Sat.Sep 21, 2013 - Fri.Sep 27, 2013

How long does it take to design an association website?

Vanguard Tech

It seems like I have this conversation about once a week: Me: Hi, nice to meet you. How can I help you change the world with a new website for your association? Client/Prospect: Hmm. Changing the world is nice. What I really care about is how fast you can design and launch my new site.

Association Marketing: 4 Ways to Promote Your Professional Association Wins

Association Management

I’m always amazed how many professional associations do great things and then forget to tell anyone about it. Your organization’s accomplishments shouldn’t be a secret. Good news is inspiring, and your audiences—stakeholders, association members, future members—will want to share in the moment.

To pay or not to pay?

Aaron Wolowiec

Photo courtesy of Not that long ago, interns were known as the coffee getters, copy makers and phone answerers. In other words, the grunt workers. Or office gophers, perhaps. Thankfully, those days are gone (for the most part).

Getting the Most Out of Your Consulting Partnerships

Spark Consulting

So you’re thinking about hiring a consultant. How can you make sure the resources you’re investing in the relationship are well-spent? First question to ask yourself: should you be hiring a consultant at all?

An Historic Debate: a lesson in content medium

YourMembership Blog

On this day in 1960, Nixon and Kennedy debated on television. This was the first time a presidential debate had been televised. Regardless of your political persuasion and thoughts on the candidates, one thing has been talked about in the 53 years since — presence.

Want a Cohesive Team? Focus on Individuals

Jamie Notter

We all want cohesive teams, and to get them, I hear a lot about shared vision. The leader is responsible for providing a clear vision for the team, and once everyone is on board with this singular vision, the team performance starts to flow. It’s awesome.

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Can You Cash That Check?

Eric Lanke

image source I was proofing some copy written for my association''s blog the other day and I came across the word "awe-inspiring." Now, in defense of the person who wrote it, we use our blog to talk about things that are new and exciting about the industry our association represents.

5 Colleges Using Social Media to Boost Student-Alumni Relations


Guest post by Maria Peterson, an early education specialist who writes about advocating for head start schools. ————— Many college students are willingly without a landline, but few are without their social media in the palm of their hand.

Book Review: Delivering Happiness

Jamie Notter

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. by Tony Hsieh. Business Plus, 2010. The online retailer Zappos is arguably the premiere poster-child for company culture in today’s business world.

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Are We Liable? Managing the Risks of Liquor


Welcome back to guest blogger Leslie White, CPCU, ARM, CIC, CRM, Croyden Consulting, LLC. In this excerpt, Leslie offers tips on the managing risks of serving liquor at an association event. What happens if someone attends your event and then causes harm to another or themselves?

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

What’s your leadership mindset: linear or exponential ? It’s important to embrace failure, sure, but don’t let that prevent you from doing your homework in the first place. Does increased social media use make people more unhappy ? More on shared CEO relationships from Associations Now. Member engagement: it’s complicated. Brand and culture: what you do is more important than what you say. You don’t “own” your members – they own you.

The Best Times To Post To Social Media: Introducing the Burrito Principle

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo: Mr. T in DC. Note From Beth: Next month I’m lucky enough to be doing the keynote at Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in San Francisco to share some ideas from my book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Nonprofit book award.

Conference Audiences Expect These Things [Updated]

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference audiences of days gone by were satisfied with the gathering of colleagues, a mediocre experience and a few useful tips. Today’s audiences are more demanding and sophisticated. They expect to learn practical and useful information that solves their individual problems.

8 Benefits Of Crowdfunding


Guest post by Camille McLane. ————-. Crowdfunding is becoming one of the great alternatives to a traditional bank loan or government grant.

Applying “Contagious Content” Framework To Non-profit Emails

Wild Apricot Blog

Can we apply the "six STEPPS to crafting contagious content" to non-profit emails? nonprofit blog carnival Non-profit Communications

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter's Blog

How To Identify Technologies That Matter

Velvet Chainsaw

Many of us are looking for the next, big, shiny new technology tool. Yet the noise about new technologies makes it very difficult to identify which tools really matter. The parade of new technologies and advances is persistent.

