2013

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment – Even with Scared Cows (Like Your Trade Show)

YourMembership Blog

I just returned from the Georgia Society of Association Executive’s Grand Tradeshow Experiment at the Georgia International Convention Center, and from a vendor perspective, I found it to be a curiously refreshing take on the traditional trade show offering I have experienced over the years.

One thing to do for ASAE Annual that nobody talks about

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Guest Post by Sandra Giarde, CAE. By now you’ve read about what to bring to ASAE. Your travel arrangements are all confirmed and reconfirmed. And your schedule is likely taking shape with sessions and parties identified as “must attend” and “might attend.”.

Do You Know How to Be A Member?

Spark Consulting

You just got a new member! Hopefully, she’ll acclimate and find her place and stay with you forever. Wait: “hopefully”? We can do better than that. Here’s the question you need to ask yourself: does your new member know how to be a member of your organization?

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Announcing Association Summer Jam 2013

Association Subculture

So hey all you Association Subculture blog readers.in the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli - hey bud, let's party ! On Saturday, June 15th some friends and I are starting the Association Summer Jam and here is how it works (it's TOTALLY simple) -.

Spring Hill College Alumni Board and New Offices for the Verto Solutions Companies

Association Navigator

The Association Navigator Blog is back. It’s been nearly three months since my last post, but I’m back and I’m picking up the tempo. I’m getting re-started with updates about Spring Hill College and our new offices at Verto Solutions. First, Spring Hill College.

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Three Tools for Recycling Past Presentations for Content Marketing

The Big Picture

Her Spin Sucks email newsletter is one of my favorite reads each week, so when Gini Dietrich sent out an invite for a free webinar on the future of content marketing, how could I resist? I signed right up!

You Are Not Innovative

Eric Lanke

image source You had me fooled for a while. You really did. I mean, you follow all the blogs, you read all the books and you go to all the conferences. And you talk about innovation all the time.

5 Social Media Trends for 2013 that membership bodies should take note of

Optimist Consulting

I think that these trends will influence the way we live in 2013, which in turn could result in increased expectations from members of their membership body. Are you ready? Social content will be king.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!

YourMembership Blog

Categories: Association Management , Member Engagement + Retention , Membership Management , Social Media and Business Trends For you Spiderman fans out there, you will remember this sage advice given to Peter Parker by his Uncle Ben.

8 Ways to Conquer Attending Your Next Conference

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Attending a big conference can make you feel like a freak. If you aren''t already plugged in to the who''s who of your industry, a huge meeting can make you want to hide out and make origami swans out of your business cards rather than pass them out to people at networking events. ?.

Why Is Membership the Only Relationship?

Spark Consulting

Way back in March at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in an early morning conversation facilitated by Jeff de Cagna.

Membership IS the Value of Membership!

Association Subculture

So, I was one of the lucky ones who got to see Dave Grohl's new documentary " Sound City " last night at the Crest in Sacramento (and yay +Sandra Giarde was with me, Mark and Molly). And I CANNOT stop thinking about it.

Pride

Association Navigator

I’m extremely proud of my grandfather, Lt. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and my father the Honorable Emmett R. Both men visited Washington, D.C. for the day on Wednesday. Emmett M. Cox, Jr. and Hon. Emmett R. “Rip” Cox.

Hack Your Association

Reid All About it

Have you ever seen one of these? UCF’s 3D printer at digitalNow. That’s a 3D printer from the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training METIL Lab.

Why Your Professional Association Needs a Strategic Plan…Right Now

Association Management

What’s an eight-letter word for association management? Strategy. And even though it should be the driving force behind your professional association’s agenda, strategic plans are often lacking in their most basic elements—including the imperative to stay current.

Alternatives to Cliché Photos for Your Association Website

Vanguard Tech

Poor use of stock photography has led to a world of clichés and gobbledygook. By now we have seen enough images of “grey-haired business man” or “multi-cultural people looking at a computer screen.” Heck, even the “writing on a white board” photo is overused.

Health care community managers and the future of patient engagement

The Big Picture

I recently spoke to Mississippi Healthcare Executives , the Mississippi chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The purpose of my short session was to convince them to use MHA Connect , my association's online community.

