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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

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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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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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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.

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.

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

Education for Supplier Members: Help Members Do Business with Members

WBT Systems

Education for Supplier Members: Help Members Do Business with Members. Read more about Education for Supplier Members: Help Members Do Business with Members

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.

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.

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

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly

MembersClicks

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.

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.

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Eric Lanke

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

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.

MC LIVE!: A Refreshing Learning Event for Member Organizations

MembersClicks

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

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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“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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Exercising First Amendment Rights through Advocacy

Association Adviser

Having an advocacy plan for your membership ensures that their voices are heard when policy proposals are considered on both state & federal levels. The post Exercising First Amendment Rights through Advocacy appeared first on Association Adviser.

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

GrowthZone

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.

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?

How to Become a Bookkeeper from Home

SocialFish

Bookkeeping is the practice of recording, storing and retrieving financial records either for an individual, a corporate enterprise, or a non-profit organization. Almost all companies must practice proper bookkeeping to keep track of their business transactions.

Keys to Successful Advocacy: Boots on the Ground

Association Adviser

Associations have promising potential to influence public policy. The most successful advocacy campaigns are customized to an association’s unique needs, but certain strategies are integrated into nearly every successful advocacy campaign.

Extend Your Conference Content

CommPartners

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.

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.

Work from Home Jobs

SocialFish

Almost everyone I know would love the opportunity to work from home. Not only does it appear stress-free, but it is one of those jobs that give you the freedom to do what you want when you want and how you want it. In simple terms, you are your own boss.

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.

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).

Six Tips for Closing Your Association’s Tech Skills Gap

Associations Now

Finding it hard to get the right technical employees—whether developers or IT administrators? It might be time to play up your organization’s hidden advantages—including, potentially, your location. There’s a lot of competition for technical employees these days.

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How to Become A Travel Agent from Home

SocialFish

According to statistics, at least 8 million Americans are working from home today. This is roughly 5% of the entire population, and the numbers are rising steadily.