2018

What’s In It For Me? 5 Life-Changing Benefits of Volunteering

Higher Logic

“I would love to volunteer…but I just don’t have the time!” Sound familiar? Life is busy, no doubt. But isn’t it funny how you can hear someone say this, and then in the very next breath they’ll ask you if you’re caught up on the 10-hour Netflix series they just binge-watched? Okay, I’m guilty too.)

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 163: Why Associations Should Evaluate their Public Affairs Infrastructure, with Stuart Roy

Moery Company

Is your association equipped to manage the next public affair crisis – quickly? How should you best deploy your team and assets when urgent scenarios develop? What’s your narrative on the latest issue?

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Walk a mile in your members’ shoes to identify areas for improvement.

YourMembership Blog

Your members’ needs and expectations are always changing. Are you doing all you can to give them a stellar experience? What better way to find out than to walk a (virtual) mile in their shoes? Creating member journey maps is an effective way to see your members’ experience from their point of view. Journey maps. The post Walk a mile in your members’ shoes to identify areas for improvement. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention

How to Increase Your Association’s Email Deliverability: 12 Areas to Optimize + 3 Tech To-Dos

HighRoad Solution

Email open rates have dropped for most businesses – hovering around 25%. That means for every 1,000 emails that reach a company’s target audience’s inbox, 750 of them don’t get opened. Email Marketing

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Cultivating Next-Generation Association Leaders

Association Adviser

Joanne Smikle, PhD. What is your association doing to ensure that it has a talent pipeline for key positions, especially leadership positions? This article provides practical strategies for addressing succession and leadership development in a thoughtful, structured manner.

What Associations Can Learn from Sears’ Decline Into Bankruptcy

Associations Now

Sears was a company that effectively invented the retail economy, but it stayed stagnant in areas that didn’t benefit its business while moving away from areas where it could have kept up. Associations should take note.

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5 Steps to Turning Strangers Into Members and Members Into Advocates

Wild Apricot Blog

Follow these five steps from marketing strategist Amy Jacobus to bring your potential supporters down the marketing funnel and turn them into raving fans

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Changing of the Garde

Aaron Wolowiec

As we fondly reflect on Cally Hill’s contributions to Event Garde, we’d like to celebrate her many accomplishments, as well as wish her the best during this next chapter of her career. We’d also like to share a number of exciting team updates

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The Idea Swap

Eric Lanke

I attended an educational conference last week and a wonderful thing happened to me there. I got a new idea. I don't know yet if it's a good idea or a bad idea. Maybe you can tell me. But that's not the point.

Raise the Bar with VR

Web Courseworks Associations

Date: March 27th, 2018. Register Here. In this session, Filament Games CEO Dan White will discuss the potential of Virtual Reality (VR) to facilitate interactive, inquiry-based learning.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Higher Logic

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. There are so many platforms on the market, how do you wade through your choices to find just one that fits your association? You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier.

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 161: Launching a Successful Association Podcast, with ABMA’s Scott Lynch

Moery Company

If your association is thinking about implementing a podcasting program, this episode is a must listen! This week, the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) President and CEO Scott Lynch joined Host JP Moery to discuss the success they’ve enjoyed since launching their show.

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4 membership renewal strategies to start now

YourMembership Blog

When you think of membership renewal strategies, you might think about the few months leading up to a member’s renewal date. But your members’ entire experience with your organization — not just the last 90 days — informs their decision to renew. From the moment they click the “join” button, your members are deciding if. The post 4 membership renewal strategies to start now appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention Member Renewal

5 Messages Your Volunteers WANT to Hear

MembersClicks

Note: This post was originally published on 8/19/15; Updated 10/8/18 for added value. It’s hard (and scary) to imagine a world without volunteers. They do so much! For your association, they probably assist with marketing, event planning, fundraising, etc.

Membership 101: Who Counts?

Spark Consulting

Who do you consider to be your members? That seems like an easy question: “Anyone whose dues are current,” right? But if you dig a little deeper, it quickly gets a lot more complicated. Do you offer a grace period? Are there ways to pay other than money?

Study: Nonprofit Workers Stay Because They Want to Make a Difference

Associations Now

A new study shows that nonprofit employees find value in their work—a commitment that carries on through retirement.

Things We Should Not Have to Tell Members (But We Do)

Smooth The Path

Sometimes we have to tell people things we do not think we should have to say to them: The vibrant association is dynamic because members like you tell professionals like you all about the association.

Members Hire Bold Strategies

Potomac Core

Members Hire Bold Strategies. Part of that boldness is how much their Industry Trade Association Strategic Plan reflects the challenges and business outcomes that members care most about.

