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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


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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 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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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?

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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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.

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?

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.

Just Released: Community Benchmarking Study

Membership Marketing

For the past three years, Marketing General Incorporated and Higher Logic have produced the Community Benchmarking Study. The latest edition is now available as a download. Here is your link to get a copy of the study.

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.

What Unsubscribers Can Teach an Email Marketer


I’m sitting at my desk creating another masterpiece (email/landing page/automated email campaign) and I see my “Darn, Another Unsubscriber” folder jump one more. This means someone unsubscribed. What?!