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How to Communicate Member Benefits Effectively

Association Adviser

Associations have the ongoing job of retaining existing members and attracting new ones. Do this by showcasing the member benefits available to them. The post How to Communicate Member Benefits Effectively appeared first on Association Adviser.

Don’t Fear the G-word: Understanding Your Organization through Colorful Maps

Association Success

Mapping data can show you an aspect of your association that graphs, charts, and tables can’t. The words “geospatial analysis” sound intimidating. But let’s be honest: the ability to look at an organization’s work across the country or around the world is pretty powerful.

A Win-Win: How Associations Can Transform Sponsors into Thought Leaders, with Bob Buday

Moery Company

IStock: Credit_kasto80. Every association CEO’s #1 job is helping members be successful, whether they are companies banding together in a trade group or individuals convening in a professional society.

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40 Free Nonprofit Webinars for July 2019

Wild Apricot

Here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in July 2019 that the internet has to offer


Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.28.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… WBT Systems encourages associations to provide educational programs for vendor members —you may call them affiliate, associate, or supplier members, I like to think of them as industry partners.

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X Matrix by Darrell Casey

Eric Lanke

There’s a long subtitle here: “Strategy Deployment and Execution Process for Breakthrough Business Performance.”

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The Ultimate Guide To Picking a Nonprofit CRM + 5 Amazing Options

Wild Apricot

A nonprofit CRM is an essential tool for running a successful nonprofit in this day and age. Browse this list to make sure you choose the right one

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Is Succession Planning Important for Volunteer Leaders?

Association Leaders

One often heard piece of advice is when a person steps into a leadership role in business, the first thing they should do is find their successor. That’s very true for most companies. Is it true for associations? The short answer – YES. Think about the various leadership opportunities within an association. The Board of Directors, the Officers, the Committee Chairs, the Chapters (if there are any). It is critical that association leaders have planned successions for all leadership positions.

Customer Service Not Worth Emulating

Eric Lanke

A bit of a rant this week. On my most recent business trip, a staff member of mine rented a car for us. She is not a "preferred" member of the rental car company she worked with, so she had to stand in line and wait to be served. It was awful.

Tight Cultures versus Loose Cultures

Jamie Notter

Earlier this month I spoke to a small group of COOs as part of an event put on by CEO Update.

10 Amazing Gym Management Software Solutions That Save Time and Money

Wild Apricot

Gym management software can help eliminate and streamline administrative tasks from your workload to save you time and money. Here are 5 example gym websites to get you pumped, and 10 additional software providers

2019 State of Community Management: What Now? 5 Stats with Action Items for Executive Stakeholders + Community Leaders

Higher Logic

The data published in The Community Roundtable’s 10th Annual State of Community Management report was collected from 325 community programs between January and March 2019. ICYMI: We shared a collection of 39 nitty-gritty stats from the report in our first blog recap.

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Gender Balance Your Conference’s Speaker Line Up

Smooth The Path

Not often, but every once in a while, I find that I am the only woman in the program. More often, I see female session speakers and all male keynoters. Gender imbalance at the podium is present in most industries and professions. Is it tougher to find qualified female speakers? Very possibility.

How Mindfulness Can Improve the Modern Workplace

Associations Now

As staff become increasingly busy and juggle numerous tasks, experts contend mindfulness is a skill that can boost workplace productivity and encourage better staff relations.

June Update: Here's What You Can Do With Version 7.0

Wild Apricot

This month's newsletter introduces you to 3 of the new features in version 7.0, plus we start a new segment to help you get to know our team

A Meeting Ritual To Get Rid of Unnecessary Meetings That Waste Time

Beth Kanter

?. The Meeting Escape Hatch: Ritual Design Lab for Org Change from Margaret Hagan on Vimeo. I’ve been interested in organizational rituals that build resilience. Being in a meeting that is a waste of your time can suck your energy.

