Making Culture Work (White Paper)

Jamie Notter

My next challenge was to boil that down further so I could get a White Paper version! I am pleased to announce that the White Paper is now ready. Download the free white paper today!

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White Paper: Making Performance Management Work

Jamie Notter

This year I’m launching a new White Paper series that takes some of the key ideas in Humanize and gets practical and concrete with them. I am writing this series of White Papers with that in mind. In the paper I talk about how we can do that (with examples).

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[White Paper] The Peer to Peer Fundraising Technology Landscape


Check the paper out here. by Mark Becker, Founding Partner, Cathexis Partners. ————-. As the Internet and technology have continued to evolve, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have become more sophisticated.

ROI and the Impact of Social CRM [NEW WHITE PAPER]


Our latest white paper is out! This paper is the second in our Social CRM series. The first paper in the series, Social CRM for Associations , has had close to 2000 downloads to date)!

New Must-Read White Paper on Lean Startup for Associations

Jamie Notter

Elizabeth Engel from Spark Consulting LLC has a great new white paper out on applying the Lean Startup methodology in the association environment. So if you're in an association, and you care about being successful, download this white paper and read it.

Boost Your Innovation Efforts with Lean Startup


Case Study White PaperGuest post by Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate, Director of Information Systems, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC.

The State of Community Management 2014


Content Strategy From the Trenches Industry Insider Open Community Potluck Useful Data White Paper You know, it, it’s that time again! From the Community Roundtable comes the awesomest comprehensive report on communities.

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True Customer Engagement: the Leap Beyond User Experience


Debunking the Hype Demand Perspective Featured Humanize Social CRM and ROI Social, In Theory White PaperIn a recent post in the Demand Perspective blog , I wrote about Michael Schrage’s post in Harvard Business Review Blogs called Don’t Confuse Engagement with User Experience.

The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm


Guest post from Shelly Alcorn, Principal, Alcorn Associates – Download her excellent paper with Elizabeth Engel here. This paper was a labor of love and has been a number of years in the making. White PaperNo Feeds Found.

Eric Lanke: The Mind of the Community

Eric Lanke

At a recent WSAE meeting I was asked to explain what we meant in our white paper on Innovation for Associations when we referred to the "mind of community." Had I had a copy of the white paper with me, I could have quoted from it directly. Eric Lanke.

Education: The Key to Member Growth and Loyalty

Wild Apricot Blog

White-Paper Education Shelly-Alcorn Elizabeth-Weaver-EngelIf your association targets recent graduates, young professionals, and those looking to gain more employable credentials (or would like to), you may be familiar with the current educational landscape.

Is your social media going in the right direction?


Featured SocialFish News White PaperAre you an association or nonprofit whose been doing social media work for a while? Do you need a “gut check” to make sure you’re on the right track? Do you need recommendations for growth or infrastructure improvements?

Membership Marketing Blog: The Membership Lifecycle Turns Five

Membership Marketing

Way back in 2007, I developed a white paper around a concept that I called the Membership Lifecycle. White Paper. (4). Membership Marketing Blog.

[NEW ICF Whitepaper] Are You Game? The Future of Consumer Engagement in Healthcare


Featured SocialFish News Useful Data White Paper Download this new ICF International whitepaper —and put your gamification knowledge to the test. Examine examples of healthcare gaming, explore key market drivers, and predict gaming trends in achieving healthier populations.

What Associations Can Learn from Rapid Growth Startups


The white paper, “ Innovate the Lean Way: Applying Lean Startup Methodology in the Association Environment ,” written by Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, hit the association world back in October of last year and if you haven’t had the chance to read it, you need to.

Avoiding the False Positive

Wild Apricot Blog

In this guest post, Elizabeth Engel and Peter Houstle introduce their newly released white paper, Getting to the “Good Stuff”: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Associations One of the biggest problems we encounter in decision-making is the problem of asking the right question.


How to Grow Your Base of Support Online


Read this white paper to discover how to engage nonprofit supporters in a committed, lasting online relationship. The white paper includes a checklist of best practices for developing online supporter relationships. FREE RESOURCE for ya!

The Perfect Storm

Spark Consulting

Over the next week, I’ll be blogging about and sharing excerpts from The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm , the eighth white paper in the ongoing Spark collaborative series. The white paper concludes with practical advice for associations that are eager to get started reshaping education, the employment market, and lifetime learning for the professions and industries you serve.

New White Paper: 10 Tips to Develop and Effectively Use Components in Membership Marketing

Experts in Membership Marketing

JUST PUBLISHED! 10 Tips to Develop and Effectively Use Components in Membership Marketing Components offer associations a multitude of opportunities to drive their missions and increase their revenues. From the development of content to driving membership, when properly designed and managed, components become essential channels through which associations develop and deliver their value. But exactly what is a component? What are the elements associations need to consider in creating a component?

