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Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

Data Culture: Why Your Organization Should Think Beyond Big Data

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2019

Is now the time to remove the term “big data” from your vocabulary and rethink how you can best become a data-driven organization? A recent NewVantage Partners survey lays out a cultural case.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2019

Big Data’s Big Trust Problem

Leadership by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2019

Despite all the chatter about big data, distrust of the concept still lingers for executives in multiple contexts. One reason: Sometimes the data gets in the way of the big ideas.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

Data Nugget: How Big Data Boosts Recruitment

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 9, 2018

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

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Data Nugget: How Big Data Boosts Recruitment

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2018

Hospital Association Aims to Use Big Data to Spot Bigger Trends

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2018

The New Jersey Hospital Association is launching a new program, CHART, to utilize big data in hopes of spotting the underlying problems behind the medical issues its members tackle.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 15, 2018

NCAA Makes Big Data Play in New Deal

Technology by Ernie Smith May 15, 2018

In a move that brings together the sizable amount of data college sports produces annually, the NCAA will collaborate with a big data firm to gather and sell sports statistics to the media and other outlets. It’ll initially make the data available to members for free.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

Heart Association Boosts Big Data Game, With Amazon's Help

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

The American Heart Association announced this week that Amazon Web Services would help the association expand its Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, which hopes to use big data to find the root causes of heart disease.

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2015

What Big Data Can Mean for Your Meeting

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2015

Go beyond demographics to plan a better meeting with Big Data.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2015

Friday Buzz: Big Data Meets Lobbying

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2015

A $4,800-per-year data analysis product is changing the nature of lobbying in a big way—and the creators of Quorum aren't even out of college yet. Also: Stuck with a problem employee? Here's how to handle the situation.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 24, 2015

YMCA of Austin Gets Buy-In, Results With "Big Data" Push

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 24, 2015

The YMCA of Austin, Texas, boosted by the tech savvy of its hometown, has learned to embrace the use of big data in its day-to-day work. The group’s CEO spoke with Associations Now about that journey.

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.

Technology by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2014

Sift Skills: The Value of Big Data for Associations

Technology by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2014

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2014

Big Data's Bigger Optics Issues and Biggest Questions

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2014

With industries increasingly relying on big data strategies, ethical and purpose-related questions are becoming more common. For trade groups, now might be a good time to do a temperature check.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2013

Can Big Data Make Your Next Staffing Decision?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2013

New algorithms can help identify great potential hires. But executives will need to better understand their organizations' needs to make use of it.

Technology by Corey Murray Sep 19, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Big Data vs. Smart Data

Technology by Corey Murray Sep 19, 2013

Using data to create a better customer experience. Also: why organizations struggle with human connection.

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?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2013

The Alzheimer's Association's Big Data Play Shows Results

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2013

A year after the group launched a big data project to track genome sequences related to the disease, the association announced that a wide array of data would be made available to researchers worldwide.

Technology by Anita Ferrer Mar 26, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Correlation vs. Causation, Big Data Style

Technology by Anita Ferrer Mar 26, 2013

Sure, the data points may correlate, but it doesn't mean a thing if you can't find the root cause. Also: Could one of these new social media platforms grow to become the next Pinterest or Instagram?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2013

Big Data and the Problem of Finding Your Missing Keys

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 12, 2013

If you're spending all this energy looking through big data for business insights, be sure you have a good idea of what you're looking for, or you won't actually find it.

Technology by Anita Ferrer Mar 4, 2013

Train Your Staff To Analyze Big Data

Technology by Anita Ferrer Mar 4, 2013

According to a survey, organizations should keep big data analytics within their organization. For this, you need employees with a particular skill-set.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 10, 2013

Learning to Love Big Data, A Little Bit At a Time

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 10, 2013

Every organization has data, sometimes mountains of it. But if you try to tackle it all at once, you could be left reeling from information overload.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2012

Lunchtime Links: Nate Silver's Big Victory for Big Data

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2012

Nate Silver's spot-on prediction of the presidential election is a big win for big data. Also: Why the president's leadership shouldn't be a proxy for your own.

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Data Point: Coronavirus Raises Big Questions

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Apr 20, 2020

Event cancellation insurance, contingency plans raise concerns for event planners.

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

Power of A: Data’s Big Lift

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

New standards, laid out by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, are driving fleet management forward.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

Event Technology's Biggest Benefit? Actionable Data, Report Says

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

A new report from the Trade Show News Network makes the case that technology's real benefit for the convention space has been added data---specifically, being able to apply that data to the work that event planners do.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

Data Nugget: Smaller Parts, Bigger Payments

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

Something about breaking a payment into 12 smaller parts makes a larger total payment a lot more palatable.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2013

Marketers Need Consumer Data, But There's a Big Problem

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2013

While organizations see data as increasingly important to their industry's needs, few know how to best steward this data, according to a new study commissioned by the Direct Marketing Association.

Technology by Anita Ferrer May 13, 2013

Lunchtime Links: With Data, Bigger May Not Mean Better

Technology by Anita Ferrer May 13, 2013

Does size matter when it comes to data? More data may actually be a waste of time, according to one Quartz writer. Also: How flexible schedules can help you retain and support your employees.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Is Your Data Actionable, Or Just Big?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2013

Why knowing exactly what to do with your big data is more important than having it in the first place. Also: The decline of snark.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2012

The War for Consumer Data: How Big Retail Creates Big Value

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2012

A Grocery Manufacturers Association study shows the increasing sophistication of consumer data — though some worry it could smother competition.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 15, 2020

Don't Downplay Your Members’ Data Privacy Concerns

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 15, 2020

More than four-fifths of Americans surveyed by Pew said the risks of corporate data use weren’t worth the benefits. It’s an issue that associations should tread carefully on.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Data Point: More Investment in AI

Technology by Tim Ebner Jan 12, 2020

Early adopters of artificial intelligence are feeling bullish on the new technology, which is being applied in a wide array of projects from big-data analysis to voice-enabled devices.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2019

These Associations Are on the Cusp of a Big 2020

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2019

In a variety of fields—from offbeat holidays to federal events to rising supplements—2020 is going to be a major point of change and attention. Here are a few groups that will be making a big impact.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: 2020’s Big Meetings Trend? Sustainability

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 23, 2019

The next generation of attendees wants greener events. Meetings that don’t comply may face consequences. Also: how to make the most of your AMS.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2019

A Big BYOD Fix Worth Writing Home About

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2019

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why You Need a Data Advocate

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 25, 2019

Data doesn’t have meaning unless someone can interpret it and tell its story, like a data advocate. Also: Why digital transformations are good for members.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Dark Social Is Skewing Your Data

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2019

Dark social shares mean your team could be basing its marketing insights—and budget—on inaccurate data. Also: ideas for a website relaunch.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Still Struggling With Data

Technology by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

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

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

Data Nugget: Membership Challenges Ahead

Membership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Much Data Actually Comes From Your AMS?

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2019

Research shows that the number is a lot smaller than many associations might think. Also: what new research on YouTube suggests about your social strategy.

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

On the Fast Track to Fast Data

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Jun 2, 2019

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

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Data Nugget: Error Overload

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Bad UX leads to high website bounce rates.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 2, 2019

Creative Commons Gives Its Search Engine a Big Refresh

Technology by Ernie Smith May 2, 2019

The organization behind the popular licensing standard has launched a new search engine that aims to make it easier for creators to find works that can easily be reused and remixed online.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 18, 2019

Turn Better Data Security Into a Strategic Advantage

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 18, 2019

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

Meetings Memo: Driven for Data

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

A flood of event data is both an opportunity and a challenge.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 21, 2018

The Value of Leading With Meetings Data

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 21, 2018

Your events can tell you a lot about attendees’ habits now, thanks to robust analytics. But they also have the potential to give you valuable input on your organization’s larger goals.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2018

Fundraising’s Big Conundrum: First-Time Donors Don’t Repeat

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2018

Recent research from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project finds that less than half of all donors to a given organization are repeat donors—and those that do repeat tend to focus on larger organizations, rather than small ones.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: Two-Factor’s Big Weakness

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 2, 2018

A recent security breach involving Reddit highlights the failings of using your phone in two-factor authentication, notes Ars Technica. Also: Salesforce highlights leaders making a positive social impact in a new event series.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 29, 2018

California Fast-Tracks Data Privacy Legislation Into Law

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 29, 2018

A month after GDPR took effect, the state passed the country’s strongest data protection rules this week in an effort to stop an even stricter ballot measure from being put in front of voters. Trade groups were nonetheless critical of the move, saying a federal law is preferable.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2018

The Big Trends Driving Tech Forward

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2018

From a growing diversity of content consumption to a push toward subscription models in the for-profit space, Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report has a little bit of everything—and a few of those trends are particularly important for your association to consider.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2018

Report: Data Security Costs Grow as Breach Incidents Rise

Technology by Ernie Smith May 30, 2018

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

Membership by Tim Ebner May 23, 2018

Put Small Data to Work for Your Members

Membership by Tim Ebner May 23, 2018

Big data holds big promises—including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the blockchain—you may not be quite ready for that leap into the future. You can still put your data to work by focusing on small-data projects that immediately improve the member experience.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2018

Report: App Spending Expected to Grow in a Big Way

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2018

According to a new report from the mobile data firm App Annie, spending on mobile apps is expected to surge over the next few years—even for apps that aren’t games.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2018

Friday Buzz: Protect Attendee Data

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2018

How to keep your attendees’ personal data safe from a cyberattack. Also: Why should always download meeting apps.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 7, 2018

4 Data Issues to Act on Now, as GDPR Looms

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 7, 2018

Official enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, imposing new requirements for how organizations process and maintain personal data, is less than three months away. At a recent event for association professionals, experts pinpointed four key member data issues to address now.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 28, 2018

Make Data Connections to Ease Member Pain

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 28, 2018

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

Technology by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

Data Nugget: Ready for GDPR?

Technology by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2018

Not too many business leaders feel prepared for the potential impacts of the European Union's privacy regulations.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 20, 2017

How an Association's Big Failure Built Member Momentum

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 20, 2017

The Brewers Association set a lofty goal to raise $213 billion to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev. The crowdfunding campaign failed, but it was a win for members.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 20, 2017

Monday Buzz: 2018’s Biggest Tech and Demographic Trends

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 20, 2017

Five trends to keep in mind when it comes to improving your organization’s technology and fundraising. Also: the real reasons some association events are struggling.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 20, 2017

AMA Launches Effort to Bring Order to Unruly Medical Data

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 20, 2017

Responding to research that showed big data wasn’t always delivering better data, the medical group is building partnerships around a common model.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

Data Nugget: Security Worry

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

An increased number of enterprise organizations are reporting cyberattacks. Is your organization one? 53% The percentage of enterprises that reported an increase in cyberattacks in 2016 Cyberthreats are a growing concern for organizations, and IT security professionals see more trouble ahead. Four out of five expect to experience a cyberattack in 2017. The use of […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2017

Internet Society Tackles Big Questions in Forward-Thinking Report

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2017

From cybersecurity to governance, the Internet Society’s new report on the global network’s future takes a deep dive into some big issues that promise to get even bigger in the years to come. The 2017 Internet Society Global Internet Report comes as the group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The internet is more essential […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2017

Friday Buzz: How EU Data Rules Could Shake Up Member Communications

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 15, 2017

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2017

The Unspoken Contract You Have With Your Data

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2017

The data you acquire—no matter its source—generally comes from someone who was willing to share it with you. You have a responsibility to do the right thing with it, and could run into trouble if you don’t. Here's why data ethics is becoming harder to ignore.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2017

Monday Buzz: Membership Data You Need to Know

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2017

Here are five factors to focus on to get the most out of your membership data. Also: How one news organization tackled its digital bugs and upgrades with a hackathon.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

Friday Buzz: Guard Against a Third-Party Data Breach

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

Report: Transparency, Trends Creating Big Shifts in Donor Strategies

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

A new report from Fidelity Charitable finds that donors are closely watching modern philanthropic trends and putting their trust behind more transparent organizations. But older generations are less influenced by these trends.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 5, 2016

Engagement Scoring: Big Benefit or Big Brother?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 5, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Microsoft's Big LinkedIn Buy

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

What LinkedIn users should expect from Microsoft's pricey buyout. Also: The story of a hairdressing trailblazer who was an association member for nearly 80 years.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2016

How Data Analysis Helps Create Better Events

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2016

Recent trends in data analysis are starting to touch every part of the association business, and that includes tradeshows. At a recent Bear Analytics event, two major associations shared some of their stories in using data to optimize their name-brand expos.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2016

Email Marketing Trends: Are You Doing Enough With Your Data?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2016

While email marketing is the bread and butter of most association marketing offerings, it often isn't pushed to the full extent of its capabilities. A handful of recent studies highlighting recent email marketing trends offer some food for thought on where audiences are reading and what could be done to best engage those audiences.

