How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members

Wild Apricot Blog

New nonprofits face more challenges than ever before, because of how the internet and emerging technologies are changing the ways in which people interact with organizations. In this comprehensive guide, I show you how to start a nonprofit the right way and get your first paying members.

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The Complete Guide on How to Start an Association

Wild Apricot Blog

This step-by-step guide to covers absolutely everything you need to know about how to start an association in the USA. How-to-Start-an-Association

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How to Say “No” to Nonprofit Board Members

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re facing a difficult situation where you need to say a firm “no” to a board member, follow these five tips to help you frame the conversation in a constructive, collaborative way. Nonprofit-Board How-to-Say-No

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How to Approach a Potential Sponsor the Right Way

Moery Company

You’re face-to-face with a potential first-time sponsor – what are you going to say? How about nothing? The temptation is to talk about your organization, but ask yourself, what’s the best way to show the sponsor the benefit to their organization?

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How to Find Your Voice

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

At the approach of every new year, we look at our lives with special scrutiny to identify the things we think we must change in order to improve our lot in some way. We resolve to lose weight, learn a foreign language, or take up exercise as a way to prove our merit and grit.

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How to Disagree Nicely

Higher Logic

Knowing how to respond to a comment -- either general or directed at you -- can be tough,especially on the internet where tone and sarcasm are easily lost without body language. It’s best to have empathy and move on (which is definitely easier said than done).

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How to Make Your New Members Feel Welcome  

YourMembership Blog

I’ve written quite a bit about the new member onboarding process and keeping new members engaged because addressing these topics is critical to any association’s long-term success. The first interactions with your organization make a long-lasting impression on a new member and provide the foundation for you to build a relationship that continues for years to come. The post How to Make Your New Members Feel Welcome appeared first on YourMembership.

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How to Increase Your Association’s Email Deliverability: 12 Areas to Optimize + 3 Tech To-Dos

HighRoad Solution

Email open rates have dropped for most businesses – hovering around 25%. That means for every 1,000 emails that reach a company’s target audience’s inbox, 750 of them don’t get opened. Email Marketing

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How to publish a book and why you should care

Aaron Wolowiec

As a featured association management blogger on Alltop , I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review an advance copy of a new book written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch titled, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book.

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How to Attract New Sponsors to Your Organization - Moery Company

Moery Company

How can we bring new sponsors into our organization?” Here is a sales methodology we are honing at our shop: First : We know many associations are about to send out their new prospectus for 2019 (budget season is coming up by the way). Definitely send the prospectus to them.

The Complete 2018 Step-by-Step Guide On How To Write A Press Release

Jamie Notter

In order to ensure the maximum effectiveness of your press release, you will want to make sure that they conform to certain generally accepted formatting practices. A press release is defined as “a public relations announcement issued to the news media and other targeted publications for the purpose of informing the public about company developments” Simply put, a press release is simply your ticket to publicity. How To Writing

How to Improve First-Year Member Retention

Higher Logic

It’s vital to growth and sustainability as well as the success of new member acquisition campaigns. Because how valuable are new members if they stay for just one year? That’s a big hit to your growth strategy. You also need to convince them to stay.

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How to Write the Perfect Donation Letter (+ Examples & Template)

Wild Apricot Blog

Learn how to write a donation letter by understanding the ins and outs of appeals, following simple best practices, and referencing these two stellar examples

20 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Could Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

Higher Logic

Before we get started, let me say this: making mistakes is part of learning how to do anything well. That being said, it’s time to take a closer look at your marketing automation strategy to see if you’re making any of these common mistakes.

How to Deal With Disruptive Community Members

Higher Logic

Maybe the member is trying to stir the pot, or they’re oblivious to their impact. Either way, something must be done to maintain the respectful environment you’ve been cultivating. Once those parameters have been set, don’t be afraid to enforce them.

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How to Engage Members Without Desk Jobs

Higher Logic

How do you engage members who don’t sit in front of a computer all day? Not to mention, it’s usually easier to upload materials, reply to discussions and just check in when you’re at a desktop. Here are three ideas to help spur on-the-go engagement: 1.

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How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Higher Logic

Volunteer work is critical to your association. Not only does it supplement your staff’s daily workload, it deepens member relations to the organization and offers the chance to build new skills. But how do you get members to start volunteering?

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How to Get Those Prospects to “Act Now” - Moery Company

Moery Company

The better you can successfully nuance your discussion in this way, the more sales you will close – but, how do you do it? These three strategies have been highly effective for me: #1 Offer the opportunity to participate.

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How to Grow Your Nonprofit’s Instagram Following

Wild Apricot Blog

If you're planning on starting a nonprofit Instagram and aren't sure where to begin, Lilach Bullock, social media expert, has you covered. nonprofit-instagram-strategy nonprofit-instagram

How to deliver the right in-person learning experience online.

YourMembership Blog

Today, in-person courses and multi-day conferences are the top two leading learning formats for association members, according to our 2017 Member Professional Development Study. Considering today’s learner consumption habits, how can you offer your members the learning. The post How to deliver the right in-person learning experience online.

I Don't Know How To Do That

Eric Lanke

I was talking to a friend last night about one of the newest education programs in my association. He's a friend, but he's not in the association business, and I often find his viewpoint as an outsider to my world refreshing. I don't know how to do that.

