Sat.Oct 01, 2016 - Fri.Oct 07, 2016

6 Association Management Tips from Steve Jobs


It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since Steve Jobs’ passing. Many of us early adopters still remember his live announcement/unveiling of the iPhone and the immediate, burning desire to own one. His legacy is still felt around the world every time someone looks at an iPhone.

The C-Suite's Role in Social Media

Higher Logic

Social media has undoubtedly gained an increasing role in the business community. For any organization, the importance of social media is right up there with any other marketing strategy. However, are there reasons for business executives to have their own presence on social networks?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.7.16

Reid All About it

We all need help dealing with the raging river (not gentle stream) of information coming at us every day. Associations are perfectly placed to help us sift through and select the best information to read or consult. Yes, I’ll use the C-word: associations should be the #1 curators for their community.

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3 Association Growth Strategies

Potomac Core

Sluggish global growth and U.S. growth , the race for talent, and disruptive innovation create opportunities for Associations and Professional Societies to become more essential. It’s all about alignment with industry and professional outcomes that your members care most about.

Don’t Start Writing Your Association’s Next Survey Without Following These Steps


“USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.” – David Letterman. That’s insightful information. Really mind-blowing. And funny because it’s so accurate.

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5 Survey Writing Secrets that Will Get More Responses


According to association consulting firm, Potomac Core , only 63% of association members feel that they’re getting value from their membership fees. That’s a scary number, especially as associations struggle to stay relevant in today’s marketplace. Member Engagement Member Benefits Crowdsourcing

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23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2016

Wild Apricot Blog

Lots of learning on volunteering this month, so if you’re looking for volunteer strategies, you’ve hit the jackpot of webinars! nonprofit webinar webinars

Geophysical Scientists Take Red Pencils to Wikipedia

Associations Now

By inviting its scientists to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, the American Geophysical Union helped to boost the quality of the Earth and space science information available to the public. You’ve heard of telethons, dance-a-thons, and hackathons. But edit-a-thons?

[Cool Tools] Think differently about event sponsorship


Introducing , the event & sponsorship marketplace. They are part of a larger group of tradeshow and event consultants, association management experts and event tech companies, and they are eager to change your perception about how the event ecosystem can work.

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The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Update

Beth Kanter's Blog

With one more week to go, T he Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout has made to the #1 slot on Amazon’s Top 100 Nonprofit Books. Special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy. If you haven’t yet, you can order your copy here.

How a Tech Solution Saved This Executive Director’s Membership Growth Strategy

Wild Apricot Blog

The story of how one executive director managed to turn around a failing growth strategy with a software solution, hitting 25% growth in six months. Based on The Tech Effect webinar, which runs each month at Wild Apricot. membership management software membership-growth executive-director

Think Check-Ins, Not Performance Reviews

Associations Now

Say goodbye to formal annual performance evaluations and hello to more informal and regular check-ins. Why the move to more fluid feedback benefits not only managers and employees but also associations. Have you heard? Annual performance reviews are dead. But don’t fear!

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Attend the Peer to Peer Fundraising Virtual Conference for Nonprofits!


After a popular inaugural online event in April 2016, four companies that serve the nonprofit sector are coming together to offer another edition of It’s a Peer-to-Peer World: Virtual Conference on October 19, 2016. Nonprofits can register for any or all of the four complimentary sessions at [link].

Engaging Your Members with Visuals: 5 Tactics


We talk about engagement a lot - but that’s because it’s a CRUCIAL part of association management. The more engaged your members are, the more likely they are to renew. Plain and simple. So the million dollar question then is how do you engage your members? Well, visuals are a great place to start.

Why Didn’t Our Members Choose Us?

Smooth The Path

It is so frustrating… Industry suppliers launch competitive products and events and our members purchase them. Why did they choose them and not us? Members have a challenging problem and we have the solution but they do not use our solution.

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A YP-Friendly Social Media Strategy

Associations Now

Young professionals can serve your association well in that these digital natives will help you keep up on the social media front. And by having a solid social media strategy, your association will also appeal to young professional member prospects. Social media is constantly changing.

Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the ASI Europe Insight Day hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI), October 19, 2016. This annual client seminar will take place in Victoria, London, UK.

