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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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!

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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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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?

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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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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[Infographic] Grow Your Online Career Center

Association Adviser

We've distilled 6 steps for updating your career center into an infographic for easy reference. Starting or improving an association online career center doesn't have to be a Herculean task. The post [Infographic] Grow Your Online Career Center appeared first on Association Adviser.

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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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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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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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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 [.].

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.….

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?

Online Learning Needs a Robust E-Commerce System

Web Courseworks Associations

For your reference, I have compiled a list of e-commerce system features that are especially useful for association online learning.

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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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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.

Expert Roundup: Top Tips on Associations, eLearning, and Technology

Blue Sky eLearn

Ban the use of the term “virtual” when referring to your online audience – they are every bit as real as the people who in the conference room! Over the past year, we had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of experts in the association, eLearning, and technology industries.

The Top Reasons You Should Be Using Microlearning

Blue Sky eLearn

Another application of microlearning is what is referred to as ‘just-in-time content’. If you’re in the elearning industry, there is a pretty good chance you’ve heard the buzzword ‘microlearning’. Perhaps you’ve already started implementing microlearning into your overall elearning program. If you have not, or are still on the fence about starting to use microlearning at all, here are some of the top reasons to start! Reinforce or supplement formal training.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

References: Leading Learning, Tagoras (Producer). OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

The Association’s Pursuit for Relevance: What Role Do Certifications, Certificates and Micro-Credentials Play?

Blue Sky eLearn

First of all, by structures , I am specifically referring to the guiding standards for credentialing within any profession or industry, as they often dictate what learning formats and mechanisms are required and/or acceptable.

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.

Strategic planning

AMR Management Services

While some question their usefulness referring to the current plan as a Overview. Strategic planning sessions have been a staple in the for-profit and nonprofit arena for many years.

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3 eLearning Examples to Spark Innovation

Blue Sky eLearn

This helps learners stay motivated by showing them how far they have come, it lets them reference the materials they have previously covered, and it also teaches them the fundamentals of data literacy.

Expert Roundup: Top Tips on Associations, eLearning, and Technology

Blue Sky eLearn

Ban the use of the term “virtual” when referring to your online audience – they are every bit as real as the people who in the conference room! Over the past year, we had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of experts in the association, eLearning, and technology industries.

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?