Sat.Dec 03, 2016 - Fri.Dec 09, 2016

4 Things To Do Before Starting a Blog Program in Your Customer Community


You did all the work. When you started your customer community, you created the content, wrote the blogs, and encouraged your customers and prospective customers to join. It was all on you. And to some extent, the pressure will always be on you and your business.


‘Tis the Season for Giving

Association Management

We’re fortunate at Virtual to be in a position to support many worthy causes in the Boston area.


Modernize your association with an integrated, cloud-based solution.

YourMembership Blog

Leverage mobile capabilities to access member information anytime, anywhere. Are your strategies limited by your technology? As associations evolve, they sometimes do not have the time or resources to think long term about scalable management software and business productivity solutions.


Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.9.16

Reid All About it

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …Christmas, Hanukkah, frosty nights, comfort food, warm fires, cozy slippers, wool sweaters, and ASAE Tech. One of those things doesn’t belong, you say? Well, it does in my world and the world of my fellow association tech geeks – you know who you are.


4 Easy Steps to Effectively Evaluate Membership Management Software


Maybe it was a Friday afternoon and you were just counting down the minutes until the weekend. Then the board, your boss, or maybe a staff member uttered those dreaded words, “ I think we need new membership management software.”


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5 Must-Haves for Your Mobile Event Experience


I hated the last event app I used. Every time I opened it, I had to sign in all over again. It didn’t save my login information, so I had to manually type in my email address and password multiple times a day. Customer Engagement Conference Management Mobile Strategy Event App


Meet Your Community Manager: Will Machin

Higher Logic

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).


What Will 2017 Hold?

Spark Consulting

Aptify set out to answer this question, at least for associations, in their recent e-book: Top Association Management Predictions for 2017.


’Tis the season for product roadmaps.

YourMembership Blog

Here’s where YourMembership is headed in 2017, and beyond, to drive more member engagement + increase membership for forward-thinking associations. Around this time, everyone is eager to learn what the New Year will bring. YM customers and partners are no different.


Stop Calling It Failing

Eric Lanke

At my association, we set goals every year. Some of them we're pretty sure we can achieve and others seem a little more far-fetched. I typically don't shy away from those "stretch" goals, but you do have to be careful that you don't pile too many of them on top of each other.


Report: What Lies Ahead for Meetings in 2017

Associations Now

A new report suggests that events will continue growing next year, but due to narrowing GDP growth, planners should work to rein in costs. This year has been fairly consistent for the meetings industry , and next year promises to be more of the same—but with a couple of wrinkles.


Are Chapters Worth It? Infographic


This infographic captures the highlights from the 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Study and Report. Where do your chapters compare? Where do your chapters produce value? Are they worth it


[Cool Infographic Friday] 19 Technologies Gen Z Wouldn’t Recognize


Funny and true – except for vinyl, at least in my house. photo credit ). Cool Infographic Friday


How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017.


Making Augmented Reality a Reality for Membership

Associations Now

A technology expert explains how augmented reality apps can deepen the membership experience for associations.


New Resource for Nonprofits: The Data Playbook – Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

Beth Kanter's Blog

Join me at Markets for Good on December 6 at 1 pm EST for a FREE roundtable discussion about the new Data Playbook. . It has been almost exactly four years since I published Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World , with co-author, Katie Paine.


ASAE Responds to Election Response Concerns on Association Chat


Here’s the recording for you in case you missed it (below and here ).


Getting Started with Video at Your Association


I went to Hubspot’s annual marketing and sales conference a few weeks ago (better known as INBOUND ), and the one theme I heard over and over and over again was the importance of video. In fact, one speaker suggested 50 percent of organizational content next year be video. Can you believe that?!


Christmas Tree Safety Tips: What Associations Recommend

Associations Now

“Keeping In recent years, artificial Christmas trees have become increasingly popular—at the cost of real trees, which saw a major drop in sales between 2013 and 2015.


The Spirit of @GivingTuesday Continues: #MyGivingStory Grant Opportunity

Beth Kanter's Blog

Join me for a Twitter Chat about #MyGivingStory at 1pmPST/4pmEST on Tuesday, December 13 th , 2016. During the chat, @GivingTues will start with welcomes, and then lead a discussion about storytelling best practices.


The Biggest List of Tips For Smooth Succession Planning

Wild Apricot Blog

Over the years, we’ve gathered tips from hundreds of board members who have all been through succession planning themselves. Right now, his is the biggest list of tips for succession planning on the internet! change succession leadership succession-planning Board


Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016

WBT Systems

WBT Systems will be exhibiting our award-winning TopClass Learning Management System and association learning solutions at Booth #615 during ASAE Tech 2016 , December 13-14.


Marketing: Getting Personalization Right

Associations Now

How three companies created personalized marketing campaigns without being creepy. Are you—like me—looking for a festive blanket scarf online? If so, chances are you’re going to see an ad for that cozy accessory following you around on other sites.


Cool Association Jobs This Week – December 8


Here are some of the most interesting jobs you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.


The Biggest List of Tips For Smooth Succession Planning

Wild Apricot Blog

Over the years, we’ve gathered tips from hundreds of board members who have all been through succession planning themselves. Right now, his is the biggest list of tips for succession planning on the internet! change Board succession succession-planning leadership


3 Tips for Generating Seasonal Member Engagement


The good news: Holiday season is officially in full swing! The bad news: That can sometimes result in your members going somewhat to completely MIA. But not to worry! We’ve got a few tips to help you engage your members even during the busy holiday season. Check ‘em out!


Why Your Attendees Are Your Best Marketing Tools

Associations Now

Sure, direct-mail pieces and email newsletters can be compelling. But having your attendees market your conferences or events for you may be a sure-fire way to engage new audiences. One of my best friends came to visit me a few weeks ago.


The Problem With Associations’ Tendency to Complicate Situations

Smooth The Path

Related: Learn about members’ why. Do our association’s members feel taken care of? When to make innovation a priority for your association. The post The Problem With Associations’ Tendency to Complicate Situations appeared first on Smooth The Path.


How to Engage your Members Online


Your membership management software can make it easy to offer engaging and accessible content that keeps your members involved online.


Holiday Gift Guide 2016 (Association Edition)


It seems like December just started, and yet Christmas is only two weeks away! Where did the month (and year) go?! Now we hate to bring it up, but…how’s your holiday shopping coming? If you still have a few (or more) gifts to grab, let us help! Check out our 2016 holiday gift guide below!


Survey Sheds Light on 2017 Marketing Priorities

Associations Now

Marketing is critical, and technology is key, according to the new American Marketers Survey conducted by the New York American Marketing Association and BrandSpark. The marketing function is essential and investing in new technologies is required for marketing teams to stay competitive.


Pathways to CEO Success

Association Adviser

No single set of experiences defines an association CEO. The association CEO community is extremely diverse, and CEO career paths resist easy subdivision into the “right” steps to follow.


Association Blunders Make Us Want to Stick Our Heads in The Sand

Smooth The Path

Think about a recent blunder you witnessed someone make. I could have been a politician, organization, group of people, CEO, or even an association. From the outside it is easy to understand why people are outraged. The blunder may seem hostile, mean spirited or perhaps just thoughtless.


Best Practices for Onboarding New Staff


It’s no secret that the employee turnover rate in the association space and nonprofit industry is quite high. And though there are a number of reasons for that (particularly for-profit competition - the salaries, the benefits, etc.),