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Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 6, 2019

Canadian Builders Group Targets Hazing to Improve Workforce Retention

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Nov 6, 2019

After the British Columbia Construction Association discovered that hazing and bullying was driving employees out, it launched the Builders Code program earlier this year to change worksite culture.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2019

Iowa Builders Group's New Endowment Targets Industry Skills Gap

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2019

A new endowment launched by Master Builders of Iowa will fund innovative solutions to close the industry's skills gap and bring younger workers into the construction field.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 27, 2019

Five Tips to Keep Your Association’s Website on Target

Technology by Ernie Smith May 27, 2019

If the wrong visitors dominate traffic on your association’s website or if pages targeted at members aren’t carrying their weight, look at ways to change that conversation. Here are a few ideas.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 6, 2019

Flipping the Switch on Ad Retargeting Can Generate More Money

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 6, 2019

Associations often use ad retargeting to encourage people to register for their events or buy other products. But they can also consider another tactic to boost nondues revenue: selling retargeted ads to outside vendors.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2018

EEOC Complaint Says Targeted Facebook Job Listings Are Discriminatory

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2018

A filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of millions of women alleges that Facebook’s targeting capabilities allow employers to illegally discriminate in job ads.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Targeted Event Sign-Ups

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

How a little Facebook retargeting could supercharge your event sign-ups. Also: The chatter behind the chatter at Content Marketing World.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 28, 2017

Apple Offers Reprieve on Rules That Targeted Event Apps

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 28, 2017

Responding to more than six months of criticism and concern from vendors and organizations alike, Apple announced a recent change to its rules that will create a path forward for apps produced from templates, including many event apps.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2017

Could Age Targeting for Online Job Ads Run Afoul of the Law?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2017

A recent story drew attention to the fact that targeted advertising offered by social networks like Facebook could violate federal antidiscrimination laws. Facebook has defended allowing the practice, but a class-action lawsuit could soon prove a major headache for the company.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 19, 2017

Friday Buzz: Target the Pain Points

Membership by Ernie Smith May 19, 2017

How Kickstarter is helping makers on its service improve the odds they’ll actually ship—and why associations should take cues. Also: When multitasking is a necessary evil.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2017

Groups Gear Up for Fight to Protect Programs Targeted by Budget Proposal

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2017

The White House’s budget proposal, which raised concerns around the funding of domestic programs, has a number of groups preparing to do what they can to protect initiatives that many Americans rely on. Meals on Wheels America is just one of those groups.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2017

Know Your Cuts: Meat Institute Launches App Targeted at Consumers

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2017

The North American Meat Institute's latest foray into the app space is meant to help take the confusion out of buying a cut of meat and preparing it—something the group said was a challenge for many consumers.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 1, 2016

Association Agenda: Tax Target

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 1, 2016

Tax reform could take aim at association revenues.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 6, 2016

Report: IRS Reveals Groups Targeted in Political Probe

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 6, 2016

According to a Washington Times report, as part of a court case, the IRS last month revealed the names of most of the 501(c)(4) organizations—the majority of which are conservative—that the agency had targeted for political reasons. It’s the latest turn in a long-running case that put the spotlight on the tax agency. More details […]

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 6, 2016

Groups Target Young Latinos With CPR Training Video

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 6, 2016

Latinos who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are less likely to survive, and the American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation are trying to reverse those stats with a new targeted message.

Technology by Jimmy Daly Oct 7, 2015

Nameless Coalition Targets Facebook's Real-Name Policy

Technology by Jimmy Daly Oct 7, 2015

From drag queens to dissidents, a number of groups have voiced their concerns about Facebook's real-name policy, and a bevy of prominent human rights organizations and technology advocacy groups are unifying their critiques through the Nameless Coalition.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2015

Financial Services Group Targets Employers in 401(k) Push

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2015

With its new Save 10 program, the Financial Services Roundtable hopes to show individuals the value of saving money for retirement—and employers the value of adding a 401(k) program if they don't already offer one.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 7, 2015

National Park Foundation Campaign Targets Younger Generation of Park Goers

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 7, 2015

In 2016, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. To celebrate the milestone, NPS and the National Park Foundation are trying to inject a little youth into the country’s public lands with the Find Your Park campaign.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 12, 2015

Report: Connected Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 12, 2015

As the dashboard gets more tech bells and whistles, concerns are emerging that cars could be vulnerable to hacking. Several automotive groups are looking to reassure wary consumers that private driver data will be protected.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2014

How Can Retail and Financial Groups Prevent Another Target Breach?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2014

With cyberthreats continually causing trouble in both the retail and financial spaces, industry groups that at times find themselves at odds suddenly find themselves on the same team. A conference this week highlighted how trade groups hope to tackle the issue together.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2014

Report: Older Vehicles, Not New Ones, Common Theft Targets

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2014

If you drive a Honda Accord from the 1990s, we have some bad news for you from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which placed the car atop its "hot wheels" theft target list. Newer cars do better because of stronger anti-theft technology.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2014

Ferguson Suits Target Police Records, Crowd Control

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2014

Arguing that the Missouri town's authorities haven't been forthcoming with public records and evidence from last week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen, the National Bar Association is suing to gain access. The ACLU, meanwhile, has interceded on behalf of the participants in the ensuing protests and the media.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 9, 2014

Ad Group: Privacy Bill Could Target More Than 'Stalker Apps'

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 9, 2014

Sen. Al Franken says his new bill targeting apps that allow GPS tracking of mobile users is meant to protect victims of domestic abuse, but leading ad industry figures say its broad scope will bring unintended consequences.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 5, 2014

As Target's CEO Resigns, Retail Payment Upgrades Remain on the Forefront

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 5, 2014

With fallout from the holiday season's huge data breach now toppling Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a top retail group backed the company's plan to update its payment technology. But another payment group says that the benefits won't go beyond the big-box retailer's doors, at least for now.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2014

Anti-Death-Penalty Activists Target Pharmacist Association's Ethics Code

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2014

With the drugs used for lethal injections facing increased scrutiny because of sourcing challenges, an online petition focused on changing the American Pharmacists Association's code of ethics is gaining steam. Activists see it as a way to end the death penalty for good.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2014

What Target's Breach Proves: The CIO's Role Matters More Than Ever

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2014

In the wake of Target's massive data breach, the company's chief information officer was the first C-level executive to bite the dust. You may not have Target's problems, but CIOs can learn some lessons from Beth Jacob's departure.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2014

Target Breach Leads Associations to Push For Legislation

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2014

With legislative efforts in response to the recent Target data breach underway in Congress, retailers and the banking industry want to improve technology and regulation within the industry, but both sides disagree on the details.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2014

National Retail Federation: Target Breach Shows Need For Upgrades

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2014

In the wake of the widespread data theft at Target and a number of other retail chains over the holidays, the National Retail Federation is calling for upgrades to credit card security mechanisms. But one transactions group says they may not be enough.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2013

A Giant Target: Lessons From a Massive Case of Retail Fraud

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2013

Retail giant Target announced that it was the victim of a data breach during the busiest part of its year that could affect millions of shoppers nationwide. Associations have been working to inform consumers and help protect them from such incidents.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2013

Ethanol Industry Suffers Setback as EPA Proposes Lower 2014 Target

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed decrease of the amount of ethanol in the national fuel supply has the industry on the defensive, but the oil industry suggests the proposal doesn't go far enough.

Technology by Corey Murray Oct 9, 2013

Indictment Says Cyberhackers Targeted Associations, Government Agencies

Technology by Corey Murray Oct 9, 2013

Thirteen members of an international actiivist cyberhacking ring have been indicted in federal court in connection with an anti-copyright campaign of attacks that targeted trade associations, government entities, and others.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 19, 2013

Republicans Demand IRS End Targeting of Nonprofits

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 19, 2013

Unsatisfied with the IRS’s corrective measures after the recent political targeting scandal, Republicans are calling on the agency to issue instructions to its employees to end targeted screening.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2013

Report: IRS Political Targeting Went Both Ways

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2013

After weeks of reports that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative political groups, the new head of the organization reveals that groups with terms such as "Occupy" and "progressive" also faced additional scrutiny.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 13, 2013

IRS Admits to Improperly Targeting Tea Party Groups

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 13, 2013

After the Internal Revenue Service revealed it had given special scrutiny to nonprofits with conservative or patriotic political interests, members of Congress spoke out strongly.

Money & Business by Daniel Ford Apr 22, 2013

Poll: Most Americans Prefer Some Targeted Advertising

Money & Business by Daniel Ford Apr 22, 2013

A majority of U.S. Web users don’t mind some targeted advertising and prefer free, ad-supported Internet content rather than paying for ad-free content, according to a recent poll conducted in part by the Digital Advertising Alliance. But some critics raise questions about the results.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2013

Arizona Student Group's University Funding Targeted

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2013

After the Arizona Students' Association played a major role in a ballot referendum in the state, the group took heat on multiple fronts. Now it faces a bill that would limit its reach.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2019

Are Too Many Meetings Killing Employee Productivity?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2019

For employees who rely on time to get their tasks done, dicing up their calendars with unnecessary meetings can result in a loss of work.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2019

AI-Powered Hiring Practices Face Regulator Scrutiny

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2019

A company that sells AI-based facial detection technology to employers to screen job candidates is the subject of a regulatory complaint due to concerns it introduces bias to the hiring process.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Are You Suffering From Founder’s Syndrome?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2019

Micromanaging, lack of transparency, sticking to the status quo—when leaders embody these principles, nonprofits can’t grow. Also: When it comes to microcredentialing, put learners first.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Handle Payment Disputes

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2019

The keys to dealing with a financial dispute? Careful listening, research, and transparency. Also: the difference between what meeting planners and attendees want from events.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 12, 2019

The Countdown to Renewal Season Is On. Are You Ready?

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 12, 2019

Many associations operate on a calendar-year dues cycle with renewals late in the year, which means their members are currently deciding whether to join up again. Here are three tips to boost the chance of a renewal.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Diversity

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 12, 2019

Don’t let fear hold you back from having important conversations about D+I. Also: ways to show member appreciation without the swag.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Define Your Third-Party Fundraising Guidelines

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2019

If a third party wants to throw your association a fundraiser, great! Just make sure it follows your fundraising guidelines. Also: Should your AMS be a customizable or configured model?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Coworking’s Cultural Problems

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

If you’re not careful, coworking could swallow up your organizational culture. Also: an interesting privacy strategy from Apple.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Four Strategies for Improving UX Focus at Your Association

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

User experience is everything for an association looking to succeed online—but if it’s not integrated throughout an organization, it can be much more of a pain than it’s worth.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

Co-Innovation: The Right Way to Make a Vendor Relationship Work

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

You know how they say a rising tide lifts all boats? Turns out that concept applies to innovation, too—especially if you find the right partner for co-innovation, a growing collaborative trend.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 3, 2019

Lead With a Coaching Mindset

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 3, 2019

When employees serve in multiple roles, leaders are under pressure to manage better—which calls for a more questioning, encouraging management style.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2019

Tips for Improving Your Digital Accessibility

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2019

A recent federal court case makes it clear that the Americans With Disabilities Act applies in the digital realm. Experts share some tips to ensure your association's websites and apps are compliant.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2019

The Influencer Bubble Is Popping—But It Can Still Work for You

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2019

The success rate of a sponsored post on social media, particularly Instagram, is way down. But if you’re targeting and auditing correctly, you can still come out ahead with an influencer strategy.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 16, 2019

Is Your Association Agile Enough to Navigate a Turbulent Future?

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 16, 2019

With talk of recession ahead, many associations are wondering if they are prepared. Two experts say financial forecasting can help your organization be nimble enough to withstand tempestuous times.

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

The Meetings Issue: Get Greener

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

There are big ways and small ways to make your meeting more sustainable. Here’s how a few associations are planning meetings to be more environmentally friendly, along with some small steps any organization can take.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

Fundraising Tactics: The Storytelling Touch

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

Does storytelling in fundraising really work? Associations that have used it successfully to solicit donations say it requires the right kinds of stories told in a way that inspires.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

Built to Last: How Associations Have Made it Past the Century Mark

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

Associations don’t last 100 years by accident. Here’s what some associations have learned about what it takes to make it to a centennial—and set themselves up to thrive in their second century.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

Crowdsource: Water Works

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2019

How the Water Environment Federation reduces flooding in its conference cities.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

Board Smarts: Discover DiSC

Leadership by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

Understand behaviors to overcome conflict with the DiSC framework.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

New Money: Big Dig

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

A construction festival unearths nondues revenue for the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

Startup Stories: National Industrial Hemp Council

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

New associations launch to fill a void in their sector. Here, newbies tell us what got them started, how they’re succeeding, and what they plan to do next.

Technology by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

Tech Memo: Sum of the Parts

Technology by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

Keep websites and apps running smoothly using a microservices framework.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Data Point: Look Who’s Tweeting

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Not all Twitter users are the same.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Data Point: Recruitment Goes Digital

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2019

Associations are testing the waters of digital membership recruitment using social media channels, online advertising, and ad retargeting campaigns.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2019

Books: Raising the Alarm

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2019

Acknowledging and addressing rampant workplace harassment in The Shield of Silence.

Money & Business by Carol Vernon Oct 15, 2019

Career Coach: Friends at Work

Money & Business by Carol Vernon Oct 15, 2019

Nurture relationships at the office.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

Brought to You by … Ghosts

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 15, 2019

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 ghosts.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2019

Thinking of a Podcast? Here Are Four Tips To Do Things Right

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2019

The popularity of podcasting means you might have to double down on the strategy when bringing your message to the world on the way to making an impact. Read on for some podcasting tips.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 9, 2019

Association Rebrand Puts Focus on Consumers

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Oct 9, 2019

Following high-profile members leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association over concerns about its advocacy positions, the group is changing its name to the Consumer Brands Association and focusing on consumer needs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2019

A Big BYOD Fix Worth Writing Home About

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2019

“Bring your own device” has been an enterprise mainstay for years, despite its various end-user weaknesses. But a new iOS feature from Apple could make it easier to balance business and pleasure.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Right (and Wrong) Reasons to Rebrand

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2019

Don’t change your brand identity for the sake of change. Be sure you have data and intention to support it. Also: the power of sharing personal experiences.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2019

Diabetes Association’s New Platform Amplifies Patient Advocacy

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2019

The American Diabetes Association will parse policy discussions for patients through an online platform that aims to make clear how a given decision affects access to insulin or treatment options.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2019

Four Ways to Fight Fake Traffic on Your Association’s Site

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2019

Fake traffic is growing more sophisticated than ever, and that could be bad news both for your analytics and your advertisers. Here are a few starting points for limiting the impact of traffic fakery.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2019

Beer Groups Find Common Ground to Promote All Kinds of Brews

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2019

Three organizations representing different segments of the beer industry are working together on a new marketing campaign with a celebratory message: "Beers to That."

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Sep 25, 2019

How Communications Teams Can Help Boost Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Sep 25, 2019

A recent report from Naylor finds most communications teams are concerned they don’t generate enough nondues revenue. While content and sponsorship customization are good steps to take now, ad retargeting and podcasting could drive revenue in the future.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2019

Report: Board Leaders Must Step Up to Keep Pace With Change

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2019

A new report from the National Association of Corporate Directors underlines the importance of boards being transparent, accountable, involved, and able to keep up with a rapidly changing operating environment.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2019

Thinking of a Tech-Minded Benefit? Put Utility First

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2019

If you’re looking into building an app or digital service for your members or even the public, a key goal should be to create something that’s worth going back to. Build utilities, not novelties.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2019

How to Boost Employee Participation in Wellness Programs

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2019

A more heavy-handed approach to getting employees to take part in wellness programs can prove a frustrating turnoff. A more nuanced approach has a better chance of showing success, a new study finds.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

California Contractor Bill Will Have Far-Reaching Impact, Associations Say

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2019

Several associations are raising concerns about a recently passed California measure that was touted as targeting gig economy businesses, saying it could bring new costs and workforce challenges in many other industries that rely on contractors.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Reframe Your Work Approach to Minimize Burnout

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 16, 2019

Setting too high of expectations for yourself? Change your work mindset to keep burnout at bay. Also: the Golden Rule of annual meetings.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Sep 13, 2019

California Bill Treats Contractors as Employees

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Sep 13, 2019

A groundbreaking bill passed by the California Senate extends labor protections and employee benefits to many workers previously considered contractors. Associations that use freelancers in the state may need to reclassify them as full-time employees starting in 2020.