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How to Engage Different Generations at Your Association


You might have heard that there are now four generations functioning within the workforce. Well, that means that there are now four (or soon to be four) generations of members within your association - all with different likes, dislikes, and personal preferences.

Use the 5-Step Idea Process to Become an Association Innovation Ninja

Smooth The Path

Ideas are the root of all innovations. Because ideas lead to innovation we want more ideas, better ideas, THE idea that will excite members.

Associations Are a Perfect Fit for Young Professionals

Associations Now

A look at why associations really are uniquely positioned to be employers of choice for today’s millennial employees. What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As a child, did you ever answer “association management professional”? I didn’t think so.

eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS

WBT Systems

Many associations are creating eLearning content for members that are spread over a wide geographical area, and who are increasingly “on the go”, voluntarily accessing learning when they can, where they can, outside of working hours.

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From FSAE’s Education Expo: Inbound Marketing for Associations


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Florida Society of Association Executives’ ( FSAE ) 2016 Education Expo, and even more exciting - speak! I spoke about inbound marketing for associations - what it is and how to get started.

October 4th Webinar On Demand Recording – AWWA Creating Community – Better India Through Better Water


On October 4th, David LaFrance CEO from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Gaurav Sood from AWWA India shared their insights gained from the first year developing community in India.

IT Group Urges Girls to “Make Tech Her Story”

Associations Now

CompTIA set out to learn why girls show less interest in tech jobs than boys and what can be done about it. The research led to a new campaign to show girls what the wide landscape of tech careers looks like. Women hold only 25 percent of technology jobs.

Images Versus Text, Which is Best?


The use of images versus text in email was a hot topic at the most recent Virtual Idea Swap. When does a email have too much text and how do you break it up? Or do you have too many images that your email is overwhelming?

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Twitter’s New Character Count (And What It Means for Your Association)


Good news association professionals/social media lovers: Twitter has FINALLY loosened its 140-character limit! Just a few weeks ago, the company announced that media attachments, such as pictures, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets, will no longer count towards the 140-character count.

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The data is only good if you use it and manage it

Effective Databse

So very often in my meetings with clients, there will be discussions around the different data points the organization is collecting. For example, someone will ask “What about areas of interest? Shouldn’t we be collecting those?” ” My response to questions like this is always the same: “Yes, you should collect it, IF you are going to use it, and IF you are going to actively manage it.”

How to Produce Revenue-Generating Association Podcasts

Associations Now

New reports show that podcasting is steadily growing in popularity, especially among millennial consumers. Here’s how associations can make use of podcasting—and bring in some nondues revenue dollars in the process.

Association Labs – Episode 56: Secrets to a Massive 4th Quarter - Moery Company

The Moery Company

“I’m fired up for a massive Q4,” says Association Labs host JP Moery. From utilizing solid data to a 3-pronged membership growth strategy to highlighting your rock star: JP offers several business “secrets,” which can help you meet your annual goals. Listen in and go get ‘em! “I’m

Associations are Being Impacted by Compounding Revolutions

Smooth The Path

Related: Overcoming association change fatigue. Association change doesn’t come without practice. The illusion of the right answer in association management. The post Associations are Being Impacted by Compounding Revolutions appeared first on Smooth The Path.

Who ARE you?

Effective Databse

One of my greater pet peeves is company websites that don’t list any contact information. I see this a lot with software companies (and maybe it’s just because that’s where I’m often looking). When I click the “contact us” link on your website, part of what I want to know is WHO is behind the company (at least show me the leadership, if not a staff listing) and WHERE that company is located.

Young Professionals Deserve a Seat at the Table

Associations Now

Associations that create opportunities for emerging leaders to serve in staff or volunteer roles are more likely to remain relevant and have a solid leadership pipeline in place. We often hear that diverse boards are stronger boards.

The Many Benefits of SaaS


You’ve heard it before, modern technology is transforming the association world. Your association management software (AMS) is an expensive investment that will shape the future of your organization. Shouldn’t you choose the most innately innovative solution out there

Defining and Communicating Value through Emotional Drivers

Membership Marketing

Have you ever been asked what differentiates your membership from the others that are available? In marketing terms, do you know what is your “unique selling proposition” (UPS)? This is the type of question I often ask of prospective clients when I meet with them. A lot of times I do not get very compelling or confident answers. A first step in defining this value is to define the motivations of members and prospective members. What are their deep seated needs?