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Membership 101: The Importance of Personalization

Spark Consulting

Associations are built on relationships. .

5 Must-Have Nonprofit Digital Marketing Tools

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the top 5 nonprofit digital marketing tools I’ve seen used most effectively. For each tool, I’ll show you how to use its best features and how much it costs

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Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

Higher Logic

Your community contains loads of member and customer data. When you analyze it, you gain access to all types of valuable insight: which users are most engaged, what topics they’re most interested in, who is contributing to discussions and the list goes on.

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Lead With Your Message, Not Memes

Associations Now

More nonprofits are feeling pressure to shake up their communications strategy. Change is good, but the path to connecting with stakeholders is still old-school. There’s little question that associations can always stand to better communicate their missions.

What is Culture Analytics

Jamie Notter

In the context of our work, culture analytics is the science of using workplace culture data to generate meaningful actions that improve organizational results, and it is the heart of what we do at WorkXO.

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When Chapter Meetings Leave New Members Feeling Like “meh”

Smooth The Path

After watching the program listings for my local chapter for months, I finally registered for my first meeting as a guest. As I approached the ladies behind the registration desk eyed me impassively. I walked up, smiled, and gave them my name.

Learning Lessons from a Crow’s “Caw”

Association Success

We should be challenging ourselves - not copy, rinse, repeating. CAAAAW! CAAAAW! The crow’s ‘caaaaw’ sounded unnatural and abnormally human. Almost like he was reading a script written by another crow. He kind of was, in reality. A while back, I was at The National Aviary in Pittsburgh. I was in a foyer with three cages individually occupied by a two parrots and a crow. The crow was once injured, but had been saved by aviary staff and placed in-between the parrots’ cages.

The Most Overlooked Must-Haves (and Dos) in an Online Community

Higher Logic

Want some easy to create and implement ideas that will enhance, protect and engage your community? We’ve been in this industry for more than a decade, so we put together a list of what we consider are seven of the most underutilized online community features and processes.

How to Get a Better Yield From Your RFP Process

Associations Now

If finding a good partner or vendor feels like finding a needle in a haystack, maybe your RFP process needs a reboot. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect fit for your association’s needs.

Winter ‘18: The 17th Release of Nimble AMS is on Its Way

NimbleUser

​Nimble AMS Winter ‘18 is full of new features that will make your staff and members more efficient than ever! In this release we have removed barriers to payment, streamlined Staff View by optimizing for Lightning Experience, and made way for Multiple Community Hubs. We also put the power of Community Hub Access Control in the hands of administrators. We’re very excited about all the ways this latest release will help you make the most of your AMS.

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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

Beth Kanter's Blog

Four Personalization Strategies Conferences And Associations Can Adopt From Education

Velvet Chainsaw

Let’s separate reality from fiction regarding personalized conference experiences and personalized learning. Fact: Meeting professionals and conference vendors frequently confuse personalization with configurable conference experiences. They are not the same thing.

Is Now the Right Time to Add a Student Membership Category?

Associations Now

Getting students involved as members can leave a lasting impression after they graduate. But some association membership pros say it’s important to ask a few questions before launching or reconfiguring your student membership category.

Is Your Website Appealing to Young Professionals?

MembersClick

As more and more Baby Boomers start to retire, engaging the next generation - Millennials and Gen Z-ers - becomes more and more important. What are you doing to attract those folks? Are you honing in on your website? You should be!

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 105: Brains or Behavior – What Does It Take to Be Successful? - Moery Company

The Moery Company

To be the best in business, do you need to hire the smartest people or those with the best attitude and self-awareness? Recently, Host JP Moery considered his most fantastic colleagues and what made them so. Upon reflection, he realized many of these special individuals weren’t always the “smartest in the room.” The individual superstars may not have looked best on paper. But, they did get great results through behavioral qualities – and he shares these in his most recent podcast.

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Hurricanes and Asynchronous Communication

Eric Lanke

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were on everyone's mind these last few weeks. Even if you weren't directly affected by them through mandatory evacuations, storm damage, or the tragic loss of life, the hurricanes were undoubtedly on your mind and they probably impacted the way you did your job.

Give Yourself Some Options: The Perks of a Hybrid Cloud

Associations Now

Privately hosting your own cloud has its downsides, as does putting everything on a cloud provider like Microsoft Azure. But the hybrid cloud, which combines elements of each approach, is a great way to maximize the benefits of two types of cloud computing.

