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Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 3, 2017

Best Benefit Ever: Public Relations Support

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 3, 2017

A Canadian health technology group provides members with strategic public relations agency support.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 20, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Cyberbullying Hotline

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 20, 2016

It’s not just pets that can bite. A veterinarian group launches a cyberbullying hotline for its members.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 13, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Compensation Data

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 13, 2016

A California hotel group launches a new platform to allow members to discover wage and benefits data specific to the hotel industry.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 6, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Reading Library

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 6, 2016

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has launched a new benefit that allows members to easily access continuing-education materials.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 29, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Quality Assurance

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 29, 2016

The Architectural Glass and Metal Association now offers a Quality Management System and a Quality Assurance Program for glazing contractors.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 22, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Building a Better Application

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 22, 2016

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture designs a platform to help member schools manage graduate school applications more efficiently.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A New Perk

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

The National Coffee Association launches a career center for people who see a future in roasted-bean juice—and for the employers that want to hire them.

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 Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Links on the Chain

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

A prominent supply-chain group launches a new tool to put members in touch with potential mentors.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Hitting All the Pins

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

Bowling University, the online educational platform offered by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, helps make a lot of sense out of a complicated business.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Purchasing Power

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2016

The Advanced Medical Technology Association hopes to leverage its members as a way to lower prices on common services and equipment.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Disaster Training

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

The American Music Therapy Association offers a free online disaster-response course to members and nonmembers alike.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Say It Visually

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

An arts association offers its members discounts on a new visualization tool—and sweetens the deal by getting its members in on a contest offered by the platform.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A Doggone Helpful Idea

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

A U.K. trade group for pets offers credit card processing to its members. The benefit comes with an additional perk for members of the Pet Industry Federation: a discount on membership renewals.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Make Design Your Domain

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Australia's largest graphic design organization is offering its members a top-level domain that speaks to their career choice.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A Members-Only Print Shop

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

The American Land Title Association makes it easier for members to print the marketing materials needed to reach homebuyers. What is it? Marketing with print materials can be a pain for anyone, including sellers of title insurance. Seeing an opportunity, the American Land Title Association  launched its own online print shop earlier this year, offering […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A New Place to Chat

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

The American College of Radiology offers an elaborate new private community to members. What is it? Private communities are nothing new in the association space, but it’s always nice to have a fresh take on one. The American College of Radiology (ACR), a group with 37,000 members, is aiming for just that with the launch […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Making Copyright Less Confusing

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

A coalition that speaks up for the rights of creators in the film and television industries launches a clearinghouse for on-the-ground advice about copyright and trademark issues.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Back to School

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2016

An association for educators offers its members a pretty solid deal on the array of office supplies those educators are going to need in the months to come.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Build Your Own Plane

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

The Experimental Aircraft Association teams up with a popular software maker to offer members a free version of an industry-standard design app, to enable them to create their own plane.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Membership, Piece by Piece

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2016

The Modern Quilt Guild, a membership group based on quilting, is going to be delivering a new block design to its crew of quilters each month—and is asking members for help.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Here Comes the Sun

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2016

The Oregon Farm Bureau gives its members a big discount on high-output solar panels designed specifically for farming or ranching.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 28, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Get Your Data in Tune

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 28, 2016

The Music Business Association offers its members deep-dive consumer analytics way beyond what can be found on any Billboard chart. What is it? In case you’ve read anything about the music industry lately, you might know that selling a hit song to the broader public is a lot different than it was before Napster came […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: An App of Your Own

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

A local chamber of commerce does what it does best: It offers a local company the opportunity to share its "micro app" offering with the chamber's members.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Changing With the Regulations

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

A veterinary medical group, responding to changes in Michigan's law, creates a new online portal for continuing education.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Keep Your Skin in the Game

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2016

A state golfing association offers discounts on early-detection services for skin cancer—a disease that's of particular concern for golfers, who spend their days out in the sun.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Bring a Friend

Membership by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

An association for theatre educators and their students is making it easier (and cheaper) than ever for first-time attendees to show up to its annual meeting.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: On-Demand Tech Support

Membership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2016

Real estate associations are starting to offer their members access to something they may not have when closing sales: support for their laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. The perk is an example of an association making a member benefit available to other associations around the country.

Membership by Morgan Little May 10, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A Guide to Aviation Regulations

Membership by Morgan Little May 10, 2016

The world of aviation is endlessly complex, but the National Business Aviation Association is helping members make sense of one key aspect.

Membership by Morgan Little Apr 26, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Giving Retired Members Their Due

Membership by Morgan Little Apr 26, 2016

The Society of Health and Physical Educators prioritizes activity, and they've devised a way to ensure that members stay involved even after they've retired.

Membership by Morgan Little Apr 19, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Shaping a Science Association's Future

Membership by Morgan Little Apr 19, 2016

The Citizen Science Association is a new entrant in the scientific community, officially opening its doors to new members and, most importantly, new ideas.

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 22, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Making the Pitch to Landowners

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 22, 2016

Having difficulty explaining your benefits? Here's how the Country Land and Business Association presents its perks in an easy-to-understand manner.

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 8, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: New Jobs in the Sports Industry

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 8, 2016

Finding and obtaining a job is a competitive process, and the Sports Lawyers Association wants to make sure its members have a head start on the competition.

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 1, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A Bevy of Debate Videos

Membership by Morgan Little Mar 1, 2016

Associations looking to make the most of video would do well to take note of the National Speech & Debate Association's efforts.

Membership by Morgan Little Feb 2, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Chiropractic Credit Expansion

Membership by Morgan Little Feb 2, 2016

The Alaska Chiropractic Society is helping members gain access to the business resources they need with a new credit union partnership.

Membership by Morgan Little Jan 5, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Market Research for Veterinarians

Membership by Morgan Little Jan 5, 2016

Dealing with sick animals is hard enough, so this association makes the business side of veterinary work easier with its market-research statistics.

Membership by Morgan Little Dec 22, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: A Treasured Archive for Coin Collectors

Membership by Morgan Little Dec 22, 2015

Coin lovers rejoice! The entire archive of a historic publication devoted to coin collection and study has been republished online, thanks to the help of its parent association.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 27, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: Bank on It

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 27, 2015

A new partnership between the Mortgage Bankers Association and one of the best-known names in lending could boost benefits for mortgage bankers.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 6, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: Pharmacy Group Advisory Councils

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 6, 2015

A new initiative gives pharmacy association members more say on policy by establishing councils for their areas of expertise.

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 22, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: The Elimination of Alumni Exclusivity

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 22, 2015

The University at Buffalo Alumni Association will offer its current benefits but eliminate its entry cost by restructuring its entire membership model.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Sep 15, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: Fantasy Sports Research That Matters

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Sep 15, 2015

Organizations looking to join the rapidly growing world of fantasy sports can get the information they need, thanks to this association.

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 28, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: Lawyers Take to the Cloud

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 28, 2015

The Washington State Bar Association joins with several other bar associations to help members adopt cloud-based practice management.

Membership by Julia Haskins May 26, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: New Partnerships Bring Fresh Perks to Bankers

Membership by Julia Haskins May 26, 2015

The Mortgage Bankers Association has joined forces with several other organizations in the mortgage industry, creating a slew of new benefits for its members. What’s the benefit? For the Mortgage Bankers Association, when it comes to forming partnerships, the more the merrier. MBA has teamed up with Fannie Mae, Capital Markets Cooperative, and The Mortgage […]

Membership by Julia Haskins Mar 24, 2015

Best Benefit Ever: PR Help for Convenience Store Owners

Membership by Julia Haskins Mar 24, 2015

Members of The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing will learn how to promote their businesses more effectively with a new public relations guide.

Membership by Julia Haskins Dec 2, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Conference Organizers Gain Research Access

Membership by Julia Haskins Dec 2, 2014

A partnership between the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers and universities in the UK gives members unparalleled access to university research.

Membership by Julia Haskins Nov 10, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Retirement Benefits for Tennis Aficionados

Membership by Julia Haskins Nov 10, 2014

The United States Professional Tennis Association is helping its members stay active for a lifetime with a new partnership. What’s the benefit?: Call it a win-win: Sports-apparel brand 2XU is offering members of the United States Professional Tennis Association special discounts for its compression gear, along with motivation for USPTA athletes to wear the 2XU […]

Membership by Morgan Little Oct 14, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Critical Advocacy Intel

Membership by Morgan Little Oct 14, 2014

A British security industry giant underscores the importance of legislative lobbying and member education.

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 23, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Dispensing Deposition Wisdom

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 23, 2014

Members of the State Bar of California have a resource to more effectively prepare clients for depositions.

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 16, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Building Benefits Through Membership

Membership by Morgan Little Sep 16, 2014

Congratulations! You have a full suite of member benefits! Now, how are you spreading your membership message? One media association sets an example.

Membership by Morgan Little Aug 19, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Top-level Domains for Realtors

Membership by Morgan Little Aug 19, 2014

Members of the National Association of Realtors will soon be able to host .realtor sites—and the first members who sign up will get to do this for free.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Matching Workers With Auto Shops

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2014

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey, an association representing auto repair shops and technicians, isn't afraid to play matchmaker for its members.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Get a Book—Your Choice

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

The educational membership group ASCD gives members of certain tiers access to freshly printed books, and it recently sweetened the deal by giving those members additional options.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Regulation Navigation

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2014

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association makes it easier for members to understand the ins and outs of a complicated field.

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 29, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Benchmarking a Bounty of Soybeans

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 29, 2014

A joint project between the American Soybean Association and FarmLink is aiming to help members make the most of their soybean crop.

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 22, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Cheaper, Easier Background Checks

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 22, 2014

An association for independent businesses is making it easier for employers to ensure they're making the right hiring decisions.

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 15, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Badges for Design Pros

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 15, 2014

Houzz, an online platform that helps homeowners, creatives, and design professionals to share ideas and collaborate is now partnering with the American Institute of Architects.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Leveraging a New Member's Strengths

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2014

The Software & Information Industry Association is launching a news curation service for an industry always on the lookout for fresh info. In the process, the association is using the benefit to give a new member some time in the spotlight.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 1, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Dating Service for Like-Minded Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 1, 2014

With an idea that could be called nothing short of genius, Mensa's American chapter (which requires members to score at or above the 98th percentile on a standardized IQ test) is launching a dating site.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Satellite GPS Device Discounts

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2014

The American Motorcyclist Association's new discount could come in handy on remote roads, where a mobile signal is anything but a sure thing—or if, heaven forbid, a member's bike is stolen.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Online Research Options

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2014

With two new member offerings, the Southern California Genealogical Society is making it cheaper for members to research their lineage.

Membership by Morgan Little Jun 10, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Free Vision Checkups for Employees

Membership by Morgan Little Jun 10, 2014

The New England Human Resources Association gives members a benefit that helps their employees better see the world—literally.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Specialized Credit Card Processing

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2014

The American Bar Association offers a new option for lawyers struggling with how best to handle the complexities of accepting credit cards in the legal field.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Roadside Assistance

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

The American Motorcyclist Association works to keep its members on the road even when they're having engine trouble.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 27, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Access to Ride-Sharing Services

Membership by Ernie Smith May 27, 2014

Obviously you can get a lot of places with a bicycle, but sometimes your transportation needs require just a little more than that. Check out how Bicycle Colorado is working to attract new members who occasionally need four wheels instead of two.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2014

Best Benefit Ever: Ethics Assessment Tool

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2014

The Association of Fundraising Professionals helps its members figure out the right move with its ethics assessment tool.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Research Tools and Funding

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

The American College of Cardiology’s free database access has proven popular with members. To help members generate successful medical research, ACC provides free access to the InfoED SPIN funding database, where users can search more than 40,000 research opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors worldwide. ACC members can also access a vast pool of clinical […]

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jul 1, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Member Advisors

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jul 1, 2013

The Snow and Ice Management Association gives its new members some help from the vets.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Reports to Share

Membership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2013

The National Association of Elementary School Principals provides members with a monthly "Report to Parents" offering advice on a wide variety of topics.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 15, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Scholarships

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 15, 2013

The National Propane Gas Association helps members send their children to college.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Mar 1, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Legal Advice

Membership by Associations Now Staff Mar 1, 2013

The National Association of Broadcasters have helped their members wade through challenging waters with free legal advice.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2013

Best Benefit Ever: Dispute Resolution

Membership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2013

The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute's move to offer dispute resolution helps protect the reputations of members.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2012

Best Benefit Ever: Car-Buying Assistance

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2012

The National Education Association helps its members find the right car with its Auto Purchase Advantage Program.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Nov 13, 2012

Best Benefit Ever: Listservers

Membership by Associations Now Staff Nov 13, 2012

The Maryland Association for Justice's listserver brings its community together.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

Best Benefit Ever: Insurance

Membership by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jun 26, 2019

Summer Benefits: Association Trades PTO for Networking

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jun 26, 2019

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America implemented a new program this summer that allows employees to take off every other Friday if they go to a networking meeting and write up a short report.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 26, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Trend Analysis Can Benefit Associations

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 26, 2019

Your organization might not engage with every viral trend, but it should pay attention to what fads show about human behavior. Also: how boards can help new leaders.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

Five Millennial-Friendly Benefits to Offer Your Team

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

From free food to a commitment to student loans, organizations looking to hire younger workers are learning to boost their millennial-friendly benefits, and when the time is right, let loose.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 5, 2019

Saving Time: Your Best Member Benefit

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 5, 2019

Are your members too busy to engage with your association? Maybe it’s time to rethink how you talk about member benefits and services, reframing them as time-saving opportunities.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Benefits of Regulating Email Marketing

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2018

Email marketing is evolving, but attempts to regulate the messages that go in your inbox do more good than harm, argues a former “Spam King.” Also: Timing event meals perfectly.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2018

Transgender Health Benefits Expand—at Starbucks and Beyond

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2018

Starbucks recently announced a plan to pay for a number of medical procedures for transgender employees that would not otherwise be covered by traditional health insurance. The move by the coffee chain, which was assisted by an association, reflects increased corporate interest in such benefits.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2018

How One Nonprofit Leveraged Sweden’s “Plogging” Craze

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2018

Picking up trash during a run is a hot exercise trend in Sweden that’s starting to gain a following in the United States. Keep America Beautiful, whose mission stands to benefit from the trend, has offered public support for the idea.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2017

Technical Standards: The Hard Part of Making Everyone Happy

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2017

A recent controversy involving the group that sets the rules of the road for the web is a great reminder of how challenging standards-making really is, even if your standards are the ones everyone is using.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 13, 2017

Group Offers Benchmarking Benefits Through Tiered, Online Program

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 13, 2017

With a new online platform, the Truckload Carriers Association is introducing members to the benefits of benchmarking as a way to capture industry data and boost their profitability.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 16, 2017

Millennial-Friendly Benefits Worth Considering

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 16, 2017

Not sure how to crack the code to attracting and retaining that millennial workforce you’re looking for? These three benefits might just be the way to go.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 20, 2017

Practice Makes Perfect: The Benefits of Hosting an Event Pilot

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 20, 2017

If you’re planning to launch a brand-new event or conference in the coming year, hosting a pilot version is a good way to test your assumptions and work out any glitches before “go time.”

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?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 26, 2016

Accessibility for All: Toolkit Ensures Better Meetings For Every Attendee

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 26, 2016

A new resource from the Event Service Professionals Association helps meeting venues, hotels, CVBs, and destinations ensure they are accessible to everyone and that every attendee has the information they need.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Slack as a Member Benefit? Maybe

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2016

How one podcast network juiced engagement with its most die-hard users through Slack. Also: Why you should consider what might happen if you fail.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 22, 2016

The Obvious Benefit That Young Members Are Looking For

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 22, 2016

A new study suggests associations overlook the primary motivation for young members: jobs. But is that a benefit associations are capable of offering?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 1, 2016

Too Many Ideas for Boosting Member Retention? Never!

