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Key Findings from the State of Community Management Report 2018


The Community Roundtable’s seminal State of Community Management Report 2018 is out!! And there’s a TON of insightful information it it. “Communities impact every facet of organizational life, from empowering individual contributors to generating strategic value.

How to Create Engaging Online Discussions: 7 Tips for Community Managers

Higher Logic

Often, and especially early on in the life of an online community, the community manager is the one who has to start discussions. If you’re a community manager, I’m sure you know from experience that creating an engaging discussion is not easy.

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Do Not Make New Members Feel Like We Only Want Their Money

Smooth The Path

Do you want to know what our members really hate? When we ask them for more money right after they join. I can empathize with our members. Recently, a colleague decided to raise money for a cause near and dear to his heart. I got an email asking if I would sponsor him in a race event.

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Oklahoma Congressman Lucas Honors the Big Red “M” for IndyCar Sponsorship - Moery Company

Moery Company

Oklahoma Congressman Frank D. Lucas arranged for the American flag to be flown over the United States Capitol, dedicating it to The Moery Company’s sponsorship of a car that will be driven during the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day Weekend.

Voices and Views: June

Aaron Wolowiec

Event Garde is committed to professional development, for ourselves and for our industry. As such, we’re avid readers of industry news. We’d like to share these must-reads with you

Protecting members from their skills’ short shelf life.

YourMembership Blog

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report tells us many of today’s most in-demand skills didn’t exist 20 years ago. The report cites 65 percent of children now entering primary school will end up working in new types of jobs not existing today. Never has the workplace evolved so quickly. Indeed, the skills needed. The post Protecting members from their skills’ short shelf life. appeared first on YourMembership. Online Learning Professional Development eLearning Strategy

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JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 140: Creating a “Sense of Urgency” in Sales, with Bethany Murphy - Moery Company

Moery Company

Creating a true “sense of urgency” can be one of the biggest challenges you face in the sales process, says Host JP Moery. If a prospect doesn’t see the ticking time bomb early on, your chance of closing that sale quickly decreases.

5 things to consider when selecting and promoting speakers for your event

Aaron Wolowiec

A well-planned line-up of guest speakers can make an event more memorable and increase attendee satisfaction


3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems.

YourMembership Blog

Is your organization experiencing growing pains? If so, congratulations are in order. But, you also deserve a little sympathy if you contend with manual spreadsheets or an entry-level membership management system. As your growth brings size and complexity, it becomes clear a more sophisticated membership management system is needed. Otherwise, your efforts to grow your. The post 3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems. appeared first on YourMembership.

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48 Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2018

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are 48 free nonprofit webinars for June 2018


Launching a Podcast? Why a “Discovery Strategy Session” is Key - Moery Company

Moery Company

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing and effective communications tools today. I’ve been hosting JP Moery’s Association Playbook podcast for more than two years now – and, it’s had a tremendous impact on our business.

A Better Definition of Employee Engagement

Jamie Notter

I’ve been searching the web for a good definition of employee engagement, and I have to say, I’m disappointed. There are a LOT out there, though I think that is fine. It doesn’t need to be oversimplified into a single definition.

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How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Rex Hammock. Note from Beth: Digital storytelling is key to fundraising success, but using a storytelling lens in your organization can have further benefit of busting organizational silos. Miriam Brosseau and Stephanie Corleto share why.

3 Nonprofit Hashtag Strategies That Actually Get Followers, Raise Money, and Spread Awareness

Wild Apricot Blog

In this post I’m going to show you some of the most effective uses of hashtag campaigns I’ve seen, and how to find the best hashtags for your audience

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Higher Logic

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post. Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

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Why Association Boards Must Step Back from Strategy: Part I

Association Adviser

This is Part I of a two-part series on this topic. In this column, we will consider why associations are long overdue to bring the era of strategic planning to an end, and why limiting board involvement can facilitate the shift to strategy as a process of learning.

One Element of Being an Effective Association We Never Talk About: Approachability

Smooth The Path

My husband drove his 1969 Camero to work today. During the commute, someone in a car on the other side of the road yelled “NICE” at him. We have found this is not at all abnormal.

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9 Super Productivity Tools for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog

If you find yourself struggling to keep up with everything you have to coordinate in your work, I encourage you to browse this list of productivity tools to see which ones might help you out. Every tool in the list has a free basic version or trial. Even if a tool can save you just one hour a week, it may be worth exploring

How to Maximize Your Association's LinkedIn Presence


If you read our blog regularly, you’ve probably heard us mention the importance of having a LinkedIn company page - for your association or chamber. But let’s say you do have a company page in place. Well the next logical step (and let’s be honest, sometimes challenge ) is getting people to follow your page, and then from there, engage with the content you’re posting. Not always the easiest, is it? Well we’re here to help!