Technology by Rasheeda Childress Sep 5, 2019

As Artificial Intelligence Use Increases, Ethics Policies Needed

Technology by Rasheeda Childress Sep 5, 2019

New research finds that while AI use is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, most employers aren’t concerned about unethical uses of the technology. They also haven’t created ethics policies to address AI use, though they should.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Aug 30, 2019

Boosting Member Loyalty in an Age of Distrust

Brand Connection by Community Brands Aug 30, 2019

[Sponsored] Community Brands CEO JP Guilbault discusses five key tactics to overcome mistrust and establish life-long loyalty among members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

Report: Engaged Leaders Make for a Stronger Association PAC

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

New research from the Public Affairs Council finds that association political action committees are more effective when staff and board leadership fully embrace their fundraising roles.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: An “Impossible” Path to Leadership

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

The story of Impossible Foods starts with a scientist who decided to embrace leadership for a greater cause. Also: a layperson’s guide to TikTok.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2019

Hospital Association Uses Grant to Build Opioid-Fighting Tactics

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania has launched a program, driven by face-to-face meetings, to encourage information sharing in fighting the opioid crisis in the state.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Millennials Engage With Causes

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2019

Millennials, tech, activism—a 10-year study shares how the plugged-in generation interacts with causes and social issues. Also: Boost attendance in your learning program.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 20, 2019

How Omnichannel Marketing Can Build Relationships With Your Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 20, 2019

Two new reports point to member engagement challenges for associations, which could mean it’s time to test out an omnichannel marketing strategy—and, no, that’s not the same thing as multichannel marketing. Here’s what the omnichannel approach looks like.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 19, 2019

California Bill Redefines Standards for Employment Status

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 19, 2019

A bill that would extend labor protections and employee benefits to many workers previously considered freelancers or independent contractors is making its way through the California Senate. If it passes, it will affect associations that use freelancers in the state.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 18, 2019

A One-on-One Growth Strategy

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 18, 2019

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions has enjoyed a membership and revenue spike in recent years. The secret? A lot of face time.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

Does the Algorithm Tell the Whole Story About Your Content?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

When it comes to content strategy, it’s easy to lean on algorithms to make decisions on content presentation—but algorithms aren’t perfect, and they can create blind spots if you’re not careful.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2019

AI and Email: A Match Made in Heaven?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2019

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming the tool of choice for many email marketers, who find data-driven personalization can boost both subject lines and full messages.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Aug 2, 2019

Connecting to Your Audience in Micro-Moments

Brand Connection by Community Brands Aug 2, 2019

For associations looking to better connect with their members,“relevance is king,” explains CEO of Community Brands JP Guilbault.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2019

Content Connections

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2019

Associations create a lot of content, but it can’t serve its purpose if it’s not distributed effectively. A new study from the ASAE Foundation looks at the importance of a content strategy in delivering value to members and serving an organization’s mission and goals.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Rethinking Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Stagnant membership growth, underutilized benefits, potential new members hiding in plain sight—these may be signs that it’s time for a membership model redo. But how should you restructure? Three associations made adjustments—big and small—that add access, equity, and ease to the member experience.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Board Smarts: Governance 101

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Looking to teach new volunteers the governance ropes? Take advantage of your LMS for orientation.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Idea Bank: Go Book Clubbing

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Booksellers group hosts clubs at member stores to amplify diverse voices.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Giving Goes Mobile

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

The growth in fundraising by mobile device.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

I Can’t Live Without My … Doodle

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

An easier way to schedule meetings and calls.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Still Struggling With Data

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Businesses of all types use data analytics to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead of external trends and forces, but for many organizations, understanding and using big data remains a top challenge.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Membership Challenges Ahead

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

It’s a question that almost every association executive has heard before: What’s keeping you up at night?

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

Brought to You by … Roller Coasters

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 1, 2019

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 roller coasters.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 30, 2019

As Demographics Shift, Refocus on Who’s a Member

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 30, 2019

An aging membership, or one that lacks diversity, could be a sign that it’s time to make big structural changes to your association. For the American Truck Historical Society, that meant refocusing on who the organization should serve.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2019

Nonprofits, School Groups Pick up Fight Against Cyberbullying

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2019

A recent report finds that cyberbullying is on the rise, particularly among young girls. Helping to tackle these issues are an array of nonprofits, as well as supporters with school groups.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2019

LGBTQ Group Helps Tinder Develop New Travel Safety Feature

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2019

The popular dating app Tinder will now provide warnings to users in countries where same-sex relationships remain illegal or where their safety may be threatened, using data tracked by a global LGBTQ organization.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 21, 2019

#ASAE19 Game Changers: Leading With Purpose

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 21, 2019

Columbus-based food entrepreneurs Jeni Britton Bauer and Joe DeLoss have succeeded thanks to innovation—and by bringing a diverse group of people along for the ride.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2019

Business Group Builds Economic Case for Biodiversity

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2019

The coalition Business for Nature, announced earlier this month, plans to play a big role in global negotiations around biodiversity, using the Paris climate agreement as a template.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 16, 2019

Innovation and Optimism Drive Membership Growth

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 16, 2019

Two new reports indicate that membership growth and retention are holding steady despite global economic uncertainty. And many associations currently seeing membership growth are tapping into the power of innovation and optimism about the future.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 15, 2019

Maker Mindset: Six Ways Associations Can Embrace Side-Hustlers

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 15, 2019

Sometimes, the most innovative ideas come not from established companies but from people moonlighting with off-hours experiments. Associations are in a position to capture this energy.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2019

Study: Internet Leaving Low-Skilled Workers Behind

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2019

A study from North Carolina State University found that the internet created a disparity in how employers recruit that favors already skilled workers over those who want to find a better job.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Consider Freelancers as a Member Segment

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 12, 2019

The number of freelancers is growing. Tapping independent workers as a member segment increases your association’s value. Also: Does diversity training work?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2019

Report: The Story Machine Learning Tells About Nonprofits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2019

The analytics firm Civis says that its topic modeling-based analysis of nonprofits nationwide highlights how there are different kinds of organizational hot spots around the country.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

Why a Trade Group Is Sponsoring the Rolling Stones’ Latest Tour

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2019

The Alliance for Lifetime Income is the exclusive sponsor for the band’s latest tour, in part because the band’s aging fan base perfectly matched the annuity trade group’s key demographics.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 7, 2019

With Doubters Everywhere, How Should You Lead?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 7, 2019

The public's faith in institutions is eroding, which has consequences for your association. But there are a few ways to get ahead.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 2, 2019

Test-Drive Your Next Member Recruitment Campaign

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 2, 2019

Digital marketing tools make it easier to test out a member recruitment campaign in real time. At the American Optometric Association, piloting several marketing tactics with chapters first helped inform a national campaign targeted to young prospects.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jun 28, 2019

The Future of Education: Building a Culture of Learning

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jun 28, 2019

[Sponsored] Take learning out of the classroom and into the workplace, advises JP Guilbault, reaping the multitude of benefits which will naturally follow.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 18, 2019

Four Internet Trends Affecting Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 18, 2019

At the 2019 Code Conference, venture capitalist Mary Meeker detailed numerous internet trends giving shape to businesses. Many of them also have implications for associations and their members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

How Much Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

Long the subject of breathless hype, blockchain technology has started to find its way into real-world use cases. A recent whitepaper highlights where associations and their members might come into play.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2019

Five Strategies to Ensure Your Digital Product Has a Killer Launch

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2019

Whether it involves expanding your scale or workshopping your messaging, a well-considered approach to launching a new tech product can really pay off. Here are a few ideas to get going.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 11, 2019

Make a Splash With Micro-Influencers

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 11, 2019

Influencers on social media don’t always have millions of followers. To reach new audiences, the American Chemical Society targeted “micro-influencers” at the South by Southwest conference, creating a ripple effect that fueled a membership marketing campaign.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Value of Online Communities

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 10, 2019

Research highlights how communities benefit organizations—and how leaders can provide better support. Also: why it's worth your time to do a short weekly self-evaluation.

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

On the Fast Track to Fast Data

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

Fast data may be the next big thing, but what exactly is it, and how can it help your association?

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

Power of A: A Credential for Newcomers

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

With RISE Up, the NRF Foundation helps prepare thousands for retail work.

Money & Business by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Secrets of the Pinterest Elite

Money & Business by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

New reporting shows what the platform’s top users have in common—and how brands can leverage that data. Also: experiential marketing statistics to know.

Membership by Kevin Joy May 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: Volunteer to Fight Loneliness

Membership by Kevin Joy May 22, 2019

Sharing goodwill with people of different ages and backgrounds can reap big health benefits. Also: lessons from Gwyneth Paltrow’s event business.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 20, 2019

Three Strategies to Keep Cloud Spending in Check

Technology by Ernie Smith May 20, 2019

It’s surprisingly easy to spend way more than you expected on cloud services. But with a careful reading of your bill and a willingness to change things up, you can keep the expense under control.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 15, 2019

Three Trends to Watch in the Loyalty Program Space

Membership by Ernie Smith May 15, 2019

Spurred on by Amazon, retailers are upping their loyalty program game—and associations that focus on loyalty might want to keep an eye on the perks and pitfalls. One such pitfall? Cybersecurity.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2019

The Industry Group That’s Fighting Counterfeit Printer Ink

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2019

For decades, the Imaging Supplies Coalition has targeted the growing sale and manufacture of counterfeit printer accessories—particularly ink. It’s an issue the White House is starting to focus on.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2019

African American Film Critics Launch Television Awards Ceremony

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2019

After putting on an event honoring film and television for a decade, the African American Film Critics Association is splitting up the events—with a goal of giving TV work more time in the spotlight.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 23, 2019

Design Membership to Take Students From College to Career

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 23, 2019

A new crop of graduates is about to enter the workforce, and associations can help ease their transitions from students to professionals. Here are three ways associations can support young people just starting out in their field.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

Three Ways to Expand Your Content Marketing Horizons

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

Signs are growing that more traditional content marketing approaches still have plenty of room to gain steam. But that doesn’t mean your digital content strategy couldn’t benefit from experimentation.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

Mensa’s Newest Honorary Member: A Robot That Can Draw

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2019

American Mensa is offering only its third-ever honorary membership for a fictional character to a device that aims to tie STEM and artistry together for kids.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

Why You Need to Help Prepare Exhibitors for Your Conferences

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

Exhibitors, like attendees and speakers, need to be prepared for your conference. A look at what associations are doing to help ensure their exhibitors have a successful tradeshow experience—and other ideas worth considering.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Apr 10, 2019

Why Technology Can Help Small-Staff Associations Boost Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Apr 10, 2019

A new report finds small associations want more nondues revenue but haven’t focused on achieving it. To remedy that, report authors recommend quick tech fixes to bring in more money.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2019

Ad Industry Groups Band Together in Support of Federal Privacy Laws

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2019

Three major ad industry groups are taking part in Privacy for America, an initiative pushing for stronger federal privacy laws. Such legislation would preempt a California law that passed last year.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 5, 2019

Membership Hack: Chapter Services Lab

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 5, 2019

Staff from the American Academy of Pediatrics play a direct role in component relations problem-solving. During its annual chapter summit, volunteers can ask questions and find answers at the chapter services lab.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2019

Why Your Association Shouldn't Ignore Direct Mail

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2019

Direct mail often doesn't get the respect it deserves these days, but it's a significantly more effective medium than digital tools like email or social media. And it's getting more interactive, too.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2019

New EdTech Program Aims to Boost Tech Literacy for Adults

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2019

The International Society for Technology in Education’s new SkillRise initiative aims to provide resources that could help raise the digital literacy level within the working world.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

New Energy Alliance’s Big Goal: Make Renewables Easier to Buy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, sporting a number of major companies, aims to help boost renewable energy by breaking down regulatory and institutional barriers that make it harder to buy.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

Boost Your Staff’s Financial Savvy

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

As associations become more cost-focused and revenue-driven, staff outside the finance department need to have knowledge that will enable them to make better business decisions.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

Power of A: Critical Aid in a Crisis

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

Associations band together to support diabetics in natural disasters.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Board Smarts: Gender Studies

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Certain factors correlate with more gender equality in leadership.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

New Money: Back in the Black

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2019

How a struggling association won with webinars.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Associations USA: Minnesota

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the land of 10,000 lakes.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Fostering Friendship at Work

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Are your employees spending a lot of time chatting at the water cooler? Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Money & Business by Laura Kalick Apr 1, 2019

Good Counsel: New Silo Rules for UBIT

Money & Business by Laura Kalick Apr 1, 2019

Tax reform brought changes that could raise your unrelated business income tax bill.

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

Tech Memo: Steps to DevOps

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2019

The software methodology can accelerate development.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

I Can’t Live Without My … Feedly

Technology by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Stay in the know with a newsfeed that’s relevant and timely.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2019

Brought to You By … Gardens

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2019

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 gardens.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 28, 2019

The Coalition Fighting “Hair Discrimination” in the Workplace

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 28, 2019

The CROWN Coalition is backing proposed anti-discrimination legislation in California that would prevent workplace hair-grooming rules that often ban styles that black women prefer.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

Should Associations Offer Conference Subscription Packages?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

Major League Baseball teams have started offering Netflix-style ticket subscription packages to boost attendance numbers and attract younger fans to the ballpark. Is it time for associations to consider something similar for their conferences?

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 19, 2019

Reach Members on the Air with Podcasts

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 19, 2019

Podcasts are growing in popularity right now, and it could be a medium ripe for associations to recruit, retain, and engage members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2019

The Power of Muscle Memory

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2019

Trying to decide on a tech tool for your team? One consideration: It should encourage good muscle memory, so it creates good user habits and people get better at using it as time goes on.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 7, 2019

Bills Introduced to Repeal UBIT Fringe Benefits Tax

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 7, 2019

A controversial provision in the 2017 tax reform law that taxes certain fringe benefits offered by nonprofit employers is now a target for repeal in both houses of Congress. 

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2019

Sushi With Beef? Meat Industry Makes the Case for “Beefshi”

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2019

The Beef Checkoff program and the North American Meat Institute, seeing a growing trend toward sushi, hired a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef to help create beef-centered takes on a meal more closely associated with seafood. 

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

Aiming to Innovate? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

When you look for inspiration from the same sources all the time, the ideas you generate can feel stale. Perhaps the solution involves uncovering fresh ideas in new places.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2019

Marketing Study: Think Beyond Millennials, Gen Z

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2019

The marketing agency Zenith lays out a useful contrarian take on ad targeting: We might be past the point where millennials and Generation Z are worth all the attention. So what do you target for instead?

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2019

The Prime Effect: How Amazon Is Helping Retail Membership

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2019

Amazon’s growing strength, driven by its popular retail membership program, is helping to encourage consumers to subscribe to similar services, a recent survey finds.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 26, 2019

Put Members in the Spotlight as Meeting Storytellers

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 26, 2019

When members gather at conferences, you have a big opportunity to collect their stories to showcase the people who make up your community. Some specific tools, distribution channels, and strategies will help you put them in the spotlight.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

Alliance’s Cybersecurity Toolkit Aims to Help Small Businesses

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2019

The Global Cyber Alliance, which has the backing of major municipal law enforcement agencies, is launching a toolkit that aims to make strong security something that even a small business can attain.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 18, 2019

Turn Better Data Security Into a Strategic Advantage

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 18, 2019

In the age of personalization, how much is too much? Giving your members more control over their privacy—and making that clear to them—could be a big strategic win for your association.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2019

3 Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2019

Phishing schemes are getting more personalized and more targeted—and it’s up to both you and your employees to know how to deal with them when they occur. Read on for a few tactics for improving your odds of staying safe from data or identity theft.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2019

Years After Success, Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition Re-Forms to Close Loophole

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2019

The Right to Repair Coalition, a group of auto repair firms that successfully pushed through a ballot measure more than six years ago, has re-formed as a result of changes to the way vehicles are made—with the goal of ensuring the right to repair doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: Leverage Common Apps to Boost Meeting Attendance

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

When it comes to turning potential attendees into ticket holders, keep your marketing strategy as simple and streamlined as possible. Also: the workplace culture of the future.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

Medical Groups Boost Opioid Education Offerings

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

The American Medical Association and the Emergency Nurses Association have an array of new resources available that target the opioid crisis. The AMA Alliance has a new video series that targets community-level resources, while ENA, which took part in the series, is offering a toolkit to members.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

First Steps to Better Employee Engagement

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

Plenty of studies show that employees often feel disconnected at work. Improving that situation can depend on leaders better defining success, and building a culture around it.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

Airbnb Aims at Event Space Rental With Acquisition

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

The home rental platform, which is already seeing consumers renting spaces through it specifically for the purpose of hosting events, is formalizing the strategy with the acquisition of the Danish company Gaest.com.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

First Steps to Strategy for Board Members

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

Board members often come to their first meeting in need of help in building their strategic thinking skills. Firm guidance from the CEO can cultivate a focus on the long-term big picture and guide board members out of the operational weeds. But be prepared: This shift takes time and patience.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Listen While You Lead

Leadership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

When a new CEO sits in the executive chair for the first time, listening is a top priority. In her e-book CEOs’ First 90 Days, executive coach Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, outlines three actions to take in the first month on the job.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2019

Idea Bank: Playing It Safe

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2019

Maryland’s breweries, distilleries, and wineries partner with Lyft on safe rides.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Associations USA: New Jersey

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the Garden State.

Technology by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Tech Memo: Podcasting Play

Technology by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

The popular medium is a place for experimentation. Here’s how the Online News Association is putting its mark on a space where many of its members can also be found.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

I Can’t Live Without My … SignUpGenius

Technology by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

An online form makes it easier for volunteers to lend a helping hand.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Membership Memo: Feedback Loop

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Share with members what you learn from data collection.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Carrot or Stick?

Membership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

Penalty or incentive? How different organizations handle renewals.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

Daily Buzz: Big Event Inception

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

How Bud Light somehow figured out a way to put on a music festival around the Super Bowl—which is already a pretty big event. Also: Diversify your nondues revenue sources.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

How a Technical Standard Changed Pop Culture Forever

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Nearly 40 years ago, digital electronics manufacturers pinpointed the need for a technical standard—and with the help of a wide variety of associations, created something that has quietly had a massive impact on popular culture. If your association is looking to make a big impact with a technical standard, the story of MIDI could prove quite informative.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

Watch Out: Email Mergers Are Heating Up

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

In the past year, a number of major email service providers—particularly, and most prominently, Campaign Monitor—have expanded via acquisition. What should associations know, and what are the pitfalls to avoid?

