3 tips to gain board approval for a new membership management software

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You’ve read white-papers, investigated pricing and discussed with peers, you know that membership management software will help grow your organization. The post 3 tips to gain board approval for a new membership management software appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Industry Trends New TechnologyYou’ve done your research.

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.

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Higher Logic

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier. 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. How easy is it to use your new software?

6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems

Socious

So to be as effective as possible, they buy association-specific software systems. The problem is that most association technology only does one thing really well. Event software plans and manages events, but it won’t take care of your membership dues, for example.

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Compare Association Management Software Platforms

GrowthZone

Could an Association Management Software (AMS) solution be the answer to the inefficiencies that plague your association? This article will help you evaluate ten association software options. What is Association Management Software (AMS)? Association Software 10 1.

What Will Association Management Software Look Like in 5 Years?

Socious

However, the past half-decade has been a time of refining ideas and streamlining technology. As costs come down, technology usage and capabilities have increased. But what does that mean for association management software? What Will AMS Software Look Like in 5 Years?

New Year, New Technology?

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. 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. January is technology month here at the YourMembership.com blog. (Of Of course, technology is on our minds every day because that’s what we do.) Pricing.

Is Syncing Your AMS and Accounting Software Necessary?

Association Adviser

One of the largest operating inconveniences associations would like to change is the inability to track revenue and expenses within their financial software system and sync that information with the membership information stored in their association management software system. Unfortunately, transferring data between financial software and AMS systems is not a plug-and-play operation. AMS/Financial Software limitations.

Membership Management Software + Social Networking

YourMembership Blog

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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. When you think about the software that helps you manage your association, it can be tempting to keep using the same old legacy association management software (AMS) you’ve been using and continue inefficient processes you’ve been practicing for years and years. Paying the price for a legacy AMS system.

Gamification: Before You Implement the Technology.

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Pricing. Technology. Gamifiying your organization is not about technology. Pricing. YourMembership.com® | The Complete Online Member Community® | Membership Management Software | Membership Software Solutions. Associations. Nonprofits + Foundations. Chambers + EDCs. Corporate + Social. Education + Alumni. Advantages. Branding. Control. Add-On Products. Support. Company. News + Press.

Why It May Be Time to Ditch Your Association’s Event Tools for Your AMS Software

Socious

They’re inexpensive and the extra variety I get is worth the price of my occasionally overlapping options. I’ve seen associations do this with association management software (AMS) and separate event systems. All Association Management Software Isn’t the Same.

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. Software changes quickly.

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. There are several hundred event technology providers competing to win your business. When you consider varying pricing structures, functionality, and built-for-purpose options, choosing the best solutions is no easy task. It’s never a good idea to be on the bleeding edge with any technology. Ask for an admin demo to understand how configurable a software system is.

What Technology Makes the Must-Have List?

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Pricing. Technology. What Technology Makes the Must-Have List? Working in a technology company means we have a lot of early adopters. I recently asked this group of experts what technology they couldn’t live without. Okay, so we also have some comedians at YourMembership.com but velcro is technology in the sense that technology is only a tool for helping you become more efficient.

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.

Essential Nonprofit Software of 2014

SocialFish

As we watch some of our wildest sci-fi fantasies become reality , the potential of technology seems limitless. From fax machines, to email, to smartwatches, technology has transformed the way the world does business. But with the wealth of business tools and technology available, creating a consideration set for your business can seem like a monumental project. Technology spending is also reportedly a small portion of nonprofits’ budgets, averaging less than 4.2

Essential Nonprofit Software of 2014

SocialFish

As we watch some of our wildest sci-fi fantasies become reality , the potential of technology seems limitless. From fax machines, to email, to smartwatches, technology has transformed the way the world does business. But with the wealth of business tools and technology available, creating a consideration set for your business can seem like a monumental project. Technology spending is also reportedly a small portion of nonprofits’ budgets, averaging less than 4.2

How Associations Can Improve The Member Experience Through Technology

Nimble AMS

Three technology innovations associations should embrace for a better member experience. Turn to technology innovation. Enterprise cloud platform technologies have transformed the association management software (AMS) landscape. Associations can now move beyond the AMS limitations of yesterday to leverage modern technological innovation. Associations can now move beyond the AMS limitations of yesterday to leverage modern technological innovation.

4 steps to build a business case for new membership software

Nimble AMS

You know it’s time for new association management software. Here’s how to create a compelling case for an investment in new membership management technology. As your association grows, eventually it’s time to move to new membership management software. 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.

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. Among the many things the Apple II mastermind brought up during his panel discussion at the MassMutual Center was the idea of technology needing to enable us to be better, rather than getting in the way of what makes us best. Rather, we want technology to be invisible, to provide value seamlessly,” the company explained. “In

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. A new association management software (AMS) system is a major investment in your organization’s future. 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. Here are eight ways to lower the price of your new AMS: 1.