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 1, 2016

While an in-depth look at the state of membership retention in associations awaits in the mid-summer issue of Associations Now, get a preview with these bonus ideas on boosting retention from several association pros and experts.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman May 23, 2016

Monday Buzz: Member Benefit Must-Haves

Membership by Eli Zimmerman May 23, 2016

Don't miss these essentials when designing your membership program. Plus: A buzzworthy rapper creates a fan event that's worth taking pointers from.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 6, 2016

Tiered Benefits: A Better Solution for Trade Associations?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 6, 2016

A multilevel membership structure that varies by benefits chosen, not by company size, could eliminate the headache of verifying member revenue or staff numbers. One trade association shares its positive experience with its fledgling tiered-benefits system.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 8, 2016

Side Projects: How to Turn Member Benefits Into Marketing Magic

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 8, 2016

What if, instead of putting benefits behind the paywall of membership, associations put some of them out on the open web and made them available for free? As one startup shows, creating small-but-useful apps and giving them away is an effective exposure strategy with an even bigger punch than content marketing.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 12, 2016

Attendee Volunteers: A Meeting’s Best Customer Service Team

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 12, 2016

Instead of relying only on internal staff or a mix of staff and venue or destination teams to handle onsite customer service at meetings, some associations are asking attendees to volunteer. The good news: It benefits everyone involved.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

5 Gifts on Every Membership Pro's Holiday Wishlist

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

Looking for the perfect gift for your colleagues in your association's membership department? Check out this list for last-minute ideas—though you probably won't find any of these in stores.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

Talking Tech: The Benefit of Data Analysis

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

Digging for business intelligence via data is not just for technologists, says Debbie King, COO of DSK Solutions, Inc.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Aug 3, 2015

The Influence of Everyone

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Aug 3, 2015

Most people see CEOs as the main influence-wielders, but persuasion guru Robert Cialdini shows how simple “small-Big” shifts in language or approach can help anyone positively change others’ behaviors—and even their own. When Clarke Price, FASAE, CAE, was president and CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs, he faced a serious challenge. A task force […]

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 18, 2015

Member-Data Collection: The Never-Ending Story

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 18, 2015

Associations have long wondered how to get more members to update their profile info. One association says the key is realizing data management is a multi-channel, every-day job.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 9, 2015

Will Your Best People Stick Around?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 9, 2015

The association data in a recent report on nonprofit staffing suggests that associations may have a harder time hanging on to good staffers.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2014

Coolest Garage Ever? Association Opens Up New Testing Lab for Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2014

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association's new SEMA Garage, opening this month, hopes to make it easier for the association's members to create the sometimes-obscure parts needed for cars and trucks.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2014

Google+ and the Problem With Making Everything About You

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2014

The search giant's social media offering may or may not be on the ropes after a major management shakeup, but the shakeup is a good reminder of the perils of organizing your projects too snugly under a single strategy.

Leadership by Alexis Williams Jan 29, 2014

Lunchtime Links: Reaping the Benefits of Risks

Leadership by Alexis Williams Jan 29, 2014

If you’re stuck with an half-formed idea, don’t be afraid to look to your peers for their input. Also: Is it in you to harness your creative problem-solving skills?

Meetings by Emma Beck Sep 26, 2013

Social Media Roundup: How Member Testimonials Can Benefit You

Meetings by Emma Beck Sep 26, 2013

Testimonials can go a long way in turning a prospective member's "I dunno" to "See you there!" Here's why. Also: Don't let boredom get the better part of your association.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 26, 2013

Three Mindsets Every Leader Needs

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 26, 2013

Two leadership experts say good executives should understand business, politics, and nonprofits simultaneously. Do association CEOs already fit the bill?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 14, 2013

Design: The Extra Step in Member Benefits

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 14, 2013

A salary calculator is a simple tool, but it's a perfect example of an association product designed with the member experience in mind.

Money & Business by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Mar 1, 2013

Value Added: The Benefits of Working Together

Money & Business by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Mar 1, 2013

Fierce competition among associations with similar interests is out. Collaboration is in. Working together makes dollars and sense, as three organizations in the finance industry discovered when they joined forces to attract members and leverage opportunities.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 6, 2013

Global Means Everyone, Not Just Everyone Else

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 6, 2013

At the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the United States is just one country among many, and EO members near and far reap the benefits of its global mindset.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 19, 2012

Are There No New Benefits Under the Sun?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 19, 2012

Visit any association and you'll see the same core sets of benefits — and similar member benefits. Is that good or bad?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 6, 2012

Let Nonmembers Sample Your Benefits Using Open Content

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 6, 2012

To offer a taste of its benefits, the National Speakers Association announced it is opening its official publication Speaker magazine to nonmembers.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2012

Lunchtime Links: This Week’s Best in Tech

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2012

Blogger Jeff De Cagna explains why associations should go all-in with digital. Plus: The Internet Association gets a mixed reaction.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 18, 2014

Pair a Perk With Preferred Payment

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 18, 2014

Trouble convincing members to pay dues a certain way? One association offers a key perk for free when members sign up for automatic renewals.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 13, 2014

Valentine’s Day: 14 Reasons to Love Associations

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 13, 2014

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so what better way to celebrate than by exploring why people should love associations.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2019

How to Get Attendee Personalization Right

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2019

While some members may see personalization as creepy, if associations do it right, it could turn prospects into attendees and lead to more engaged participants onsite.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Rise of the Office Pod

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 15, 2019

Forget open office spaces. Pods, the next work environment trend, are here. Also: questions to ask before updating your remote work policy.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 11, 2019

Boost Your Networking Strategy at Events

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 11, 2019

A new report looked at how people behave and communicate when they network, and then offered up tips to attendees about how do to it more effectively and to event organizers about how to create better environments for it.

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Education Shift at Conferences

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 25, 2019

Submissions have historically been used to determine education sessions, but a new emphasis on knowledge curation is taking precedent. Also: Create an engaging meeting website.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 2, 2019

AI At Your Service

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 2, 2019

Automated technologies powered by artificial intelligence—voice-enabled devices and tools like chatbots—offer speed and efficiency, but also require careful planning, testing, and integration. Here’s how a few associations are putting them to good use to improve member service.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

The Next-Generation Power Play for Associations

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

Associations can’t function like they used to, laying out a few rigid ways in which members may participate in the community. Now, members want to define the terms of engagement—or they won’t join at all. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have a vision for what next-generation nonprofits look like in a “new power” world.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Ask the CEO: Jennifer Manos

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Jennifer Manos, executive director of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, answers questions from member Dr. Beth Mancini.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 28, 2019

Turn Your Homepage Into a Doorway for New Members

Membership by Tim Ebner May 28, 2019

Potential members often make first impressions about an association by visiting its website. A UX expert says that designing a homepage with head and heart appeal can help prospects feel welcome.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 16, 2019

Tech Groups Warn of Ripple Effects From App Store Ruling

Technology by Ernie Smith May 16, 2019

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow users to sue Apple for running its iOS App Store as an alleged monopoly could discourage others from building such platforms in the future, tech associations warn.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 10, 2019

Three Ideas to Perk Up Your Internal Communications Strategy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 10, 2019

Want your employees to stick around? Think long and hard about the tactics you use to communicate to them—as well as how they can respond. Here are a few internal communications strategies to try.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: Communicate Value Regularly

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2019

Don’t just tell potential members that your association is valuable—show them. Also: Try a “hallway huddle” in place of your next meeting.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 8, 2019

Why Employee Mentoring Is Not an HR Tool

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 8, 2019

Due to mentoring’s broad benefits, many see it as a solution to a wide array of organizational issues, but the tool should not be used to handle problem employees, an expert warns.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 5, 2019

Lessons From 25 Years at One Association

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 5, 2019

Catherine Prather has worked at the National Tour Association for 25 years. Soon she will take on the CEO role. As she prepares, she shares some of the steps that got her there.

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Apr 24, 2019

Building Community With $1.50 Beer

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Apr 24, 2019

How to achieve the next level of engagement at your event.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

Why Human Resources and Analytics Make a Great Team

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

HR was often forgotten about in analytics conversations just a few years ago, but evidence seems to be growing that it may be the department that benefits most from data analytics.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 16, 2019

For Member Onboarding, Think Outside the Inbox

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 16, 2019

Email remains the most popular way to engage new members, but some associations are testing creative alternatives in an age of email fatigue.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2019

Study: Most Organizations Aren't Ready for Voice Search

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2019

A new report finds that most organizations are in a poor position to benefit from the emergence of voice search. To get "voice-search ready," they can start by ensuring they have accurate information posted online.

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.

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Case for an Event App

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 15, 2019

Thinking about bringing an event app to your conference? Here’s what to consider when putting information at your guests’ fingertips. Also: Stop apologizing so much.

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 11, 2019

XDP Reveals the Not-So-Secret Sauce to Branding

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Apr 11, 2019

During day one of ASAE’s Xperience Design Project event, association professionals were shown why branding is in the hands of every employee and encouraged to strive for the “impossible.”

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

Grain Industry Highlights Safety Concerns, With OSHA’s Help

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

In the annual Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, the workplace safety agency partners with the National Grain and Feed Association to help industry employers educate workers on grain bin hazards.

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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Streamline Your Credential Application Process

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 29, 2019

Certifications are in high demand, so now's a great time to update your association’s application process. Also: your online community engagement checklist.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 26, 2019

To Boost Global Membership, Get Flexible

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 26, 2019

Strict membership categories and dues structures don’t work for everyone. For your global members, consider flexible options, like income-adjusted pricing or low- or no-cost membership.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

As Mentoring Evolves, Mix the Tech With the Traditional

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

Young professionals can gain a lot of perspective from workplace mentors—even if they communicate via new tools like apps. But experts say face-to-face interactions still have a major role.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Event Registration’s New Frontier

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 19, 2019

Meeting registration technology is changing. With it comes the need for greater data security. Also: Finding a learning management system fit for your organization.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Preventing Burnout Through Membership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 12, 2019

Employee burnout is a real problem—and your association might be the answer. Also: Leverage learning post-meeting.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Time to Check In on Member Relations

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 6, 2019

Members join associations for the value they bring, but they may not feel the benefits long term. Auditing your organization’s member relations function can change that. Also: Is your email worth it?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

How Men and Women Aspiring to Leadership Network Differently

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2019

While men often leverage large social networks to find high-level leadership roles, women with the same goal also tend to rely on a close inner circle of other women, according to a new study.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 24, 2019

How to Lead a Staffer Who Doesn't Want That Promotion

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 24, 2019

Not every employee thinks of "promotion" the same way. For execs, that's an opportunity to rethink how you assess staff and set goals for them.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: It Takes People to Make AI Work Right

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

Artificial intelligence technologies come with a lot of perks, but it takes people to reap the benefits. Also: Improve communication with your team.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

The Fix: Get Executive Pay Right

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2019

The rules for executive compensation at tax-exempt organizations are complex. H. David Wright, chief strategy officer at Triscend, shares advice for structuring packages that work for the executive and the association.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Valuable Volunteer Lessons

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2019

Volunteer work not only aids your community, but it can also help you develop relationships and skills that are helpful in a professional environment. Find out how your fellow association pros have benefited from volunteering.

Brand Connection by Visit Austin Jan 1, 2019

Meet Outside the Box: Apply Your Knowledge to a New Business

Brand Connection by Visit Austin Jan 1, 2019

[Sponsored] Create meaningful professional development opportunities by introducing attendees to local businesses that could benefit from their knowledge.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Empathy is Key to Organizational Change

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2018

Organizational transformations aren’t easy if your team members aren’t on board. Talk to them with empathy to make the transition run smoothly. Also: how to communicate a membership dues increase.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Case for Competent Jerks

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

In the likability versus skills debate, competency wins out, according to a new study. Also: what an office dog can do for company culture.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2018

Name Your Price: The Challenges of Pricing for Associations

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 9, 2018

Putting a price on membership, products, and services can feel fraught with risk and uncertainty. How do you define the value of something? Will members revolt against a price increase? But pricing shouldn’t be guesswork: Patience, testing, research, and a little courage can lead you to the right number.

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 Sophia Conforti Dec 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: What Elmo Can Do for Associations

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 6, 2018

Meetings can easily get sidetracked. The ELMO technique can reign in the conversation and keep the meeting productive. Also: Let data guide organizational tech improvements.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2018

Why Flickr’s Model Shift Could Shake Up the Commons

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2018

The photo service Flickr, once owned by Yahoo, is moving to a subscription model and limiting free accounts. While the shift could lead to the deletion of millions of photos, the organization Creative Commons is working with the company on a solution that could keep many of them available online.

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.

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.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

6 Creative Ways Cities Are Appealing to Life Sciences

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

Your host destination isn’t just a random city, it’s a strategic partner ready to help ensure your meeting content is aligned to resources & expertise.

Leadership by Natasha Bethea Oct 15, 2018

Say Yes To Developing Next-Gen Professionals

Leadership by Natasha Bethea Oct 15, 2018

As millennials and Generation Z become a larger part of the workforce, associations must adapt a culture that encourages and empowers them. Why saying yes to their development will benefit both them and your association.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Association CEOs: What I Wish I’d Known

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

There’s nothing like hindsight, coupled with experience, to show you where your blind spots were long ago. An extended career tends to bring perspective and appreciation for what you may have undervalued in the past. We asked five association CEOs what they wish they had known as young professionals. Although their answers may be especially valuable for today’s YPs, these lessons are worth heeding at every stage of an association career.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2018

4 Ways to Re-Embrace SEO in Your Marketing Strategy

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2018

With the negative press and declining fortunes of social media suggesting that another path is needed for content marketers, one route that’s emerging is a not-so-dusty throwback: search engine optimization, or SEO. Here’s an SEO refresher.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 3, 2018

5 Tips To Ensure Your Host Destination Is A Match

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Sep 3, 2018

Aligning meeting content to your host destination provides greater opportunity for attendees and business value for your organization.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

Attendee Burnout: What Can You Do to Prevent It?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 16, 2018

You want your conference attendees to be focused and productive, but the traditional design of a meeting can often wear them out. Three ways your association can reduce the risk of attendee burnout.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 2, 2018

Should Your Association Consider A Plus-One Strategy?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 2, 2018

A recently launched initiative from Time’s Up looks to boost women in the workplace by intentionally bringing more women to events and providing them with more networking opportunities. The idea offers some opportunities for associations too.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Aug 1, 2018

Editor's Note: Reinvent the Routine

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Aug 1, 2018

The value of taking a fresh, creativity-driven look at your day-to-day routine.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

Beyond Passwords: Physical Security Keys Are Ready for Prime Time

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

Password-based security comes with all sorts of weaknesses, including the threat of phishing. Fortunately for your association’s data, the hardware security key is mature enough that it’s worth a look. Case in point: Google now makes ‘em.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 29, 2018

#ASAE18 Game Changer: The Case for Intellectually Diverse Teams

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 29, 2018

Rich Karlgaard, a Game Changer at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo in August, says facing rapid technological change demands technological smarts. But experience and empathy count too.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Take Online Engagement Offline

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2018

Community by Association shares a few ways to convert online community members to chapter meeting attendees. Also: One architect’s inspiring take on the special value of national meetings.

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2018

App Happy: Why Associations Are Embracing Apps

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2018

People use their mobile devices for communicating, reading, learning, and just about everything else—and apps make much of that activity possible. Associations have increasingly embraced consumers’ affinity for apps, using them to put resources and benefits at members’ fingertips.

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.

Leadership by Maria Mihalik Jun 1, 2018

Crowdsource: Leafy Legacy

Leadership by Maria Mihalik Jun 1, 2018

Healthy urban forests have their day in Idaho.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

The Fix: Cyber Coverage for Your Association

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

Why your association may want to invest in cyber-liability insurance.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Reconsider These Leadership Mantras

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2018

Holding on to traditional management mantras may be stopping your organization from moving forward. Also: How one nonprofit was able to bring its event theme to life in a fresh way.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 10, 2018

How To Build a Robust Internship Program

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 10, 2018

The Consumer Technology Association has built a vibrant internship program that’s more than tripled in size over the last decade. Here are a few elements that have been critical to its success.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

The Importance of Digital Preservation

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

As a recent saga involving a well-known journalist and the Internet Archive showed, we probably don’t talk about digital preservation as much as we should. Perhaps now’s a good time to reintroduce the conversation—and the associations and nonprofits that make it happen.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 30, 2018

How Associations Can Become Expert Storytellers

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 30, 2018

A new whitepaper from the Atlanta chapter of the American Marketing Association points to the importance of storytelling as a marketing tool. One marcomm expert discusses takeaways from the whitepaper and how associations can use them to improve their storytelling skills.

