Making Innovation Happen Survey: Sharing Key Results

Principled Innovation

Making Innovation Happen Survey. This morning, I am sharing more detailed survey results in the form of the video you (should) see above. A key takeaway from the survey results is that while association CEOs are focused on driving innovation primarily as a cultural intervention, they are having less success with building innovation as a sustainable organizational capability. Business model innovation. Capturing time to innovate.

Making Innovation Happen Survey: Preliminary Results

Principled Innovation

In preparation for ASAE’s Annual Meeting next week, I wanted to share some preliminary results from the Making Innovation Happen Survey we conducted during the month of June. Associations CEOs believe other stakeholders trust their innovation decisions, but in return they express less confidence in some of those stakeholders when it comes to pursuing the work of innovation. s new Serious Questions electronic newsletter! Making Innovation Happen

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Daily Buzz: Is Your Culture Really “Innovative”?

Associations Now

Building an innovative culture? Start by not calling it “innovative.” As associations strive to strengthen workplace culture, creating “collaborative,” “innovative,” and “results-driven” environments is at the top of many organizations’ to-do lists. But using these types of buzzy adjectives can actually have a negative effect, according to a report from Gartner, which surveyed leaders about effective ways to transform culture.

ASAE12 Making Innovation Happen workshop agenda released

Principled Innovation

The agenda for Jeff De Cagna’s upcoming Making Innovation Happen workshop, to be presented during ASAE’s 2012 Annual Meeting (ASAE12) in Dallas, is now available for download [PDF]. The workshop will focus on three critical aspects of innovation for associations: The role of business model thinking in making innovation happen. Building board support for making innovation happen. Capturing resources for making innovation happen.

Call for Presentations: Dead or Alive?

Aaron Wolowiec

And by “quality” I mean different, leading-edge, innovative and engaging presentations. It looked something like this: Send out mass survey to anyone and everyone our association had a relationship with. The survey generally maxed out at five questions. speakers and topics) were phrased to encourage new, leading-edge, innovative, different speakers and topics that maybe we hadn’t featured before.

5 resources for boosting recruitment and retention

Association Success

Every week, we pull five articles our audience liked most from our newsletters to keep up with what’s trending. We look at the most-read articles from subscribers to our personalized twice-weekly newsletter. The artificial intelligence-powered newsletter from

Reaching Out To Global Markets Through Meetings & Events.


« Where in the World are the Innovators? The following post was written by Ajay Bhojwani, MCI director of association management, consulting and congresses for MCI Middle East in Dubai and published in ASAE’s Global Link newsletter, July 2010. In an era of uncertainties, we are forced to think of innovative ways to tackle new obstacles every day of the week.

What Smart Associations Do Differently

Association Adviser

Technology is not synonymous for innovation; some associations are having breakthroughs by going back to old tech. “If you want someone to reference your website first, read your newsletter or sign up for a program when it’s convenient for them, a mobile site is essential,” said Kelly Donovan , team leader for online marketing at Naylor, LLC. “We learn so much more about the membership that you can’t learn through a survey,” said Hartman.

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Eric Lanke: The Mind of the Community

Eric Lanke

Innovation. At a recent WSAE meeting I was asked to explain what we meant in our white paper on Innovation for Associations when we referred to the "mind of community." All organizations serve a community in one form or another and innovative organizations have developed mechanisms that provide a keen understanding of what’s on their community’s mind. But the meeting planner or the newsletter publisher? Labels: Innovation. Innovation. (15).

The Big Picture: Time Still the Top "Fear Factor" When It Comes to.

The Big Picture

« Enduring Innovations | Main. In response to a WordBiz survey, 65% cite "the time it would take to write" as their most important concern about starting and maintaining a corporate blog. The survey was conducted in July and August 2005 through my newsletter, WordBiz Report. Download PDF of survey results.]. [ Innovation. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.12.19

Reid All About it

Association professionals, please consider participating in the 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey. Now in its eight year, the results from this Naylor Association Solutions survey will highlight association communications best practices and identify improvements and challenges associations continue to face with member communications. To make many of the changes Mike suggests, you need more than technology, you need staff with an innovation mindset.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.24.20

Reid All About it

Learn how to use membership surveys to identify future marketing opportunities; use digital platforms to drive engagement with members, non-members and employers; drive non-dues revenue from out of the box tactics; use data you already have to recruit new members and engage employers. Find out how you can keep your subscribers engaged in between buying cycles with a relevant, personalized newsletter.

Daily Buzz: Don’t Ask Members What They Want. Ask This Instead.

Associations Now

For real innovation, associations need to foresee members’ biggest goals and problems. You could ask them, sure—but real innovation comes from solving problems members don’t realize exist yet. “We Also: how “low-impact” meeting menus contribute to a greener world.