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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. Communicating effectively to members is the best way to keep them, and sometimes that means a large monetary investment in new hardware or software. The reward from using new technology—and the risk of not implementing it—usually outweighs the upfront costs.

[White Paper] The Peer to Peer Fundraising Technology Landscape

SocialFish

As the Internet and technology have continued to evolve, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have become more sophisticated. At the same time, nonprofit software companies like Kintera, Convio, and Artez have come and gone, and some of the smart people there have since joined companies including Blackbaud and Frontstream that offer peer-to-peer tools, or have created new peer-to-peer tools like Great Feats and Kimbia — to name a few. Pricing.

Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks

Fonteva

The best association management software, or AMS, solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of associations just like yours. The time and money that effective software saves leaves you more resources to devote to pursuing your goals and continuing to grow. If a more lightweight, membership-oriented solution might be more appropriate for your software needs, be sure to check out our membership software comparison and buying guide too!

AMS basics: What’s the difference between cloud and on-premises hosting environments?

Aptify

W hen it’s time to look for your next association management software (AMS) system, one thing you need to decide is what hosting environment you want. In this environment, the technology infrastructure is owned and operated by a third-party vendor.

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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.

Purchasing Fundraising Software: A Small Shop’s Guide

SocialFish

It’s inevitable that as your organization continues to gain momentum and supporters, you’ll have to think about purchasing nonprofit fundraising software. From researching products, to talking with vendors, viewing demos, and pitching to the board, buying fundraising software can be an intensive and overwhelming process. Select a software that can be easily integrated with other needed platforms. Buy a software that fits into your organization’s budget.

Wild Apricot Software News - March 2009

Wild Apricot

About Wild Apricot Software The Wild Apricot blog provides technology advice for small non-profits. Many blog subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients — so we publish monthly updates about our software. Wild Apricot software is used by thousands of small non-profits: professional and business associations, clubs, charities, activist groups and community organizations.

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. I like gadgets and a cool software application as much as the next person. First and most important, when it comes to technology – pay attention.

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. Last week, two software-as-a-service stalwarts, Evernote and Dropbox, tried making changes to their service that ended up greatly angering their user bases. You rely on software vendors with whom you have a contract, giving your organization more of a say. Treat the process of taking on a new piece of software like you’re buying a house—and maintain the relationship accordingly.

Make Sure Your Association’s Next Virtual Event is a Hit

Aptify

List key milestones, such as choosing a virtual event technology platform and lining up speakers, and provide plenty of time for each one. Use event technology that supports interaction and networking in the online experience.

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

Nimble AMS

Best practices say that when you’re ready to find a new association management software (AMS) system, you should issue a request for proposal (RFP). An RFP is widely considered to be a best practice when it comes to big purchases like software. Your RFP can inspire the software vendor.

The Other Service Economy: Software as a Service Hits Overdrive

Associations Now

Microsoft’s move to offer a monthly cloud-based enterprise package for its Windows operating system is both uncharted territory and, in many ways, the culmination of the software as a service (SaaS) model. According to ZDNet , pricing has yet to be made available for the higher-end offer, but the lower-end option, which used to be called “Enterprise Cloud Suite,” is $7 per month, or $84 per year, per user.

How to Create Sponsorship Value for Your Association’s Virtual Event

Protech

C heck out the first p ost about staff communications a nd the second about conference technology. . Similarly, if the value cannot be proven for virtual sponsorship options, it’s difficult to charge premium pricing for the placements. . By Liz Palm, Marketing Director .

3 things your association should know before purchasing a new AMS

Nimble AMS

Price is a big factor in any large purchase. In my experience working with many associations, as organizations look for their next association management software (AMS) , that’s one of the first questions they ask. Price is a big factor in any large purchase. Technology

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5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today

Higher Logic

It’s a problem that happens not only with people, but with software systems as well. Unless your business technology, including your online community platform, association management system (AMS) or customer relationship management software (CRM) talks to one another directly, the information they collect won’t reach its potential. Your sales team can also identify upsell, upgrade, and add-on opportunities as you encourage more members to visit your product and pricing pages.

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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. Determining how much your next association management software (AMS) system will cost you can be a tricky thing. It’s important to be wary of any AMS vendor offering a lower than average software or per-user cost. 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.

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Hedging Software as a Service

High Context

companies being forced out of existence these days, it’s important to assess any technologies you use as a software as a service (SaaS) model. The beautiful pro’s of SaaS-based services is that companies and organizations can access technologies and services at an affordable price point, paying monthly rather than massive annual licensing and support agreements. With marginal (and some formerly healthy!)

Don't Get Left in Time

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Pricing. Technology. ” For technology enthusiasts this means a lot of things involving servers and data but to many users it means receiving new features immediately — no downloads, no installs, no waiting. Feature exploration and staying up-to-date on software offerings allow you to maximize the power of your chosen software. Pricing.