AMS Project Management Basics for Association Smarties


You’re the one chosen as the project’s manager, yet you’ve never implemented a new AMS. Your AMS vendor assigned a project manager to your implementation. Project management is a profession with its own set of credentials (you can see a few PMPs in our team bios ). Project Team.

The Art of Discipline and Selling New Projects – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 253

Moery Company

This week JP shares insights gained from listening to his favorite podcasts and six steps to launching a new sales project. The first will cover insights learned from listening to podcasts and the second will cover the steps to selling a new project – maybe a new prospectus, maybe a new membership category – I’ve got some thoughts on how to do that. I see it in sales and in consulting projects. Selling New Projects. I see it in sales and in consulting projects.


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Unpacking an Association’s Project Management Bag


Project managers head into a new project with that same sense of excitement and caution. And, like backpackers, they only achieve success if everything they need is in their metaphorical association project management backpack. Let’s see what association project managers carry in their backpacks. A backcountry camping trip is a project. But sometimes, a colleague without any project management experience is put in charge of the project. Tools.

Five Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit

Associations Now

If you’re new to working remotely, or even if you’re a regular teleworker, you may not know all the tools and hacks that can make virtual work a little simpler. These tools can boost your productivity, make conference calls more bearable, and even improve communication with your team.

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Tom’s Planner Project Manager is Free for One Year

Wild Apricot

“Easier than MS Project & faster than Excel,” Tom’s Planner is a web-based project management tool with a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy for even non-techies to collaborate on, create, manage, and share project schedules. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech collaboration project management application

100 Online Tools for Non-Profits

Wild Apricot

Tight in the budget and short on staff, non-profits are always on the lookout for new ways to get things done — and the Internet is a real treasure trove of useful tools. Here are 100 different applications to help you out with a variety of tasks from project tracking and collaboration to donor and membership management, and from building your non-profit website to tracking its effectiveness.(

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Ten Tools We Think Community Managers Should Keep in Their Tool Belts

Higher Logic

So it’s hard to find the time to sift through tools and plugins that might help you stay productive and manage your time. We’ve compiled a list of tools that can help you! The catch is finding the right tool for the right task. It’s more of a project management tool that helps you organize tasks, notes and people. It’s the ultimate note taking, archiving and collaboration tool -- almost like a giant idea-scrapbook. Find the right tools for you.

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48 No-Brainer Tools Every Marketer Needs

Higher Logic

Whether you’re on a small team, a team of one, or a large team with divided responsibilities and resources, marketers all have a few things in common: We need to accomplish things quickly, handle multiple projects at once, stay inspired, keep ourselves updated about current events, and collaborate with others across our team or departments. Tools, technology, and coffee keep us running. Google also offers a free certification to help you get up to speed with the tool.

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Crowdsource Members to Propel Ideas and Projects Forward

Associations Now

One powerful tool is crowdsourcing, according to speakers in a number of #ASAE19 sessions. In a workshop on Monday, Torres and her co-presenter, Michael Feinson, president and founder of Engaged Strategies, offered up a new framework that hands idea generation and project control to members, giving them greater opportunity to engage. The post Crowdsource Members to Propel Ideas and Projects Forward appeared first on Associations Now

Tools you can use to organize your content strategy

Association Success

That’s why, through our own research and suggestions from association professionals, we’ve developed this list of content strategy tools to help you tackle your projects in a more seamless and effective way. . Know of any tools that should be on this list but aren’t?

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100 More Online Tools for Non-Profits – Part 1

Wild Apricot

You’ll find a variety of tech tools in this 2-part series, from volunteer and member management, to web publishing and document sharing, to back office tasks, project management, and more.( read more ). application nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications Non-profit technology nptech Web 2.0 web based software web-based software

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Panorama Council Celebrates Cyclorama Preservation Project

Associations Now

A large-scale project is underway in Atlanta to preserve a football-field-sized painting, and the International Panorama Council applauds the efforts to save it. The project involves transferring the cyclorama, “The Battle of Atlanta,” from its previous home at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum to the Atlanta History Center. The post Panorama Council Celebrates Cyclorama Preservation Project appeared first on Associations Now

$10,000 Association Video Project?

SCD Group

Today’s tools allow them to be produced fast and inexpensively. The other day, a colleague told me that his board wanted to have an updated video produced that could be used in trade shows and other venues. He said he received a proposal to do it for $10,000! My response was swift: "You’ve got to be kidding me!" Expensive, professionally produced videos don’t have the ROI they once did (assuming they ever had an ROI in the first place).