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How to Prioritize Your Culture Work

Jamie Notter

It’s basically a list of things they will do inside their organization to either change or protect specific aspects of their culture, in order to ensure ongoing success. Their first challenge, then, is to prioritize which plays should go first.

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How to Increase Your Sales Without Hiring More Reps

Higher Logic

Are you ready to learn how? With the advent of marketing automation systems, companies are harnessing the power of the internet to draw customers to their site. To do that, you need content. Did they go to an industry forum to ask a question?

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How to Differentiate Yourself in Association Sales - Moery Company

Moery Company

Not a month goes by in which a very well-meaning and ambitious person calls me and asks, “Hey, I’d like to pick your brain about how you sell to associations.”. Listen carefully to the content. Listen to their challenges. And, they have no basis to do so.

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How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact

Beth Kanter's Blog

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact – Guest Post by Simon Mainwaring. Nonprofits do critical work in their communities and around the world and, in so doing, build the awareness of their brands to scale their impact.

How to Lead Your Association Through Difficult Times

Socious

Something always seems to be going wrong, which may just be a symptom of the fact that we’re living in turbulent, uncertain times. When it rains, it pours. And man, is it pouring. It seems like every few hours we hear another piece of crummy news from the media, our friends, or our coworkers.

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5 Reasons Your Executives Don’t Participate in Your Online Community (And How to Fix It)

Higher Logic

It’s designed to help members get involved, make connections, and develop relationships with their peers and organizations. Your c-suite and board of directors may not be as involved in your community as you’d like them to be – and that’s a problem. Why Executives Need to Be Involved.

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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. Email is a marketing channel that has shifted in usage and popularity over time, making it increasingly harder to capture the attention of your members.

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How to Get Amazon-Level Personalization (With No Extra Effort)

Socious

This is a wedding without a gift registry, which should be illegal because I spent well over an hour scrolling through “wedding gifts” on Amazon before I figured out what to give the happy couple. I’m attending a wedding next month.

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How to Become a Community Manager

Higher Logic

There’s no one right way to run a community, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that there’s not a single path to becoming a community manager. And yet, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for getting a job as a community manager.

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Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

Higher Logic

When you analyze it, you gain access to all types of valuable insight: which users are most engaged, what topics they’re most interested in, who is contributing to discussions and the list goes on. Budget is a major consideration, of course, and you’ll want to plan accurately.

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Get Your Moery “How to Launch” a Podcast E-Book Today - Moery Company

Moery Company

The Playbook has allowed us to reach a global audience on a weekly basis; share thought leadership content on sales, business development, and leadership; and has propelled our brand within the association community. Thinking about launching a podcast at your organization?

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How to Be a Better Boss

Spark Consulting

A good friend of mine recently returned to the 9-to-5 office world after several years of freelancing while her kids were small, and she asked me if I had any advice about being a better boss, since she’s managing a team for the first time in several years.

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How to Drive Traffic to Your Community Using Social Media

Higher Logic

Some people tend to spend their time on Facebook and others on Instagram. Our communities are in constant competition with these other platforms, so why not use them to our advantage? Here’s how it works: Discussions. Who doesn’t like to be bragged on?) We are busy people.

How to Nurture Your Donors to Improve Fundraising

Higher Logic

For nonprofits and charities, that makes the holidays a great time to focus on fundraising. You’re probably already leveraging the giving season to improve your campaigns and help meet year-end goals. How will your current project affect your donor?

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Learn How to Leverage Your Chapters

Mariner

Looking for a learning event that's all about association chapters and other member communities? One where we don’t start the conversation with “why chapters?” but with “Yes, chapters …” It’s coming! October 13, 2017 #AssnCEX2017

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Email Deliverability: Why It Matters (And 4 Tips on How to Improve Yours)

Higher Logic

More interest in your cause, more visits to your site, or more attendees for your annual conference can only be a good thing.right? For years, organizations have focused on sheer list size – more names in the database means more chances to be seen, of course! Numbers matter.

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How To Actually Hear What Customers Say

Higher Logic

How do you think kids feel when they know they don’t have their parent’s full attention? Listening to your members or customers and actually hearing what they say is critical. This is invaluable to you -- it’ll help you cater to them and create better products.

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How to Use Online Community Polling Effectively

Socious

9% respond to that content, contribute to it, or share it in some way. Most organizations are unclear as to what is really going on within their online community unless they implement a way to track inactivity or passive actions within the group.

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How to Convince Association Millennials to Stick Around in 2019

MembersClicks

Trying to look into the future to see how you can be the most prepared in 2019? Check out these values that your association should focus on to keep association Millennials around in 2019.

How to Choose Your Membership Levels Properly

Wild Apricot Blog

I surveyed over 50 membership sites to see what types of Membership Levels were most common. In this post I cover the four most common membership level tiers and show you examples from real organizations. membership-levels

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How to Get Board Support to Attend a Conference

GrowthZone

Associations everywhere are about to enter their program and conference planning seasons. The key to success is to make it as easy as possible for potential attendees to get approval to attend. Specific events they’re planning to attend and why they’re important.

Rich Millington: How to Make Your Community Indispensable [Super Forum RECAP]

Higher Logic

“Is your community indispensable to your organization? How about to your members?”. But everyone who has a stake in the community wants it to be indispensable. So how do you escape the engagement trap, and measure the value your community provides? How does it work?

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