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Cultivating Next-Generation Association Leaders

Association Adviser

Joanne Smikle, PhD. What is your association doing to ensure that it has a talent pipeline for key positions, especially leadership positions? This article provides practical strategies for addressing succession and leadership development in a thoughtful, structured manner.

4 membership renewal strategies to start now

YourMembership Blog

When you think of membership renewal strategies, you might think about the few months leading up to a member’s renewal date. But your members’ entire experience with your organization — not just the last 90 days — informs their decision to renew. From the moment they click the “join” button, your members are deciding if. The post 4 membership renewal strategies to start now appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention Member Renewal

Evolve Your Association Leadership Style: 3 Practical Ways


As a leader, you should always be trying to gain new perspectives on how to best engage with your team, otherwise your association might start to feel disconnected.

The Secret to Selling Government Affairs and Advocacy - Moery Company

Moery Company

IStock/Credit:alekseykh. How do you sell government relations as one of the most valuable aspects of association membership? Today, selling advocacy requires a focused and strategic approach. Businesses have specific problems.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.12.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Liberal artsy types, you too can be a data analytics professional. In fact, any organization that wants to effectively use its data needs this person on their team: the analytics translator.

More Evidence for NOT Copying a Culture

Jamie Notter

So I gave myself the rare gift of time last week and read two business books: Ray Dalio’s Principles and Patty McCord’s Powerful.

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How to Approach a Potential Sponsor the Right Way

Moery Company

IStock_Credit_Ahmetov_Ruslan. You’re face-to-face with a potential first-time sponsor – what are you going to say? How about nothing? The temptation is to talk about your organization, but ask yourself, what’s the best way to show the sponsor the benefit to their organization?

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SPF, DKIM, DMARC: The 3 Pillars of Email Authentication

Higher Logic

If you’re an email marketer, you’ve probably heard acronyms like “SPF,” “DKIM,” and “DMARC” being tossed around with little explanation. People might assume you automatically understand these terms, but the truth is that many marketers’ grasp of these concepts is vague, at best.

Even Small Staffs Get Value from Culture Data

Jamie Notter

When we were creating the Workplace Genome culture assessment, I had an assumption that organizations with really small staff would tend not use it. I used to joke: Hey, if you’re only 19 employees, then instead of the culture survey, why don’t you just sit around the table and hash things out!?

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How to Grow Your Nonprofit’s Instagram Following

Wild Apricot Blog

If you're planning on starting a nonprofit Instagram and aren't sure where to begin, Lilach Bullock, social media expert, has you covered. nonprofit-instagram-strategy nonprofit-instagram

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 159: How to Cultivate Thought Leadership at Your Association, and Why it Matters. - Moery Company

Moery Company

Thought leadership is a hot topic in business these days, and developing a thought leadership strategy is an excellent opportunity for associations to push membership value.

The Real Value of Associations for Members

Smooth The Path

What is the real value of associations for members? I have heard members say, “I felt very uncertain, even scared, about taking the next step in my career but, the association helped me be confident.”

Membership Q&A: Is There a Tipping Point?

Spark Consulting

Is there a “tipping point” when too many benefits start to get lost in the shuffle? . People associate because they’re trying to accomplish something or solve a problem that they’ve been unable to do alone. So yes, your members come to you looking for something in particular – help solving a particular problem that has so far proved intractable or achieving a particular goal that has so far proved unattainable.

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3 Ways to Make Your Schedule Work for You

Principled Innovation

A significant part of taking ownership of your schedule is being able to say no. You will find yourself saying uncomfortably often at first. I recall I wanted to be there for everyone. I thought it was my job to respond to, act on and make decisions on every input headed my way. It is impossible to do this and still be awesome at your job. And make no mistake - these tips for making your schedule work for you are designed to help you be awesome.

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Is your association helping millennials further their careers?

YourMembership Blog

At the risk of stating the obvious, every membership organization needs members. Recruiting and retaining members is fundamental to the success of any association, but it’s often easier said than done. One reason for this is there’s often a disparity in what associations think members want from their organization and what members actually value. Another. The post Is your association helping millennials further their careers? appeared first on YourMembership.

[New eBook] The Community Module Guide: How to Support Your Organization’s Business Objectives

Higher Logic

Have you ever heard someone say “there’s an app for that!” when you complain about your smartphone? Well, if you want to elevate the success and business impact of your online community, trust us – there’s a module for that.