Give Back: Community Service Projects at Conferences

Associations Now

Service projects will help your attendees feel a closer connection to the city—and also to each other and your association. If the answer’s yes, and you want to give back to the greater Nashville community, consider signing up for this year’s community service project. While I couldn’t make out what group they were a part of, seeing them there drew my mind back to associations and how they hold community service projects during their meetings to give back to local communities. (OK,

Small but Mighty – Tech Tools on a Budget


If you weren’t able to hear their recent presentations, here are some tools that level the IT playing field and help minnows swim alongside the sharks. If you’re looking to staff a special project, you might find the people you need here. This software gives you the tools to create attention grabbing email campaigns that turn leads into customers. A small budget doesn’t mean your organization’s technology can’t be mighty.

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How the Hyperledger Project Is Pushing the Blockchain Forward

Associations Now

The Hyperledger Project, which just added American Express as a member, isn’t interested in creating a bitcoin-style currency. Instead, it’s looking to make the blockchain a useful tool for all kinds of businesses. There’s a lot of potential for the blockchain—the secure distributed database tool closely associated with bitcoin and other virtual currencies—in the business world. That’s where the Hyperledger Project comes in.

Lunchtime Links: 3 Essential Project Management Skills

Associations Now

How to keep important projects moving forward. Faced with the emergence of new technologies, it’s only natural that we seek out tools and resources to help us work smarter. The essentials of effective project management, and more, in today’s Lunchtime Links. Before your organization invests in complex software to help manage its projects, it should take a step back and consider where it’s going, writes Buford.

Wild Apricot Blog : 5pm offers Easy Online Project Management - with 50% discount for nonprofits

Wild Apricot

Membership Hack: A Tech Tool for Member Onboarding

Associations Now

Trello is a web-based app that’s popular for project management. The Iowa Lean Consortium is no stranger to project management essentials. One of the tools that many members use frequently is Trello, a project management app that makes it easier to prioritize work. Since many organizations in ILC’s member market already use kanbans, the tool became a natural extension of the association’s member onboarding process, said Membership Development Manager Tracy Schuster.

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Third-Party Partners: An Essential Tool for Better Association Business

Association Adviser

Third-party partnerships are an especially valuable tool in the multifaceted world of association management. Amanda Glass is a project support specialist with Naylor Association Solutions. Such arrangements enable associations to focus their attention and efforts on doing what they do best: serving their members and advocating for their industries. One particularly powerful and profitable area to utilize third party partners is member communications.

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New Assessment Tool Will Measure Nonprofits’ Impact

Associations Now

An association representing nonprofit organizations announced a new measurement tool to help its members better determine their community impact and identify ways to support one another for even better results. Earlier this month, the Alliance, which represents organizations in the human-serving nonprofit sector, announced a new assessment tool it developed to help better inform the governance decisions of these organizations and help them support one another.

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Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Associations Now

Is your association relying on the wrong tools to help staff collaborate? Instead, find out why your current tools are losing out to email and phone calls. And you may be the big decision-maker on some major projects, no matter your current location. And those cool tools like Slack or Box? When you’re trying to improve collaboration, don’t start with the tools—instead, focus on the problems you’re trying to solve.

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Side Projects: How to Turn Member Benefits Into Marketing Magic

Associations Now

The brilliance of the free-product model is that it turned this same thought process into a marketing tool for another startup. And the effort was a good fit for the company, whose core business is connecting freelancers with design and development projects. ” Unsplash eventually became such a big hit for Crew that it’s now hiring full-time employees to work on side projects.

The Influencer Marketing Tool That Made All The Difference

Association Success

The problem is, it’s actually very difficult to get people, no matter how committed and excited they are about a project, to follow through on this. Having an easy and convenient strategy in place for them meant that we could support them in supporting us, and vice versa – which, after all, was the idea at the heart of our collaborative project. You've Been Hit By a Snöball! Building attendance for our virtual summit, SURGE 2017, presented us with an interesting challenge.

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A Failed Consumer App Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

Associations Now

But a funny thing happened in the case of both of these services—even as their consumer-facing services prepared to close up shop, both tools will live on in forms intended specifically for the business world. The consumer junkyard may be hiding tools that make a lot more sense fortified with some enterprise-grade know-how. In fact, the consumer junkyard may be hiding tools that make a lot more sense fortified with some enterprise-grade know-how.

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How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Higher Logic

And, by using an online community’s tailored tools and techniques, teams can come together in ways that acknowledge each member’s individual contribution while working together to meet the end goal. People can have individual reasons for participating, but everyone needs to share the overall purpose and goals for the project or community. Collaboration Tools

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When Your Best-in-Breed Tool Suddenly Wants to Do it All

Associations Now

When it comes to enterprise software, there are two camps—a variety of best-in-breed tools or an all-in-one suite. There’s been something of a long-standing debate in the tech sphere when it comes to tools: Best-in-breed or all-in-one? But the recent split of a business partnership involving two common tools—one that associations might heavily use, one less so—has me thinking: What happens when a best-in-breed tool suddenly tries to do more than you originally signed up for?

