April, 2017

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How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products

Higher Logic

We recently caught up with Alexandra Dao , Senior Manager, Research and Customer Insights for Vimeo. Alexandra spoke about how she works with current Vimeo users to do usability testing on new products.

The Lesson of Llandudno

Association Management

I went to the beach last week. That’s nothing new for me—I surf year-round in New Hampshire, sometimes trudging through snow to get to the beach. This beach was a bit farther away from my usual surf spot.

How education protects organizations from fiascos.

YourMembership Blog

United Airlines farce could’ve been alleviated or stopped with some proper employee training. United Airlines recently landed itself into an escalating PR nightmare, and it hasn’t yet left people’s minds or tweets. How could it?

24 Must-Watch Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a handy list of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into categories like marketing, finance, and fundraising

The Great AMS Shakeup and what to do about it

SocialFish

With the current shakeup in the association technology space with the merger of Abila, YourMembership and Aptify , association executives are left to wonder what will happen to services and products–not to mention their long-term relationships with their existing AMS partners–as a result.

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5 job posting tips for employers using your association’s career center.

YourMembership Blog

Make your job board more valuable for employers seeking top talent within your niche or industry. Your career center is a place where employers come to find the top talent within your niche or industry.

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26 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 26 for May 2017. webinars

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How-To Video: Any Video is Better than No Video, Right?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

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HQ & Chapters: Curing the Love-Hate Relationship

Mariner

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

The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

Higher Logic

Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.14.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Last week, after a day of hiking in Capitol Reef National Park, I got on Facebook to share some photos and learned about the consolidation of Aptify, Abila, and YourMembership under the new Community Brands umbrella.

7 vows to marry AMS tech and your association mission.

YourMembership Blog

Here’s a model to identify where your association management software comes up short and what to do if it does. Successful association management software is like a well-constructed wedding cake.

Why Leaving Volunteer Management May Be the Best Thing for the Profession

Wild Apricot Blog

As a long-time volunteer manager, Elisa Kosarin has seen many colleagues move up and out of volunteer engagement, but she suggests not lament them. They’re the ones who will elevate the profession. volunteer management

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How-To Video: Help! I Need a Viral Video

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

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To Deepen Member Engagement, Redefine Volunteering

Associations Now

Offering volunteer opportunities can be one of the most effective ways to bring members closer to your association. But the work they do needs to benefit the volunteer as well as the organization.

Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

Higher Logic

What if the way to motivate your volunteers to come back again and again is to forget for a moment they’re volunteers? What if, instead, the key is to recruit and treat your volunteers like employees? Many volunteer programs struggle with the same problem - getting a core group to return regularly.

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

Beth Kanter's Blog

In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

7 issues nonprofits can turn into opportunities.

YourMembership Blog

Here are some solutions for your nonprofit to become more efficient and spur growth. Your nonprofit has faced challenges for as long as it’s been around. You’ve been working to overcome the same obstacles for years.

The One Thing Every Sponsor Wants (And Nobody is Doing)

Wild Apricot Blog

There is one thing that your sponsors want more than anything else and nobody is doing it. Sponsorship Expert Chris Baylis tells you what that thing is and how to do it. sponsorship

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How to Promote a Cause on Facebook

SocialFish

The integration of social media in marketing has changed the game forever. Pushing a more socialized agenda by allowing for greater user participation is doing wonders for cause promotion, in particular.

Is Association Technology at a Turning Point?

Associations Now

A recent deal in the association technology space raises some interesting questions about the state of the sector and what’s next. What’s holding associations and their vendors back, and what needs to happen to push things forward?

How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business

Higher Logic

You slave over your community. The alerts never stop chiming on your phone, your email is the first thing you check every morning, and you know your all-star members better than you know your best friend. You are a master of online engagement.

How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

Beth Kanter's Blog

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

An AMS to optimize your association’s financial operations.

YourMembership Blog

YourMembership’s AMS now integrated with QuickBooks Online and Great Plains. We’ve been busy at YourMembership, enhancing our technology solutions to improve your association members’ experience, streamline your operations and processes, and help your organization grow.

Membership Database Selection Guide: Everything You Need to Make the Right Decision

Wild Apricot Blog

This membership database selection guide is perfect for small organizations, associations and nonprofits just getting started with formally managing their member data or looking to switch systems. guide selection database membership

How To Video Series: How Do I Know If My Video Is Any Good?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

To Increase Member Retention, Rate and Score Engagement

Associations Now

Associations place a lot of value on retention rates, but that’s not always the right metric to focus on if you want to boost renewals. A new benchmarking report says engagement scoring may be a better way to increase retention.

Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Higher Logic

“We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill. Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.21.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… My world is still buzzing with the news about the Community Brands/YourMembership takeover/consolidation/call-it-what-you-will of Aptify and Abila.

4 questions to ask when selecting e-learning authoring tools.

YourMembership Blog

Is purchasing or subscribing the best approach to build your association’s online learning courses? April 2017 has been a big month for e-learning authoring tools with the release of Articulate Storyline 3 and Adobe Captivate 2017.

Virtual: A Day in the Life - Training Specialist

Association Management

1) WHAT DO YOU DO AT VIRTUAL? I’ve been a Training Specialist at Virtual for five-plus years, I’m part of a team that manages the coordination and administration of the Global Certification Programs for one of our largest clients, a security standards council for the payment card industry.

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Special Announcement

SocialFish

As you all know, I am now fully immersed in startup land with WorkXO and our culture analysis and culture change work.

Five Ways for Getting the Most Out of Your Sponsorship Packages

Associations Now

Sponsorships are a great way to bring in nondues revenue to either your national association or one of its chapters. Here are five tips for creating a successful sponsorship program.

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What Can Community Professionals Learn from Influencer Marketing?

Higher Logic

Imagine your user conference is in Cleveland, and LeBron James sent a tweet, welcoming your customers to his city. Or Google’s Sundar Pichai wrote a guest blog post on your community about the future of cloud computing. Do you think your customers would be excited?