What Should You Expect From Your Trade Association?
AUGUST 15, 2016
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
MARCH 20, 2015
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.
The Year Without Pants and How to Replace Email
JANUARY 19, 2015
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
OCTOBER 31, 2014
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
DECEMBER 27, 2012
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.
The Best Books for Association Executives
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
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.
GMA Executive Conference: Perhaps the End of a Very Good Thing? A Review
AUGUST 29, 2012
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
JULY 16, 2012
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?
JANUARY 31, 2013
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
OCTOBER 8, 2012
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
JULY 24, 2012
Influence of Color on Consumer Product Preferences. What’s the latest in food and beverage color?
Global Color Conference 2012
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
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!
AUGUST 15, 2012
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
JUNE 19, 2012
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
JULY 8, 2012
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?
JUNE 26, 2012
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.
JUNE 11, 2012
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.
How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products
APRIL 27, 2017
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?
Community Enhances Your Product Enhancements
JUNE 22, 2016
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.
DECEMBER 6, 2016
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.
10 Tools for More Productive Online Marketing
AUGUST 29, 2016
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.
Does a WELL-Designed Office Boost Productivity?
JUNE 30, 2016
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?
Add Productivity to the Last Hour of the Day
MARCH 29, 2017
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
JULY 11, 2016
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
JULY 11, 2016
But before heading out, check out these four tips for remaining productive on the road: association management association leadership Small Staff Chatter
Leveraging the Link Between Workplace Positivity and Productivity
OCTOBER 13, 2016
They’ll naturally be more productive—and happier.”. The post Leveraging the Link Between Workplace Positivity and Productivity appeared first on Associations Now
Let Your Data Drive Your Product Design
JANUARY 26, 2016
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.
Bio Products Group Rebrands, Expands to Adapt to Changing Industry
MARCH 16, 2017
Here’s the story of how a biological products group is keeping up by expanding its membership and changing its name. BPIA originally represented companies that produced pesticides made from natural products like plant extracts, biochemicals, or pheromones.
Realignment #5: From Products to Solutions
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job
Beth Kanter's Blog
JANUARY 9, 2017
The header to this cartoon in the article is “ Be Realistic About Your Productivity Goals.” And, of course, we have all experienced attempting to get a task down and not allocating enough time. Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.
Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?
Beth Kanter's Blog
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
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.
What’s Getting In the Way Of Your Productivity?
DECEMBER 11, 2014
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.
Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits
Beth Kanter's Blog
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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?
The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive
Beth Kanter's Blog
JULY 14, 2015
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?
For More Productivity, Think Social Responsibility
MAY 12, 2014
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
Walk Your Way To a More Productive Meeting
APRIL 16, 2015
Walking meetings may also prove more productive. The post Walk Your Way To a More Productive Meeting appeared first on Associations Now If your usual meetings are feeling stale, try a different approach with a walking meeting.
Green Power: Office Plants Make You More Productive
OCTOBER 7, 2014
Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they may also help boost your productivity and mood. If you want to be more productive at work, try investing in a plant for your desk or office. New research illustrates the positive potential of plants at work.
How a Nonprofit Turned a Product into a Platform
AUGUST 15, 2016
Our product is good enough to stand out. Our product is strong enough to be sitting next to REI or Patagonia, and people will still want to buy it, and then they’re going to find out about the social side,” she said.
So Long LinkedIn Products & Services Tab
Wild Apricot Blog
APRIL 9, 2014
On April 14th LinkedIn will "retire" the products & services tab. Here are the details and what it might mean for your organization. social media
Say Hello: Welcome New Products and Brands to Your Tradeshows
JUNE 13, 2014
Every industry has new brands or products trying to make a splash, but often budgets don’t allow them to purchase booth space at tradeshows or market at the same level as the bigger, already-established players. They can also buy a package that includes exposure in an online product gallery.