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Association Email is Dying

Smooth The Path

Email is ridiculously important to the health of our association because at most associations email is by far the most used channel to communicate with our members. But email is in trouble! I am not going to address deliverability (although that is a problem).

AMS/LMS integration blueprint: Create efficiency, enhance experience, bridge the gap.

YourMembership Blog

Perhaps one of the most important features of a learning management system (LMS) is its ability to integrate with the heart of your operation—your association management software (AMS) system. The handshake between these two systems, and the seamless exchange of data between them, can mean all the difference in how your association is able to. The post AMS/LMS integration blueprint: Create efficiency, enhance experience, bridge the gap. appeared first on YourMembership.

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The Top 3 Things Holding Your Workplace Culture Back

Jamie Notter

Awesome cultures seem to be the exception, not the rule. That means most of us are on the outside, looking in—wishing that we had an awesome culture like Zappos, Netflix, or the organization next door that keeps making the “best places to work” list.

Looking to Replace Your Sales Team? You Should take a Second Look - Moery Company

Moery Company

I’ve been around a lot of execs these last few weeks and some of those folks are looking to make major changes to the sales structure in their organizations. Before taking action, I hope associations consider we are virtually at full employment.

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A High Performing Lifestyle for Professionals On The Go

Aaron Wolowiec

Why is it so hard for people to connect the dots between health and performance? Isn’t it obvious? If we live better, won’t our life be better in every way? Our work life, home life, relationships, family, etc


Transforming a Challenging Board/Staff Relationship

World Class Boards

Challenges in board/staff relationship generally arise from three types of board engagement: disengaged, over-engaged, or engaged in the wrong way. Let’s look at each area, then explore key strategies for overcoming the challenges presented. Disengaged.

4 talking points to justify membership management software

YourMembership Blog

Are your strategies limited by your technology? With the right technology, you can keep track of member activities and assess critical metrics to know when your member engagement practices gain traction and increase membership. You know this, but you must now convince your board. You must communicate how to balance the cost of doing nothing. The post 4 talking points to justify membership management software appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement

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Gardian of the Month: Karel Wagner

Aaron Wolowiec

The Gardian of the Month is Karel Wagner, Instructional Design Learning Consultant at Prime Therapeutics


How to Master Infotainment in Your Digital Content

Higher Logic

Have you ever come across the expression: “content is king”? Of course you have – most of us have seen this a lot in the last few years (because it’s true) and that probably won’t change any time soon.

A beginner’s guide: Migrating your association to AWS.

YourMembership Blog

As we continue to see global data breaches, an increase in the frequency and sophistication of malicious attacks, and continual shifts in security compliance standards, YourMembership has decided to partner with the leading cloud service provider – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – to host our application and supporting services moving forward. What is AWS? The post A beginner’s guide: Migrating your association to AWS. appeared first on YourMembership. Technology Tech Trends

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 134: Customizing Membership and Sponsorship Sales, with Jordan Weiss - Moery Company

Moery Company

Host JP Moery welcomes to the show for the first time – Moery Biz Dev Manager, Jordan Weiss. A specialist at revamping association legacy programs, Jordan has developed a customized approach for two very distinct client groups – membership and sponsorship sales.


Nonprofit Experts Elizabeth Engel and Sohini Baliga Tackle Your Tough Questions on Growth, Fundraising and More

Wild Apricot Blog

Last month, experts Elizabeth Engel and Sohini Baliga presented a free webinar titled, "Steal These Ideas: 3 Growth Strategies From Top Fundraisers." Unfortunately we ran out of time during the Q&A period, but luckily Elizabeth and Sohini wrote down all the extra questions. Here are their answers

What Associations Need to Know About GDPR Compliance

Association Adviser

What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the primary law regulating how companies protect EU residents’ personal data.

One Size Does Not Fit All: The Value of Membership Levels


We live in a highly personalized, customizable world. Your members (and prospects) are used to paying for the products and services they want, while cutting out those they don’t. Take TV for example. Recent studies have shown that the average American household receives about 189 channels, but watches only about 17. That’s a lot of channels to be paying for that you don’t actually watch. The result?

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How to Make Your Online Community Your Most Valuable Member Benefit


The transition into the digital space has created both an opportunity and a challenge for members and associations. With in-person or other physical elements traditionally providing value to their membership packages, defining member benefits in the digital sphere isn’t always a natural step.

What if Your Association’s Conference Moved Online?

Smooth The Path

“What if your association were an app?” ” Mary Byers asked us this question during Tuesday’s Association Chat. The question she asked is a relevant question for you, your staff, and for your board.

Keep Your Eyes Open: Unorthodox Learning

Association Success

Sometimes the greatest lessons come from the most unexpected places. Learning is everybody’s job. Five or ten years ago, people at work might have thought, I’m just a cog in the wheel, done their job, and survived. However, that attitude is not viable today.

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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association


If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25. Now we don’t want to add more stress to your plate, but if this is a topic and regulation your association has been grappling with, allow us to help.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Associations. Take the 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey

Association Adviser

Like the ocean, the association community is always in motion. Novel ways of communicating with members develop while outdated channels fade away. New generations of potential members arrive on the scene eager to participate but with communication preferences different from the old guard.