Member Engagement Just Got Temporarily Easier

Smooth The Path

Conduct a benchmarking survey to track and amplify how members are responding to the crisis. Create a temporary daily or weekly e-newsletter of industry/profession-specific articles that are COVID-19 related. Amplify the work of the innovators in your membership to share experiments and solutions. There may never have been an easier time to engage members because our members’ needs have temporarily just gotten more transparent.

Compelling Member Engagement

Potomac Core

The customary approach for associations is to seek out knowledge experts and then “ push ” that person’s knowledge out to the masses via educational programs, newsletters, and journals. This is accomplished by “pulling” members together and facilitating the sharing of knowledge so that innovative solutions are created to address shared challenges and opportunities.

For News, Business Leaders Still Prefer Email, Study Says

Associations Now

Email newsletters, that is. A new survey of almost 1,000 executives found that most are plucking their news out of their email inboxes every day, rather than using online news sites or apps. According to a new Global Executives Study by the business-news site Quartz, two-thirds of business leaders reported that e-newsletters were one of the first three news sources they check daily.

Jeff De Cagna to speak at ASAE12 in Dallas

Principled Innovation

Jeff De Cagna, chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation, will be one of the speakers at ASAE’s 2012 Annual Meeting (ASAE12) in Dallas, Texas next month. The schedule of Jeff’s formal and informal sessions is below: On Sunday, August 12 from 1:30 pm-5:30 pm CDT, Jeff will present a four-hour workshop, “ Making Innovation Happen: An Executive Learning Experience for Association CEOs ” in Room D161 of the Dallas Convention Center.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.10.20

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Cimatri is inviting associations to participate in their State of IT Security in the Association Industry survey. David Lerman, Senior Writer for Budget Newsletter, CQ Roll Call. Presenter: Matt Eshleman, Community IT Innovators’ CTO.

6 Tips to Improve Your Association’s Management with Data


Identify opportunities for technological innovation. However, as the demographics of your membership change and technological innovations continue to evolve, recruiting is now more challenging than ever. Your staff can utilize data to more efficiently recruit in the 21st century by: Surveying recent additions to your membership. Identify opportunities for technological innovation.

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Is it time for an event sponsorships makeover?

Aaron Wolowiec

percent (of association executives surveyed) said they were trying to customize their advertising/sponsorship programs to a company’s specific needs, and only 10.1 Combine innovative ideas with unique sponsorship opportunities to create new sponsorship revenue streams. Tara Ericson, group vice president at Naylor Association Solutions.

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Member Engagement Strategies: A Guide for Associations


Consider measuring your email open and click-through rates, which members opted to receive your newsletter, and how often members respond to your correspondences. Member engagement surveys. When is the best time to send out surveys and polls?

How Content Opens the Door to New Streams of Non-Dues Revenue

Association Adviser

If the answer is more than two years ago, it’s time to survey association leadership, members, advertisers and sponsors to find out if you’re truly giving them what they want and need. Make sure to customize surveys for each group mentioned above. Take a close look at survey results to identify gaps and opportunities in the types of content your association makes available, as well as when and how you’re delivering it to members. Sarah Sain, Naylor Association Solutions.

Daily Buzz: Don’t Be the Scary Boss

Associations Now

For truly honest answers, send out a confidential survey asking all employees about office power dynamics, the quality of the organization’s overall communication, and if they’re intimidated by higher-ups. You may be intimidating your employees without knowing it.

Association Revenue Trends in the US and UK (Plus 3 Tips for Increasing Your Income)

Higher Logic

Organizations in many countries are already innovating and finding new ways to generate revenue outside of membership subscriptions. Advertising or sponsored articles in your print magazine or e-newsletter. You can also send an email survey to ask what would convince people to join your organization or renew their membership. The old adage that "change is the only constant" rings true for associations all around the world.

7 secrets of thinking like an entrepreneur

Aaron Wolowiec

On Thursday, April 28, I had the opportunity to present a webinar on learning portfolio audits as part of the CommPartners Education Innovation Series. blogs, newsletters, websites, magazines). Back at the office, paper audits might include programs assessed against an established rubric; aggregate program evaluations and trend identification; or responses to new survey questions when the necessary data is simply not available.

Is Your Retention Marketing Plan Inbound-y Enough?


The best customer portal software can also provide automatic, tailored newsletters and show different messages to different types of customers. That means actively reaching out to solicit feedback using surveys, polls, or discussion forums in your customer portal.

Associations and Branding

Smooth The Path

We tend to come up with cute names for our online community, our newsletter, tools, and publications. “I read ABC’s magazine” or “I love the daily digest of ABC’s online forum” or “I glance at ABC’s salary survey report when it is published and then pull it out every time I need it” If you are thinking about naming any new offering aim for descriptive rather than catchy.

