Podcast: How to Optimize Membership Management

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As your association grows, your requirements for your membership software grow, too — so much so that you’ve outgrown your current membership management solution! We’ll cover these topics: What is Membership Management Software? Event management.

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7 Membership Management Reminders for 2017

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But before you dive too heavily into those, take a look at these important reminders (some big, some small) regarding membership management in 2017: association management association leadership member engagement member retention membership management Association Views2017 is officially here, and that means new goals and resolutions for your association.

Music City, Our Thought Leadership Team, and a Memorable 2014

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Downtown Nashville also provided the perfect setting to host the second YM Thought Leader Summit, where we pulled together many of the people who so generously share their time and talents to help drive YourMembership’s thought leadership initiatives. We launched the YM YouTube Channel , dubbed RCTV with videos from our monthly CAE Webinar Series , our new Ask the Thought Leader series, and the thought leadership sessions from Xperience2014 , YM’s Annual Customer Conference.

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How to Convince Association Millennials to Stick Around in 2019

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Small Staff Chatter membership management association leadership member engagement member retentionTrying to look into the future to see how you can be the most prepared in 2019? With the average age of the association workforce starting to shift toward the younger generations, it’s crucial that you’re considering what it will take to keep Millennials plugged into your association.

5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.

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#leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership. It’s a sure way of learning new ideas to make stronger connections with your members, adapt new technologies and grow your membership […]. As an association leader, you have a great case for going to Xperience 2017.

Creating the Remarkable and Contagious for Your Association

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Association Leadership Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Social Media and Business Trends I was looking at the statistics from this past weekend’s annual exercise into insanity we lovingly call Black Friday (and also Gray Thursday), and was interested in seeing if there were any lessons there for associations related to creating value for members. Don’t worry; I’m not suggesting associations should create Black Friday like events, full [.] ( Read more. )

6 Association Mistakes to Avoid in 2018

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We’ve identified six: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsWhen we talk about the new year and what that means for us - both personally and professionally - we often talk about what we’re going to do. But to achieve success, sometimes we need to pinpoint the activities and behaviors that are bad for us; the things we’re not going to do. What mistakes should association professionals avoid in 2018?

The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)!

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Association Leadership Association Management Software Member Engagement + Retention Membership Management Social Media and Business Trends “Mulder…where is the truth?” ” A little X-Files reference for all you sci-fi fans out there. In a recent post I shared some thoughts on the annual Black Friday ritual that leads many into both panic buying and shopping nirvana, sometimes at the same time.

5 Habits of Highly Effective Association Leaders

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Here are five habits of highly effective association leaders: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterSome people say great leaders are born. Others say great leaders are made. Either way you spin it, though, there’s always room for improvement. Not sure how to become a better leader? Take notes from the best!

How to Explain a Price Increase to Your Members

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsFrom time to time, prices have to go up. You’ve experienced this on the consumer end, and now, you may be experiencing this on the producer (or provider ) end. The tricky part is relaying that news to your members. How do you do it without 1) upsetting them, and 2) pushing them away?

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Should You Consider an Association Management Company (AMC) in 2017?

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If you’ve been in the association space for a while (or perhaps even just a short time), you’ve probably heard the term ‘AMC’ thrown around, which stands for association management company. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterBut do you fully know what that means? And better yet, could it be a good fit for your association?

Should Your Association Offer a Virtual Membership?

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There are all kinds of memberships out there - individual, organizational, freemium, and ah yes, virtual. You may be offering individual and organizational memberships, but should you be offering virtual memberships as well? It’s definitely something to ponder, but before you make a final decision, ask yourself these three questions: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Association Views

4 Little Ways to Make Your Members Smile

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Here are a few little tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsAccording to Webster’s Dictionary, a smile is a pleased or amused facial expression. Put simply, it represents happiness - and that’s exactly how you want your members to feel. Not sure how to make your members smile?

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Guest blog: Beyond the RFP.

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by Erin Fuller, FASAE, CAE, President | MCI USA Association Management & Consulting & Member | AMCI’s Board of Directors. The email came out of the blue, from a really strong association executive that I interviewed a few months back who wasn’t the right fit for the professional society leadership role I tried to fill. As we grow larger, referals also come to us via our middle management colleagues. Industry News + Trends Membership Management Thought Leaders

3 Ways to Successfully Convey Your Association’s Value Proposition

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Here are three tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterYou probably know your association’s mission, but do you know your association’s value proposition? And if so, does it resonate with people? Your value proposition is the reason people pay dues, but in order for it to be effective, it needs to be compelling. So how do you successfully convey your association’s value proposition?

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Mission (Statement) Critical for Associations

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Does it go something like “… advancing the cause and concerns of _…” or maybe something like “…promotes the industry, while providing services, technology and leadership…”? Membership Management association mission statement What’s your association’s mission statement? Do you know it by heart? What about your staff? Do they know it?

Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

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Here’s what you need to know about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsIf you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25.

The Small-Staff Guide to New Member Onboarding

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterIf we had to guess, we’d say you probably put a LOT of time and energy into recruiting new members - and that’s completely understandable. Your members are the lifeblood of your organization. That said, because you put so much time and energy into recruiting new members, you absolutely want them to stay!

Touring Toronto: A City Guide for #ASAE17 Attendees

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Here’s a round-up of must-see sites for #ASAE17 attendees: association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition is OFFICIALLY one month away! Can you believe it?! It seems like just a few months ago we were learning and laughing it up in Salt Lake City. This year’s location? Toronto! Not sure what to do in the big Canadian city? Allow us to help!