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Jumpstart Your Technology Strategy

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 18, 2019

Technology can streamline many association processes, but not all groups are taking advantage. Here’s how to plan an efficient tech strategy. Also: tools to boost and revamp your content.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 13, 2019

Could Your Staff Agenda Use a Reset?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 13, 2019

With changes in industries happening ever more rapidly, associations will have to ask how staffs should best do their work. Bringing the question directly to staff is a good first step.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2019

Aviation, Travel Groups Warn of Shutdown Ripple Effects

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2019

The impact of the federal government shutdown on air travel is being felt acutely this week at airport security checkpoints, but other effects could linger long into the future, according to aviation and travel associations.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

2019 Tech Trends: 3 Factors Associations Should Watch

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

After what feels like a full decade of aggressive innovation, things are starting to slow down a bit—which might make tech a little easier for associations to manage in 2019.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 4, 2019

In order for your organization to achieve greater success this year, you have to avoid the activities that held you back in 2018. Also: developing a physical security strategy at events.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 1, 2019

What’s Your Membership Resolution for 2019?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 1, 2019

At the start of a new year, you’re probably making a resolution or two. We asked a few association professionals what their 2019 membership resolutions will be. Here's what they said.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

How Funny Ads Help a Pesticide Group’s Campaign Break Through

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2018

CropLife America, an industry group focused on the use of pesticides in agriculture, has helped raise its message to a broader audience with the help of a goofy online video campaign starring a guy dressed as an annoying bug.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

In "Digital Protest," NAACP Urges Users to Boycott Facebook

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

The civil rights organization launched a weeklong boycott of Facebook Tuesday, saying it had failed to respond strongly enough to misinformation posted on the platform in 2016 that reportedly aimed to keep African-American voters from the polls.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

Aerospace Industry Responds to Pentagon Needs With New Cybersecurity Standards

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2018

With the Defense Department putting a tighter focus on cybersecurity when dealing with contractors, the Aerospace Industries Association has responded with new voluntary industry standards that aim to complement the Pentagon’s work.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 14, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Save Money on Business Travel

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 14, 2018

Traveling for business? This one tip could save your budget. Also: why you aren’t having a company holiday party.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2018

Tips for Effectively Marketing Repackaged Content

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2018

Repackaging content is nothing new, but ensuring it’s marketed correctly can keep your association top of mind among members.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2018

Hispanic Health Group Launches Association for Pharmacists

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2018

Emphasizing the growing need for pharmacists as a public health resource in the Hispanic community, the National Hispanic Health Foundation is launching a new association under its purview—with the support of some big-name retailers.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

Gain a Global Perspective With International Chapters

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

When looking to grow globally, many associations tap the power of international chapters to pursue the mission worldwide by bringing staff and volunteers together at the local level. Here’s how three associations are deploying international chapters, at different stages of maturity, to build on business and membership opportunities abroad.

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

Association Compensation Study: Take It to the Bank

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

You’re an association professional with a specific job role and skill set that you can readily describe on your resume and elaborate on in an interview. But do you know what you’re worth in the association job market?

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Associations USA: Alaska

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the Last Frontier.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Data Nugget: Good Timing

Technology by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

It takes more than wit or emotion to engage audiences on social media. Sometimes timing is everything.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Data Nugget: How Big Data Boosts Recruitment

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Big data gives organizations ways to uncover skills gaps and boost staff retention.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Dec 9, 2018

Books: Virtual Connections

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Dec 9, 2018

In Can You Hear Me? How to Connect With People, CNN commentator Nick Morgan explains how to build better digital relationships.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

How Associations Are Highlighting Hanukkah

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

From the food to the broader cultural impacts, associations far and wide are making efforts to highlight the multi-night Jewish holiday this season.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 4, 2018

Daily Buzz: Low-Commitment Ways to Implement Event Tech

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 4, 2018

Meeting technology can go a long way in creating an exclusive event experience, but it can be expensive to implement. So, start simple. Also: how to market webinars for millennials.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Big CMS Shift

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2018

WordPress is making some major changes to its content management system in the coming weeks. Are you ready? Also: The success of branded Facebook Groups is helping ease the pain for marketers.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 26, 2018

The Other EU Tech Battle Worth Watching

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 26, 2018

After a year that was defined by the General Data Protection Regulation, another proposed shift in European Union law, involving the way copyright is regulated online, could create brand-new challenges for associations with interests in the region. Here’s what you need to know.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 21, 2018

3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Affinity Partnerships

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 21, 2018

Affinity partnerships can be a boon for associations, but only if they’re done right. Read on for a few of the risks that can come with such partnerships.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2018

Six Months In, GDPR Compliance Concerns Linger

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2018

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation remains a difficult-to-grasp wild card for many organizations, with compliance concerns still top of mind. In one recent study, some organizations said full compliance might be impossible.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2018

New Senior Dining Group Launches as Sector’s Ambitions Grow

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2018

The Senior Dining Association, just a few months old, targets food service in the senior living space—a space that’s raising its standards for a new generation.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Lessons From Journalism on Membership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 19, 2018

Journalism is emphasizing reader experience as a key way to boost revenue. Here’s what associations can learn. Also: creative ways to thank meeting attendees.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don’t Let Email Get the Best of You

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2018

Nearly 320 billion emails will be sent each day in the next three years, and with them the potential for a shrinking work-life balance. It’s time to set your email boundaries. Also: Are meeting planners doing enough to protect attendee data?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2018

Lung Association Draws True-Crime Inspiration Into New Campaign

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2018

Lock Up Lung Cancer, a new campaign launched by the American Lung Association’s women-focused Lung Force initiative, gave its new ads the feel of the kind of true-crime shows popular with the campaign’s target audience.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2018

Our Relationship With Online Video is Changing

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2018

Recent research from Pew notes that online video, particularly on YouTube, is increasingly becoming a key way that the public informs itself. An embrace of online video could offer a potential opportunity for associations to stand out.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 6, 2018

Journalism Association Pushes for Member Safety and Support

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 6, 2018

In light of recent threats against news organizations, the Radio Television Digital News Association is fighting to protect its members and recruiting nontraditional members to act as allies in its “Fear Will Not Silence Facts” campaign.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Conference Swag Beyond the Bag

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

Tote bags, notepads, and USBs: You’ve gotten them as meeting giveaways too many times, and they end up in the trash. Ditch these tired ideas for more earth-friendly options. Also: the benefits of a young professionals committee.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: Keep Members’ Data Safe

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

Data can be invaluable when you want to enhance the member experience, but you need a data governance plan to keep members’ information safe. Also: the impact of artificial intelligence on analytics.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2018

5 Fascinating Facts About MPAA’s 50-Year-Old Ratings System

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2018

The movie industry’s iconic system for rating mainstream films, used on roughly 30,000 films since its introduction five decades ago this week, is widely seen as a success, even if it does frequently court controversy. MPAA recently opened up about the system with a digital archive.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2018

Content Management: Consider the Alternatives

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2018

While WordPress, Drupal, and other mainstay content management platforms have gained comfortable perches as market leaders, more recent platforms have a lot going for them, too. They’re worth a set of fresh eyes.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2018

Training Lessons From The NBA’s G League

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2018

The NBA’s minor league system, the G League, will offer prominent basketball prospects the opportunity to hone their skills while giving them an alternative to college. It’s not unlike the ways that associations offer training programs of their own.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 19, 2018

Plant-Based Foods Get Time in Grocery Store Spotlight

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 19, 2018

The Plant Based Foods Association, which represents makers of foods with plant-derived proteins, is working closely with a California grocery store chain to promote products made by the association’s members. The campaign puts vegetarian meals front and center.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 17, 2018

Keep Your Priorities Straight When Launching a New Product

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 17, 2018

The Society for Human Resource Management recently opened a speakers bureau, with very specific goals in mind. For them, the new service is much more about expanding SHRM’s reach than generating immediate revenue.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2018

What Associations Can Learn from Sears’ Decline Into Bankruptcy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2018

Sears was a company that effectively invented the retail economy, but it stayed stagnant in areas that didn’t benefit its business while moving away from areas where it could have kept up. Associations should take note.

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

Small but Mighty Meetings

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

To create a meeting with high impact, you don’t need a big budget or a huge crowd. You may just need the right people in the right place with the right expectations for a small event that delivers big value.

Meetings by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

Next-Level Networking for Association Professionals

Meetings by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

Associations that offer only mix-and-mingle networking receptions miss a valuable opportunity to help all attendees share more meaningful interactions. Here’s how adding thoughtful structure (and more fun) to your networking events gets genuine conversations and connections flowing.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

How Meeting Planners Can Manage the Data Deluge

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

Meeting planners can track more information than ever about attendees. That data can help you understand where your event succeeded and where it may have fallen short, but the information stream often feels like a flood. A smart advance strategy that defines what you need to know can keep you from going under.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

How Associations Can Maintain Their Social Media Prowess

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

From privacy scandals to algorithm changes, handling social media for associations is harder than ever. Here’s how the experts are keeping up.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 15, 2018

Idea Bank: In the Driver’s Seat

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 15, 2018

Women in Trucking empowers girls with a truck driver doll.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Associations USA: Iowa

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from Iowa, the hawkeye state.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Data Nugget: Easy Flexing

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Meeting staff demands for more flexible work arrangements doesn’t faze most nonprofit employers these days.

Technology by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

Tech Memo: Rise of the DPO

Technology by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

GDPR ushers in the data protection officer. Here’s why that role is becoming necessary for many organizations.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Data Nugget: How Big Data Boosts Recruitment

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Organizations use big data to figure out a wide variety of complex problems and set strategies, including for talent acquisition. In a recent study, LinkedIn identified the most common ways that organizations use big data to optimize recruitment.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

Membership Memo: Letter Perfect

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2018

Small changes, like the American Alliance of Museums' addition of a gender-neutral prefix, make inclusion real for members.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 15, 2018

Meetings Memo: Price It Right

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 15, 2018

The Association for Jewish Studies embraces an income-based conference pricing strategy.

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

Brought to You by … Perfume

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

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 perfume.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 14, 2018

How Two Associations Built Diverse Boards

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 14, 2018

Think marathon, not sprint, they say. But don’t wait to start building a culture that champions diversity.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

Daily Buzz: Grow Your Instagram Following

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

For a robust social media strategy, your organization needs to leverage its Instagram followers. The Wild Apricot blog explains how to get started. Also: what food can do for your meeting.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 11, 2018

Daily Buzz: Leading a Remote Workforce

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 11, 2018

Managing a virtual team requires clean logistics, great communication, and a lot of trust. Here’s how to do it, from Entrepreneur. Also: elements of a content strategy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

Fashion Designers, eBay Team Up on Breast Cancer Awareness

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is launching an eBay shop to support its charitable efforts. All proceeds on member goods sold on the store will go to the council’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 9, 2018

Skydiving Group Aims to Boost Women’s Role in Sport

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 9, 2018

The Women’s Skydiving Leadership Network is launching a pair of new campaigns that aim to bring both awareness and training for women interested in the sport. The group has seen more than 2,000 members join since its 2016 creation.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 8, 2018

Don’t Let Your Guard Down: The Challenges of Phishing

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 8, 2018

Even savvy tech users can get nailed by someone actively trying to trick them via a phishing email. What can you do to keep your association’s employees—and your organization’s data—safe?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2018

How Japan Is Selling Americans on Craft Beer

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2018

A marketing group that aims to extend the reach of Japanese foods globally is giving an extra boost to the country’s craft beer by putting on a series of West Coast events.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2018

What California’s New Diversity Law Says About Boards

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2018

California’s just-passed law requiring women to have a place on the boards of public companies reflects wide interest in seeing added diversity in boardrooms, including in nonprofits. However, the law itself could face a tough road ahead due to questions about its constitutionality.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

How a CEO Can (Respectfully) Manage a Board

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

Associations operate best when staff and board don’t get tangled. But that doesn’t mean executives should abdicate their responsibility to bring out the best in volunteer leaders---or help find better ones.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2018

4 Email Marketing Tips Worth Embracing

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2018

Email may drive your organization’s marketing, but when was the last time you thought about how you use it? It might be time for some smart adjustments. Read on for a few useful tips.

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 21, 2018

Membership Hack: Online Acronym Finder

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 21, 2018

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society recently revamped its acronym guide from a printed piece to a searchable online database. The new tool helps RAPS members navigate a sea of bureaucratic shorthand.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2018

Why the NFL Players Association Is Investing in Biotech

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2018

The players association is participating in a funding round for a startup company that has created an innovative solution for one of the most infamous injuries on the football field and beyond: the torn ACL.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don’t Kill Curiosity

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

A Harvard Business School professor warns that the wrong tactics could harm employees’ ability to come up with new and creative ideas. Also: Make sure your influencer marketing strategy makes sense.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2018

Don’t Fool Your Members With “Dark Patterns”

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2018

Online marketers have increasingly come to embrace user interface strategies that are specifically engineered to encourage a certain kind of response, a concept known as “dark patterns.” Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you should.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2018

Pilot Association Offers Policy Guidance on Pilot Shortage

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2018

With an ongoing pilot shortage affecting service in small airports, the Air Line Pilots Association is offering a series of solutions that focus on drawing in new pilots and improving the financial stability of the airports.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Difference Between Memberships and Subscriptions

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

News outlets, borrowing from association membership tactics and pay services’ subscription strategies, are mixing up the two concepts. Also: why the president of the American Heart Association helped introduce the new Apple Watch.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 13, 2018

Conference Circuit: Water Pros

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 13, 2018

The National Rural Water Association’s 2018 WaterPro Conference begins next week in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,500.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2018

Fraternity Association Takes Hard Line Against Hard Liquor

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2018

Aiming to put an end to alcohol-related frat-house tragedies that have made headlines nationwide, the North-American Interfraternity Conference has adopted a resolution banning hard liquor in chapter houses starting next year.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2018

The “Creepy” Factor: When Personalization Goes Too Far

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2018

Recent research suggests that consumers are becoming more concerned about the “creepy” aspects of personalization—even though evidence is prevalent that personalization works. How can you balance those concerns?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2018

Superintendents, DonorsChoose.org Collaborate on Best Practices

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2018

The popular nonprofit crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org, which helps teachers pay for supplies in their classrooms, worked with the school superintendents group AASA on a new toolkit aimed at getting entire school districts in a position to best utilize the service.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2018

Daily Buzz: Cultivating a Young Professional Membership Base

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2018

Yes, young professional members have specific needs. But are you meeting those needs, or just stereotyping a key member base? Also: hosting sustainable events.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2018

Daily Buzz: Working on the Way to Work?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2018

More than half of commuters work while traveling, a new study finds, and never logging off blurs the line on work-life balance—and might call for regulation from employers. Also: the state of the event industry.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2018

Plan for the News Cycle: The Benefits of Resource Pages

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2018

It’s not always possible to react quickly to a big news story, but planning ahead through the use of resource pages or well-timed marketing campaigns can keep your message out front right at the moment it’s needed.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 21, 2018

Science Group Gives Open-Access Boost to Publishers

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 21, 2018

With a new program, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is partnering up with academic institutions around the world to launch peer-reviewed open-access journals. Two Chinese universities have signed up so far.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

Conference Circuit: Legal Techies

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

The International Legal Technology Association’s ILTACON 2018 begins this weekend in National Harbor, Maryland. Attendance is expected to top 1,600.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 14, 2018

3 Ways Texting Can Work for Your Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 14, 2018

At critical moments, your members might appreciate a text message notification over an email or phone call. Here’s how three associations are using texting for advocacy, customer service, and dues renewal.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2018

How Associations Are Embracing Apprenticeships

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2018

With a growing interest in apprentice programs among the public, associations are in a position to capitalize—and perhaps close those pesky labor gaps that grow every year. Check out a few examples of associations big and small offering such programs for their respective industries.

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Aug 12, 2018

3 Tips to Improve Member Outreach

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Aug 12, 2018

A fresh look at your membership database can serve as the key to improved communication and higher member satisfaction.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 9, 2018

Effort Highlights Speech and Language Services Available to Students

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 9, 2018

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association launched a public-awareness effort, composed of new and repurposed content, to connect parents with services available to their school-aged kids.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2018

Gaming Association Adds Sports Betting to Expanded Conduct Code

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2018

Months after the Supreme Court decided a case that legalized sports betting at the state level, the American Gaming Association expanded its Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming to reflect a careful approach to introducing legal sports betting to the public. The American Gaming Association scored a big advocacy win earlier this year when a […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

Why NAACP’s Airbnb Partnership Is Worth Watching

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

A year-old agreement between the home-sharing unicorn and iconic civil rights organization aims to help support communities of color, and it comes with a revenue-sharing agreement to boot. Airbnb and the NAACP are treading slowly in rolling the idea out, however.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

Back From the Brink: Surviving an Association Near-Death Experience

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

What does it take for an association to come back from a near-death experience? Following substantial declines in revenue and membership, three associations changed course and restructured their business, leading to a more prosperous future. Their turnaround stories have a lot in common.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

Survival Guide For A Hot Job Market

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

It seems as though everyone is hiring these days, and talented professionals have abundant job opportunities. Amid heightened competition for talent, smart associations are adjusting their recruitment strategies, increasing their focus on retaining the staff they have, and looking at new ways to harness an effective team—even if everyone isn’t on the payroll.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

Why Creative Recruiting Matters

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

When recruiting in a hot job market, “you have to get a little more creative,” says Tracy Hollamon, PRC, senior recruitment specialist at the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Here are three ways she’s powering up hiring at ASA.

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Aug 1, 2018

Creativity Where You Least Expect It

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Aug 1, 2018

Programs and activities that tend to cleave to the traditional—board meetings, sponsorship, and grassroots advocacy—can go from formulaic to fresh when staff employ creative thinking. Here’s a look at what emerged when three associations looked past the predictable to the possible in these areas.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

New Money: When a Fed Grant Ends

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

Opportunities and challenges with state-level fundraising.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

Idea Bank: Pushing the Zzzzz’s

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

How the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation promotes student sleep with a video contest.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Associations USA: Oregon

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from Oregon, the beaver state.

