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Why Online Communities Still Aren’t a Top Business Strategy (And How to Change That)

Higher Logic

Dear online community professionals, We have work to do. Today, we are failing to showcase the inherent value we believe online communities can provide, because too many of our arguments are unproven. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs don’t drive revenue.

26 Free Nonprofit Webinars for April 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 26 for April 2017. webinars


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Showing #VolunteerLove, Driving Member Engagement


Showing #VolunteerLove is a winning strategy for driving member engagement. Because volunteering is the stickiest type of member engagement. We need to get beyond rewards and recognition to show. VolunteerLove.

5 qualities of a successful online learning team.

YourMembership Blog

A gut check to help your association implement a major learning management system or elearning strategic plan. Are you getting ready to implement a major learning management system (LMS) or elearning strategic plan? You can measure your readiness using our scorecard.

Team 69

LEGO Tries a New Type of Community - Will it Work?

Higher Logic

LEGO recently announced it was ending its LEGO Message Boards (LMB). This upset many longtime LMB members as well as people in the larger community industry - especially because it didn’t say if there was going to be a replacement community, or why it made such a drastic decision in the first place.

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Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Image – ImageGroup. Note from Beth: Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees.

Making Online Member Application Forms Easy: 5 Tips for Association Pros


If a prospect comes to your website and WANTS to join your association, you should make that process as easy as possible - for obvious reasons. The last thing you want is to lose a potential member as they’re filling out a member application form.

Spring Cleanup for Meeting and Event Pros

Associations Now

Spring is often known as a time for cleanup and renewal. Here are three things meeting professionals can do to refresh their event tactics.

New Method to Try When You Are Under Extreme Pressure

Smooth The Path

Chicago O’Hare airport has three terminals built together, and each terminal has up to three concourses (which are like terminals at any other airport but at O’Hare they have a different name), and I walked up and down each terminal and concourse during a very long layover last week.

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

WBT Systems

“ The world’s education systems are failing our children by not preparing them for the workplace of the future. “ This stark statement is the key finding of a new report by the World Economic Forum, Realizing Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Small-Staff Guide to Association Marketing


As as association professional, you understand the importance of marketing. But actually doing it, well, that’s a different story. If marketing isn’t necessarily your forte, allow us to help.

Add Productivity to the Last Hour of the Day

Associations Now

The last hour of the day can feel like a productivity killer. But a workplace efficiency trend, called the “soft project” hour, might help you to refocus and tackle those small membership to-do items. You know the feeling.

How to Build a Case for and Implement Joint Membership for Your Association and Chapters

Chapter Chat

Without an effective sales pitch and a comprehensive implementation plan, good ideas die. Joint membership is one of those good ideas for associations with a chapter network. Also known as unified membership, the joint membership model packages national and chapter memberships together.

How to Hire The Ideal Freelancer

Association Success

Finding a freelancer is easy. Finding the RIGHT freelancer is a whole other ball game. If you’ve read my article on the pros and cons of hiring a freelancer , then you might be convinced at this point that it is the right move. The thought can even seem too good to be true: low cost, talented individuals that need little management or guidance to do stellar work for your association. But wait. Where do you find these rockstars?

March Update: An Update on our Update

Wild Apricot Blog

Find out how our latest release went and want changes we've reverted. We've also got a free webinar coming up and some helpful resources from industry experts. march newsletter

Brand Safety: Online Advertising’s Achilles Heel

Associations Now

In recent weeks, both consumers and advertisers have started paying increased attention to where ads end up online. It’s an issue that associations should consider, too, if they rely on programmatic advertising.

How to Use Facebook Live at Your Association


It’s no secret that video is hot right now. Scroll through your Facebook news feed, and we bet a big portion of the posts you see are videos - most of them two minutes or less.

Turn Your Association Event Into an Incredible Content Powerhouse

Association Adviser

Is your association taking advantage of all the event-related content that your annual conference generates? Heather Carnes, Naylor Association Solutions. With summer quickly approaching, preparations for trade show season are in full swing.

