How to Set Realistic Member Acquisition Goals

Moery Company

First of all, don’t leave member acquisition decisions to your board or the membership committee. And, the most they’d ever recruited was 500. To set realistic goals, look at your existing renewal rate across your membership categories or membership segments.

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How to Land a Job in the Association Space

Moery Company

We receive many calls and questions from folks who are looking to break into the association marketplace for their career. I’ve got a few thoughts that might be helpful to you. Association leaders show up to be recognized, and these events are low cost. Go to ceoupdate.org.

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Restructuring Membership? Here’s How to Avoid a Big Gamble.

Associations Now

A few key signs may indicate that it’s time to change your membership structure. Knowing when and how to act can help slow churn and create opportunities for future growth. If you do it right, it can lead to membership growth,” Ratner told me in an interview.

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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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Daily Buzz: Rethink Your Recruiting Process

Associations Now

Any new hire has to meet your organization’s expectations both professionally and culturally. To find the right person, you have to tweak the recruiting process. When it comes to recruiting new team members, it’s important to find people who fit your company culture.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Wild Apricot

Sales operations refers to the unit, role, activities and processes within a sales organization that support, enable, and drive front line sales teams to sell better, faster, and more efficiently. But perhaps more than anything else, sales operations brings a system to selling.

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How to Convince Employers to Pay for Professional Development

WBT Systems

When you’re a lifelong learner, it’s frustrating to see people in positions of power who don’t understand the value of professional development. Here are three of the most common reasons professional development budgets are sparse (or non-existent) and what you can do to help employees get the money and education they need. Employees who apply new skills and knowledge to their work help their company become more competitive. Here are some stats to buttress your campaign.

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How to Get Useful Student Feedback on Online Courses

WBT Systems

Good feedback gives you the data you need to improve courses yourself and to make a case for hiring professional instructional designers to develop courses. You can also determine if your existing instructors and learning technology are up to par. By repeatedly asking for their perspective, you demonstrate your learner-centric mission: to deliver education that makes a difference in their lives and helps them achieve their career goals.

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Book Review: Cause for Change

Beth Kanter

I’m getting a jump on my summer reading! Colleagues Kari Dunn Saratovsky and Derrick Feldmann have published a new book called Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement. Focus on the 3 R’s (Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition).

How to Hire The Ideal Freelancer

Association Success

The thought can even seem too good to be true: low cost, talented individuals that need little management or guidance to do stellar work for your association. Often times, freelancers don’t work in the office and you’ll scarcely (if ever) see them face-to-face. How to Hire a Freelancer for Your Association. There are a bunch of websites like Upwork and Freelancer - these are an OK place to start. The key is to find the right one.

Association Staff Stretched to the Limit? How to Get More for Your Association Without Breaking Your Team

Association Adviser

The new norm is to have more work to do than can possibly be done with the current level of resources. What can association professionals do to make the most of the resources they have without leading to staff burnout? The post Association Staff Stretched to the Limit?

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How to Meet the Membership & Education Expectations of Millennials and Gen Z

.orgCommunity

Young professionals (YPs) are joiners, but they can’t afford to join associations or participate in association programs just because it’s the right or expected thing to do. But YPs are hungry to get ahead. YPs expect educational programs to offer current, up-to-date information.

How to Communicate a New Membership Model

Membership Marketing

But once a new membership model has been researched, defined, and approved, the next steps are critically important: the communications plan to introduce the model to members and the larger marketplace. So the best plans are to notify members of the new model and how it will impact them with multiple communication channels. The renewal communications need to highlight the changes and benefits of the new mode.

Social Media Roundup: How to Communicate Better With Instagram

Associations Now

Plus: look for these red flags when deciding whether to hire new employees. Thanks to the smartphone revolution, everybody is an amateur photographer. 10 Ways to Communicate Better With @Instagram [link] via @NaylorLLC #assnchat #association #nonprofit. How do you use Instagram?

Creating fun & appreciation to help recruit members and employees

SCD Group

As part of a generational issues session I led at last week’s Syngenta Business Institute (SBI) for selected golf course superintendents, I asked small groups of participants to come up with solutions for three key questions: How to create fun in your work place?

Membership Hack: There’s No ‘I’ in Member

Associations Now

How to hack it? The Society for Vascular Ultrasound focuses intentionally on how it talks to members about benefits, products, services, and events. Periodically, SVU reviews marketing language and removes any instance of the words “I” or “we.”.

Get Open Community on Audible

SocialFish

We have FIVE DOWNLOAD CODES AVAILABLE - all you need to do is drop us a comment below. Just answer any of these questions: How has the growth of online community changed the way you work today? How has community management changed other business processes at your org (e.g.

Is Your Association in Need of Membership Sales Professionals?

Moery Company

I’ve been working in association sales for the better part of 20 years and have begun to see a few things happening. So much so, for the first time – we had a great association ask us to help them recruit a membership director last year. And to be honest, we’ve benefited from it.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.11.19

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The resulting report from this survey provides benchmarking data and insight into how more than 1,000 associations recruit, engage and retain members and certificants. Yes, I’m a tease, you’ll have to click through to see what everyone was reading last year.