Money & Business by Rhonda Lees Aug 1, 2018

Good Counsel: Watch Out for IP Gaps

Money & Business by Rhonda Lees Aug 1, 2018

Don’t forget these three intellectual property protections.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Data Nugget: A Cloudy Sky

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Many organizations are migrating IT infrastructure to cloud-based environments, but that change comes with some cybersecurity risks. Here are a few hard truths about storing data in the public cloud.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 31, 2018

Is Career Stage the Key to Member Acquisition?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 31, 2018

The American Nurses Association is a big-tent organization that has seen new-member growth for several consecutive years—largely due to a new framework that groups members into smaller segments defined by their career stage. Here’s how it works.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Clever Avocado Partnership

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2018

In honor of National Avocado Day, Avocados From Mexico helps Chipotle provide consumers with free guacamole. Also: Forbes reveals three trends that nonprofits need to prepare for.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 31, 2018

Study: Email-Induced Stress Goes Home With You

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 31, 2018

A new academic study finds that the incivility of email can have an effect on an employee’s output—as well as that of their partner, who also deals with the added inbox stress.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

Study: Associations Produce Relevant Content, but Struggle to Make It Connect

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

A new report from Naylor Association Solutions argues that the hard part of association communications isn’t producing the content, but making sure it hits its target. The report suggests that resourcing issues shoulder a large part of the blame.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 25, 2018

Crisis Management in the Digital Age

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 25, 2018

Being able to communicate quickly in the aftermath of a crisis is one of the biggest ways organizations can help shape the story. Here’s how they can be better prepared to do just that.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2018

Association Helps FTC Go After Veterans Charity Scams

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2018

As part of its new “Operation Donate with Honor” initiative, the watchdog is both boosting its enforcement against fraudulent veterans charities and working to inform consumers of the risks. The FTC formulated the idea with help from the National Association of State Charity Officials.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 24, 2018

Do You Speak in Your Members’ Voice?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 24, 2018

AARP is one year into a new editorial project called The Girlfriend, speaking directly to a target demographic—women in their 40s and 50s. By developing content in a strong voice that resonates with the audience, AARP is hoping to build rapport with soon-to-be members.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2018

New CompTIA Guide Clears Up Blockchain’s Benefits to Public Sector

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2018

With interest in blockchain technology peaking, CompTIA is targeting its latest report on the technology directly at the public sector—both to explain how it could aid different government entities and how smart policy could strengthen its benefits.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 23, 2018

Why Simple Budgeting Needs Big-Picture Leadership

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 23, 2018

“No money, no mission,” goes the nonprofit mantra. But a recent study shows that many nonprofits struggle to plan ahead. Before you do your ambitious planning, look at your everyday finances.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2018

An Acquired Chapter Starts a New Chapter for Printing Industry Group

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2018

The Printing Industries Alliance sees an opportunity to expand into serving the direct-mail space thanks to the addition of the former New York metro chapter of Idealliance. With a little help from a recent chapter addition, a major printing industry group is expanding its member offerings to the direct-mail sector. The Printing Industries Alliance this […]

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2018

Daily Buzz: Free Yourself from Event Paradigms

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2018

Break free from conventional wisdom to push your event forward. Also: How to make your website reporter-friendly.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 13, 2018

Membership Hack: Fundraising by Webinar

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 13, 2018

The Radio Television Digital News Association is offering access to an upcoming webinar for free. In exchange, RTDNA is asking journalists to donate to a fund supporting victims of the Capital-Gazette shooting.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 12, 2018

Why the “Why” Behind Your Event Matters

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 12, 2018

While it’s easy to get caught up in the “what” pieces of event planning, a new report says planners should initially be focused on the “why.” The first question to ask: Why are we having this event?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 11, 2018

Tips for Effectively Marketing Repackaged Content

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 11, 2018

Repackaging content is nothing new, but ensuring it’s marketed correctly can keep your association top of mind among members.

Brand Connection by Impexium Jul 11, 2018

The Hail Mary Pass That Scored For This Sports Association

Brand Connection by Impexium Jul 11, 2018

Relying on outdated software systems, Laurie Bollig helped draw up a game plan that spelled victory. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this happen: You’re explaining a complicated process to a new, much younger employee and halfway through it, they say, “Oh, well you could just do this, right?” And with a couple of […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Freshen Up Your Email Lists

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

A nonprofit marketer makes the case that keeping email subscribers engaged is just as important as blocking spam. Also: Why associations should have more entrepreneurs at the helm.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 2, 2018

Safety Equipment Group Teams With OSHA

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 2, 2018

The International Safety Equipment Association is kicking off a two-year alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to underline the importance of personal protective equipment on the job.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 27, 2018

New Insight Into Marketing Automation and Member Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 27, 2018

A new report looks at how associations are using marketing automation tools to improve marketing efficiency, boost member engagement, and drive growth. If it sounds intimidating, a few simple steps can help you get started.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Don’t Put Too Many Stars on the Same Team

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2018

Many leaders load up their top performers on one team, but research suggests that could be holding back creativity. Also: Meet Facebook’s print publication aimed at business leaders.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2018

Need a Smart IT Hire? Look to Open Source

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2018

Even if your association’s main stack isn’t based on open-source software, you should still know the language. A recent report from the Linux Foundation makes the case that it could even help you find new talent.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 25, 2018

Play Ball: Mayors Give Leg Up to Baseball Campaign

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 25, 2018

Thanks to a collaboration with the United States Conference of Mayors, more than 300 mayors in all 50 states and Puerto Rico are taking part in an ongoing campaign to support the game of baseball.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2018

Friday Buzz: Why Some Members Are Tuning Out

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2018

The MemberClicks blog shares a few reasons you may be seeing a drop in membership. Also: Last year, the Brewers Association introduced an indie seal for craft brewers. Let’s check in on the adoption rate.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2018

The Associations That Got Us to 10 Million Patents

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2018

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hit a major milestone recently, and it couldn’t have gotten there without the help of these associations and nonprofits.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Finding Hidden Donors

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2018

There are major donors hidden within your database, you just have to know how to sniff them out. Also: What’s standing in the way of gender-diversity goals.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 15, 2018

Membership Hack: Spotlight Future Leaders

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 15, 2018

The Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance spotlights young members who have stories to tell and are in a good position to lead.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

Friday Buzz: How Open Should Your Online Community Be?

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

A community engagement pro makes the case for nuanced thinking about what makes a good association community. Also: Is it possible to get some personal space during an airport layover?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2018

Report: High Program Spending Keeps Nonprofits in the “Starvation Cycle”

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2018

A new benchmarking report from the BDO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence finds that even with substantial revenue streams, organizations face pressure to keep overhead costs low. The culprit: high levels of spending on programs and services.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2018

Nuclear Medicine Group Thinks Innovation With Industry Alliance

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2018

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is working with a number of industry partners to push forth innovation in the space as part of its newly announced Value Initiative Industry Alliance.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

Know Your Cyber Threat Vocabulary

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

Cybersecurity has its own intimidating jargon. You’ll be better equipped to address your cyber risks when you know the terminology.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

3 Steps to Better Cybersecurity

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

Most association leaders take cybersecurity seriously, but few feel confident that they know how to analyze and address cyber risks. To heighten your cybersecurity awareness and bolster your protection against a breach, experts recommend three practical steps: train staff to identify attacks, assess your IT systems’ risk level, and develop a response plan for a probably inevitable intrusion.

Technology by Maria Mihalik Jun 1, 2018

Training Camp: Get Employees Up To Speed on Your Tech Tools

Technology by Maria Mihalik Jun 1, 2018

Planning to shed your old technology for a hot new product or service? You’ll need to condition your staff to accept and adopt the upgrade. Here’s how to build an agile, multiphase training plan that targets their needs before and after implementation.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2018

In This Together: Lessons From a Kickstarter Icon

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2018

Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler helped invent a formula for getting the masses behind a great idea. Step one: Get comfortable with taking a few chances.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

Books: AI Strategy

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

In their book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, authors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb bring up the business case for artificial intelligence.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2018

Report: Data Security Costs Grow as Breach Incidents Rise

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2018

A new report from the digital security giant Kaspersky finds that the costs of cleaning up after a data security breach can easily top the $1 million mark—and not just because of the incident itself.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

The Great CIO Juggling Act

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

A recent analysis of online job listings suggests that organizations expect their chief information officer to be able to deftly handle a million things. Perhaps employers should be looking for a master delegator rather than master juggler.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2018

Conference Circuit: Research Forum

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2018

The Association for Institutional Research’s 2018 AIR Forum begins next week in Orlando. Attendance is expected to exceed 2,000.

Membership by Samantha Whitehorne May 22, 2018

Nonlinear Marketing Boosts Member Recruitment and Retention

Membership by Samantha Whitehorne May 22, 2018

To acquire new members and retain existing ones, associations have to understand consumer behavior and embrace nonlinear marketing techniques, said Jamie Turner, opening keynoter at ASAE’s 2018 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

The Other Type of Tech Audit You Need to Worry About

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

GDPR has a lot of organizations worried about what might happen if the EU takes notice of them. It’s not the only audit-related headache out there, however—major software vendors like Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle have recently been on the lookout for firms that aren’t properly licensed. Here’s what you should know.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 21, 2018

Sisters in the Brotherhood: Carpenters' Union Campaign Drives More Women to Trade

Membership by Ernie Smith May 21, 2018

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, along with its regional arms, has worked in recent years to attract more women to the trade, which has traditionally been a male-dominated field, through both training programs and initiatives to encourage solidarity and community.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 18, 2018

Takeaways From WeWork’s Expansion Into Education

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 18, 2018

Co-working juggernaut WeWork is moving out of just being in the office space business and moving into the world of education. A look at some ideas associations can take from its approach.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: An Experimental Way to Finance Nonprofits

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2018

A new approach to funding philanthropic organizations adds a layer of accountability. Also: Should you sell your education offering to corporate members?

Membership by Ernie Smith May 16, 2018

How Music Icons are Reinventing Fan Clubs for Modern Membership

Membership by Ernie Smith May 16, 2018

Are you into The National, or more a Taylor Swiftie? Both have taken steps toward launching fan club concepts that focus on the die-hards—each with models that associations might appreciate. But both might pale in ambition compared to what rock legend Neil Young is doing.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 16, 2018

Spoofing and Scamming: Are Your Members Next?

Membership by Tim Ebner May 16, 2018

As cyber threats become more varied and sophisticated, attackers may try to scam your members---and they may pose as you to do it. Here are some precautionary steps to take.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2018

Airline Group Working on Payment Alternatives for Flight Bookings

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2018

IATA, one of the largest airline-industry groups, is planning on testing a payment technology that would directly pull money from bank accounts—a tactic that would get around payment card transaction fees.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 10, 2018

As Senate Jumps Into Net Neutrality Debate, Advocacy Heats Up

Technology by Ernie Smith May 10, 2018

As Senate Democrats use every vote they have to force a debate about net neutrality on the Senate floor, advocacy groups are ramping up their work against the FCC’s open internet rules online—and while those measures have a lot of supporters, not everyone’s a fan.

Membership by Mark Athitakis May 9, 2018

Special Libraries Association Launches D&I Caucus

Membership by Mark Athitakis May 9, 2018

The new group is the product of a reboot of SLA’s diversity and inclusion efforts—and unlike its other caucuses, it’s free to join.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Heart Association’s New Accelerator Puts Focus on Community Health

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Concerned about the greatly differing health outcomes for people who live even short distances away from one another, the American Heart Association is offering grants to entrepreneurs who come up with successful ways to improve community health.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Can You Acquire Like a Tech Company?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

The surprise acquisition of a podcast app by a number of major public radio companies shows that even traditional organizations are taking a tech-world approach to acquiring promising startups. Could associations pull a similar trick?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2018

Tech Groups Warn of China Blowback on Tariff, Security Issues

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2018

With Chinese tech companies in U.S. government crosshairs and tariffs at the center of the conversation, associations in the tech world and beyond are warning of lasting ripple effects if and when China responds.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 4, 2018

Brewers Association Expands Popular Craft Branding Program to Retailers

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 4, 2018

The association is hoping retailers pick up on the craft beer marketing program, signified by a logo featuring an upside-down beer bottle, in much the same way its members did when it launched the industry awareness campaign.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Benefits of a Trial Program

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

No one wants to implement a program that is doomed to fail. To prevent an expensive mistake, use a trial program. Here’s how to get started. Also: If your volunteers aren’t as productive as you need them to be, the problem could lie with the timing of your request.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2018

New Association Focused on AI in Healthcare Launches

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2018

As more tech giants eye the medical establishment, the Partnership for Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare spots a niche. The former head of the American Telemedicine Association has created new group to support the rapid expansion of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare. The Partnership for Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, which launched last […]

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Preventing No-Shows

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

No-shows are common, but there are a few things event professionals can do to minimize them. Also: Learn the truth about these common GDPR misconceptions.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 23, 2018

Monday Buzz: Get More Press

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 23, 2018

Don't let your organization's great work go unnoticed. Here's how to get more press hits for your group. Also: How to make your next event more healthy and more fun.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2018

A “Digital Geneva Convention”: Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Accord

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2018

Microsoft and 33 other companies have signed on to an agreement that pledges that they will protect their customers—and won’t take part in state-sponsored attacks on users, an issue that has become more pronounced in recent months.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Watch Out for Cryptojacking

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

The latest website security concern, which jumps on the cryptocurrency craze, could be a big headache for users of WordPress or Drupal. Also: XDP gets going in a big way.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 18, 2018

Reflections From Israel on Respect and Inclusion

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 18, 2018

Civility, mutual respect, and inclusion are often core values that bind members together. But do you practice what you preach? Here’s how to foster a deeper sense of connection within diverse communities in divisive times.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2018

Broad Coalition of Trade Groups Criticize Trump’s China Tariffs

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2018

More than 100 associations have signed onto a letter warning of the dangers of a potential trade war caused by tariffs on China. The letter, sent to leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, highlighted a growing coalition in opposition to the Trump administration’s tariffs.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 12, 2018

Coalition Looks to Amplify Collective Voice While Asking FTC to Investigate YouTube

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 12, 2018

The Consumer Federation of America linked arms with 22 other organizations in asking the FTC to investigate YouTube for violating children’s privacy. According to CFA, joining a group like this sends a stronger message to the federal agency and makes a more efficient use of time and resources.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2018

Ad Agency Group Sharpens Focus on Brand Safety with New Bureau

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2018

As advertisers become more concerned about where their messages appear online, a major trade group of ad agencies is putting together a bureau that will create standards for protecting brands. The 4A’s says the problem should be tackled as an industry.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 4, 2018

How One Startup Is Putting the Gig Economy in Reach of Nonprofits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 4, 2018

Wethos, a freelancer community that targets nonprofits, has gained a sizable amount of support for its concept, which aims to make marketing resources attainable to charitable groups that might otherwise rely on pro bono offerings.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2018

IT Group Releases Free GDPR Preparedness Tool

Technology by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2018

ISACA’s GDPR assessment is one part of a broader strategy to get tech professionals of all types ready for new privacy regulations that start next month.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 4, 2018

For a Membership Boost, Connect Your CEO to Content Strategy

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 4, 2018

At the TRSA, it’s the CEOs job to think critically about audiences the association wants to reach through a revamped content strategy. Here’s why he does it—and how he fits it into his workload.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

Restaurant Association Launches Association Health Plan for Small Businesses

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

The National Restaurant Association’s new Restaurant & Hospitality Association Benefit Trust, which targets restaurants and hospitality businesses with fewer than 100 employees, comes at a time when association health plans are a major topic of debate in Washington.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2018

Experimental Aircraft Association Hits Road With Mobile Trailer

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2018

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s 53-foot mobile trailer, which includes virtual reality elements, is helping the association draw interest from the public at events that aren’t specifically targeting aviation.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 2, 2018

Credit Union Group Works to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 2, 2018

With the number of seniors who have been targeted by a financial scam increasing, the Cooperative Credit Union Association launched a new education initiative to combat elder financial abuse.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

#MeToo and Your Members

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

As industry leaders, how associations respond to sexual harassment matters—to the individual and to their community. Associations are facing challenging questions about how to set the bar for acceptable conduct in their field, enforce fair policies, and promote a positive professional culture that attracts the best talent.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

3 Tips for Responding to Sexual Harassment at Meetings

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2018

Ensuring the safety of your event is important, but if a sexual harassment incident comes up at your event, due process needs to be considered as well.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 28, 2018

What Can You Do About Passive Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 28, 2018

A new report says many associations have a “passivity problem” with members. If that describes your organization, consider how you can refocus your product and service offerings to appeal to the needs of your disengaged members.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 26, 2018

Why Employees Need to Be Sold on Professional Development

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 26, 2018

Everybody wants to climb the ladder, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need some institutional encouragement. Associations can take some lessons from how they court members to make it happen.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 22, 2018

How the Pasta Association Came Back After Gluten-Free Trend

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 22, 2018

A few years back, anti-carb and gluten-free diet trends swept the country. Here’s how the National Pasta Association faced the challenge, plus a few lessons learned along the way.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2018

Do You Understand Why People Use Your Services?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2018

The Wikimedia Foundation recently conducted its first-ever wide-scale multilanguage survey of its users. The foundation’s approach to analyzing the ways people use Wikipedia might yield a few insights for associations looking to boost their own tech offerings.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 19, 2018

Monday Buzz: Design Habit-Forming Emails

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 19, 2018

How to create emails that make your readers want to come back for more. Also: When it comes to internal promotions, try elevating leaders from different departments.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2018

Amid Changing Cultural Climate, Behavioral Health Group Changes Name

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2018

The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems this week announced it would change its name to the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, citing shifting cultural trends.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 19, 2018

A Better Path to Motivation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 19, 2018

Wanting to do good work and test new ideas doesn’t require memes—we’re already wired to do it. But leaders can do more to make sure that enthusiasm isn’t stifled.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2018

Salvation Army Brings Charity Experience to Nonprofit Grocery Store

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2018

A local chapter of the international charity that serves Baltimore recently launched a grocery store in one of the city’s food deserts. The nonprofit endeavor aims to add elements of social service to the shopping experience.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2018

Email Group for Women Sees Fast Growth, Gains Nonprofit Status

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2018

Women of Email, a professional community, has gained about 1,500 members since starting nearly two years ago. The group says it’s aiming for equality in email marketing—including on stage at conferences and by closing the pay gap.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 14, 2018

Visit U.S. Coalition Unveils Policy Agenda to Bring Travelers Back

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 14, 2018

Looking to turn around a decline in international travel to the United States, the Visit U.S. Coalition this month announced a handful of policy proposals that would help ensure America remains an attractive destination to travelers from around the world.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Creating Brand Identity

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

Could your brand identity use a refresh? Here are the essential steps to establishing an effective one. Also: why your group may want to reconsider giving gifts to new members. Is it time to update your brand? Whether you’re looking for a change or feeling confident about your association’s identity, you may want to run […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2018

Membership Takeaways From Amazon’s Medicaid Discount

Membership by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2018

Amazon’s plan to discount membership to its Prime service for people on Medicaid speaks to a key concept for membership discounts for associations—often, they must speak to a broader strategic goal.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2018

Friday Buzz: Go Regional With Your Meetings

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2018

Have you considered expanding your national meeting into regional conferences? Here’s why you should. Also: how to tailor continuing education courses to appeal to millennials.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Appeal to More Event Sponsors

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2018

Maximize your meetings and grow your revenue by attracting more event sponsors. Also: Productivity secrets from the incredibly successful.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2018

