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Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 29, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Write Meaningful Metaphors

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 29, 2018

Metaphors can be useful communication tool, including for nonprofits. Here’s how to use them to convey your organization’s mission effectively. Also: Amanda Kaiser recommends thinking about your group’s approachability.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 16, 2018

Monday Buzz: Customizable Memberships

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 16, 2018

Could adding more membership levels attract more people? The MemberClicks blog reveals how. Also: Amanda Kaiser makes the case for a “frictionless” member experience.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2018

Thursday Buzz: The Secret to Staying Relevant

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2018

Looking to stay relevant? Amanda Kaiser says your membership has to get younger. Also: Meeting design expert Adrian Segar shares his top recommendation for making a conference more interesting.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don’t Kill Curiosity

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: Google Analytics Spreads to Images

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 27, 2018

The latest update on Google Analytics will include specific data on Google Images. Also: How to avoid awkwardness when meeting people.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 26, 2018

Reduce Your Attendees’ Conference Anxiety

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 26, 2018

While some attendees are thrilled at the idea of going to a conference, others may dread it because they don’t know what to expect or don’t know anyone else. A look at what associations can do to alleviate any nervousness.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don’t “Slack” Off on Chapter Communications

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 19, 2018

Are your chapter leaders struggling to communicate with each other? Find out how one organization uses Slack to enhance national-to-chapter and leader-to-leader relationships. Also: Set your speakers up for success by reducing their anxiety.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Future-Focused IT Team

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

To keep up with a rapidly changing world, your IT leaders need to think more like CIOs. Also: Reconsidering the CEO’s role in membership.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Airbnb’s Hidden Business Travel Risks

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2018

Many business travelers want to use Airbnb, but there are reasons for employees to be cautious. Also: How to use speakers to engage your audience.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 18, 2018

Friday Buzz: Avoid These Fundraising Mistakes

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 18, 2018

New organizations makes common fundraising mistakes that cost them money. Forbes shares tips for preventing them. Also: How to make networking events more valuable.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Benefits of a Trial Program

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Hotel Key Security Crisis

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2018

A major security researcher uncovers a major security flaw with hotel room keys used around the world. Also: Your members think selfishly—something you might be able to take advantage of.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Sesame Street Tries Crowdfunding

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2018

The children’s television show is launching a Kickstarter campaign to combat bullying of children with autism. Also: A popular rock band starts a membership group for fans.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Creating Brand Identity

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Collecting Donor Data

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

Gathering information from your donors doesn’t have to be aggravating. Here are a few unobtrusive tactics to try. Also: social media marketing hacks worth experimenting with in 2018.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 17, 2018

To Engage New Members, You Need a Plan

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 17, 2018

A recent survey confirms that to get first-time members on board and involved with your association—and more likely to renew next year—you need a plan.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Cultivate a Sense of Belonging

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Are your members members in name only? Here's how to develop an authentic sense of belonging. Also: How to manage your association's rainy day fund.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Apple's Bold Product Refresh

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2017

The company offered redesigned versions of a number of its products, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. Also: What should you make of the Equifax hack?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 30, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: What Tech M&A Means for Associations

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 30, 2017

Tech consolidation in the association space may wind up being beneficial for associations, but there are still considerations to keep in mind. Also: Facebook Page organic reach is struggling across the board.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Learn From Hollywood Hack Attacks

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2017

Membership Magic: Insights from Orlando

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2017

Need some quick tips on effectively engaging new members? Here are a few strategies shared by speakers at this week’s YourMembership conference.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Make Member Sign-Ups Easier

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2017

Don’t lose potential members because of a cumbersome application form. Simplify your membership process with a few key tweaks to your site. Also: Avoid magical thinking while planning projects.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Don’t Scare Your Staff

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2017

Don’t let a fear of failure hold back your employees from putting their best foot forward. Also: Simple steps to help you improve your email marketing campaign workflow.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2017

Friday Buzz: Cloudflare's Massive Bug

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2017

The widely used content delivery platform is working with Google employees to plug a leak that may have affected sensitive information involving numerous users. Also: A phone call that fills any association employee with dread.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Pinterest Search Gets Visual

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2017

Pinterest adds a number of innovative search features that keep the focus on the photos. Also: What CEOs should do to help inspire innovation.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

Monday Buzz: How to Recruit Small Businesses

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

Recruiting small businesses to join your organization is difficult, but these tips could help. Also: It’s Community Manager Appreciation Day; show your community builders some love.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Challenges in Owning Your Public Perception

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2017

Your organization may take great strides to influence how you’re seen by the public, but the market may have other ideas. Also: How your organization can set the stage for innovation.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Fighting Fire With Fire

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

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

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

Friday Buzz: Keep Your Composure

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

One editor's approach to election night offers a "voice of reason" to a very emotional campaign cycle. Also: YouTube gets serious about comment moderation.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 14, 2016

Friday Buzz: Do a Member Risk Assessment

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 14, 2016

Are your members afraid of trying new things? Why it's important to understand the answer to that question. Also: A new startup wants to turn stories into nonprofit action.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

Friday Buzz: Are Job Boards Passé?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

What the purchase of Monster.com—for a price far lower than its peak valuation—says about the value of job boards. Also: Focus on your first-timers before the event. In case you hadn’t heard, Monster.com was recently sold for $429 million—not circus peanuts by any means, but far from its peak value. During the height of the […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Where the Nonprofit Jobs Are

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2016

A small town within shouting distance of Atlanta has more nonprofit jobs per capita than anywhere else in the country, a new list shows. Also: Are you losing your attendees in small, subtle ways?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 29, 2016

Focus on Members Who Love You the Most

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 29, 2016

Why one association researcher discounts nonmember feedback in favor of the highly engaged, and how that choice relates to associations' strategic decisions about what segments to engage.