June Social Media Ideas for Associations


Paul Bunyan Day, Fishing Week, and Dairy Month are just a few June holidays. Holiday observances are a great way to keep your association’s social media feeds active. Check out these June themes to spark ideas: MONTHLY OBSERVANCES. Men’s Health Month. Great Outdoors Month. Adopt a Cat Month.

Curate an Engaging Job Seeker Experience and They Will Come

Association Adviser

Your association’s career center helps you boost member engagement, gain insight into prospective members and generate valuable non-dues revenue. So, how do you continue to enhance the job seeker experience and drive more traffic to your career center?

May Update: Version 6.2 Improvements

Wild Apricot Blog

Learn about our latest release, an update on GDPR, see examples of customers using our new Online Store, and more

Your Conference As A Giving Field

Velvet Chainsaw

We are used to thinking of our conference and its planning process as a one-way transaction from the company to its customers. Sometimes we view the planning process as a backbreaking, arduous, life-draining experience.

2018 Construction Trades and Building Association Momentum Awards Competition


GrowthZone is excited to announce the launch of the 2018 Construction Trades and Building Association Momentum Awards Competition. The competition celebrates and showcases enterprising building and construction trades associations across North America.

Back to Basics: Make Member Communication Useful, Accessible and Engaging to Earn More Revenue

Association Adviser

Many associations today recognize they cannot rely on membership fees alone to sustain their business model. Achieving industry objectives, providing educational programs, and filling staff positions require sufficient funding.

Build a Thriving Referral Program in 5 Easy Steps


Starting a referral program from scratch can feel like a pretty overwhelming task. First, you have to target the members of your association that you think could be strong advocates in helping you acquire new members. But then, how do you actually get them to start sending referrals your way? Take a look at these five steps you should try to start building up a solid referral program for your association.

How to Prepare for Future Generations of Association Membership

Association Success

It’s not too late for associations to welcome millennials into their ranks. For better or worse, millennials are a hot topic among associations right now. As a millennial myself, I’m always wary of these discussions. About half the time it’s people of other generations complaining about millennials, and the rest of the time it’s a feeble discussion about how to prepare for millennials who will be entering your association’s membership soon. Our generation is already a part of your membership.

2018 Construction Trades and Building Association Momentum Awards Competition


GrowthZone is excited to announce the launch of the 2018 Construction Trades and Building Association Momentum Awards Competition. The competition celebrates and showcases enterprising building and construction trades associations across North America.

A Little Advice on Giving Advice

Idea Architects

License Some rights reserved by Vít ‘tasuki’ Brunner "Here's what I would do. Sounds like you are about to offer someone some advice. Before you do, stop.

Balancing Your Workload: 4 Tips for the Busy Association Pro


When approaching the end of a work day, do you ever feel like you’ve just ran a marathon? Going nonstop all day can leave us feeling exhausted, mentally drained, and ready to go home and just lay on the couch for the rest of the night. And for those of you who wear multiple hats, it can feel downright impossible to focus and complete tasks in a timely manner. While we can’t really take tasks off your plate, we can give you some tips for getting through the day a little less overwhelmed!

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Bringing Credibility to the Conversation: Katie Butler, IIABA

Association Adviser

Our featured professional this month is Katie Butler, vice president of communications for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA). IIABA is a national alliance of more than a quarter million business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products. Katie has served IIABA since 2003 and has helmed the communications department since communications since 2004.

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Why Branding Matters – and How to Maximize Yours.

Association Success

Your association needs a strong brand, for the sake of the organization and its members. As an association, thinking about the strength of your brand can often be a secondary concern. While social media and the business press are replete with themes surrounding “personal brands”, making the concept appear like nothing more than a vanity project, the importance of your brand can’t be understated.

11 Ways Business Intelligence Can Help Your Organization


Analyze data quicker and become more agile with decisions. Business Intelligence pulls in data from many sources to monitor the health of your organization

6 Tips and Tricks for Creating a Webinar That Sells


Guest blog by our partners at WebMechanix Creating a webinar that sells is one of the best ways to generate revenue online. There’s no better way to get in front of your target audience and wow them. So, are you sure you’re fully optimizing your webinars for conversion? The truth is everything from promotional emails, […]. Blog association e-learning elearning LMS online events webinar production webinars