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.

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.

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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 !

Engaging Your Team in 2015


The most common lament we hear (ok it’s tied with “we can’t find volunteers”) is how can we get the volunteers to actually do what they say they will. As we’ve always said here at Mariner, volunteer management is really HR management and so the many principals for motivating employees are relevant

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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.

9 ways to feature your members in your content marketing plan

Optimist Consulting

I have blogged before about content marketing for membership bodies.

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Why Your Association Website Is Like Van Halen

Vanguard Tech


The Fake Battle Between Culture and Strategy

Jamie Notter

The other day I came across yet another article/post declaring that “ Culture eats strategy for breakfast ” (or lunch, or dinner, or afternoon tea…). I tweeted it out, copying my friend and colleague, Jeff De Cagna , since he and I have been discussing this topic lately.

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.

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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The Day Someone Made My Day

Robert M Barnes

The Life of a Daymaker (Wagner, D. 2013) book was given to me this week by the entrepreneurial CEO of a machine company in TN. What a great gift, thanks Jeff Turner and thanks to my CEO Amith Nagarajan for introducing me. … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind


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.

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.

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.

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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5 Features Elevating Sitefinity 7 to an Enterprise CMS for Association Websites

Vanguard Tech

Several years ago we evaluated all the CMS products on the market and chose to work exclusively with Sitefinity.

Rant About the Stupid Stuff Being Said About Generations

Jamie Notter

It’s Friday, so I’m giving myself permission to get a little angry. I am hitting my limit of the amount of crap that I can stand to read about generations in the business literature, and particularly, of course, the millennial generation.

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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You are worthy

Association Advocacy Chick

Last week, I was among the honorees of Association Trends’ 2014 Salute to Association Excellence. For those not familiar, the ceremony honors those who have contributed their time and talent to the association community.

What Happens When Non-Board Members Attend Board Meetings?

Eric Lanke

image source We did something brand new at our latest Board meeting. For a while now, our Board has been organized into three task forces--each focused on one of the three strategic priorities of the organization.

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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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.

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.

Taxonomy, Categories and Sitefinity – Organization Meets Presentation

Vanguard Tech

“Taxonomy – a scheme of classification” One of the most powerful features of the Sitefinity Content Management System is the ability to assign a taxonomy to content, allowing website managers to filter, sort and display content based on a set of defined categories.

Don’t Screw Up the Culture

Jamie Notter

That title is actually the polite version of some advice that Brian Chesky, the CEO of AirBnB, got from someone who had just given him $150 million in startup funding. What the VC actually said, was “ Don’t f**k up the culture.”

What Birthdays Mean at 38-Years-Old

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I woke up this morning at 3 a.m. with a surge of energy and a house full of sleeping family members. I thought about trying to go back to sleep, but after a few minutes decided the effort was futile and headed upstairs to brew some coffee and read. It is my birthday today and I am now 38-years-old.

Are Associations Ready to REALLY Help Youth Worldwide?

Association Subculture

So, most of you regular readers know I have been interested in generational issues for a while now and I''ve been working with the NextGen group at ASAE.

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

Association e-learning: what you need to know

Aaron Wolowiec

Sarah Lugo, digital marketing coordinator for Digitec Interactive. This month’s guest blog post is by Sarah Lugo, digital marketing coordinator for Digitec Interactive. Follow her on Twitter. Associations are beginning to grow their education departments by bringing member education online.