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.

Technology by Patrick deHahn Dec 14, 2015

Internet Association Report: The 'Net Has Big Economic Impact

Technology by Patrick deHahn Dec 14, 2015

In its first economic report, the Internet Association says internet-based businesses contribute a significant chunk of U.S. gross domestic product and generate higher average wages than the economy as a whole.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 3, 2015

How An Association Is Using Data To Advocate

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 3, 2015

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association is using publicly available data to show the value its members deliver to people throughout the state.

Technology by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2015

Learning: Data Dive

Technology by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2015

Why big data is a big deal, according to The Human Face of Data author Rick Smolan.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2015

Missing: One Chief Data Officer

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2015

Your organization has a lot of data in a lot of places. Are you doing enough to keep it well organized? A recent study from an association data management firm found that many organizations have little in the way of centralization and a large number of employees have access to essential data. Is a chief data officer the solution? And what's the backup if that's not an option?

Technology by Jimmy Daly Oct 5, 2015

American Bankers Association Discloses Data Breach

Technology by Jimmy Daly Oct 5, 2015

Right as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month began, the American Bankers Association (ABA) announced it had been hit by a malicious intrusion that targeted member online purchases and event transactions.

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 1, 2015

New Money: Predict Donor Behavior with Data

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 1, 2015

Analytics help predict donor behavior. If you work for a foundation or nonprofit that relies on donations, you’re always looking for ways to increase donors and contributions, lower direct marketing costs, and spark innovation and creativity among staff. Groups are turning to big data and predictive analytics to help achieve those goals. Recently John Hallberg, […]

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 Morgan Little Jun 1, 2015

Monday Buzz: How Big Is Your Crowd, Really?

Technology by Morgan Little Jun 1, 2015

A new study suggests smartphones could provide a way to more accurately gauge crowd size. Plus: Where to look for social updates from the 2015 Membership, Marketing & Communications Conference.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

Travel Search Sites: Airlines Aren't Playing Fair With Flight Data

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

The Travel Technology Association, leading the way with a new report, says that members of its association are being negatively impacted by airlines limiting access to real-time flight data—and in one case, removing said access entirely.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Starbucks' Big Mobile-Fraud Problem

Technology by Ernie Smith May 14, 2015

The company, which has seen much success with its mobile platform, is dealing with reports that hackers are stealing passwords—along with money from the credit card accounts connected to their Starbucks accounts. Also: How you can avoid flight delays.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 5, 2015

The Banking Industry's Biggest Mobile Challenge? Messaging

Technology by Ernie Smith May 5, 2015

While the technology is fairly slick, a set of recent studies imply that uptake is a little less than what the industry at large would hope. The goal for the American Bankers Association might be to sell the public on the idea that online banking is both safe and useful.

Leadership by Rob Stott Apr 28, 2015

Anti-Tobacco Group Plays Small Ball, May Win Big in San Francisco

Leadership by Rob Stott Apr 28, 2015

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has pushed for Major League Baseball to ban smokeless tobacco from the game for years. Now, the group is taking a grassroots approach and could score its first win this week in San Francisco.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Apr 15, 2015

3D Teeth Rendering Case Could Have Big Digital Impact, Groups Say

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Apr 15, 2015

Both digital rights advocates and trade groups see a U.S. International Trade Commission case blocking the sharing of 3D renderings of teeth as potentially having a broad effect—in either good ways or bad. The commission, however, denies the case is about anything more than a few pearly whites.

Technology by Morgan Little Mar 9, 2015

Monday Buzz: Giving Data Back to Members

Technology by Morgan Little Mar 9, 2015

Data is a central theme of private-sector conversations, but that doesn't mean that associations should be left in the dust. Plus: What's Reddit?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 3, 2015

Down With Bloatware: A Problem That's Bigger Than Superfish

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 3, 2015

The good news about the surfacing of the Superfish bloatware on Lenovo machines is that the company has pledged to clean up its act. But for IT departments and end users alike, this problem goes way deeper than any one security breach. Here's what you should know before plunking down cash on a new laptop.

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 Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2015

Survey: In-House Lawyers Fret Over Ethics, Data Leaks, and Patent Lawsuits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2015

A new report from the Association of Corporate Counsel shows that issues of ethics and compliance remain supreme for corporate lawyers, but increasingly, they've become obsessed with the same issues that have dominated the business world over the past few years.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2015

Obama's Data Breach Proposals Get Associations Talking

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2015

The president's plan to tackle cybersecurity issues—expected to be one of his big initiatives in 2015—drew mixed responses from the association world this week. While retail and financial groups welcomed the proposals, a key privacy group questioned whether Obama is focused on the right things.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2014

Five Big Lessons From ASAE's Tech Conference

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2014

From content strategy to video to AMSes, five useful insights you can take back to your association from National Harbor.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

Data Nugget: LinkedIn Recruitment

Membership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2014

LinkedIn campaign pays off big for the International Coach Federation.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 3, 2014

How Big Is Your Buildup of Past Members?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 3, 2014

Even if your association is growing, the churn of recruitment and lapsed members means you likely have more past members than active ones. What should your relationship be with them?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2014

Thursday Buzz: 'Free' As a Data-Gathering Expedition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2014

Why The New Yorker decided it would start giving away its stories for free—for a little while. Also: If you can write an email subject line with fewer than 10 characters, prepare for a massive open rate.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 9, 2014

Social Media Roundup: How Your Elections Drive Data

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 9, 2014

Members taking part in your elections can help bring to light important details about what's working in your vote process—and what isn't. Also: How one association cleaned up a content mess.

Technology by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2014

Messy Member Data? Clean Sweep.

Technology by Melanie D.G. Kaplan Jun 1, 2014

Tips on how to deal with cleaning up old, messy member data.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 30, 2014

Data Brokers Dispute Findings of FTC Report

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 30, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission's in-depth analysis of the data broker industry recommends new legislation, but a number of data-focused trade groups say that industry self-regulation remains the way to go.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2014

Friday Buzz: Where Art Thou, Data?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2014

Why data structures are becoming more important than ever in the age of the cloud. Also: a massive list of keyboard shortcuts.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2014

The Future of Mobile Payments: Big Retail Tries the Starbucks Approach

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2014

Starbucks may be a mobile-payments success story, but it's one of the few that's caught on. An industry coalition is working on bringing the approach to the rest of the retail sector (along with its side benefit of cutting down on swipe fees), but pulling it off may not be easy.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 30, 2014

Let Your Member Data Show You The Way

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 30, 2014

How one association unbundled some of its benefits and packaged them around "clusters of behavior" in its member engagement data.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 18, 2014

Too Big to Fail: A New Way to Think About Cybersecurity

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 18, 2014

A new report draws direct comparisons between the ripple effects that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the current state of the internet. The goal? To get officials, both within organizations and beyond them, to see the bigger picture when tackling cybersecurity.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2014

Spillover: Heartbleed's Big Lessons, One Drop at a Time

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2014

Heart beating fast enough yet? Last week's disclosure of the Heartbleed bug caught a lot of people's attention, especially in the IT department. There's a lot we can take from this incident, even after your pulse drops back to normal.

Leadership by Rob Stott Mar 31, 2014

For SABR, Data Is Just a Small Part of the Equation

Leadership by Rob Stott Mar 31, 2014

Despite being the inspiration for the term ‘sabermetrics,’ the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) leaves the number crunching to its members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2014

The Banking Industry's Big Windows XP Headache

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2014

With just a couple of weeks before Microsoft will no longer support its popular but ancient operating system that the majority of ATMs still use, the banking industry has its hands full. Some companies are choosing to pay for additional support, but industry groups say they won't be compliant with current standards if they fail to upgrade.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2014

Studies: B2B Tradeshows Drive Big Attendee, Exhibitor Spending

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2014

According to two new reports by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, attendees and exhibitors are each spending billions each year—which speaks to their economic power.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 26, 2014

Give Members a Reason to Give You Their Data

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 26, 2014

Tech giants that swim in big data don't get all that info from surveys. It's time for associations to build member data tracking into their product design and workflows.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2014

App Store Audit: Mobile Trade Group Helps Users Spot the Data Hogs

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2014

Know My App, an online database created by CTIA: The Wireless Association, helps users figure out which mobile apps pack the biggest punch for your mobile bill. As you might guess, video apps rank right at the top.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 18, 2013

How Much Data Does a CEO Need?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 18, 2013

Leadership gurus have been preaching the gospel of "data-driven decision making" for years. But good decisions still involve much more than running the numbers.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 13, 2013

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Nonmember?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 13, 2013

We all love our membership models, but maybe too much. Getting better at engaging in nonmember relationships means facing our fear of the unknown—or finding a way to make that kind of engagement more comfortable.

Membership by Corey Murray Sep 26, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Don't Get Stung by Bad Data

Membership by Corey Murray Sep 26, 2013

How scrubbing your database can save you money. Also: Why you shouldn't be afraid to demolish struggling programs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2013

LinkedIn's Data Harvesting Under Fire: What You Can Learn

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2013

Last week, the company was hit with a class-action lawsuit from users who claim the social network improperly obtained other addresses from their email accounts. The episode can offer associations insights on how they should conduct their own email-marketing programs.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 28, 2013

Membership Engagement and Spending Data, All in One Place

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 28, 2013

A look at the inner workings of one association's data-tracking and scoring system for member engagement and spending. It ain't pretty, but it's a powerful tool.

Leadership by Rob Stott Aug 12, 2013

Study: Nonprofits Have Big Impact on Voter Turnout

Leadership by Rob Stott Aug 12, 2013

Does your association run a get-out-the-vote campaign during election seasons? They can be hard and tedious work, but the results of a new Nonprofit VOTE study show that you’re making a difference.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2013

The "Duh" Moment: When Big Ideas Are Obvious Next Steps

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2013

Sometimes, the game-changing tech idea isn't an out-there vision, but a modest change that expands your vision in a directly-trackable way.

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 Jun 18, 2013

Apple's Big Revamp: 4 Things for Developers to Think About

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 18, 2013

Last week's announcement of an interface revamp for iOS7 got mixed reviews, but with end users likely to upgrade to the platform quickly, it could force app makers in the association world to answer some tough questions about their needs.

Technology by Rob Stott Mar 8, 2013

Mobile Spending: More Data, Less Voice in 2012

Technology by Rob Stott Mar 8, 2013

The scale has tipped: Spending on mobile data sprinted ahead of spending on mobile voice services, according to a new report. Associations should take notice.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Mar 1, 2013

The Big Win: Small Groups Can Win Big, Too

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Mar 1, 2013

It's not just the National Retail Federation that can put together such major legislative victories. Here's how one regional group, the Municipal Association of South Carolina, won big.

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 31, 2013

Facebook Mobile: A Social Network's Big Pivot

Money & Business by Chloe Thompson Jan 31, 2013

Facebook mobile users increase to 680 million users in the last quarter alone. How can you learn from its leap of faith?

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jan 28, 2013

Associations: Get to Know Your Data Analyst

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jan 28, 2013

Recent research unveils common characteristics among data analysts, with the goal of helping organizations hire and retain this type of professional—an increasingly important role in the age of big data.

Technology by Joe Rominiecki Dec 5, 2012

Brian Solis: The Coming Flood of Member Data

Technology by Joe Rominiecki Dec 5, 2012

Brian Solis talks on how the age of connected consumers swims in a sea of "big data." Associations capitalizing on member-engagement data will succeed.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 19, 2012

New Research Shows Dichotomy in How Nonprofits Use Data

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 19, 2012

A new study by NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network found that although many nonprofits are collecting data, there is a discrepancy among those that are using it strategically and those that are merely measuring things.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 25, 2012

Make Room in The C-Suite: Rise of the Chief Data Officer

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 25, 2012

Business intelligence and data analysis are touted as waves of the future and are sparking the emergence of the executive-level data officer.

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Associations in Specialized Healthcare Step Up

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Holistic patient care; more long-term cancer survivors; big data improves neuromuscular disease treatment; free genetic testing for Parkinson’s; precise diagnosis; no more transplant waiting list.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 1, 2015

Caught Up on Your Association News? Find Out With This Quiz

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 1, 2015

Welcome to this week’s news quiz featuring questions from some of our most recent articles. Find out how much you remember from stories on the aftermath of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake, nonprofit governance, and an organization embracing big data.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 6, 2015

Does Your Board Have a TMI Problem?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 6, 2015

At smaller associations, the board often makes the financial decisions. Are your reports to it relevant, or a big data pile-on?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 16, 2014

Facebook to Get Friendly with Sociologists at Association's Annual Meeting

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 16, 2014

The dominating social network will host a private event—part education, part recruiting—ahead of this year's American Sociological Association conference. Its appeal? Really big data in the form of a massive social graph.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2014

Out of Bloom: Lessons from a Nonprofit's Demise

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2014

A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed nonprofit startup, inBloom, was supposed to change the education landscape by embracing the ideas of big data. But many parents didn't like that idea, and the firm announced its shutdown this week. What happened? Well, part of the problem may be that the technology was ready before the public was.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

Social Snapshot: September/October 2013

Membership by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2013

What people are saying in association social spaces: Including issues on big data, member value, branding and analytics.

