Sat.Jan 09, 2016 - Fri.Jan 15, 2016

Changing Behavior and Creating Value

Higher Logic

What makes a community valuable? There are a lot of combined factors that create value, but a big one is member behavior -- how do people act when they’re in your community? Member interaction can tip the scales of your community in either direction, towards success or catastrophe.

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What will 2016 bring for associations?

Aaron Wolowiec

It’s a new year. New predictions. New trends. New goals. New successes. From memberships to learning to partnerships, software and services provider Abila just released its predictions for associations in 2016. Of special interest? Learning and partnerships. Note our new tagline – Learn. Network.

A Look Into the Future of Associations

Portage Group

What Do You Think Associations of the Future Will Look Like? Recently, Carol-Anne Moutinho of The Portage Group was asked the question. What do you think the associations of the future will look like?"

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Going Toe-To-Toe With Your Members

Eric Lanke

I had another experience this week that I would characterize as going toe-to-toe with one of my members. And that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's something I wish more association professionals could do. Maybe I should explain.

Your Community Platform Checklist

Higher Logic

Forrester predicted branded communities were going to be “the next big thing” in 2015. And they were. This growing interest in communities is centered around organizations’ need to facilitate collaboration and accelerate organic engagement with their constituents.

Announcing a Free Resume Critique Feature to YM Careers Platform

YourMembership Blog

YM Careers is excited to announce a new, free Resume Critique service for job seekers that will be added to the Career Center platform by January 31, 2016. This service is designed to make your Career Center even more valuable as a career development tool.

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Pitching Your Association’s Online Community Strategy: How to Overcome Common Objections


Whenever you are trying to do something innovative, you can rest assured there will always be haters. Most of them have the right intentions but many raise objections simply because what you are suggesting takes them out of their comfort zones and if it fails they don’t want tied to a sunken ship.

Moderation 101: 6 Tips to Help You Toe the Community Line

Higher Logic

Don’t underestimate good moderation -- it’s a skill that takes practice. And if you want strong engagement and robust discussion on your community, it’s a skill your community manager must have, especially at the beginning.

Do You Really Know What Drives Your Success?

Jamie Notter

I've made the point for some time now that your culture should, ideally, be aligned with what drives your success.

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26 Disruptive & Technology Trends


From Brian Solis. Oh and check out slide 27-28. 26 Disruptive & Technology Trends 2016 – 2018 from Brian Solis. ——— ( photo credit ). Featured Social, In Theory Industry Insider

How to Get Customers Hooked on Engaging in Your Online Community


If you have managed an online community at some point in your career, you know that the “member to engaged member” ratio is a pretty widely adopted metric throughout the online community space. You also probably know that that metric leaves a lot to be desired.

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The Key to Engagement -- Empower

Higher Logic

What’s the key to engagement? Empowered members. Customers and members often go to communities for information -- that’s great, and you want your community to be chock-full of awesome, valuable information. But that shouldn’t be the only end goal.

Don’t Abuse Self-Care at Your Nonprofit

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Annamatic3000.

[IMPORTANT] Support nonprofits using technology for social change


Technology can revolutionize social change. The opportunity has never been more apparent for nonprofits that the right technology tools and strategies can prove game-changing. But where can nonprofits access this information in this ever-changing digital world?

How Associations are Attracting Students to the Profession or Industry

Smooth The Path

We are finding that there are not enough new graduates to take the place of those who are retiring, particularly in highly technical fields.

When It Comes To Gen Y. Be Patient. They Will Join

Tom Morrison

Anyone over 40 years old reading this post, I want you to think about your early-to-mid 20's. Did you join anything? If you're like most, the answer to that question would be "no".

Resources and Slides: Ten Nonprofit Work Practices for Impact without Burnout

Beth Kanter's Blog

Yesterday, Aliza Sherman and I shared some insights from our forthcoming book “ The Happy Healthy Nonprofit ,” a work in progress.

