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.

How to Make Your Events More Inclusive

Higher Logic

"Anyone can come to our event." But the real truth is that not everyone is actually welcomed to our events. Whether we want to admit or not, our event send signals about who's welcomed and who isn't. Event marketing: who are you selling to? How far is it from the venue?

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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).

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.

How to Promote a Cause on Facebook

SocialFish

It is a good example of how it can work in any category for expansion via this exciting medium. Since it was a natural progression of use, there are questions as to why the concept works so flawlessly through Facebook, in particular. How To Promote Your Cause By Establishing A Brand.

How to Decide Between an Open Source or a Proprietary Community Platform

Higher Logic

It’s an important decision to make. Although they found some proprietary solutions they liked, they were concerned about “vendor lock-in” and wanted to only seriously consider open source options. If you’re unsatisfied, you can’t move your site to another host or developer.

How to improve collaboration in the workplace

SocialFish

Collaboration means I have to stop what I’m working on—something I know to be delivering great value to this organization—and instead spend my time working on one of my colleague’s projects. If they stayed in their lanes, they were going to miss opportunities and fall behind.

How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Higher Logic

Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours. Your company – and your sales team – need a way to break through the noise.

How-To Video: Help! I Need a Viral Video

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. And don’t forget to meet up with us at Booth 617 to chat about the Authenticity Project ! .

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How to Manage Your Manager

Association Success

How's your relationship with your boss? How many times have you presented what you thought was a great idea to your manager and been dismissed? Should you start looking for the next job opportunity or stay the course to learn if your next idea is accepted? We tend to look within our department or at our responsibilities and consider what could make our jobs easier or our department run more efficiently. Then ask how you can help. Your goal is to engage.

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.

Tuesday Buzz: How to Pick Better Leaders

Associations Now

Look to certain personality characteristics to develop the best leaders. Also: How to correct common Google Analytics mistakes. You need to know the 7 ways Google Analytics can twist the truth (by @CrazyEgg ) [link] #assnchat.

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.

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).

How To Get More Online Donations With Content Marketing

NonProfit University Blog

It’s no secret that content is king when it comes to engaging and delighting donors and members alike. But did you know content can also be used to target donor intent keywords that increase revenues to your organization? How to donate a car”.

How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business

Higher Logic

You hit your presentation out of the park… until the CFO asks how online community engagement is impacting sales goals. Do all those forum posts translate to more revenue? We know to our core that it’s valuable and it does impact business results. You slave over your community.

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.

How to Maintain Authority When Your Leadership Is Challenged

Associations Now

It’s not uncommon for women, minorities, or young individuals in leadership roles to face challenges to their authority. Are you going and sitting at the table at the center of it, or are you going back to the periphery?

How to Win the War for Talent

Jamie Notter

We hope that our salary and benefits packages are attractive enough to draw in the best people in for all of our positions, but if we face the facts, reality can be somewhat disappointing--most of us have competitors out there who have more resources available and more money to throw at the talent.

How to Create an Effective Welcome Email Campaign for Your Online Community

Higher Logic

We’ve all gotten it – whether it’s from a blog we subscribe to, a company we patronize, or a new social media group we’ve joined. How many of those welcome emails can you remember now? You have to make the newbie feel welcome, informed, and provide actionable next steps.

How to Motivate Participation in Wellness Programs

Associations Now

Health and wellness programs at the workplace seem to fail almost as often as personal health and wellness New Year’s resolutions. I’m sorry to say that according to TIME , these four health-related declarations are among the most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions.

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 Create a Culture That Embraces Sales

Associations Now

All associations are in the business of sales, whether they want to believe it or not. Girl Scouts have been everywhere this past month—in grocery store lobbies, at street corners, and at the entrance to the Metro station nearest my home.

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Monday Buzz: How to Recruit Small Businesses

Associations Now

Recruiting small businesses to join your organization is difficult, but these tips could help. JP Moery of the consulting firm The Moery Company presents a few dilemmas and solutions to small-business recruitment. “My advice is to introduce a low entry-level membership fee. …

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.

How to Keep Your Employees in 2017

Associations Now

Not to be a Scrooge, but here’s some potentially distressing news: Three-out-of-10 employees will likely leave your association within the next two years. But how do you do it? I asked some association professionals for their ideas, and here’s what they had to say.

How to Make Firing People Easier

Jamie Notter

” It’s rarely easy to fire people. In most cases the person that needs to go is a good person, and probably does a decent job–just not the job you need right now in this particular context. So how do you make it easier? What to do?!

How To Humanize Your Business

SocialFish

How To Humanize Your Business. In this session the authors of Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World will explore how to create organizations that are more human, thus more compatible with social media. and Jamie and me!

How to generate Twitter leads using automation

SocialFish

And when I say “new method”, I mean favorite-way-to-get-links-that-hasn’t-been-crippled-by-spammers. For the most part, it’s an avenue that is very hard to duplicate, and can’t really be scaled, so it has a lot of built-in safety from future algorithm updates. want to present at”.

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.

How To Write Irresistible Email Subject Lines

SocialFish

It’s your introduction – the thing that grabs the reader’s attention and entices them into opening it to find out more. And therefore, is more likely to get sent to the trash without ever being opened. A sense of urgency will trigger a click to open.

How-To Video Series: Can I DIY My Video?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] How to Motivate Millennials

SocialFish

The report, “Misunderstood Millennials: How the Newest Workforce is Evolving Business” uncovers who Millennials really are, and what they want out of the companies they work for.
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Recently, Virgin Pulse released a survey of more than 1,000 U.S.-based,

How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Here's one simple thing you can do to get your emails to stand out.

How to Unlock Engagement with Busy Five-Minute Members

Associations Now

While we all say we’re too busy, chances are good that you and your members have five minutes to spare. This weekend I have to move, so I’m spending a lot of time packing. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been tempted to search for help that is just a click away.

How to Develop a Long-Term Member Engagement Strategy

Socious

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How to Help Board Chairs Lead

Associations Now

Nonprofit volunteers have varied backgrounds, and they aren’t expected to come in knowing everything about strategy-setting, bylaws, and budgeting. Board chairs did not understand their role to be one that helped the board engage with the communities they serve.”.

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?

How to Create a Nonprofit Facebook Page and Get Followers

Wild Apricot Blog

If your nonprofit doesn’t have a Facebook Page yet, I’ll show you the five basic steps to getting set up and gaining your first followers. The whole process should take less than one hour. followers Facebook

How to Set SMART Goals for Your Online Community

Socious

There are several different paths to creating a successful online community—and there are even more ways to measure that success. Association Management Social Business Online Community Management