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Writing+Listening+Communications+Productivity = Readings for Association Executives

SCD Group

How To Write When You Have No Ideas and No Time. Oh, so this is how I can get traffic from search engines and social media! I don’t know what to write about. Or more often: I don’t have time to write. This post will show you how to create content, even when you have no ideas and no time. We’ll do it by finding a topic and then finding people to write about it. Step Two: Find People To Write For You. They had no need to fake it.

Make Newbies Feel Welcome!

Association Success

How to give new members a golden first experience and learn from their feedback. Remember the first time you went to an association event and how that felt? Will it cost more to organize an onboarding program to your events now, or replace the member who won’t return because they had a negative first experience? Some suggestions to help engage newbies include: Offer new member receptions at in-person events.

Membership Marketing Blog: Three Membership Renewal Tips you.

Membership Marketing

When you are hunting for a way to improve results, testing is a great way to optimize your marketing efforts. As I have reviewed testing data from several membership organizations, I have spotted some outcomes that you may want to consider if you are looking for better renewal rates.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.18.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter have a new book coming out, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. Jimmy Daly at Animalz describes three big challenges to producing great content.

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Membership Marketing Blog: The Top 25 Lessons Learned in.

Membership Marketing

We asked 200 membership professionals to share in their own words what were the most important or successful lessons that they have learned in membership marketing. I have reviewed all the comments and have distilled these direct quotes down to the top 25 responses.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.12.18

Reid All About it

In fact, any organization that wants to effectively use its data needs this person on their team: the analytics translator. WBT Systems explains how to motivate members to buy what you’re selling. She suggests ways you can learn how to speak like an industry insider.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.10.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… “5G, when fully implemented, is poised to be a very big deal, a far bigger transformation in mobile technology than any previous generational shift. Read more at the Harvard Business Review.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.8.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Don’t keep your association’s technical savvy and systems all to yourself. MemberSuite explains how associations can respond to this market demand by offering certificate and certification programs.

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Daily Buzz: Why Members Join Associations

Associations Now

So, why do members decide to join? Kaiser says it’s because someone in their community—peers, managers, or other industry professionals—prompted them to. Many factors contribute to a successful online community, and language is a big one.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.1.19

Reid All About it

On the DelCor blog, Tobin (also a Squiggle) explains how you can use this exercise to reveal and mesh different project team personalities. How’s your association’s relationship with your chapters? It doesn’t have to be difficult. I’m starting to feel old.

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How Boards Can Equip Themselves for Rapid Change

Associations Now

Accelerating change is putting more pressure on boards to be alert to disruption and respond quickly to it. A new study suggests how they can do that work. The review-and-concur approach that most boards have taken over the years can’t respond to the pace of change.

What to include in your membership marketing plan

Optimist Consulting

I was delighted to recently present at CHASE on how to develop your membership marketing strategy and plan. 1.What do you need to promote across the year? How can you promote these product/service lines? Who do you want to communicate to?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.5.18

Reid All About it

Melissa Henley and Katie Burke at CMS Wire explain how to drive change without driving your colleagues crazy using techniques based on neuroscience. A few quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars: Keep an eye out for these top 11 phishing email subject lines.

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How Engagement Tools Improve Association Event Management

Higher Logic

It is incredibly gratifying for associations to see a spike in event attendance, as participation plays a valuable role in their impact, but poor event management can cause your members to disengage. The better the experience, the more likely you are to talk about it (cue the FOMO ).

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Five Tips for Motivating Physician Learners

Web Courseworks Associations

As consultants and providers of learning technology to organizations that do CME (continuing medical education) and GME (graduate medical education), we’re often faced with this question: why is it so hard to get physicians to pay attention to (a given client’s) learning?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.9.18

Reid All About it

Flickr is going to a subscription model and many of those photos may be deleted unless Creative Commons works out a solution. Association project managers carry a heavy load, especially if they’re expected to juggle their regular job along with their project responsibilities.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.16.18

Reid All About it

If you’re not familiar with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation taking effect in May, please please please review these resources so your organization is in compliance. But it’s no dream and Joe explained how they did it in this post from Billhighway.

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Achieving Success in Diversity and Inclusion

Association Advocacy Chick

We asked the D + I Committee’s Immediate Past Chair and 2008-2009 DELP Scholar Mariama Boney to talk about their important work. Mariama Boney : For nearly 25 years, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee has promoted diversity and inclusion in association management, develop recommendations on how to make ASAE’s leadership and membership more diverse, and assisted ASAE with integrating diversity and inclusion into initiatives, education, or programs. Focus on Recruitment.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Yesterday I went on an ebook buying rampage thanks to BookBub. Well, that’s what happens to me. It] reveal[s] how fragile the status quo is, and how malleable the future can be.”.

11 Elements of a Winning Member Engagement Strategy

Higher Logic

The numbers represent speculated percentages of online engagement, with 90 percent of participants only viewing content, 9 percent responding to content, and 1 percent actively participating in the creation of new content. Now, let's go back to that 90-9-1 principle for a minute.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.9.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… As a history major, I’ve been waiting for virtual reality (VR) to shake up the way history is taught and it’s finally happening—or maybe it’s been happening and I just haven’t noticed.