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Feb 28, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Conference Crashers Are a Thing, Too

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Feb 28, 2013

An entrepreneur sneaked into an e-commerce conference to promote his big data startup—and he got away with it. Also: Social media is the driving force of event promotion.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 15, 2019

Will AI Change Leadership?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 15, 2019

New machine-learning research on leadership is scrutinizing CEOs' every word and facial expression. But don't rush to change yourself to please an algorithm.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 27, 2019

Conference Circuit: Western Economics

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 27, 2019

The Western Economic Association International’s 94th Annual Conference begins this week in San Francisco. Attendance is expected to top 2,300.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2019

CompTIA Report: Convergence Is 2019’s Defining Tech Trend

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 5, 2019

Rather than a single “next big thing” to define the way that the tech sector builds itself, CompTIA’s latest industry outlook argues that 2019 will be the year that many of the big trends will come together.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2018

Need a Smart IT Hire? Look to Open Source

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2018

Outbreak Shines Light on Complicated Problem for Produce Industry: Traceability

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 7, 2018

With an outbreak of E. coli hitting a major part of the romaine lettuce supply, the challenges of tracing produce in the food chain are quickly growing more apparent. Industry groups have long supported a traceability initiative, but a significant number of growers have yet to embrace the effort—a situation that has complicated the search for a root cause of the outbreak.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 2, 2018

Monday Buzz: How Technology Is Changing Recruitment

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 2, 2018

New digital tools and technology are revolutionizing the way organizations find and retain talent. Also: Voice donations come to Alexa. Many industries are facing the threat of automation, and HR may be one of them. A recent CMSWire post delves into how technology is changing the way organizations are recruiting and retaining talent. Automated recruitment […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

U.K. Financial Group Launches Startup Accelerator

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 22, 2017

What Can Artificial Intelligence Do for Your Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 22, 2017

For membership organizations, one of the primary benefits of artificial intelligence is that it adds a hook to member engagement. Here are three examples.

Technology by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Tech Memo: Career Blueprint

Technology by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Using data to design a path to licensure.

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka May 19, 2017

Maryland CPAs Group Partners With IBM to Make Members Future Ready

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka May 19, 2017

Through a partnership with IBM, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants is training CPAs on technology such as artificial intelligence and data science—and preparing them for a rapidly changing landscape.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 18, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Conference Badge Innovation

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 18, 2017

How an outdoor advertising group brought ideas to its conference badge that it hopes to see in its industry’s ads. Also: How you should think about social video.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 4, 2017

Report: Marketing Hires Are on the Rise

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 4, 2017

A new McKinley Marketing Partners report shows that digital marketing hires are on the rise. It also reveals that a majority of job seekers are open to the idea of working for nonprofits but are concerned about lower salaries.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 24, 2017

New Report Reveals What Agile Finance Leaders Look Like

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 24, 2017

A report from the American Institute of CPAs and Oracle shows how finance leaders are embracing a new finance model, as well as the skill sets required of their teams.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Amazon’s Alexa Hits Vegas

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2016

The artificial intelligence technology, quickly becoming a hit in the home, scores its first major hotel deal. Also: Instagram hits a milestone.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

Future-Proof Your Marketing Team

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 1, 2016

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

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 21, 2016

Two More Views on Member Value

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 21, 2016

Member data is great, but it won’t answer all your questions. A pair of qualitative methods for understanding value might help your association better meet member needs.

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 Eli Zimmerman May 6, 2016

Friday Buzz: Optimize Your Website for Action

Technology by Eli Zimmerman May 6, 2016

Turn passive web visitors into active members of your community with the latest marketing trend. Plus: How to deal with "free riders" in your organization.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2016

Psychiatric Association Fires Up Innovation Lab at Conference

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2016

The American Psychiatric Association's first-ever innovation lab, to be unveiled at its annual meeting in Atlanta, will feature a $2,500 prize for the winner. But ultimately, the event is more about the process of discovering new ideas than the big prize.

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 8, 2016

Hurdles to Decision Making Leaders Need to Jump

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 8, 2016

A new study from two accounting associations looked at the biggest obstacles in the executive-level decision-making process and how to avoid them.

Money & Business by Katie Rucke Jan 3, 2016

Associations Reveal Industry Predictions for 2016

Money & Business by Katie Rucke Jan 3, 2016

With a new year just getting started, associations of all kinds are sharing their predictions for what’s to come for their respective industries in 2016.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 4, 2015

Four Trends Tradeshow Organizers Need to Know Now

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 4, 2015

An updated International Association of Exhibitions and Events whitepaper includes new trends affecting the industry. Among them: data capture, educational offerings, attendee security, and the economy.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Sep 21, 2015

Monday Buzz: Kickstarter Becomes a Benefit Corporation

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Sep 21, 2015

One of the biggest online crowdfunding hubs announces its new status as the Kickstarter benefit corporation makes its debut.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2015

A New Look at Association Outsourcing

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2015

Take a peek at some findings from a new SmithBucklin report that analyzed what services associations are outsourcing and how frequently they turn to third-party vendors.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 21, 2015

When It Comes to Bidding on a Meeting Location, Strategy Matters More Than Looks

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 21, 2015

A city’s aesthetic appeal and attendee experience are far less important than achieving an organization’s mission when choosing a meeting location, according to attendees at a recent International Congress and Convention Association workshop.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 26, 2015

Blurred Lines: Leisure Travel Trends Affect Business Travel

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 26, 2015

Business travelers are continuing to use new tools and apps inspired by the leisure travel and retail industries, meaning the association meetings need to adopt them in order to remain relevant to attendees.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 11, 2015

Conference Circuit: Fraud Prevention

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 11, 2015

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 26th Annual Global Fraud Conference kicks off in Baltimore early next week.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 19, 2015

Your Innovation Outlook May Be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Technology by Ernie Smith May 19, 2015

Five decades ago, Moore's Law—a specific philosophy on technical innovation in the semiconductor industry—helped set the tone for a technology revolution that hasn't slowed down since. Likewise, your association's potential for embracing technology should be defined by a willingness to see the big picture, not your current limitations.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 4, 2015

Student Privacy Bill Puts Ed-Tech Groups in Hot Seat

Technology by Ernie Smith May 4, 2015

A new bill aimed at limiting how education companies use data is picking up steam in Congress, but it comes at a time when a major trade group has been proactive on the issue.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 23, 2015

A Four-Question Performance Review? Not So Fast.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 23, 2015

A consulting firm’s new performance review process seems amazingly efficient. But a handful of questions alone won’t make for effective reviews.

Technology by Morgan Little Feb 9, 2015

Monday Buzz: Getting a Grasp on Google Analytics

Technology by Morgan Little Feb 9, 2015

We're living in a world of data, so it's about time you learned how to harness a powerful data tool. Plus: How to create a presence on Instagram.

Meetings by Julia Haskins Jan 22, 2015

Conference Circuit: Education Technology Advocates Cross Digital Divides

Meetings by Julia Haskins Jan 22, 2015

A Boston accelerator brings community members together to discuss ways to improve and expand use of technology to improve education. Plus: A water conservation group chooses a venue that underscores its values.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 23, 2014

Tech in 2015: Let's Turn Down the Hype Machine

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 23, 2014

Over the next few weeks, you're going to hear a lot of hype about up-and-coming technologies to watch in 2015—including from me. Before you dig in too deep, however, here's some advice on how to temper your perspective with your association's needs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2014

Social Media Roundup: The Glasslash Begins

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2014

Why one regular Google Glass user (who happens to write for Mashable) gave up his device. Also: Meet a nonprofit that's suddenly $1 million richer.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Nov 14, 2014

Realtors Raise the Bar With New Code of Excellence

Money & Business by Rob Stott Nov 14, 2014

Keeping a finger on the pulse of an industry, its membership, and the consumer led the National Association of Realtors to push for major changes at its annual meeting last week. NAR plans to develop a new Code of Excellence and realtor ratings, among other things.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2014

Public Relations Group Embraces Its Nickname

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2014

In its most recent rebranding, the Council of Public Relations Firms decided the best way to put a fresh spin on its image was to build on what people are calling it already: the PR Council.

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Aug 7, 2014

Food for Thought: Advance Reading for #ASAE14

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Aug 7, 2014

Heading to the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition? Get a taste of what’s in store with articles and interviews from Adam Grant, Noreena Hertz, and a variety of Learning Lab speakers.

Membership by Shelly Alcorn, CAE Aug 1, 2014

Associations: The New Lifelong Learning Hubs

Membership by Shelly Alcorn, CAE Aug 1, 2014

Today’s professionals are looking for lifelong learning and credentials to advance their careers. With dramatic shifts disrupting traditional education models, associations have a shot at becoming major players in the education-to-employment landscape. Will they seize the moment?

Money & Business by Jay Younger, FASAE Aug 1, 2014

Growth Strategy: Do You Know How to Grow?

Money & Business by Jay Younger, FASAE Aug 1, 2014

In crafting your organization’s growth strategy, don’t go with your gut. You need hard facts about your audiences and your competition. Get them by conducting a disciplined market assessment.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 28, 2014

When Should You Trust Your Instincts?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jul 28, 2014

A new study suggests that most executives let emotions trump data when it comes decision making. This may not be a bad thing---if you've thought about when it's appropriate.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2014

Medical Association President: Health Records Cyberattack Likely

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 3, 2014

The new president of the American Medical Association, who works for a technology firm, says that there's a high risk of a Target-style attack on the medical industry. It's only a matter of when.

Money & Business by Rob Stott May 15, 2014

Survey: Number of Chief Digital Officers Is On the Rise

Money & Business by Rob Stott May 15, 2014

The C-Suite is becoming more digitized, according to data recently released by the CDO Club. At the CDO Summit last week, the group’s founder talked about the role of the chief digital officer and introduced another CDO—chief data officer.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2014

Tech's Legacy Headache: Outdated Apps Hold Us Back, Study Says

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2014

According to a new study by tech consulting firm Capgemini, the decision to hold onto out-of-date technology can cause major problems with efficiency—and firms without strong legacy technology often have tech needs that better match their business goals.

Technology by Morgan Little Mar 11, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Reflections on the Web's Birthday

Technology by Morgan Little Mar 11, 2014

Some of the wisest people in technology reflect on the birth of the World Wide Web, which turns 25 this week.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2014

Direct Marketers Object to Obama’s NSA Comparison

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2014

The Direct Marketing Association strongly disputes what it sees as President Obama’s comparison of phone metadata collection to data-based marketing during a speech on intelligence and privacy issues.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 16, 2014

Tell Your Story Visually With an Infographic

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 16, 2014

An infographic can be an engaging, impactful alternative to written content. But what goes into a compelling data visualization?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 20, 2013

New Skills Required for Today’s Meeting Planners

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 20, 2013

Numerous trends have affected the larger meetings industry and the know-how meeting planners must have. What new skills do today’s planners need?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2013

Lunchtime Links: A Pitch for Working Less

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2013

Creative types work differently than your rank and files. Does that mean they should be on a shorter schedule? Also: WordPress gets an update which should please mobile users.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 13, 2013

5 Future Trends Affecting the Events Industry

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 13, 2013

A new whitepaper by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events reveals 13 trends that will affect its industry. Here are five that associations will want to keep in mind as they plan for 2014 and beyond.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 4, 2013

Overwhelmed With Tracking Member Engagement? You're Not Alone

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 4, 2013

A new report on associations' membership-metrics practices shows strong desire but low success in measuring member engagement, and not a lot of strategic guidance, either.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2013

Don't Hand Your Social Feeds Over to Robots

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2013

New to the social media horizon are apps that can automatically schedule and find content—slicing, dicing, and throwing it out at just the right time. Sure, the robot might sound like a good idea, but …

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2013

Update Your Toolkit: 4 Cool Tools For Hacking Your Life

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2013

Been a while since you reconsidered the organizational tools that make up your toolkit? Check out these cool prodcuts which could hack your life—by helping you find relevant news, keep up with business contacts and share ideas more easily and thoughtfully.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2013

LinkedIn Gets a Makeover: More Photos, Presentations

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2013

In a move that puts the company in competition with newer social networks and, potentially, cloud platforms, the business-oriented social network is learning some new tricks about visual content sharing.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 14, 2013

How Facebook Could Put Your Event's WiFi Within Reach

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 14, 2013

The social network is currently in the midst of launching a new wireless product with perks for both the social network and businesses at large. Could it be just the thing to make your event's WiFi a little less of a burden?