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 20, 2018

XDP Challenges Association Professionals to Think Differently

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 20, 2018

During day two of ASAE’s Xperience Design Project event, expert faculty shared how a change in perspective can lead to innovative ideas, stronger messaging, and better performance.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

Does Your Email Marketing Program Deliver?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2018

Nonprofits say that email deliverability is a key thing for them, but a lot of that depends on your list. A few ways to keep your list in tip-top shape include making lists easy to unsubscribe from, doing the occasional purge of disengaged users, and—of course—keeping out the spam.

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2018

Ways to Wellness: Leadership and Self-Care

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2018

When it comes to self-care, leaders need to manage both themselves and their staffs. From sabbaticals to kitchen cabinets to dedicated reading days, association executives have multiple options.

Membership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2018

A New Age in Awards Programs

Membership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2018

Associations have always used their awards programs to drive engagement, increase member loyalty, and generate nondues revenue. But as member demographics change, associations are discovering the need to adjust and evolve their awards programs as well.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

CEO to CEO: Self-Care Measures

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2018

What self-care measures do you take to stay mentally sharp?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 1, 2018

New Money: Discounts Refreshed

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 1, 2018

How SHRM brought its affinity program back to life.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 29, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Which Video Story Format Should You Use?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 29, 2018

When it comes to choosing a video story platform, Facebook reaches more people, but Snapchat has big upsides. Also: How DonorsChoose.org funded all of their project requests with one simple question.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 14, 2018

Ask Three Questions to Avoid the “Dark Side” of Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 14, 2018

Membership isn’t always pretty. Sometimes a sense of belonging can lead to entitlement and power struggles. One expert recommends asking yourself three critical questions to avoid membership’s “dark side.”

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Should an Exiting CEO Stick Around?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Many new leaders say they want a clean break, but there are benefits to keeping the former exec around—so long as everybody’s clear on the roles they’ll play.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 26, 2018

How a Leadership Search Can Hone Your Mission

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 26, 2018

The American Library Association’s search for a new executive director offers a new way of thinking about a familiar debate about who ought to lead at associations. Any association that’s thinking about what leadership means for its organization should take a look at what the American Library Association is doing right now. This may not […]

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Why Your Website Needs an Update

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

An outdated website can put your visitors’ data at risk and cause them to mistrust you. Also: How to implement a culture of learning at your organization.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2018

Friday Buzz: Embrace Volunteer Passion

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2018

Why your organization should consider ways to keep passionate volunteer leaders active even if their term is over. Also: the value of membership mapping.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 1, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Do You Have a Membership Blind Spot?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 1, 2018

Avoid turning away potential members by making sure you’re asking prospects about their needs and interests. Also: So your online course failed. Now what?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2018

Get a Refill: Free Water Campaign Goes National in the U.K.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2018

The industry group Water UK is putting its official support behind the Refill campaign, which launched to much success in the city of Bristol. The effort is meant to discourage the use of bottled water.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 26, 2018

Old Becomes New, Thanks to a Reboot

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 26, 2018

Networks and streaming services are continuing to reboot hit sitcoms—and many are finding success. Should your association consider taking a similar approach with a meeting?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 25, 2018

Conference Circuit: Wheels on the Bus

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 25, 2018

The American Bus Association's Annual Meeting and Marketplace begins this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upward of 3,500 are expected to attend.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2018

Making Sense of Facebook’s Discouraging News Feed News

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 23, 2018

The massive social network, which has helped reshape the way we communicate with others, is having a hard time managing news content on its service—so it’s making some big changes to its News Feed. Now might be a good time to dust off Plan B.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 16, 2018

Subscription Strategy: Why a Monthly Service Could Be a Savvy Play

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 16, 2018

Your organization may emphasize yearly membership, but a huge amount of consumer interest is currently focused on monthly, often digital, subscription services. Could your association bring its best membership ideas to a new model?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2017

#Tech17 Town Hall Sees a Tough, Transparent Conversation on Vendor Mergers

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2017

Capping off a year that significantly reshaped the association tech landscape, the 2017 Technology Conference and Expo was home to a thoughtful, questioning conversation on what these changes mean for both associations and the vendors themselves.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

Should Leaders Be More Humble? Sometimes, Yes

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

A new study finds that a leader who shows humility can help drive creativity within an organization if that meets the expectations of his or her employees.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2017

Put Your Association’s History on Display Online

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2017

Your association may have a lot of history at its fingertips—but is that historic value being maximized for public consumption? Here’s a case for digitizing your organization’s archives online.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

Running on Empty: When It’s Time To Drop a Product Offering

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

Associations excel at launching new offerings, but they aren’t nearly as good at letting go when something outlives its usefulness. Discontinuing a product offering or service—whether a legacy favorite or a program that held high hopes but didn’t pan out—can be painful, but it pays off to manage your portfolio with a focus on meeting member needs and the organization’s goals.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 28, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Attention-Grabbing Tactics for Mobile Addicts

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 28, 2017

One of the biggest challenges event professionals face is figuring out how to keep the attention of people who are always staring at their smartphones. Also: Rethink the way you take feedback to become more effective.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2017

Is There a Laptop Learning Conundrum? Take Notes

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2017

One recent trend in the world of academia has been banning laptops from the classroom for note-taking purposes, citing research that handwritten notes are more effective. Educators at association conferences may not have that option. So what’s plan B?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 22, 2017

New Report Highlights Staffing Challenges for Associations in 2018

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 22, 2017

PNP Staffing Group released the findings of its annual report on staffing trends and salaries in the nonprofit sector. While groups plan on hiring more staff in 2018, the report says competition for talent is greater than ever.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2017

When Iteration Doesn’t Work Anymore

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2017

Iterative design, the idea that you build a website, app, or other technology over time, from the same set of tools, has a lot of value from a strategic standpoint. But what if that toolkit just isn’t getting the job done? (And what if you’re not iterating at all?)

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

Monday Buzz: Quantitative Needs Qualitative

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

Why your membership research needs to go beyond the survey. Also: CarMax’s clever response to a viral video.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

Should Associations Look Into the Audiobook Trend?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

Riding the same wave of success as podcasting, audiobooks have grown significantly in the past few years. If your association has a publishing arm, it could be an opportunity worth jumping into.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 25, 2017

4 Types of Members on Your Volunteer Bench

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 25, 2017

Building volunteer bench strength requires a wide roster of members. When you’re assembling a qualified team, be on the lookout for these four types of volunteers, and be ready to provide the support they need.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 19, 2017

Rethink Your Association’s Compensation Systems

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 19, 2017

A thoughtful compensation system is key to attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent, but associations often wing it when it comes to compensation. Here are some tips for rethinking your own system.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2017

Books: Extraordinary Impact

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2017

Create moments to achieve business goals, authors Chip and Dan Heath argue in their new book.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 6, 2017

Friday Buzz: NBA Standardizes Fantasy Basketball

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 6, 2017

The NBA delivers an official way for fans to engage with fantasy basketball. Also: Your association may be breaking a key membership rule and not even know it.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2017

Changing Things Up: Lessons From the NBA All-Star Game

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2017

For the first time ever, the NBA All-Star Game is moving away from its East vs. West format in favor of something akin to playing on a playground. Event planners would do well to take heed of the shift.

Leadership by Melissa Patterson Sep 29, 2017

Planning the Path to CEO

Leadership by Melissa Patterson Sep 29, 2017

So you’ve decided you want to be an association CEO.  Here are four steps for developing an intentional strategy for getting there.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2017

Give Yourself Some Options: The Perks of a Hybrid Cloud

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2017

Privately hosting your own cloud has its downsides, as does putting everything on a cloud provider like Microsoft Azure. But the hybrid cloud, which combines elements of each approach, is a great way to maximize the benefits of two types of cloud computing.

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 Raegan Johnson Sep 5, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Getting Members to Say "Yes" to Renewal

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 5, 2017

Concerned about membership retention? Here's how to create an effective renewal process. Also: Gauge your social media performance with a new benchmarking study.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 31, 2017

Three Characteristics of a Highly Effective Workplace

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 31, 2017

A forthcoming study from the Society for Human Resource Management identifies seven qualities that are hallmarks of healthy, effective workplaces. Here's a sneak peek at three of them. (Hint: It’s not all about offering trendy new policies or benefits.)

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 13, 2017

ASAE Annual Meeting: Embracing Your 'Onlyness' Factor

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 13, 2017

Entrepreneur and author Nilofer Merchant kicked off ASAE Annual by encouraging attendees to embrace new ideas and innovation that can come from anyone and anywhere.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2017

With Help of Data, Time Inc. Dives Into Membership Program

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2017

The major magazine publisher announced its first membership program this week, a pet-services offering. The company is taking advantage of the wealth of data it has on its readers.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 8, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Your Members’ Digital Readiness

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 8, 2017

Maximize your online learning offerings by helping your members become digitally ready. Also: Everything you know about password best practices is probably wrong.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2017

Could the Netflix Model Boost Enterprise Software?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2017

A recent business-model innovation by a Mac software developer suggests that there could be a lot of potential for rethinking the way niche software is sold—something that could have potential for associations and industry vendors.

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.

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 26, 2017

How to Attract and Grow Member Influencers

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 26, 2017

Influencers can be your best conduit to membership and spreading new ideas. But how do you tap an influencer? You don’t need Kim Kardashian. Start by engaging your most committed members.

Brand Connection by Business Events Toronto Jul 12, 2017

How Concierge Services Aim to Ease Stress Among Planners

Brand Connection by Business Events Toronto Jul 12, 2017

In cities like Toronto, meeting planners are getting concierge-like service from host city representatives.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 5, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Learn From Negative Feedback

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 5, 2017

Become a better event pro by learning how to bounce back from meeting complaints. Also: Why you shouldn’t leave print out of your marketing efforts.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2017

How Much Should the Great Outdoors Be Privatized?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2017

Private vendors for the National Park Service and the groups that represent them are pushing for more control over campsites located in national parks—something the current interior secretary seems to support. But conservation groups have big concerns.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 5, 2017

5 Meetings Industry Trends Defining 2017

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Jul 5, 2017

Meeting planners are dealing with these five conference trends—and finding that cities across Canada are poised to meet their needs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

If You Build the Tech Internally, You Own it

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2017

In an era when a lot of technology gets outsourced or bought from outside vendors, there’s still plenty of market opportunity from having something built from scratch with internal resources. The challenge, of course, is figuring out what that might be—and resourcing for it.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 19, 2017

Josh Earnest's Four Tips for Advocacy in Divisive Times

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 19, 2017

The former White House press secretary under President Barack Obama sees a broken D.C. political culture. But he says he believes associations can get their message heard despite the fractures

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 16, 2017

Hit the Road: Using Roadshows to Bring Education to Members

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 16, 2017

Instead of associations making attendees come to them, many groups are bringing meetings and education opportunities to attendees. A look at roadshows and their benefits.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 7, 2017

Four Steps to a Better Member Toolkit

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 7, 2017

Toolkits are a proven way to address member challenges, but not all toolkits are equal. One expert shares tips for toolkits that meet members’ needs.

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.

Technology by Emily Bratcher Jun 1, 2017

Future Focus: How Associations Are Preparing for the Next Generation

Technology by Emily Bratcher Jun 1, 2017

Associations are backing some of the hottest trends in tech, from the soaring popularity of apps to the strengthening market for robotics—and they’re also helping to raise a future workforce that’s more diverse.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2017

Wisdom of the Crowd: Takeaways From XDP

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2017

During day two of ASAE’s new Xperience Design Project event, expert faculty shared the solutions that association professionals had co-created to improve meetings and event experiences.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 16, 2017

Should You Build Scarcity Into Your Online Business Model?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 16, 2017

The music industry’s reluctance toward streaming services offers a great way to think about how you position your own offerings in the marketplace—especially depending on how broad the appeal of those offerings actually is.

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 Raegan Johnson May 8, 2017

Monday Buzz: Sunny Day Fundraising Ideas

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 8, 2017

Now that the weather is heating up, check out a few fun-in-the sun fundraising ideas. Also: some advice on whether to hire subject matter experts or community builders.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 4, 2017

Amazon Prime's Next-Level Membership Gimmick

Membership by Ernie Smith May 4, 2017

Amazon wouldn't have any Oscars if not for Amazon Prime, which is why residents of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, are getting free memberships to the service. Here are some takeaways from the gimmick.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A-List Lessons From the Met Gala

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

Fast Company interviews the planner of the glamorous charity benefit, who reveals a few lessons learned. Also: Simple ways to prevent nonprofit burnout.

Technology by Alex Beall Apr 25, 2017

Emergency Call Groups Aim to Update Standards, Systems

Technology by Alex Beall Apr 25, 2017

Following the creation of new emergency call standards and a cross-continental collaboration, people in Europe and North America could benefit from a more efficient, interconnected emergency response system.

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.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 17, 2017

Heart Association Takes Quality Improvement Program to Middle East

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 17, 2017

AHA is expanding the reach of its Get With the Guidelines Program to improve the ways that hospitals in the United Arab Emirates treat heart disease and stroke. The program could help UAE meet an ambitious World Health Organization goal.

Technology by Alex Beall Apr 17, 2017

Association Uses Facebook Live to Expand Education

Technology by Alex Beall Apr 17, 2017

Using Facebook’s live-streaming capabilities, the Association For Creative Industries has taken a meeting-based education session and made it accessible year-round.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 14, 2017

Gone Hunting: Add Scavenger Hunts to Your Meetings

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 14, 2017

Associations are hosting scavenger hunts for attendees during their conferences. Not only are they fun for attendees, but they can also help market future conferences and secure extra revenue.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

Livin’ on the Edge: What Comes Next After Cloud Computing

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

It’s too early to say whether or not associations should take edge computing, the successor to cloud computing, seriously. But what should be taken seriously is its potential. Any good association IT department should research potential disruptors ahead of time.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Apr 10, 2017

Association Members Donate $1 Million to Porpoise Conservation Effort

Money & Business by Alex Beall Apr 10, 2017

While a series of organizations are giving to a new porpoise conservation effort, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has raised $1.2 million with its members’ help. That success has encouraged AZA to bring it members together in other ways.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 10, 2017

First Steps for Strategic Expansion

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 10, 2017

Adding a new membership category can increase your lobbying power and add a revenue stream. But it’s not a move to be taken lightly, and a patient strategic discussion can reveal whether it’s necessary.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2017

Global Meetings Industry Day honors the positive impact of meetings on communities. Also: Make your next meeting feel a little more like home.

Membership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2017

New Frontiers: Why Associations Expand Their Horizons

Membership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2017

As industries change, associations have been challenged to reassess who qualifies as a member. Many have found strength and greater engagement in expansion.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 30, 2017

Thursday Buzz: An Oscars Vendor Keeps Its Job

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 30, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives its accounting firm another chance after "unacceptable" mistake. Also: The challenges of using real names in online communities.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 28, 2017

Restaurant Group Dishes Up Grease-Control Toolkit

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 28, 2017

The National Restaurant Association released a toolkit aimed at helping its members learn how to best dispose of fats, oils, and grease. Hint: It’s not down the drain.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2017

Pew Study: Americans Want Paid Leave, Want Employers to Offer It

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 27, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, paid family and medical leave has generally broad support, but the devil is in the details—in terms of employee impact, policy strategy, and outsider support.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 24, 2017

A Jockeying Rethink: British Regulatory Body Revamps Horse Racing Standards

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 24, 2017

In the U.K. the sport of horse racing could look a lot different in the coming years, as the British Horseracing Authority—with the help of other industry bodies—tightens the standards for jockeys, with an eye on improving professional development.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 14, 2017

Coalition Steps Up to Spur Innovation in Florida

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 14, 2017

To pave the way for stronger entrepreneurship, better coordination, and more networking, Launch Florida is bringing together disparate groups that share a stake in the state’s innovation economy.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

Let’s Get Headless: A New Way to Consider Content Management

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2017

A recent trend in content management systems is something called the "headless CMS," which separates the management of the content from the main website. Here’s why that trend is one that associations should look into—especially those with a large content footprint.

