2018

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.

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

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.

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The 10 Best Social Media Tools for Nonprofits That Save Time and Money (2018 Update)

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the 10 best social media tools for nonprofits to save time (and money) scheduling, managing, and optimizing their social networks. social media

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

World Class Boards

8 Social Media Marketing Hacks to Ensure Success in 2018

SocialFish

Social media marketing is more than just regular publishing of content on social networking sites in the hope of growing an audience and ultimately making money. This is especially true for business organizations that want to open social media accounts today in an already crowded marketplace.

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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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.

Millennial learners: Creating connection in an era of disconnect

Aaron Wolowiec

Just when you thought you’ve considered generational differences from every possible angle, another new consideration crops up: How are you creating connection and engagement for millennial learners

Run Your Next Welcome Reception Like an Apple Store

Eric Lanke

This week I reviewed the free e-book, Fueling Exceptional New Member Experiences , from Amanda Kaiser at Kaiser Insights and the Smooth the Path blog. My favorite part was the section that talked about the importance of making a positive first impression with new members.

4 Ways to Increase Non-Dues Revenue

Web Courseworks Associations

Do you currently manage an eLearning department at an association? Are your education programs bringing in value for the organization and for your members? Or do you need assistance generating non-dues revenue from your education offerings?

Membership 101: The Role of Volunteerism

Spark Consulting

“Engaged members renew. Disengaged members don’t.” ” If you’ve been around the association industry for more than a few minutes, you’ve undoubtedly heard at least one membership professional say that. Volunteerism is a MAJOR opportunity for engagement.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.19.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… It’s that time of year again. Marketing General Inc. is inviting associations to participate in their 10th annual Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey.

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Members Hire Customized Advocacy

Potomac Core

Members hire Customized Advocacy because they have no choice. They face turmoil driven by ever increasing new technologies , evolving consumer preferences , and political polarization.

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The Complete Guide to Running a Successful Membership Drive (+10 Proven Ideas to Get More Members)

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are 10 real-life examples of organizations (both small and large) that held very successful membership drives, gaining anywhere from 5 to 200 new members, plus advice on how to set your goal, budget, strategy, and more

The Myth of Generation Z

Jamie Notter

I see a lot written these days about this mysterious new generation that follows the Millennials, often called Generation Z. Yes, just when you thought you had figured out the “kids these days,” now you have to start all over again with a whole new generation! Or do you?

5 Ideas for Your 2018 Social Media Editorial Calendar

SocialFish

Have your social media accounts been driving massive exposure to your brand? I imagine most of us would agree that we’d like to see our social media channels perform better than they are now. Let’s up our social media game this year! Here are a few ideas: 1.

4 Challenges for Trade Associations and How to Tackle Them with Community

Higher Logic

We know the value of trade associations – they play a vital role in social and economic dialogue. They bring competing organizations together to protect and promote entire industries, products, services, and workforces.

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5 security tips for your nonprofit accepting online payments.

YourMembership Blog

Over the years, the Internet has provided great opportunities for nonprofits to increase brand awareness, recruit new members and raise funds for the causes they support. While this brings many advantages, there are also many challenges when it comes to making online payments for such things as dues or donations. Members want to be sure. The post 5 security tips for your nonprofit accepting online payments. appeared first on YourMembership. Technology Member Retention Tech Trends Industry Trend

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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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Trade Associations Really Have Organizational Memberships

Eric Lanke

I have to take issue with Amanda Kaiser of the Smooth the Path blog, who said in a recent post that trade associations don't really have organizational memberships. Your key contact member understands that some of their colleagues at their organization can be members.

BYOD: Building Branching Scenarios

Web Courseworks Associations

Don’t you hate when you get out of a conference session feeling all pumped about an idea, but by the time you get back to your workplace you realize that you have no idea how to do the thing you were so excited about? Me too!

The Passive Experienced Member

Spark Consulting

The MCI Group recently released the American Engagement Index 2017 (the link takes you to a page where you can enter your contact information to get your own copy, and you really should).

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.12.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… Now that holiday feasting and festing is over (sad face), if you’re like me, you’ve recently renewed your commitment to a healthier lifestyle. What throws me off is attending conferences.

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For-Profit Leaders can Learn from Non-Profit Leaders

World Class Boards

There’s a perception among some that association/non-profit CEOs are less sophisticated than their corporate sector counterparts because they aren’t as highly paid. The belief is rooted in the idea that the true rock stars only go for the big bucks. I believe the opposite is true.

The Young Professional – Tracking down the Future Leaders of Your Association

Association Adviser

Part 4 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Acknowledging a challenge is the first step to finding a solution. This year, more than 50 percent of associations said that engaging young professionals is one of their Top 5 communication challenges.

You Call It Digital Transformation; I Call It Culture Change

Jamie Notter

I’m not in the digital transformation business, though I know many consultants and client organizations who are in the middle of it. And Maddie, of course, is a digital strategist, so I’ve got an inside track to someone who knows the business and has done the work.

48 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2018

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month I compile the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are all the webinars for May 2018

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3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Higher Logic

Associations and nonprofits are always trying to make more of an impact with less – less money, less staff, less resources. It’s made them some of the more creative and efficient organizations we’ve ever seen.

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5 ignored methods to grow association membership.

YourMembership Blog

Membership recruitment is a never-ending project. Every year, members leave your association—they retire, change jobs or professions, go out of business, lose their professional development budget, or just vanish for unknown reasons. As members go out the back door, you must keep new ones coming in the front. What strategies will guide your plan for. The post 5 ignored methods to grow association membership. appeared first on YourMembership.

The Gardian of the Month: Alina Cooper

Aaron Wolowiec

Alina Cooper, manager of client projects for Event Garde, is Gardian of the Month

What Goes Around Comes Around

Eric Lanke

I had another lesson in the value of networking this past week. A nearby neighbor of mine is looking to make a job change.