Membership by Anita Ferrer May 10, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Put Your Social Presence In Focus

Membership by Anita Ferrer May 10, 2013

Instead of keeping a presence on every social network, you should instead stick to what you're best at. Also: If your organization is going through economic changes, make sure your CIO has a seat at the C-Suite table.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2013

Cloud Competition: Microsoft Expands Offerings, Cuts Prices

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 16, 2013

With expanded offerings and a price match with certain Amazon services, Microsoft hopes its revamped Windows Azure platform could entice some businesses away from the market leader.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 9, 2013

Chief Risk Officers Gaining Clout in the C-Suite

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 9, 2013

A new survey shows the growing importance of risk managers in the insurance industry. It might be time for associations to give CROs the same strategic role.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2013

Airline Association Pushes for Booking System Upgrades

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 19, 2013

The International Air Transport Association is planning to test a new program for booking flights starting next month. But other industry groups aren't so sure it's the best option for consumers.

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Mar 6, 2013

Social CEOs: Why More Leaders Are Getting Virtual

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Mar 6, 2013

As the internet becomes the dominant calling card for most organizations, more and more CEOs are investing in their online social presences, a new study found.

Technology by Anita Ferrer Jan 18, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Inside the Twitterverse Archives

Technology by Anita Ferrer Jan 18, 2013

Why the Librabry of Congress is struggling to organize 170 billion tweets. Also: three business model design challenges to apply to your association.

Money & Business by Chloe Thompson Jan 11, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Make This the Year of Collaboration

Money & Business by Chloe Thompson Jan 11, 2013

Why 2013 is the year for collaboration. Plus: Is your association using all four stages of sponsorship at conferences?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 10, 2013

Customer Service Trends to Watch in 2013

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 10, 2013

Technology advances and personal engagement are likely to influence how companies will enhance the customer experience this year, according to a new forecast.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2013

Two Lingering Things On Many Tech Execs' Minds

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2013

While some subjects stirred heavy debate at the ASAE 2012 Technology Conference & Expo, data points from the conference's attendees exposed big under-the-radar issues.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 13, 2012

Dion Hinchcliffe: Use Disruptive Technologies to Your Business Advantage

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 13, 2012

Technology advances are happening quickly, and it’s the smart organizations that will pick and choose their battles with innovation, IT and business strategy expert Dion Hinchcliffe said at the 2012 ASAE Technology Conference.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 10, 2012

Tech and the End of Command and Control

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 10, 2012

Last week's ASAE Technology Conference showed that executives need to rethink what, exactly, they're in charge of.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2012

Amicus: Nonprofit Fundraising Startup Growing Fast

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2012

With a number of nonprofit groups already using the fundraising-outreach service, Y Combinator-backed startup Amicus just scored a $3.2 million funding round.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 12, 2020

How to Move DEI Conversations Beyond Just Talk

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 12, 2020

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is admirable, but success requires action. A few association leaders shared how to move beyond good intentions.

Membership by Michael Hickey Sep 25, 2020

Engage Lapsed Members with the Right Emails

Membership by Michael Hickey Sep 25, 2020

To win back lost members, associations need to craft communications with a tone, structure, and messaging that reinforce the value of membership.

Brand Connection by Personify Sep 23, 2020

4 Ways Resilient Associations Have Survived and Thrived in the Pandemic

Brand Connection by Personify Sep 23, 2020

What have resilient associations done to prioritize members, strengthen their mission and remain successful during the COVID-19 pandemic? Personify spoke with leaders across the industry to learn more.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2020

Virtual Events: Make Your Sponsor the Star

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2020

It can be challenging for sponsors to extract the same value from virtual events as their real-world equivalents. But a little flexibility can go a long way to change that.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2020

Three Sneaky Cybercrime Tactics to Watch Out For

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2020

Cybercriminals are getting more clever about targeting organizations and individuals. Here are three new threats you need to be on the lookout for.

Brand Connection by Michael Hickey Aug 28, 2020

The First Steps in Creating a Hybrid Office That Works

Brand Connection by Michael Hickey Aug 28, 2020

In the first of a three-part series on establishing a hybrid office, we look at four questions leaders need to ask to develop a successful working environment. For some associations, the transition to fully remote operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been relatively smooth. But now that employees are beginning to tiptoe back into offices […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

Lessons from #ASAE20: Technology Is a Leadership Problem, Too

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2020

With small teams and big aspirations, association executives need to have a grasp on the way that strategy helps to shape their team’s use of technology. That’s a key takeaway from a virtual annual meeting that took place in homliving rooms, rather than a huge convention hall.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2020

Four Email Tech Trends to Keep an Eye On

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2020

From design concepts to artificial intelligence, there’s a lot going on with email technology these days that could improve your promotion strategies. Here’s what you should watch for.

100 Associations by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

Sustainability: Benchmarks for Water and Waste

100 Associations by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

BOMA’s Waste and Water Challenge, which promotes an EPA program to reduce waste and water usage in commercial buildings, collected data on more than 2,000 buildings in its first year.

100 Associations by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

Healthcare: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

100 Associations by Mark Athitakis Aug 12, 2020

After more than 30 years of research on childhood hearing impairment, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association secured federal funding to support widespread newborn hearing screening.

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Associations Raise the Bar for Sustainability

100 Associations by Associations Now Staff Aug 12, 2020

Boost renewable energy; every bottle recycled; zero-emission government cars; supporting global goals; 1 million bison; modern energy; sustainable showers; more solar by 2030; carbon-neutral flights.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2020

Goodbye Cookies, Hello Trust Tokens? What Online Tracking Tech Could Soon Look Like

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2020

Efforts by Google to replace third-party cookies for tracking with new tools, such as “trust tokens,” could have a big ripple effect for digital marketers, including those at associations. But it might point at a bigger challenge for adtech in general.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 5, 2020

How HR Professionals Can Help Staff Talk Race Relations at Work

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Aug 5, 2020

The way white and Black workers view discrimination and opportunity at the office diverges greatly, finds a new study from the Society for Human Resource Management. Having employees discuss race in the right way can help, the group says.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2020

Why Reskilling Is An Important Tech Opportunity for Associations in 2020

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2020

The idea of reskilling or upskilling was already an emerging trend even before COVID-19. Now it’s more important than ever—and associations can potentially stand out by leveraging their technology to provide next-gen learning opportunities.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2020

Daily Buzz: The Podcasting Model Holds Up

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 24, 2020

Despite early concerns that podcast listening would fall into decline, ad revenue projections are up, an IAB report finds. Also: Why you shouldn’t let worry slow down your pace.

Technology by Michael Hickey Jul 23, 2020

Daily Buzz: Keys to Inclusive Social Media Management

Technology by Michael Hickey Jul 23, 2020

Take advantage of preexisting features to make your content accessible to the hard of hearing and visually impaired. Also: the key to an effective online learning program.

Money & Business by Lisa Boylan Jul 17, 2020

Collaborative Advocacy Push Gives Pets a Much-Needed Lifeline

Money & Business by Lisa Boylan Jul 17, 2020

An industry coalition came together quickly to ensure America’s pets had uninterrupted access to food and supplies to survive an unprecedented global crisis.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2020

Optimize Your Web-Surfing Strategy for a Remote Work World

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2020

Thanks to our newly remote lifestyles, we have to lean on web apps to do our jobs more than ever—and browsers can struggle to keep up, even on modern laptops. The best solution (for now) may be a bit more browsing efficiency.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jul 8, 2020

Daily Buzz: Be More Decisive In Your Messages

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Jul 8, 2020

Taking out a few simple words can make a big difference. Also: A subscription service could be coming to Twitter.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 14, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: Discomfort as a Virtue

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 14, 2020

Taking a hard line on reopening your office and setting ambitious productivity goals doesn't project strength right now. Patience, and small wins, can be a balm for stressed staffers.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

The Good and Bad of the COVID-19 Era for Tech Execs

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

The good news is that many IT departments made it through OK; the bad news is that budgets are tight and new services need to be bought. A pair of surveys lay out concerns for both IT and security execs.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

Daily Buzz: #GivingTuesdayNow Pulls Impressive Totals

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2020

Organizers of the special COVID-19 edition of #GivingTuesday say that donations totaled more than half a billion. Also: Why you should turn off your self-view when you use Zoom.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 18, 2020

Amid COVID-19, Don’t Lose Sight of Internet Connectivity Gaps

Technology by Ernie Smith May 18, 2020

For some associations, the growing reliance on digital communication could prove a problem for areas where there are gaps in broadband access. It may be worth considering whether your communication options are leaving anyone out.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 17, 2020

Leading During a Pandemic: The New CEO Job Search

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 17, 2020

COVID-19 may inspire (or force) association leaders to go on the job hunt. Candidates and search committees alike will need to adjust.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 11, 2020

What Your IT Department Needs to Be Considering Now: Asset Management

Technology by Ernie Smith May 11, 2020

Laptops, monitors, and other devices went home with employees months ago, and your organization may have had to support other remote tech needs along the way. An IT association says asset management is necessary now, before workers return to the office.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

Daily Buzz: The Rise of the VPN

Technology by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

A tech tool that’s gaining ground among work-from-home users is the virtual private network, an Okta study finds. Also: Panels still matter, even in a virtual context.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

How a Strong Culture Can Keep Your Organization Resilient

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2020

As COVID-19 causes big shifts in workplaces everywhere, attention to your culture might get lost in the shuffle. But don’t let it. A healthy organizational culture could be the key to your survival.

Membership by Lisa Boylan Apr 28, 2020

Should You Waive Fees for New Members?

Membership by Lisa Boylan Apr 28, 2020

Many associations are wondering what to do about membership dues during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you consider that question, remember that what works for one association won’t necessarily work for all.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

Policy Issues for Associations: Time to Take a Stand?

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 20, 2020

As public policy takes center stage in an election year, it’s a good time to reexamine how your organization decides when to take a stand on policy issues.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

Global Spotlight: Slow and Steady Success

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2020

How patience in building long-term partnerships led to global standard-setting by the International Parking and Mobility Institute.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 20, 2020

Meetings Memo: A Move to Virtual

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 has planners reworking events.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2020

COVID-19’s Cloud Computing Wake-Up Call

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 13, 2020

For associations that didn’t already manage their data resources on the cloud, the sudden move to take everyone remote highlights how the old server room paradigm doesn’t make much sense anymore.

Technology by Michael Hickey Apr 10, 2020

Daily Buzz: The Right Remote Computing Setup for You

Technology by Michael Hickey Apr 10, 2020

The proper configuration of your workstation can improve productivity. Also: A quality digital marketing campaign starts with good data and information.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 18, 2020

Best Practices for Capitalizing on Online Giving

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Mar 18, 2020

Charitable giving is a key funder for many association foundations, and a new report is offering some guidance on the most effective approaches for reaching donors.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 12, 2020

Associations Prep and Debut Virtual Conference Options

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 12, 2020

With coronavirus causing many groups to rethink face-to-face meeting plans, some have turned to virtual offerings as way to deliver the education their attendees need.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2020

More Innovative or More Secure? Ask Your Board

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2020

A recent report from the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Internet Security Alliance makes the case that boards are taking a lead role on cybersecurity issues. Good thing, too, because cybersecurity and innovation are often at odds.

Brand Connection by Manifest Mar 2, 2020

How to Extract More Value From Your Content Strategy

Brand Connection by Manifest Mar 2, 2020

[Sponsored] Those content pillars your association leans on appear to be holding your association up, but they may be holding it back. Here’s a case for tying content to your brand’s ambitions.

Money & Business by Sara Cutcliffe Feb 25, 2020

The Pros and Cons of an Internal Marketing Team

Money & Business by Sara Cutcliffe Feb 25, 2020

You may have lots of help from an outside agency, but adding a marketing team to your payroll could simplify your creative process. But what would you lose?

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2020

Four Retail Loyalty Trends Associations Should Watch

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2020

From digital kiosks to voice technology to personalized messaging, retail loyalty programs have embraced increasingly sophisticated tools and tactics to engage their members. Associations might want to try a few of them out.

Membership by Michael Hickey Feb 12, 2020

Daily Buzz: Member Churn Takeaways From Streaming Services

Membership by Michael Hickey Feb 12, 2020

New research finds that many people drop streaming services because they aren’t using them enough to make it worthwhile. The parallels for membership are pretty clear. Also: How to work with a visionary leader.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 29, 2020

Can Real-Time Public Relations Analysis Help Association Marketers?

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 29, 2020

New research looks at ways that analysis of social media and online forums can help marketers understand their association’s relationship with key stakeholders and evaluate campaign messaging.