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Mobile Task Force Develops Password-Free Security Tool

Associations Now

carriers, working together in a task force launched earlier this year, announced a mobile login tool that they say could improve mobile security. The initiative bore its first fruit last week with the announcement of Project Verify , which aims to combine authentication with secure network access so that users can log in securely without having to remember individual passwords. The post Mobile Task Force Develops Password-Free Security Tool appeared first on Associations Now

Trading Spaces: Food Truck Association Unveils Exchange Tool for Vendors

Associations Now

The driver of the project, Ruddell-Tabisola said, is Karen Wrege , DMV FTA board secretary and the mother of a food truck owner. After it launches this week, the tool will be available to all area food truck operators for a fee—$5 a month for members with one food truck, $7.50 The post Trading Spaces: Food Truck Association Unveils Exchange Tool for Vendors appeared first on Associations Now

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Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan

Beth Kanter

Here’s a summary of tips, tools, examples, and resources for getting the most of our your nonprofit event with social media. (Here’s a curated link list used to create this post). Some nonprofits are experimenting with a group of tools called “Amplifiers” that allow you sign up your fans and friends to tweet all together at the start of the event. ” Other amplifier tools include JustCoz and Gaggleamp. Strategy Tips Tools and Tactics

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Wednesday Buzz: Slack’s New Login Tool

Associations Now

This concept is not new, with Facebook and Google having already done this for many apps, but Slack’s growing reputation as a powerful business communication tool makes this development especially interesting. When it comes to a successful project, a solid plan is essential. The post Wednesday Buzz: Slack’s New Login Tool appeared first on Associations Now

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Social Media Roundup: Trello, a Tool Worth Trying

Associations Now

Managing a project can get confusing or even painful with the wrong tools. He says the board-based to-do tool “works flawlessly” on a number of platforms, and it can handle complexity without getting too complex. The post Social Media Roundup: Trello, a Tool Worth Trying appeared first on Associations Now A meetings expert may have found the replacement for paper to-do lists. Also: An AMS-world acquisition worth watching.

Monday Buzz: 6 Tools That Maximize Your Potential Audience

Associations Now

Ann Smarty , brand and community manager for Internet Marketing Ninjas , has a stern warning against being lulled into a false sense of security by auto-publishing social media tools. ” Smarty lists six tools that can help in various steps of the content-production process. They include: Scheduling Tools. Social Promotion Tools. Knowem Social Media Optimization Tool. Email Marketing Tool.

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Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth : Over the past six months, I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. Based on the research, they have launched a platform that helps connect practitioners with tools and resources to tell better stories of impact. I particularly like the sections about how to create a culture of storytelling and measurement.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth Kanter

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009. This version of the tool is a significant upgrade to the tool launched previously by Media Impact Funders. Media Applications and Tools. Click to See Visualization.

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New Tool Helps Students Calculate Their Degree’s ROI

Associations Now

This clear, customized tool empowers students to make more-informed decisions about their educational and career pathways. This clear, customized tool empowers students to make more-informed decisions about their educational and career pathways.”. The post New Tool Helps Students Calculate Their Degree’s ROI appeared first on Associations Now

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Five Killer Graphic Design Tools for Community Managers

Higher Logic

We’ve assembled a list of the top five killer graphic design tools we think any community manager can use as a quick resource for simple design jobs. Here are the design tools every community manager should try: 1. Canva is an online graphic design platform that offers access to a wide assortment of design tools, templates, images, icons and fonts. Features include photo editing and effects tools like vignette, drag-and-drop and pre-made digital and print layouts.

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Friday Buzz: Facebook Introduces a New Fundraising Tool

Associations Now

Over the past few years, Facebook has transformed from a social media platform into an internet multitool, jumping into various projects, from cybersecurity to virtual reality. Facebook hopes this new tool will help nonprofits use its immense global network of 1.01 The post Friday Buzz: Facebook Introduces a New Fundraising Tool appeared first on Associations Now

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Project AWARE Dives Deep Into Ocean Data, Turning Scuba Divers into Citizen Scientists

Beth Kanter

Project AWARE Goes Deep on Engagement, Turning Scuba Divers into Citizen Scientists – guest post by Darren Barefoot. An interactive map launched by the non-profit Project AWARE visualizes nearly three years of ongoing reporting by a network of scuba divers who remove marine debris from the world’s ocean. Project AWARE has always hosted beach and ocean cleanup events around the world.

Thanks but No Thanks and My Feedback Promise.

Robert M Barnes

No really, despite … Continue reading → Wobbly Jelly Stuff Application for employment Business Conference Employment Feedback feedback model giving feedback job application Manager Tools Presenter project submissionToday I received two “thanks but no thanks” letters to two separate submissions I made. I replied asking for feedback as I genuinely would like feedback so I can do better with similar opportunities in the future.