Including Outsiders

Jamie Notter

I just spent a few days in Key West, Florida on vacation. I can’t say enough good things about Key West; it’s a fabulous place to vacation. But you know me, even on vacation I end up thinking about organizational issues!

Straight from an intern’s mouth

Aaron Wolowiec

Editor’s Note: This week’s guest post is from Samantha Moore, meetings and membership coordinator for the American Bakers Association in Washington, D.C. Before working full time for the association, Moore was an intern. What can associations offer interns? She explains.

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Gamification: member organizations play for keeps

YourMembership Blog

The following is a guest blog post from Leni Hall, a web support specialist with a focus on social media at YourMembership.com. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Internet Marketing through Full Sail University.

LinkedIn Said To Congratulate Me!

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

It is a big deal when you change your employer information on Facebook and LinkedIn. Updates are issued. Posts are released. People are notified.

Always the Last to Know: Serval

Spark Consulting

One of the major problems survivors of natural disasters encounter is the inability to communicate when infrastructure like cell towers, routers, and switches have been damaged or destroyed.

Upgrading Ordinary in Associations

Association Subculture

Thanks to Lisa Junker ( @ljunker ) for sharing this blog post from Good.is on 10 Amazing Chairs for Book Lovers. To me, this is a perfect example of one of the trends we highlighted earlier this year from Trendhunter.com which was "upgraded ordinary.".

Speaking to Alabama Law Students about the Association World

Association Navigator

courtesy of [link]. I’m excited to again speak to University of Alabama law students about opportunities in the association world. The discussion is next week at the Washington offices of Hogan Lovells.

Member Engagement? It's.Well, It's Complicated.

Eric Lanke

image source A big thanks goes out to the more than forty association professionals who joined me on Wednesday, September 4 for an informal discussion on member engagement.

Association Finance: How Much Cash Should You Have in Reserve?

Association Management

I’m not quite old enough to have seen the television commercials for Fletcher’s Castoria children’s laxative when they aired in the ‘60s. They carried the memorable tag line “Better than Prunes.”

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How long does it take to design an association website?

Vanguard Tech

It seems like I have this conversation about once a week: Me: Hi, nice to meet you. How can I help you change the world with a new website for your association? Client/Prospect: Hmm. Changing the world is nice. What I really care about is how fast you can design and launch my new site.

Professional Speaking Association – how it grew by 45%

Optimist Consulting

Derek Arden , professional speaker and author and Immediate Past President of the Professional Speaking Association reflects on the organisation’s tremendous growth last year during his Presidency: About the Professional Speaking Association.

An Open Letter to Human Resources

Jamie Notter

Dear Human Resources Field, I’ve been struggling with how to say this in the most supportive and effective way possible (because I do love you), but after a seemingly endless stream of imperfect drafts that I have deleted, I’ve decided to just blurt it out: I’m done with you.

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

Two years ago, Aaron Wolowiec had a vision. Strategic planning. Instructional design. Meeting management. They were all in his wheelhouse. But it was time for something new. And so, on Dec. 8, 2011, Grand Rapids-based Event Garde was born.

Can associations bridge the skills-gap for their members?

YourMembership Blog

The following is a guest blog post by Jack McGrath, President and Creative Director for Digitec Interactive.

Things to Ask When Producing A Video

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Whether you know it or not, video is likely in your future. Here''s why: From this blog post by Wolf 21 Internet Marketing , you can see some provocative statistics about video (attrib. to Craig Backman from McLellan Group): Video is the preferred medium by most site visitors.

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10 Tips for Creating an Effective Marketing Piece

Spark Consulting

I’m headed to Providence to speak at CESSE this week, and one of the sessions I’ll be participating in will be an idea swap where we’ll be sharing marketing materials.

Announcing New Educational Partnership with CalSAE - IDEAL

Association Subculture

Let me take your picture, add it to the mixture, there it is I got you now. Really nothin'' to it, anyone can do it, it''s easy and we all know how. Now begins the changin'', mental rearrangin'', nothin''s really where its at.can you picture that? -