Face Your Fear of Technology

Association Adviser

Technology (and the thought of it) sometimes elicits a similar response. I’ve worked with hundreds of associations and here are some of the responses I have gotten when asking about their take on “technology” or “new ways” of reaching and engaging their members: Do we have to?

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Higher Logic

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. We’ve worked with hundreds of associations while they were knee deep in this process. At the most basic level, the number of people using software can affect pricing.

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The Process of Recovery from a Disaster

Association Management

Services like Amazon Web Services, Office 365 and hosting providers can be your backup at a lower price point. Association Management Technology

Ten Criteria for Vetting Event Technology Solution Providers (Updated)

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past decade, there have been significant upgrades and newcomers in the event technology space. These solutions claim to increase revenue, streamline processes, drive attendance, improve the attendee experience, provide data/insight and/or deliver ROI.

How to Tame Technology

Association Adviser

” But, according to the association technology experts we consulted, if you don’t get some more features soon, you ain’t going to have more members. Technology is no longer a siloed department. Common association technology mistakes. Technology success stories.

New Year, New Technology?

YourMembership Blog

Pricing. Technology. New Year, New Technology? It’s an excellent time to reevaluate the technology you’re using. The goal behind technology, as I’ve written in past posts, is to simplify your daily tasks. Sure, many of us choose to purchase technology because we want to be the first with some cool gadget or we find a device that allows us to play Angry Birds anywhere we want, but the primary goal should be making us more efficient.

How to Create Your Association Technology Vendor Shortlist (by Cutting Through the Sales Speak)


Buying a car can be a frustrating process. The salesperson aims to figure out what the buyer wants to pay monthly, while the buyer is looking at the total price. The buyer assumes the monthly payment works out to be the final price of the car but often they’re worlds apart.

Attention Shoppers: 4 Ways to Simplify the AMS Shopping Process


Shopping for any kind of technology is stressful, but when it’s a small-staff association professional shopping for an association management system, it’s a particular kind of crazy. There are SO many moving parts - software features, price points, the board’s opinion, etc.

Meeting Registration: It Goes Beyond Process

Associations Now

Registration for meetings and events is about more than the process. It’s also about what’s included, the price, and any extras that come with it. Of course, there were the usual suspects, like technology , content marketing , green meetings , and new event formats.

Is Your Technology Seamless?

Associations Now

A few smart words from a guy who built his life in technology could help you figure out your own technology balance. Rather, we want technology to be invisible, to provide value seamlessly,” the company explained. “In The post Is Your Technology Seamless?

New Technological Realities: What’s on the Market?

Association Success

Technology to send your association hurtling into the future. This is a trendy topic these days because these technologies are increasingly accessible in the market. They can be given away in gift bags due to size, price, and easy user experience.

Is New Technology Worth The Investment?

Association Adviser

We asked Marcus Underwood, vice president for online media at Naylor, to weigh in about technology becoming more personal and, at times, more expensive. The reward from using new technology—and the risk of not implementing it—usually outweighs the upfront costs. Associations have to keep up technologically or risk having members go elsewhere for information and question the association value proposition. Once you have that, find the right technology partner and move quickly.

How to Create Your Association Technology Vendor Shortlist (by Cutting Through the Sales Speak)


Buying a car can be a frustrating process. The salesperson aims to figure out what the buyer wants to pay monthly, while the buyer is looking at the total price. The buyer assumes the monthly payment works out to be the final price of the car but often they’re worlds apart.

Arrested Development? A Strategic Approach to Technology Reboots Association Growth


Somewhere back in the Dark Ages of IT- say two years ago, because that’s how fast the electronic world moves now ¬- we thought about technology as a tool to do business. Technology has made the leap out of the toolbox.

The Impact of Gas Prices on Associations and Their Members

Observations on Association Management

The Impact of Gas Prices on Associations and Their Members. Associations, like every other type of business, are feeling the impact of rising petroleum prices. The effect of high gas prices will be felt for the forseeable future. As frightening as the rapidly-escalating price of energy is, it provides us with an opportunity to think about new ways to do business. Labels: environment , gas prices , social changes. gas prices. (1). technology solutions. (2).

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In 2017, Take Control of Your Technology

Associations Now

In many ways, the notion of the “middle” has come to define association technology this year. Treat the process of taking on a new piece of software like you’re buying a house—and maintain the relationship accordingly.

EVOLVE: Technology will Mandate Marketers to Keep Up with the Times


I, as a customer, expect that when I buy something online, I can also return it to the nearest store and not have to worry about once-painful return processes. It has become the medium that allows them to search, retrieve recommendations, do price comparisons and make purchases.

Nine tips to promote win-win negotiating (no matter the contract)

Aaron Wolowiec

technology, entertainment, speakers, décor and hotels). A correlation exists between the value of your business and the number of concessions or price breaks your organization can expect to receive during contract negotiations. Quite simply, it breaks down the negotiation process. The personal and organizational benefits that result when you develop a meaningful relationship with those involved in the negotiating process are invaluable. Look beyond price to conditions.

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Beware of sneaky, hidden costs in your next association management system

Nimble AMS

If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. They might also charge high prices for product upgrades and related services down the road. Beyond watching for hidden costs, there are ways to potentially lower the price of a new AMS. Technology

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Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

So when I came across “Association Learning + Technology 2014,” a recent report by Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele , founders of consulting firm Tagoras , imagine my delight! Young or old, technology has redefined the way we learn and work. The point is: Don’t be afraid to taste technology.