Membership by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2017

#Ideas17: Two Sides of the Member Retention Coin

Membership by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2017

Competition, which takes many forms, can prove a threat to retaining your membership base, according to a Monday Great Ideas session. Meanwhile, another session noted the issues that implicit bias can create both in recognition and member retention within an industry.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2017

Great Ideas 2017: The Challenges of Making Great Videos

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2017

A morning workshop on the first day of the 2017 Great Ideas Conference highlighted that there are many ways to make videos that work for your audience—but also many factors, including cost, approach, and overall strategy.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 23, 2017

Conference Circuit: Pig Tales

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 23, 2017

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ 48th Annual Meeting begins this weekend in Denver. Around 1,000 attendees are expected.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2017

Report: Influencer Marketing Is Still on the Rise

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2017

A new study from the Altimeter Group and Traackr reveals the state of influencer marketing today, as well as how it is poised to evolve.

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 13, 2017

Why "Bleisure" Matters for Leaders

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 13, 2017

Letting your staffers explore a conference city can be more than just a good time for them. It’s an under-used opportunity to help them better serve your members and attendees.

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 Alex Beall Feb 1, 2017

Moving in, Movıng Up: Associations' New Office Spaces

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 1, 2017

From unassigned work areas and flexible meeting rooms to wellness features and amenities, these four associations have found ways to boost productivity and staff morale by selecting and designing new office spaces.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2017

Associations Help Attendees Embrace Life of Bleisure

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2017

Meeting attendees are looking for more ways to mix business and leisure on the road. From post-conference tours to day trips to planned downtime, associations are stepping up to help them maximize their “bleisure” time.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Plan Your Vacation Today

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2017

You could use a break. In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day, use today to plan your vacation time for the rest of the year. Also: What alumni associations can learn from other membership organizations.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

Friday Buzz: Stop Burnout Before It Happens

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

Don’t let your best employees suffer from burnout. Here are a few ways to prevent it. Also: Create a culture of innovation.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 27, 2017

Extreme Makeover: Tradeshow Edition

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 27, 2017

The Association for Creative Industries completely overhauled its annual conference and tradeshow this year—calling it Creativation. Some details that went into the redesign, as well as the benefits a tradeshow makeover could bring.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2017

How One Foundation Got Kids Interested in Skiing—With Its Own Ski Park

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2017

In the three winters that the National Winter Activity Center has been active, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation’s "living lab" has helped drive a massive interest in the slopes among New York City-area kids. Here’s how.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2017

Lessons From Super Mario Run's Business Model Stumble

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2017

Nintendo’s first Mario game exclusively produced for mobile platforms was heavily hyped but struggled to keep its sales momentum beyond its first week—despite being a pretty solid game. In fact, it got savaged by reviewers thrown off by the price tag. The lesson for associations bringing something online? Your business model has to match the medium.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 21, 2016

Share Your Members’ “Year in Review”

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 21, 2016

Businesses like Marriott, Spotify, and Facebook are using “year in review” campaigns to connect and engage with users, customers, and members. Are you?

Leadership by Alex Beall Dec 19, 2016

Medical Groups Collaborate on Mobile Health App Guidelines

Leadership by Alex Beall Dec 19, 2016

Four healthcare organizations have joined together in a new nonprofit to create best practices ensuring the safety, quality, and effectiveness of mobile health applications.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 16, 2016

Does Your Meeting Need a Chief Experience Officer?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 16, 2016

As meetings become less traditional and more experiential, so too should the roles on meeting and CVB teams. One new possible staff role: chief experience officer.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

How to Keep Your Employees in 2017

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

Five association professionals offer tips on attracting and retaining top talent. Not to be a Scrooge, but here’s some potentially distressing news: Three-out-of-10 employees will likely leave your association within the next two years. That’s what global advisory Willis Towers Watson found in two major studies this year. “Given today’s shifting workplace and how technology […]

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 14, 2016

Nonprofits Join Together to Raise Flu Awareness

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 14, 2016

Three nonprofits collaborate to inform the public on the facts about influenza. The initiative also equips healthcare professionals and families with educational resources.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Dec 5, 2016

MMA Fighters Form Association to Take on the UFC

Money & Business by Alex Beall Dec 5, 2016

A group of mixed martial artists have banded together in a new association to fight a bigger opponent, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for better pay and benefits.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

Friday Buzz: Amazon Simplifies Its Cloud

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

Amazon Web Services, the popular cloud platform, can be tough to jump into due to its high level of complexity. But a new service could help. Also: A brainstorm flipped on its head could be a great icebreaker.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 1, 2016

Membership Memo: The Right Questıons

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 1, 2016

Get the info that matters most when members join. The association marketer’s rule of thumb is to make the membership application as short as possible. Each additional blank to fill in just slows members down on the way to giving you their money. So, if you ask for information beyond the bare minimum, it ought […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 1, 2016

Meetings Memo: Trivia Contest

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 1, 2016

Let attendees show their competitive side with a trivia contest.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 16, 2016

What I’ve Learned in Four Years of Blogging About Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 16, 2016

When you write a thousand words about association membership every week, you pick up a thing or two. As I hand the keys over to our new senior editor, here are the thoughts and ideas I’ll take with me.

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 8, 2016

Let Your Internal Innovation Efforts Breathe

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2016

A federal government agency that has more in common with startup culture than bureaucracy is raising some eyebrows from watchdogs. But is the real problem with this skunkworks project cultural incompatibility?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 7, 2016

How to Help Board Chairs Lead

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 7, 2016

A recent study says nonprofit board chairs are often ill-prepared and frustrated. Training can help, says an expert. So can shared leadership.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

National Association of Realtors Analyzes Blockchain’s Potential

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

The real estate trade group, in a series of recent reports, is starting to make the case that blockchain database technology, traditionally associated with currency, could have important uses in the housing sector. It might be a bit surprising to casual observers, but the National Association of Realtors (NAR) sees a lot of potential in […]

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 2, 2016

Company or Individual: How Member Type Shapes Association Work

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 2, 2016

Tomayto, tomahto. Trade association, professional society. How different are the two types of membership organization? A pair of association pros who’ve worked in both share their thoughts.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 27, 2016

Lessons for Associations From the Decline of Groupon and LivingSocial

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 27, 2016

For years, Groupon and its main competitor, LivingSocial, were seen as incredibly buzzy, profitable businesses—and they were built on benefits for consumers. Now, the two companies are merging, with LivingSocial being sold for a nonmaterial cost. Why did the bubble burst? Ultimately, it may come down to loyalty—both for consumers and the businesses the two companies served.

Membership by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2016

Reality TV Group Expands Membership Offerings

Membership by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2016

The Nonfiction Producers Association has opened up membership to smaller producers and service providers to better connect the industry.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 11, 2016

Diversity Meets Data: The Data You Need to Support Diversity

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 11, 2016

As associations grow their diversity and inclusion efforts, they realize a fundamental need to understand the demographics of their members. But personal information isn’t always easy to get. Here’s how a few associations are collecting the data they need to serve diverse audiences and measure progress toward their D+I goals.

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.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2016

Books: Well Managed

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 11, 2016

Karin Hurt and David Dye's Winning Well offers tips on how to build the best team possible.

Technology by Kate Sigety Oct 6, 2016

A YP-Friendly Social Media Strategy

Technology by Kate Sigety Oct 6, 2016

Young professionals can serve your association well in that these digital natives will help you keep up on the social media front. And by having a solid social media strategy, your association will also appeal to young professional member prospects.

Money & Business by DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE Oct 5, 2016

Why a Credential Is a Good Choice for Young Professionals

Money & Business by DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE Oct 5, 2016

Professional development is key to career advancement for association execs of all levels. But earning a credential is something young professionals may want to consider. Beyond professional growth, it will also help them lead the industries they serve into the future.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 3, 2016

C-Suite Gender Bias? Take it to the C-Suite.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 3, 2016

We're a long way from gender equality in the office. But a new study suggests more women are pressing the question to the people who can change things.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2016

Tech Giants' New AI Partnership Launches

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2016

The Partnership on AI, formally announced this week, hopes to create industry standards along with a structure for self-governance within the industry. Among the initial members of the partnership are five of the largest technology firms in the world.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

Monday Buzz: Hybrid Theory

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

What your association needs to know about the hybrid membership model. Also: When event covenants falter. Not every member fits into a single category: That’s the simple reason why hybrid membership won’t go away. Over at Abila’s Forward Together blog, the company’s associate product marketing manager, Anna Toon, breaks down some important considerations about the […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

New Commission Hopes to Set Rules of Road for Autonomous Car Testing

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

Securing America’s Future Energy is helping shape the autonomous car discussion with its new Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety, which plans to formulate a set of best practices for self-driving car tests.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2016

Friday Buzz: Down With Performance Reviews?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2016

Consultant Jamie Notter breaks down why dropping the ever-unpopular performance review is harder than it sounds. Also: How should you think about hiring in the on-demand economy?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 8, 2016

How to Strengthen Your Staff’s Soft Skills

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 8, 2016

Soft skills—though critical for the association workforce—are on a decline, according to some sources. But never fear: We’ve pulled together a few tips to boost soft skills around the office. Soft skills are those seemingly je ne sais quoi talents and traits that separate top job candidates from the rest of the pack. They can […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Do Corporate Sponsorships Affect the Public Perception of Nonprofits?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Recent research into the impact of corporate sponsorships on public perception suggests that the wrong collaboration can prove poisonous. One nonprofit analyst suggests thinking long and hard about what a sponsorship means for your organization.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

A Mobile Focus Isn't Enough Anymore: You Gotta Be Fast, Too

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

In recent months, a need for snappiness has become a major point of discussion in the mobile development space—which means you’ll have to devote more resources to support your mobile offerings. But on the plus side, the focus on speed could eventually mean the second coming of the mobile website. Jeff Bezos has been a trendsetter […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

Now Hiring: Show Ambassador

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

Hosting a successful conference requires employees in a variety of roles. But have you ever considered looking outside and having students, interns, or volunteers help market your conference or work onsite? In other words, does your conference need a show ambassador?

Membership by Alex Beall Aug 30, 2016

Beer Group Brewing Up Membership Growth With New App

Membership by Alex Beall Aug 30, 2016

A new app from the American Homebrewers Association not only helps people find the best local breweries but also gives them a reason to become an AHA member.

Membership by Alex Beall Aug 22, 2016

Creating Mentorship Programs to Drive Engagement

Membership by Alex Beall Aug 22, 2016

At an #ASAE16 session, the executive director of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association discussed its mentoring program and how other associations can build their own successful, sustainable programs to serve members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2016

S.C. Firefighter Group Launches Database to Track Cancer Cases

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2016

Despite a link between cancer and the often-challenging work of being a firefighter, South Carolina had nothing in the way of data to show the potential health risks firefighters face. But an association in the state is looking to build a database of its own, thanks in part to a local news report.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2016

A Better Alignment of Membership and Certification

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2016

For one association's new two-tier membership offer, the deciding factor between the two options is a member's desired engagement with one primary activity: certification.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

Should You Crowdsource Your Event's Note-Taking?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

The big collaborative office, driven by a backchannel of software like Slack, is becoming more of a thing than ever. What if we took that strategy with us to our annual meetings? It'd have a lot of benefits: For one thing, it could help us take better notes.

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 4, 2016

Brewers Association Pours Investment Into Improving Beer Quality

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 4, 2016

Brewers take pride in the quality of their beer. That’s why the Brewers Association is sinking its largest-ever grant into how to properly maintain draught lines at restaurants and bars.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Aug 4, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Let Technology Bring Ease

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Aug 4, 2016

Don’t let technology complicate your relationship with members and event attendees. Plus: How the American Counseling Association is handling its big decision to move its annual meeting from Nashville.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Book Flights on the Installment Plan

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2016

A new startup makes it possible for travelers to pay for their flights on an installment plan. Also: A wireless company wants to keep you on the same network, from airport to airport.

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.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

Talking Tech: Is the Cloud for You?

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

You’ve heard all about cloud technology, but what is it, really? Paul Lundy, president of software solutions provider Fonteva, explains the pros and cons of cloud and single-tenant software options.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 1, 2016

Meetings Memo: Pop of Personality

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 1, 2016

How a ribbon wall can jazz up name badges and spark engagement.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Jul 28, 2016

Thursday Buzz: The Importance of Welcome Emails

Membership by Patrick deHahn Jul 28, 2016

Make it a priority to welcome new members, even with a quick email. Plus: Make social media fun with filters, geotags and more.

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.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 20, 2016

Another Look at Freemium for Association Memberships

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 20, 2016

Evernote, a poster child for the freemium model, is showing signs of struggle, but associations may be better equipped to make the buzzy business model work.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 15, 2016

All Eyes on Cleveland as It Finalizes Preparations for RNC

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 15, 2016

It been two years—and lots of work—since Cleveland was awarded the Republican National Convention. Now, only days away from kickoff, the city shares some insight into the planning of such a large-scale event.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 14, 2016

Are You Delivering What Jobseekers Want?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 14, 2016

A recent survey by Randstad US shows that there’s a gap between what U.S. jobseekers want and what employers are providing.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 30, 2016

Thursday Buzz: How One Leader Said Goodbye

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 30, 2016

The executive director of the Online News Association keeps the focus on members and employees as she prepares for her departure. Also: New frontiers in nostalgic marketing from Crystal Pepsi.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jun 29, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Ups Its Events Game

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jun 29, 2016

The massive social network will now curate hot events in a new feature box. Plus: How to best team up with others on events.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 27, 2016

A Bottom-Line Argument for Better Board Talent

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 27, 2016

A new study shows—yet again—that boards are sluggish at succession planning. Can a stronger focus on its financial benefits move the needle?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

Why Is Your Association Still Sharing PDFs Online?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

On many parts of the internet, PDFs are seen as a faux pas for most types of documents. Despite this, however, they get used by associations for all sorts of reasons, including the sharing of articles and press releases. If this describes your association's content strategy, here's a plea to change your approach.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2016

American Medical Association Gets Tougher on Gun Control

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2016

During its annual meeting this week, the American Medical Association laid out a variety of positions on issues related to topics that have been prominent in the news. High on the agenda were two takes on gun violence that were particularly newsworthy, considering the deadly shootings in Orlando over the weekend.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 8, 2016

The ROI of Online Member Communities

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 8, 2016

The latest study from The Community Roundtable digs into calculating the return on investment for online communities. The model it offers, focusing on the value of questions answered, could be what associations are looking for.

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2016

On-the-Job Tech: The Tech Skills You Need to Boost

Technology by Alex Beall Jun 1, 2016

As technology evolves and association professionals require more tech tools to get the job done each day, the responsibility for learning and understanding technology is not just for IT anymore. From membership to communications to business operations, staff teams need to brush up on few crucial tech skills.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

Outdated Platforms: When Should You Drop Legacy Support?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

Software ages, initiatives grow harder to justify, and ultimately, you're stuck having to make a tough decision about your technology—one that might frustrate or anger your members. When it comes to dropping legacy support, what's the decision making process? (Hint: In a lot of ways, it's kind of like game theory.)

