionals, to have easier access to job opportunities, etc.

Social Media for Non-Profits - Workshop slides

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the slides from my Mesh workshop - Social Media for Non-profits. Great opportunity? Colossal waste of time? The answer is YES. Social Media for Non-Profits Workshop View more presentations from Wild Apricot. social media training Social networking

Is becoming a mindful leader for you? Try this!

Leadership Solutions International

“I wish I could be more present.” Sarah responded. The demands of my job are too great these days. I don’t even have time to breathe.” she went on to say. Do you have the same wish as Sarah? Leading today is not for the faint of heart.

Thursday Buzz: One Way to Respond When Celebrities Criticize

Associations Now

When one association professional heard a celebrity denigrate her industry, she decided to confront him one-on-one. Also: Check out the “Global Meetings Industry Day Anthem.” ” How would you react if a famous person inaccurately critiqued your association’s field?

5 Elements Your Association Homepage NEEDS


We talk about membership websites a lot - how to make them engaging, how to attract people to them, how to get those same people to return, etc. But while all of those “how-tos” are important, they can sometimes require a bit of work. That’s why today, we’re focusing solely on the homepage.

Specific Strategies To Take Your Conference Full Frontal!

Velvet Chainsaw

You can make your conference the purple cow of all conference experiences. That is if you want to be seen as unique and different. So how do you do that? By creating conference experiences that help your participants think smarter! This means designing conference experiences that go full frontal !

Most Associations Are not Solving the Problems of Long-Time Members

Smooth The Path

My husband and I spent a week inside of Grand Canyon National Park. I recall a ranger saying most visitors average an 18-minute peek over the rim and then they are off to the next site to see. While a week visit is unusual for a National Park, it is not uncommon for us.

911 Outages Show Need for System Upgrades, Group Says

Associations Now

Accessibility Challenge The failure of many 911 systems to stay up to date has also created an accessibility problem: Many such systems are difficult for functionally deaf Americans to use, Mother Jones recently reported.

Is the LMS DOA?

Blue Sky eLearn

If you’ve encountered references to the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report, you might think it is.

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Take Your Conference Full Frontal

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s time to take your conference full frontal! No, not a full frontal lobotomy. Nor a behind the scenes look at the private parts. It’s time to challenge and encourage your conference stakeholders to focus on engaging their brains at a higher level.

Thomas Edison Can Teach Associations About Innovation

Smooth The Path

The Thomas Edison National Historical Park features Edison’s laboratory complex much like it was when he died in 1931. While it was darker and grittier than the research and development labs to come after it, his was the model for the R&D lab of today.

Why People Aren’t Opening Your Emails

Associations Now

Over time, you might find that your users “check out” of your marketing emails—even letting entire accounts go dormant. That’s a problem, obviously, and email deliverability concerns are definitely one aspect of it, but the real issue could be more foundational.

6 Steps to Implementing a New Marketing Automation Tool


So, you’ve watched a handful of demos, got buy-in from key stakeholders, and you’ve made your decision on new marketing automation software: congratulations! Now you’re ready to get up and running with your cool new tools. Not so fast. Next comes training and implementation.

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How to Decide If Joint Membership is Right for Your Association and Chapters

Chapter Chat

The joint membership model is becoming more popular with associations , according to Peggy Hoffman, president of Mariner Management & Marketing. In fact, 31 percent of the associations that participated in Mariner’s 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Report require joint membership.