Brand Connection by Manifest Jan 27, 2020

Put These 3 Trends on Your Marketing Radar for 2020

Brand Connection by Manifest Jan 27, 2020

[Sponsored] With a new decade underway, here are content marketing ideas to help you stay ahead of the association pack.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2020

Who Should You Trust, the Boss or a Bot? Well …

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2020

A recent study from Oracle makes the case that given the choice, many workers will favor artificial intelligence over a human leader, though careful integration of AI into the workplace could ensure a better balance.

Brand Connection by Visit Orlando Jan 14, 2020

Embrace Gamification, VR and AI to Move Your Show Forward

Brand Connection by Visit Orlando Jan 14, 2020

[Sponsored] Debbie Langelier of NTSA shares how digital is a huge presence at her trade show—for a connected audience that expects the next great thing.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2020

Four Workplace Factors Behind Employee Burnout

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2020

Whether it’s the lack of structure that comes with remote work or an environment without built-in support for mental health issues, there are lots of ways that the workplace can contribute to employee burnout.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

Executives & Board Nominations: A Delicate Dance

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 12, 2020

What role should an association CEO play in board nominations and selection? Real-life practices vary, according to new ASAE Research Foundation data, but the best outcomes emerge when executives step gracefully through the process, providing input and guidance in just the right measure.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 12, 2020

Overcome Your Unconscious Bias

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Jan 12, 2020

Everyone has biases, whether they’re aware of them or not. For leaders, unconscious bias can have a crippling effect on everything from staff diversity to member retention to innovation. For associations to thrive, leaders must tackle their own biases head on.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Ask the CEO: Stephanie Peters, CAE

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jan 12, 2020

Stephanie Peters, CAE, president and CEO of the Virginia Society of CPAs, answers questions from VSCPA member Iris Wigodsky Laws.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jan 12, 2020

Books: Transformation Tactics

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jan 12, 2020

In the The Disruption Mindset, Charlene Li makes a case for less structure and more disruption.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 6, 2020

Why You Need to Slim Down and Speed Up Your Website This Year

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 6, 2020

Slow webpages are growing increasingly unsightly as we start the new decade. For your audience’s sake, take a few steps to optimize things—and give them a better experience in the process.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 23, 2019

Three Trends to Boost Nondues Revenue in the New Year

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 23, 2019

As 2020 dawns, many associations are looking to make sure they have a steady influx of revenue streaming in. From focusing on customers to adding value, an expert shares three trends you should embrace this year.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2019

Study: Not Enough Progress on Gender Diversity at Events

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2019

A study analyzing speakers at thousands of events since 2013 found a small improvement in the representation of women compared to last year's study. But not enough: Almost two-thirds of conference presenters are still men.

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Dec 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why Americans Are Leaving PTO on the Table

Money & Business by Michael Hickey Dec 13, 2019

More than half of Americans leave vacation days unused each year, according to a new survey. Also: celebrating success with your members.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 13, 2019

Share Your Members’ “Year in Review”

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 13, 2019

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

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 11, 2019

Give Your End-of-Year Fundraising Efforts A Boost

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Dec 11, 2019

With Giving Tuesday behind us, fundraisers are now focused on wrapping up 2019 strong. If you want to get the most out of your year-end campaign, follow these simple steps.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road: The Dangers of Technical Debt

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

It can feel like you’re saving money by delaying a technical fix or update, but in reality, you may be setting yourself up for bigger costs later on, according to speakers at the ASAE Technology Exploration Conference last week.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

Report: Magazines Keeping Momentum in Digital Climate

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2019

A new report from magazine industry group MPA shows that even as declines in audience happen with older mediums, mobile, social media, and digital video are paying off in a big way for magazine publishers.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2019

Want a Deal on a Christmas Tree? Wait It Out

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2019

That’s a big tip from the National Christmas Tree Association, which collaborated with Square on a recent study on tree sales. The average price of a tree has jumped in recent years, according to a study of Square data.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

The Risks of Innovation Leaving Older Workers Behind

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 25, 2019

The challenges that older workers face in finding new jobs could reflect darkening economic clouds—as well as weaknesses in the efforts to keep older employees up to speed with growing trends, particularly in fields such as technology.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 21, 2019

A Meeting Strategy for Your Environmentally Conscious Attendees

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 21, 2019

Here’s a reality many associations face: More meeting attendees want to lower their carbon footprint by flying less, and some companies are reducing how often their employees can fly. It may be time for associations to consider a different conference strategy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2019

Study: The Outside Factors That Drive Giving

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2019

Whether it’s politics, tech, or the time of year, external factors are playing a bigger role than ever in how people donate, a new Classy study timed to #GivingTuesday finds.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 19, 2019

Give Your Members What They Need at Every Career Stage

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 19, 2019

A new Community Brands study indicates that your members’ needs change as they advance in their careers. The finding suggests that there’s a lot of opportunity in an engagement strategy focusing on benefits that match career stages.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Handle Payment Disputes

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2019

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 12, 2019

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 12, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 11, 2019

When Your Best-in-Breed Tool Suddenly Wants to Do it All

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 11, 2019

When it comes to enterprise software, there are two camps—a variety of best-in-breed tools or an all-in-one suite. But what should you do if your best-in-breed vendor changes things up on you?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Define Your Third-Party Fundraising Guidelines

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2019

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 7, 2019

A Look at the Event Industry’s Tech Skills Gap

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 7, 2019

New research reveals that many meeting planners don’t think they have the skills or knowledge to make informed decisions about event tech investments. Is there a way to close the gap?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Coworking’s Cultural Problems

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2019

Three Tech Screw-Ups That Could Cost You

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2019

Is your association lagging rather than leading when it comes to tech? Falling behind on your tech needs slows down your organizational machine and can cost you plenty. Here are three big laggard mistakes to avoid.

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

The Meetings Issue: Get Greener

Meetings by Tim Ebner Oct 15, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2019

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Can You Identify Phishing Attacks?

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 1, 2019

Cyberattacks tend to ramp up in Q4, and many are due to human error. Invest in phishing training to protect your organization. Also: the next step on your cybersecurity to-do list.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2019

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

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Sep 25, 2019

How Communications Teams Can Help Boost Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress Sep 25, 2019

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2019

How Wi-Fi’s Next Generation Could Help Keep Meetings Connected

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2019

While Wi-Fi 6, the next iteration of the widely used wireless protocol, could make things faster, its real benefit will come in the form of decreased device congestion—including at events.

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 17, 2019

Use a Rebranding to Announce Member Upgrades

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 17, 2019

Is it time for your association to rebrand? As an organization changes its look and feel, the timing might be right to announce new member benefits and services too.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2019

Cloud Security Becomes a Challenge at Scale, Reports Say

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2019

A pair of reports highlight the dangers that organizations could face from the use of multiple cloud services, due to the additional ways that attackers can breach an organization’s data.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2019

Do You Rely on Open-Source Software? Offer Your Support.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2019

A recent scheme by a programmer to attempt to fund his open-source project through advertising drew heavy backlash among fellow programmers, but his bigger point is one associations can appreciate.

Technology by Rasheeda Childress Aug 29, 2019

Higher-Ed Groups Join Forces to Promote Analytics

Technology by Rasheeda Childress Aug 29, 2019

Three higher-education associations are encouraging college and university leaders to embrace analytics as a way to improve strategic decision-making.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2019

Conservation Group Stays Focused on Preventing Future Amazon Fires

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2019

With feet on the ground and satellites in the air, the Amazon Conservation Association is keeping close eye on the rainforest fires in Brazil and Bolivia, with a focus toward future prevention.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2019

Is SEO Losing Its Luster? Not Yet, But …

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2019

Evidence is growing that Google increasingly favors its own digital properties over organic search results. That could be a problem for your web traffic if you rely on SEO. Here’s what to consider.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Stay Relevant in Changing Times

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2019

When new technology and the constant news cycle push your association out of the spotlight, you must find a way to adapt. Also: a Legend-ary night at ASAE’s Annual Meeting.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

Does the Algorithm Tell the Whole Story About Your Content?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2019

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

Rethinking Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2019

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

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2019

Books: World Changers

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2019

An inclusive view of global problem-solving from Melinda Gates.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 31, 2019

Daily Buzz: A New Way to Bring AR to Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 31, 2019

Apple’s new augmented reality walking tour offers one way to leverage your meeting destination. Also: Does your event have a disaster preparedness plan?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2019

Issues Over Institutions: How Millennials Interact With Causes

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2019

In a review of 10 years of research into how millennials support causes, the Case Foundation’s Millennial Impact Report finds that members of that generation tend to focus more on identifying the best solution to a problem than on which institution solves it.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Be Brave in Your Marketing Campaigns

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 29, 2019

Research shows that taking a big risk in your marketing efforts has big payoff opportunities. Also: a data scientist’s take on how to fix data errors.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jul 12, 2019

The One Skill To Master Today to Succeed Tomorrow

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jul 12, 2019

[Sponsored] We’re facing a transformation of working at a pace like never before—these are the skills we need for the workplace of the future.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 1, 2019

Is Cloud Service Downtime Driving You Crazy?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 1, 2019

Whether you're using your own tools or someone else’s, cloud service downtime can be nerve-wracking, especially if the software is mission-critical. Here are some things to keep in mind ahead of time.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2019

New Coalition Adds Tech Voice to Genetic Privacy Debate

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 27, 2019

The Coalition for Genetic Data Protection, which includes Silicon Valley firms that sell DNA-based products, wants to set best practices and offer a key voice as legislators consider regulating the field.

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.

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jun 21, 2019

The Future of Work: High Tech Doesn’t Mean High Unemployment

Brand Connection by Community Brands Jun 21, 2019

Rapid change can be unnerving, but associations that adapt in this era of disruption will thrive—recognizing the many opportunities of tomorrow.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2019

Why Silos Don't Break Down So Easily

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 16, 2019

Workers like their routines, and don't have much faith in their coworkers, according to a recent survey. If leaders want cross-functional activity, they'll have to make the case for it—and nix the useless meetings.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Prototype Organizational Issues

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 11, 2019

To successfully solve problems, teams must be proactive and understand the data to map out potential solutions. Also: social media’s shift to customer service.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

Consumer Reports Tackles Privacy Issues With New Digital Lab

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

The nonprofit consumer group, best known for its popular magazine, is expanding its efforts in the data privacy realm with a just-announced Digital Lab—an initiative backed by the founder of Craigslist.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2019

Lessons in Building Loyalty From Retailers

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2019

A retail-focused Yes Marketing report finds that building value is more important to increasing long-term loyalty than simply adding something that everyone else has, like free shipping.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2019

Got Phished? Don’t Just Point Fingers

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2019

If an employee is susceptible to clicking on a phishing email, what’s the right way to handle the problem? While some companies have taken to firing workers, the morale cost might just be too high for that.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 31, 2019

Daily Buzz: Solve the Mystery Behind Low Member Retention Rates

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 31, 2019

Sometimes members leave. But if your association seems like it’s suffering a mass exodus, it’s time to investigate why. Also: how team mindfulness can eliminate workplace conflict.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 30, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Value of Member Interviews

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 30, 2019

There are many ways to elicit member feedback. Here’s why one-on-one member interviews can be so powerful. Also: how to turn off your work brain when you’re not on the job.

Membership by Kevin Joy May 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: 4 Tips for Retaining Talent

Membership by Kevin Joy May 23, 2019

A study of Facebook employee resignations reveals common strategies to prevent turnover. Also: the appeal of smaller host cities.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 22, 2019

How Do Your Job Benefits Stack Up?

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 22, 2019

Benefits can account for as much as 30 percent of an employee’s overall compensation package. Discover which benefits are crucial and peek at what other associations are doing via data from ASAE’s Association Compensation & Benefits Study.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 15, 2019

Three Trends to Watch in the Loyalty Program Space

Membership by Ernie Smith May 15, 2019

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

Membership by Tim Ebner May 14, 2019

Is It Time to Use TikTok to Engage Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner May 14, 2019

If you have Gen Z-ers in your house, you probably know about TikTok, a short-form video-sharing app that may be the next big thing in mobile content consumption. Could it be another way for associations to engage members?

