6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems


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. To take care of all your needs, you need to make multiple technology purchases.

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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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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 not uncommon these days for associations to invest in a new AMS system only to be hit with additional, unexpected costs during implementation. They might also charge high prices for product upgrades and related services down the road. Technology

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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. For example, a strong integration lets members interact in your online community then pay dues in your AMS without feeling like they’re switching systems. At the most basic level, the number of people using software can affect pricing.

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.

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.

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

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? Another thing to consider is that if you are using any of these tools now to create content and you wish to change your LMS in future, your new LMS must be able to support the common eLearning content standards or you will not be able to migrate your educational content into your new system. Integration with other Software Systems.

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


As an association, technology can be a tremendous asset in achieving your mission. The right tech systems can help you serve the needs of your members, streamline your operations, and amplify communications. 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.

[White Paper] The Peer to Peer Fundraising Technology Landscape


As the Internet and technology have continued to evolve, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have become more sophisticated. The Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Technology Landscape , a new guide for nonprofits by Cathexis Partners, introduces nonprofits to today’s world of peer-to-peer fundraising tools. Integration with CRM systems/databases of record. Pricing. by Mark Becker, Founding Partner, Cathexis Partners. ————-.

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


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. Step #6) Discuss Pricing.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing an LMS

Blue Sky eLearn

Selecting a new (or your first) learning management system is a big undertaking. Can you have different pricing for different groups of people? You’ll want to make sure that the LMS you’re selecting today will continue to grow and innovate as technology does, as well as your organization’s needs do! Learning Technologies Online Learning Uncategorized choosing an LMS how to select an LMS learning management system LMS LMS selection

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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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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. Association Learning + Technology 2014” is designed to help association leaders strategize for a new learning landscape, while meeting their members’ needs for convenient and quick access to information. As a former journalist, I love data.

Best Practices for Selecting an LMS

Blue Sky eLearn

The more technical aspects – integrating with other systems, setting up eCommerce. It’s important to have a budget in mind when you begin narrowing down the LMS providers you would like to evaluate, as pricing can vary widely. Learning Strategies Learning Technologies Online Learning Uncategorized elearning learning management system LMS LMS selection online learning selecting an LMSSelecting an LMS is a big decision.

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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. And, they are already the most influential group of technology trendsetters. First and most important, when it comes to technology – pay attention. Today, CEOs must understand the capabilities and limitations of their systems and software.

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

YourMembership Blog

You’ve read white-papers, investigated pricing and discussed with peers, you know that membership management software will help grow your organization. An investment of a new (or first) membership management system will need to gain board approval. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Industry Trends New TechnologyYou’ve done your research.

3 things your association should know before purchasing a new AMS

Nimble AMS

Price is a big factor in any large purchase. Here are three things I would want to know before buying a new association management system. Price is a big factor in any large purchase. Multiple factors go into the cost of a new AMS system. Technology

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How to Launch an LMS with No Content

Blue Sky eLearn

We’ve talked to plenty of organizations who don’t believe they are ready or qualified to purchase a learning management system because of lack of content. Look into pricing for getting sessions recorded at your next one. You can bundle sessions together in packages by topic, sell them individually, or sell the entire conference as one bulk price. . We must be kidding, right? Well, yes and no!

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


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. Cloud – In a cloud environment, the computing system you use is accessed over the internet through a web browser.

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


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. This blog post was originally published on the Association Learning Blog by WBT Systems. Generation Z and young Millennials are different.

Reach Out ? Friday Fix

YourMembership Blog

Pricing. Technology. If you have a touch-log system, find someone who has not been in touch with you or interacted with your organization over the past six months. Pricing. Membership Software Association Management Software. Solutions. Associations. Nonprofits + Foundations. Chambers + EDCs. Corporate + Social. Education + Alumni. Advantages. Branding. Control. Add-On Products. Support. Company. News + Press. Customers. Management Team. Partner Programs.

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. At the same time, old systems are less reliable and lack modern capabilities that members have come to expect in their everyday lives. Technology

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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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.

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. So how do you build a business case to get executive buy-in and board support for a new membership system? This is where you outline the opportunity cost for staying with the system you have. continued investment in outdated technology.

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. Today, much more affordable web-based systems are not only more affordable, but many provide real interaction with members, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders.

How to Choose an Association Credit Card Processor


Interchange-plus pricing: the non-negotiable rate that is charged by Mastercard or Visa plus the merchant account provider’s mark-up. Has P2PE (point-to-point-encryption): encrypts card data from swipe, through transit, to authorization so your system doesn’t see or touch PAN data.

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). When you’re ready to move to a new AMS system , you’ll likely issue a request for proposal (RFP).

Stop Waiting. It’s Time for Associations to Use Marketing Automation


Yes, setting up your marketing automation system does take a little bit of time upfront, but once it is up and running, you get back that time and more. There are many tools on the market now that make setting up the system drop-dead easy, even for those without technical skills. Lack of money is no longer a valid reason for not implementing basic marketing automation systems because the price has come down significantly. Productivity Technology

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

WBT Systems

This diversity offers flexibility in pricing, pre-requisite knowledge and scheduling, which is more affordable, flexible, and supportive of the non-traditional learner, but also opens opportunities for the association to generate revenue from education programs and attract new learners to increase its membership. Key among these recommendations is that associations must be willing to consider alternative delivery methods and new technologies.

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?

Finding the Perfect Donor Database

Wild Apricot

If you’re facing the prospect of choosing a donor database system for your organization, drop by the Meeting Archives at TechSoup.org to check out this recent addition: Finding the Perfect Donor Database in an Imperfect World. The challenge is to find a system with strengths that meet your needs, weaknesses that won't get in your way, at a price you can afford. Tags: Non-profit technology Usability Fundraising nptech database Donor management webinar software

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Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

WBT Systems

Psychological research from Christy Price, published in 2009 described how to engage millennial learners: Make your class multimedia, incorporating more variety and shorter content to allow students to multitask. Interestingly, at the end of her research, Price says, “ the needs of millennials may not actually be generational at all “ She notes that millennials may just be looking for educators to use better teaching methods. So it seems that Price is right.

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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Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

WBT Systems

“Harley Davidson bikes are twice the price of the same exact Honda bike but will outsell it 13-1 because of community” – Ken Schmidt #HLSF16. We have also posted in the past about how to successfully market your association learning management system to appeal to members and potential members. For example, if you only offer education through conferences, could you look at incorporating some technology? appeared first on WBT Systems.

The Process of Recovery from a Disaster

Association Management

Having used your business impact analysis to identify the systems, services and applications at risk, you can now replicate those services into a redundant platform that can either be hosted or managed somewhere else, or at the very least run from a remote location. Any system or service that has a single point of failure should have a P lan B associated with it. Services like Amazon Web Services, Office 365 and hosting providers can be your backup at a lower price point.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Doing your own research using a variety of methods: website review, calls, conversations with peers and technology vendors, and peer review sites like ReviewMyLMS. It gives technology providers an opportunity to understand your association and its resources, goals, challenges, and core requirements. Staff resources : Technology vendors work with all kinds of associations.

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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?