3 things your association should know before purchasing a new AMS

Nimble AMS

Price is a big factor in any large purchase. Price is a big factor in any large purchase. Plus, pricing between any two AMS systems is not always an apples-to-apples comparison. It can look very different depending on the type of solution and technology you choose.

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Don?t let legacy association management software be your legacy

Nimble AMS

How will the technology decisions you make today affect your association’s future? Make sure your association doesn’t pay the price for outdated software. Have you considered how the technology decisions you make today will affect your association’s future? Technology

Best Practices for Selecting an LMS

Blue Sky eLearn

Why are you going through this process in the first place? Okay, so you know what you need from an LMS now, but how does that translate into requirements when it comes to features and processes? Let the Vetting Process Begin! Selecting an LMS is a big decision.

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Part 3 of Life after MLS: Technology Strategic Plans : Off Stage

Off Stage

16, 2010 - Part 3 of Life after MLS: Technology Strategic Plans. In the last two blogs Ive been discussing your IT needs as an association, particularly as a Realtor trade association, excluding any MLS technology needs you might have. Technology. Off Stage.

The Lifelong Learner’s Guide to Success: Future-Proofing Your Career, Part Three

Blue Sky eLearn

We also dove into technological advancements and their effect on the workforce and the economy. We know that a college degree does not get you as far as it used to, and that technology is rapidly changing entire industries. Part One & Two – What We Learned.

8 ways to cut the cost of new association management software

Nimble AMS

It may be time to embrace change to lower the price of your new system. While several factors — from the number of licenses to implementation to staff training — determine the price of the system’s cost, there are strategies to keep your AMS price from escalating beyond the budget.

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5 secrets for getting the most out of remote AMS demos

Nimble AMS

Since the vendor demo is such an important step in the software selection process, and because sitting through even just a few demos takes staff time, it’s important to make the most of each demo. Use the meeting technology. Use the chat functionality in the meeting technology.

4 steps to build a business case for new membership software

Nimble AMS

Here’s how to create a compelling case for an investment in new membership management technology. Your old technology might have worked in the past, but it just isn’t keeping up with your organization’s evolving processes and needs. At this point, it’s too early in the process.

Association Staffing and the End of Toll Booth Workers: 3 Lessons for Association Executives

SCD Group

Technology at work. As new, disruptive technologies emerge, what jobs within associations are similar to a toll booth worker? You know, those jobs that we used to need but that have been replaced (or can be replaced) with technology? As we change our processes and operations, how are we using the people resources we no longer need? Using the cost savings to pay for upgraded technology? Are you letting your members know the value of your new technology.

How to Choose an Association Credit Card Processor


When it comes to selecting an association credit card processing company , no provider is perfect… but like any service, the company should be efficient, accurate, and affordable. Productivity Technology Revenue Solutions

Looking For a Virtual Events Partner? Be Sure To Ask These 10 Questions

Blue Sky eLearn

Are you a reseller for your event platform or is it your own technology? This is fine for supporting simple events, but for larger high-exposure events it is best to work with a vendor who controls their own technology platform. How do you price your virtual events?

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7 tips for getting the most out of an RFP for your next AMS

Nimble AMS

The primary purpose of an RFP: to gather proposals and discover how well potential products meet your requirements at an acceptable price. Nimble AMS Association Software Technology

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


Multiple productivity modules included: Events, Contacts, and Member Management, Billing with credit card processing, a member center, Member Directory, and a Mobile Staff App. Pricing available on the GrowthZone website and product demos available upon request.

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth Kanter

In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better. Technology for Good Report.

How to Start or Grow Your Online Career Center

Association Adviser

As a part of the planning process, Baker recommends securing an executive-level champion for the career center and making sure there is someone on staff who has the responsibility and authority to execute the plan. Starting or growing a career management site doesn’t have to be intimidating.

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Best Practices for Monetizing Your eLearning Content

Blue Sky eLearn

Over the last few decades, the biggest driver of non-dues revenue has been technological advancements. Technology has paved the way for innovative methods of generating non-dues revenue while providing significant value to your members.

Questions Are More Important Than Answers When Evaluating Your Association’s Tech

Association Adviser

Changing up the technology or software systems your association uses is scary. Most tech comes with a significant price tag and an even more significant amount of time and effort required to train on it and become proficient at its use. The duo discussed their experience rebuilding the tech stack for AIA and developing best practices to ensure your association has the right technology in place to meet your operational and member needs. WHEN do you look at technology?

An Associations Journey to Find a Smarter AMS


The HBA began the process of looking for a new solution. GrowthZone had great reviews, the price was right, and they knew our language ,” she commented. Productivity Technology

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.10.20

Reid All About it

They warn, “We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement.” Revenue and Pricing Strategies for Virtual Events.

If You Really Understood Digital Disruption You Would Be Shaking In Your Boots

Velvet Chainsaw

Digital will disrupt your product…but only if you let it disrupt your process. Your company’s product experience can only be as digital as your process allows. And the free lunch buffet is getting bigger while the entry price to eat is not rising.

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