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.

2018 resolution: Keep an eye on emerging technology trends.

YourMembership Blog

In our recent Digital Member Study, we found a majority of members say technology plays a big role in their everyday lives. The study shows that members, in general, are ahead of the technology adoption curve (see chart below). Sixty-three percent of members identify themselves as ahead of the curve or early adopters of technology. But, what. The post 2018 resolution: Keep an eye on emerging technology trends. appeared first on YourMembership.

Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders

Beth Kanter's Blog

Note from Beth: I’m honored to be a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community , a group of people in the nonprofit sector who care deeply about high performance.

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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3 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Membership


This post originally appeared on MC Talks. ——-. There are thousands upon thousands of associations out there, but one thing all associations have in common: They all want to grow! Now you may have a growth strategy in place (as part of your association’s strategic plan), but does that growth strategy incorporate social media? If not, you may want to consider adding that in, as social media is typically a fairly cheap and easy way to reach new eyes.

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Start the Churn Predictions, Hal

Association Success

Moving AI beyond prediction and towards prescription. When we think of artificial intelligence, our first thoughts tend toward Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

How to Recruit and Engage an Entirely New Generation of Members

Smooth The Path

Some associations are seeing exceptional member growth while other associations are seeing a decline. Not all associations are struggling to retain their members, but some are. Well, some associations serve declining industries or professions. Some, but not all.

Give Your Association a Voice – Launch a Podcast in 2018: Exclusive Moery Webinar - Moery Company

The Moery Company

There has never been a better time for associations to launch a podcast – the medium is surging in popularity with more than 67 million monthly listeners.

4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

Higher Logic

There’s never enough time in the day, especially for association professionals. It’s common for association staff to wear multiple hats, consistently switching roles in order to get more done with fewer resources.

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.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter's Blog

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.9.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… Ernie Smith at Associations Now provides really smart advice on SEO (search engine optimization) for your website and blog based on Google algorithm changes over the last few years.

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5 Ideas for Your 2018 Social Media Editorial Calendar


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.

January Update: Plans to Simplify Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot Blog

Happy New Year everyone! This month I talk about our plans to simplify Wild Apricot's functionality and introduce some of the new features planned for 2018. Read the full update here. january


Is Your Conferencing Treating Its Customers As Tourists Or Explorers?

Velvet Chainsaw

How does your conference treat its participants? How do you and your leadership team view them? Are your conference customers more like tourists? Seeking conference swag, amenity room drops, welcome bags and quick ideas? Or are they more like explorers?

Speak Up!

Effective Databse

One of the more frustrating aspects of consulting is running into staff who are unwilling to speak up when speaking up is warranted. For example, during the implementation phase of a new AMS, many processes will be changed, either by design or by default. As processes change, staff needs to speak up and ask both “How?” ” and Why?” ” questions. How does this new process work and why are we implementing a new process.

Successful Association Sales: Selling Value Instead of Products

Association Success

How value is different from cost – and how we can model our offerings accordingly. What is the difference between cost and value? Cost is the price your customers pay and value is what your customers receive in exchange for their money. Let me give you an example. Suppose you are in the market to buy a new car. You look at a Toyota and a Mercedes and note that for the price of one Mercedes you could buy two Toyotas.

2018 Topics: Association Industry Predictions From Seasoned Pros


To kick off the new year, we asked a couple of association industry professionals about what they see coming for the industry in 2018 - and I have to say, it’s pretty thought-provoking stuff! What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have thoughts on other topics? Let us know in the comments! association management Small Staff Chatter

Successfully Embracing Change is a Team Effort

Association Adviser

We recently caught up with Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE, chief executive officer of the National Business Officers Association , the only national association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff, and fostering financial and operational excellence among independent PK-12 schools.

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Getting Buy-In: 5 Objections to Online Communities that Are Holding You Back

Higher Logic

Everyone knows getting buy-in for a new project can be frustrating. There are concerns, objections, other priorities that need to be addressed before you can move forward. It’s often a long process. Getting buy-in for an online community is no different.

3 New Year’s resolutions to improve your association members’ experience.

YourMembership Blog

If you’re anything like me, coming up with New Year’s resolutions can be overwhelming and anxiety-ridden, not to mention their failure is often accompanied by evidence. I only have to look over my shoulder at the elliptical in my office to spot a failed resolution of 2016. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The post 3 New Year’s resolutions to improve your association members’ experience. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Retention Professional Developmen

6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

Beth Kanter's Blog

Image Source: 7able. On Feb. 13th, I’ll be doing a FREE Webinar for nonprofits hosted by Salesforce Foundation on “ Combatting Digital Distraction and Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” Come join me. . Ever hear of something called “ Nomophobia ?

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.

Social Media and Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: 5 Predictions


How badly would you want a crystal ball to see into the future of fundraising trends? It seems like there’s something new every day — and in the world of peer-to-peer fundraising, that “something new” is almost always social media-related. It’s hard to know what’s coming next.

The 5 Best Ways to Generate Earned Income for Your Nonprofit

Wild Apricot Blog

If your organization is looking for more funding opportunities, here are five of the best ways nonprofits are generating earned income to support their missions

The Crisis of Connection

Velvet Chainsaw

We’re lonely. And not just a little lonely. We’re experiencing a global epidemic level of loneliness. Last week, the U.K.

There’s no need to run parallel systems

Effective Databse

Back in the day (I mean WAY back), the standard practice when switching from one database system to another was to run both systems in parallel. That is, you continue to run the legacy system even as the new system is brought online. Typically this meant double data entry (i.e., the same data had to be entered in both systems). Not only was it incredibly time consuming, but it was also rife with opportunity for error.

What If: Imagining a New Association Business Model

Association Success

To overcome some systemic challenges, we might need to find a new way of approaching them. Associations are no strangers to challenges. Recognizing, emphasizing, and working to overcome the common hurdles we face in our industry is a continuous and consistent feature of any associations’ efforts. The challenges we face, moreover, are further complicated when they are communal.

The Down-Side of Efficiency

Jamie Notter

I had two remarkably similar conversations last week with two organizations that could not be more different from each other. One was a large, global corporation, and the other was a small nonprofit, but they were both struggling with the same issue: not enough time.

5 Unique Ways to Improve Your New Member Engagement Program

Smooth The Path

Shirley looked at the metrics of her 6-month new member email campaign. The first email generated a 40% open rate and the second email did even better with a 47% open rate. The rest of the emails were decent each getting between 33 and 38% open rates, except for the 3rd and 4th email.

4 Hot Tech Topics to Watch in 2018

Higher Logic

We’re well past the point of keeping up with every advancement in the tech field – things are simply moving too fast. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t affected when things move forward. New technology makes its way into our lives and businesses faster every year.

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4 ways to increase member engagement.

YourMembership Blog

Member engagement is the lifeblood of an association. Active, engaged, passionate members renew their memberships and help to bring even more new members into the fold. But this isn’t simple to achieve. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in the daily operations of your work, forgetting that you’re also supposed to be a cheerleader and champion for the issues. The post 4 ways to increase member engagement. appeared first on YourMembership.

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

Beth Kanter's Blog

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

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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