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Higher Logic

The DEN evolved from disparate groups connecting across social platforms to an engaged, active online community hub. It’s a testament to a powerful combination of engaged users and great community management. Members started showing up for the resources, but they stayed for the people.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.27.20

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You’ve probably seen stories about distillers in your area who are now producing hand sanitizer—I know they are in my part of North Carolina. It’s an opportunity, she says, to rethink how you serve members. – COVID-19-Focused Engagement Lounge.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.16.16

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How do know when it’s smart to partner up on programs for your members? How can you uncover and make use of buried data to better serve your members? David Iams, Career, Member, and Professional Activities Manager, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – USA.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.1.20

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Engaging virtual attendees. Sarah Michel at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting recorded a shortish video you should definitely watch: five tips to guarantee engagement at your virtual event. How is your association demonstrating leadership to its members and community?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.3.20

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Your association can help staff, volunteer leaders, and members know better by offering (and requiring for some) diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education. Unfortunately, we have a lot of them in my state, North Carolina. Maximizing Member Engagement in the COVID-19 Era.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.8.20

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Billhighway describes the kind of resources you can provide chapters to help them get started with virtual events , design engaging programs, prepare speakers and attendees, and put together a virtual event volunteer team. Engaging virtual events.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.14.18

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Because our North Carolina home is surrounded by trees in rain-soaked ground, I’m preparing for the winds of Hurricane Florence and the inevitable power outage instead of giving my usual attention to this post. Trials, Tribulations, and Solutions for Engaging Young Professionals.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

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I’m reading a lot about “Zoom fatigue” these days, which concerns me because associations are relying on Zoom (and other web-conferencing platforms) to educate and connect members to each other. Fri 4/24 at 1 p.m.* – 13 Secrets to Help You Create an Insanely Engaging Virtual Meeting Today.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.17.19

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That transformation can begin on the first day of membership—as long as you have a new member onboarding plan in place. MemberSuite shares six ways to onboard and engage new members. A network of bee hives—a bee highway—is nearing completion in North Carolina’s Triangle.

Add Chapters to Make an Old Association Feel New

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Launching a chapter network has helped PEN America, a literary organization with almost 100 years of history, recruit new members and reinvent opportunities for member engagement at the local level.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members. WBT shares ideas for using what you learn during reboarding to better serve members. It’s blueberry season here in North Carolina. – Know Your Members!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… New member onboarding. Does your association have a new member onboarding, orientation or welcoming program? Your moment of zen on Carolina Beach.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.5.20

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I made it the star of the show that night, sautéing some North Carolina shrimp with shallots and finishing them with lemon juice, butter and lots of chervil. Kyle Lambert London (moderator), Manager, Association Leadership Engagement, National Association of REALTORS®.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.18.16

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But since my family is spending next week at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina, I will savor my time with them on the beach. Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, member of ASAE’s CAE Commission. From Millennials to Boomers: Connecting with Members at Every Age. Ah, the beach.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.26.17

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I’d wager that many associations appoint a staff/member team to work on D&I because they think they should, not really understanding why it’s important and how it can impact their organization and people. This good post from WBT Systems: how to help members develop a learning habit.

Make Engagement More Fun With Digital Badges

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Digital badges and ribbons put a twist on a traditional form of member recognition to incentivize small acts of engagement. Associations and their members are sharing them across community and social networks, adding an element of competition that spurs involvement.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.24.17

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Wouldn’t you like them to be a bit more forthcoming with member data and information about their activities? Members are requesting more mobile, nimble, personalized, and efficient engagements, similar to the experiences they have with the likes of Amazon and Netflix.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.24.17

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Wouldn’t you like them to be a bit more forthcoming with member data and information about their activities? Members are requesting more mobile, nimble, personalized, and efficient engagements, similar to the experiences they have with the likes of Amazon and Netflix.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.24.17

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Mon 3/27 at 2 p.m.* – Discover Super Members: Predictive Analytics for Proactive Engagement and Retention. Best Practices for Engaging Newcomers to Advocacy. Learn how to avoid the lack of focus, poor engagement, and indecision that plague most virtual meetings.

Organize and Visualize: Turning Member Numbers Into Knowledge

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The North Carolina Association of CPAs undertook a year-long project to get its member data both centralized and accessible via interactive dashboards. After all, your member data is only as good as your ability analyze it. Have a cool member-data viz to share?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.9.18

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Derek Ham, a North Carolina State University professor, asked: “What was it like to be there? By changing their mindset and conversations with chapters , RAPS built stronger relationships with their chapters and helped them increase member engagement.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.20.20

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Emerging member needs. WBT Systems points out a whole new set of emerging member needs , like the craving for connection and community—I think we can all agree with that. Once we can be socially close again, members will be more than ready to hang out with others in their association.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.3.20

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Sure, maybe some won’t work but members will be forgiving in these trying times. If you’re in North Carolina, I hope you’ll support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. More info/register – AMCI members only. Engagement That Scales.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.5.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… WBT Systems explains why you should measure the lifetime value of your members and customers —both their monetary and non-monetary contributions—and suggests two angles for approaching this metric.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.17.20

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Fret not, Billhighway has plenty of ideas for (and examples of) connecting chapter members virtually. Lisa Block at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting reminds associations that decisions made in response to this crisis will have a long-term impact on members, so act with generosity and empathy.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.9.19

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Their post describes the benefits of learning subscriptions for members, employers and associations, and shares ideas for tiers, pricing, and retention tactics. I’m wondering if the growing personalization trend will lead to members expecting their association to personalize content too.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.18.19

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I can see how members and customers might be more apt to reply to a request for advice than a request for membership or program feedback. Find out what your company needs to know about engagement (paid or otherwise) with these sites. Leading Member Engagement from the Outside-In.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.10.20

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Virtual conference engagement. Everyone is wondering, should we send out member renewals right now ? If you’re in North Carolina, I hope you’ll support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Engagement That Scales.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.21.18

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Our tree-surrounded home was spared because the storm ended up hovering over eastern North Carolina before veering south. If you have any money to spare, please consider giving to my favorite charity, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Help Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

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Every association wants to recruit millennial members, but the cost of membership may exceed a millennial’s budget. Young members also have to think about registration fees and travel expenses for events. Although they’re the biggest generation in the workforce, millennials make up only 19 percent of association members, per MGI. Here are several ways your association can help millennials—prospects and members—find jobs and see what kind of value you offer.