Frank Kenny Part 2: Social Media Relationship-Building


Leveraging social media is a great way to open a dialog and grow your organization’s relationship with its members. See Part 1 of Social Media Relationship Building with Frank Kenny.

New Leadership: An Opportunity to Sharpen Your Association’s Brand

Association Success

New leadership can be a pivotal moment for an association. The initial focus of a new leader sets a precedent for the era ahead and can be a great opportunity to add new life to anything that has become stagnant, including the association’s brand.

Before and After: Associations Futures

Idea Architects

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Protecting Critical Association Revenue Streams: Managing the Risks of Event Cancellation Insurance

Association Adviser

In many cases, annual conventions and trade shows represent the most significant revenue-generating opportunities of the year for associations. These special events are of the utmost importance to any association that relies on this revenue stream. So what happen when unforeseen circumstances – such as inclement weather or communicable diseases – cause these special events to be cancelled or experience a dramatic decline in attendance?

Association Volunteer Week 2018


April 15-21st is Volunteer Week. Share this video to say thank you to all of the hard working volunteers that keep your organization running. /wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Volunteers-2.mp4. wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Volunteers-2.mp4.

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The Influencer Marketing Tool That Made All The Difference

Association Success

You've Been Hit By a Snöball! Building attendance for our virtual summit, SURGE 2017, presented us with an interesting challenge. The event was premised upon collaboration, and we were committed to the idea that the success of the summit would lie in the active participation of the attendees.

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Make a Splash: Promoting Your New LMS and Making a Great First Impression

Blue Sky eLearn

Your LMS is ready to launch. What’s next? Congratulations! You did it. You’ve finished the initial implementation of your LMS and are ready to go live. Now what? It’s time to announce your new learning platform and create some excitement while inviting your learners to check it out!

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Get Your Shine On: A Young Professional Roadmap to Fulfillment

Association Adviser

In “Get Your Shine On: A Young Professional Roadmap to Fulfillment” at the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting, panelists Genevieve Borello, Paul Leahy, Brittany Shoul and Jacob Wilder shared their experiences (so far) navigating the office and finding a meaningful work life. Below are some of our favorite tips and lessons learned from these young association professionals. Remember: You are your own champion; fight for yourself and be the biggest proponent of your own work.

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Using Member Feedback Before, During, and After Your Event


Getting your members opinions will always be paramount to executing a successful event. But that feedback shouldn’t come into play only after the event is over! The real secret to using member feedback to its fullest is to be constantly talking to them about what they want to see - before, during, and after the event. Here are a few ways to gather and use member feedback that will grow event attendance and engagement, year after year! event planning Small Staff Chatter

New Article Posted: You Can’t Just Plan, You Must “Do”

Effective Database

There’s a book by David Maister, one of the preeminent consulting gurus, entitled “Strategy and the Fat Smoker: Doing What’s Obvious But Not Easy.”. The premise of the book is simple. Most of us know what to do (e.g., don’t smoke, eat better) but most of us don’t actually DO what we know should be done. I’ve found the same holds true for associations and how they manage data.

National Volunteer Week: Giving Back to Those Who Give

AMR Management Services

Volunteer members are critical resources in helping associations achieve their missions and serve their members. They devote time, energy, and expertise to move their organizations and professions

10 Benefits of Outsourcing Instructional Design for eLearning Programs

WBT Systems

Everyone knows “the way we’ve always done it” is not usually the best way to move forward. Yet, many associations continue to have staff and volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) design and develop online learning programs because that’s been the default mode of operation. To provide a more engaging and effective learning experience for your online students, consider outsourcing instructional design. What Instructional Designers Do.

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5 Tips to Boost Your Association's Online Fundraising Efforts 


With so much already on your to-do list, it can be a little overwhelming to start brainstorming new ways to increase your donation total from the previous year. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. How do you want to target your members AND their industry friends? What about targeting those folks outside of your industry? Or reaching out to business partners in your industry? How do you make your fundraising efforts seem sincere?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.20.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The third wave in education and training is here and it’s different than previous waves in the early 1900s and the 1960s.

Learning Solutions 2018 Recap

Web Courseworks Associations

I’m happy to be writing this blog post because it reminds me of warmer and sunnier days. I had the privilege of joining the ISD community at Learning Solutions 2018 in Orlando, FL this past March. My view at the conference. Now my view from work is several inches of snow!

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Five Things You Missed at Wild Apricot’s First User Conference

Wild Apricot Blog

Last week we hosted our first ever Wild Apricot User Conference as part of Personify’s Annual user conference, PersoniFest. The conference took place between April 8 - 10, in downtown Austin, Texas. Here are the highlights

Universal Membership Software Tips: Executing Events with Ease


Association and chamber events are an important piece to the member engagement puzzle. That being said, there is always a LOT to manage. That’s why we built your membership management software (whether that’s MemberClicks or WebLink) with the features to make managing events - large or small - a whole lot easier! No matter which of our products you use, these tips can surely help you out: event planning MC Insider

[Cool Infographic Friday] Women in Information Security


This is just a slice of data about a particular female role in tech in the corporate world, but I find this very interesting. Tip o’ the hat to SiegeMedia for the share and Varonis for the infographic. Photo by William Iven on Unsplash. Cool Infographic Friday Useful Data

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