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Why It's the Perfect Time to Move Past Your Club Membership Excel Template

Wild Apricot

Still using Excel to manage your club's members? Here's why now is the perfect time to ditch your club membership Excel template and make the move to membership management software

Preparing for The Next Six Months Part I

Association Adviser

Note from Jeff: After an extended absence, The Duty of Foresight column returns, and it is a great privilege to be back. This column is the first in a two-part series on Preparing for The Next Six Months. Part I is below. Part II will appear in early September. Also, I believe that Black Lives […]. The post Preparing for The Next Six Months Part I appeared first on Association Adviser. Features The Duty of Foresight the duty of foresight turbulent twenties


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How to Make Your Virtual Events Better Than The Rest


Don’t plan your virtual events before reading this! He had hoped all his troubles would be solved by the end of the webinar, but instead, he felt stranded and frustrated. One more platform reviewed and instead of feeling closer to the answer of what tech to choose for their meeting, he felt further away than ever before. Jason was an expert meeting planner, but this was a new way of doing things and he wasn’t having a good time. . “I’m I’m a stranger in a strange land,” he muttered to himself.

Navigating the Association Space for Newcomers

Moery Company

Earlier this summer I began my employment at The Moery Company as the Executive Assistant to the President. Although I am relatively new to the association community and The Moery Company, I thought I would share insight into my experiences as an employee that is navigating the professional and association space for the first time. What is one thing you have learned as a new person in the association/professional space?

Don't Pick Your Next LMS Until You Read This Guide!

With so many factors and people to consider, how do you make sure you pick the right LMS? It’s simple: This guide covers crucial considerations with actionable advice and professional insights, so you know you’ve picked the perfect eLearning solution.

10 Tips for Direct Mail Fundraising Success in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

Wild Apricot

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it might actually be a great time to fundraise through direct mail. Here are our best tips for making sure your campaign is a success

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Associations: How values became more valued

Association Success

Editors note: The Effects of COVID-19 on Associations is a five-part industry assessment. . For the first 45 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) halted the majority of the organization’s output as they prioritized evaluation. But that didn’t mean they went completely silent. .

Event Sponsorships Part Two: Research, Learn, and Teach – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 244

Moery Company

The next steps, after creating strategy and expectations for your virtual event sponsorship program, are to design the program. You can do so by researching, learning as much as possible about your chosen platform, and then teaching your sponsors so that they can get the most out of their experience. Hello and welcome to JP Moery’s Association Hustle Podcast.

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Complete Guide: How to Create a Fundraiser on Facebook (With Examples)

Wild Apricot

Want to start using Facebook to fundraise? In this article, I will provide an up-to-date overview how to create a fundraiser on Facebook to drive donations to your nonprofit

[Guest Post] Design Thinking for Virtual Content Strategy


The following blog post was written by Molly Marsh, CMP, Director of Education and Engagement Design, at AMR Management Services , a full-service association management company that provides association management services to organizations of all sizes. The power and benefit of design thinking to support better outcomes for associations and their events was evident long before the COVID-19 crisis.

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Associations: Why failing matters more than ever

Association Success

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a five-part industry assessment on the effects of COVID-19 on associations. Find the first part here. As the pandemic’s impacts continue to appear around the world, innovation and the ability to fail are more important than ever. For associations, leaders have the unique ability to drive innovation. But they also have a responsibility to use these resources to pilot advancements in their respective industries.

The Value of an Association Membership

Moery Company

One of the things that I think is really important – and available for all of your associations to use right now – is the unprecedented narrative. A story that you can tell current and potential members about the value of membership with your association during hard times. Your member companies are probably reducing budgets and possibly eliminating staff – doing whatever it takes to cut their way out of a revenue hole.

Does Your Event Registration Form Do These 8 Things?


If you’re wondering what an online event registration form is meant to do beyond collecting registration data, you’re overlooking some seriously strategic setup opportunities! Used wisely, your registration form can be your biggest weapon in driving registrations and putting on a memorable event for everyone involved. From our experience, there are eight things all online event registration forms should be doing in addition to collecting data: event registration


Will We See You at ASAE’s (First-Ever) Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition?


Conferences look a little bit different this year.and not just the ones you’re planning, but the ones you’re attending as well. Take ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition , for example. This year, for the first time ever, it’ll be completely virtual! So yes, it’ll look a little bit different, but no, it won’t be ANY less valuable or fun! Are you planning on attending? Friendly reminder: If you’re a member of ASAE, registration is FREE!).

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

How to develop a winning culture

Association Success

Business coach John Spence knows developing a winning workplace culture is a leader’s most important mission. . According to Spence, who was named one of America’s Top 50 Leaders To Watch by the American Management Association, excellent culture starts with excellent people and strong core values. His motto, “making the complex … awesomely simple,” ties into his simplified formula for business excellence: (Talent + Culture + Extreme Member Focus) x Disciplined Execution = Business Excellence.

Virtual Event Sponsorship Value Add-Ons – Association Field Report (August 7, 2020)

Moery Company

Virtual event sponsorships are top of mind for a lot of you right now so we want to share with you what we’ve observed. Many of you are having to compress the meeting agenda which means you’ll have less time to allow you sponsors to speak, including introductions and bonus sessions. You’re looking at tighter schedules over several days instead of 28-72-96 hours of in-person time where you have attendees spend their time with you on site.