Money & Business by Alex Beall May 26, 2016

DC Organizations Prepare for Disruptive Metro Maintenance

Money & Business by Alex Beall May 26, 2016

Starting in June, DC commutes will be tough as Metro begins its year-long restoration plan, and associations need to develop coping mechanisms.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 18, 2016

Nonmember Fees: A Not-So-Simple Decision

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 18, 2016

The right nonmember price for association products boosts revenue, makes membership more appealing, and steers clear of antitrust concerns. It's just a number, but it's so much more.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman May 13, 2016

Friday Buzz: Convincing Media to Cover Your Conference

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman May 13, 2016

Leveraging media outlets can be the best way to get the word out about your conference, and here's how to do it. Plus: The benefits of social recruiting.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 12, 2016

New NYC-Based Association for Uber Drivers Has Company's Backing

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 12, 2016

Uber drivers still aren't treated as full employees under the law, but the company is making an effort to formally support a new association for drivers in the Big Apple. It's the second such NYC-based group announced in the last month, but only the Independent Drivers Guild has Uber's direct support.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 4, 2016

Why Just One Kind of Member Research Isn't Enough

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 4, 2016

By pursuing both quantitative data and qualitative input from its members, the Construction Financial Management Association discovered a gap in its member value proposition—and how to fix it.

Leadership by Eli Zimmerman Apr 29, 2016

Friday Buzz: Make Election-Year Advocacy Work for You

Leadership by Eli Zimmerman Apr 29, 2016

Don't let your association's voice be lost in the confusion of the presidential race; follow these advocacy tips to stay above the fray. Plus: Social media contest best practices.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 27, 2016

If They Don't Want to Be Members, Give Them Something Else to Join

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 27, 2016

With the launch of a free online community for plant science, the American Society of Plant Biologists is looking beyond the scope of traditional membership to form relationships with its nonmember audience.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 20, 2016

A Startup Strategy for Building a Millennial Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 20, 2016

With lobbying as the primary member benefit, will young people join the newly launched Association of Young Americans? Founder Ben Brown is optimistic and taking an entrepreneurial approach to the tall task ahead.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 13, 2016

How Does a CEO's Background Influence Membership?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 13, 2016

To hire an executive with experience in association management or in your members' field is an important choice every association must make from time to time. But how does that choice affect your association's membership performance and your members themselves—if at all?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 1, 2016

Branching Out: New Paths for Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 1, 2016

As associations face pressure to develop new and innovative revenue-generating products and services, the most successful ones are leveraging what they already know and do well—starting by keeping their missions and industry know-how in mind.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2016

New Territory: The African Society of Association Executives

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2016

Africa has a growing economy and burgeoning professional class. What’s missing are professionals leading their industries and opportunities for them to meet. With a new society, Africa is getting serious about association management.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2016

Learning: Travel Well

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2016

The benefits of going on a journey can be key to your professional development.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 28, 2016

What Gets a Board to Support Strategic Planning?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 28, 2016

A new study suggests that strategic planning remains a struggle for boards. A clearer picture of life without a strategic plan may help.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 18, 2016

Virtual Reality: A New Reality for Meetings and Destinations

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 18, 2016

Thanks to consumer interest, an immersive experience, and low-cost headsets, virtual reality may become a mainstream part of association meetings and destination marketing.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 16, 2016

Don't Be Led Astray From Protecting the Member Experience

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 16, 2016

Businesses that deliver a cluttered customer experience have likely fallen victim to short-sighted temptations. Associations can avoid the same fate by fending off the forces that put other goals ahead of member needs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2016

What Happens When You Don't Optimize Your Content

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2016

Associations produce a lot of content, but if that content isn't properly optimized for your audience, you may be wasting a lot of time on content the people you care about don't really care about—or worse, hiding the content they actually are interested in. The solution to this problem may be hiding in your data.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Mar 7, 2016

Monday Buzz: Introducing Innovation Labs

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Mar 7, 2016

Could your association benefit from an "idea department?" Plus: How to find the perfect writing style guide for your website.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2016

Why Google Wants You to AMP up Your Site

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 1, 2016

Google's new Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, offering could give publishers a way to offer snappy, speedy websites on mobile platforms. But it's worth emphasizing that it comes with a lot of not-insignificant concerns in exchange for the SEO boost it promises.

Leadership by Morgan Little Feb 29, 2016

Monday Buzz: Learning Collaboration Lessons From Academia

Leadership by Morgan Little Feb 29, 2016

Can the world of academic teach us a thing or two about collaboration? Plus: How one podcast handles a seemingly impossible amount of feedback.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 29, 2016

Media Partnership Helps Advocate Value of Working With Realtors

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 29, 2016

The National Association of Realtors is partnering with Yahoo Finance in an effort to reach more consumers and explain the advantages of employing the services of a Realtor.

Technology by Morgan Little Feb 17, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Instant Articles Expand Their Reach

Technology by Morgan Little Feb 17, 2016

A Facebook feature previously reserved for big media outlets will soon be open to publishers of all shapes and sizes. Plus: GIFs make a bigger splash on Outlook.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 10, 2016

Study: Alcohol Abuse, Depression Widespread Among Lawyers

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 10, 2016

A new study found lawyers face the challenges of alcohol abuse and mental health concerns more so than other professions, and that the problems are more prevalent among those in the first 10 years of practice.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2016

2016: The API's Breakthrough Year?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2016

Application programming interfaces, or APIs, have long been an important tool for programmers to tie into outside applications, but even companies outside of the programming world, like Visa, are learning to love them. Could they potentially be a revenue path for associations down the road?

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Think Toward the Future

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2016

Find out how to use ground-shaking industry trends to your advantage in building member engagement. Also: The American Library Association brings back a classic David Bowie poster.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 27, 2016

Beyond Testimonials: How to Unearth Great Member Stories

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 27, 2016

Every member has a story, but most people aren't polished storytellers. An author and expert on business storytelling offers advice for turning raw member stories into tales that inspire.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 26, 2016

Coalition Calls for Study on Impact of DC’s Paid Leave Act

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Jan 26, 2016

As concerns surrounding the proposed legislation increase in the DC business community, a coalition of organizations, including ASAE, is urging the DC Council to appoint a working group to examine the measure’s potential economic impact.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2016

Let Your Data Drive Your Product Design

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 26, 2016

Building new tools for your members? Don't be afraid to derive inspiration from your current offerings. You might find that your users are relying on your platforms in ways your association never intended—and that knowledge could be a boon when creating future product designs.

Membership by Katie Rucke Jan 22, 2016

Instead of Boycotting, Use Oscars to Encourage Diversity, Group Says

Membership by Katie Rucke Jan 22, 2016

Don’t boycott the Academy Awards for overlooking minority talent in Hollywood, says the leader of the African-American Film Critics Association. He is encouraging Oscar attendees to use the widely watched event as a platform to press for more diversity.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: How Social Debt Drives Engagement

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2016

The value of social debt in nurturing member engagement—and how you can encourage it. Also: Membership lessons from a too-honest take on gyms.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2016

FTC's Native Advertising Guidance Proves Controversial

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2016

Late last month, the Federal Trade Commission spoke up on one of the most controversial issues in the editorial world—the rise of native advertising. The results went too far for a prominent online-advertising group, while a democracy watchdog ripped the rules for ignoring the issue of online tracking.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 18, 2015

Meetings, They Are A-Changin’

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 18, 2015

As 2015 wraps up, associations are considering major changes to their meeting formats to better benefit attendees and vendors. Here’s a glimpse at how three associations will reimagine their meetings and conventions in 2016 and beyond.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2015

Airlines for America Members Work to Boost Customer Service

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2015

With the profit picture improving for many airlines, items that were nickel-and-dimed out of the budget are starting to make a comeback. Airlines for America says that its members are investing more in passenger services, including in-flight snacks.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2015

The Cruft Challenge: When It's Time to Disrupt Your Own Technology

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2015

Old approaches that were once seen as innovative eventually fall out of favor and get outmoded by faster, more innovative approaches. Often, it's hard to throw out what works—but what if we were willing to take on the sacred cows and build something better? The parent company of the content management system WordPress recently tried disrupting itself in this fashion—and came up with something truly impressive.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2015

Ready To Run: Government Relations in 2016

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2015

The 2016 race proves that political campaigns are more full of surprises than ever. In response, association government relations strategies need to be nimbler and better prepared to leverage every advocacy opportunity.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2015

Content That Clicks: Build Your Strategic Content Marketing Plan

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2015

Members and prospects often complain that associations push marketing messages to them without thinking about whether they’re relevant. Organizations have plenty of content to share, but knowing its purpose, place, and intended audience can help shape a strategic content marketing plan that helps you deliver on member needs and build deeper relationships.

Money & Business by Pegotty Cooper Dec 1, 2015

Career Coach: What’s Next?

Money & Business by Pegotty Cooper Dec 1, 2015

Steps to take when you decide it’s time for something new.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 30, 2015

How to Help Talented Staffers Stick Around

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 30, 2015

A new survey exposes plenty of turnover in the nonprofit C-suite. Training can keep people around, but education alone isn’t the answer.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 25, 2015

A Roadmap for Quintupling Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 25, 2015

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has set a lofty goal: 500,000 members. Such radical growth requires full-scale re-envisioning of how the organization conducts its membership operations. Here's how AAAS plans to get there.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Nov 17, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Photographers Association Helps Members Get Insured

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Nov 17, 2015

With the assistance of the group that represents them, freelance photographers will soon have access to affordable healthcare. Plus: An LGBT legal group shows support for Charlie Sheen after his public disclosure of HIV.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2015

Scientific Groups Get Member Help in Conference Spending Fight

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2015

Still struggling to make the case that federal restrictions on travel spending are hurting research, scientific associations are trying a new tactic: They're asking those who have directly benefited from attending scientific conferences to offer their perspective through a crowdsourcing effort.

Technology by Patrick deHahn Oct 30, 2015

Friday Buzz: Apps Reign on Apple TV

Technology by Patrick deHahn Oct 30, 2015

The power of the application shows itself in the debut of the new Apple TV. Also: Facebook eyes emerging markets with its newest ad strategy.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2015

Global Cities Eye an Association Tag Team

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2015

Four iconic cities—Dubai, Singapore, Brussels, and Washington DC—are working together to highlight to the broader association industry the benefits of holding meetings in their centralized locations. These metropolises hope to take advantage of the increasing globalization of associations as a way to collectively expand their reach.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2015

WHO Ruling On Processed Meat Rankles Industry Groups

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2015

A new report from the World Health Organization's cancer-research agency could be bad news for bacon and sausage fans, as it found that processed meat is very likely a carcinogen. Although the ruling mostly gives red meat a pass, meat industry groups were quick to attack the findings.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2015

Pets in the Office: A Doggone Good Idea?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2015

Inviting a dog or cat into the office on a regular basis might sound like a recipe for disaster, but studies show that such a practice can improve office cohesion and productivity. The results make it look more appealing than ever.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 21, 2015

Secret or Not, Membership Groups Face Common Problems

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 21, 2015

The story of a secret society's quest for growth is a fascinating tale that illustrates the fundamental challenges facing any membership group—young or old, private or open.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 20, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Poynter Enters the Membership Space

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 20, 2015

A premier journalistic institution is broadening its reach to include a multitiered membership program. Plus: A sports nonprofit dedicated to combating racism makes its debut.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 15, 2015

New Research Suggests Telecommuting Is Effective, But Only In Moderation

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 15, 2015

A new study published by the Association for Psychological Science points out the importance of building relationships with coworkers in person, which can be difficult for full-time telecommuters.

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2015

Lessons from CES

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2015

Learn these lessons from CES, one of the largest annual events in the country.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 1, 2015

How A Group of Librarians Found Humor In a Facebook Hack

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 1, 2015

If you get hacked, you might as well find the humor in it. That the American Library Association’s takeaway after it lost control of its Facebook page.

Meetings by Morgan Little Sep 30, 2015

Great American Beer Festival Caps Off a Big Year for Brews

Meetings by Morgan Little Sep 30, 2015

The beer industry celebrates some of the best varieties and breweries around as the number of breweries in America rapidly approaches an all-time high.

Technology by Morgan Little Sep 16, 2015

For Auto Cybersecurity, the Cavalry Has Arrived

Technology by Morgan Little Sep 16, 2015

As the rapid computerization of cars and other devices goes hand in hand with the rise of cybersecurity risks, industry leaders are moving to create solutions before those risks lead to major problems.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 16, 2015

In Recruitment, a Little Recognition Goes a Long Way

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 16, 2015

There's no one way to make a member-get-a-member program a success, but recognition for recruiters is a must. Here's why.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2015

Transportation Committee Pushes for Clarity on Airline Fees, Seating Sizes

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2015

A U.S. Transportation Department advisory committee this week recommended that airlines transparently disclose fees and seat sizes to consumers before they buy tickets—and that hotels include mandatory resort fees in the price of the room.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 28, 2015

Lessons for Meeting Planners From Professional Sports

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 28, 2015

Your conventions and events may not have the big budgets or superstar athletes of the professional sports world, but it doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two from them.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 26, 2015

Finding the Middle Ground on Member Engagement

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 26, 2015

Every member has his or her own reasons for engaging with your association, but how do you best serve diverse needs while maintaining focus on common goals?

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 25, 2015

Dog Days of Summer: First .dog Website Launches to Support Rescue Groups

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 25, 2015

Wednesday is National Dog Day, and to celebrate, the Petfinder Foundation is bringing man’s best friend into the digital age. The group launched the first website to use the .dog top-level domain. Its goal: to support dog-rescue organizations.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 21, 2015

You Just Got Back From a Conference. Now What?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 21, 2015

You may be exhausted after getting back from a conference, but you can’t lose momentum. Now’s the time to review your notes, follow-up with new contacts, share what you learned, and decide how your attendance may benefit your association.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2015

As New Tech Beckons, ATM Industry Struggles with Skimmers

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2015

The rollout of EMV, or chip-and-PIN technology, is coming soon for ATMs, and considering the rise in fraudulent activity involving cash machines, it may be just in time. But is it a silver bullet? The ATM Industry Association says it's complicated.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 19, 2015

The Eternal Quest for Membership Growth, and Other Survey Findings

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 19, 2015

A new industry benchmarking study shows more associations grew in members in 2014 than shrank, but less so than the year before. Here's what that and other data in the report say about growth in associations.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2015

How an Association Helped a Soccer Club Go Green

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2015

The Forest Green Rovers, an English football club, has earned a reputation for bringing an eco-friendly ethos to a sport not really known for its environmentalism. A U.K.-based trade group played a key role in ensuring the greenest part of the club, however, remains the grass on the field.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Getting Ready for Detroit

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2015

Some of the most informative guides you can find ahead of the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place in Detroit this weekend.

Money & Business by Gayle Bennett Aug 3, 2015

Hire Power: Finding Employees That Match Your Needs

Money & Business by Gayle Bennett Aug 3, 2015

The U.S. job market has been gathering steam for months, and more and more workers are back in the hunt for their next career opportunity. Associations are uniquely positioned to meet the demand. With the candidate pool looking better than ever, how can you attract the best talent to your organization?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2015

Friday Buzz: Analyzing the Real-Estate Market

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2015

Looking for a new office in DC? A recent report could offer a good starting point for your search. Also: The ups and downs of certifications at events.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 22, 2015

Partnership Program Helps VIP Members See the Big Picture

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 22, 2015

At the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, a group-membership plan is attracting deeper engagement with the industry's higher-ups and boosting SCTE's membership and training revenue along the way.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 21, 2015

You Should Call the Shots—Not Your AMS

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 21, 2015

We know that legacy technology is prone to breakage and dustiness, and that legacy stuff can hold your organization back if you're not careful. If you're a leader trying to make heads and tails of your tech offerings, here's an important consideration: Ultimately, your infrastructure should drive your growth—not stand in the way.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 15, 2015

You Have Thousands of New Members? Please, Tell Me More

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 15, 2015

No, really, please tell me more than just a number. What does it mean to have 10,000 or 100,000 members? How does that number mean progress toward your association's mission?

