2019

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An Unexpected Solution for Professional Burnout: Association Membership

WBT Systems

An Unexpected Solution for Professional Burnout: Association Membership. Read more about An Unexpected Solution for Professional Burnout: Association Membership.

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101 Ways To Get New Members For Your Organization

Wild Apricot

Want to grow your membership? Here are 101 ways your organization can attract and recruit more members both in the short and long term.

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2019 Tech Trends: 3 Factors Associations Should Watch

Associations Now

After what feels like a decade of aggressive innovation, things are starting to slow down a bit—which might make tech a little easier for associations to manage in 2019. I have a lot to live up to with this year-beginning column. See, 12 months ago, my first blog post of the year predicted that there would be, and I quote, “ Tough Headwinds for Personalization in 2018.

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Has Your Leadership Evolved For The New Normal?

Velvet Chainsaw

Change is hard. Foresight—looking forward—is hard. Why? Because we prefer certainty and concreteness to ambiguity and abstraction. Becoming a new normal leader requires shifting your perspective. It means becoming biased towards consistent, persistent evolution, not inclined to keep things the way they are which results in stagnant-status-quo-sameness.

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How To Cultivate Community Affinity Throughout The Generosity Journey

Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio, Director of Corporate Brand

This session will dive into how to create rich generosity experiences that foster long-lasting relationships. You’ll walk away with actionable insights to redefine how you engage with your supporters—emphasizing trust, engagement, and community over transactional giving models. 🤝 Industry expert Tim Sarrantonio will explore data-backed strategies to engage supporters as active participants in a community that values their contributions and shared ideals.

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Buying Association Management Software in 2019? Start Here.

Delcor

Before embarking on an association management software (AMS) selection this year, get clear on two things: Why you want a new AMS. What you want in a new AMS. LET’S START WITH THE WHY. Why is your organization considering new association management software? Do you need new functionality? Is your software so customized you can’t upgrade it? Is your association starting a new line of business?

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Why Most Organizations Get New Member Onboarding Wrong — and 3 Ways to Do It Right

Wild Apricot

Associations tend to have very robust renewal programs, but meager new member onboarding programs. Here's how you can create a strong new member onboarding program in 3 easy steps.

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Why Your Association Shouldn’t Ignore Direct Mail

Associations Now

Direct mail often doesn’t get the respect it deserves these days, but it’s a significantly more effective medium than digital tools like email or social media. And it’s getting more interactive, too. It’s way cheaper to send out another email or social ad than it is to go to all the trouble of physically printing something out and delivering it through the mail.

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Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Velvet Chainsaw

I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. There are many associations that tout their open and supportive cultures. But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings? Online forums have tackled this issue in recent weeks and it is clear that not all organizations support their on-site operations effectively or consistent

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Does Your Association’s IT Executive Need a Coach?

Delcor

Are you losing confidence in your association’s IT executive? Perhaps you’re beginning to wonder if you have the right person in the CIO or IT Director role. In professional sports, an owner is quick to replace their head coach when the team isn’t performing. However, when one of your dedicated, hard-working employees is struggling, bringing in a coach for your IT executive is often the best approach.

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How to Increase Membership Renewal

Dive deep into essential elements that drive member retention. Learn why members may hesitate to renew. Discover actionable techniques to encourage their return and foster lasting engagement. Uncover reasons members choose not to renew. Learn effective tactics to elevate member engagement and communication. Explore methods to encourage member renewal and active participation in your association Download now to take charge of your membership retention strategy!

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.29.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Will I see you at ASAE TEC next week? For me, TEC is like a reunion, camp and retreat combined in one. If we haven’t met and you see me walking around, please introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you. Association silos have been a topic of conversation for years now.

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Continuing Education: Not Just for Meetings and Conferences Anymore

YourMembership

A recent Community Brands study suggests it may be time for associations to focus on additional learning opportunities for their members. According to the Community Brands Member Engagement and Loyalty Study, meetings and conferences, which traditionally have emphasized training and continuing education, are one area where association professionals (Pros) are very focused.

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The 3 Things Every CEO Should Know About Culture

Jamie Notter

One of my mantras is that workplace culture isn’t as complicated, difficult, vague, etc. as we make it out to be. I’m not saying it’s super simple and easy, but it’s definitely something we all can handle. And since we push it away as “too complex,” we lack a tangible vocabulary for it, which only serves to reinforce our (inaccurate) conclusion that culture is hard.

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Strategies to Justify Association Software

GrowthZone

Robust AMS (association management software) has far-reaching benefits to members, staff, the board of directors, and the organization as a whole. But justifying an AMS purchase can still be challenging. Most boards use a “big picture” approach to decision making. To ensure your board is “seeing the forest for the trees,” prepare a presentation that outlines quantifiable vs. indirect benefits and defines the difference between ROI and VOI (value on investment).

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How to Create a Winning Event Marketing Strategy

Events hold the power to create lasting impressions and meaningful connections. They are not only occasions for celebration but also valuable marketing opportunities. Event marketing has become an essential component of successful business strategies, enabling organizations to engage with their target audience and create memorable experiences. However, behind every successful event lies a well-thought-out marketing strategy.

