Meet You in Nashville: Where to Eat During #ASAE14 (part 1)

Reid All About it

I like to eat. I like to cook too so I appreciate chefs that use locally sourced ingredients to create fabulous dining experiences. Let me tell you, if you choose right, you’re going to have some fabulous dining (and drinking) experiences in Nashville.

Rethinking What It Means to Be a Member

Spark Consulting

A few months ago, I had a chance to sit down (virtually) with Beth Brodovsky and talk about what’s changing in membership relationships. The podcast is out !

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5 Cool Things Associations Are Doing at Meetings and Events

Aaron Wolowiec

This month’s guest blog post is by Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor for Associations Now. Contact Whitehorne at swhitehorne@asaecenter.org. Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor for Associations Now.

Good Leaders Know They Don’t Know Everything

Association Leaders

If you study leadership, read about great leaders throughout history, or even if you just think about what you should do (and not do) to be a good leader, you may come away with a very wrong conclusion – that good leaders are always the smartest people in their organization and therefore have all the answers.

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Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

Software News September 2014 – iPhone App Launched

Wild Apricot

Here are details on the launch of our new Wild Apricot mobile app and our long-term mobile roadmap. Wild Apricot

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9 ways to feature your members in your content marketing plan

Optimist Consulting

I have blogged before about content marketing for membership bodies.

Social Media for Associations 101

Association Management

Before your association starts a social media account on every existing medium, you need to know what you’re trying to accomplish. Simply having a social media account won’t add value to your association, and if not done correctly, social media can actually inhibit progress.

2014 is done. Bring on the New Year!

YourMembership Blog

Goodbye 2014. Put it in the books. It has been a remarkable year with a number of highs and a few lows along the way. But isn’t that typical of almost every journey we go on?

The #ASAE14 Party List - Where to Go to See The Who's Who in Associations

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Every year the best networking at ASAE Annual happens at the parties and receptions after the sessions have concluded for the day. You’ll never know how much learning you are capable of until you are shouting about outdated membership models across a crowded table at a bar.

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

Debunking Five Myths About Google+

Association Adviser

Are you among the many who say “ Oh no! Not another social network! Why should I care about Google+? ” You may have heard people saying it’s a ghost town, or that it’s only for techies. The people who write these things are, quite simply, wrong.

Meet You in Nashville: What You Need to Know for #ASAE14

Reid All About it

If you’re on the fence about attending the ASAE Annual Meeting in Nashville , let me tell you: Nashville will pleasantly surprise you. No, that’s not quite right. You are going to have a blast in Nashville! What a cool city! That’s more like it.

Four Keys to Writing Good Marketing Copy

Spark Consulting

How do you write good marketing copy? In a nutshell: Think about your audience. Who are they? What do you know about them? Use that information to craft a personalized message. Talk like a real person, and write like you speak. Shorter and simpler is better than longer and more complex.

Silence isn’t golden in the dark

Aaron Wolowiec

It was Dec. 21 and we were frosting homemade sugar cookies when our world went black. And it stayed that way – dark and cold – for a week. After seven days, all our fish were dead. House plants – dead. Pipes – frozen and burst.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

Can a Company Survive Without a CEO?

Association Leaders

Interesting article in Associations Now today. The article asks the question, ‘Can a company or organization survive without a CEO’? Read the article here. I was confident I knew the answer without reading the article – “NO”! But I read the article anyway. I guess I was curious more than anything else. Turns out my instincts were right.

5 Social Media Trends That Could Impact Nonprofits In 2015

Wild Apricot

In this guest post, Alex Balan offers his take on 5 social media trends non-profits should pay attention to for 2015. social media

Should chapters get liability insurance? An expert weighs in.


Question: We are a XXX organization for XXX and have more than 100 components (we call them chapters) in cities across the country. They are all 501c6 organizations with their own articles, bylaws and D&O insurance. Question of the day: do they also need liability insurance?

5 quick member recruitment wins

Optimist Consulting

As we approach September, midway through the financial year for lots of membership organisations, I am sure your thoughts are turning to reviewing income targets. So here are five quick membership recruitment wins: 1. Chase up lapsed memberships.

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

Speaker: Jay Wilkinson, CEO & Founder, Firespring

It doesn't take an industry professional to know that nonprofits highly depend on donations. The marketing emails, events, and website design are meant to attract new donors, when what we should be doing is trying to keep the donors we have. Teach a man donor acquisition and he'll get donations for the day--teach a man donor retention and he'll get donations for a lifetime. John Jay Wilkinson, CEO and founder of Firespring, and learn how to get donations for a lifetime. In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and rev up donor retention. Six out of ten donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Meetings 5.0: Five Ways to Improve Your Events

Association Management

This week I’m speaking on a panel at the New England Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting. I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what the session title is. But I know it has something to do with “innovations in meetings and programs.”.

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Mindful Associations – Your Questions Answered

YourMembership Blog

Last week we held our December Thought Leadership webinar Mindful Associations: Fuel 2015 Success with Vision and Gratitude , with Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, recognized speaker and CEO of Leadership Solutions International.

Advice for the Emerging Association Professional

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

After spending 12 years working in the association world, I am no longer considered an “emerging association professional”. I could throw in a joke about this just meaning I’m getting old, but instead I wear it as a badge of honor!

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Members of All Ages Less Likely to Be Using Email

Association Adviser

If you think you’ve been getting more text, tweets, updates and posts than ever before you’re not alone. According to our latest reader poll, a majority percent of respondents believe that at least. For more about this topic, click on the headline. Did You Know? email poll results social media

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Meet You in Nashville: Where to Eat during #ASAE14, part 2

Reid All About it

I’ve already written one post about dining in Nashville that focused on downtown restaurants – the ones closest to the Music City Center. But there’s more! Rolf & Daughters ( Twitter , Instagram ). 700 Taylor St., 2 miles/8 minute drive from the MCC.

Seven Keys to Great Testimonials

Spark Consulting

One of the best ways to promote your association and its programs, products, and services is to let your members, customers, audiences, and other stakeholders do it for you. In other words, to use testimonials.

Happy employees, big dollars

Aaron Wolowiec

I remember the first time a boss took me out to lunch for a job well done. It was my first job out of college, and the editorial staff had just launched our newly designed magazine. As editor, I wrote and scrutinized thousands of words.

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The Future of Associations

Association Leaders

On Friday, January 17 I had the privilege of moderating an esteemed panel of experts in a discussion titled, The Future of Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Meeting. The audience included more than 100 association executive members of the NAM CMA and more than 200 people joining live via webcast. If you missed the session, you missed a lot.

26 Free Non-profit Webinars for October 2014

Wild Apricot

We’ve have found 26 fantastic free webinars for non-profits this October. Topics include: “identifying online ambassadors”; “getting started with video”; “Facebook ads for year-end campaigns”; “Generation Gems” and much more. webinars

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How much is too much?


Most can agree that we receive way too many emails in the course of a day.

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Why I like the Market Research Society’s (MRS) successful membership change project

Optimist Consulting

I know from working with my clients on membership change projects that there are two essential elements to any change process that affect members: Ensuring you use a long-term communications campaign that is consistent. Taking your members along with you.

The Three “I”s of Successful Tech Associations

Association Management

As someone who’s worked around technology associations for a long time, I often get asked: “So what are the secret traits of the groups that are the most successful?” ” Quite honestly, these secrets traits aren’t really so secret.