Poll: Most Nonprofit IT Leaders Do Not Report to CEO

Associations Now

A new survey of nonprofit leaders found their organization’s IT departments largely reside within operations or finance departments, and a majority of the managers heading IT are reporting to COOs and CFOs. But unlike the Tate & Tyron poll, ASAE’s benchmarking survey found that among the roughly 1,000 respondents from trade associations and individual member organizations, 41 percent had their highest-ranking IT employee reporting to the CEO.

Strategic Communications Power Membership Value at the American Public Power Association

Association Adviser

Its communications department, headed by Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications Meena Dayak, has led a strategic rebranding of the association to emphasize what its members do — provide community-owned electric power for 2,000 towns and cities nationwide while creating content for utility members to share as their own, fielding ongoing media requests in times of disaster and calm, and producing a daily newsletter with original content.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.11.19

Reid All About it

Instead, they should aim to meet the needs of advanced practitioners—and he’s seen survey results that back up his argument. Seven ways to boost your newsletter open rate. Greg Satell, Innovation Excellence ). Presenter: Community IT Innovators’ CTO cybersecurity expert, Matt Eshleman.

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So You Think You Know Non-Dues Revenue

Association Adviser

Finding new and innovative ways to replace these dollars is becoming a priority, rather than a side project for many associations.”. When it comes to print magazines, directories, newsletters and live events Kalogeridis observed that she “wouldn’t label them legacy”. According to Andreu, Naylor’s annual association communication benchmarking study confirms that an overwhelming 90 percent of survey participants consider conferences and other events “very” or “extremely” valuable.

Cheap and Cheerful Audience Analysis for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

One of the more chilling innovations in marketing over the past few years is called “predictive analytics” It’s this blend of statistical analysis, data mining and psychology which enabled Target to conclude that a teenage girl was pregnant before her father did. We sometimes hear our clients reference their user stories in their day-to-day work like “well, this month’s newsletter is more for Josh or Sally than Maurice.” Survey Your Tribe.

Why You Should Encourage Social Advocacy among B2B Employees


In a study done by Microsoft , 46% of people surveyed said social media helped increase their productivity. Send out a newsletter with great resources and articles weekly. As the former VP of Marketing at innovative high-tech company Nolio, Daniel grew sales with double digit growth year over year. Guest post by Daniel Kushner, CEO of ————– “Social media wasn’t made for businesses, it was made for people.”

How to Have the Golden Hand Cuffs on Association Members

Tom Morrison

Things like an informative newsletter, government relations, insurance programs, etc. calls for surveying your members to understand what they feel their biggest problems and challenges Remember, in the world of associations, innovation isn't developing the next big mobile app or device. For years, back in the 50's through the 90's, individuals and organizations were members of associations to "just belong." It was a must.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.7.18

Reid All About it

Curated newsletters are where it’s at. Learn how the events industry will be transformed by digital innovation, delivering greater value for event attendees, sponsors, and organizers. See what innovative new structures, best practices, ideas, and solutions were presented.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.22.18

Reid All About it

Newsletters with curated content are the best. You’ve taken the steps to introduce innovative e-learning programs, but how do you ensure you get the same level of engagement from your audience? Presenter: Matt Eshleman, CTO, Community IT Innovators.

From the Corner Office: Liz Richards, MHEDA

Association Adviser

LR: The environmental analysis is conducted by gathering information from many different sources through surveys of members, surveys of related trade associations, internal committee reports, economic data, and general member feedback we solicit throughout the year.This process has served MHEDA extremely well over the years and numerous members have used MHEDA’s model to develop a similar process within their own organizations. AA: MHEDA has a strong culture of innovation.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: People Are Starved for Real.

Idea Architects

custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. Content and Curriculum Consortium: offering high impact content and curriculum (blog posts or newsletter essays, session outlines, handouts, slides, and facilitator training) that organizations can use in their professional development programming for staff, volunteers, and members. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Lunchtime Links: Invest in New Technologies That Matter

Associations Now

And, at the pace at which innovation moves, the next big thing always seems to be just around the corner. ” Hurt recommends that organizations set out to identify disruptive technologies that demonstrate a high rate of change in price and performance compared to alternatives; look for tools that have a broad impact across industries, such as mobile devices; and always keep an eye out for innovations that stand to have a significant economic impact.

5 Keys to Effective Knowledge Transfer for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

in combination with the other delivery methods tailored to your particular audience and message, such as reports, newsletters, fact sheets, etc., Principled Innovation LLC. surveys. SEARCH. This blog is for volunteers, webmasters and administrators of associations, clubs, charities, communities and other groups. We discuss issues and trends in modern web technologies that help your organization achieve more with less.