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 14, 2015

Happy (Belated) Birthday! A Look Back at 30 Years of ".org"

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 14, 2015

As the web-based home of nonprofit and charitable organizations, the .org top-level domain has meant a lot to associations over the last 30 years. In honor of the milestone, the Public Interest Registry launched a website that provides a unique snapshot of .org’s history.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 13, 2015

The Right Way to Let Outsiders In

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 13, 2015

Associations endlessly debate whether industry or management experts should lead. But either way, knowing the organization’s culture matters.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2015

Why CVS Quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 8, 2015

CVS Health, which has been on an antitobacco kick in recent years, announced Tuesday that it is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its apparent defense of the tobacco industry in other countries. The chamber, however, claims that its actions were meant to defend the intellectual property of an industry, not to show its support of smoking.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2015

Email-Driven Curation: Get Your Voice Out Front

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2015

Eyeing the opportunity to add the term "thought leader" to your resume? Perhaps a curated newsletter written under your own name—rather than your association's—could do the trick. Principled Innovation's Jeff De Cagna highlights the lessons he's gained from launching his own newsletter.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jun 8, 2015

In China, Proposed Law Would Clamp Down on Foreign Nonprofits

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jun 8, 2015

The Communist Party in China, concerned that “Western anti-China forces” are spreading dissent within its borders, introduced legislation that would severely regulate foreign-based nonprofits. The U.S. nonprofit community is registering objections with the Chinese government.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Jun 4, 2015

Weather Proof: Why This Insurance Association is Testing Roofs

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Jun 4, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is currently experimenting with a wide array of long-term roof-testing projects around the country. The goal? To get a better understanding of how shingles hold up to the elements.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2015

A Few Worthy Takeaways From MMCC 2015

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2015

Didn't make it to the 2015 Marketing, Membership, and Communications Conference in Washington, DC this week? Don't worry—we were there, and we have a couple of smart things that you can take home with you.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2015

Beyond Record Store Day: Indie Record Sellers Launch "Vinyl Tuesday"

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2015

In an attempt to keep up momentum around the annual Record Store Day, the American Association of Independent Music is launching a new once-a-week event to celebrate the latest in vinyl music. Vinyl Tuesday could also take the sting out of the record industry's upcoming shift to a Friday release date for new albums.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

Is Your Technology Seamless?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

Too often, it seems like we're fighting against the stuff that should be making our lives easier, rather than keeping things simple. A few smart words from a guy who built his life in technology could help as you figure out your own technology balance.

Money & Business by Michael Cummings, MBA May 21, 2015

Help Wanted: Find Your Next Marketing and Communications Star

Money & Business by Michael Cummings, MBA May 21, 2015

Associations wants to hire people who have the savvy and skills to thrive in today’s evolving marcomm environment. Here’s how to find your next superstar.

Technology by Jill Straniero, CAE May 19, 2015

Less Is More When It Comes to Functionality

Technology by Jill Straniero, CAE May 19, 2015

You may get caught up in all the bells and whistles that a platform offers. But what matters most is that your members use it, which means less is more trumps new and shiny functionality.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Link Rot?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

Organizations and universities alike have been banding together to protect important-yet-dated documents from disappearing entirely online. Digital preservation is a big problem, and it's one that associations—with their already significant content offerings—should do more to enable internally. Here's how.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 6, 2015

Members Win When Chapters and Associations Get Along

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 6, 2015

One component relations professional explains how a focus on member value is crucial to healthy chapter/national relationships.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 30, 2015

Would You Swap Jobs for Your Professional Development?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 30, 2015

What if you could switch jobs with, or shadow, someone at an organization that does similar work to yours? That’s exactly what one association professional is doing to advance both her career and her organization.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 29, 2015

Retired Members: Tough to Serve, Too Many to Ignore

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 29, 2015

There aren't a lot of clear best practices in associations on how to craft a successful membership offer for your industry's retirees, but with baby boomers moving past 65, it seems like an opportunity ready for the taking.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 27, 2015

Can Mentees Improve Your Association’s Bench Strength?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 27, 2015

According to a new study, effective mentoring programs can groom newer members for volunteer leadership as well as help them in their jobs.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 22, 2015

Young Professionals: Just Looking for Some Friends

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 22, 2015

When school's over, we lose the regular opportunity to build connections and form friendships over shared experiences. That's a major need that associations ought to serve for their young members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 21, 2015

Mobile-Friendly Design: No Longer a Nice-To-Have

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 21, 2015

Google's decision to rejigger its search engine to favor mobile-friendly sites simply codifies something that should be obvious by now. Not that it doesn't make it any less painful for those with massive legacies to convert over. Read on for some mobile web design considerations.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 16, 2015

Walk Your Way To a More Productive Meeting

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 16, 2015

If your usual meetings are feeling stale, try a different approach with a walking meeting. Research and experience have shown that these types of meetings may help increase creative thinking and camaraderie among coworkers.

Technology by Patrick deHahn Apr 9, 2015

Thursday Buzz: LinkedIn's Big Online Education Buy

Technology by Patrick deHahn Apr 9, 2015

LinkedIn's purchase of Lynda.com could help make the social network a key resource for online professionals looking to amp up their skill set. Plus: Let's look back at your New Year's resolutions.

Money & Business by Morgan Little Apr 8, 2015

The MLB Players Association's Salary Impact

Money & Business by Morgan Little Apr 8, 2015

To celebrate the beginning of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, take a look into the influence of one of its most powerful associations: the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2015

Lessons From Microsoft's Midlife Resurgence

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2015

The software giant Microsoft has spent the past year shaking away many of the perceptions about its products and corporate structure, and as it turns 40 this month, the company offers a good reminder that there's always room to right the ship, no matter how old you are.

Money & Business by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Apr 1, 2015

Starting Line: Association Startups Take Their Marks

Money & Business by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Apr 1, 2015

The association startup space is budding just as much as the for-profit space is in Silicon Valley. Check out three examples of new groups that are starting to make an impact on fresh industries.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2015

Who Observes Your Reserves?

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2015

Most financially healthy associations have reserves invested for a rainy day. But who keeps watch over the nest egg? Small associations are less likely to use finance and investment committees, but they might benefit the most from extra eyes on the bottom line.

Membership by Julia Haskins Mar 30, 2015

National Association of Realtors Sees Slow Uptake of .realtor Domains

Membership by Julia Haskins Mar 30, 2015

Registrations for .realtor domain names have declined, but the low level of interest could point to larger issues with how generic top-level domains are being created and marketed to consumers.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 26, 2015

Embrace the (March) Madness And Other Productivity Tips

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 26, 2015

The NCAA Tournament is upon us, and while many reports cite the potential for lost productivity at work, some are claiming just the opposite. Plus, a few other tips to help boost productivity.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 19, 2015

Making the Most of a Snowed-In Advocacy Day

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 19, 2015

During its annual advocacy day in DC two weeks ago, the American Osteopathic Association had to think fast to reorganize events after a snowstorm hit the city. While inconvenient, the weather revealed some untapped potential that is now becoming a regular part of the program.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2015

Thursday Buzz: The Details Behind the Net Neutrality Decision

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2015

Weeks after making the landmark vote, the FCC has released its full decision to the public. (You'll want to devote some time to read it.) Also: When it comes to associations, the relationships they enable come first.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 11, 2015

From Millennials to Inclusion: Key Reflections From Great Ideas 2015

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 11, 2015

Couldn't make it to this year's ASAE Great Ideas Conference in Orlando? You missed out on a ton of good stuff. But fortunately for you, we have some highlights here, including a sneak peek at a new book focused on millennials.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 25, 2015

From New to Loyal: How to Bridge the Engagement Gap

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 25, 2015

The author of a new book on membership shares how businesses beyond the association realm are rewarding desired behaviors in new users to get them in the habit of engaging.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 23, 2015

Game On: New Office Space Reflects Pride in Casino Industry

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 23, 2015

When it moved into its new offices earlier this year, the American Gaming Association ensured that the space properly reflected the industry it represents. While the design is fun and appealing, it also helps AGA tell a better story.

Leadership by Rob Stott Feb 19, 2015

Facing Increased Anti-Muslim Sentiment, CAIR Stays Focused on Its Message

Leadership by Rob Stott Feb 19, 2015

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is ramping up its efforts to track and combat anti-Muslim prejudice, with help from its chapters and student organizations nationwide. The recent murders of three North Carolina students only underscored the need for action, CAIR says.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 17, 2015

How Data Could Define the Future of Advocacy

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 17, 2015

Could advocacy become a more personalized affair than ever? A new app, built off the back of public nonprofit data, suggests that publicly accessible databases could become a new form of messaging for associations.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 11, 2015

Amid Measles Outbreak, Physicians Groups Urge Vaccination

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 11, 2015

To prevent the spread of measles and other diseases, the American College of Physicians and American College of Emergency Physicians urged parents to keep their children up to date on vaccines.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 11, 2015

What Should We Make of "Pay What You Want"?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 11, 2015

The no-price price tag blends a purchase with a donation, turning the conventional transaction on its head. Could "pay what you want" work for association membership dues?

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 10, 2015

For PMMI, New Media Group Is About More Than Publications

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 10, 2015

PMMI beefed up its digital offerings with the purchase of Summit Media Group last fall. Since then, the groups have been busy integrating, and just last week announced the launch of PMMI Media Group—a new media company that will offer members and the industry a suite of communication tools and resources

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 9, 2015

Are Wikis the Wave of the Future? This Association Thinks So.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Feb 9, 2015

With its publications struggling, the American Concrete Pavement Association began looking for a new way to provide information to its members and the industry. The group’s solution: WikiPave.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2015

Don't Worry, Do Construction: Study Ranks Happiest Workers

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2015

New research from the human resources startup TINYpulse finds that, no matter the industry, the happiest employees respond well to co-workers they like and having ample resources.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2015

"Value-Based" Medicare Reimbursement Plan Wins Broad Support

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2015

A plan by the Obama Administration to tie Medicare reimbursements to value-based procedures, rather than higher volumes of treatment, received praise from mainstream medical groups. But at least one organization suggested that the move would hurt financial incentives for doctors to help the sick.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2015

.Bank on Security: Trade Groups Hope New Domains Boost Safe Banking

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2015

A coalition of financial-industry groups is about to launch what might be the most exclusive top-level domain on the internet, and getting one won't be easy. The reason it's so exclusive? Bankers hope to use .bank as a way to boost security and consumer trust.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2015

A Different Way to Diversify Boards

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 2, 2015

A organization's effort to improve gender parity on boards uses a surprising and effective strategy---and one practically tailored for associations.

Leadership by Susan K. Neely, CAE Feb 1, 2015

From Where I Sit: Speaking Together

Leadership by Susan K. Neely, CAE Feb 1, 2015

Big goals take big vision and a collective voice. The key: building consensus.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2015

How to Maintain Marathon Efficiency

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2015

The benefits of helping employees stay effective for the long run.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 7, 2015

Wisconsin Grocers Want to Tap the Fresh Beer Market

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 7, 2015

The Wisconsin Grocers Association is pushing for a change in state law that would allow grocery stores to sell beer from the tap. The proposal is getting mixed reviews from local bars and breweries.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 23, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Member Communication Tips From Santa

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 23, 2014

No joke—Santa can really teach you how to improve membership communication. Plus: the best ways to open a conference.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2014

Internet of Things: Is Congress Too Focused on Privacy Risks?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2014

In a new report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation lays out a set of guidelines to help frame the connected device debate. A key one: Don't regulate the sector based on hypothetical problems.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2014

In the Creative Commons Age, What Can You Sell?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2014

Open and shareable content rules online, and fighting against that stream is a losing game. But is there room to sell some of your content online while making most of it free? Here's a little strategy to get you thinking.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

3 lessons: Parting Words

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

On the cusp of retirement, Vinyl Siding Institute President and CEO Jery Y. Huntley shares wisdom from 20 years at the helm.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2014

The Privacy Paradox

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2014

Most online users say that privacy matters, but many are often willing to give it up for the right price—generally, free. For organizations, the goal is to be willing to hold yourself to a high standard with user data, and to do so transparently.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Your Attention Span is Getting Shorter

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2014

How to ensure attendees don't lose attention when … whoa, shiny object! Also: The National Association of Realtors gives its members another online benefit.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Nov 4, 2014

Beyond Dot-com: New Top-Level Domains Gain Support Around the Globe

Money & Business by Rob Stott Nov 4, 2014

A global study on how consumers use the internet found that, while established top-level domains like “.com” and “.org” continue to rule cyberspace, new TLDs are gaining traction among web users.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 29, 2014

Apple Pay? No Way. Retailers Square Off Over Mobile Payments Tech

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 29, 2014

A battle is breaking out over the app that wants to replace your wallet, as the iPhone-based technology competes with a mobile payments effort backed by the retail industry. Trade groups are making their voices heard in the debate.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2014

Putting Humans Behind the Machines

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2014

For years, Amazon has quietly built an army of online users who work on tiny tasks for low costs. For associations, the tool it created, Mechanical Turk, could prove an effective way to do market research and manage complex tasks. But it has its pluses and minuses.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 27, 2014

New Association Conference to Help Advance Veterans in the Workplace

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 27, 2014

The Association for Talent Development is the latest in a string of associations to implement a program dedicated to helping veterans in the workplace. The new ATD Values Vets Conference will feature best practices for companies looking to hire, retain, and help vets advance.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 23, 2014

Would You ‘Yelpify’ Your Credentialing System?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 23, 2014

A yoga industry group recently built a credentialing system for yoga schools that relies on social ratings and reviews. See how it’s worked out so far and how such a system might be beneficial to other associations.

Technology by Morgan Little Oct 22, 2014

Social Media Roundup: The Importance of A/B Testing

Technology by Morgan Little Oct 22, 2014

A number of online publishers applaud the results of their A/B testing efforts. Plus: The story of yesterday's #assnchat.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Make the Most of an Informational Interview

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 22, 2014

Advice on how to turn an informational interview into something more than just a cup of coffee. Also: Suggestions on the approach you should take with your online community.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Why Voicemail Still Matters

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2014

In the age of texting and email, the human voice still holds lots of currency—even for younger audiences who seem destined to tune out voicemail. The secret is in the frequency. Also: What problems do your benefits solve for members?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 9, 2014

Healthy By Example: How Trucking Execs Are Promoting Well-Being

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 9, 2014

At its annual meeting this week, the American Trucking Association is keeping track of several industry executives—their steps, that is—as part of a Healthy Trucker Challenge, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle habits in trucking.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 8, 2014

British Booksellers Prepare for a Super Thursday

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 8, 2014

With 315 books hitting the shelves this week—making this Thursday the busiest day on Britain's literary calendar—the Booksellers Association has started to leverage "Super Thursday" as a way to get readers in stores.

Meetings by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Oct 8, 2014

Right On Track: How Tracking Devices Can Improve Meetings

Meetings by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Oct 8, 2014

A chip in your conference badge that monitors your meeting activity? It might sound a little creepy, but that chip is improving the meeting experience. Many associations are taking advantage of technology such as NFC and RFID and carefully weighing the benefits, risks, and security concerns.

Money & Business by Keith Skillman, CAE Oct 8, 2014

Knowledge Corner: Resourceful Reading

Money & Business by Keith Skillman, CAE Oct 8, 2014

Four new ASAE offerings to inform your work.

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2014

The Difference Luxury Makes for Meetings

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2014

Opulent surroundings and exquisite cuisine are just the beginning.