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2016

Great Productivity Tools: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2016

Battling a bloated inbox? Need to send a quick message to a coworker? There’s probably a productivity tool that can help. Here’s a look at the latest apps and software that are helping association professionals perform at maximum efficiency.

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 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 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.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2016

Friday Buzz: What's Separating Your Association From Younger Members?

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2016

One association marketing expert suggests that a value gap might be at play when it comes to getting younger members to join. Also: You gotta see what this snow sports association is doing at Fenway Park.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 3, 2016

Diversify Your Retention Rate, and Other Membership Ideas

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 3, 2016

Your intrepid membership blogger returns from two conferences at regional societies of association executives with a roundup of tips and ideas on membership, including great questions for member research and the power of delegating metric measurement to staff

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 Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: The Single-Question Fallacy

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2016

Are single-question surveys actually useful? A membership marketing expert makes the case against them. Also: How Minecraft presents a path for using unorthodox tools for education.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 17, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Losing Members Isn’t the End of the World

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 17, 2015

How the lessons you learn from departing members could help you win more members down the road. Plus: Trying to lengthen battery life is a hard-knock life for developers.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: The Cramped Airline Seat Blues

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2015

A consumer advocacy group calls for a standard airline seat size—with the help of 30,000 friends. Also: How associations can help fight the internal critic.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 8, 2015

Friday Buzz: Make Your Old Content New Again

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 8, 2015

The value of resurfacing old print content that might be useful for your current audience, despite its age. Also: Why being too quick to please could leave you incredibly overworked.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Make Your Newsletters More Relevant

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 2, 2015

The audience comes first when it comes to your newsletters. Are you taking that to heart? Also: The perception gap that can cause serious customer service headaches for associations.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Mar 10, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: A Simpsons Creator's Wide-Reaching Generosity

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Mar 10, 2015

Sam Simon, the co-creator of one of the most popular shows in television history, will be missed by many, but his donations to nonprofits will help keep his memory alive. Plus: Do that event debrief. It's important.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Diversity Matters, Emoji Edition

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2015

How one industry group's work is ensuring that emoji represent a broader range of human diversity. Also: Get people talking in your private community.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Goes to Work

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2015

In a move that could redefine Facebook's relationship with the business world, Facebook at Work goes public. Also: The value of doing something rather than just talking about it.

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.

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?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Big Data Can't Handle What We Do

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2014

Perhaps "big data" doesn't work for associations because it's not advanced enough to work beyond a macro scale, one association pro argues. Also: why a modest name change can help refresh your direction.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Clarity in a World of Acronyms

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2014

When talking about your association to the outside world, don't forget to ditch the jargon. Also: what you can learn from an app that turns pizza delivery into a one-button affair.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Add More Power to Your Words

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2014

A few shining examples of words that can add more authority to the messages you write. Also: musical advice from a man who knows a thing or two about word crimes.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Instagram Moves Beyond Filters

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2014

The popular social network adds additional photo-editing capabilities to the newest version of its app. Also: why protecting the brand is every employee's responsibility.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Speak Your Members' Language

Membership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2014

The importance of making your marketing communication useful for your members starts with an approach that matches their needs. Also: Sometimes your role in communication is best exemplified when you play the role of great facilitator.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Fully Engaged and Ready to Grow

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2014

A membership expert talks about a member experience that knocked her socks off. Also: a Silicon Valley human resources fiasco that offers plenty of lessons to learn from.

Leadership by Alexis Williams Apr 25, 2014

Friday Buzz: Reignite Innovation During Business Meetings

Leadership by Alexis Williams Apr 25, 2014

If your office meetings have turned into a snoozefest, here's how to bring the creativity back. Also: A celebrity event planner offers her trendsetting, customer-focused tricks of the trade.

Leadership by Alexis Williams Mar 26, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Two Sides of The Employee-Boss Relationship

Leadership by Alexis Williams Mar 26, 2014

Employees can fail to meet the demands of their jobs due to dishonesty, but bosses can be a little too pushy, too. Also: A budding association professional offers wise words to other nonprofit rookies.

Membership by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Mar 12, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Member Matters

Membership by Alexis Williams & Alexis Davis Mar 12, 2014

When was the last time you sat back and considered what your members wanted? If you have to think about it, its probably been too long. Plus: The five key elements your association must incorporate into its brand strategy.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2014

Social Media Roundup: How AARP Won the Oscars, Too

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2014

AARP's way of getting in on the Oscars conversation shows that newsjacking isn't just limited to social media. Also: When longtime members start to fade, how do you win them back?

Leadership by Alexis Williams Jan 23, 2014

Lunchtime Links: Uncovering Employee Innovations

Leadership by Alexis Williams Jan 23, 2014

Creativity can blossom in your association through trust, respect and attention. Give employees a chance to let their new innovations flow by taking a page from Adobe’s playbook. Also: Entice young members to join your association.