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Relaunch Your Online Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 13, 2019

Is your online community inactive or failing to meet goals? It might be time for an update. Also: leaders’ role in career development.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: The State of Event Tech

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 6, 2019

Meeting technology is always changing, and with it so does how planners use the tech. Also: improving company culture starts with you.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 26, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tips for Collaborating on Events

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 26, 2019

Hosting a joint meeting with another organization can come with big benefits—as long as you’re on the same page. Also: the metrics that planners should be tracking.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Event Tech and the Future of Annual Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 25, 2019

If current meeting technology trends are any indication, big changes are headed for annual conferences. Also: how mindfulness can make you a better leader.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

A Failed Consumer App Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

Recently, consumer apps such as Google+ and BlackBerry Messenger have pivoted to pure business software plays—where they might have better odds of success. The reason? A natural focus on ease of use.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 17, 2019

What 5G Could Mean for Events

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 17, 2019

The drumbeat of hype around 5G is picking up, but it might take awhile for meeting planners to capitalize on the new high-speed network. Here’s what one association that recently hosted some 5G demos at its big event has to say.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 11, 2019

Redefining Membership? Consider These Three Steps

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 11, 2019

Industry evolution led the Brewers Association to update its definition of a craft brewer and add a new member category to make membership more inclusive. Three steps to take if you’re considering a similar move.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

Don’t Let Your Tech Resiliency Fall by the Wayside

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 8, 2019

A recent report found that many IT departments have struggled to prioritize upkeep, with innovation often winning out. Letting tech resiliency efforts lose steam, though, is a recipe for disaster.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2019

Why Your Association Shouldn't Ignore Direct Mail

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2019

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 2, 2019

Boring Webinar? Make Minor Tweaks to Boost Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 2, 2019

A new report analyzes webinar viewing habits. Take advantage of a few trends to increase the likelihood that members register, attend, and engage with your virtual events.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Talking Tech: Identity Management Essentials

Technology by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Your members trust you with their data. How can you protect this sensitive information while ensuring a seamless online experience?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 26, 2019

Medical Device Group Embraces Threat-Sharing Strategy

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 26, 2019

AdvaMed, an association of medical device manufacturers, will launch an information-sharing and analysis organization focused on cyberthreats to encourage collaboration and keep healthcare technology secure.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 17, 2019

Leadership, Now With Less Narcissism

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 17, 2019

The age of the “great man” leader may be over, but one study suggests CEOs still stumble over their egos. A little humility and openness to learning can help.

Leadership by Julie Shoop Mar 17, 2019

#ASAEIdeas19: Three Ways to Unlock Your Creativity

Leadership by Julie Shoop Mar 17, 2019

Innovation sounds scary, but everyone has the power to think differently, according to three keynote speakers who opened the 2019 ASAE Great Ideas Conference Sunday. They offered three ways to reawaken your creative side.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2019

A Better Process for Better Decisions

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 10, 2019

Leaders who act “from the gut” are often swayed by a host of biases. One Nobel-winning psychologist has come up with what he thinks is a better way.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Benefits of Self-Service Check-In

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 5, 2019

The check-in process can be a big pain point for attendees—and a logistical challenge for planners. Employ self-service technology to remedy both issues. Also: Keep in touch with volunteers through text.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2019

Marketing Study: Think Beyond Millennials, Gen Z

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 28, 2019

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: 3 Tech Toolkit Tweaks

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 28, 2019

Updating your tech toolkit this year? Improve your strategies with data-driven solutions. Also: how meetings affect planners’ well-being.

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2019

The Prime Effect: How Amazon Is Helping Retail Membership

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Integrate Planning Into Your Schedule

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 11, 2019

Planning and adapting for the future is an ongoing process—that's why you need to incorporate it into your daily schedule. Also: three phrases that sell membership.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

Facebook at 15: It’s Fundamental. It’s Annoying. We’re Still There.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

As it hits a key anniversary, it’s safe to say that Facebook, as a social network and company, is well into its terrible teen years. But it’s worth remembering the reasons why the network hooked us in the first place—because they’re the very things that associations want to do well.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

Report: Pointless Workplace Meetings Costly, Time-Consuming

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 4, 2019

A report from the software company Doodle suggests that hundreds of billions of dollars are wasted on ineffective or wasteful workplace meetings each year. But a few tweaks could help matters.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

First Steps to Better Employee Engagement

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 3, 2019

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

Email Report: Technical Growth, Interactives Picking Up

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 1, 2019

Litmus’ 2019 State of Email report highlights the issues to watch out for (including Google AMP’s email variant) and trends to follow in email this year. Here are the highlights.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Time to Downsize Your HQ?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

The prominent Newseum is moving as part of a massive real estate deal. Its reasons for doing so might be useful for associations getting squeezed by real estate costs. Also: A five-step strategy to thoughtful webinars.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 22, 2019

Future Focus: When Looking Ahead, Talk to Members First

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 22, 2019

As part of an initiative to examine future forces shaping the corporate real estate profession, CoreNet Global spent time interviewing its members worldwide. The effort resulted in a new study forecasting industry trends that will affect members and the association by 2025 and beyond.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

Watch Out: Email Mergers Are Heating Up

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2019

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2019

Associations Make an Impression at CES

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 8, 2019

Whether in the form of 5G wireless, 10G wired, or via new industry initiatives, associations will be all over this year’s CES, the high-profile electronics show.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

2019 Tech Trends: 3 Factors Associations Should Watch

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jan 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why Membership Matters More in 2019

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jan 3, 2019

As expenses rise, particularly for cultural organizations, membership programs become more important than ever to maximize support. Also: Before AI hits marketing full force, here’s how you should approach personalization.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 21, 2018

Study: Greater Gender Diversity Needed to Transform Boards

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 21, 2018

Gender diversity within boards is improving gradually, but not at a level that can make an impact. To incite change, boards might have to rethink their processes.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Be on “BoJack Horseman”

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 13, 2018

The Netflix series is auctioning off the chance to be on the show to help fund California wildfire relief. Also: tips to beat the spam filter.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Dec 12, 2018

Daily Buzz: Password Tips from Kanye West

Technology by Sophia Conforti Dec 12, 2018

Passwords are an integral part of keeping your information safe. Here are some do’s and don’ts from 2018’s worst password offenders. (TLDR version: “000000” is a bad passcode.) Also: how to find the right benchmarks in lieu of vanity metrics.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 11, 2018

How Associations Are Getting to Know Alexa

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 11, 2018

Voice-recognition devices are growing in popularity and offer opportunities for associations to engage members at home. Here’s how associations are experimenting with the apps that bring Alexa and other similar technologies to life.

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

Gain a Global Perspective With International Chapters

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

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

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

Association Compensation Study: Take It to the Bank

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 9, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Know Your Shape

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2018

A personality test shown off at ASAE's Technology Conference & Expo only requires a little bit of drawing. Also: reading materials that highlight tech conference takeaways.

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 4, 2018

#Tech18: Forecasting Cybersecurity Risks and Rewards

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 4, 2018

ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo kicked off on Tuesday with former White House CIO Theresa Payton urging attendees to be vigilant about their cyber vulnerabilities and to stay on top of tech trends that come with both risks and potential rewards.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 26, 2018

Daily Buzz: Ready for #GivingTuesday?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 26, 2018

The annual charitable holiday is ramping up this week. Read on for some thoughtful last-minute considerations before the big day. Also: how to put on an effective silent auction.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2018

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 15, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2018

Beyond Social Security: Coalition Builds Momentum for New Identity Standards

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 8, 2018

With data security issues on the rise, the Better Identity Coalition, a group launched less than a year ago, has been making the case that new forms of identity verification are needed. Equifax, whose major breach was a driving factor behind the group’s creation, recently joined.

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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 18, 2018

Daily Buzz: Rethink Your Recruiting Process

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 18, 2018

Any new hire has to meet your organization’s expectations both professionally and culturally. To find the right person, you have to tweak the recruiting process. Also: nonprofit financial lessons from for-profit companies.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2018

3 Tips For Tweaking Your Business Travel Program

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2018

Consider offering your employees more flexibility and comfort when they travel—but don't be afraid to take a close look at their expense reports.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 17, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don't Give Up Professional Development

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 17, 2018

Continuing education is often the first thing to go when budgets are tight, but it's worth holding on to. Also: honoring retiring team members.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

How Associations Can Maintain Their Social Media Prowess

Technology by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

Success Breeds Pressure for Event Planners, Study Finds

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

A new report from CWT Meetings & Events reveals that a growing demand for meetings isn’t being matched with a fresh supply of new, larger hotels that are well-equipped for events.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

Google+ and the Problem of Letting Dormant Platforms Linger

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 10, 2018

Google was stuck with a major security crisis as a direct result of letting its little-used Google+ platform stick around. For associations, the situation highlights the risks of failing to sunset a platform that has fallen into disuse.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 9, 2018

Daily Buzz: Microsoft Outlook Gets Verified

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 9, 2018

Microsoft's new “verified” feature is intended to help organizations boost their email credibility. Also: email-writing best practices.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2018

4 Email Marketing Tips Worth Embracing

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2018

Don’t Fool Your Members With “Dark Patterns”

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 17, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Difference Between Memberships and Subscriptions

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

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

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.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Sep 5, 2018

Gaming Group Launches D&I Program for Speakers

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Sep 5, 2018

The IGDA Foundation has created a database of diverse speakers, along with a grant program to help them get to conferences.

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 4, 2018

What’s Changed for Associations and Members Post-GDPR?

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 4, 2018

It’s been more than three months since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect. So, what’s changed so far for associations? Here are three ways GDPR is reshaping organizations and the member experience.

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 30, 2018

Is It Time for a New Learning Format?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 30, 2018

While panel presentations, lectures, and small group discussions are staples at conferences, associations that switch things up and introduce new formats can better engage attendees and appeal to different types of learning styles.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 24, 2018

Daily Buzz: Preparing for a Media Briefing

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 24, 2018

When developing a media relations strategy, don’t forget to give your team an in-depth briefing memo to set them up for success. Also: creating data standards.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Pinterest’s Positive Stability

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 19, 2018

After years of growth, Pinterest has stable impression and satisfaction numbers, according to YouGov research. That’s a big differentiator compared with other social networks. Also: TK.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 16, 2018

Daily Buzz: LinkedIn Groups Are Changing

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 16, 2018

LinkedIn is rolling its Groups feature into the main app with updated capabilities—while also saying goodbye to some old features. Also: How a data governance strategy can improve your AMS.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 15, 2018

How to Mitigate Revenue Losses

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 15, 2018

There are a number of steps associations experiencing revenue shortfalls can take to reduce the damage. One expert shares how to get started and why it’s important to know your sales history.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2018

GBTA Says Travel on an Upswing—if Trade Wars Don’t Get in Way

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2018

New data from the Global Business Travel Association suggests that business travel finally may be crawling out of a yearslong slump, but the group warns that a climate of protectionism could stop that streak cold.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 14, 2018

3 Ways Texting Can Work for Your Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 14, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 8, 2018

Daily Buzz: What Should You Make of Facebook’s Paid Groups?

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 8, 2018

What the future of paid membership subscriptions could look like on Facebook, from The Membership Guys podcast. Also: how bad data hygiene can mess up your direct mail campaign.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 7, 2018

Daily Buzz: Boosting Online Credibility

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 7, 2018

If your nonprofit’s website doesn’t promote trust, it isn’t doing its job. The Bloomerang blog explains how to increase online credibility. Also: How Netflix is innovating board involvement.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2018

Cloud Providers: Should You Put Your Eggs in One Basket?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2018

The Defense Department is drawing a lot of buzz in the IT space at the moment for seemingly committing much of its massive infrastructure to a single cloud provider, arguing it’d be too complex to share the burden. But does that strategy make sense for smaller shops?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2018

Why CEOs Should Speak Out (More)

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 5, 2018

A study says more Americans want executives to be activists. It's a role association leaders are well-equipped for.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

Western Governors’ Association Takes Aim at Invasive Species

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

With a new biosecurity initiative, the association’s incoming chair, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, is putting a premium on protecting the environment from damage caused by invasive species.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

Survival Guide For A Hot Job Market

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 18, 2018

Daily Buzz: Take Back Your Time

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 18, 2018

A leader’s attention is in constant demand, but you can’t be everywhere at once. Here are four ways to gain back some of your time. Also: Looking for community inspiration? This new database might help.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 17, 2018

What to Do When Membership Is Declining

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 17, 2018

Findings from this year’s Marketing General Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report indicate that membership growth is strong. But what if your association continues to see year-over-year declines? Here’s how one association reversed its churn.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2018

A Content Marketing ROI Hack: Publish Less

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2018

ROI is a challenging thing to perfect when it comes to content marketing strategy, and many marketers are still struggling with it. Perhaps the problem is that you’re making too much content—or, perhaps, your expectations are out of whack.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2018

Why This MMA Federation Launched an Online TV Network

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 16, 2018

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is offering a nod to the sport’s most passionate fans with its new offering, but it also has a larger goal in mind.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2018

RV Group, Seeing Industry Growth, Will Launch Technician Training Institute

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2018

The RV Industry Association is investing $10 million in a new training institute and a regional network to keep technicians up to date. The move comes as the industry has seen a major surge in RV shipments in recent years.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 6, 2018

What’s on the Minds of Meeting Planners?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 6, 2018

A recent poll from Teneo Hospitality Group reveals that there are a lot of things keeping meeting planners up at night. The top six run cover everything from technology capabilities to data security and dietary requirements.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Always Be Improving

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2018

What you do after a meeting is the key to improving next year’s event. Also: How to spark curiosity in conference attendees.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Finding Hidden Donors

