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? Our members don’t like technology. There are non-scary ways to embrace technology to better engage with your members and to maximize non-dues revenue for your association.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Higher Logic

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. Ariel Brandt Lautman , Online Community Manager for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, has a list of questions to review before she purchases new technology. At the most basic level, the number of people using software can affect pricing. Some SaaS platforms base their fees on number of seats, so more employees using the platform means a higher price.

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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. feature, you’ll see that our research shows association leaders are more likely to invest in new tools, technologies and processes than they are in hiring more people. Technology is no longer a siloed department. Common association technology mistakes. Technology success stories.

Put a Price Tag on Your Benefits

Associations Now

Selling an association membership is not a traditional negotiation process, but the anchoring effect proves relevant in pricing situations just the same. A little Googling shows several associations are doing this, in varying styles: Northern California Human Resources Association. Illinois Technology Association. The post Put a Price Tag on Your Benefits appeared first on Associations Now

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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.

Techsoup Canada: Technology for nonprofits and charities

SilkStart

As an association, technology can be a tremendous asset in achieving your mission. When an association has access to robust technology — as well as the knowledge and capacity to put tech to proper use — the impact can be transformative. Unfortunately, many associations has a fraught relationship to technology. These factors are compounded by real barriers to access; much of the tech that can help associations do better work is priced for the private sector.

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

Socious

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. Remember, one person’s user-friendly technology is another’s nightmare, so look for trends and common themes in the reviews. A technology company should have an up-to-date web presence. Step #6) Discuss Pricing.

Arrested Development? A Strategic Approach to Technology Reboots Association Growth

.orgCommunity

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. And, they are already the most influential group of technology trendsetters. First and most important, when it comes to technology – pay attention. A Strategic Approach to Technology Reboots Association Growth appeared first on orgCommunity.

DelCor’s Guide to ASAE’s 2018 Associations @ Work + Additional Resources

Delcor

ASAE’s Associations @ Work business conference attracts association professionals seeking in-depth knowledge about association management, human resources, finance, and fundraising. Here’s our list of can’t-miss sessions and additional resources. Monday, October 29, 2018 | 9:45 – 10:45 AM | Room: Independence HI | Content Leaders: Kinsey Fabrizio, Senior Director, Member Engagement, and Ellen Savage, Vice President, Membership, Consumer Technology Association.

Ask the Association Veteran Anything – October 2020

Blue Sky eLearn

The platform provider is there to provide the tools and technology while the content is what should be engaging your audience. . This will keep them engaged as some will want to complete this as a takeaway resource. How to price a hybrid event? .

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How to Make Your Virtual Events Better Than The Rest

AssociationChat

The purpose of Event Camp Vancouver was to explore how the latest technologies could be incorporated into events without losing the human element. Since that time, new platforms and technologies have come and gone. Check out this blog post on How to Price Your Virtual Conference.

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? Using those resources to add value to our members and potential members?

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. For those associations with MLS operations, the mission-critical imperative to develop a solid and consistent base of technology strategy is often obscured—our members are up close and outspoken about where our resources belong.

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? Paying the price for a legacy AMS system. Consider an AMS that includes: A continuous stream of product upgrades , so you’re always using the latest technology without downtime and extra expenses. Technolog

Innogive Conference Panel Resources: Mobile is the Needle, Social is the Thread

Beth Kanter

focusing on how information consumption patterns are changing in light of these two technological developments. How can a non-profit today use mobile technology, social and web in a way that increases participation, ensures success and provides easier management campaign and their resulting data points. She is also the Membership Director at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. Some techniques and resources that the panelists shared: What is responsive web design?

The new association “normal”

Aaron Wolowiec

Many associations don’t have the resources in reserves, but you do have to make the investments. Our new model lets [staff] who wouldn’t normally be members access the same information and resources as full members. So for the price of “X,” the CEO and/or directors will be regular members (including receipt of print member magazine) and all the other staff, if they opt-in, will be electronic members. But, technology actually enables communication.

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. Notice that the first step doesn’t include a discussion about new system pricing. And, Walker says, beware of the temptation to mention ballpark pricing. continued investment in outdated technology. Technology IT Membership

Do Associations Really Have it Worse?

Smooth The Path

Are associations more stuck in their ways, more constrained, and less technologically adept than other non-association organizations of similar demographics? Resource constrained – A large association is about the size of a small-mid-sized company so when we talk about resources we need to ensure we are making an apples-to-apples comparison based on some common, meaningful metrics like staff size or annual revenues.

How to Start or Grow Your Online Career Center

Association Adviser

If associations are the primary resource for industry professionals to develop their skills in their chosen profession, then it’s only logical that the association should be the first place they think of for career management and new opportunities. However, many associations are hesitant to commit the needed resources and staff time to begin or enhance an online career center because doing so always seems to be a large undertaking.

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? There is a wide variance in how virtual events are priced. You may not yet have a solid sense of what attendance will be at your virtual events, so having pricing that is flexible is very important.

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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. Lots of great data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications. What caught my eye immediately was the infographic that summarizes data about how foundations are using social media. Technology for Good Report.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.20.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… 86 “normal,” please. Virtual conference pricing. Maximizing Revenue through Smart Pricing Strategies. Dave Coriale, President, DelCor Technology Solutions.

