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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.”.

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.

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.

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

It’s the first board meeting of the year and the room is packed with enthusiastic volunteer board members. And later that month, committee members flock to your building to discuss the assignments for the year. But slowly, throughout the year, people stop coming. Projects hit roadblocks.

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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Three design challenges for 21st century association business models

Principled Innovation

Association boards, CEOs and senior executives will need to answer a wide variety of questions as they embark on the work of developing new business models to enable their organizations to thrive over the next decade and beyond.

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.

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Say NO to Stock Photography for Association Websites

Vanguard Tech

Images can be a powerful – if used wisely. For example, consider stock photography. Stock images are everywhere because they are easily accessible and inexpensive. But are they good to use? Stop for a moment and tell me how many times you have seen THIS guy? He’s famous and works really hard.

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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.

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!

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. ?.

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.

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) -.

ORGPRO 2013: Learning and networking just like Apple

Aaron Wolowiec

Donna Oser, founder of Vital Associations and chair of the ORGPRO Task Force It’s no secret Michigan’s economy is suffering. In fact, nearly every industry feels the effects. Even associations.

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.

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.

Scouting for Talent within Your Association Membership

Association Management

New York Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera, retired at the end of this baseball season. After all the years Rivera he’s spent in the league—he’s retiring at age 43—it’s easy to forget where he came from. But I won’t make you look it up.

Reads of the Week: February 8, 2013

Reid All About it

Do you have a person in mind when you write marketing or social media copy? Geoff Drake, senior web writer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium (what a cool job!), writes for his imaginary friend Sue. Get personal with your persona,” he says. “We We have a kind of pact, Sue and I.

On the go with your members: The case for responsive web design for your association website

Vanguard Tech

Mobile and tablet computer sales are expected to surpass sales for desktop and laptop computers in 2013. So why are you still designing your association website for only the desktop experience?

How Technology is Transforming Strategy

Principled Innovation

This post originally appeared last Wednesday on the ResultsDirect AssociationCentric Blog. Remarkable…simply remarkable. I find it remarkable that it is February 2013, and I am still reading magazine articles advising associations to create strategic plans every five or six years, and encouraging leaders to review those plans just once a year. Do association leaders still believe we live in that world? Really? That’s remarkable.

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.

10 Questions Answered About Association Jam

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

When I first heard Shelly Alcorn''s idea about having an association gathering in multiple cities across the country at the same time and shared virtually(!), I thought she was smart, but crazy.

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.

Reinvent What You Do, Not Who You Are

Association Subculture

I have no idea what I am supposed to do.I only know what I can do. Captain Kirk, Star Trek Into Darkness. Yes, I am an unabashed fan-girl and so excited over this movie I can barely stand it.

The X, Y and Z of membership

Aaron Wolowiec

Sarah Sladek, founder of XYZ University. We’re in the middle of a generational alphabet soup, a “perfect storm” as Sarah Sladek, founder of consulting company XYZ University , calls it. You’ve probably heard of Generation X and Generation Y , but what about Generation Z ?

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Six serious ideas for 2013

Principled Innovation

2013 is the year when association leaders will need to get serious about transformation. So as the year begins in earnest, I want to share six ideas on which I will focus my attention over the next 12 months. These are high impact ideas for association leaders who are serious about taking their organizations to the next level. I look forward to your questions, as well as your thoughts on how these ideas may reshape your association’s work in the year ahead.

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!

How to Know If You're An Association Nerd

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

When I started my first association job way back when, I had no idea I''d still be working in the association industry more than 10 years later. Part of what kept me in this association realm is my intense nerd-love for all things associations. After gathering with a group of fellow association nerds last weekend, I thought it might be cool to try to pull together a list of common traits for those who love association-land. Here is my checklist for how to know if you''re an association nerd.

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Three Ideas for Member Engagement

YourMembership Blog

While it is hard to believe anyone would want to break up with us, as membership organizations we all know it happens sometimes. There are many consultants out there who are happy to give you the key to engaging your members but it’s not formulaic. True engagement comes from conversations.

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.".

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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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.

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