We all know the core fundamentals of how membership works in associations—or do we? Take a moment to consider how these bits of conventional wisdom may be off the mark.
Last week, large swaths of the internet were hobbled by a coordinated distributed denial of service attack on the network's basic infrastructure. And odds are good that something similar is going to happen again. Now's a good time to talk about contingency plans to ensure your association isn't knocked offline.
It's not easy to expect the unexpected—especially when you have 30 volunteer leaders with different opinions and experiences. One association's experience suggests a path to success.
Could exhibiting costs be keeping smaller companies and startups from your tradeshow? Some ideas on wooing these exhibitors who may offer ideas and innovations that your industry needs to be successful long term.
Many interns around the country—and right here in Washington, DC—are working for “the experience” rather than paychecks. Here’s a case for having association interns and compensating them for their work. About a decade ago, I was having the time of my life as an intern at an interior design magazine in London. I spent my […]
Three years after building a full-scale member-engagement dashboard, one association shares how that effort is paying off, including a new, external iteration it hopes will spur more member activity.
A prominent programming community’s aggressive attempt to remake the resume for the modern day is an idea associations should borrow from—liberally. Last week, the technology knowledge base Stack Overflow introduced a provocative idea. It’s one that I think a lot of associations should look very closely at. Stack Overflow, for those who aren’t aware, is […]
Openness with members is a good thing. But when it comes to boards, according to one report, productivity is a function of privacy.
News that two associations are sunsetting their traditional tradeshows and rethinking their event strategy may illustrate a broader trend. How can your association ensure it's serving industry needs and attendee expectations?
The internet has made on-the-job distraction all the more easy, so how do association managers motivate their staff to stay on track? Hint: It’s not implementing website blockers.