Aluminum Association Proposes Alternatives to Global Tariffs

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2018

President Trump’s plan to place tariffs on imported aluminum and steel has raised major concerns across the manufacturing world. The Aluminum Association is proposing a more targeted approach to the problem of oversupply, focusing on China.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: One Way to Build a Better Board

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2018

Changing the way you think about board member recruitment in one simple way may lead to creating a better board. Also: growth strategy tips for major donor relationship-building and more.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 28, 2018

Make Data Connections to Ease Member Pain

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 28, 2018

Data analytics doesn’t have to be complicated. By taking a small step into connecting your data, you can begin to alleviate members’ pain points.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2018

What You Should Know About the Cookie’s Crumble

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2018

One of the most fundamental tracking tools of the internet era, the browser cookie, is starting to fall out of fashion, and it’s going to change the way marketers work online. Here’s why.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

Monday Buzz: Advocating on Social Media? Here’s What You Should Know

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

Social media platforms are powerful tools for advocacy, but constant algorithm updates mean your social strategy has to stay flexible. Also: How to make your new-member webinar more beneficial.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

Five Ways Technology Is Disrupting the HR Department

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

Technology often gets short shrift in terms of its impact in the world of human resources. But as it turns out, innovation holds a lot of promise for recruitment, talent management, and the way that HR professionals work.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2018

Plastics Association Sees Success With Recycling Program

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2018

The Association of Plastic Recyclers, seeing excitement from companies taking part in a program to reuse consumer plastics, is widening the reach of the program and adding more companies.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Using Personalization to Provide Value

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2018

An Association Success writer discusses the next level of personalization for organizations. Also: seemingly harmless questions you shouldn’t ask your employees.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 21, 2018

The Email Newsletter Renaissance Is Here. Are You Ready?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 21, 2018

A new report from Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism looks at news organizations that are aiming to grow their revenue by converting readers into members. One essential way they do this: They create habit-forming newsletters.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

U.K. Financial Group Launches Startup Accelerator

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

The Investment Association will bring to light new startups that could potentially reshape the asset management industry—a space that has struggled to pick up on new technologies.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

Thinking Twice About Investing in Social Media Ads?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

If so, you wouldn’t be alone. Two of the world’s largest consumer goods companies have made waves by going out of their way to roll back their spending on social media ads. What should associations make of that?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2018

The Association Behind Colombia’s Fast-Growing Floral Exports

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2018

Colombia has seen dramatic growth in recent years as a source of flower exports, with Valentine’s Day one of its most prominent. The trade group Asocolflores has been a big factor in that growth.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Daters Beware

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2018

Before you go online to find a Valentine’s Day date, check out an infographic from the ABA Foundation and the FTC for signs you’ve been targeted for online dating fraud. Also: how to find the perfect venue for your next meeting.

Money & Business by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 13, 2018

Should a Volatile Stock Market Affect Your Retirement Savings Strategy?

Money & Business by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 13, 2018

When the stock market takes a historic plunge like it did last week, you may be worried that your retirement savings is also taking a dive. But one expert says the best thing to do is stay calm and heed the advice of experts.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2018

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Drop Support

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2018

Supporting a piece of technology is often a business decision, one in which difficult decisions must be made. But the business case should not come at the cost of following mainstream technical standards.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2018

Ethanol Group Jumps on Educational Offering for Students

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2018

The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol group, just launched a new offering aimed at teaching students about the industry as a whole—before they get the chance to use the fuel at a gas station themselves. It’s just one example of the association’s focus on educating the public about the benefits of the fuel variant.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2018

New Group Hopes to Take on Tech’s Addictive Tendencies

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2018

The Center for Humane Technology, launched this week, counts people once associated with Google and Facebook among its cofounders. (They’ve emerged as critics of what the companies are doing.) The group is getting its footing by launching an awareness campaign with Common Sense Media.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2018

Philanthropy Reshaped: Finding New Ways to Fundraise

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2018

As the world changes, so too are the elements that encourage donors to give. Here’s how these trends are leading to a philanthropy rethink.

Money & Business by Meika Slotsema Feb 1, 2018

Good Counsel: Dollar for Dollar

Money & Business by Meika Slotsema Feb 1, 2018

Avoid gender inequities when setting staff compensation.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 31, 2018

Will the Wing Compete for Your Women Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 31, 2018

The Wing, a membership club for women, is coming to several U.S. cities, offering a space to work, meet, and network. Should your association be worried? Not if you’re focused on building an inclusive space for women. In the last year, women have played a key role in large-scale social movements. Look no further than […]

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2018

Cannabis Industry Group Preps Voluntary Packaging Standards

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2018

The National Association of Cannabis Businesses says its proposed standards are in direct response to recent federal actions that threaten to criminalize an industry that has only recently found legal success at the state level.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Give Young Members Their Own Group

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2018

Want to keep your millennial and Gen Z members engaged? Create a group within your organization that’s just for them. Also: The Women’s March takes advantage of a new group stories app that lets you combine posts from different platforms.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jan 23, 2018

Technology Association Speeds Up Certification Update

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jan 23, 2018

The association convened three dozen professionals and experts to ensure its scenario-based cybersecurity certification exam was meeting industry needs.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2018

Why Your Multichannel Campaigns Need to Hit on All Cylinders

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2018

A new report from the marketing firm Kantar Millward Brown says that the fragmentation of media is requiring that marketers hit multiple channels in a single campaign. The marketers most likely to break through are the ones that hit the mark everywhere.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 19, 2018

Mentoring Offers a Boost, Study Says, but Few Take Advantage

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 19, 2018

Research from the Association for Talent Development says that organizations with formal mentoring programs claim stronger employee engagement and retention.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2018

Hawaii Alert Highlights Limits of Emergency Alert System, Associations Say

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2018

The recent incident in Hawaii, in which a test message was accidentally sent to millions of people on the island, comes at a time when emergency groups are calling for upgrades to the FCC’s wireless system—upgrades the commission is supportive of.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 16, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Rethinking Writing for Personas

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 16, 2018

Personas may not be helpful for writers. Here’s a better way to think about writing for your target audience. Also: CES tech announcements that all event pros should know.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2018

Friday Buzz: Facebook Turns Its Back on Publishers

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2018

Facebook is making major changes to the news feed that will most likely affect the organic reach of your organization’s posts. Also: Getting your event to stand out starts with a smart communications plan.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

Study: Gender Carries Over in Thought Leadership, Too

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

Recent research on the written word from Linstock Communications makes the case that many organizations tend to convey messages in a tone that evokes one gender or another, usually male. The result may mean missed opportunities to strike a productive conversation.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

What Should You Make of the CPU Security Crisis?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre, a series of hardware-level exploits only disclosed last week, led to a collective freak-out on the part of the tech world. The issues, mostly with Intel processors but largely affecting every major type of CPU, definitely are serious, but what do they mean from the vantage point of your association?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

Friday Buzz: Engagement Scores for the Real World

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

Association Success reveals how to make engagement scores more meaningful. Also: Six ways to create more successful tweets.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Apple Drops App Developer Fees for Nonprofits

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

The Apple Developer Program, required for app-makers that want to appear in the App Store, will now be free for nonprofits as long as they meet certain requirements. Also: Find out why your members may not trust you.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

Tough Headwinds for Personalization in 2018

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

As the ability to personalize member experiences matures, we’re going to see many conversations about how organizations use such data in 2018—conversations being brought on in part by the European Union's forthcoming GDPR data management requirements. An upfront strategy will do your organization well.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 21, 2017

Are There Blindspots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 21, 2017

Most associations have policies and procedures addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, including codes of conduct and mandatory staff training. But there are a few ways that associations should extend them to prevent legal fallout.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2017

Days After FCC Repeal, New Net Neutrality Bill Draws Criticism

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2017

A new bill introduced in the wake of the FCC’s repeal of open-internet rules doesn’t go far enough for the industry and advocacy groups that opposed the FCC’s actions.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 15, 2017

Fire Protection Group Adapts to Year-Round Wildfire Season

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 15, 2017

From translations to tweens to Twitter, the National Fire Protection Association has been finetuning its communications for an era where wildfires are increasingly common.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2017

Is There a Bright Side to Apple’s Event App Purge?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2017

The move by Apple to push out certain classes of template-based apps from its iOS App Store has gained a whiff of controversy in recent months, in no small part because it affects a number of event apps. But the alternative might actually be better in the long run.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

Report: Gmail’s Dominance Having Powerful Effect on Email Marketing

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

A new report from Yes Lifecycle Marketing points out that Gmail has grown massively in recent years, and that means that email marketers need to pay extra special attention to its myriad features.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 8, 2017

Friday Buzz: Leadership Traits Employees Trust

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 8, 2017

Inspiring trust in your employees doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply displaying a few key traits can go a long way to gaining their confidence. Also: engaging ways to show gratitude to donors.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 4, 2017

Federal Numbers Confirm International Travel Decline

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 4, 2017

New numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce reflect a nearly 4 percent drop in international travel to the U.S. during the first half of 2017, with numbers down sharply in parts of the world targeted by President Trump’s travel ban. The numbers reflect previous estimates from the U.S. Travel Association.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2017

What's Next In Association Learning?

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2017

Do your education offerings deliver what you want them to? If you're looking to reinvigorate your professional development program in 2018, current trends suggest that opportunities lie in assessing what you're trying to accomplish, harnessing data, rethinking content and delivery, and trying some unconventional approaches.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

Membership Memo: Members' Choice

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

Let members decide how benefits are distributed. It's something the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages is trying out.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2017

What Event Planners Should Make of WeWork’s Meetup Acquisition

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2017

A company known for helping people organize events was just acquired by a company known for its buzzy approach to workspaces. The merger underlines the fact that local events are big business, too.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2017

Japan’s “Giving December” Hopes to Build a Culture of Giving

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2017

With charitable donations less common in the country than other established nations, Japan’s Giving December, launched by private sector groups in 2015, is focused less on driving donations to specific organizations and more on the idea of giving in general. The initiative also reflects the larger goals of the Japan Fundraising Association.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 17, 2017

ASAE Focuses on Royalties in Senate Tax Bill

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 17, 2017

As the tax bill makes its way to the full Senate after Thanksgiving, ASAE is urging tax-writers to remove a provision that would tax royalty income derived from the licensing of an organization’s name or logo.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 17, 2017

Should Your Meeting Have an Invitation-Only Strategy?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 17, 2017

Instead of opening up a meeting to all of your members, would it ever make sense to invite only a select group? Some pros and cons for going that route.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 16, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Best Ways to Liveblog Events

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 16, 2017

Liveblogging is a great way to connect and engage with event attendees and your targeted audience. Also: How to build a membership referral program from the ground up.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2017

Membership Lessons From a Shutdown: Why TechShop’s Machines Sputtered

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2017

TechShop, a for-profit chain of makerspaces that worked on a membership model, closed its doors suddenly this week. The circumstances around its decline and eventual shutdown highlight the challenges high overhead can create for a membership model.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 16, 2017

Why the NY Apple Association Sponsors the Big Apple’s Marathon

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 16, 2017

The New York Apple Association has delivered tens of thousands of apples to the TCS New York City Marathon for 20 years because the event lines up with its strategic objectives. Here’s how NYAA thinks through it.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 13, 2017

What the Future of ACH Means for Associations

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 13, 2017

In recent years, the underlying technology used for direct-deposit transactions has slowly become more “instant,” and now allows for same-day transactions. The electronic payments association NACHA is making the case that nonprofits could benefit from this shift.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2017

AARP Warns Veterans of Fraud Threats

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2017

The association for Americans over age 50 is working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on a new program warning of the dangers of fraud, which veterans are more susceptible to than the population at large.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 8, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Getting Ready for 2018

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 8, 2017

Don’t let a harried year-end stop you from starting off the new year on the right foot. Also: new etiquette rules for extra-long tweets.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2017

Meetings Industry Launches Initiative to Drive More Attendance

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2017

With the help of the Experience Institute, an array of event-based organizations, including ASAE, launched a campaign designed to encourage more people to travel for conferences. The campaign is built around the Decision to Attend Study, the second edition of which was just released.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 1, 2017

Do You Have a Strategy for Recruiting Next-Gen Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 1, 2017

To bring in more millennial members and recruit the Gen-Z young people who are following them into the workforce, you’ll need to evolve your communications strategy and test new platforms. And, yes, that means you better be good at social media.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

The Patreon-ification of Membership

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

For years, the language of membership has often felt unique to the world of associations. But with the success of the tech startup Patreon, which will hand out $150 million to creators this year, we may be on the brink of a moment where membership concepts grow more mainstream. That could be a good thing for associations.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Customize All the Things

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2017

How the clothing retailer American Eagle is encouraging people to buy customized jeans in a store where you can also do your laundry while you wait. Also: Why you shouldn't overstate your engagement target.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2017

Quiz: Baseball Trivia, Association Edition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2017

Baseball fans love their trivia, and association pros love associations. Here, the two meet. With the World Series in full swing, now's a good time to test your knowledge of how associations are connected to America's pastime in big ways and small.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2017

CTIA: Consumers Taking Mobile Security More Seriously

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2017

The association says that more than three-quarters of consumers surveyed now put a passcode on their devices, and many are taking steps to secure their devices from threats both online and offline.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 20, 2017

AUVSI Expands Public Safety Partnership Into New Member Category

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 20, 2017

The unmanned vehicles group is now offering a new membership category focused on public safety officials and organizations—an extension of a recently announced partnership with the National Council on Public Safety UAS.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 19, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Direct Mail Stays Strong

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 19, 2017

Even in the rush to become "digital first," direct mail still has a serious role to play in your marketing efforts. Also: a trove of email subject line ideas for #GivingTuesday.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2017

Recycling Group Turns to Manufacturers to Boost Demand for Recycled Plastic

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2017

A new campaign by the Association of Plastic Recyclers aims to drive demand for recycled plastics by getting manufacturers to commit to requiring recycled material in common items they purchase for their facilities, like trash cans and transport packaging. Several major companies have signed on.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2017

Takeaways From Amazon's Strategies for Younger Audiences

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2017

Amazon has recently added some features that could help drive business among teens and college students. They might inspire you if you're trying to figure out ways to boost revenue from age groups that might prove more important in the future.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2017

How Much Should You Police Your Employees' Social Habits?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2017

Does a too loosey-goosey social media policy threaten the brand? That seems to be the stance The New York Times is taking with its newly hardened guidelines. You may consider following suit in this politically charged age, but don't kill what's good about using social media in the process.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Business, Agriculture Associations Warn Against Leaving NAFTA

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Agricultural concerns have become a key part of the debate on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the president has threatened to leave. A broad array of business groups made the case for protecting NAFTA as part of a recent trip to Capitol Hill.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 13, 2017

Friday Buzz: How The Points Guy Made It Big

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 13, 2017

How the CEO of ThePointsGuy.com turned his hobby into a lucrative career. Also: Make the most out of your high-quality videos.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 13, 2017

3D Body Processing: Why a Retail Coalition Is Interested

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 13, 2017

The 3D Retail Coalition is working with some major retailers on body processing technology that could redefine returns. The group is working closely with IEEE on creating standards for the technology.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2017

Kiosk Group Renews Focus on ADA Compliance Efforts

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2017

With the launch of both a new committee and working group, the Kiosk Industry Group Association hopes to ensure that its members stay on the right side of the law as the use of kiosks grows.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2017

Boy Scouts Expands Troop Programs to Include Girls, Too

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2017

In an initiative that it says comes as a result of requests from families and much research, Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join the Cub Scouts, and will also create an Eagle Scout track designed for older girls.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 11, 2017

Member Acquisition: Follow the ROI

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 11, 2017

Membership is growing for many associations, but they're not all seeing the same return on investment for member acquisition. With new digital marketing tactics and growing sophistication in reaching members in their favorite social media channels, associations are finding ways to both recruit broadly and target narrowly, resulting in high-value returns.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2017

Associations Build Around Growing Demand for College Esports Leagues

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2017

With the NCAA taking more of a wait-and-see approach, a handful of regional and national groups have built support for organized esports at college campuses around the country. One group has even moved into working with high schools.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2017

The Hardest Part of a Major Security Breach? Disclosing It

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2017

The Equifax breach last month was made worse by the fact that it took the company more than a month to disclose it to the public. Your organization, if it ever runs into an issue like this, will need to be faster—in part because of law changes globally.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 5, 2017

ProPublica Announces Plan to Support Local Investigative Reporting

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 5, 2017

The Pulitzer-winning journalism nonprofit will pay salaries for staff members in six smaller-market newsrooms in an effort to ensure investigative reporting can continue outside of large cities. Since ProPublica‘s founding a decade ago, the nonprofit has helped redefine the parameters of what it means to create and support investigative journalism—by partnering with larger outlets like […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

Report: Influencers Becoming More Important as Marketing Tools

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

A new report from the consulting firm A.T. Kearney makes the case that influencer marketing can be more targeted and effective than traditional types of marketing, which aim at broader, affluent audiences.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 3, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Marketing Needs a Journalism Revolution

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 3, 2017

Many marketing departments are falling behind, but journalists can help them catch up. Also: American email habits may not be what you think.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 3, 2017

Las Vegas Shooting Underscores Need for Conference Security Strategy

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 3, 2017

Leaders in the meetings and exhibitions industry are working with federal law enforcement officials to help organizations develop plans to prepare for and, if necessary, respond to security threats at their events.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Monday Buzz: Get Your Members to Take Ownership

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Motivate your members to be more involved by elevating them to leadership roles. Also: Associations need to be ready to help their industries adapt to disrupting technologies.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Google Loosens Policies on News Website Paywalls

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

The search giant says that it'll change its "First Click Free" policy, which has been controversial with publishers, in favor of something that allows publishers more flexibility in how users access paywalled content through Google's search engine.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 2, 2017

The Challenge to Leadership in a Viral-Video World

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 2, 2017

Incidents where a CEO’s bad behavior was caught on tape (or tweet) have put more scrutiny on execs. How do you practice fearless leadership while everyone’s watching?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 28, 2017

Is Your Association Leaving Money on the Table?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 28, 2017

A new report on nondues revenue from Avenue M Group offers some takeaways for associations looking to bolster their nondues revenue generators. Hint: It’s not always about adding something new.

