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How to Get Market Data for Your Association Without Doing Expensive Market Research

Posted by Julie Dietz on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Writer and programmer, Daniel Keys Moran, summed up one of the key dilemmas facing associations today when he said “… you cannot have information without data.”

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Tags: Member Benefits, Membership Marketing, AMS Software

How Associations Can Build Better Relationships with Chapters

Posted by Julie Dietz on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Do you remember that Android commercial from last year? It was full of animal friends, from rhinos and sheep walking together to a parrot stealing pasta from a waiting dog. The animals were different, but they were friends working together to have fun or snag a tasty meal.

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Tags: Association Management, Association Executives, Chapter Management

Selecting the Right Online Community Management Approach for Your Association

Posted by Christina Green on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

A watched pot may never boil, but that’s the only way to build a thriving online community. Until your online community is established and has regular contributors, it is your job to prompt members to participate. You need to stir your community’s proverbial pot and provide interesting, valuable discussions and content for your members.

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Tags: Online Member Communities, Online Community Management, Online Community Jobs

Association Job Hacks: Secrets to Becoming Your CFO’s Favorite Employee

Posted by Julie Dietz on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Imagine that there was a radical shift in legislation in your industry and your members have to change the way that they do their jobs. They need to learn the new rules and how to follow them, and they need to do it quickly. So your association comes to the rescue with a cutting-edge training program to get your members up to speed.

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Tags: Association Executives, Member Benefits, Content Strategy

How to Train Your Staff on Your AMS Platform in Less Time

Posted by Julie Dietz on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Cell phones, electricity, water. All essential, or nearly essential, utilities. For associations, AMS software could be placed in the same category. AMS software often runs the majority of an association’s business tasks, and is a crucial link between the association, its employees, and their members. To keep relationships between all three groups strong, it’s vital for association employees to know how to use the AMS properly.

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Tags: Employee Productivity, Training, AMS Software

How to Create an Effective Member Communication Schedule

Posted by Carol Valora on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Crickets. An enjoyable sound if you’re out camping for the night, but not what members want to hear from an association that they paid money to be a part of.

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Tags: Member Engagement, Email Communication, Marketing Strategy

How to Recruit and Motivate Volunteers for Your Online Community

Posted by Hayley Rissler on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Back in grade school, teachers would ask for volunteers and hands would shoot up around the room. Everyone wanted to do the teacher a special favor by running an errand down the hall or helping hand out pamphlets.

How eager we all were back then.

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Tags: Online Member Communities, Member Engagement, Online Community

3 Unsexy, But Essential Steps to Planning Your Organization’s Next Event

Posted by Cathy Clifton on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Event planning is a sexy career filled with all the glamour of fancy dresses, cocktail parties, and worldwide travel, right? Not quite. Those exciting perks are just a few of many common misconceptions in the event planning industry.

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Tags: Member Benefits, Conference Management

How to Use Your AMS Software to Read Your Members’ Minds

Posted by Julie Dietz on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Do you remember the last job interview you had? Sitting in the hot seat, trying not to fidget as you were asked questions about your experience and what you could contribute to the company?

I remember my last interview, and there were a few questions that stumped me. What did my interviewer want me to say? How could I explain that I was qualified and ready to help the company?

Mind-reading would have been a nice skill to have at that moment.

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Tags: Member Engagement, Member Benefits, AMS Software

How to Make Your Website Your Association’s Top Member Benefit

Posted by Julie Dietz on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Association members are like business customers, they come to your organization for help. They want to solve a problem, to learn, to grow in their industry, or to find ways to contribute to a cause. And, similar to a business, that’s what your association is built to do – help members by providing benefits.

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Tags: Association Management, Member Benefits, Content Strategy

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