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4 Easy Steps to Effectively Evaluate Membership Management Software

Posted by Christina Green on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Maybe it was a Friday afternoon and you were just counting down the minutes until the weekend. Then the board, your boss, or maybe a staff member uttered those dreaded words, “I think we need new membership management software.”

While new software can be exciting, the idea of sitting through countless hours of demos and sales presentations is enough to take the joy out of anything. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Read More

Tags: Association, Membership Management Software, AMS Software

How to Create Your Association Technology Vendor Shortlist (by Cutting Through the Sales Speak)

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

Buying a car can be a frustrating process. Why? Because too often, the salesperson and the buyer are speaking in different terms.

The salesperson aims to figure out what the buyer wants to pay monthly, while the buyer is looking at the total price. It seems like they’re on the same page because they’re both talking about money. But they’re not. The buyer assumes the monthly payment works out to be the final price of the car but often they’re worlds apart.

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Tags: Association, Association Executives, Membership Management Software

4 Steps to Assessing Your Membership Management Software Needs

Posted by Christina Green on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, after multiple threats to his life and overcoming impossible obstacles, Indy meets the Grail Knight, keeper of the Holy Grail. He is surrounded by chalices and says to the hero:

“Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

In a less dramatic sense, if you’ve worked for an association or membership organization, selecting membership management software can feel the same way.

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Tags: Association Management, Employee Productivity, Membership Management Software

Changes in Membership Management Software that Could Impact How You Run Your Association

Posted by Christina Green on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

“We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the internet revolution.” Scott Cook, cofounder of Intuit, director of eBay and Procter & Gamble

Whether we’re talking about the internet revolution or the technology revolution in general, billionaire Scott Cook makes a good point. We’re still just getting used to having the internet, technology, and information at our fingertips. That technology has been evolving rapidly and continues to do so to this day, influencing our daily lives and the associations we’re running.

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Tags: Analytics, Association Trends, Membership Management Software

What to Do When Your Members Hate Technology

Posted by Christina Green on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

You just discovered amazing new association management software that will give your association’s staff hours back in their day. It has all the administrative wizardry your staff needs and the member-facing functionality to keep your members and prospects engaged.

You love it. Your board loves it. Your staff is getting excited and you can’t wait to roll it out.

Except for one thing.

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Tags: Association Executives, Member Engagement, Membership Marketing, Membership Management Software

7 Advantages to Having Speaker Management Built In to Your Association’s AMS Software

Posted by Julie Dietz on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Think about the last conference you went to. It may have been your idea to attend, or maybe your boss asked you to go. Whoever made the final decision, what influenced the choice to attend?

For most of us, the answer doesn’t lie in the hotel, the venue, or the food.

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Tags: Speaker Management, Membership Management Software, AMS Software

6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems

Posted by Julie Dietz on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

How many times have you heard someone say that they want to make a difference?

Nurses, doctors, teachers, charity workers, and professionals from all generations long to love their work and make a difference in other people’s lives. It’s one of the most pervasive aspirations in our society, and its one that many people struggle to fulfill.

That brings us to the topic of you. How lucky are you?

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Tags: Training, Membership Management Software, AMS Software, Member Experience

Why Associations Need to Take Back Control of Their Websites Today (And How to Do It)

Posted by Julie Dietz on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Try to count how many websites you visited yesterday. Or even today – just this morning.

Do you know? Or have you already lost count?

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Tags: Member Benefits, Marketing Strategy, Association Management Services, Membership Management Software

Why It May Be Time to Ditch Your Association’s Event Tools for Your AMS Software

Posted by Julie Dietz on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

I have Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix along with subscriptions to several premium cable channels. I watch a lot of TV, and I enjoy it.

My mother, on the other hand, thinks I’m crazy. Every time she visits she ends up toggling between systems and exclaiming at how much money I’m spending on different subscriptions that often offer the same shows. Then she gets mixed up. Was she watching her show on Hulu or Amazon? It frustrates her.

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Tags: Conference Management, Event App, Membership Management Software, AMS Software

How to Get Amazon-Level Personalization (With No Extra Effort)

Posted by Julie Dietz on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

I’m attending a wedding next month. This is a wedding without a gift registry, which should be illegal because I spent well over an hour scrolling through “wedding gifts” on Amazon before I figured out what to give the happy couple.

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Tags: Email Communication, Membership Management Software, Member Experience, Personalization

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