Leadership by Alexis Redmond Sep 25, 2017

Authenticity: The Key to Confidence and Thought Leadership

Leadership by Alexis Redmond Sep 25, 2017

By allowing young professionals to be their authentic selves and welcoming their perspectives, associations will create a culture of trust that allows both organizations and staff to thrive.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2017

How One Expo Drives Student Interest With a Design Contest

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2017

Detroit's North American International Auto Show has held a long-running poster design contest targeted at high schoolers for decades. The contest gives student designers a chance to have their artwork displayed at a major event—along with the chance to win some prize money.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2017

Advertisers Have a Talent Problem, but They're Working on a Fix

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2017

A new report from the Association of National Advertisers' educational foundation makes the case that the industry's talent pipeline is in trouble. However, the foundation is taking steps to use industry resources on programs targeted at building that pipeline back up.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2017

Food Date Labels to Get Some Clarity, with Coalition's Help

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2017

The Consumer Goods Forum, an organization that represents some of the world's largest food companies and retailers, has pledged to create standards for sell-by and expiration dates by 2020. The move could help cut back on food waste significantly.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

England-Based Football Association Boosts Security After Hacking Incident

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

After having been attacked by a hacking group, England's Football Association is tightening up its security strategy ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Among the things the group is pushing for: requesting that players and staff members avoid open WiFi networks.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

Why Your Phone Number Might Be a Security Risk

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

In the age of mobile, we're asking more of our phone numbers than ever—and that makes them potential targets for security breaches. Here are a few strategies to ensure you're properly locking things down both personally and in your organization.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

Boxing Association Offering Financial Literacy Help to Fighters

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

In an effort to ensure that boxers' post-retirement years are as fruitful as their years in the ring, the American Boxing Association is working on strategies to help fighters spend more wisely and save for retirement.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

Statistical Association Teams With New York Times on Data Literacy Feature

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

ASA members will assist the newspaper in publishing a new monthly feature, targeted at students, called "What's Going On in This Graph?" It was inspired by an ASA member who did something similar in her own classroom.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

Tech Groups' Solution to Growing Employment Needs: Hiring More Vets

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

Both CompTIA and the Consumer Technology Association have taken steps in recent weeks to encourage more veterans to pursue technology as a career option—CTA with a new executive hire and CompTIA with a new collaboration.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2017

Travel Association Warns Trump Policies Having an Effect

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2017

Updated stats from the U.S. Travel Association show that there was a sharp decline in international travel during February and March, months when the Trump administration implemented policies that affected some travelers abroad.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2017

Repaying the Favor: Louisiana Restaurant Association Mobilizes Harvey Relief Efforts

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2017

The Louisiana Restaurant Association, in tandem with other New Orleans groups, is coordinating a relief fund targeted at hospitality employees affected by Hurricane Harvey. The response reflects the help that Hurricane Katrina victims received from Houston more than a decade ago.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 1, 2017

Friday Buzz: Avoid These Event Marketing Errors

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 1, 2017

Don't let these marketing mistakes be the reason your event isn't a success. Also: Why nonprofits should develop strong relationships with donors.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 31, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Recruit the Right Microinfluencer

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 31, 2017

Influencer campaigns aren't just for major brands. Even smaller associations can get big results from a microinfluencer campaign. Also: Take a look at the tools and processes of modern marketing.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

Mayors Take Strong Pledge Against Extremism, Bigotry

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2017

In tandem with the Anti-Defamation League, more than 270 mayors nationwide, including many members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, have agreed to take a hard stance against hate in their communities. The effort reflects collective action after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 28, 2017

Monday Buzz: Lessons from MLB’s Players Weekend

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 28, 2017

What associations can learn from Major League Baseball players flaunting their own personal style during the league's Players Weekend. Also: Using data science to better understand your organization.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Push Your Meetings Forward

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

Evolving your meetings is going to take a new way of thinking. Also: TONL, a new ethnically diverse stock photo service, goes live.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Your Volunteers Should Represent Your Audience

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

Your most powerful volunteers may be the ones who represent your target audience. Also: How augmented reality technology in the new iOS may be changing events sooner than you think.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 21, 2017

Why Leading on Budgets Involves More Than Numbers

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 21, 2017

Leaders need to keep an eye on the bottom line. But bad budget practices show that doing it right means keeping an eye on strategy too. “Steady as she goes” is usually pretty good leadership advice. But that doesn’t mean deciding you’re not going to look out for icebergs. When I was working on my […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 18, 2017

Friday Buzz: Why Brand Consistency Is So Hard

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 18, 2017

Building a strong brand is an important part of growing your membership, but there are a lot of challenges along the way. Also: How to provide different online learning experiences to your members.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 18, 2017

Group for Hispanic-Owned Grocery Vendors Gets Off Ground

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 18, 2017

The Latino Food Industry Association comes at a time when the U.S. Hispanic population’s buying power is particularly strong and grocery stores targeting that market are becoming increasingly prominent.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Personalization Isn’t Everything

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2017

Personalization may help your organization create a more targeted conference experience, but researchers say that it’s not a silver bullet. Also: Bad email etiquette could be sending the wrong message to your coworkers.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

Get a Glimpse Into the Foodie Mindset

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

Foodies tend to be older, have higher incomes, and aren’t afraid to go out of their way to find a good meal, according to an International Food Information Council Foundation report.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

Membership as Disruption: Why the MoviePass Saga Is Worth Watching

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

A startup whose CEO has a Netflix pedigree is trying to upend the traditional movie theater experience by offering membership at a rock-bottom price point. But theaters are skeptical that the company can pull it off.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2017

European Ad Groups Work to Define Viewability Standards

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2017

A coalition of groups representing the continent's advertising sector have taken their first steps toward outlining a universal definition of what "viewability" is in regards to online advertising.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 9, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Is Your Communications Plan Strategic?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 9, 2017

Your communication strategy isn’t so strategic if you’re not measuring it against specific goals. Also: new ways to think about presentation delivery.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2017

With Eye On Professional Development, CompTIA Relaunches IT Group

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2017

CompTIA this week revealed its revamp of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, a group it acquired earlier this year, which borrows from the infrastructure of the former group and the resources of its parent.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 7, 2017

Bad Blood at the Office? How to Change the Conversation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 7, 2017

A study suggests that the ways coworkers are perceived and talked about influences the way work gets done. An attentive leader can have a positive influence on the conversation.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2017

Gaming Association Expands Code of Conduct for Casino Industry

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2017

With an updated Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, the American Gaming Association hopes to encourage responsible gaming behavior among casino patrons before it gets out of hand.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 4, 2017

The 6 Forces Shaping the Future of Meetings

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 4, 2017

From what attendees expect as the "new status quo" to how venues—and entire metropolis’— are being forced to upgrade their technology infrastructure.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2017

Journalism Groups Join Forces to Highlight Press Freedom Issues

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2017

The newly launched U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, backed by two dozen media organizations, plans to draw attention to incidents where journalists have been suppressed or even attacked for doing their jobs.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Ground Support: How to Help Local Chapters

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Chapters provide the help associations need to reach members locally. But to keep things running smoothly, associations must also make sure components have the help they need to fulfill that purpose. Organizations of all sizes can find networking, technological, or financial solutions to make sure chapters can leverage the power of their association.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Measuring ROI for Association Chapters

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Few organizations measure their association chapter ROI. Here's why they probably should.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2017

Healthcare, LGBT Military Groups Speak Out Against Transgender Ban

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2017

President Trump's announcement via Twitter of a ban on transgender people serving in the military generated a flurry of questions on Wednesday, as well as challenges and rebukes from medical associations and LGBT advocacy organizations.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2017

Monday Buzz: Airbnb Competition Heats Up

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2017

Airbnb is leading the way in the private accommodation rental market, but online intermediaries like Priceline and Expedia are looking to catch up. Also: How to craft a more focused communications strategy.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2017

Science News Site Tries Out a Metered Paywall—Minus the Payments

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s popular Science magazine is taking steps toward a metered paywall for its news site, but its experiment will ask for demographic data from its users at first, not cash.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2017

Neurologist Shortages Widespread in U.S., Alzheimer's Association Warns

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2017

According to new research released at an association event, neurological care is struggling to keep up with the demand in 20 states. The care gap is seen as an opportunity to both expand service and better educate primary care physicians on neurological issues.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2017

Governors Association Meeting Highlights Bipartisan Nature of Opioid Battle

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2017

The National Governors Association, which has put much work into tackling the issue of opioid addiction, made the issue the center of discussion in its summer meeting this week. The problem is one that brings leaders together from both parties.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

Fraternity Groups Put Full Support Behind Anti-Hazing Legislation

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

The REACH Act, which would increase reporting requirements after hazing incidents in hopes of preventing tragedies, has received the support of seven major umbrella bodies representing more than 140 fraternities and sororities nationwide.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Defeat Mental Challenges

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2017

Being a leader comes with a unique set of mental hurdles. Here are a few ways to overcome those challenges. Also: How to find more potential donors online.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A "Day of Action" on Net Neutrality

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2017

Major internet companies and the Internet Association put their weight behind a day of net neutrality advocacy this Wednesday. Also: How to clarify your understanding of your meeting audience.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 11, 2017

Groups Praise, Question Financial Watchdog’s Mandatory Arbitration Ban

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 11, 2017

The decision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to allow lawsuits against financial institutions, rather than mandatory arbitration, has banking groups speaking out this week—and consumer groups cheering the bureau on.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2017

Monday Buzz: Happy or Sad?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2017

When it comes to donating money, people respond differently to happy and sad facial expressions in nonprofit marketing materials. Find out how to take advantage of that in your next fundraising campaign. Also: The one bad habit you should stop doing onstage.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2017

ISP Privacy Battle Moves to the States

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2017

With the recent rollback of the Federal Communications Commission's ISP privacy rules, states such as California are taking a stab at the issue—with new legislative battlefronts being drawn as a result.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Path to Better Meetings? Social Media

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

Social media is a vital part of any marketing mix, but its value to event marketing has never been greater. Also: The newest trend in executive coaching.

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Jul 6, 2017

New Game Helps Young Adults Become Financially Literate

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Jul 6, 2017

A new interactive game by the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council helps educate millennials about healthy financial decision-making.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

Insurance Commissioners Launch Tool for Assessing New Auto Insurance Types

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners says a new form of usage-based auto insurance that employs tracking is growing in prominence. The association is offering a new assessment for figuring out if it's right for you.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 26, 2017

Going Global in Trust-Challenged Times

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 26, 2017

Global trust in institutions is at a low ebb, which presents a challenge for associations reaching beyond the United States. Expansion is still worth it, but be careful about your strategy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2017

Global Cinema Industry Lines Up Behind New Coalition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2017

The Global Cinema Federation, a new industry group representing movie theaters around the world, hopes to put some lobbying weight behind issues affecting the industry that cross borders.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 22, 2017

A Case for Going Global with Certifications

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 22, 2017

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors launched a new certification with an aim to increase global exposure to the new designation, the profession, and the association.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2017

What Makes a Site Untrustworthy? Here's What You Should Know

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2017

A new analysis from the Online Trust Alliance notes that a failure to focus on issues of transparency and consumer protection were major reasons that sites failed to find a place on the group's Honor Roll this year.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Are Your Events Digitally Secure?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

Hackers may try to ruin your next event. Here’s how to secure your meeting data. Also: Don’t let this excuse be the reason your employees are working remotely.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2017

Is Social Crowdsourcing Good for Philanthropy, Anyway?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2017

Jeff Bezos' unprecedented decision to ask the world how he should spend his $83 billion on philanthropic causes directly through a tweet drew a lot of attention and some criticism. But it did present an interesting way to think about how organizations can draw awareness to fundraising needs.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 16, 2017

Friday Buzz: Adding Extra Value to Education

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 16, 2017

In a crowded educational market, associations need to go the extra mile to stand out. Also: Here's how to make the most of a leave of absence.

Technology by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 15, 2017

Group Takes Aim at Ad Fraud with Digital Advertising Blockchain Tech

Technology by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 15, 2017

With 25 percent of publishers admitting they have no way of detecting “non-human” traffic, the Data and Marketing Association has teamed with MetaX to release a product that aims to eliminate bot traffic.

Money & Business by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 14, 2017

Groups Look to Automation to Combat Email Fatigue

Money & Business by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 14, 2017

Feel like you’re sending more emails but getting less of a response? You’re not alone.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 14, 2017

Lessons From MCON on Millennial Engagement and Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 14, 2017

MCON, the millennial conference, showcased research and ideas from those working in the social impact sector, including how to engage millennials in small-step activism.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 12, 2017

Corn Growers Group Launches Innovation Challenge

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jun 12, 2017

The National Corn Growers Association is relying on some friendly competition to crowdsource innovative ways to use corn products.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 8, 2017

How a Thoughtful Marketing Strategy Drives Member Engagement

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 8, 2017

Marketing tactics can be powerful tools for driving member engagement, but only if they’re deployed correctly. An expert shares some questions to ask before launching a marketing campaign.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Member Retention Ideas

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2017

How to keep new members invested in your organization. Also: Discover the best ways to manage your rock star employees.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

Accelerate Your Analytics: Use Web Analytics to Build Insights

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

Your website gives members and other key stakeholders a doorway to helpful information, resources, and engagement opportunities—all while collecting valuable data about how they behave online. When used correctly, web analytics can provide critical insights into what your site visitors truly want and need from your association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2017

Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson: “America Is a Gumbo”

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2017

Chef Jeff Henderson’s unusual life path has taken him from drug dealing to prison to haute cuisine. Along the way, he’s learned plenty about what makes good food and great teams. For both, the right mix of ingredients is essential—and the best ones come from here, there, and everywhere.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2017

When You Should Build Your Content Around Your Users’ Habits

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2017

If you’re trying to reach modern audiences with your content strategy, your association needs to be multiple places, offering multiple contexts. But a quick reminder: Not every piece of content may be so easy to mold.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

Friday Buzz: 5 Concerning Trends for the Event Industry

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

This year has seen a lot of ground-shaking moments in the event industry space. Keep your eye on these five top trends in the second half of 2017. Also: Clever ways to use hashtags to attract new talent.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 25, 2017

"Browser Act" Brings Back Internet Privacy Rules, Extends Them Beyond ISPs

Technology by Ernie Smith May 25, 2017

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a prominent critic of the FCC's internet privacy rules that were recently rolled back by Congress, could revive those rules with a new piece of legislation—but make them also apply to websites at large. The approach has raised concerns from observers.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 25, 2017

Plastics Group Extends Grocery Recycling Program to Pharmacies

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 25, 2017

The Association of Plastic Recyclers says it’s seeing significant success with its rigid-plastics recycling program targeted at grocery stores. Now, the association is helping grocery-store pharmacies take part in the program.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2017

Event, Venue Groups Eye Security Focus After Manchester Attack

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2017

After a deadly bombing at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert took the lives of nearly two dozen people, event groups are pledging both to reinforce their safety strategies and sharing information with members, as the attack puts fresh attention on concert venue security.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 24, 2017

Is Now the Right Time to Add an Associate Member Category?

Membership by Tim Ebner May 24, 2017

Associate member categories can create new partnerships and revenue sources for your association. But timing is everything. Before adding to your membership, ask a few strategic questions about why these members are needed.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2017

Cloud Computing Isn’t as Far Ahead as You Think

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2017

Yes, chatter around the cloud is pretty common these days, but the fact of the matter is, if you’re not properly implementing it within your organization, the benefits could breeze past you. Perhaps that’s why a lot of organizations still have their own data centers.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

UN, Citizen Science Groups Join Forces to Track Mosquito Spread

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

The UN Environment Programme is teaming with citizen science associations globally to create a database that tracks the spread of mosquito-borne diseases—an area that governmental agencies have struggled to track on their own.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

Partnership on AI Welcomes New Members, Including 14 Nonprofits

Membership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

The group, launched last year, aims to ponder both the technological and societal effects that artificial intelligence has on the world—and it'll do so with the help of a number of nonprofit organizations and tech firms.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Make Your Point Visually

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

A vehicle safety program effectively make the case for driving newer vehicles—with the help of a clever video. Also: Check out some resources if you’re trying to get a handle on the WannaCry ransomware attack.

