11 Questions to Ask During Reference Checks on an Association Technology Vendor

Delcor

Part of this due diligence process involves checking the references provided by the vendor. 11 questions to ask during an association technology vendor reference check. #1: This question helps you find out how much the reference’s experience is applicable to your situation.

Hiring an event management partner

Aaron Wolowiec

Ask for references and follow-up with them. Make sure that you get a list of past client references and not personal references. Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. This post is authored by guest blogger Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. Heidi is the general manager of Technisch Creative.

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Eric Lanke: The Mind of the Community

Eric Lanke

At a recent WSAE meeting I was asked to explain what we meant in our white paper on Innovation for Associations when we referred to the "mind of community." Eric Lanke. Association executive and author. Pages. Leadership. Innovation. Member Engagement. Generations. Books Read. Fiction.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Beware of Binders Becoming.

Idea Architects

I had only been in the meeting for about 15 minutes when I realized the chairperson had already referred to “The Binder” about a half-dozen times. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

3 quick tips for small associations to show their thankfulness

YourMembership Blog

In this case I’m not talking about the medium, I’m referring to the message. Why do I call it an art? There’s no art behind being thankful. Anyone can do it, right? Anyone can be thankful but expressing the thanks in a meaningful way (to the recipient) is an art.

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What IS Content Curation?

Spark Consulting

Associations use the term “content curation” frequently, but to quote the great Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The Big Picture: BlogAds Logo Contest

The Big Picture

And they will pay $1,000 to the creator of the logo that is chosen and $300 to the blogger whose post refers or inspires the designer. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference BlogAds Logo Contest : Comments. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn.

Association Law Blog: The IRS, Private Inurement and Non-Profit.

Association Law

The mere reference to private inurement inspires puzzled looks on volunteer faces, and worry on the faces of association executives. skip to main | skip to sidebar. This blog focuses on legal issues of interest to association leaders, including executives, volunteers and members. It is NOT intended to provide legal advice, but rather to share my informal thoughts on legal issues commonly faced by trade and professional associations, as well as foundations and other charities.

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The Importance of Language for Your Community

Higher Logic

The words that we use to refer to people change how we treat those people. Disney refers to all of their staff as cast members and their engineers as “Imagineers.” Do we refer to them as guests, users, members, citizens, etc.? Think about how you refer to your community.

HQ & Chapters: Curing the Love-Hate Relationship

Mariner

You may refer to HQ as “national” or “parent organization” or use a multitude of different terms to refer to your geographic partners. It’s one of the quintessential love-hate relationships. HQ and its Chapters. Regardless, the relationship is often one fraught with varying degrees of mistrust, ineffective communication and mixed signals. Here are 5 self-help actions

Will 2011 be the Year of Customer Service? YES!!! | Experts in.

Experts in Membership Marketing

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What Should We Do to Get Ready for Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

One of the key elements of blockchain networks is the network. This technology is a system-level technology. What that means is that its true power lies in the network effect, in the system.

Strike the Right Tone When Communicating in a Crisis

Association Adviser

I’ve seen that word used a lot lately when referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented. It’s an accurate description; after all, many of us have never lived and worked in times quite like these.

AE on the Verge: New word: Thank-a-thon

AE on the Verge

Last week, two association execs participating in a twitter chat used the term in reference to efforts to thank members. AE on the Verge. Association management, meetings and mania. Thursday, December 2, 2010. New word: Thank-a-thon. I learned a new word: thank-a-thon.

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12 Top Association Articles from 2016

Socious

They condense a tome like War and Peace into 25-30 pages, giving you the highlights along with a few symbolic references that high school English teachers eat up. Remember Cliffs Notes, the popular synopses of required reading and classic literature?

Executive Connections: CBC's Secret Weapon: SLA Members!

Executive Connections

If you haven’t already, take a moment to read this great interview with SLA Member Michele Melady: CBCs Secret Weapon: Our Reference Library. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference CBCs Secret Weapon: SLA Members! Executive Connections. « And the Envelope Please. Main. | EPA : The Fight Continues » 08 February 2007. CBCs Secret Weapon: SLA Members!

A Tale of Two Paradigms

Golden's Rules for Association

Paradigms are the frames of reference that filter our view of the world. They govern how we see things … and can blind you to realties that don’t fit your governing paradigm. Take professional licensure. It’s a no-brainer, right? Some form of professional licensure has existed in America for lawyers since 1763, for physicians and dentists […]. Uncategorized engineering licensure PE

5 Tips for Successful Member Renewals

YourMembership Blog

Assuming we are not referring to these people, how do you keep retention numbers high and disenfranchised members low? As Shakespeare wrote, parting is such sweet sorrow. Or is it? Admit it.

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Board Member Boot Camp

World Class Boards

Below are slide references from our Board Member Boot Camp program, to help you build your world class board. Leading Associations is happy to discuss ways we can be of service, including Interim Executive Director Services, Comprehensive Management and Strategic Leadership Development. Please contact Rob Spangler, MPA, at 720.259.3432 or rob@leadingassociations.com. Please contact us with any questions! Board Training

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1+1+1 = 5

Association Management

In many cases, they’re referring to the cost savings they expect to be realized as the previously discrete organizations’ operations are combined. It happens every time businesses join forces. The leaders talk about “synergies.”

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Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?