Big Tips for Small Associations (At-Risk) - Moery Company

The Moery Company

IStock: Credit: Christian Chan. I’m concerned that small associations are facing structural headwinds. It is a critical time for these organizations to undertake a more entrepreneurial spirit. A spirit that I believe can unleash strengths our more diminutive organization brothers have!

Why a Big Change Isn’t the Best Fix

Associations Now

CEOs are challenged to innovate, but a recent poll suggests that what’s really needed is stability and trust. CEOs may get the best office, but their reputations are in the trash.

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Lessons for Associations From the Service Industry

Association Success

How do you go about communicating the bigger picture? Ari Weinzweig is co-founder of the massively successful Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. They are world-renowned for their outstanding customer service, which has been engrained in the company culture. So how was such a culture established?

Always Rushed? Try the Buffered Time Method for Association Scheduling

Smooth The Path

Professionals tend to run on one of two mindsets for time management. Magical thinking time. Magical thinking time is constructing a timeline for a plan assuming that nothing will go wrong. This schedule assumes there’s no learning curve, no curve balls, and no mistakes.

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How to Justify an AMS to Your Board: 3 Key Talking Points


Let’s say you’re using a membership spreadsheet to manage your association - and you KNOW that’s not working. You know you need a technology partner and an association management system (AMS) to help lighten the load. The trick, though, is selling that idea to your board.

Report: Coffee Market Surges as Consumers Grab Fancier Drinks

Associations Now

Gourmet cups of coffee, whether made from espresso or otherwise, have come to define the U.S. coffee market, according to the National Coffee Association. The trade group reports that coffee consumption has surged in the past year. Pour-over, cold brew, or Aeropress?

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 80: Chapter Relations… Are They Worth It? - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Chapter relations – such a common and frustrating issue within associations at the national level. Host JP Moery has heard the debates over and over again. Organizations want to know what they should be doing with their state chapters and local affiliates and whether or not developing these relations are really worth it. He shares several insights during his latest podcast. The post JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 80: Chapter Relations… Are They Worth It?

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The Question Our Newest Members are Asking

Smooth The Path

Related: Our members are not crazy. Why new members actually join. The most frustrating thing members do. The post The Question Our Newest Members are Asking appeared first on Smooth The Path.

Super Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Conference Growth

Velvet Chainsaw

Ok, admit it! You’re good at the details. You have an eye for minutia. You live and breathe by the motto, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”. You wear as a badge of honor that the devil is in the details. You take great pride in creating a sense of order out of chaos.

Restaurant Group Dishes Up Grease-Control Toolkit

Associations Now

The National Restaurant Association released a toolkit aimed at helping its members learn how to best dispose of fats, oils, and grease. Hint: It’s not down the drain.

My top 10 insights from MemberWise’s Digital Excellence 2017 report

Optimist Consulting

I really enjoyed reading the latest insights and predictions on digital trends for the membership sector in Digital Excellence 2017 , the free annual research summary report from MemberWise.

The Best One Ever?

Eric Lanke

Not too long ago, my association held its latest Annual Conference.

Membership 101: Lead Generation

Spark Consulting

Where does the membership relationship start? It begins with lead generation. People who might want to become members of your association have to find out that you exist. Lead generation is first contact (and please tell me that somebody gets the reference in the photo accompanying this post so that I’m not the only nerd out here all by myself). You are going to have to connect with a bunch of different people in order to find the ones who are the right match.

Texas Apartment Group Campaign Looks to Recruit New Workforce

Associations Now

With industry growth comes the need for new professionals. The Texas Apartment Association Education Foundation’s new campaign seeks to find them.

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How marketing & communications can support professional bodies with their diversity

Optimist Consulting

I recently came across the Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework for professional bodies from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Council. This practical framework is designed to help professional bodies improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) within their organisation.

WBT Systems Sponsors PersoniFest 2017

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is proud to sponsor PersoniFest 2017, hosted by Personify, April 2-5, in San Diego, California. We are very excited to sponsor PersoniFest! Mike will be flying over to San Diego to meet the Personify community and talk to you about all your Association eLearning questions.