Membership by Rob Stott Sep 26, 2014

3 Myths About Millennial Members Get Busted

Membership by Rob Stott Sep 26, 2014

Forget the studies you’ve read about the mindset of millennials. If you really want to know what we’re thinking about and what we look for in an association, just ask—and, please, don’t clump us all together

Money & Business by Denise Alvarez Sep 23, 2014

To Create Meaningful Change, You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel

Money & Business by Denise Alvarez Sep 23, 2014

When the opportunity exists to improve a product or service for your members, be sure you go about it the right way. One young professional shares her story of adding value to a publication members already knew and loved.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2014

Is Now the Time for Mobile Payments?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2014

Don't throw out your credit cards just yet. While Apple scored a lot of buzz last week by launching a mobile-payments technology of its own, the company is far from a first mover in the space—and despite the potential of better security, payments represent an area where low-tech options stick around generations after they've been usurped.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2014

Member Needs Should Drive Your Tech Efforts

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2014

With technology becoming a bigger driver of member interest than ever, associations should be ready to build products that leverage those needs. For one big-name organization that's heeding that call, its solution came in the form of a hardware partnership.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2014

To Quit Smoking, E-Cigarettes Are Last Resort, Say Heart Association, Cancer Society

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2014

Two well-known public-health organizations aren't exactly giving a seal of approval to electronic cigarettes, but in recent policy statements they've suggested they may be useful as a cessation tool if nothing else is working. An e-cigarette industry group welcomed the input.

Leadership by Morgan Little Aug 20, 2014

Social Media Roundup: An Overlooked Arsenal in the War for Talent

Leadership by Morgan Little Aug 20, 2014

It seems obvious, but a lack of rapid progress underscores the need to underline a simple fact: Organizations need to put a greater focus on hiring women for leadership roles. Plus: Video app Vine becomes more receptive to adding older film clips.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 15, 2014

6 Ways to Create a Must-Attend Conference

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 15, 2014

Meetings and conferences are a large percentage of nondues revenue for most associations. So you better create one that can’t be missed, right? Here’s how to get started.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 13, 2014

Get in the Habit of Connecting Members

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 13, 2014

As an association pro, you're in the best position to help members meet each other. Could you make a daily habit of making introductions?

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Don't Forget To Remember Their Names

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 12, 2014

The role organizational culture plays in how we treat our members. Also: how one concert drew millions for a good cause more than four decades ago—and, in the process, introduced a major trend in charitable giving.

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2014

Let Your Givers Grow

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2014

Author Adam Grant tells associations to foster a giving culture by rewarding helping and sharing in the workplace and giving the selfish the heave-ho.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: The Whiz Kid Behind a Whopper of a Turnaround

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

A fast-food chain's business genius may have benefited from not having a ton of experience. Also: A LinkedIn insider offers tips on how best to leverage the business-oriented social network.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

A Tiny Reminder of the Value of Experiments

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2014

Don't let the recent headlines fool you: Online experiments, when done well, are plenty effective and might teach you a lot about your audience. The secret is not to mess with user expectations.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 4, 2014

Five Lessons From One Association's Challenging Year

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 4, 2014

A new membership structure. New meetings. A new website. Yoga Alliance has taken on a lot under a new CEO. Here’s what he’s learned. When Richard Karpel became CEO of Yoga Alliance in 2012, he wasn’t expecting a restful gig. The first order of business was to transform what was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) […]

Membership by Sheri Jacobs, CAE Aug 1, 2014

Magnetic Membership: Create A Stronger Draw for Your Association

Membership by Sheri Jacobs, CAE Aug 1, 2014

The membership model is alive and well, but the methods for making it thrive are evolving. Associations adept in the art of attraction are looking beyond traditional market segmentation and gaining an unfiltered view of which benefits are true magnets for membership.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 9, 2014

What If Members Don't Know What They Need?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 9, 2014

Sure, you can ask members what they want, but designing association benefits isn't their job. It's yours, and it starts with seeing the world from your members' eyes.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 7, 2014

Reality TV Joins the Real World, Launches an Association

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 7, 2014

As the industry continues to rapidly expand, reality television production companies have come together to create their own trade organization. One early challenge the group faces is resolving worker questions about fair pay and benefits in the industry.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 7, 2014

The Cost of a Neglectful Board

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 7, 2014

The reputation of a veterans' charity took a hit last week for working with two direct-mail vendors that heavily profited from donations. The vendors are paying the price, but the problem started with the board.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jul 3, 2014

What Does It Take To Be a 'Top Workplace'?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jul 3, 2014

Free lunches? Unlimited vacation days? Two associations share insights into how their organizations landed among the 150 companies recently named to The Washington Post’s “Top Workplaces” of 2014. The reasons are not as fancy as a free company car.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 26, 2014

You Should Probably Be Spending More Time With Your Boss

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 26, 2014

New research suggests the optimum number of hours average employees should spend with their direct leader is about six, but most people are spending about half that time with their boss. Find out why getting in more face time may help you feel more inspired and motivated at work.

Money & Business by Morgan Little Jun 23, 2014

Monday Buzz: Honoring the Top Spots to Work in DC

Money & Business by Morgan Little Jun 23, 2014

Find out the best workplaces in one of the nation's largest hubs for associations. Plus: A new tool to see if audiences really like your online content.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2014

Fact-Checkers Work Toward Launching New Association

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2014

Attendees of Poynter's Global Fact-Checking Summit in London voted this week to launch a new association, with the goal of helping journalists work together on what can be a challenging line of work.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

Adam Grant: The Giving Revolution

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

“Workplace giving” is no longer about philanthropy, according to social scientist Adam Grant. Rather, it’s about getting work done—your work, your organization’s work—and done well. Givers, it seems, are anything but doormats: They’re powerful drivers of business success.

Technology by Dave Jaffe Jun 1, 2014

Tech Memo: Association App-titude

Technology by Dave Jaffe Jun 1, 2014

The best type of app “really depends on the association’s membership and organizational goals.” Do you want differentiated tools or one mega app?

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

Books: The Strength of Givers

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

Often perceived as weak and more likely than others to fail, givers actually improve the workplace for everyone, according to Adam Grant's "Give and Take."

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2014

Family First: Creating Meetings With Parents in Mind

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2014

Associations do their best to remove obstacles that keep attendees from registering. One that may keep people away is a lack of onsite childcare options or even the out-of-pocket costs associated with it. That’s why some associations are trying new ideas to create more family-friendly meetings.

Membership by Alexis Williams May 7, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Bet on the Baby Boomers

Membership by Alexis Williams May 7, 2014

Never second-guess the resourcefulness of your baby boomer members. Plus: Tips to help leaders focus on getting their team to achieve its goals.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 7, 2014

What Slate Might Learn From Associations

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 7, 2014

So you want to launch a membership program for your most avid readers? Associations have a little experience with that. Here's some advice.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2014

Manufacturers, Health Advocates Divided on FDA's E-Cigarette Proposal

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration's plan to regulate electronic cigarettes drew a variety of reactions—with health groups saying the regulatory body took too long to act, but trade groups saying the plan is a good start, even if they have big questions on the details.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2014

What Jukeboxes Teach About Disruptive Business Models

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2014

Sure, the jukebox may not be exactly the shining model of innovation these days, but it inspired a lot of innovation that came afterwards (think Spotify). For trade groups, it might be a good reminder that coming to terms with disruption might be better than trying to tear it down.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 9, 2014

A Lesson in Quality From For-Profit Clubs

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 9, 2014

Associations may be more similar than we think to for-profit membership programs, where flawless service quality is a must.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2014

Checkup Time: Make Your Next Event Healthier for Attendees

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2014

Is your conference as healthy as it could be? A fitness or wellness challenge at your next event may be the best way to get your attendees moving, as well as have them compete and engage with one another.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 3, 2014

Lessons in Vetting Vendors

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 3, 2014

Are you in the process of choosing a vendor or deciding whether or not to continue working with a particular outside service provider? An association CIO shares some tips and advice on evaluating vendors.

Membership by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2014

Power of A: Arizona Dentists Give The Gift of a Smile

Membership by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2014

The Central Arizona Dental Society each year gives dentists and other dentistry professionals the chance to help those who can't afford dental care.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 31, 2014

Leading Staff Through Change? Hear 'Em Out.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 31, 2014

Big changes make for stressed-out staffs. What can a CEO do to get the team behind a new vision?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 21, 2014

Study: Change Is Good, But Many Organizations Don’t Do It Well

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 21, 2014

A new in-depth report from the Project Management Institute takes a look at why so many organizations are failing to implement strategic change. How to fix that? PMI details some best practices for success.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2014

Another Federal Conference Scrutinized for Excessive Costs

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2014

A report released last month by the Department of Commerce on a 2012 National Institute of Standards and Technology conference raises significant questions over what its Inspector General's Office labels a failure to rein in costs according to government protocol.

Meetings by Rob Stott Feb 26, 2014

Lessons From Sochi: What a Difference Volunteers Make

Meetings by Rob Stott Feb 26, 2014

Some 25,000 volunteers helped put on a successful Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite the Games’ rocky start. You may not have (or need) that many at your event, but volunteers can bring local flavor and extra hands on deck to your next meeting.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 19, 2014

A Lesson From Museums on Mission and Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 19, 2014

For visitor-serving organizations like museums and zoos, evidence shows a strong reputation for mission pursuit boosts financial performance. Can we make the same observation about associations?

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 11, 2014

Lunchtime Links: The Next Generation of Swap Meets

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 11, 2014

The sharing economy group Peers isn't afraid go ground-level when drumming up member interest in its initiatives. Also: Improv Everywhere's epic events aren't just made for YouTube.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 10, 2014

Chris Christie and Leading Amid Controversy

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 10, 2014

"Bridgegate" has some saying Chris Christie shouldn't lead the Republican Governors Association. The discussion has as much to do with ethics as politics.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2014

Lunchtime Links: The Appeal of "Unmembership"

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 3, 2014

Could the framework of membership be holding your organization back from its true goals? Also: Why two stressed-out people could be better than one.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2014

Volunteer Service: Should Board Members Be Paid?

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2014

Board service is traditionally a volunteer activity, but some associations are finding that a smart compensation policy can result in more diverse and professional leadership.

Leadership by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Feb 1, 2014

Volunteer Board Members: Taking The Lead

Leadership by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Feb 1, 2014

Stepping into a volunteer leadership position is a serious commitment, but the rewards of board service—in terms of professional and personal development—make it well worth it. Meet three standout board members who are using their voices and experience to advance their associations’ missions and industries.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 29, 2014

Looking Beyond the Membership Numbers

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 29, 2014

The rise of a third-party online community for doctors could be viewed as a cautionary tale for associations—or, instead, a reminder that a membership count isn't the only measure of success.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2014

Marketing the Future: Learn From the Mac’s Initial Missteps

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2014

We vividly remember the genius marketing of the original Apple Macintosh in 1984—but we forget that the device initially fell flat with business customers. The reason it did should sound familiar to a lot of tech decision-makers.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 15, 2014

What If Membership Was Front-Page News?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 15, 2014

Most decisions to join an association don't end up in the newspaper. But one association whose members are public officials must make its case in terms everyone can understand.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2014

The Dangers of Messing With Expectations

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2014

Sure, you have numbers to hit with your various tech initiatives, but reaching your goals shouldn't mean doing things that actively annoy or deceive your users. A recent effort by Google to boost its Google+ platform—and the ensuing backlash—is clear proof of the problems a "growth hacking" approach raises.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2014

The Future of the Furnace: What’s Holding Up More Efficient Gas Heat?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2014

While the Department of Energy and advocacy groups have been trying to improve the efficiency of natural gas-based heating devices, the changes come with complications for consumers, two major gas associations say.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2014

New High-Frequency Trading Group Works To Burnish Industry’s Image

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2014

The Modern Markets Initiative, a new trade group launched with the help of advisers from both the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns, hopes to change the narrative on an often-misunderstood field.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 8, 2014

What We (and You) Said About Membership in 2013

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 8, 2014

It's not too late for one last year-in-review blog post, is it? Take a few minutes to explore the highlights of a year in association membership conversation both here at Associations Now and around the association community.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2014

Lunchtime Links: Association Workplaces That Set the Standard

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2014

Among the The Washingtonian's picks for best workplaces are a number of associations and industry partners. Also: Don't let the weather hurt your telecommuting workflow.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 23, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Very-Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 23, 2013

Scrambling for a few holiday gifts a little close to the edge of the holiday season? Take a cue from Bill Gates. Also: An erasable notebook that your favorite meeting planner might adore.

Leadership by Emma Beck Dec 20, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Build a Clan Of Loyal Volunteers

Leadership by Emma Beck Dec 20, 2013

How to staff a committee of volunteers while letting them take the lead. Plus: Make sure you’re selling members on your association’s value.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Bill Includes Compromise on Contractor Pay

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2013

Among the many issues tackled by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 is the cap on federal contractor pay, recently raised to nearly $1 million a person. While trade groups, unions, and advocacy groups agree a lower cap is needed, they vary the level and how to keep in check.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2013

Lessons From #Tech13: We’re One, But We’re Not the Same

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 10, 2013

ASAE's 2013 Technology Conference & Expo's path-oriented approach illustrated something long clear for both associations and vendors: Technology is a bigger conversation than ever, and our needs often might diverge—even when we have a common end.

Membership by Emma Beck Nov 27, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Your Members Deserve a Thank You, Too

Membership by Emma Beck Nov 27, 2013

When it comes to member appreciation, a little thank you can go a long way. Plus: Adjust your membership model to better grasp your member’s expectations.

Technology by Emma Beck Nov 25, 2013

Mobile Carriers Grapple With a "Kill Switch" Controversy

Technology by Emma Beck Nov 25, 2013

Mobile service providers and public officials are debating how best to address the widespread and growing problem of smartphone theft. While some police and local authorities want the phones to have a kill switch, the CTIA is pushing in another direction.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2013

Study: Gender Gap Pronounced for Nonprofits, Workplace at Large

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 20, 2013

A wide-ranging study from the University of Denver that covers a number of fields (including nonprofits), suggests that a lot of work needs to be done to improve equity for women in leadership, both in representation and compensation.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 20, 2013

Want Your Members' Opinions on Strategy? Ask Them.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 20, 2013

Facing major strategic decisions about its future, one association shared options with members via in-person meetings, online webinars, and even direct mail to solidify momentum for future change.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2013

Don’t Fool Yourself: Your Technology Has an Expiration Date

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2013

While the costs of upgrading basic technology building blocks like hard drives certainly add up, delaying such upgrades comes with another price tag—one that could hurt a lot more than you might expect.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Thinking About Membership in Tiers

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

How one association turned around its membership decline by moving away from a one-size-fits-all model. Also: A new content marketing platform's plan for success involves leveraging what's already out there.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

Fight the Jumbles: The Dangers of a Convoluted Project Management Path

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

No matter how innovative your culture is, if you can't actually act on your big ideas effectively, it's of no use. That's why clear, well-considered project management is so important to your strategy.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 7, 2013

Study: Finding Post-Military Employment No Easy Task For Veterans

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 7, 2013

After leaving military service, vets report having a hard time translating their military experience into civilian jobs. To help bridge the gap, associations are offering veterans skills-training programs.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 29, 2013

Study: Same-Sex Marriage Decision Affects Where People Want to Work

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 29, 2013

According to a new study by Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, roughly half of gay and lesbian workers would quit their jobs before moving to a state that did not recognize same-sex marriage.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 23, 2013

Ready To Wear: Fair Trade Group Moves From Coffee to Clothing

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 23, 2013

At a time when scrutiny of fashion industry practices are nearing a peak, Fair Trade USA's certification program for apparel is having a breakthrough moment, with a major brand—Patagonia—taking part.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 22, 2013

Study: Most Employers Are Sticking With Telework

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 22, 2013

Some large, well-known U.S. employers may have eliminated teleworking in the name of greater productivity and collaboration, but not all organizations are willing to do so. A new association survey documents some of the trends in workplace flexibility programs.

Leadership by Emma Beck Oct 21, 2013

Lunchtime Links: When It’s Time for Professional Help

Leadership by Emma Beck Oct 21, 2013

Why your members don’t always make the best lobbyists. Plus: How to upgrade your website on a budget. Associations love getting their members involved in advocacy—and that’s understandable. Who better to tell the stories that can sway policy than the people who live them day in and day out? But there are times when the […]

Technology by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Oct 17, 2013

Social Media Roundup: The Value of Collaboration

Technology by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Oct 17, 2013

Using technology to improve collaboration. Plus: How to grow your culture along with your organization.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 16, 2013

Standing Up for the ’Stache: Poll Seeks Model Mustached American

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 16, 2013

To help raise the prestige of the much-maligned mustache, the American Mustache Institute is sponsoring a national poll this month to elect the American who best represents the mustached community.