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

Awesome Nonprofit Story of the Week: How An Aquarium Rescued a Seahorse

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

This week, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida went out of its way to save a tiny seahorse named Frito—and it’s not the first time the nonprofit marine rescue center has stepped up for the species.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 13, 2018

For Better Online Engagement, Go Where Your Young Members Go

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 13, 2018

A new survey from Pew Research Center indicates that young people use online platforms very differently than they did just a few years ago. Here are a few examples from associations that have made changes to their digital strategy, embracing Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram to recruit and engage younger members.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 4, 2018

Does Your Strategic Plan Need a Refresh?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 4, 2018

Now that the world is moving faster, strategic plans risk getting stale quick. Smarter thinking about data and agility can help.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2018

Friday Buzz: Drive Revenue With Member Communications

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2018

Make the most of your member communications by using them to generate nondues revenue. Also: Should tech giants be subject to antitrust regulations?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2018

Advertising Groups Come Together in Blockbuster Acquisition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2018

The Association of National Advertisers will take control of the Data & Marketing Association, creating the largest association in the world devoted to advertising and marketing. The acquisition is ANA’s fifth since 2014.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

3 Steps to Better Cybersecurity

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

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

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

Books: AI Strategy

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 31, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Don’t Be Afraid to Get a Little Weird

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 31, 2018

Don’t let boredom encroach on your next meeting. Here’s how to shake things up at your events. Also: how to get started with a content strategy.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

Associations React, Advocate as GDPR Takes Effect

Technology by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

As Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect on Friday, associations found themselves advising members, advocating—and, in one case, assessing the big changes it’s created for their industry. Sick of hearing about the General Data Protection Regulation yet? Well, now that GDPR has taken effect, it’s only getting started. And it’s raising questions for organizations […]

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 25, 2018

Dairy Industry Collaborates on Economic Impact Campaign

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 25, 2018

With an aim to show policymakers the economic impact of the dairy industry, the International Dairy Foods Association joined forces with two other industry groups on the “Got Jobs?” campaign.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 24, 2018

Patient Advocacy Group Spreads the Word About Preventing Lyme Disease

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 24, 2018

Tick bites can accompany summertime hiking, camping, and even backyard playing, but LymeDisease.org has put together resources to educate the public about early detection and treatment.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2018

New Alliance Aims to Decentralize AI With Blockchain

Technology by Ernie Smith May 23, 2018

The Decentralized AI Alliance, announced this week at a tech conference, aims to offer an alternative to more centralized takes on artificial intelligence being used by governments and large companies.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Not Ready for GDPR? Same as Everyone Else

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2018

Most organizations are still unprepared for GDPR, even with the deadline drawing close. Find out what is standing in their way. Also: A Chicago municipal agency auctions off a contemporary painting for $21 million.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

The Other Type of Tech Audit You Need to Worry About

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

Can a Test Make You a Better Leader?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

Aptitude exams are making a comeback in the workplace. That’s bad news for anybody who dreaded the SAT. But for organizations that struggle to find internal talent, it’s an opportunity. Professional attainment has many virtues, but prominent among them is that you no longer have to endure the drudgery of standardized tests. You were done […]

Technology by Ernie Smith May 15, 2018

The Risks Inherent in Redesigns

Technology by Ernie Smith May 15, 2018

Doing a big, bold redesign is often a great way to further an organization’s goals while putting on a fresh coat of paint. But if it fails, it can be a source of great headaches—and great lessons.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2018

Thursday Buzz: What GDPR Means For Social Marketers

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2018

The impending GDPR means you may need to make a few changes to your social media tactics. Also: Making the business case for new tech projects.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

Heart Association’s New Accelerator Puts Focus on Community Health

Technology by Ernie Smith May 8, 2018

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

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech May 8, 2018

Making an Uncomfortable Case for Change

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech May 8, 2018

Numbers don't lie, but they don't always get a chance to talk. Here's how to get your organization to listen anyway.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 4, 2018

Brewers Association Expands Popular Craft Branding Program to Retailers

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 4, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 2, 2018

Study: Recurring Donations, Mobile Drive Long-Term Value for Nonprofits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 2, 2018

A new report from the fundraising service Classy finds that monthly donors often stick with a plan for a year or longer, making them nearly four and a half times more valuable than one-time donors. The report also finds that Giving Tuesday and mobile access are big interest drivers.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

The Authors Guild’s Unusual, Unique Legal Win

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 1, 2018

It took 17 years, but the Authors Guild and other writers’ groups scored a major win in a class-action lawsuit over digital reproduction rights that went to the Supreme Court twice. Nearly 2,500 freelance writers are receiving checks for their work this week.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2018

Long-Delayed Menu-Labeling Rules About to Take Effect

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2018

The Obama-era rules requiring restaurants to list calorie counts for different food items are likely to go through, with the support of some associations. One group that isn’t psyched, however, is the pizza industry.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2018

Reports Suggest Many Organizations Aren’t Ready for GDPR

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation a month away from taking effect, two studies seem to suggest that plenty of organizations are unaware of the impact the regulation will have—or are freaking out about not being ready in time for the European Union’s rules.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2018

New Association Focused on AI in Healthcare Launches

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 24, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Preventing No-Shows

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2018

Indie Music Association Puts Antipiracy Tools in Hands of Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2018

In a new collaboration with the tech service MUSO, the U.K.-based Association of Independent Music is making it easier for labels to track cases of piracy, an issue that’s becoming increasingly widespread.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2018

How Technology Paves the Way For New Norms

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 24, 2018

Technology has a way of shifting our expectations around things we take for granted, big or small. Recent moves around payment cards—including stores that are going cashless—show just how quickly norms can get pushed out of the way. It’s a lesson association pros could gain a lot from.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 23, 2018

Study Shows Donor Giving Preferences Are Shifting

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 23, 2018

A new study released by Community Brands looks at donor experience and expectations, with an aim to help nonprofits assess what their own donors experience and pinpoint where there’s room for improvement.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

IATA Aims to Simplify Flight Bookings With New Single-Record System

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

The International Air Transport Association is working to perfect its One Order system, designed to bring together the many parts of an airline booking—itinerary, purchase record, and any add-ons—in a single, trackable customer order.

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.

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

Countdown To GDPR: What Associations Should Know

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

May 25 is the looming deadline for organizations to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, and many are not prepared for this fundamental shift in how personal consumer information must be processed and secured. Ready or not, enforcement is coming. Here’s what you need to know as May approaches, especially if you’re behind the curve.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

The Challenges of Choosing New Software

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

If you’re looking at a new platform or technology for your association, you can’t make a decision based on the marketing alone—your organization’s needs are a huge part of the equation. That’s especially true in the world of open source, where a strong community is everything.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2018

Study: Should Nonprofits Focus More on Donor Loyalty?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2018

A new report on how nonprofit leadership impacts fundraising finds that there's still a heavy lean on traditional events among nonprofits—coming at the cost of more economical digital initiatives.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2018

Friday Buzz: Go Regional With Your Meetings

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 27, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Build a Story Arc for Your Meetings

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 27, 2018

How a greater focus on narrative can lead to more attendee participation at your meetings. Also: the best time to post across different social networks. Have you considered adding a narrative arc to your meetings to spur more engagement? “Unlike traditional conferences, participant-driven and participation-rich peer conferences have a conference arc with three essential components: […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

GSMA Report Forecasts Speedy 4G, 5G Mobile Growth

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

The GSM Association, which is currently putting on its high-profile Mobile World Congress event, says that two thirds of mobile connections will either be at 4G or 5G speeds by 2025.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

Five Ways Technology Is Disrupting the HR Department

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2018

Friday Buzz: Get Employees to Follow Your Lead

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2018

Great leadership requires more than just the respect of your staff. Learn how great leaders get everyone to follow along. Also: How to handle employees who fail cybersecurity tests.

Meetings by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 23, 2018

New Study Reveals Importance of Meetings to U.S. Economy

Meetings by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 23, 2018

A new economic impact report reveals that face-to-face meetings contribute hundreds of billions to the national economy and support 5.9 million jobs.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 23, 2018

What Is Your Ultimate Goal for Your Attendees?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 23, 2018

A recent study shows how attending a conference paid off for women both financially and intellectually. With those statistics in mind, consider what long-term benefits you want your attendees to gain from your conferences.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

Thinking Twice About Investing in Social Media Ads?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 14, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Modernize Your Volunteer Efforts

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 14, 2018

Stay abreast of the latest trends to make it easier to reach new volunteers. Also: showing a little love to associations.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2018

Books: Work Smarter

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2018

What makes a high performer tick? Morten Hansen's Great At Work breaks things down.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2018

Do You Understand Your Technology’s Many Moving Parts?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2018

In an era of rising security concerns and increasing technological complexity, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate the fact that some of the most important parts of information technology come down to completely boring things like maintenance. Just because they’re boring doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: An Association for Couch Potatoes

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2018

Forget the gym. Germany’s Sofa Sports Association says you can get in shape at a local pub. Also: Keep an eye on these creative visual trends in 2018.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

Million-Dollar Grant Helps Association Support Black Entrepreneurs

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

The Kellogg Foundation’s financial pledge to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity will expand efforts to nurture new business owners in the black community. The two groups pinpointed the challenges faced by black business owners in a report last year.

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.

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?

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 11, 2018

Why the Key to Longevity in Any Business is Adaptivity

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 11, 2018

Events industry veteran Janet Tan-Collis weighs in on meeting technology-fueled shifts in attendee expectations.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

What Should You Make of the CPU Security Crisis?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

Friday Buzz: Engagement Scores for the Real World

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

Tough Headwinds for Personalization in 2018

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 2, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 29, 2017

Good News for Retail: Holiday Numbers Look Stronger Than Expected

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 29, 2017

The retail sector saw holiday sales numbers jump by nearly 5 percent, according to an estimate by Mastercard. That would be the largest such jump since 2011—and the National Retail Federation sees holiday sales outpacing its own estimates, too.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Dec 29, 2017

Association CEOs Talk 2018 Trends and Disruptions

Leadership by Tim Ebner Dec 29, 2017

Change is inevitable, and planning for the future can be tough. We asked a few association CEOS what trends might result in the largest disruptions for 2018.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 15, 2017

What Digital Voice Assistants Mean for Your Meetings

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 15, 2017

Digital voice assistants like Siri and Alexa are becoming a part of your attendees’ everyday lives, which means they’ll also become a major part of your meetings. A look at the potential impact.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 13, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Why Aren’t Your Members Engaged?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 13, 2017

Before you try a bunch of new tactics to boost your online community engagement metrics, you need to diagnose the problem first. Also: why technology alone isn’t enough to remedy accessibility issues at your events.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 6, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Marketing Word of the Year

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 6, 2017

“Artificial intelligence” gets picked as one association’s marketing word of the year. Also: How the IoT is disrupting the event space.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2017

Another Day of Growth: #GivingTuesday Keeps Up Yearly Streak

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2017

The 2017 edition of #GivingTuesday drew $274 million in donations from 2.4 million people in more than 150 countries—with a huge chunk of that total being pulled in through for-profit companies like PayPal and, somewhat surprisingly, Facebook.

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.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2017

What's Next In Association Learning?

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Dec 1, 2017

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2017

Association Decision Making: A Path to Better Decisions

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 1, 2017

From strategic planning to everyday operations, associations are often stymied when it comes to clear decisions. Here are how a few experts chose to choose wisely.

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Dec 1, 2017

Global Spotlight: Stand Your Ground

Money & Business by Thorne McFarlane Dec 1, 2017

Carrying out a global mission as a small association requires a niche focus—something the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

Membership Memo: Members' Choice

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 1, 2017

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

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2017

Books: Next-Gen Workplace

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Dec 1, 2017

How Generation Z will disrupt the office, according to a member of Gen Z (oh, and his dad, too).

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 30, 2017

Personalization Pays Off When It Comes to Fundraising

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 30, 2017

A new survey points to the power of personalization in nonprofit fundraising efforts. Here are a few ideas on how associations can personalize relationships with their donors.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2017

Is Your CMO Keeping Up With MarTech?

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2017

CMOs have increasingly been tasked with an ever-greater share of the technology conversation within an organization. But if that’s the case, why does Gartner suggest marketing technology (or martech) spending is taking a nosedive? The answer points to a cloudy ROI.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2017

Why This Canadian Music Industry Group Sees Potential in AI

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2017

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada is collaborating with the University of Toronto on a new artificial intelligence effort. The goal: to improve tracking of where a song gets played.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 14, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Steps for Creating Email Drip Campaigns

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 14, 2017

Drive more potential donors to action by using an email drip campaign. Also: how a Snapchat scavenger hunt and other social contests helped Purdue reach new fundraising heights.