The Horrors of Association Management (And How to Rise Above)

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Yup, we’re talking about the horrors of association management. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterHalloween is right around the corner, and as you know, things can get a little spooky. Haunted houses, scary costumes, suspenseful thrillers - yikes! But you know what’s really scary? The horrors that don’t go away! What are those horrors, exactly? And more importantly, how can you overcome them?

MC Talks, Halloween Edition: 3 Horror Stories for Association Pros

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In fact, here are three horror stories association professionals fear (and often face), and more importantly, a few solutions/workarounds for each: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterHalloween is right around the corner, and with that comes scary movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, and other creepy traditions. But you know what’s really creepy? The horror stories that aren’t made up!

Lessons from the Veterans: What to Expect at ASAE Annual

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association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is quickly approaching! Not sure what to expect? We asked our veteran attendees and here’s what they had to say….

4 Tips for Soothing Member Burnout

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Instead, to help soothe some of that end-of-year burnout, check out these four tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterWe’re nearing the end of the year, and your members (and staff) may be starting to feel a little burned out. That’s natural. But don’t neglect or brush off those feelings, otherwise you could end up pushing your members away.

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5 Reasons to LOVE Being an Association Pro

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In fact, here are five reasons to LOVE being an association pro: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterIt’s no secret that being an association pro is hard. And sometimes, it can be downright exhausting. But take pride in your job! You do something not a lot of people can.

3 Reasons Your Membership Spreadsheet Just Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

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Do you ever feel like you’re in a bad episode of “Man vs. Membership Spreadsheet?” Now you might be in denial that it’s time for a change, but if that’s the case, here are three reasons (or reminders ) that your membership spreadsheet just isn’t cutting it anymore: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterAnd worse, you’re losing ? It’s not a fun position to be in.

5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

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association management association leadership member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff ChatterLet us guess: Member turnover on your mind? No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye.

Engaging Your Association’s Introverts: 3 Tips

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In fact, here are three specific ways to engage your association’s introverts: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Association ViewsYou’ve probably heard and read a lot about introverts. You might even BE an introvert. But are you taking enough action to engage your association’s introverts? If not, it might be time to offer a few new outlets/opportunities.

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Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps

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That said, here are four steps to get them back up and running: association management association leadership member engagement membership management Small Staff ChatterCommittees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people.

How to Share Your Association’s Members: 3 Tips

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With more than 66,000 trade and professional associations in the United States alone, there’s bound to be some overlap when it comes to memberships. Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterFor example, if you work for a tourism association, some of your members might also be part of a hotel association or a restaurant association.

6 Questions to Ask Your Potential AMS Provider

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When it comes to shopping for an association management system, the questions people ask are often pretty routine: How much does it cost? That said, here are six questions - beyond features - you NEED to ask your potential AMS provider: association management association leadership membership management Association Views association software

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4 Things to Try in the New Year

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association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterNew Year; New You! That’s how the saying goes right? Resolutions offer us a chance to wipe the slate clean, correct bad habits and try new things. From a personal angle, it’s all about embracing the best parts of yourself. While you’re basking in the glow of the positivity brought by this resolve, why not try a few new things for your association?

From #Ideas17: How to Simplify Your Association’s Messaging

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association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff ChatterMessaging is something that all companies and organizations have to do, but something that only a small percentage do well. Many organizations disseminate complicated messages - or conflicting messages. This is particularly common for organizations that have multiple divisions (national and state divisions, for example).

Branding on a Budget: 3 Tips for Association Pros

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Take a look at these tips for branding your association on a budget: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterBranding is important - we don’t have to tell you that. But branding can also be expensive, and that’s where the problem often lies. But good news! Branding doesn’t HAVE to be expensive. In fact, some of the best tactics out there are actually quite cost-effective.

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How to Stay Focused at Work During the Busy Holiday Season

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To help you stay focused and productive at the office, here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterThanksgiving is next week. NEXT WEEK. Can you believe it? This year has flown by. That said, you know as well as we do that the holidays can be, well, distracting. Not in a bad way - the holidays are fun! But sometimes it can be a challenge to actually get work done.

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Gearing Up for 2017 at Your Association

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To help you hit January at “full speed ahead,” here are a few items you’ll want to consider and knock out ASAP: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsWe’re essentially a month away from 2017 - can you believe it?! We sure can’t! Where did 2016 even go? As the year is winding down, it’s time to start looking at the year ahead. Is your association ready for 2017?

3 Ways to Attract Recent Graduates to Your Organization

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We’ve got a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Association ViewsThe caps are off and the tassels have been flipped. Congrats Class of 2016! Now the question is, how can you attract those new graduates to your organization?

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From GSAE: Understanding Change at Your Association

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I attended a webinar held by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) where Dr. David Renz , Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, spoke in great detail about successfully leading change initiatives. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterWe talk about, hear about, and experience change all the time.

How to Deal with a Difficult Board Member: 4 Tips

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Here are a few tips: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterEvery once in awhile, a difficult board member comes along. And that can make your job HARD (and not to mention, incredibly unenjoyable). So what do you do? How do you handle the situation when you’re both clearly invested in your roles?

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3 Association Lessons from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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Here are three, in particular: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterOne of my favorite things to do during the month of December? Binge (and binge and binge) Christmas movies! Christmas Vacation,” “Elf,” “The Holiday,” “Home Alone” - all classics that I enjoy year after year.