2015

Does Your Association’s Structure Stifle Success?

Associations Now

A startup mentality can help an association generate new ideas. But success has less to do with “failing fast” than knowing how your organizational structure stands in your way.

Why Is Strategic Planning Repelling Association Boards?

SCD Group

“To dream big or dream small takes the same amount of energy. So, why not stretch a little bit?” – Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev A potential client called asking if I could facilitate a “deep dive session” on how to grow the association.

How to Write Emails Your Association Members will Open

Socious

There are a lot of mediums available when it comes to engaging your customers or members—social media, your online community , email, etc. Each serves its own purpose and comes with its own set of best practices advantages and disadvantages.

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The Quantified Community

Higher Logic

Many people think that the Holy Grail for community managers is proving a community’s ROI. Wrong! In Rachel Happe’s Super Forum keynote address, she said that many people misunderstand this point.

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Retention is a Relationship

Spark Consulting

And you can’t claim to have a relationship with people you don’t know.

Millennial-friendly meetings: Bring on the couches and big screens

Aaron Wolowiec

Google images of millennials and you’ll find young professionals connected to their smart phones and tablets. You might also find images of colorful workplaces and nontraditional desks. Maybe even a collaborative thinking space.

5 Easy Content Hacks For Your Association Website

Vanguard Tech

Content is king on your association website. We just established that last month. So, then if that's true, how do we keep content churning online for your organization? How do we make sure search engines find you relevant and your members find you indispensable?

More Trending

5 Associations Rethink Volunteerism

Mariner

Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends. webinar series. Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs , Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N.

Writing with Gusto

Reid All About it

If you’re looking for me, check out my food blog, Grabbing the Gusto. I write several times a week over there.

Association Chat: The Digital Organization

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I''ve been reading an excellent book by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, When Millennials Take Over , that identifies four capacities for the future of business: Digital, Clear, Fluid, and Fast.

How the CIPD communicated about its rebrand and got it right

Optimist Consulting

A rebrand for a membership organisation can be an important part of a new strategic direction. It can revitalise the organisation and engage members and potential members. However, it can also raise questions in members’ minds – ‘What did that cost?’ and ‘Why do we need that?’,

Core Values Are Not Enough

Jamie Notter

Core values seem to be somewhat popular among companies that get involved in culture work. It's almost a necessary box to tick.

Why Associations Are Making Their Private Member Community the Centerpiece of Their Membership Marketing Strategy [Research]

Socious

Each year, membership marketing firm, Marketing General (MGI), publishes the results of their Membership Marketing Benchmarking survey. It is the association industry’s deepest look into trends, tools, and tactics.

There Are 100 Million Millennials - Are You Ready?

Higher Logic

Generations expert (and my co-author and partner) Jamie Notter recently posted this extensive article detailing some numbers research he has been doing around exactly how many Millennials there are. It’s important stuff, so I’m going to interrupt my regular column to point you to it.

Recruit the Whole Person

Spark Consulting

Last week, I was teaching the volunteer management course for ASAE’s Association Management Week with the smart and talented Andrea Rutledge (Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board), and she and I got chatting about membership recruitment. Andrea’s been a volunteer with ASAE’s research committee, which supports the work of the ASAE Foundation, and we specifically got talking about the Future of Membership project.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – October edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Kate Pojeta, conventions and exhibitions manager. Q & A with Kate Pojeta, conventions and exhibitions manager, Event Garde. Q: What are you looking most forward to in your role with EG? A: Event Garde has some amazing clients and I’m excited to be on the team to help conventions succeed.

Content Strategy Lessons from Lego: Everything is Awesome. Especially your content.

Vanguard Tech

Everything is awesome Everything is cool when you''re part of a team Everything is awesome when we''re living our dream

The # 1 (yes, one) Thing an Association Needs.and, No, it's Not a Top-10 List

Revverberations

It could be leadership. It could be a strategic plan. It could be even something as simple as focus. But I'm going to try and make an argument for a different top ONE thing an association needs - something on the slightly newer side of the house: a chief revenue officer, or CRO.

