2017

Membership 101: What IS “Engagement,” Anyway?

Spark Consulting

Association membership professionals, particularly in the last several years, talk about engagement A LOT. We want our members to be more engaged. We want to measure engagement. We want to score engagement. We want to reward engagement.

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Higher Logic

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day.

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The 2017 Community Management List (What's In & What's Out)

Socious

I wonder what is was that convinced the last person using dancing palm trees on their website to stop in the late 90s or early 2000s. Was is feedback from their market, a grouchy boss’s comments, or an epic marketing fail?

Energizing Member Engagement

Potomac Core

Driving Sustainable Industry Growth Helps Trade Associations Energize Member Engagement . With global economic uncertainty dominating most conversations, we’re learning that Trade Associations who drive sustainable industry growth are helping their organizations by energizing member engagement.

Why Do People Resist Change?

Jamie Notter

Sorry for the bait and switch, but that’s actually the wrong question. People don’t resist change. They resist doing things they think are stupid. They resist doing things that go against their own interests. And here’s the big one: they resist doing things that don’t make sense to them.

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Guest Post: Personalization Requires Reflection and Governance

Vanguard Tech

As digital communications mature and competition on web and mobile increases, we see more personalized digital experiences—sites and apps that seem to know us and be able to deliver just what we want and need. So what does that mean for you?

Boards and Annual Conference Venues

Eric Lanke

I've had two recent experiences that have made me think critically about an association board's role in selecting venues for their association's annual conference.

How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members

Wild Apricot Blog

New nonprofits face more challenges than ever before, because of how the internet and emerging technologies are changing the ways in which people interact with organizations. In this comprehensive guide, I show you how to start a nonprofit the right way and get your first paying members.

Membership 101: Ladders of Engagement Revisited

Spark Consulting

Once members join, the next question becomes: How do you keep them? How do you build real relationships over time that deepen your commitment to each other and lead to long-term loyalty on both sides? The answer is ladders of engagement.

Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together

Higher Logic

We’ve been busy here at Higher Logic - last September we announced our spot as a Leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape : Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment, as well as our new investment and partnership with JMI Equity.

3 Ways to Engage More Association Members in Your Online Community

Socious

Have you ever looked at an optical illusion like the one above? (If If not, you have now.) In this example, the first thing that most people see is a white vase. However, upon closer inspection of the black areas, you notice two faces nose-to-nose.

Association Supply Chain Advocacy

Potomac Core

Association Supply Chain Advocacy can be a game changer for members. By uniting the Supply Chain through Associations members can better influence the destiny of their company and their Industry in ways they could not do on their own.

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How to Generate Association Revenue Through Grants – It’s Easier Than You Think

SocialFish

By Amy Gitchell, GrowthZone AMS. “We We need to do more fundraising and generate more revenue.”. It’s a familiar refrain of organizations of all types and sizes. A commonly overlooked solution to the challenge is to seek funds for specific programs and projects by applying for grants.

5 reasons everyone at your association needs to go to #Xperience17.

YourMembership Blog

#leadership #inspiration #learning #innovation #technology – all in one place. As an association leader, you have a great case for going to Xperience 2017. It’s a chance to grow your skills in leadership.

Learn How to Leverage Your Chapters

Mariner

Looking for a learning event that's all about association chapters and other member communities? One where we don’t start the conversation with “why chapters?” but with “Yes, chapters …” It’s coming! October 13, 2017 #AssnCEX2017

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.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

A New Kind of 80/20 Rule

Eric Lanke

Most people are familiar with the 80/20 rule. If not, Google it, which, oddly in my browser, consistently provides the definition from Wikipedia in a box at the very top of the search results. Maybe I should cut out the middle man and just start searching for things on Wikipedia? But I digress.

29 of the Best Nonprofit Event Management Software Tools

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re looking to raise more money and make managing your events easier, here’s a list of 29 event management software tools that can help you out. It’s my hope that you browse the list and discover one or two new tools that are perfectly suited for your organization’s needs.

Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

Spark Consulting

Today marks five years since I launched Spark Consulting. As I look back on the past five years, I have much to be grateful for. Leading that list is all the people who’ve contributed to the success of this Big Hairy Audacious Goal. First, I have to thank all my wonderful clients.

Build a Bridge to Maximize the Community Experience With Social Learning

Higher Logic

If we build it, members will come, right? Organizations and associations dedicate significant resources to their learning strategies and content development in order to attract members and make their membership more valuable.

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A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License. This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails. I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?

How to Use Data to Boost Attendee and Exhibitor ROI

Associations Now

During last month’s Transform USA event, speakers shared tips on how to use data to increase ROI for their attendees and exhibitors. Here are two ideas for associations to keep in mind. About two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Transform USA event here in DC.

Nonprofit Technology Conference Session Hot Picks! #18NTC

SocialFish

Are you going to the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#18ntc)? You may have heard that session voting is open. Here’s a quick roundup of some great sessions – please vote for these if you love them as much as I do! How did I choose them, you ask?

5 benefits of video-based learning.

YourMembership Blog

Easily delivered through a learning management system, video is the most engaging way to hold your association members’ and learners’ attention. Video-based learning is a widely-accepted e-learning trend, and it’s gaining momentum.

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Showing #VolunteerLove, Driving Member Engagement

Mariner

Showing #VolunteerLove is a winning strategy for driving member engagement. Because volunteering is the stickiest type of member engagement. We need to get beyond rewards and recognition to show. VolunteerLove.

Musings from the RSA Conference

Association Management

RSA Conference is this week in San Francisco. This event is like the annual prom for the security industry—part conference, part trade show, part “place to be.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.17.17

Reid All About it

Wine comes in at the mouth. And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth. Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. That lovely poem is A Drinking Song by W.B. Yeats, one of my favorite poets.

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How To Get More Online Donations With Content Marketing

NonProfit University Blog

It’s no secret that content is king when it comes to engaging and delighting donors and members alike. But did you know content can also be used to target donor intent keywords that increase revenues to your organization?

How Small Nonprofits Generate Thousands With Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Wild Apricot Blog

If you were told to raise $5,000 by the end of the month, could you do it? There are seven key strategies that will help make your next peer-to-peer fundraiser the best success. Fundraising peer-to-peer

Launching: Membership 101 Series

Spark Consulting

I’ve had several clients hire me recently to do webinars/presentations on basic concepts in membership. It occurred to me that other people might want this information, too.

Improve Your Customer Retention Program with an Online Community

Higher Logic

Many people ask how online communities can bring in new customers. It’s important, but communities aren’t just about growing your customer base. Part of a community’s value comes from something else - retaining existing customers.

4 Association Disruption Strategies

Potomac Core

The 2017 PWC 20th annual CEO Survey , fourth quarter domestic GDP numbers and the 2017 Conference Board Global forecast of 2.3% economic growth show just how challenging business conditions are for business decision makers.

Email Marketing Trends: What’s Hot in 2017

Associations Now

Long neglected as part of the communications conversation, emails have become more essential than ever in 2017. But the ground is still messy. Read on for some suggestions on to improve your email production workflow.