Innovating the Lean Startup Way

Eric Lanke

Elizabeth Weaver Engel of Spark Consulting has another white paper out. You should read the white paper if you're interested. The white paper has plenty of ideas. It's the third or fourth one I've read from her shop, and it's another good one.

2017 New Idea Search: #7 Meeting the Education Challenge


A good friend and colleague sent me her latest white paper to read. Do you want to believe in associations' ability to change the world? Do you want to help be part of innovating education for all?

Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

Spark Consulting

Leslie White, Peggy Hoffman, Shira Harrington, KiKi L’Italien, and Sohini Baliga kept me on the right path during those critical first two years. 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.

5 Free Non-profit Reports and Resources

Wild Apricot Blog

Here is a round-up of five free reports, white papers and e-books offering insight on fundraising, resource-raising and mobile phone usage.( read more ). Donor management E-mail marketing Fundraising research

Does Your Association’s Structure Stifle Success?

Associations Now

In the white paper, de Zarate and Engel point out a few practical ways to avoid the kinds of failure that you might outwardly celebrate but bemoan in the boardroom. The paper also points out a few other cultural roadblocks that hamper new ideas.

Humanize Worksheets

Jamie Notter

You can now also download the free White Papers I’ve written from the site as well. I find it hard to believe that it was three years ago this month that Humanize was released.

Catch Spark at #ASAE16

Spark Consulting

In this unsession, we’ll share a preview of our soon-to-be released whitepaper, The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm (yep, the next Spark white paper is about to drop, y’all!).

Four Trends Tradeshow Organizers Need to Know Now

Associations Now

An updated International Association of Exhibitions and Events white paper includes new tradeshow trends affecting the industry. The updated white paper looked at data in a number of ways. Do you agree with the trends identified in the white paper?

[RESOURCE] Creating a Culture of Innovation – 8 Ideas That Work at Google


Receive Your Complimentary White Paper NOW ! “ Creating a Culture of Innovation “ Eight ideas that work at Google. We don’t have a secret formula for innovation, but we do like to share our eight guiding principles and show how we apply them inside Google.

Apply Psychology to Meet Attendee Needs

Associations Now

A new white paper says that meeting planners and marketers can apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to engage attendees on a deeper level. They are, according to a new white paper from brand experience agency Freeman XP.

Integrating social media into the association communication mix

The Big Picture

 One Orange Feather recently released a  free white paper with primary research, statistics, and case studies. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter.

Making Conflict Work for Your Organization

Jamie Notter

My second White Paper in the “Making it Work” series is out! Download the paper to get the full story, which includes tips for building your company’s capacity for dealing with conflict at three different levels: skills, structure/process, and culture.

Do NOT Make this Mistake Around Member Engagement


Sign up here to be notified when the white paper comes out and contact Maddie (at if you need help with your engagement strategies. Engagement has a LOT of attention in the association world today.

Bridging the Education to Employment Gap: Where Can I Learn More?

Spark Consulting

Download The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm white paper. Now that you’ve had a chance to learn a little bit about the disruption affecting education, the changes in the employment market (both in the US and world-wide), the “wicked” problem that perfect storm has created, and how Shelly Alcorn and I think associations are uniquely positioned to respond, what if you’d like to learn more? We’ve got you covered.

Focus on Decisions

Jamie Notter

Elizabeth Engel, Leslie White, and I put out a White Paper last week on risk, strategy, and implementation. Although not in the title of the white paper, conflict is a big piece of what we write about.

Member Engagement: It’s Not About You (Guest Post)

Jamie Notter

The following is a guest post from Anna Caraveli and Elizabeth Engel, CAE, who have also written a very nice White Paper on engagement (link at the end). The white paper offers the stories of 11 different organizations that are on the path to reconfiguring their member relationships for greater engagement and financial success and identifies eight keys to becoming truly engaging.

How Do Associations Need to Adapt in 2017?

Associations Now

In a new white paper outlining its 2017 predictions for the association sector, the technology firm Abila says associations need to adapt their strategies to new, faster environments and changing member expectations. Or download the white paper over this way.

How Associations Can Lead on Education

Associations Now

Associations have the infrastructure to help remake the education industry, according to a new white paper. In the paper, Engel and Alcorn lay out the various ways associations can play a major role in training.

Social Media Roundup: How to Evaluate a Constituent Management System

Associations Now

A new white paper offers pointers on picking a new membership and donor management system. So in today’s Social Media Roundup, we highlight a new white paper geared specifically to explaining membership software.

How Can Better Tech Improve Our Hotel Experiences?

Associations Now

“Harnessing Technology to Improve Business Traveler Hotel Experiences,” a new white paper from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, ponders this question through a series of interviews with experts in the travel space.

Friday Buzz: Can Podcasts Drive Membership?

Associations Now

Your association may already be offering exclusive white papers, magazines, and online portals, but have you considered using podcasts as a way to gain new members? Podcasts may be a membership growth opportunity for your association.