A new report from the association tech conglomerate Community Brands finds that technology often leads to better member experiences, but associations often don’t invest in the kinds most desirable to members—specifically, those that allow for personalization.
For years, the language of membership has often felt unique to the world of associations. But with the success of the tech startup Patreon, which will hand out $150 million to creators this year, we may be on the brink of a moment where membership concepts grow more mainstream. That could be a good thing for associations.
From email to events and everything in between, Aptify reveals how to examine data to increase membership engagement. Also: Executive strategic planning determines the future of your organization. Here's how to make your internal planning meetings more productive.
An analyst lays out how the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation could create some headaches for membership-based organizations. Also: Insights from a big association-space merger.
Before you migrate your membership data to new software, make sure you're fully prepared. Also: Don't let a cybersecurity hack force you out of a job.
A recent deal in the association technology space raises some interesting questions about the state of the sector and what’s next. What’s holding associations and their vendors back, and what needs to happen to push things forward?
Are private job boards hindering your ability to recruit millennials? Also: Abila, Aptify, and YourMembership join together to create a new, unified brand.
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.
Your organization can adapt to times of volatility from a place of strength by adopting a few key traits. Also: Google takes aim at Slack with a new workplace communication platform.
Thought leaders in the association space discuss association management software trends with Aptify. Also: More evidence the Mac is struggling within Apple.
One blogging expert's offbeat recommendations for getting past your writing funk. Also: What AMSes have in common with shovels.
Moving your data from one AMS to another? Check out this guide for tips on how to make the process less painful. Also: how other firms “borrowing” your ideas can be a boon for innovation at your organization. Switching from one membership software platform to another can be a total pain, particularly because large amounts […]
As marketing technology advances and member habits evolve, the power of inbound marketing continues to grow. Is your association ready to make the leap?
Does your database need a public relations campaign to convince your staff to rely on it again? Also: Snapchat tries something new.
An association-industry tech expert conducts a test to show how dangerous hacking incidents can be. Also: How voices alone can surface unexpected biases.
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?
The importance of not letting the workflow defined by your tools get in the way of your organization's ability to collaborate. Also: Some basic tips to keep members engaged.
Effective onboarding is critical to driving future engagement. Also: Facebook's got a new strategy for stopping ad blockers on its social network.
A decision by Google last week has a lot of people in the world of search engine optimization talking. Also: How to manage scope creep when dealing with an AMS installation.
An array of economic and geographic pressures have boosted Boston's hotel rooms to extremely high rates. Also: Consider these tips on how to approach a niche social media platform, which could help you build your member base.
The massive social network will now curate hot events in a new feature box. Plus: How to best team up with others on events.
The major convention hub, on the cusp of getting an NHL team, hits a crossroads as the traditional gambling stigma starts to fade. Also: What big donors are really thinking.
We explain what's wrong with making all your content available for free online. Also, 2016 MM&C attendees should check out this list of must-hit sessions.
A new website dedicated to nothing but breakfast highlights the importance of embracing niche content online. Also: Here's why one major retailer is getting rid of its iOS app.
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.
Growing demand for fresh produce gives hotels a fresh idea. Plus: how to make change work for you.
How artificial intelligence programs, particularly those used through chat mechanisms, may give apps a run for their money. Plus: Why donors are reluctant to give twice.
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.
One association's key engagement metric answers a simple question: How many members' engagement score is zero?
An association-membership firm offers tips to move beyond the traditional one-size-fits-all approach. Also: What nonprofit marketers should know about Google's new Inbox platform.
Nextdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, finds success despite being extremely tough to join. Also: how one popular Twitter-based chat has slowly moved toward relevance.
A list of the best parties to be found in Nashville for #asae14. Also: where data and experiments intersect.
Why nonprofit donor events need to get beyond simply being fancy-schmancy affairs. Also: A generational expert talks up her latest book.
If you overhaul your association's membership model, what was a "member" before may be something totally different after. So how do you measure success?
A small, but useful, trick to help you get over stage fright. Also: what's behind the boost in security spending for special events.
Associations are good at collecting data, but they’re less adept at analyzing it or knowing what to do with the gold mine of information they have. But that’s changing. As technology becomes more affordable, organizations are harnessing “big data” to improve member engagement.
A conference featuring some of the best and brightest in the association space homes in on membership advice. Plus: Which social features could be bogus?
They may be brilliant, but they can be quite frustrating, too. Some thoughts for communication managers for ensuring your visionaries aren't driving you crazy. Also: how a lack of response could hurt your member engagement right off the bat.
Why a "business out front, party in the back" strategy may help you better leverage your online community. Also: Terminology matters when you describe your content leaders at events.
Trying to offer your members great educational content? Make sure you're pricing it according to market demand. Also: Advice on working your way up the association ladder.
New research found that perking yourself up before a big presentation or speech may be more helpful in calming anxiety than trying to relax.
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.
How do you turn a positive vibe into a sustained organizational culture? Here’s a look at one association that devoted itself—and half of its general manager of operations’ time—to putting values into action.
Want to encourage hard-working and engaged employees and members? Take a cue from some associations that have implemented reward programs.
Old-school hip-hop is more than rhymes: It teaches us to remix and create fresh marketing content. Also: Kick off your event coverage with Vine.
Why programmers aren't the only ones who should learn coding. Also: Social media is a team effort. What are your staff guidelines?
So you couldn’t make it to Colorado Springs for the 2013 ASAE Great Ideas Conference? No worries. Here a few highlights from Tuesday’s Learning Labs, with key takeaways you can put on your to-do list right now.
How to really own it at work through creative business ideas. Plus: Make your business writing shine.
Aptify CEO Amith Nagarajan shares tools for improving and measuring member engagement.
Three different suggestions for three different parts of the event-planning process.