4 Categories to Include in Your Association's Code to Ethics

MembersClick

While having a code of ethics may feel like a mandatory standard for associations, you’ll find many associations still lack a clear official statement on where they stand ethically.

Digging into the Data for Retention and Engagement Success - Moery Company

The Moery Company

iStock/Credit: NicoElNino. Data is key to developing winning strategies around engagement and retention. Data from your CRM and other sources can be utilized in myriad ways.

Over 200 Country Clubs Use This #1 Country Club Management Software

Wild Apricot Blog

Over 200 country clubs use Wild Apricot to build a beautiful website and seamlessly handle all their administrative work. Country-Club-Software

Destination Destiny: Finding the Best Match for Your Meeting

Associations Now

Are you choosing conference cities that can help you build a better conference program? A lot of things go into choosing a conference city. Does the airport have a large number of direct flights that span the country? Are there appropriate venues for the size of your event?

Checklist for a Successful Strategic Planning Event

MembersClick

It’s a magical time of year, folks. You’ve survived the summer conferences. Fall events are near (golf outing, anyone?). Membership renewal is upon us. And planning 2018 association priorities is likely on your radar. Or, at least, it should be.

When Contemplating Conference Growth, Think Next Audiences Which Includes Next Gen

Velvet Chainsaw

Too often when we think about conference growth or sustainability, we assume it means attracting next gen customers. We pinpoint a specific generation, usually Millennials. Then we discuss how to plan, program and market to that specific age group.

Stop Missing the Mark on Member Needs

Smooth The Path

We only have so many seconds in each day that we can devote to work. Which means to get ahead we need to peel off as many of those seconds as we can to focus on the next thing. Do you know what the next thing is? Are you trying to decide between many competing priorities?

How to Be More Eco-Conscious About Conference Catering

Associations Now

3 questions to ask your caterer to potentially improve how green your meeting can be. As a famous frog once said, “It isn’t easy being green.”

Breaking the Mold of Waiting to Be Told

Idea Architects

In a blog post entitled "The relentless search for 'tell me what to do'" guru Seth Godin writes: If you've ever hired or managed or taught, you know the feeling. People are just begging to be told what to do.

3 Ways to Strategically Use Your Association's Database

MembersClick

Your database may give you a headache from time to time, but there’s SO much valuable information there. Are you using it to your advantage? Sure, you should be tracking the normal numbers: recruitment rates, renewal rates, event registrations, etc.

Mindful Monday – Cracking the Code On Meetings

Leadership Solutions International

Fall is here the time of year when so many of us head back into planning or decision-making mode. It’s the time of the year for sales meetings and leadership conferences. Here’s what you need to know people are arriving at your meeting mindless.

Lyft Builds on Relationship With Deaf Community With New Features

Associations Now

The popular ride-hailing service is adding accessibility features intended to improve the experience for drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The features are an extension of an existing partnership with the National Association of the Deaf.

A Simple Social Media Tip for Association Pros

GrowthZone

When it comes to spending time marketing your association on social media channels, it’s easy to “save it for another day.” After all, association pros are always on the run and their time is at a premium. Download “Social Media Survival” for. 30 great post ideas for associations.

Experimentation as Strategy

CommPartners

By Mary Byers, CAE, CSP According to Forbes contributor Mike Maddock, “In order to make a product or service everything it can be, it needs to be repeatedly soft launched with both internal stakeholders and external customers. This means literally sending the idea—be it a product or a service—into a limited part of the marketplace […]. Blog association e-learning elearning momentum productivity strategy

Choices – Prosperity Edition

Leadership Solutions International

Trailer Park to Main Street Questions To Build Your Prosperity Mindset. As we make choices in our lives one of the choices we often make unconsciously is that of our financial standing. We take money and make it a separate aspect of our life not an integrated one. If you listen to what the media it tells us the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. What do you believe about prosperity in your life experience?

New Program Helps Medical Assistants Adapt to Aging Patient Population

Associations Now

The American Association of Medical Assistants’ new Assessment-Based Certificate in Geriatrics program aims to help these front-line healthcare professionals develop knowledge and interpersonal skills to better serve elderly patients.

9 Ways to Increase Online Student Engagement

WBT Systems

If you’ve taken a continuing education class, you’ve seen how students fade away over time. People get busy. They have trouble making class and keeping up with coursework. Or, they don’t get the support they need and lose motivation. Online learning presents additional challenges. Online students must have the motivation and discipline to work in isolation. A lack of face-to-face accountability makes it easier for an online student to give up without anyone noticing.