Money & Business by Emma Beck Oct 9, 2013

Study: People Want to See Impact of Charity-Linked Buys

Money & Business by Emma Beck Oct 9, 2013

Consumers who purchase charity-linked products want more than just to purchase more wristbands, or pom-poms, or, you know, more stuff. They want proof that their money is helping the cause.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 8, 2013

Groups Woo Foodies Online to Boost Customer Savvy

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 8, 2013

Need a great pasta recipe or a way to incorporate more pecans into your diet? There’s new help out there. Four food industry trade associations recently launched mobile websites to build direct engagement with customers. The secret sauce? They serve up information and tips---and hold the advertising.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 3, 2013

Case Study: Virtual Mentoring Using LinkedIn

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 3, 2013

How one association delved into the world of e-mentoring to offer its members an accessible and flexible career-management program.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Oct 1, 2013

Conferences and Travel: The Year the Feds Stayed Home

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Oct 1, 2013

With federal agencies under orders to scale back spending on conferences and travel, government employee attendance at association meetings is dwindling in 2013. Here’s how associations and convention destinations are adapting to the age of scandal and sequester.

Money & Business by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2013

Career Coach: Salary Negotiation

Money & Business by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2013

An employer won’t just hand you a nice fat salary; you have to negotiate to get what you believe you’re worth. Here are four tips for your next negotiation.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2013

Parsing Common Core: An Education Program Under Fire

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2013

The state-led education standards program formed with the help of two associations is facing criticism and charges of government overreach into the schools. Associations, meanwhile, are working to calm fears about the program.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2013

NAACP's Ben Jealous: An Iconic Leader's Biggest Successes

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2013

Five years after taking the helm of the organization as a relative unknown, Ben Jealous leaves the position as one of its most successful leaders ever. Here's how he did it.

Leadership by Daniel Ford Sep 5, 2013

Physical Education Group Looks to Innovate Gym Class

Leadership by Daniel Ford Sep 5, 2013

A group involved with Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools initiative is working to get students active by revamping gym classes across the country in more engaging ways.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2013

Is it Time to Give Online Discourse a Rethink?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2013

By equal measure, comment sections can be either the most important part of your online presence or the first thing you want to throw out. Is the problem the technology—or could you simply do better?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Aug 29, 2013

The Digital Disconnect Between CMOs and CIOs

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Aug 29, 2013

A new survey of these C-suite executives illustrates the differences in perspectives on digital marketing strategy and how CMOs and CIOs can benefit from a better working relationship.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2013

After Mandated Cuts, Federal Travel Spending Plummets

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2013

A new report shows that among users of a federal government charge-card program designated for travel expenses, travel and conference spending has plummeted by 17 percent in the 2013 fiscal year through July. Across-the-board cuts are being credited.

Leadership by Chris Brandon Aug 20, 2013

Social Media Roundup: How to Keep Your Workers Loyal

Leadership by Chris Brandon Aug 20, 2013

You don’t have to spend big bucks dishing out crazy perks to inspire employee loyalty. Plus: Respond to positive comments, not just the negative ones.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2013

Parsing Big Data's Big Hype

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 20, 2013

In recent days, a number of high-profile voices have raised questions about whether big data is worthy of your time or the attention it's getting. Is there too much hype, or is there really something there?

Membership by Anita Ferrer Aug 16, 2013

Three Things Your Association Can Learn from the Birchbox Model

Membership by Anita Ferrer Aug 16, 2013

Beauty product subscription service Birchbox reported its sales quadrupled last year and are on track to triple in 2013. How could associations learn from the discovery retail model?

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2013

Executive Summary: Amalea Hijar

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2013

Amalea Hijar, the associate director of member strategy for the American College of Cardiology shares her goals, habits and inspiration.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2013

Membership Memo: Measure Much?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2013

New online communities mean new data to track.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 31, 2013

Does Membership Experience Matter in the CEO Role?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 31, 2013

Membership is the foundational business model for most associations, but working in a membership department doesn't appear to be an important step toward the CEO job.

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Jul 12, 2013

Lunchtime Links: How Yahoo’s Big Moves Won Over Workers

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Jul 12, 2013

Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer may have raised eyebrows with moves to shake up the company’s culture—but the changes definitely weren't a waste of time. Also: Why MySpace is focusing on a strong content strategy for its comeback.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 9, 2013

20 Headlines Competed to Draw Your Eyeballs. Here's Why This One Won.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 9, 2013

The "meaningful content" platform Upworthy is one of the fastest-growing online media outlets in history based on traffic alone, and the company's success was driven by the kind of cause-focused marketing techniques that many associations strive for. The secret? Start with the headline.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 1, 2013

When Perks Pay Off

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 1, 2013

Glitzy benefits are fading from association executive compensation packages. But a sensible compensation discussion requires more than reflexively removing them.

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Jun 25, 2013

Social Media Roundup: How LinkedIn Encourages Innovation

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Jun 25, 2013

A recent report reveals organizations find community management more valuable than ever. Also: Is it more important to be the first or to be the best?

Membership by Rob Stott Jun 20, 2013

Realtor Association Gives Members a New Place to Meet

Membership by Rob Stott Jun 20, 2013

A new “internet café” at the office of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors gives members a spot to meet privately with clients or simply unwind when they’re in the neighborhood.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 13, 2013

Online Career Centers Provide More Than Jobs

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 13, 2013

Capitalize on virtual job boards to cross-promote related products and services and become a trusted source for helping members advance their careers.

Technology by Jasmine McGee Jun 6, 2013

Can Feedly Replace Google Reader As King of RSS Feeds?

Technology by Jasmine McGee Jun 6, 2013

Less than a month from now, Google Reader will be gone, and Feedly is positioning itself as the popular news reader's heir apparent. But Feedly doesn't just aim to be a replacement: It wants to reimagine how people experience reading.

Meetings by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2013

The Future: What Tradeshows Might Look Like in 2016

Meetings by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2013

Is the tradeshow dying? A new ASAE report examines the future of tradeshows and identifies five scenarios for what they might look like in 2016. How will your association’s event change?

Leadership by Cheryl Palmer Jun 1, 2013

Career Coach: Time to Go?

Leadership by Cheryl Palmer Jun 1, 2013

Advice from Cheryl Palmer, professional resume writer and founder of Call to Career: What are some warning signs that it’s time to leave your current job?

Leadership by Katie Bascuas May 14, 2013

Could a U.S. Science Laureate Advance the Sciences?

Leadership by Katie Bascuas May 14, 2013

New bipartisan legislation, supported by two scientific associations, would create an official science laureate of the United States. How do you get people excited about science? Several members of Congress are hoping an honorary position similar to the U.S. poet laureate will do the trick. Last week, the bipartisan group introduced legislation to establish an […]

Money & Business by Rob Stott May 6, 2013

Avoid the Apology Tour: Be Proactive

Money & Business by Rob Stott May 6, 2013

A new survey on consumer forgiveness and JCPenney’s current apology campaign offer member-relations lessons for associations.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 2, 2013

So You’ve Decided to Implement Teleworking. Now What?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 2, 2013

Once you’ve determined teleworking is right for your organization, it’s time to set up a policy. Here are some tips from one teleworking pro who presented at ASAE’s 2013 Finance, HR & Business Operations Conference this week.

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 1, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Practice Your Confidence

Leadership by Anita Ferrer May 1, 2013

Some lessons in confidence from fashion entrepreneur Diane von Furstenberg. Also: The Nonprofit Times' annual report highlights why nonprofits make great employers.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 1, 2013

Why I Broke Free of the Bundle

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 1, 2013

I reached my breaking point with the price of a cable TV package and decided to cut the cord. Do associations' bundled member-benefits packages face the same danger?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 23, 2013

Four Important Ideas from paidContent Live 2013

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 23, 2013

It may have been a conference about content monetization, but last week's paidContent Live 2013 shined an important light on personalization, risk, innovation and diversity—things your association should know a thing or two about.

Membership by Corey Murray Apr 17, 2013

Association Gives Members Access to Healthcare Marketplace

Membership by Corey Murray Apr 17, 2013

With less than eight months before the full Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, takes effect Jan. 1 2014, at least one association has announced plans to offer its members access to expanded health benefits through a private exchange program.

Leadership by Whitney Redding Apr 15, 2013

Stayin’ Alive: Four CFO Survival Kit Essentials

Leadership by Whitney Redding Apr 15, 2013

Feel like you need a CFO survival kit to understand the ins and outs of being an association CEO? Follow these tips below.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 12, 2013

From a Two-Day Event to Your Next Great Product

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 12, 2013

Startup Weekend participants have 54 hours to develop and launch a new product. One meetings-related group recently tried something similar. Could your association benefit from such an event?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 8, 2013

Warning: Engaged Employees

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 8, 2013

A new study shows that low producers are often the happiest on the job. That has implications for how leaders need to define and cultivate engagement.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 4, 2013

Should You Wear Your Brand on Your Sleeve, Literally?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 4, 2013

Whether you love them or hate them, the promotional value of staff shirts most likely will make them continuing fixtures of the events industry.

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Mar 28, 2013

Overcoming the Association Value Gap: Part II

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Mar 28, 2013

Building sustainable business models depends on association leaders adopting a 21st-century sensibility as they imagine and co-create new forms of value in collaboration with their stakeholder networks.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2013

Controverisal CVS Program Prompts Debate on Worker Health Assessments

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2013

When the pharmacy company CVS announced a new employee healthcare policy, one association raised privacy concerns. But when done the right way, such assessments can be useful for both companies and employees.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 18, 2013

Association Leadership, Women Leaders & Leaning In

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 18, 2013

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has launched a national conversation about women and corporate leadership. The numbers show that associations need to be talking as well.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2013

Could the Postal Service Privatize Further?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 15, 2013

A new report by the National Academy of Public Administration suggests that the service should outsource most of its services outside of door-to-door delivery. But some associations and unions question whether that's the best approach.

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Mar 14, 2013

Take a Stand: Make Your Next Meeting a Walk and Talk

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Mar 14, 2013

Disconnecting from your devices (somewhat) and taking a one-on-one meeting for a stroll can increase productivity and effectiveness.

Money & Business by Anita Ferrer Mar 12, 2013

Public Transit Usage Jumps As Economy Improves

Money & Business by Anita Ferrer Mar 12, 2013

With high fuel costs and more jobs in American cities, public transportation received quite the boost in usage during 2012.

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Mar 1, 2013

Trapped in The Past: Five Challenges of Conventional Thinking

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Mar 1, 2013

Challenge your board to break free of conventional thinking by addressing five ways it is killing your association’s current and future business models.

Technology by Katie Bascuas Mar 1, 2013

Tech Memo: Ducks in a Row

Technology by Katie Bascuas Mar 1, 2013

The benefits of a uniform social media strategy, as shown by the American Diabetes Association.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 27, 2013

Yahoo Stops Teleworking, But at What Cost?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Feb 27, 2013

A company-wide edict that Yahoo employees can no longer work remotely is creating a stir among telecommuting advocates who believe out-of-office work creates important business benefits.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2013

Colorado Springs' Move Beyond Paid Membership

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2013

The city's convention & visitors bureau is trying a new tactic in an effort to encourage more tourism dollars.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2013

Take Your Meetings to the Lobby—Even If You're Local

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2013

Need a useful off-premises workspace for your association—or perhaps a place for a really small-scale meeting with your members? Hotel lobbies are increasingly becoming a useful alternative for productivity on the go.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 8, 2013

Shelter From the Storm: Association Helps Members Under Scrutiny

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 8, 2013

With many of its members facing ongoing scrutiny over business practices—most recently Herbalife—the Direct Selling Association has its work cut out for it. But by focusing on ethics, the association has done much to burnish its industry's image.

Leadership by Chloe Thompson Feb 1, 2013

Great Places to Work: What You Can Learn From Them

Leadership by Chloe Thompson Feb 1, 2013

Fortune's 2013 list of top 100 companies to work for is a good way to evaluate how your own company is doing. Is your association keeping employees happy?

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2013

The Innovators: Governance Goes Global

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2013

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s new governance system stretches to meet the needs of members all over the planet.

Leadership by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Feb 1, 2013

The Innovators: The Big Embrace

Leadership by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Feb 1, 2013

Some might call it free membership—and they’d be right. But Erin Fuller calls her stroke of brilliance “radical inclusiveness,” and it’s helping the Alliance for Women in Media thrive.

Money & Business by Chloe Thompson Jan 25, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Slow and Focused Wins the Race

Money & Business by Chloe Thompson Jan 25, 2013

Why less is more when using social media effectively. Plus: How to deal with the big bosses.

Membership by Chloe Thompson Jan 22, 2013

The Delicate Business of Balancing Member Interests

Membership by Chloe Thompson Jan 22, 2013

After a policy dispute, a major corporation plans to leave its industry trade group. How do you strike a balance when two sides collide—and should you?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2013

Social Media Roundup: How Intel Got Inside Our Brains

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2013

How Intel rode its "Intel Inside" marketing campaign to unprecedented household name status. Also: Let go a little on social media; you can't control everything.

Leadership by Daniel Martinage, CAE Jan 2, 2013

Career Coach: The Value of Volunteering

Leadership by Daniel Martinage, CAE Jan 2, 2013

Volunteering advice from Daniel Martinage, CAE, founder and principal of Association Coach, LLC.

Membership by Chloe Thompson Dec 12, 2012

Keeping Members Content with Good Content

Membership by Chloe Thompson Dec 12, 2012

As the saying goes: 'if you build it, they will come.' Are you building quality content?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 12, 2012

Balancing Member Motives

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 12, 2012

Two museum membership model changes illustrate the delicate balance of appealing to members motivated by "what's in it for me" and "what's in it for us."

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2012

How the Internet Turned Adoptions Upside Down

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2012

With social media and Craigslist helping break down barriers, the field of adoption is changing significantly. But associations could play a role in informing both sides of the risk.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2012

Lunchtime Links: Easier Email Lists At Events

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2012

How Campaign Monitor's latest app makes building email subscriber lists at events a cinch. Also: Facebook's plan to appease marketers.

Money & Business by Christine Umbrell Nov 1, 2012

All the Right Cuts for Association Executives

Money & Business by Christine Umbrell Nov 1, 2012

With limited resources, launching new products and services means cutting old ones, which has never been associations’ forte. Here’s how to prioritize programs and jettison the dead weight.

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Nov 1, 2012

Books: The Magic of the Maker Movement

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Nov 1, 2012

How a new global force called the “Maker Movement” will radically change every industry and profession.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 1, 2012

Strong Branding Helps Nonprofits Recruit Top Talent

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 1, 2012

As the internet has made job searching easier than ever, find out how some association professionals are recruiting and retaining staff.

Leadership by Julie Shoop Oct 26, 2012

Vote Closed: Who’s Your Favorite Association Innovator?

Leadership by Julie Shoop Oct 26, 2012

Last summer, we asked you to tell us about association “innovation stars,” and you did. Now, it’s decision time: Who should appear in an Associations Now cover story?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2012

Do You Trust Your Staff to Be Results-Oriented?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2012

Rather than focusing on whether an employee is there on time, are you willing to focus on whether they get the job done effectively?

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 5, 2012

Books: Do Leaders Make a Difference?

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Oct 5, 2012

Not always. But when they’re at your organization at the right time—with the right skills their impact can be significant.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 2, 2012

Algae Association Jokes, But Not Really

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 2, 2012

The Algae Biomass Organization, a.k.a. the algae trade association, had fun last week while defending the honor of a plant that gets no respect.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

CEO to CEO: September-October 2012

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Sep 25, 2012

If you had unlimited resources to ­create a brand-new staff position for your organization, what would ıt be?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 18, 2012

Telecommuters Are More Productive, Study Says

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 18, 2012

A recent study found higher productivity and job satisfaction among people who work remotely compared with office workers. But what are the costs of working virtually?