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Creating a Very Engaging Member Community

Smooth The Path

What if you could create a member organization from scratch? What would you do to bake engagement into the structure from the start? I have consulted with a handful of professionals who did just that, and the process was super exciting! Culture experts say that culture will happen no matter what, but the best cultures happen with some planning and encouragement.

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Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle?

Association Success

5 Ways Associations Can Show the Love to Mid-Career Professionals It begins innocently enough. Career milestones are reached. You find yourself in conference sessions instructed noticeably below your skill level. The interns at your office look, maybe even are, young enough to be your children. You may not yet be a C-Suite leader, but you’d be kidding yourself attending a Young Professionals happy hour.

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11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration

WBT Systems

11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration. Read more about 11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration.

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Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: How to Succeed + 5 Platforms You Can Use

Wild Apricot

Crowdfunding for nonprofits might seem intimidating, but many organizations are using it to great success. In this post, I break down the steps your organization needs to take to succeed as well as reviewing 5 common crowdfunding platforms.

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The Ultimate Guide to Monetizing Customer Learning

Every decision that goes into your learning monetization strategy matters for your organization’s bottom line. Our research has shown a clear correlation between high program maturity (and ROI!) and choosing the right monetization strategy. This eBook contains clear, actionable ways to approach packaging and pricing models that will help your association grow revenue, improve profitability, and drive expansion into new markets.

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#TEC19: How Diversity and Inclusion Power Tech Innovation

Associations Now

ASAE’s 2019 Technology Exploration Conference kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation focused on the value of diversity, inclusion, and human interactions in fueling future tech innovations. Artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and the internet of things—these are the technology trends shaping our digital future. But without a diverse talent pool and meaningful human interactions, organizations of all types, including associations, will fall behind amid so much dynamic cha

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Do You Really Have Them at Hello? Rethinking Your First-Timer Strategy

Velvet Chainsaw

One of my biggest pet peeves is the way some conferences approach first-time attendees. Being intentional and having a plan for how you welcome someone who is experiencing your conference for the first time is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a smart attendee acquisition strategy. It’s a pivotal time to onboard and help them make connections that will last throughout the conference, and, hopefully, throughout the years as they become repeat attendees.

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What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection

Delcor

Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. But have you changed the way you select and implement technology? For example, the requirements checklist on a typical request for proposals (RFP) for a new association management system (AMS) hasn’t changed much over the years: Membership requirements - check.

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Why Every Association Exec Needs to Read The State of Community Management Report

Mizz Information

Hellloooo there! Been about a million minutes since I last posted here–or anywhere, other than my journal–but I guess that’s what happens when you become your own boss. It’s been a wild year to say the least, but kind of an awesome one. I’ll save the long story for another time, but short story: I’m currently self-employed (with a new website to show for it…still a work in progress) and my days either loving working from home or being super lonely working from home, or usually

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2024 Association Survey Results Report

2024 Association Survey Results Report For the 10th year, association professionals across the U.S. and Canada provided a look at the inner workings of their organizations when they replied to GrowthZone’s annual survey. Read the 2024 survey results report to see how your association compares: Top Challenges Retention Rates Non-Renewal Reasons Automatic Renewals Reinstatement Strategies Member Engagement Changes & Strategies Why Members Join Non-Dues Revenue Sources Dues Increases, and more

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Does your association value job boards as much as your members do?

YourMembership

A recent Community Brands study shows that job opportunities are one of the most important benefits to members, yet associations have work to do in this area. According to the Community Brands Member Engagement and Loyalty Study, job opportunities rank in the top 10 of most important benefits to members of professional associations. The study. The post Does your association value job boards as much as your members do?

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You Don’t Need Happy Employees

Jamie Notter

The biggest reason our efforts to improve employee engagement over the last 20 years have been a horrible failure might surprise you: it’s because we’ve been trying to make people happy. Our collective image of an engaged employee is someone who likes coming to work, someone who smiles a lot, someone who has a positive sentiment about their workplace.

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5 Books to Inspire Leadership and Innovation

CommPartners

In the spirit of today being World Book Day, we have compiled a list of some of our staff’s top book recommendations for e-learning leaders. These books fulfill different needs in our lives, whether it is to inspire or inform. Through reading, we can learn skills, adopt new perspectives, and experience personal growth. Books embody […].

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Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last week I presented a session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice. We each tackled a different aspect of resilience. I presented and facilitated a small group activity on rituals.

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The Retention Ripple Effect: Nonprofit Staff and Donor Dynamics

Speaker: Andrew Olsen, CFRE - EVP, Fundraising Solutions at DickersonBakker | Kat Landa, CFRE, CSD - SVP, Talent Solutions at DickersonBakker

Across the nonprofit sector, organizations invest heavily in donor retention efforts, yet the struggle of cultivating lasting relationships remains. While attracting new donors is crucial, the lack of repeat donors poses significant financial risks. Through a comprehensive analysis of industry data, experts argue that there is a direct correlation between donor burnout, donor retention, and the talent retention crisis.