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 Master Infotainment in Your Digital Content

Higher Logic

But writing an 800-word article on a topic of your interest isn’t enough to engage your members these days. Content may be king (or queen, or fearless overlord – whichever moniker you prefer), but your topic, and how it’s presented, must interest your audience.

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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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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4 Challenges for Trade Associations and How to Tackle Them with Community

Higher Logic

They bring competing organizations together to protect and promote entire industries, products, services, and workforces. Their role in society is becoming muddied and complicated as new competitors emerge, industries contract and expand, and technology reshapes how the world does business.

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How to Define, Track, and Increase Member Engagement [Webinar]

Socious

Data from a recent report makes me think that there are a lot of executives that are losing sleep these days. Association Management Member Engagement SocialBusiness

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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How to Set Realistic Goals for Associations

GrowthZone

The key to success is to set a solid foundation from the beginning. S = Specific What do I want to accomplish? M = Measurable How will I measure success and how will I know I achieved it? There should be a way to track your progress.

3 Types of Association Members and How to Engage Them

Socious

Novelists, marketers, and psychologists like to lump people into groups. It’s not because they like to stereotype, or don’t recognize that every individual is unique, it’s because they want to provide the best experience possible.

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How to Motivate Around Mission

Associations Now

Roles at associations are in constant flux, which makes it harder for leaders to assign roles. Freeing staff and volunteers to express their own passions around the job can help. People come to work for relationships, personal efficacy, and a sense of purpose.”

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How to Get Young Professionals to Volunteer

GrowthZone

In order to survive, chambers must learn to reach young professionals and adapt to their culture. Myth: Millennials are not willing to join or take an active role in an association. . 45% said they simply weren’t asked to volunteer .

How to Increase Customer Retention with an Online Community

Higher Logic

That’s substantial, but according to the Harvard Business Review , it may be on the low side. That same five percent retention increase may be able to increase revenue by up to 95 percent. An online customer community is a good place to start.

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How To Start a Micro-Advocacy Program in Your Association

Higher Logic

What happens when you combine a passionate segment of your membership with opportunities to make a difference beyond the walls of your association? Similar to a volunteer program , an advocacy program asks members to help with certain projects or initiatives.

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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 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 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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Q&A: How to Prepare for the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Higher Logic

We recently hosted a webinar to detail what you need to know and how you can prepare*. Check out the most commonly asked questions below for a primer on how you and your organization can learn and prepare for the changes. How GDPR Works.

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How to Attract and Grow Member Influencers

Associations Now

Influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas. But how do you tap an influencer? Summer is one of my favorite times of year if only because it allows me to get away and catch up on summer reading.

How to Enable Subject Matter Experts to Contribute in Your Online Community

Higher Logic

Subject matter experts (SMEs) have the potential to be the most versatile and impactful members of your community. But are you enabling them to make an impact and, more importantly, do you know what obstacles they are facing within the community and your organization?

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How to Manage Without a Community Manager

Higher Logic

But sometimes it’s just not realistic -- there isn’t the money or executives don’t realize how important community managers are for ensuring ROI. Here’s an overview of how you and your organization can make it work: Everyone is in the same boat. How do you get everyone on board?

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How to Grow Your Community Management Career Faster

Higher Logic

Community managers hold an integral job that can get lasting results for businesses, yet they don’t always have the opportunity to communicate their importance. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and let busy executives or overworked managers turn their attention elsewhere.

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How to Rock Marketing Automation

Informz

Many organizations are asking how to prepare for and rock marketing automation. To that end, I’ve gathered 5 ideas to help automate your associations’ marketing initiatives. Ready to get started? What is your vision and how will you implement it?

How to Create a Community Culture

Higher Logic

As I've blogged about before , I see social networking for businesses as encompassing four quadrants: public social media, social CRM to collect data, social software in the workplace (intranet) and externally facing social software (an open online community).

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5 Types of Nonprofit Members and How to Engage Them

Wild Apricot Blog

In this post, I'm going to cover the five most common nonprofit member types I've encountered and the strategies I’ve seen work best

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How to Engage Your Event Attendees

MembersClicks

So naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged. But how? How do you make sure your attendees are having a good time and engaged in your sessions/activities? You spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events.

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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The Top 5 Social Media Fails You’re Still Committing (and how to #win instead!)

Wild Apricot Blog

Stop committing these social media fails and learn how to boost your followers and engagement from the pros. social media

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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