Three reasons you may need an instructional designer

Aaron Wolowiec

The need for instructional designers is growing as associations look to improve human performance in a world that is continually changing and demanding new skillsets from working professionals

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When Decisions Get Made

Eric Lanke

Amanda Kaiser at her Smooth the Path blog gave me a good reminder this week about association membership dues notices. The most interesting result from the member research on renewal notices is that these letters, emails, and phone calls do not serve to change most member’s minds about renewing.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.16.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Does anyone on your staff have the association CIO mindset ? David DeLorenzo at DelCor says you don’t necessarily need a CIO on staff but you do need a technology leader with the CIO mindset.

ICYMI: Key Takeaways From Our 2018 Super Forum Keynote Speakers

Higher Logic

What’s the connection between customer loyalty and Lady Gaga? Why are many Generation Z-ers best friends with their parents? Are you a “One-Percenter” (aka SUPER fan) for anything? Do you try to understand generational differences or tend to look down on them?

JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 157: Member Segmentation, with Guests Pete Kaminskas and Patty Leeman - Moery Company

Moery Company

Implementing membership segmentation can significantly benefit your association. This week, Host JP Moery welcomes to the show CompTIA’s VP of Industry Relations, Pete Kaminskas and Moery Chief Analyst, Patty Leeman. Collectively, they’ve observed membership segmentation play out on a regular basis.

Digital badging: A win-win for associations and their learners.

YourMembership Blog

When working to build a learning program that’s unlike anything offered elsewhere, it’s imperative for association professionals to have a good grasp on generational shifts and new technology, as well as the ability to embrace change. As part of this endeavor, key trends should be evaluated to determine what value they bring to a specific. The post Digital badging: A win-win for associations and their learners. appeared first on YourMembership.

7 Items to Include in Your New Member Welcome Packet

MembersClicks

Note: This post was originally published on 10/20/15; Updated 11/6/18 for added value. When it comes to onboarding new members, welcome packets go a long way. Not only do they help your new members get up to speed, but they make your new members feel welcome and relaxed about their decision to join.

Balancing Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Association Adviser

Finding balance can be a tricky endeavor. Too much (or too little) of any given thing on one side tips the scales and creates an uneven approach.

Labor Department Proposes Association Retirement Plans

Associations Now

Acting on an executive order issued by President Trump in August, the Department of Labor has proposed a new rule to allow small businesses to pool together to offer retirement plans to workers.

Upcoming: 7/31 @ 11:30 CTeLearning Myth Busters

Web Courseworks Associations

Date: 7/31 at 11:30 CT. Register Here. Our profession requires us to be practicing in alignment with what science tells us about learning and more. What we don’t need is to be continually in the sway of myths, superstitions, and misconceptions about how our brains think, work, and learn.

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Make Newbies Feel Welcome!

Association Success

How to give new members a golden first experience and learn from their feedback. Remember the first time you went to an association event and how that felt? Nerve wracking for most! Making new members feel welcome at your association’s events is a smart investment of resources. Will it cost more to organize an onboarding program to your events now, or replace the member who won’t return because they had a negative first experience?

A High Performing Lifestyle for Professionals On The Go

Aaron Wolowiec

Why is it so hard for people to connect the dots between health and performance? Isn’t it obvious? If we live better, won’t our life be better in every way? Our work life, home life, relationships, family, etc

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Ode to the Lonely Trade Show Worker

Eric Lanke

I attended a trade show this past week. It's something I haven't done in a while, and I was surprised by how little things have changed. Aisle carpet, booth numbers, giant computer screens, shiny products on lucite display stands. And, of course, booth personnel.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.26.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… The world wants you just as you are—you are enough. This message is from one of the best pieces I read this week. Thanks to Jeffery Cufaude for sharing his wisdom with us.

5 Reasons Your Executives Don’t Participate in Your Online Community (And How to Fix It)

Higher Logic

An online community is a tool. It’s designed to help members get involved, make connections, and develop relationships with their peers and organizations. Community professionals know that and are engaged in keeping the community active and getting other staff members involved.

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JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 162: The New Landscape for Association Advocacy, with Brian Wild

Moery Company

Associations may need a new playbook, folks. In the last few years, a disruption has occurred which has changed how advocacy will play out going forward, and you must adapt your approach, says Host JP Moery.

Website design checklist to attract and engage association members

YourMembership Blog

Your website reflects your organization. And, it’s your digital first impression. So, it’s important to view it as one of your greatest marketing assets. Ninety-four percent of people cite web design as the reason they mistrusted or rejected a website. An outdated and poorly structured site can cause your prospects to leave it, even before. The post Website design checklist to attract and engage association members appeared first on YourMembership.

Why Marketing Doesn’t Grow Communities (And Three Things You Can Do Instead)

Wild Apricot Blog

Learn to grow your membership more easily with these three strategies from membership expert Joy Duling

Why Is Association Governance Restructure So Hard? Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Be.

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