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The Purpose of Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Association Adviser

Companies benefit when they implement a diversity & inclusion program that can attract diverse talent, improve corporate culture and retain top talent. The post The Purpose of Diversity & Inclusion Programs appeared first on Association Adviser. Features Leadership Membership diversity & inclusion leadership

How to Transform Super Crappy Days Into Gold RIGHT NOW


Rejection. Bad days. Mean comments. Haters. They are never any fun, but they are especially trying during times of crisis. Whether you are going through personal issues at home or just trying to navigate the world during a global pandemic when little shitty things happen, like a hateful comment on social media or a needless criticism from someone who feels they are in a place to judge, it can hurt more than usual.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

The Effects of COVID-19 on Associations: Read the full series

Association Success

Editor’s Note: This is the final part in a five-part industry assessment on the effects of COVID-19 on associations. Make sure you read each part here: . How values became more valued. Why failing matters more than ever. The race to go virtual. How engagement flourished. Throughout my conversations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic – and how it has affected the various associations I spoke with – I received some amazing advice, hopes for the future, and ideas that came out of this project.

Join Nimble AMS at 2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting

Nimble AMS

2020 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting looks a little different this year (it’s gone virtual!). But you can still join the?Nimble Nimble AMS team August 10-12 at our virtual booth in the Technology and Business Services hall. The ASAE Annual Meeting is where?association association professionals and industry partners like you gather to share new ideas, trends, and best practices.

How to Get the Most Out of a Learning Management System


Learning management software was developed, as the name would suggest, to help organizations manage e-learning initiatives. They exist to administer, document, track, report, automate, and deliver online education….but but who says that education has to be a part of a formal program entirely? A flexible learning management system can be used for SO much more than a traditional online learning program alone. And a really flexible LMS can be used for a combination of things at the same time.).

Soon it Will Be Time for Association Leaders to Envision the Future

Smooth The Path

People ask me where I get the ideas for my blog posts. The honest answer is, I’m not sure where they come from but, I know when they come from. I get the best post ideas when my brain is not occupied with work. It never happens when I have a pencil and notepad, or when I’m sitting at the computer ready to type. Instead, the post ideas pop up during my morning walk, or when I’m driving in the car, or five minutes before I fall asleep at night.

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

Speaker: Jay Wilkinson, CEO & Founder, Firespring

It doesn't take an industry professional to know that nonprofits highly depend on donations. The marketing emails, events, and website design are meant to attract new donors, when what we should be doing is trying to keep the donors we have. Teach a man donor acquisition and he'll get donations for the day--teach a man donor retention and he'll get donations for a lifetime. John Jay Wilkinson, CEO and founder of Firespring, and learn how to get donations for a lifetime. In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and rev up donor retention. Six out of ten donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Beginning with an industry assessment explaining the importance of failure, and wrapping up with a podcast on hiring mistakes, this week’s Friday 5 is all about the importance of trial and error

Association Success

Every Friday, we pull five articles our audience liked most from our weekly newsletters to keep up with what’s trending. This week, we’re getting comfortable with personal growth. Whether it’s learning from your mistakes or changing the way your organization is run, this rendition of the Friday 5 teaches us to make change. How do we come up with this list? We look at the most-read articles from subscribers to our personalized twice-weekly newsletter.

How David Lynch Can Make Your Research Better


Life is full of odd happenstances. For example, I’ve learned about two new measuring devices that I’d never heard about before over the past 24 hours. That’s weird, right? I think I can go for maybe an entire year or longer and not hear of any new kind of measuring implement, but over the past 24 hours from two different places, I have heard about two. It got me thinking about measurement and how clinical it can seem at one moment and how achingly pulpy and alive it can seem then next. .

BIO International Convention 2020: Taking an International 17,000 Attendee Conference Virtual in Under 8 Weeks


On April 2, 2020, BIO, the world’s largest biotechnology organization, decided they had to take their International Convention virtual, and on June 8, 2020 they pulled it off. How did they do it? What did they learn? We were very excited to have the opportunity to meet with one of the leaders behind BIO’s International Convention – Director, Event Operations, Security, Registration, and Customer Service, Edward Shipley.

A new normal: Communities adapt to change caused by COVID-19 pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic and heartbreaking, but it’s also opening our eyes to a new normal that will have a lasting impact on our lives. Like many of you, CAI was thrust into a virtual world. Our staff went from collaborating face-to-face to remote work. We canceled classroom education courses and the Annual Conference, moved the upcoming CEO-MC Retreat to a virtual format , and placed more emphasis on webinars and virtual courses.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Associations: How engagement flourished

Association Success

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth part to a five-part industry assessment on the effects of COVID-19 on associations. Find the third part here. Because many associations were already using online platforms or were beginning to implement virtual resources since the COVID-19 pandemic, engagement in these products has held steady and met – if not exceeded – many association professionals’ expectations.

The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials

WBT Systems

The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials. Read more about The High Career Cost of Working from Home for Gen Z and Millennials

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Developing Online Learning Strategies in a Virtual World


By Brian Smith, Communications Specialist . Many a ssociation member s are fierce believers in the idea of “forever learn ing. ” Wel l beyond post-secondary education , many in the association space maintain a student’s curiosity. But how do you feed that curiosity in our new virtual world? .

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