Secretly Counting On a Happily Ever After

Smooth The Path

I’m not a fan of romance novels, but I’ve read enough to know the formula. Girl secretly loves the object of her affection from afar and is surprised one day to find out the love is reciprocated.

The Many Roles of Meeting Planners

Associations Now

Since today’s attendees expect a more immersive and memorable event experience, the role of a meeting planner has evolved. A look at three new roles that planners must master. Earlier this month, IACC released its annual “ Meeting Room of the Future ” report.

“Just because it’s not optimal, doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial.”

Effective Database

I’m a big fan of the author James Clear ( [link] ) who writes about the formation of habits. I believe (good!) habits are an important element of success ( I’ve written about it before. ) In a recent blog post, Clear wrote: “Just because it’s not optimal, doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial.” ” Read another way, this is the old adage of don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

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Extend Your Conference Content


For associations, our annual conference is our flagship education product. Naturally we want to maximize our investment and extend the reach of this great content.

What’s an SEO Keyword? Why it Matters and How to Use It.


According to Techopedia , a keyword (in the context of search engine optimization), is a particular word or phrase that describes the contents of a Web page. It helps search engines match a page with a search query. Think of keywords as a short summary of a web page.

Add a Spirit of Partnership to Membership

Associations Now

A new report indicates that partnership development is critical for rapid business growth. That’s the main reason why the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States recently created a partner membership category.

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly


Sometimes, introverts get a bad wrap. They don’t like being around people.” They just want to be alone.”. Not true! Introverts do enjoy socializing. They just tend to prefer doing so in smaller groups or one-on-one.

Addressing the Freelance Wave

Association Success

How can you better accommodate the growing number of freelancers in your association? We are seeing an increasing number of freelancers in the United States and more change than ever in the freelance job market, as shown in this Upwork study.

Look for small wins

Effective Database

One of the toughest things about system implementation is simply how long it takes to complete one. And so keeping momentum and staff interest in the project is paramount. By month six of implementation, staff can be pretty burned out.

Summer Benefits: Association Trades PTO for Networking

Associations Now

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America implemented a new program this summer that allows employees to take off every other Friday if they go to a networking meeting and write up a short report.

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MC LIVE!: A Refreshing Learning Event for Member Organizations


Last October, MemberClicks hosted the first ever MC LIVE! - an educational conference for association and chamber professionals.

Working with Your Consultant to Get the Best Results

Association Success

How can associations work with their consultants more effectively? If you’ve never worked with a consultant before, or rarely worked with one, you may be wondering why you might want to do so when you may have the ability to complete a project on your own. The reason you would work with a consultant comes down to the best use of your resources, which are time and money.

Education Committee: More Advising and Curating, Less Slotting

Velvet Chainsaw

Most meeting organizers invest a significant amount of time creating the educational programming for their annual conference. Models vary, but most include a 15- to 20-person conference committee (slotters) and army of reviewers (graders).

Can CEOs and CFOs Get on the Same Page?

Associations Now

A new study shows a disconnect between staff and finance leaders about priorities, which can have severe implications for a nonprofit’s strategy. Executives at an organization aren’t going to prioritize the same things at all times.

Step 6-3: The Ultimate Community Resources Page

Disciple Media

This page holds links too useful community resources from a wide range of places. Whether you manage a forum, a social media community or an app based community there should be something for everybody. We hope that all types of community manager will benefit and be inspired.

What is the Customer Journey?

HighRoad Solution

Whenever you make a purchase – whether it’s something as small as a pack of gum or as big as a new house – you go on a customer journey


Easy Ways to Turn Members into Ambassadors

Association Adviser

Your members have the connections and credibility to advance your mission by giving their networks a clear picture of how they have succeeded thanks to your association. Here's how to turn members into association ambassadors.

Membership Hack: Summer Reading List

Associations Now

A curated list of member-recommended books keeps members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers learning all summer long. How to hack it?