It's never an easy decision when an association is forced to make a quick change. But these associations have pulled it off.
Associations contract with host cities and conference venues years in advance, but the political winds blow on their own timeline. In a year marked by adoption of controversial legislation in a handful of states, associations have been challenged to consider whether these laws align with their values. And that has forced hard choices about where and how members gather. Here’s how two groups responded.
You have loyal, long-time conference attendees—that’s great. But to keep your events thriving for the long term, you need to engage your millennial members. How are you changing your conferences to appeal to a new generation?
When people pay for travel and registration to attend a conference, plus leave work and family behind, they’re not looking for the “same old.” Instead, they want an experience to remember. Industry experts share five steps to make that happen.
Thinking of trying a new type of event approach for your association? Take a look at these three events for inspiration.
As associations grow their diversity and inclusion efforts, they realize a fundamental need to understand the demographics of their members. But personal information isn’t always easy to get. Here’s how a few associations are collecting the data they need to serve diverse audiences and measure progress toward their D+I goals.
When an association knows a member’s age, it has a choice about how to fit that person into a group: by generation or by life stage.
Old-fashioned performance reviews are too robotic, infrequent, and stressful, according to many association employees and managers alike. Some organizations are finding a better way.
Brian Haney, the vice president and cofounder of the Haney Company in Silver Spring, Maryland, has a lot of client work on his desk at the moment.
How opening satellite offices brought an association closer to its global members.
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
At a photographers’ conference, military families get more than a picture.
Librarians empower parents to put kids on a path to reading.
How cross-functional teams at the American Occupational Therapy Association surface a strategic focus.
What has been your most informative, engaging, or instrumental experience at a conference?
Jennifer Tomb, CAE, the American Society for Microbiology's assistant director of meetings and events, has a formula to keep calm and carry on.
The Auto Care Association's job board that drives revenue and goodwill for the association—and notice from millennial audiences, too.
The International Cat Association makes learning colorful with a series of educational coloring books. Learn about why the association tried the idea.
Meeting minutes are not a detailed report on your board or committee meeting. Here’s what to put in and what to leave out.
Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the Buckeye State.
How long should you work before taking a break? This stat suggests a balance.
Marketing automation helps your messages reach their target.
Don’t let your social campaigns get taken hostage.
This easy-to-use, one-on-one communication tool syncs with Office programs. “While none of the tools within the Skype for Business package are unique, it has all the basics I need for day-to-day communication. For example, if I have a quick question and don’t want to send an email, call, or text, I can send a Skype […]
One state—and the association that represents it—is particularly aware of the number of cyberattacks taking place at any given moment.
More associations are getting strategic about technology, but they may not know where to begin. A new assessment tool, developed by ASAE based on ASAE Foundation research and a tool created by DelCor, will help associations evaluate their tech readiness. Charles Colby, founder of Rockbridge Associates, which helped develop the tool, explains why assessment is critical.
Understanding member needs—both old and new.
Why your association should commit to data-first member engagement.
From an expanding convention center to one-of-a-kind venues, Idaho’s capital city is about more than potatoes.
Conference structure in the years to come, according to the German Convention Bureau's Future Meeting Space research project.
Karin Hurt and David Dye's Winning Well offers tips on how to build the best team possible.
Christina McCoy, he manager of events and communities at the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions in Middleton, Wisconsin, got her start on the farm.
Looking to slip into an executive role? Here are four ways to position your resume.
Supreme Court antitrust case raises a big question for associations.
In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including newspapers.