More on Content Strategy


I love decks related to libraries. I feel like they are totally relevant to associations. Check this one out, you’ll see what I mean. Besides which, it’s by the always awesome Hilary Marsh , who works with a ton of associations.

Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney

Association Leaders

Walt Disney is widely regarded as having been a great leader. Having never met Mr. Disney, I certainly cannot speak directly to that. However, the business he created is still thriving today – largely because of the ideals he instilled in his business and his employees. I read an interesting article about Mr. Disney and a book written by a long-time former employee and Disney executive recently. .

5 Examples of Non-Profits Using Cats…and a Dog in Content Strategy

Beth Kanter's Blog

Note From Beth: The cartoon above is from my book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” and was alluding to what I call the “ Cute Animal Theory ” that content performs better when you have a cute animal, a dog, a cat, or even a squirrel.

Improve Your Conference Lecture By Using These Questions For Peer Discussions

Velvet Chainsaw

Today, most conference audiences would prefer to engage in one-on-one peer-to-peer discussions than listen to another panel or lecture.

An Exciting New Approach To Content Marketing


What’s better, generalized content or content that is personalized to your unique circumstance – dumb question, right? It’s a no brainer that everyone would prefer tailored content.

Wild Apricot Software News September 2013

Wild Apricot Blog

How exactly do we handle suggestions from our users about product changes and enhancements? Here is a more detailed description of our current process

Lists As Part of Your Content Strategy: A Short List of Tips and Tools

Beth Kanter's Blog

Photo by Andrew Watt. I’m a list maker!

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Association Professionals And Conference Organizers: Embrace Curiosity To Avoid Stagnation

Velvet Chainsaw

In today’s rapidly changing world, if you are not moving forward, you are falling behind. Our challenge is to keep pace with the changing tides of our profession. To do that, you have to constantly learn, unlearn and relearn.

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SocialFish News


Multi-Chapter Benchmarking Survey Highlights & Infographic

Wild Apricot Blog

Highlights of our Multi-Chapter Benchmarking Survey and full infographic are now available in our Membership Knowledge Hub. Multi-Chapter-Benchmarking-Survey

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How Smart Associations Grow Membership

Association Adviser

Hank Berkowitz, Editor-in-Chief. As the old Groucho Marx line goes, “I wouldn’t belong to any club that would accept me as a member.”

Budget Benchmarking Drives Smarter Conference Spend Decisions

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s budget planning season for many meeting professionals. Many are poring over spreadsheets, as they seek out creative ways to do more with less. The burning question: What items can be trimmed without negatively impacting the attendee experience.

Why Aren’t Associations Creating Walking Billboards?

SCD Group

Back in October 2012, I posted Are You Using Identity as Association Marketing Strategy. Sitting in the airport last Saturday, I noticed a huge number of people wearing logoed clothing that identified themselves with their team, cause, city, company.

The Double-Edged Sword of “Young Professional”

Associations Now

Is the label “young professional” harmful or helpful? It probably depends on when and where it is used, according to a group of YPs who discussed its implications at ASAE’s NextGen Summit. At the end of the day, I don’t know that it matters what we call ourselves or what our associations call us. …

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40 Percent of Associations Reporting Membership Growth

Association Adviser

If you think people aren’t joining trade and professional associations these days, think again.

Organizing a Tweet-up

Cvent Association Tips

As fellow Cvent Blogger Liz King explained a few months ago , a tweet-up is a face-to-face get together of individuals who initially met on Twitter (or other social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+).

Think Before Changing Your Association’s Name or Logo

SCD Group

Rushing into a name change can create problems. I know. One of my associations changed its name (to broaden its reach) and lost its identity with its existing members! Back in June, I wrote Rebranding Can Cause Controversy for Associations Too.