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Need new ideas for attracting members? Follow this 7-step framework for success

Association Success

Pricing with multiple tiers. When it comes to pricing, there’s no reason to limit your organization to a single tier. A friendly welcome email with quick links to essential resources is a must, but there’s no limit on creativity. Organization-Wide Technology Literacy.

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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. Look at those areas where you can implement redundancy to minimize your downtime, and include those resources within your budgeting. Association Management TechnologyOver the past 2 articles (read part 1 and part 2) , we have examined what could potentially happen that could bring your business to a halt in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

7 Myths about Career Center Networks Debunked

Association Adviser

Career center networks offer associations the ability to show more job openings and expanded career development resources for members while placing their brand in front of a wider audience of potential members. Member and non-member pricing is at the association’s discretion. You want flexibility in pricing so you can operate your association and participate in a career center network but not at the expense of membership or revenue opportunities,” Aley explained.

2013: A Millennial’s Perspective

Association Adviser

Your pricing and member benefits need to reflect that. This embrace of technology that makes association life easier should be applauded and further supported in 2014. Pricing Challenges. Furthermore, the association has switched many of its previously free resources that are not location-dependent to a paid a la carte model. Kelly Donovan, Naylor.

7 Myths about Career Center Networks Debunked

Association Adviser

Career center networks offer associations the ability to show more job openings and expanded career development resources for members while placing their brand in front of a wider audience of potential members. Member and non-member pricing is at the association’s discretion. You want flexibility in pricing so you can operate your association and participate in a career center network but not at the expense of membership or revenue opportunities,” Aley explained.

7 Myths about Career Center Networks Debunked

Association Adviser

Career center networks offer associations the ability to show more job openings and expanded career development resources for members while placing their brand in front of a wider audience of potential members. Member and non-member pricing is at the association’s discretion. You want flexibility in pricing so you can operate your association and participate in a career center network but not at the expense of membership or revenue opportunities,” Aley explained.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.16.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The state of associations. Due to the pandemic and uncertain economy, associations are constantly creating new resources for members and making changes to business as usual—yes, they’re innovating!

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

.orgCommunity

New research shows they have much greater price sensitivity and much lower brand loyalty than older generations. Their price sensitivity isn’t a surprise considering their: • Student loan debt. • Weakened job prospects. • Low earnings. • Lack of employer support for membership and professional development. They know they need professional development, networking, and career resources to develop the right skills, advance in their career, and design their own future.

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. Billhighway suggests how you can help your chapters with member recruitment by sharing your digital and technical expertise and resources. Presenters: Mike Kovach, Senior Digital Consultant, Adage Technologies. Jake Toohey, Senior Digital Consultant, Adage Technologies.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.25.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m not publishing Brain Food next Friday (10/2) because I’ll be hiking in southern Utah, so this edition includes all the events I know about in the next two weeks. How to Scope and Implement Virtual Event Technology. Virtual event technology is key for pulling off a virtual event, but implementing new tech is never easy. Host: Unleashed Technologies.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.11.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Virtual conference pricing. Her family pays the price for America’s chicken dinners. Association Technology & Data 2025: Evaluating Your IT and Data Readiness.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.6.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Un-hybrid conference. AMS selection has always been a difficult decision, and it can feel like you need to put on your investigator’s cap in order to get real answers from vendors regarding pricing and integrations. Hear from a dynamic roster of industry experts on the topics of attendee engagement, agenda-setting, pricing, planning, exhibitor value, and more.

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What Smart Associations Do Differently

Association Adviser

Also look at learning preferences, technology adoption and topic interests. Technology is not synonymous for innovation; some associations are having breakthroughs by going back to old tech. Investing financial resources more efficiently will take the pressure off both dues and NDR. All the resources, connections and reach that associations used to have to themselves can now be found at little or no cost by anyone with a web connection.

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The Isaac Advantage

Velvet Chainsaw

Whether seeking to work with an exhibit service contractor, meeting technology or other service provider, they had to find their Isaac or move on. You should absolutely do your due diligence to ensure the company can deliver the goods and at a fair price. Partners who only show up with advice and resources during contract renewal don’t deserve your business. Conference Planning conference best practices meeting planning best practices technology tradeshow

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3 keys to improving member retention

Association Success

It’s easy to get caught up in pushing the exclusive events, resources, and perks that come with membership. But as enticing as those factors might be, most members can find similar offerings elsewhere — sometimes for a cheaper price. .

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Building Buy-In for an Online Community at Your Association

Higher Logic

This is how you can prove your new member community will be a valuable technology investment. Their discussions, the resources they download, and the feedback they give you are all crucial to building your member personas. Your online community is a fantastic resource to encourage those who haven’t registered for the event to register sooner, rather than later. Objection 1: Price. Price is always a valid concern – but what you’re proposing is worth the investment.

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. If you have a system selection in your future, or you’re in the midst of one, stop right now and read this post from Dan Hickey at DelCor Technology. Host: ASAE Technology Section Council.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.19.18

Reid All About it

One thing we can predict about the future: implementing new technology will never stop. A key ingredient for successful technology projects is collaboration. Mike Guerrieri at DelCor Technology Solutions explains how technology and collaboration can be a virtuous cycle. Hear about the unexpected ways technology has impacted the career trajectories of event professionals worldwide. – Technology Trends Round Table.

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