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What Should You Expect From Your Trade Association?

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Associations have a unique opportunity to provide professional certifications for their member companies’ professional staff or for products or services offered by the companies. The question of association value comes up over and over again.

On the Road for Flavor Creation

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Thousands of consumer products contain flavors, added to improve taste. I say food and beverage, but flavors are used in many product categories, including confection, pet food, and even medicines. Santa Monica sunrise on an early morning run.

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The Year Without Pants and How to Replace Email

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whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. So how can we work remotely while maintaining high levels of collaboration and productivity?

Innovation for Association Executives

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This summer I discovered a book about innovation strategy for corporate product launches and I can’t stop thinking about applying these concepts to associations. The concept involved is using a “wide lens” when preparing a product or service innovation.

How to Make 2013 a Great Year: Your Guide to a More Productive Life

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Fueled by holiday beverages, and reflected in a roaring fire, I see a more interesting and productive year on the horizon. He works full-time on helping other people be more productive. Overall, this is probably the best personal productivity book I’ve ever read.

Scanning the Horizon on the Chesapeake Bay

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Cruising from Annapolis to Crisfield, Maryland, you can see the water becoming more and more beautiful and pristine as you head south, away from large population areas and the more significant agricultural production. Early Morning on Lake Ogleton, near Annapolis, Maryland.

The Best Books for Association Executives

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Meetings are the essence of associations, but they don’t always feel as efficient or productive as they should. When it comes to challenging conversations, at home or at work, Marshall Rosenberg gives you the tools to make them more productive and less stressful.

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GMA Executive Conference: Perhaps the End of a Very Good Thing? A Review

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I’ve just returned from Colorado where GMA, the Association of Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Companies , hosted what will reportedly be their last Executive Conference. The production was jumpy, the pace was too fast and did they even have scores?

We’re All In Sales Now

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Pink provides a model for selling more, and this applies to selling anything, products, services, or an association’s critical objectives. Let me repeat, we are all in sales now. This is the title of a great article in the new issue of Associations Now about Daniel Pink’s forthcoming book.

What’s Your Favorite Mars Product?

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My favorite Mars product is Peanut M&M. Don’t miss the great article in the new Fortune magazine about Mars – Inside Mars, one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For , by David A. Kaplan. Here’s what I find interesting: Mars’ headquarters is in McLean, Virginia, the DC suburb where I live.

Social Media for Associations: Challenges and Opportunities

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Gatorade staff track online conversations, monitoring what’s said about the brand, its competitors, sports nutrition and the athletes who endorse Gatorade products. Associations and non-profits are very busy trying to figure out social media.

Food and Beverage Colors – Chicago, IL September 11-13

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Influence of Color on Consumer Product Preferences. What’s the latest in food and beverage color?

Global Color Conference 2012

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Color is important to so many consumer products – confectionary, beverages, medicines, and so many more. Congratulations to the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) for hosting a great conference this week in Chicago. Early September in Chicago was beautiful and IACM created a great event for color manufacturers and user companies.

ASAE Rocks and Cowboy, is that a Big Screen!

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Product sales, Meeting promotion and programming, and. I’m just back from a few days in Dallas where I gave a speech at an amazing ASAE Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

Association Leader: Ernie Rosenberg

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So I was interested to see Ernie Rosenberg’s article in the June Perfumer & Flavorist , “Fragrances and Fragranced Products: A Strong Alliance.” Ernie Rosenberg, President & CEO, American Cleaning Institute.

“Big Food” and Organic

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She suggests that the difference is pure profit and there’s no discussion of the fact that organic production is more expensive. Be sure to read today’s New York Times Business Section article on organic food.

Does Your Association Produce Videos?

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It’s no longer news that video is a viable and effective medium for association and non-profit communications; what’s news is how effective it is in furthering the critical objectives of your organization. I’m presenting at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Dallas, August 11-14.


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Fooducate allows you to use the bar code scanner on your smart phone to scan products on the shelf at the supermarket and then receive instant information about the ingredients. What a game changer for product information.

Community Enhances Your Product Enhancements

Higher Logic

And that all adds up to a better product. Whether you’re an enormous B2C company like Coca Cola or a B2B startup with a short runway, collecting user feedback quickly and efficiently is key to creating a competitive product. Product feedback is a natural outcome of community.

’Tis the season for product roadmaps.