Think QUICK for Better Board Members

Association Management

I’ve written before about how Boards need to be willing to drop bad members from the Board. Deadwood can kill a Board. But what makes a good Board member? Think QUICK. Q uestions: The best Board members have the courage to ask the hard questions of staff and their fellow Board members.

ASAE Annual Exhibitors Miss Another Opportunity

Reid All About it

Yesterday, one of my friends started a conversation on Facebook about all the post-show emails sent by ASAE Annual exhibitors. We’re not receiving nearly the deluge of emails that go out before the show, but, once again, many of these emails are missing the mark. Segment your list.

Fundraising and Association Leadership

Eric Lanke

In the past year, me and my association have gone through dramatic transformations. With regard to my association, we have significantly increased the amount of money--and our dependence on that amount of money--that is raised from our members through our 501(c)(3) foundation.

6 great membership crowdsourcing examples

Optimist Consulting

I was delighted to deliver a presentation about crowdsourcing at the recent MemberWise ‘Membership Excellence’ conference. I thought I’d share six examples of membership organisations that are using crowdsourcing well. What is crowdsourcing?

Cancer Does What It Wants

Jamie Notter

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with larynx cancer earlier this year. I had a small growth on my vocal chords that turned out to have some cancer in it.

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5 People You Need on Your Association's Online Community Management Team

Socious

Regardless of how talented your community managers are, it takes more than community professionals to create a sustainable community that provides consistent engagement and value.

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Meet Your Community Managers: Jenny Taylor

Higher Logic

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our three community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

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Review: When Millennials Take Over

Spark Consulting

“Every 20 years or so, a new generation enters the workforce, and the rest of us, quite frankly, freak out about it.” ” .

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60 Minutes to Sponsorship Growth

Aaron Wolowiec

Editor’s Note: This is Event Garde’s busiest time of the year, so we’ll be back to original content soon.

7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Association Website

Vanguard Tech

Spring is in the air! It’s time to open the windows, dust every inch of our homes, clean the drapes, exhaust the stale winter indoors drudgery and usher in a fresh, clean spring experience.

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A Meaningful, Sustainable Way to Rev Your Non-Dues Revenue. But be Patient.

Revverberations

Fact: Most employees are not nearly as engaged as you want. That's a statistical likelihood. And that hurts your income. "Employee engagement" can be described in a number of different ways.

Association Chat On Camera! What's Happening to #assnchat?

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

For the past few weeks Association Chat has been quietly testing a new platform for the weekly Tuesday chats. Blab is a livestreaming platform that enables a public video chat among four participants at a time.

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The ASAE Annual Exhibitor Email Deluge

Reid All About it

Every year, when I register for the ASAE Annual Meeting, I check the box to receive emails from exhibitors. As a writer/marketer, I like seeing how vendors in my community use email marketing. Some of them do it well, but some, oh boy, they really blow it.

Tech Tools for Chapters

Mariner

Running a successful chapter can be a daunting task and nothing makes it more so than the operational side of things. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of available tools and resources that chapters can use to address many of these tasks.

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Accelerating Member Engagement

Potomac Core

Accelerating Member Engagement. According to a recent CNBC post “earnings are expected to be down by some 4 percent year over year, that is an 8-percent reduction from previous estimates.” How does this or any financial news connect to Association member engagement?

What Makes a Good Team?

Jamie Notter

It’s not a random collection of your “best” people. We tend to think that putting the smartest, most capable people together on a team is the best decision, but some research I saw reported in the New York Times says otherwise.

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7 Attractive Member Benefits for Virtual Members of Your Association

Socious

Have you ever noticed the large number of corporate brands that market on some variation of having it your way ? There’s Burger King, Subway, Kmart, Walt Disney World, and many others.

Meet Your Community Manger: Calista Rollogas

Higher Logic

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our three community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

Coming Soon from Spark

Spark Consulting

All kinds of exciting goodies on the horizon, which is part of the reason the blog’s been fairly quiet of late. Whitepapers. Winter is for writing, and that’s what I’ve been up to! I’m excited to share that I’ll be coming out with two new whitepapers this spring/summer.