The Who, What, and Why of Capital Campaigns

Wild Apricot Blog

Whether you’re a university fundraising for a new library or a nonprofit with a big, mission-fulfilling task on the horizon, you should consider a capital campaign. sponsorship Fundraising capital-campaign

Members Need Association Help When They Face Change or Start Something New

Smooth The Path

There are organization challenges and then there are personal professional challenges. Are our associations helping members with both? Our members tend to identify organizational challenges as: Rapidly changing government regulations. Negative public opinion. Increasingly competitive marketplace.

Conference Circuit: Ticket to Ride

Associations Now

Rundown Attendees: 800 plus. Exhibitors: 63. Learning tracks: 5. The International Ticketing Association’s 37th Annual Conference and Exposition is headed to Anaheim, California, next week.

My Birthday Wish: Support My Fundraiser for NTEN

Beth Kanter's Blog

Today is my birthday! To celebrate, rather than eat cake, I’m fundraising for the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Please consider donating to the fundraiser with colleague Cindy Leonard. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for 35 years.

Free Expert Webinar: 6 Steps to Transform Your Association's Culture

Wild Apricot Blog

Discover the leadership mindset required to drive positive transformation across your organization in this live webinar with John Mattone – a world authority in leadership training

New Beginnings are a Great Time to Reflect

Smooth The Path

It is officially 2016. Now that we are in the middle of the month we can’t deny it (I’ve been pretending it was still October, which was easy to do with the recent days of unseasonably warm temps here in Pennsylvania.). What do you have planned for 2016?

Tuesday Buzz: Dialect Society Gives Singular “They” the Thumbs-Up

Associations Now

By choosing “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year, the American Dialect Society gives the pronoun its official approval to be used in the singular form. Also: Does the quick buzz around Peach highlight social media’s rapid half-life? They chose wisely.

Resolve to Advance Your Career in 2016

Association Adviser

The five most-read articles about career-related topics included pieces about, internships, and maintaining a work-life balance. Did one of your favorite articles make the list? The post. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Conferences During Hinge Times

Velvet Chainsaw

We are living in a world of hinge time. Our conferences are planned to educate attendees for an era that no longer exists. The challenges our attendees face are vastly different from the ones of the past. Most of our conference attendees were educated on how to be right.

Doing Business in Singapore & Southeast Asia Briefing, Panel and Lunch – Feb 23 and 25


Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions of the world. Revenues of organizations based in this region have grown from 7.5% in 2014 to an estimated 9.3% in 2015. Only China has grown at a more robust rate. More growth for SE Asia is expect in 2016 and beyond.

Managing a Board Without Controlling It

Associations Now

CEOs have the tricky job of working with a board without taking leadership out of the board’s hands. One former executive and governance expert offers some tips on managing the balance. You’re a new association executive, talking to your new board chair. “I’ve

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Mandatory Member Dues

SCD Group

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week over mandatory union dues (also know as “fair-share fees”) for members and non-members. The case will impact any association – such as State/Local Bar Associations – having mandatory dues for all professionals within the profession or industry.

Eight Actions You Can Take to Implement Emotion into Content

Association Adviser

We focus on a new you at this time of year, but what about focusing on new content? Your readers are engaged with your content based on eight levels of emotion. Transform your content and connect. For more about this topic, click on the headline. Features Marketing & Communications AdWeek association communication communication content marketing FSAE member communication TSAE

So… What Do You Do Anyways?

Beekeeper Group

“So tell me, what is it you do exactly?” – Your Father-In-Law, Thanksgiving Dinner, 2015. If you work in advocacy or grassroots, this is likely a question you are asked quite often by friends and family that don’t schedule vacations based on the congressional calendar. And answering is not so easy.

Could An Early Career Certification Be Right For Your Association?

Associations Now

The HR Certification Institute just launched a new early career certification that helps the organization serve the entire lifespan of HR professionals. Research shows that credentials are valuable to associations.

Your Invitation to the 2016 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report

Membership Marketing

The questionnaire for the 2016 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report is now open and I want to invite you to participate in the research this year. The annual Benchmarking Report is the association industry’s most comprehensive study on membership marketing and gives you the opportunity compare your organization against almost 1,000 other associations. If you are a previous participant, please use the personalized link that you received in our email directed to you.

NCAA Schools Urged to Adopt Rule to Increase Coaching Diversity

Associations Now