Technology by Alex Beall May 15, 2017

New Site Aims to Prevent Stolen Phone Resale

Technology by Alex Beall May 15, 2017

A new website from CTIA, the U.S. wireless industry, will help consumers, businesses, and police identify lost or stolen smartphones available for resale.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Chapter Relationship Warning Signs

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

Is the relationship between your national office and your local chapters in trouble? Also: How to approach social media as a communication channel between you and your members.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 10, 2017

U.K. Consumer Groups Take Aim at Secondary Ticket Sales

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 10, 2017

With high-priced ticket resales drawing more attention than ever in the U.K., multiple groups are highlighting potential problems for consumers. One group just launched a survey targeted at the public, while another is offering a guide with tips on how to "beat" the resellers.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Learn From Hollywood Hack Attacks

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2017

Why a slew of recent Hollywood cyberattacks should have associations looking closer at their vendors. Also: A fundamental way to increase member engagement.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

"The Other Nashville" Aims to Show That Music City Is More Than Country

Membership by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

A group launching this week hopes to target insiders in the city’s music industry who are focused on genres other than country. The city’s music scene has generated or attracted stars in numerous genres in recent years.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

Prepare Your Association for a Phishing Attack

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

Of the many online threat vectors out there, perhaps the most common and dangerous is the phishing email, in part because it’s proved to be so effective. Read on for a few considerations when building out a response plan within your organization.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 4, 2017

Broaden Your Reach to Millennials and Gen Z with Snapchat

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 4, 2017

Snapchat is a great platform for associations wanting to raise brand awareness among younger audiences. Here are a few tips on how to incorporate Snapchat advertising into your next event or campaign.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 3, 2017

Win Back Your Lapsed Members

Membership by Tim Ebner May 3, 2017

What do you know about your lapsed members? They may be gone but shouldn’t be forgotten. Some associations are bringing old members back into the fold.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2017

Groups File Suits Over NYC Subway's Lingering Accessibility Problems

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2017

In a pair of class-action lawsuits—one at the state level, one at federal—nonprofits and advocacy groups focused on assisting those with disabilities claim that New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority isn't doing enough to make the city's iconic subway system accessible.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 28, 2017

How AAA’s New Car-Share Service Thinks Beyond Ownership

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 28, 2017

Gig, a new service that AAA is launching April 30 in California’s Bay Area, is designed to target a consumer segment that is likely to grow in importance in the coming years: the urban resident who doesn’t own a car.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 26, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Tell a Story That People Won't Forget

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 26, 2017

Don't be afraid to add a little drama when telling your nonprofit's story. Also: How to get the most value out of the next meeting you attend.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Activate Attendees with Snapchat

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2017

Snapchat is one of the best ways to tell your meeting's story. Also: Are you following these four inbound marketing phases?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2017

Is Association Technology at a Turning Point?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2017

A recent deal in the association technology space raises some interesting questions about the state of the sector and what’s next. What’s holding associations and their vendors back, and what needs to happen to push things forward?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2017

Could H-1B Crackdown Hurt Nonprofit Hiring?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2017

With wages expected to play a key factor in future decision-making on H-1B visa reform, nonprofits and other employers with less ability to pay large wages for highly skilled immigrants could find themselves at a loss as rule changes are considered.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2017

Why the Corner Office Can Use a Few Introverts

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2017

A new study suggests that extroverts have an easier road to the CEO suite, but all temperaments can lead well---and can benefit from a bit of downtime.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 21, 2017

Friday Buzz: Recovering from a Major Mistake

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 21, 2017

Moving past a big work blunder isn’t easy, but there are a few key ways you can avoid making the same mistake. Also: Why you no longer have to feel awkward when you use the word "millennial."

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2017

Crowdfunding Industry Group Launches Expert Community

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 20, 2017

The Crowdfunding Professional Association is working to take advantage of new federal rules allowing for equity funding with a new expert community targeted at those looking to launch a campaign.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

To Increase Member Retention, Rate and Score Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

Associations put value on retention rates, but that’s not always the right metric to boost renewals. A new report says engagement scoring matters.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Are Single Parents Missing Your Meetings?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2017

When it comes to meeting attendance, single parents may not be receiving the support they need. Also: how to optimize your keyword research.

Money & Business by Lisa Zimmermann Apr 18, 2017

Digital Outdoor Advertising Gets Programmatic

Money & Business by Lisa Zimmermann Apr 18, 2017

Programmatic advertising continues to reshape the ad industry, and its latest move is headed outdoors. Thanks to new industry group standards, the efficiencies of programmatic advertising will be made possible to digital out-of-home spaces.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2017

How a Clever Advocacy Strategy Notched a Finger-Lickin’ Win

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2017

With the help of a coalition of nonprofit partners and a hilarious marketing campaign, the Natural Resources Defense Council convinced KFC to curb its use of antibiotics in chickens—a major win for nutrition groups.

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 13, 2017

California Group Helps Shape Water Conservation Policies

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 13, 2017

After years of drought, California saw a deluge of rain and snow. As the governor lifts the drought emergency status, the Association of California Water Agencies is helping inform the next conservation policy moves.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 10, 2017

Industry Initiative Touts The Benefits of Tile

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 10, 2017

Why tile? The Tile Council of North America teamed up with other industry groups to answer that question—and to extol tile’s benefits.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 7, 2017

Friday Buzz: Attract Millennials With Job Boards

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 7, 2017

Are private job boards hindering your ability to recruit millennials? Also: Abila, Aptify, and YourMembership join together to create a new, unified brand.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2017

Groups Respond as Trump Administration Tightens Up H-1B Visa Program

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2017

The restrictions on the H-1B visa program, which has gained popularity among technology companies in recent years, are likely to be much tighter in the future as agencies in the Trump administration put their stamp on the policy. The approach, trade groups say, will likely let high-skilled workers in while discouraging strategies that they view as negatively affecting American jobs.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 5, 2017

New Campaign Looks To End Stigma Around STD Testing

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 5, 2017

The American Sexual Health Association launched a new initiative that encourages sexually active young adults to get tested for STDs. Elements of the campaign include a new website, hashtag, and video.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 5, 2017

To Deepen Member Engagement, Redefine Volunteering

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 5, 2017

Offering volunteer opportunities can be one of the most effective ways to bring members closer to your association. But the work they do needs to benefit the volunteer as well as the organization. One way to deepen member engagement is create enough different opportunities to match your members’ volunteering preferences.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 3, 2017

Why Advocacy Needs to Move Beyond "Awareness"

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 3, 2017

Associations are rightly enthused when their public-policy actions get some attention, but that attention means little without action. Two scholars have some ideas on how to get there.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2017

Board Smarts: Task Force Focus

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2017

Building diversity and inclusion into governance structure.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2017

Books: Survival Skills

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2017

In Matter, authors Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson discuss how to ensure future success.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 24, 2017

Friday Buzz: Will You Soon Be Paying for Twitter?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 24, 2017

Twitter and Medium dip their toes into the subscription-service waters. Also: Get more out of meetings by taking better notes.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 23, 2017

Develop a Revenue-Generating Sponsored Digital Content Program

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 23, 2017

Here are some tips on how to make digital advertising supplements both an educational benefit to your members and a nondues revenue generator for your association.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2017

Poll: Public Holds Negative Opinion of Corporate Leadership

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2017

According to The Harris Poll’s Reputation Quotient Ratings, half of all people surveyed hold a negative opinion of CEOs and other top staff members—with differences showing up among age groups and political leanings.

Technology by Alex Beall Mar 20, 2017

Millennial Engagement: Lessons from a Successful Video Contest

Technology by Alex Beall Mar 20, 2017

Associations are constantly trying new tactics to engage the youngest generations entering the workforce. The Institute of Management Accountants did so with a successful video contest, which also boosted its Facebook reach by 500,000 individuals in February.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

Report: Terror Risk Tops Safety Concerns for Business Travelers

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

In a new Global Business Travel Association report, the association found that many business travelers said they were most fearful of a terror attack happening while on the road, despite the fact that other risk factors, like theft or street violence, were much more likely.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

White House’s Draft Budget Plan Raises Alarm in Nonprofit World

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

The Trump administration’s draft budget plan deeply cuts funding for many agencies that nonprofits rely on. Independent Sector, the charitable community's membership organization, is calling for a budget that maintains the partnership between government and the charitable sector.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 15, 2017

Digging Deeper Into Membership Renewal Trends

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 15, 2017

A new survey says that membership renewal can be one of an association’s biggest challenges. And a quick study of respondents’ renewal tactics can help membership pros fine-tune their renewal process.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

Atlanta Ad Agencies Play Up Diversity With New Coalition

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

Four Atlanta-based advertising agencies are joining forces in the Advertising for Change coalition, which aims to boost diversity in the advertising world’s ranks. The ad agencies are working closely with 4A’s on a program targeted at drawing a diverse set of interns to the city.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2017

Prominent Associations Speak Out Against GOP Healthcare Plan

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2017

Three large associations that notably supported the Affordable Care Act have come out against the long-awaited Republican replacement, the American Health Care Act—while generally maintaining that they’re open to changes in the landmark 2010 law.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 8, 2017

Travel, Meetings Industry Groups Raise Concerns Over Revised Travel Ban

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 8, 2017

While crediting the Trump administration for taking a more thoughtful approach with its updated immigration executive order, industry groups in the meetings and travel sectors—including ASAE—emphasized the need for a balance on security and travel issues.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 7, 2017

Partner Pop-Ups Offer #Ideas17 Attendees Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 7, 2017

To help attendees fuel up for their afternoon sessions and network at the same time, a number of ASAE partners hosted pop-up events during this week’s Great Ideas Conference. It’s a trend that’s catching on at meetings everywhere.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 3, 2017

Jewish Center and School Groups Ramp Up Response to Bomb Threats

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 3, 2017

After 100 bomb threats to Jewish community centers and schools, groups are working to keep member schools and centers informed and are coordinating with federal authorities to provide security expertise on protective measures.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 1, 2017

Moving From Free Rider to Engaged Member

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 1, 2017

The Senior Executives Association, which dedicates itself to serving federal leaders, is refocusing its membership strategy. That transition involves a new strategic plan, chapter growth, tiered membership, and partnerships to grow nondues revenue.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

Greenbuild Gets Even Greener, Diverts 90.3 Percent of Waste

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

The 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center exceeded waste diversion goals for both the U.S. Green Building Council and the meeting venue.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

Not Milk? Dairy Industry Wants Plant-Based Alternatives to Stop Using Name

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

The National Milk Producers Federation has put its support behind a legislative effort to prevent the use of the term "milk" for alternatives made with different kinds of plants. A group that represents plant-based food makers, meanwhile, has defended its members, stating that the goal has never been to mislead.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2017

Infographics Out, Quality In: Report Highlights Content Marketing Trends

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2017

In its new report on search engine optimization, the marketing firm Clutch recommends focusing on quality over quantity and replacing infographics with interactive elements. If you’re targeting search engines, now might be time to rethink your content marketing strategy. That’s the recommendation of a new study from the marketing-resources firm Clutch. The Complete Guide to […]

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 22, 2017

Grocery Industry Initiative Looks to Clear Up Consumer Confusion

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 22, 2017

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute join forces on an initiative to make date labeling on consumer packages more understandable.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 22, 2017

Does Your Membership Team Have Ninja-Like Reflexes?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 22, 2017

At the ASAE Great Ideas Conference next month, an experienced Parkour athlete will train association leaders on flexible movements. Here’s what membership teams can learn from the sport’s mind-body connection. If there’s an obstacle in your path, can you climb or jump over it? If you’re trained in the art of Parkour, like Dan Scheeler, […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

It’s No Secret: What You Should Know About Secure Messaging

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

Currently gaining attention in the political world and elsewhere, encrypted messaging is starting to gain a bit of buzz. But if you’re looking into it for your association, you might find your employees are indifferent to such tools.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 17, 2017

LGBT Congressional Staff Association Hopes to Bring Republicans Into Fold

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 17, 2017

The group, which has in recent years emphasized a nonpartisan stance on most issues, says the shifting environment around LGBT rights makes the diversity of ideology an important consideration for expanding the group’s membership.

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 16, 2017

International Compliance Group Expands Into U.S.

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 16, 2017

To strengthen its global presence and its place in the community, the International Compliance Association has expanded into the United States.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 16, 2017

4 Components of a Good Reserves Policy

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 16, 2017

Along with protecting the association from financial downturns and funding new initiatives, creating—and adhering to—a detailed reserve policy will help you manage board and staff expectations.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2017

What You Should Know About IRS Phishing Schemes

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 15, 2017

The unprecedented phishing schemes that hit employers last tax season are back, the Internal Revenue Service warns. Here’s the latest on W-2 phishing risks and how you can avoid them. Your association isn’t just a member-facing organization—it’s an employer. And as an employer, you owe it to the folks on the payroll to learn about—and, […]

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 15, 2017

How to Make Valuable Face Time With New Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 15, 2017

Onboarding is an essential piece of the membership engagement puzzle. While many associations have an onboarding campaign that includes targeted messages, it can be easy to overlook the value of making face time with new members.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 14, 2017

Bagel-Eating Contest Aims to Draw Attention to Start-Up Bagel Group

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 14, 2017

The second-annual National Bagel Eating Contest hopes to bring awareness to the fledgling National Bagel Association. Its CEO wants the contest to one day bookend the group’s annual conference. Adele wasn’t the only one to scoop up awards last Sunday. David Brunelli of Philadelphia walked away from the National Bagel Association’s second-annual National Bagel Eating […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

Report: Racial Diversity Remains a Problem for Tech Firms

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

A new report from the diversity-focused nonprofit Open MIC finds that many racial groups remain underrepresented in the technology industry compared with their overall share of the workforce.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2017

Pharmacy Association’s New Program Gets Patients to Take Their Meds

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 13, 2017

The Medication Adherence Project, an initiative by the Texas Pharmacy Association, will use a cloud-based platform to check on people with controlled hypertension. The program is designed to help raise the profile of pharmacists in the healthcare conversation.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

Groups Join Forces To Improve Veteran Hiring and Retention

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

The SHRM Foundation and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations are marshaling their expertise on HR and veterans issues to improve veteran employment.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 10, 2017

Friday Buzz: The Challenges Associations Face Today

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 10, 2017

The world is changing, and because of that associations are facing several common obstacles that they’ll need to overcome. Also: How to create content optimized for short attention spans.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2017

How E3 Is Making Room for the Public This Year

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2017

The Entertainment Software Association has long put on a tradeshow so cool that the public has wanted in on the gaming action. This year, it’ll let them into E3—while being mindful of the new dynamic it creates.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 8, 2017

Opening the Door to Government Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 8, 2017

In some fields, associations can’t fully carry out their mission of guiding smart policy and facilitating information exchange if government employees aren’t part of their membership community. But state and federal rules are sometimes an obstacle to bringing in those members. Some groups are reexamining their membership strategies to bring down that barrier.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2017

Monday Buzz: Why Business Principles Still Apply to Nonprofits

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2017

Don’t forget that associations are still corporations despite their nonprofit status. Also: How a major oil trade group used a Super Bowl ad to generate buzz.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2017

What the Future of NAFTA Holds for Agriculture

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 6, 2017

Within the U.S. agricultural industry, at least, NAFTA has been seen as a net positive, and groups have expressed concern with President Donald Trump’s intent to renegotiate the free-trade deal. On the other side of the border, however, some Mexican officials see the potential to lift the country’s depressed agricultural market.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2017

Tech Industry Grapples With Potential of H-1B Visa Reform

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2017

Silicon Valley has seen much growth from the rise of high-skilled immigration in the sector, but with observers concerned that it’s coming at the cost of American jobs, it’s facing efforts at reform from both the president and in Congress.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2017

How the Hyperledger Project Is Pushing the Blockchain Forward

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2017

The Hyperledger Project, which just added American Express as a member, isn’t interested in creating a bitcoin-style currency. Instead, it’s looking to make the blockchain a fundamentally useful tool for all kinds of businesses. And those businesses are responding favorably to the Linux Foundation-backed group.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

A Membership Checkup for Associations

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

Leading healthcare associations are working together to craft strategies for better engaging members. Even as the healthcare industry continues to change, a new report offers six recommendations to boost engagement that associations in all sectors can learn from.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 30, 2017

Membership Hack: Combo-Promo Campaigns

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 30, 2017

One small association increased membership by 7 percent in a year using targeted "combo-promo" campaigns.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2017

Monday Buzz: Recruiting Student Volunteers

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2017

Inspire more students to participate in volunteer work. Also: Discover an efficient way to promote your content through Twitter. Volunteering is mutually beneficial. Associations gain from the energy, work, and passion of the people pitching in, while volunteers—especially student ones—develop life skills and a broader perspective to become valuable members of society. Volunteer experience can also […]

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 27, 2017

Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 27, 2017

The American Transportation Research Institute’s annual list of the most congested areas for trucks offers decision makers information they can use to deal with problem spots on highways

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 25, 2017

Will "Gen Z" be a Generation of Joiners?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 25, 2017

While most associations are plotting out recruitment strategies for millennials, membership professionals need to be thinking about a younger generation entering the workforce this year. Generation Z, it’s said, will be even more digitally savvy and globally focused.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2017

Robotics Group, Seeing Growth, Launches Mexican Arm

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2017

The Association for Advancing Automation’s new A3 Mexico offshoot comes in response to a surge of growth in robotics purchases there. A major advocacy group for the potential of automation is looking to give Mexican industry a bit of a leg up. On Thursday, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3)—a coalition that includes the Robotic […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2017

Report: Cashless Payments Surge in Popularity Worldwide

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2017

A British data firm reports that cashless transactions, including cards and credit transfers, have seen a major rise in uptake in recent years. Visa recently announced a program to give cashless payments a nudge with small businesses.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2017

Film Critics Group Branches Out With Banking Campaign

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2017

With a new production arm, the African American Film Critics Association is using its film-industry knowledge to help launch a financial literacy campaign with the largest black-owned bank in the United States.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2017

Marijuana Group Goes Stark, Simple With Public-Safety Campaign

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2017

The Marijuana Industry Group, which represents Colorado’s legal pot trade, is launching a series of safety-focused slogans that take a few cues from campaigns targeted at alcohol users.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 3, 2017

Contractors Group Aims to Quell Workforce Shortage

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 3, 2017

Facing an industry workforce shortage, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association has deployed an initiative with the goal of attracting more than 100,000 millennials to the workforce by 2020.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 2, 2017

Tire Association Rolls Out Social Portal to Communicate With Consumers

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Jan 2, 2017

The Automotive Social Portal allows tire industry associations and member companies to share product, safety, and dealer information with consumers through social media. It’s also a valuable new member benefit.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

CompTIA Report: Despite ROI Concerns, Small Businesses Embrace Tech

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

A new report indicates that small and medium-sized businesses have embraced the importance of technology, even if it’s not clear how that technology is moving the needle. The study could prove insightful for associations that share common ground with small businesses.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 22, 2016

4 Ideas for 2017 Nondues Revenue Resolutions

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 22, 2016

As 2017 approaches, here are four questions to ask to create realistic routes toward accomplishing your resolutions related to nondues revenue.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

Google Doubles Down on Holiday-Season Nonprofit Giving

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

With a shift in its corporate culture taking shape, Google has increased its focus on charity this year, giving nonprofits $30 million in technology funding that previously would have gone to the company’s employees.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: The Loyalty Program Buffer

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

Why your loyalty program could soften the blow during a brand crisis. Also: Think of your website as the foundation of a home.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Dec 20, 2016

Five Tips for a More Successful 2017

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Dec 20, 2016

Whether your team didn’t meet its annual goals or your association is facing financial hardship, an HR pro shares some tips on fostering motivation and encouraging success in 2017.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

How One Nonprofit Helps Santa (and the Post Office)

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

BeAnElf.org, an ongoing nonprofit campaign, has encouraged the public to respond to letters to Santa Claus for more than a decade—in the process helping to draw attention to the U.S. Postal Service's century-old Operation Santa program.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

Friday Buzz: Avocados Earn Emoji Love

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

The trade group Avocados From Mexico celebrates its namesake fruit’s new emoji fame. Also: Why your organization shouldn’t have too many arbitrary business rules.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2016

Free Press Group to Camera Makers: Your Devices Need Encryption

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2016

The Freedom of the Press Foundation, in conjunction with dozens of documentary filmmakers, photographers, and associations, asked some of the world’s largest camera-makers to bake encryption into their devices—a feature common in most forms of modern technology.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 14, 2016

New York Law May Signal Challenges Coming for Airbnb

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 14, 2016

While Airbnb has agreed to work with New York City in response to a recent state law, the law nonetheless threatens the company’s largest market—and could be the opening salvo for critics attempting to take on the firm elsewhere.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 6, 2016

Orthopedic Surgeons Launch New Open-Access Medical Journal

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 6, 2016

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons this week expanded its existing open-access options by launching a new online journal targeted at global audiences—one that fully follows open-access principles.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2016

Groups at Center of Standing Rock Protests Respond to Pipeline Decision

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2016

The U.S. Army’s decision to block the building of a pipeline near the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe adds a new wrinkle to an ongoing fight. But there is a belief on both sides of the issue that the presidential transition may make the decision temporary.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

A Helping Hand to Physicians: Groups Launch Anti-Suicide Effort

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

With suicide rates among physicians at a high level, and concern rising among medical doctors, a trio of groups has made resources available to physicians who might be dealing with stress or burnout.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

3 Associations that Created Viral Videos

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

Associations are using funny videos as a way of communicating and building awareness around their campaigns. Follow their cue.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

Future-Proof Your Marketing Team

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

With all of the seismic shifts in technology, tools, and even customers, the marketing function within associations looks very different today than it did a decade ago. That means the skills required to do the job are in constant flux.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

The Fix: Job Board Marketing Matters

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2016

Advice on marketing your job board.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Rebuilding a Fictional Town

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

How Netflix turned to live events to promote its revival of the cult show Gilmore Girls. Also: The next act for the two guys who created the hugely popular news site Politico.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Fighting Fire With Fire

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

This clever antismoking marketing strategy is aimed directly at hipsters. Also: If your member marketing isn’t connecting, look closely at these three issues.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 23, 2016

After Scandal, Egyptian Cotton Group Tightens Linen Scrutiny

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 23, 2016

In the months since Target found that a supplier was selling bedsheets that falsely claimed to be 100 percent Egyptian cotton, an industry group has stiffened its standards and doubled down on DNA-based certification.