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5 Ways Your Association Can Use Marketing Automation To Grow

HighRoad Solution

There are specific actions that associations need people to take to meet their core goals – typically membership and revenue. For associations to “stay in business,” they need people to become members, remain members, sign up for programs, buy products, and register for events.

Modern Wellbeing: Infographic from Kaleido Insights

Beth Kanter's Blog

Click Image to See Original Image in Larger Size. This infographic is titled “ Modern Wellbeing ” was created by Jeremiah Owyang and his business partner Jessica Groopman from Kaleido Insights.

3 tips to gain board approval for a new membership management software

YourMembership Blog

You’ve done your research. You’ve read white-papers, investigated pricing and discussed with peers, you know that membership management software will help grow your organization. This will be one of the most important decisions your organization makes as it will impact members, staff, and the bottom line. An investment of a new (or first) membership management system will need to gain board approval. Your presentation to the board will move the project.

3 Types of Committees Your Association Could Truly Benefit From


Every organization has a unique structure in terms of staff, board of directors, committees, task forces, etc. And what works well for one association may not work well for another.

Your Conference Needs a Hub To Entice Customers and Prospects

Velvet Chainsaw

At a recent conference consultation with a client, a millennial made me think that I wasn’t keeping up with the times. We were discussing their marketing and communication strategies for their event.

October Social Media Post Ideas for Associations


Coming up with ideas for social media posts can be stressful and time-consuming. The social media success formula indicates that only 10% of posts should be about your organization. So, what about the rest of your posts?

The Art of the Welcome Email

Associations Now

When a new member joins your organization, don’t miss the opportunity to strike the tone with the right message from the get-go. Four tactics can help your welcome emails generate high open and click-through rates. When was the last time you updated your welcome email to new members?

Wild Apricot Launches Online Store Options

Wild Apricot Blog

We've added four new features to our Online Store module - read on to find out how they can benefit your organization, how to use them, and where to find out more. online payments taxes feature-release new-feature Online-Store store

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Recap: Twitter #GivingTuesdayMyths Chat Hosted by Salesforce Foundation

Beth Kanter's Blog

Yesterday Allison Fine and I participated in a chat hosted by the Salesforce Foundation and moderated by Emily Goodstein on the topic “GivingTuesday Myths.”

Cultivating Leadership on the Boards of Tomorrow

Association Success

How foresight, diversity and dissent helps one association board to thrive.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down: The Challenges of Phishing

Associations Now

Even savvy tech users can get nailed by someone actively trying to trick them via a phishing email. What can you do to keep your association’s employees—and your organization’s data—safe? Whether a fluke or by skill, I pulled off a pretty impressive trick last week.

Budget Season & Easing Up on Association Financial Management


It’s already October (goodness!), which means a lot of associations and chambers are heading toward the “most wonderful time of year” - budget season!

Sexual Assault: Resources for Families and Tips for Self-Care

Beth Kanter's Blog

Note from Beth: When United Way Worldwide colleague Neil Parekh shared this piece earlier this week, I asked if he would publish as a guest post on my blog. I know it was a difficult piece for Neil to write and appreciate him sharing this. TRIGGER WARNING.

Rules Divorced from Values Have Little Value

Idea Architects

Some people think of values like anchors: they hold you in place so you don't stray too far in your decision-making. Others think of values like the North Star: they are directional guideposts to help steer you in the right direction.

3 Tips for Building Healthy Relationships With Your Corporate Sponsors

Associations Now

Some practical relationship advice for associations looking to build long-lasting relationships with their corporate sponsors. One-sided relationships usually don’t work out.

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More Than 110 Million Americans Listen to Podcasts. They Are Your Members! - Moery Company

Moery Company

Podcasting is the #1 way to connect with your members – to drive thought leadership, enhance engagement and reinforce the association’s value proposition. I have experienced the value first hand.

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AI for Nonprofits and Social Good: Link Roundup

Beth Kanter's Blog

Allison Fine and I have been actively researching and writing about AI for Social Good and Nonprofits with an eye towards our next book. Most recently, we co-wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy on the age of automation and it implications for fundraisers.

3 Ways to Put the Pep Back in Your Non-Dues Revenue Step


Member dues are the foundation of your association’s finances, but a diversified revenue portfolio is a vital part of any growth strategy. You probably kissed a lot of non-dues program frogs before you found what programs worked for your association.