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


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. Learn what advantages the vendor brought to the table and why they were chosen over the other vendors the reference evaluated during their selection process. #3: Consider the role of the reference.

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. Email: heidi@technischcreative.com. So you’ve decided to have an event, and you’re not sure whether or not you need professional assistance.

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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. Monday, January 30, 2012. The Mind of the Community. image source.

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. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Monday, April 16, 2012. Beware of Binders Becoming Blinders.

Word of the Day: Amplify

Jamie Notter

She wrote a post about “volume,” referring to a very cool video of George Carlin. Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter. Leadership insight.right when you need it. Word of the Day: Amplify. Posted September 13, 2011. in Leadership - 3 comments. Tweet. I give credit to Shelly Alcorn and her Association Subculture blog for triggering this post.

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. If you want your appreciation to be. Industry News & Trends Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention Email Marketing Member Renewal Social Media

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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.” ” Many times, when we’re using the term “content curation,” what we actually mean is “aggregation.” ” That is, pulling together a list of related links.

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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HQ & Chapters: Curing the Love-Hate Relationship


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


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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Virtual Event Planning Resource Round-Up


Or, maybe you’re still planning on hosting an in-person event, but you’re considering adding in a virtual component (what many are now referring to as a ‘ hybrid event ’). Are you planning on hosting a virtual event or virtual conference in the next several months?

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!

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.” It’s hard to say whether Apple geniuses know more than the average tech support person, but referring to Apple store workers as geniuses has changed the way customers think about them. Do we refer to them as guests, users, members, citizens, etc.? Think about how you refer to your community.

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

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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What Should We Do to Get Ready for Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

The whitepaper itself includes advice for next steps after that, ranging from more detailed takes on everything I’ve covered in the past few posts to a substantial reference list to discussion questions to inform your conversations with your paid and volunteer leaders to information about where you can set up sandboxes. One of the key elements of blockchain networks is the network. This technology is a system-level technology.

12 Top Association Articles from 2016


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? For some of us, they were a go-to back in high school. Association Member Engagement Conference Management Social Media Tips

Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?


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

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. And while uncertainty is a fact of life in the best of times – none of us truly knows what will […]. The post Strike the Right Tone When Communicating in a Crisis appeared first on Association Adviser.

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


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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Building a Virtual Sponsorship Program, Part 3: Pricing and Sales

Moery Company

If you need to, please refer back to part one for strategy and part two for design. Then, refer back to your sponsor discussions and interviews. The final part of building a virtual sponsorship program is pricing and selling of the virtual event sponsorship packages.

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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. There are probably some members you would be glad to see walk out the door and take their problems with them. We have [.] ( Read more. ) The post 5 Tips for Successful Member Renewals appeared first on YourMembership.com. Member Engagement + Retention member renewal member retention retention

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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.” Of course, that kind of synergy is important. A more efficient organization can be more productive and competitive. Synergies that Deliver. View Article. The post 1+1+1 = 5 appeared first on Professional Association Management Company | Virtual Inc.

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The Google Generation - 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?

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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The Message in Flex Working for Associations


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. The latest comes from a blurb I saw in AssociationsNow.com.


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 [.].

Newton’s First Law

Effective Database

I refer to this as "weeding the garden.") Newton's First Law Part of Newton's First Law states that ".an an object in motion stays in motion." What does this have to do with data management? Quite a bit, actually. One of the many challenges of data management is the constant grind of keeping data clean. (I With most … Newton’s First Law Read More » Wes's Wednesday Wisdom


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. While no one likes to pay legal fees, the reality is that incorporation carries with it significant benefits [.]. Starting an Association incorporation intellectual property Legal Standards working group


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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3 Ways to Get Members to Recommend Your Association


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? I bet it’s nice to hear that someone is talking you up! It’s important to recognize that those happy members can be an effective extension of your marketing efforts. Even more important: You have to give something in order to get that referral!

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.…. all are designed to keep you organized. The hard part is figuring out which one works best for you. It could be a combination of all the above.

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. So, beyond your standard questions about event schedule and production cost, what are the other most important questions to ask a virtual events vendor as you investigate their services? Here are 10 questions that you should be sure ask: 1.

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Generational Marketing: Quick Tips for Association and Chamber Pros


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. And as you know, each generation is different. Baby Boomers have different likes, goals, and preferences than Millennials. What does that mean for your association or chamber of commerce?

A Summary of Collecting Delinquent Community Association Assessments (VA)

All the Blogs

For those who live in a community with a homeowners association (also referred to in Virginia as a “property owners’ association” or a condominium association (an “Association”), you are no doubt familiar with assessments that go toward landscaping, parks, and pools, and declarations and bylaws that govern architectural changes to the exterior of the homes. Read the article……………………… Collections Condo & HOA Articles Virginia Articles

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. I shared ideas garnered from the Black Friday experience on how [.] ( Read more. ) The post The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)! appeared first on YourMembership.com.

The Whats, Whys, and Hows of Brand Identity Guides

Spark Consulting

A number of clients have been working on various branding related issues lately, so I’m so pleased to be able to share this guest post from my colleague Sharon Bending at Rx Creative Lab on the keys to putting together effective brand identity guidelines: A set of brand identity guidelines (also referred to as brand standards) is a part of every rebrand. Having one place to document this information is helpful to refer to when working with other vendors.

Event Sponsorships Part Two: Research, Learn, and Teach – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 244

Moery Company

If you haven’t already, please refer to our last episode, episode #243 , as it lays the foundation for establishing your virtual sponsorship program. The next steps, after creating strategy and expectations for your virtual event sponsorship program, are to design the program.

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5 Things to Consider When Creating a Member Referral Program


On the flip side, the new members being referred are likely to come into membership excited and ready to engage, too. Referrals are honestly the best way to recruit new members: For one thing, it means the members that are talking you up are loyal and engaged. Creating a strategic referral program really boils down to the good ol’ five W’s: membership management MC Insider