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Nov 22, 2016

World Biogas Association Poised to Take a Bite Out of Climate Change

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka Nov 22, 2016

The recently launched World Biogas Association plans to help organizations across the globe promote anaerobic digestion and biogas technologies—and harness them to fight climate change.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Win Over Busy Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

It’s not easy to get busy members to take a breath that's long enough to read what you have to say, but it’s possible. Here’s how. Also: Consider your process when building out event engagement.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

Don’t Ignore the New Top-Level Domains

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

For years, revamped top-level domains have been promised as the new frontier in branding online, and they’re nearly mature enough that they’re starting to show up in the wild. These domains have huge advantages in some contexts, but those who don’t pay attention could find their brands at risk online.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 17, 2016

3 Lessons on Swaying Public Opinion

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 17, 2016

Does your association want to change your reputation, or does your group need to clear up some false information? Here’s a collection of tips and case studies from organizations that have been there, done that.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Twitter Takes On the Trolls

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

The social network’s plans to tackle online abuse get more sophisticated. Also: Why you should give employees a chance to get their bearings in the morning.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

Don’t Just Use Data, Keep Reinventing Your Data Strategy

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

Over two decades, an ambitious firm has grown from startup subsidiary to the established maker of a tool used by millions. (Hint: It’s probably in your car.) The reason the company has managed to hold on for so long has much to do with its ever-evolving data strategy. It offers a great example for associations […]

Money & Business by Alex Beall Nov 8, 2016

New Partnership Brings Wellness Programs to Schools

Money & Business by Alex Beall Nov 8, 2016

Action for Healthy Kids, the National PTA, and ALDI have teamed up to institute health and fitness programs in 25 U.S. schools.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Always Be Prepared

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2016

A fire-chief group in Washington state teams with a risk-management group to offer free risk-management training to fire departments.

Membership by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 7, 2016

Supreme Court Arguments in Antitrust Case Set for December 7

Membership by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 7, 2016

The justices announced that they will hold arguments next month in a case that has major implications for associations. The issue: whether ordinary membership and governance activities can constitute a conspiracy in an antitrust case.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2016

NYC-Based Freelancers Union Scores Major Legislative Victory

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2016

In a move likely to have ripple effects nationwide, a new law that passed in New York City will stiffen the penalties for nonpayment of freelance contracts. The effort came about thanks in no small part to the work of the Freelancers Union, which mobilized its members—many of whom are based in the city.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 27, 2016

Global Business Insights From New World Bank Report

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 27, 2016

In a recently released report, World Bank researchers made some interesting discoveries about the business environment in countries around the world. What are the takeaways for associations who are abroad—or might be looking to go abroad? Earlier this week the World Bank released its Doing Business 2017 report, in which researchers looked at 190 economies […]

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 26, 2016

Questioning the Folk Theories of Association Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 26, 2016

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

Just Before Halloween, Bat Week Borrows Shark Week's Vibe

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

The third annual Bat Week, sponsored by Bat Conservation International, with the support of a number of public and private organizations, is being driven this year by a webcast series targeted at kids.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

Friday Buzz: Guard Against a Third-Party Data Breach

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

Do your third-party vendors have too much access to your data—and what sort of risks does that open up? Also: The head of the Internet Association reflects on the group’s start.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 17, 2016

Advertising Association Forges Multicultural Marketing Alliance

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 17, 2016

The Association of National Advertisers has formed the Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing to help marketers create campaigns that will resonate with a more diverse population of consumers.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2016

U.S. Travel Association Doubles Down on Vegas Ahead of Debate

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2016

With the final presidential debate taking place in a travel-industry hotbed, the U.S. Travel Association is using the opportunity to play up the economic importance of travel through a series of ads. The group argues the message is hard to ignore, no matter the party.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2016

Associations Offer Help to Sheriffs Handling North Dakota Protest

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2016

As police forces in rural North Dakota deal with a potentially long-term protest, two sheriffs' associations have offered their services to the Morton County Sheriff's Department—just in case it needs additional help.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

Next-Gen Appeal: Making Meetings For Millennial Members

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

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?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 11, 2016

Know Your Data: Ages and Stages

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 11, 2016

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

Better-Rated Performance Reviews

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

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.

Leadership by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2016

Power of A: ABC, 123

Leadership by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2016

Librarians empower parents to put kids on a path to reading.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

Associations USA: Ohio

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the Buckeye State.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

The Fix: Hitting the Bull’s-Eye

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

Marketing automation helps your messages reach their target.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2016

Trade Group: Malls Consider High-Tech Solutions to Security

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2016

With malls the recent targets of attacks but shoppers wary of airport-style security, trade groups are helping their members get creative when it comes to improving security at malls and retail outlets.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 6, 2016

Conference Circuit: Business Mastery

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 6, 2016

The National Black MBA Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition kicks off next week in New Orleans.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 5, 2016

Engagement Scoring: Big Benefit or Big Brother?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 5, 2016

How much do your members know about your association’s data and engagement tracking? And how do they feel about being scored for their activity?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

Mobile Emergency Alerts Could Expand, but Wireless Group Sees Challenges

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

At a time when a prominent senator is calling for improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alert System, one association is pointing out that those improvements could put additional stress on the system at an inopportune time.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 28, 2016

Inbound Marketing’s Potential for Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 28, 2016

As marketing technology advances and member habits evolve, the power of inbound marketing continues to grow. Is your association ready to make the leap?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

Report: Frequency, Audience Greatly Affect Email Engagement

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

SendGrid’s new email benchmarking report offers data points that add up to a single key finding: It’s important to understand how your audience responds to how you send messages. When it comes to email engagement, success means different things for different types of organizations. Nowhere is that point more clear than in SendGrid’s Global Email […]

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2016

Native American, First Nations Tribes Join Forces in Pipeline Fight

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2016

More than 50 indigenous nations have joined forces in a coordinated attempt to fight the construction of massive oil pipelines that would extend through Canada and part of the United States. The collaboration highlights a growing level of coordination between the nations.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 23, 2016

How to Maximize Social Media at Conferences

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 23, 2016

Used wisely, it can be a benefit to attendees. In just a few years, many businesses have gone from viewing social media as a distraction to an essential tool for learning and communication. It’s a great tool for meetings, too. Here’s how meeting planners, attendees, and convention and visitor bureaus are maximizing social media at […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

Anti-Troll Group Wants to Study Journalists' Tweets

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

TrollBusters, a group launched by a professor at Ohio University, has put out a call asking female journalists to share their Twitter feeds with the group so it can get a better understanding of how online trolls work.

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 16, 2016

Why Walking Will Improve Your Meeting

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 16, 2016

Walking is great for brains. It improves creativity, which can be a boon for meetings. Think back to your last meeting. Chances are, you spent much of the time sitting—the default position for most meetings. Next time, try taking a walk. Walking benefits our bodies in a variety of ways, but it turns out it’s […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2016

Report: Group Warns State Democratic Chairs of Hacking Risks

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2016

In response to a spate of hacking and impersonation incidents related to a recent data leak, the Association of State Democratic Chairs has told its members to be on close watch.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 13, 2016

Power of Play Revealed on Revamped Toy Industry Website

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 13, 2016

Last week, the Toy Industry Association relaunched The Genius of Play website, another piece of a research-backed campaign aimed at getting kids to play more.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

Advocacy Groups to FTC: Regulate Influencer Marketing on Instagram

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

A number of public-interest groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to keep an eye on marketers who are relying on celebrity endorsements without properly disclosing that the stars were paid for their Instagram posts.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

Monday Buzz: Indie Group Embraces the Artists

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

A group that represents independent music labels opens up its membership to individual artists. Also: Why you should focus on an approach to learning that makes you unique. Independent musicians—of the kind likely to show up in a Pitchfork album review or a Stereogum blog post—have a different set of needs than your average major-label […]

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2016

White House Brings SXSW Vibe to South Lawn

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2016

Ahead of President Obama's departure from office, the White House will hold a first-of-its kind cultural event that takes more than a little inspiration from South by Southwest. The event is being put on with the help of the Austin-based SXSW team.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 7, 2016

NY Apple Group Branches Out with New Campaign

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 7, 2016

The New York Apple Association’s newest campaign hopes to inspire consumers to throw some apples into their salads this fall. In New York State, the apple harvest has commenced, with varieties like McIntosh and Empire already straining the tree limbs. So, as consumers head out to either pick or purchase their favorites this fall, the […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Don't Forget Your Case Studies

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

How one association took a data-based approach to building effective, personalized case studies. Also: Don't forget that you won't be in your board seat forever.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2016

Friday Buzz: Time to Update Your Apps

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2016

Apple gives an ultimatum to developers: Maintain your apps or we'll remove it from the App Store. Also: Why one association embraced an organizational redesign.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 1, 2016

Canadian Medical Association Puts Its Energy Into Fossil-Fuel Divestment

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 1, 2016

At a time when the Canadian Medical Association is taking a tougher stance against climate change, the association reveals that it has completed the divestment of its stakes in fossil-fuel companies. The association is also offering an fossil-free investment option for doctors through its wealth-management subsidiary.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 1, 2016

After Costly Apple Ruling, Groups Criticize EU's Tax Strategy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 1, 2016

After the iPhone maker received a large retroactive tax bill from the European Union because an agreement with Ireland was invalidated, two major trade groups joined the U.S. Treasury Department in criticizing the controversial ruling.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: How #Eventprofs Became Famous

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

The story of #eventprofs, one of the most popular online communities in the event space. Also: Let's talk collecting dues.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: An Evolution in Loyalty Programs

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

How one industry that has long relied on loyalty programs is adapting to the mobile era. Also: a data point that cuts through a sacred cow in the association space.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

How Should You Handle Cold-Call Emails?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

It's an inevitability on both sides of the equation: Either you're receiving a lot of cold-call emails or sending them out—and it can be frustrating either way. Want to get someone to actually respond to an unsolicited message? The secret is personalization.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

Monday Buzz: Hide the Guts of the Machine

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

Why you should focus on your front-end design instead of your back-end design. Also: It's time to update your Facebook page with a new design.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 25, 2016

How an Industry Group Is Changing the Discourse

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 25, 2016

Looking to change public opinion on canned foods, the Can Manufacturers Institute sought a third-party partner—and has made strides in increasing awareness on the benefits of canned foods.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 24, 2016

Membership Will Never Be Perfect

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 24, 2016

Working in association membership means you'll always be failing a little bit. Defining your target levels of success, though, will help you make peace with the portion of members who don't renew, who never read email, or who are just never quite satisfied.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

Lean Startup Strategy: Take Your Innovation in Smaller Bites

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

The problem of fermenting innovation in the association world is well-documented, but the solutions are a little harder to come by. Could the lean startup strategy for building out ideas be one way to shift the conversation in your association?

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 19, 2016

Nonprofits Get New Guidelines for Presenting Financials

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 19, 2016

More than two decades after issuing rules and regulations for nonprofits on how to present and share their financials, the Financial Accounting Standards Board hopes to simplify things for these organizations, as well as their donors, by issuing new guidelines.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 19, 2016

Welcome, Everyone: How to Make Your Meetings More Inclusive

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 19, 2016

Meetings-related sessions at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition discussed how to make your meetings more inclusive and welcoming for every attendee.

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 18, 2016

Mixed Martial Artists Fight to Create Players’ Association

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 18, 2016

Key figures in the sports world want the increasingly popular mixed martial arts fighters to unionize. Launching the Professional Fighters Association is seen as the way to do that.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

Why Does Innovation Challenge Associations So Much?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

During this week's ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, a trend of discussion during different sessions was that innovation quite often requires quick work, something many associations are not known for. How can we make the big, hulking machine a little easier to turn?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 15, 2016

Why One Association's PR Defense Stumbled

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 15, 2016

The Newspaper Association of America wasn't out of line to criticize John Oliver's segment on journalism. But when associations push back in public, what you choose to criticize matters.

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Aug 14, 2016

Astronaut Twins Tell #ASAE16 Attendees to "Do the Hard Thing"

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Aug 14, 2016

On Sunday morning, opening keynoters Mark and Scott Kelly galvanized thousands of #ASAE16 attendees with stories recounting their dual rise to space and encouragement to avoid taking the easy route. Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly kicked off the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition on Sunday with a double-act keynote speech that encouraged association professionals […]

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 11, 2016

Maintaining a Balance of Loyalty to Members and Advertisers

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 11, 2016

This week, Facebook announced that they’re blocking ad blockers, but they’re also keeping Facebook users in mind by giving them ad preferences. What lessons can associations take in walking the tightrope between loyalty to their advertisers and their members?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2016

FDA's New E-Cigarette Rules, Now Taking Effect, Prove Divisive

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday began implementing regulations on a number of tobacco products—with e-cigarettes being the largest target. Health groups approve of the changes, but vaping groups warn that the regulations could be an industry-killer.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 3, 2016

Reward Members for What They're Already Doing

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 3, 2016

A new membership program from comic-book giant Marvel shows earning loyalty may be as simple as rewarding existing behavior.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 2, 2016

Drug Store Group Launches Immunization Initiative

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 2, 2016

Wanting to boost pharmacy-based immunization rates, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is launching three demonstration projects that aim to foster healthcare collaboration.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2016

Monday Buzz: Why Boston Doesn't Have Cheap Rooms

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2016

An array of economic and geographic pressures have boosted Boston's hotel rooms to extremely high rates. Also: Consider these tips on how to approach a niche social media platform, which could help you build your member base.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

Membership Memo: Growth Factor

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

How one group aims for success via Plantae, its community at large.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2016

Proposed Debt Collection Rule Changes Draw Array of Responses

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2016

Too far or not far enough? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plans to limit how often debt collectors can reach out to consumers received mixed responses from consumer and trade groups this week.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 28, 2016

Researchers Funded by Ice Bucket Challenge Discover ALS Gene

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 28, 2016

Fundraising can be large part of propelling an organization’s mission forward. And for the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has done that as the funds it raised helped researchers discover a new ALS gene.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2016

Research: Small Businesses Struggle With Travel Headaches

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2016

New research released this week by Holiday Inn finds that roughly a third of small businesses believe they have a harder time with the process of booking travel than their larger counterparts.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Jul 27, 2016

Michael Jordan Antiviolence Donation Strategy Strikes Careful Political Balance

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Jul 27, 2016

One of the greatest basketball legends of all time is troubled by the recent increase in violence against black people. But he made a significant point by splitting his donations between two organizations in the midst of a contentious debate.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

Should You Let a YouTuber Do Your Marketing?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

Influencer marketing, or the concept of getting a prominent online creator to sell your product to their audience, has a significant ROI potential if done well, but it can be difficult to get started. Check out some tips for trying out the strategy for your association.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 25, 2016

Car Group Issues Best Practices for Auto Cybersecurity

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 25, 2016

The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an organization composed of car companies, released best practices for preventing and responding to hacks on connected cars.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 22, 2016

Friday Buzz: The Dangers of Workplace FOMO

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 22, 2016

FOMO isn't limited to TV shows or video games; it's also common in the workplace. That's not a good thing. Also: How one DC-area vehicle-rental company has taken advantage of the Pokémon Go buzz.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

Monday Buzz: Skipping the Conventions, but Still Busy

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

A number of major trade groups are passing on the national conventions—both Republican and Democratic. But they still have a lot going on. Also: Are you making these body-language mistakes?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 15, 2016

Debt Forgiveness Plan Raises Concerns for College Groups

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 15, 2016

Associations representing both for-profit and nonprofit colleges say that a plan to expand student-debt protections could potentially hurt. The for-profit industry's primary group is attempting to fight the rules.