Sat.Apr 01, 2017 - Fri.Apr 07, 2017

The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

Higher Logic

Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

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7 issues nonprofits can turn into opportunities.

YourMembership Blog

Here are some solutions for your nonprofit to become more efficient and spur growth. Your nonprofit has faced challenges for as long as it’s been around. You’ve been working to overcome the same obstacles for years.

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As you all know, I am now fully immersed in startup land with WorkXO and our culture analysis and culture change work.

How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business

Higher Logic

You slave over your community. The alerts never stop chiming on your phone, your email is the first thing you check every morning, and you know your all-star members better than you know your best friend. You are a master of online engagement.

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How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

Beth Kanter's Blog

In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

Five Ways for Getting the Most Out of Your Sponsorship Packages

Associations Now

Sponsorships are a great way to bring in nondues revenue to either your national association or one of its chapters. Here are five tips for creating a successful sponsorship program.

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Hot Association and Nonprofit Social Media Jobs This Week – April 5


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.

The Best Way to Avoid Choosing The Wrong Nonprofit Software

Wild Apricot Blog

How do you avoid bad software and choose a solution perfect for you organization? Fortunately, tech experts Jason Shim, Mark Hallman, and Shub Sengupta developed an easy test that any nonprofit can use, which reveals just that. tech-tools software

How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

Beth Kanter's Blog

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Report: Marketing Hires Are on the Rise

Associations Now

A new McKinley Marketing Partners report shows that digital marketing hires are on the rise. It also reveals that a majority of job seekers are open to the idea of working for nonprofits but are concerned about lower salaries.

The 21st Century Meeting Professional: Act Strategically, Think Both Functionally And Strategically

Velvet Chainsaw

What’s the role of the 21st Century meeting and conference professional? In the past, the answer was easy. Perform very straight forward, transactional, functional tasks related to the logistics of conferences, meetings and events. S/He fulfilled the same types of tasks on a daily basis.

Virtual Associations: How to Transition Away From the Brick & Mortar

Association Success

There are all sorts of new considerations when going virtual. Working virtually can mean anything from accessing technology that allows you to work when you’re not in the office to running a company without a physical location. Association managers and members are already using tools to access information and network virtually. Imagine how a virtual environment could improve member services, create operational efficiencies and increase the well-being of your team. What Works Best For You?

What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Flower Factor. Note: This guest post was published on the Packard Foundation OE Blog reflects what was learned from designing and delivering leadership development for emerging nonprofit leaders.

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Study: How Can You Make Professional Development More Meaningful for Members?

Associations Now

A new report from the nonprofit technology company Abila notes that people are always looking for great educational resources—though the growth of outside offerings means they may not rely only on yours. The company says your association might want to work on its education strategy.

Do Associations Really Have it Worse?

Smooth The Path

Would you say you are luckier or unluckier than most people? Many of us would say we are somewhat unluckier than most other people and this is a cognitive bias.

Your Topic Choice. Complimentary Webinar with JP Moery - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Each month, I have had the pleasure of hosting complimentary webinars about association growth. These sessions are attracting about 50 experienced association execs per event. In April, you will decide the webinar topic by completing a quick survey about content preferences. Membership development?

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Association Spring Cleaning: 3 Areas Worth a Little Focus


Spring is officially here! The birds are starting to chirp, the flowers are starting to bloom, the pollen is well on its way, and hopefully, so are those April showers! Yup, it’s the perfect time for a fresh start!

Membership Hack: The Gratitude Book

Associations Now

There’s a simple way to say thanks to dedicated members who serve in volunteer positions—sign and send a gratitude book. How to hack it?

Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

WBT Systems

If you have been providing continuing education programs or professional development training via your website or learning management system, but your members don’t seem to be interested in the training you are offering, how can you re-energize online learning for members?

6:45 – Customer Relations at Work

SCD Group

The other day, I made a 6:45 p.m. reservation at a busy restaurant. While I parked the car, my friends and my wife went inside and were told there was no reservation under my name. They were given a pager and told “they would work to get us in.”

Should You Seek Out Interns at Your Small-Staff Association?


We’re officially in the spring season, and that means within the next month or so, college students will be finishing up their finals and gearing up for summer vacation. Now summer means a lot of things for college students, but one popular “to-do” in particular: internships.

How to Lose Well at the End of a Winning Streak

Associations Now

Every association is bound to face failure at some point, but how team leaders respond to that loss could be key to ensuring future success. Jamie Notter, consultant and founding partner of WorkXO, shares advice for organizations and managers.

Member-Proofing Your Association

Smooth The Path

A four-year-old was throwing mulch all over the sidewalk at the local zoo. An hour later the mulch was still there creating a tripping hazard for others walking on the path. The zoo didn’t guest-proof their grounds.

5 Lessons on Employee Engagement From Ari Weinzweig

Association Success

Learn the highlights from our interview with Ari. Ari Weinzweig is co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which is world-renowned for their superior customer service.

What to DO with Your Member Data: 2 Tips for Association Pros


As an association professional, you have all sorts of data at your fingertips (whether or not that data is organized and structured). And let me tell you, that data is POWERFUL. It has insight into what your members and potential members like, respond to, and gravitate towards.

Survey Results Lead to New AMA Initiative About Physicians’ Motivations

Associations Now

An American Medical Association survey shows that an overwhelming majority of physicians are happy with their career choice, and a new brand initiative celebrates them and speaks to their challenges.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 81: A Killer Prospect Engagement Tactic - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Host JP Moery is pretty pumped about a new engagement strategy that’s proven highly effective with his prospects. His goal is to play the long game, provide value, and build awareness about his business services. He shares this approach in his latest podcast. The post JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 81: A Killer Prospect Engagement Tactic appeared first on Washington DC Association Consultant.

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Leverage this tool to transform your association marketing


I think you’ll agree with me, it’s a constant struggle to engage your blog readers with new and interesting content. Even if you come up with a great blog idea, nail the length and formatting, and create a catchy title, there is no guarantee that your post will attract a large readership.

2 Types of Renewal Emails You NEED to Be Sending


Renewals are SUCH a big part of managing your association. Recruitment is tough enough, so once you have those members, you want to make sure they stay.

Read This: Meeting-Planning Lessons From Book Clubs

Associations Now

A look at four elements of successful book clubs that could also make for successful meetings. Almost every time I go to my parents’ house, I ask my mom what book she’s currently reading for her book club.

3 Reasons Your Sponsorship Program May Not Be Growing - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Istock/Credit:ArtemSam. If your sponsorship program has hit a wall – I’ve got three strategies that can take growth to a whole new level. First and foremost, your sponsors want to deliver content to your members.

Bright Spots Are a Source of Association Inspiration

Smooth The Path

Related: Watch who you watch. 3 Effective techniques to adopt before times of stress in your association. Check out – Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. The post Bright Spots Are a Source of Association Inspiration appeared first on Smooth The Path.

Conversations, Collaboration and Chemistry

Velvet Chainsaw

Judith E. Glaser, an author, business executive, and self-described “organizational anthropologist,” says science has now proven that the chemical nature of relationships, conversations and collaboration is more than an attraction metaphor: it’s a reality.