YourMembership Blog

YourMembership’s Product Roadmap constantly evolves. Here’s where YourMembership is headed in 2017, and beyond, to drive more member engagement + increase membership for forward-thinking associations. Around this time, everyone is eager to learn what the New Year will bring.

How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products

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Alexandra spoke about how she works with current Vimeo users to do usability testing on new products. Higher Logic: Tell us more about your background in community management and product usability testing. HL: How do you gather product feedback from your Vimeo users?

Top 11 Productivity Apps for Membership Managers

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While you enjoy the last of your summer and get back into the swing of things on the work front, we thought we'd greet you with a few recommendations on tool s that will help you get out in front of your deadlines and be more productive. Productivity and Time Management.

10 Tools for More Productive Online Marketing


Productivity becomes key if you want to juggle these correctly. DrumUp is one of the most useful social media productivity tools around. Automated Spreadsheets is still pretty new, as the link to Product Hunt will attest. Online marketing is a many headed monster.

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Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

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The video chat provided a nice opportunity to have conversation in real-time about the relationship between self-care and workplace productivity. Workplace Productivity and Well Being . The blue zone is productivity and as you can see it peaks in the morning (8-10 am) and (4-6 pm).

Does a WELL-Designed Office Boost Productivity?

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ASID’s CEO sees the sleek, thoughtful space as not only a place to do work but also to do research into the impact of design on productivity. Some of that purpose is to inspire creativity and productivity. Is your office a place that inspires productivity?

To Boost Productivity, Encourage On-The-Job Naps

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Economic incentives, meaningful feedback, and adequate training are all ways to boost productivity at the office, but what about naps? billion in lost productivity. The post To Boost Productivity, Encourage On-The-Job Naps appeared first on Associations Now

6 Steps to Run a Productive Virtual Meeting with Templates and Examples

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If you’d like help making your virtual meetings more productive, here is a six-step formula along with the templates and examples that can make your virtual meetings super productive. Nancy-Settle-Murphy meetings virtual-meetings

Add Productivity to the Last Hour of the Day

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The last hour of the day can feel like a productivity killer. and you start to feel a productivity buzzkill. I talked with some membership staffers and consultants who offered these tips to maximizing productivity over the course of the workweek.

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive.

Mastering Productivity on the Road: 4 Tips


But before heading out, check out these four tips for remaining productive on the road: association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter

Let Your Data Drive Your Product Design

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You might find your users relying on your platforms in ways your association never intended—and that knowledge could be a boon when designing future products. The secret here, of course, comes down to researching your audience and matching the product to their wants and needs.

How a Major Corporation Crowdsources Product Innovation (And How You Can Too)

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Customers made their requests, which were then voted on by other patrons to determine their popularity before Starbucks put them into production. 4 Steps to Crowdsource Product Innovation at Your Company. Create a Product Plan. Starbucks. You’ve heard of Starbucks, right?

Leveraging the Link Between Workplace Positivity and Productivity

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They’ll naturally be more productive—and happier.”. The post Leveraging the Link Between Workplace Positivity and Productivity appeared first on Associations Now

Realignment #5: From Products to Solutions


Amazon thought along the same lines when it decided to allow customer product reviews on its website, despite that some of these reviews would be negative and jeopardize the sales of individual products. Selling standalone products involves linear transactions rather than relationships.

What’s Getting In the Way Of Your Productivity?

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A new study illustrates a common productivity killer for many employees. The answer to question of what’s killing your productivity might be work overload, at least according to a recent study that found nearly 70 percent of employees are suffering from an overabundance of work.

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth Kanter's Blog

In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings. ” Many of these practices are used at companies that pride themselves in having productive meetings. What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

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The first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2015 is on the theme is personal productivity. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging. What is personal productivity? How are nonprofits folks strengthening their personal productivity muscles in 2015?

For More Productivity, Think Social Responsibility

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Everyone seems to have an answer for increasing worker productivity these days—by, for example, encouraging people to take a vacation , find a hobby , or redesign their office. The post For More Productivity, Think Social Responsibility appeared first on Associations Now

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

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In his words: “For nearly 15 years, I’ve been making the case — in my writing and with corporate clients — that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.” What is your secret to being productive?

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Many times our meetings are highly productive, but sometimes meetings can be boring, frustrating, and a complete waste of time. What if you tried different processes to increase engagement or productivity?