Socious

It refers to the way people make judgements about something based on how it appears to the outside world. Have you ever heard the phrase “perception is reality?” Nowhere is this more important than online, where smalltime brands can get a credibility and conversion boost by appearing well-designed, organized, and professional. Online Member Communities Online Community Software Member Engagement Mobile Strategy

How to Use Activity Data to Identify Your Association’s Next Volunteers

Socious

All those careers pay close to $23/hr, but none are the job that I’m referring to. $23.56 per hour. According to nonprofit management and advocacy organization, Independent Sector, that’s the estimated worth of a job. But what job? A paralegal? A dental hygienist? A mechanic? What’s your guess? Member Engagement Membership Management Software Volunteer Management

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The Message in Flex Working for Associations

Mariner

referring to a CMSWire piece that nearly half of all workers tend work in more flexible environments , outside of a traditional office It seems that everywhere I look there are subliminal messages supporting major changes to the traditional association chapter model.

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Looking For a Virtual Events Partner? Be Sure To Ask These 10 Questions

Blue Sky eLearn

References? Don’t be afraid to ask for references! During this Coronavirus crisis, many planned conferences are being transformed into virtual events. In response to this demand, there are new companies springing up each week.

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The Google Generation - BlogClump

BlogClump

In Free, Anderson refers to a group (mostly under 20 years old who have grown up always having a broadband connection) as the Google Generation. skip to main | skip to sidebar. BlogClump - Blogging About Associations From a Gen Xer. A Gen Xer giving his thoughts and opinions on the Association world. Monday, August 24, 2009. The Google Generation. They expect information to be infinite and immediate. These are your future members. How are you going to adapt?

Organized Chaos - Moery Company

Moery Company

On Friday afternoon, I snap a picture, so I can refer to my notes and activities later if needed. Everyone has their idea of organization. What it looks like and how it feels. There are a ton of tools available – apps, websites, planners, calendars, etc.….

Why you should not proceed as an ad hoc working group

Association Management

As standards initiatives develop, a fork in the road that many hit is the question on whether to formally incorporate the entity or continue operating under a more informal structure, often referred to as a “promoter-adopter” model.

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AE on the Verge: Time for the Urban Dictionary

AE on the Verge

An online post included a reference to "open a can of whoop ass" and since I wasnt sure if it was okay or not, deleted it. AE on the Verge. Association management, meetings and mania. Monday, June 15, 2009. Time for the Urban Dictionary. Good suggestion I got later: to look it up on Urban Dictionary. Its sometimes difficult with all the clever lingo online to know what something really means. Here are some recent definitions from Urban Dictionary: 1.

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3 Ways to Get Members to Recommend Your Association

MembersClicks

But beyond the good vibes, how can you capitalize on the fact that satisfied members are willing to refer you to their colleagues? How many times have you been talking to a new member who said they were encouraged by an existing member to join?

Generational Marketing: Quick Tips for Association and Chamber Pros

MembersClicks

Segmenting your audience by generation and then marketing to those segments accordingly is what’s referred to as generational marketing. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z. You likely have members (or will soon have members) of all four generations.

Radical orthodoxy

Golden's Rules for Association

It is something of a commonplace to refer to associations as a kind of family or even to think of our mission-driven efforts as in some ways similar to a religion: an effort to organize like-minded individuals who share a common cause … a cause that is integral to both who they are as individuals [.].

The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)!

YourMembership Blog

” A little X-Files reference for all you sci-fi fans out there. “Mulder…where is the truth?” In a recent post I shared some thoughts on the annual Black Friday ritual that leads many into both panic buying and shopping nirvana, sometimes at the same time.

It’s Time to Get Tough – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 232

Moery Company

Feel free to refer to past episodes to hear about membership recruitment! Feel free to refer to past episodes to hear about membership recruitment! Things aren’t coming back like they were. This is a test. What grade will your association get?

What’s in Your Membership Toolbox?

Moery Company

Can you name and reach out to a dozen or so members that can endorse or refer prospects to you? There are a few fundamental items that your association should have in its toolbox: a strong value proposition, testimonials and referrals, and CRM. Value Proposition.

7 Situations Where Customer Communities Improve Customer Experience

Higher Logic

When You Need a Good Customer Reference. Maintaining strong customer references for your sales team is a big undertaking — you have to keep customers happy, keep them educated on your product, and stay current with their success as well as how they are using your solution.

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How to Create a Formal Membership Retention Plan

MembersClicks

If not, you may want to consider creating one, particularly so you and your staff have something concrete to reference (and improve upon) throughout the year. You know the importance of membership retention, but do you have a formal membership retention plan?

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The Art of Thankfulness: 3 quick tips

YourMembership Blog

In this case I’m not talking about the medium, I’m referring to the message. Categories: Member Engagement + Retention Tags: appreciation , member retention , volunteers Why do I call it an art? There’s no art behind being thankful. Anyone can do it, right? Anyone can be thankful but expressing the thanks in a meaningful way (to the recipient) is an art. If you want your appreciation to [.] ( Read more. )

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Education Sales: 3 Factors That Limit Them

Blue Sky eLearn

However, if you do not have a strong brand it will be hard to continue expanding into the market – even with your audience referring them. Recently I listened to the Leading Learning podcast, 3 Factors That Limit Sales of Education.

Should Lurkers Be Called 'Lurkers'?

Higher Logic

Only recently has the word ‘lurker’ referred to someone who watches online discussions or forums but doesn’t participate. See how different this new frame of reference is? New frame of reference. Experiment with how changing words or phrases alters your frame of reference.

Feel the love

Aaron Wolowiec

Although research points to higher member conversation rates among those who’ve been referred, many associations are afraid to ask for a referral. And although it seems logical that members want to refer others, the main reason they don’t is because no one asked, WebLink says.

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