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 Tim Ebner Nov 8, 2017

3 Tips for Hosting Engaging Member Roundtables

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 8, 2017

Roundtable discussions provide engagement experience for members and a learning opportunity for you. Here are some tips for facilitating roundtables.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2017

How Much Access Do Your Vendors and Contractors Have?

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2017

The president’s Twitter account briefly getting deleted highlights the way that, at many organizations, even lower-level employees or vendors may have discomforting levels of access to information. But while the issues raised here have a technical angle, a bigger problem might be cultural. Last week, and on a wider scale than basically everyone else, Twitter […]

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 3, 2017

Friday Buzz: Have More Fun at Your Next Meeting

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 3, 2017

Don’t leave fun out of your next conference. Keep people coming back for more with these enjoyable activities. Also: How to develop a benefits program on a tight budget.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Diversity Beyond Numbers

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2017

Facebook’s diversity head says that data has value in helping solve diversity issues, but it only goes so far. Also: where one challenged retail chain is still going strong.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 1, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 1, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Customize All the Things

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2017

Quiz: Baseball Trivia, Association Edition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 19, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Direct Mail Stays Strong

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 19, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 18, 2017

4 Lessons for Member Listening Tours

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 18, 2017

Getting your members on board with a strategic initiative that they may not initially welcome isn’t easy. To sweeten the deal, a listening tour can help.

Meetings by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2017

Attendee-Friendly Site Selection

Meetings by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2017

Your choice of a meeting location shouldn't be all about you. Just as important is how a destination will improve the attendee experience. From affordability to convenience to at-the-ready technology, your attendees' expectations are rising. Here's how to deliver on them.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 11, 2017

Member Acquisition: Follow the ROI

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 11, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

Report: Influencers Becoming More Important as Marketing Tools

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 29, 2017

Membership Hack: Social Ambassadors

Membership by Tim Ebner Sep 29, 2017

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare tapped members as social ambassadors to promote a week-long online advocacy effort.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2017

Is Apple Taking Aim at Event Apps?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2017

Apple's recent rule changes for the iOS App Store have many association pros wondering about whether event apps are in danger of getting rejected. The answer is yes and no, really. In short: Apple doesn't want its developers to cut corners.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2017

Friday Buzz: A Digital Cautionary Tale

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2017

How Toys R Us, which filed for bankruptcy, stumbled into the e-commerce era. Also: Check out these infographic-making tools.

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

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?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2017

Monday Buzz: Hotels Tackle the Buffet

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2017

Turns out those convention buffets create a lot of food waste—something one hotel chain wants to fix. Also: How photo booths are getting social.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 7, 2017

Why You Should Market Your Association's Print Magazine  

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 7, 2017

Print magazines are coming back, but that means more competition in an already crunched space for association publications. A case for marketing your magazine and some ways to do it.  

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 25, 2017

Membership Hack: Lifetime Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 25, 2017

The International Live Events Association recently debuted a lifetime membership to honor committed and long-time members.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2017

Concur: Millennial Business Travelers Are Pretty Thrifty

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2017

A report from the business travel management firm Concur finds that while younger employees might have slightly higher hotel expenses, this is offset by far lower amounts spent on dining and entertainment overall—a trend that holds up globally.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2017

What Should You Make of the "Pivot to Video"?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2017

The latest buzz coming from the online publishing world is that it makes more sense to invest in video at this juncture, which means that a lot of writers are getting laid off. What gives—and is this something the niche media space is going to have to worry about?

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

Membership as Disruption: Why the MoviePass Saga Is Worth Watching

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2017

The Problems With Online Oversharing

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 15, 2017

A speaker at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Toronto made the case that maybe your staff directory shouldn’t be publicly accessible online. The issue, simply, comes down to security—and the fact that the threat may be savvy enough to connect the dots.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 14, 2017

How to Make Ethics Training Stick

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 14, 2017

Training on ethics is important, but how can you make sure it has an impact? Step one, according to one study: Get the exec in the room.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2017

Analysis: Lobbying Spend Increases in 2017, but Lobbyist Numbers Drop

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2017

A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics and The Hill found that lobbying spending was at a five-year high for the first half of the calendar year. A number of associations and advocacy groups shifted their lobbying strategies to reflect the new political climate.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

Young Association CEOs: A Fast Track to the Top

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

There’s a new generation of leaders entering the C-suite, and they’re bringing fresh ideas, talent, and experience to the job. But taking the express elevator to the top comes with unique challenges. Here’s how three young association CEOs are overcoming them and making their leadership mark.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 27, 2017

Two For-Profit Business Trends to Watch

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 27, 2017

If associations want to grow, stay relevant, and continue to bring in the revenue it takes to serve their members and industries well, they have to evolve with the times by adopting the business practices of their for-profit counterparts.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 26, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Focus on Your Brand

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 26, 2017

In an increasingly competitive market, an association’s brand may be its most valuable asset. Also: A different way to think about loyalty and your organization.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2017

Monday Buzz: Airbnb Competition Heats Up

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 19, 2017

Alexa, How Much Are My Membership Dues?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 19, 2017

As voice recognition apps spread, associations are exploring ways to answer common membership questions and provide popular services using voice command.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2017

Governors Association Meeting Highlights Bipartisan Nature of Opioid Battle

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

A Growing Gig Economy: What Makes Freelance Workers Tick?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2017

The gig economy is growing in prominence, but what’s the best way to leverage it? A new report breaks down why freelance is both popular and sometimes frustrating, while a recent experiment suggests a new way of leveraging freelance work within an organization.

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 5, 2017

Analytics Will Make You See Members Clearly

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 5, 2017

Membership teams have questions about how to build insights from web analytics. A few experts explain how membership pros can increase their data visibility.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 30, 2017

With New Labeling Program, Brewers Association Makes Craft Beers Clear

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 30, 2017

The beer industry group, which represents small-scale beer-makers, is now offering up a seal to its members. The label comes at a time when there is increasing confusion around craft beers in the marketplace.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 29, 2017

To Boost Productivity, Encourage On-The-Job Naps

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 29, 2017

Economic incentives, meaningful feedback, and adequate training are all ways to boost productivity at the office, but what about naps? Here’s a case for why your association should consider offering workplace naps, as well as some ways to incorporate them into your office.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 28, 2017

Challenges Continue, but Membership Stays Strong

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 28, 2017

Preliminary findings from this year’s Marketing General Membership Benchmarking Report indicate that membership growth is holding its own amid a whirl of challenging external forces. And there’s good generational news too.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2017

Report: Remote Work Growing in Prominence

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2017

A report from FlexJobs finds that while remote work remains a relatively small part of the work economy, it has seen significant growth in the past decade. Employees who telecommute tend to be older and better educated than the part of the workforce that heads to the office.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 21, 2017

Are You Retaining and Engaging Retiree Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jun 21, 2017

Whether you offer a retiree membership category or not, there’s a good chance you’re missing opportunities to engage older members.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Are Your Events Digitally Secure?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 20, 2017

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 8, 2017

Thursday Buzz: What It Takes to Be a Leader

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 8, 2017

A longtime association executive shares the essential characteristics needed to be a leader. Also: Find out how to streamline dues processing.

Money & Business by Meg Conlan-Donnelly Jun 8, 2017

Nonfiction TV Producers Get a Stronger Voice

Money & Business by Meg Conlan-Donnelly Jun 8, 2017

The two largest trade associations representing the unscripted content production industry are merging to better advocate for their members.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

Accelerate Your Analytics: Use Web Analytics to Build Insights

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2017

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

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2017

Books: Mind and Machine

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2017

In The Mathematical Corporation, authors Josh Sullivan and Angela Zutavern discuss combining the strengths of the mind and machine for a powerful partnership.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 30, 2017

Four Key Leadership Traits, According to the CEO Genome Project

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 30, 2017

A decade’s worth of research went into the CEO Genome Project, and some of the highlights can be boiled down into a few key points. Here’s what you can bring to your own organization.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

Prepare Your Association for a Phishing Attack

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 21, 2017

Coalition’s Proposed Standards Draw Attention After Ad-Blocking Rumor

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 21, 2017

While Google says it won’t comment on a Wall Street Journal report about adding an ad blocker to Chrome, the report is drawing attention to an initiative by the Coalition for Better Ads—a group that includes the search giant.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

To Increase Member Retention, Rate and Score Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 12, 2017

Make Engagement More Fun With Digital Badges

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 12, 2017

Digital badges and ribbons put a twist on a traditional form of member recognition to incentivize small acts of engagement. Associations and their members are sharing them across community and social networks, adding an element of competition that spurs involvement.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2017

The Age of Agile Advocacy for Associations

Leadership by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2017

President Donald Trump entered office on a promise to change Washington, DC. What that means for the workings of government is just beginning to emerge. In light of a new administration and Congress, associations are taking a fresh look at their government relations strategy and tactics. A key word for 2017: agility.

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2017

Learning: Above the Clutter

Leadership by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2017

How to engage and promote in a digital ecosystem, according to Shama Hyder, CEO of the Marketing Zen Group.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2017

Report: Why Growing Distractions Put Pedestrians at Risk

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2017

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that pedestrian fatalities are on the rise; the group estimates they reached their highest total in more than two decades last year. The report cites a growth of distraction—both for drivers and people walking.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 31, 2017

New Survey Helps Schools Address International Student Recruitment

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Mar 31, 2017

A survey of higher-education institutions revealed concerns about the political climate for foreign students, with 39 percent reporting a decline in international applications. Less international students could impact both the U.S. economy and learning environment.

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.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2017

Report: Gender Wage Gap Closing … Very, Very Slowly

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2017

For every dollar a white male makes, the average woman makes 82 cents—and that rate hasn’t been growing fast enough in recent years, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. It’s a problem that lingers in the nonprofit space, too.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2017

Controversy Lingers as Congress Rolls Back FCC’s Internet Privacy Rules

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2017

The House and Senate’s decision to roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s internet privacy regulations was welcomed by telecom trade groups but decried by consumer advocacy groups and the prior FCC chairman.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 28, 2017

HB2 Costing North Carolina Billions in Lost Business, Says AP Report

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 28, 2017

The Associated Press this week reported that the controversial law, which prevents local governments from passing LGBT protections, was costing the state at least $3.76 billion in revenue—including nearly $200 million in lost concert, sports, and conference revenue.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2017

Thursday Buzz: One Way to Respond When Celebrities Criticize

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2017

When one association professional heard a celebrity denigrate her industry, she decided to confront him one-on-one. Also: Check out the "Global Meetings Industry Day Anthem."

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2017

Why People Aren’t Opening Your Emails

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 21, 2017

Over time, you might find that your users “check out” of your marketing emails—at times, even letting entire accounts go dormant. That’s a problem, obviously, and email deliverability concerns are definitely one aspect of it, but the real issue could be more foundational.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2017

Monday Buzz: Save Money on Event Tech

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2017

A few suggestions for keeping costs down when adding technology to your event. Also: Get basic with your member-recruitment strategies.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 15, 2017

Digging Deeper Into Membership Renewal Trends

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 15, 2017

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

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 Tim Ebner Mar 10, 2017

Membership Hack: A Soft-Touch Note

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 10, 2017

Sometimes a bit of friendly outreach is all it takes to get valuable information from your members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

Is your association relying on the wrong tools to collaborate internally? Possibly, but the first question you should ask isn’t if there’s a better tool. It’s about why your current tools are losing out to emails and phone calls.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 24, 2017

Report: Many U.S. Bridges Have Structural Deficiencies

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 24, 2017

New research from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association reveals the poor condition of many U.S. bridges.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 22, 2017

Does Your Membership Team Have Ninja-Like Reflexes?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 22, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 17, 2017

Friday Buzz: Marketing Challenges That the Pros Are Tackling

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 17, 2017

With all the noise around different marketing strategies, find out which ones the pros are actually employing. Also: The New York Times smartly adjusts headlines for mobile.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Is Your IT Chief a Visionary?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2017

An association tech insider says technical skills aren’t the only thing needed to run an IT department in 2017. Also: What first-time event planners should know.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: How a Google Engineer Sets Up Google Analytics

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2017

A Google engineer provides a handy guide to optimizing Google Analytics for the data you need. Also: Questions event professionals should ask in the initial planning stages.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

Report: Racial Diversity Remains a Problem for Tech Firms

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

How the Women’s March App Came to Life

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 14, 2017

Organized on the fly with volunteer help—much like the event it was designed for—the official app for the Women’s March on Washington is a tale of employee passion pushing an idea forward—and a company following the lead. Here’s how DoubleDutch pulled it off. Last month’s Women’s March on Washington came together quickly—from start to finish, […]

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 3, 2017

Friday Buzz: In an Online Community, Everyone’s Equal

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 3, 2017

Online communities offer communication channels between entry-level employees and leadership. Also: Be inspired by your past successes to promote change in your association.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2017

How the Hyperledger Project Is Pushing the Blockchain Forward

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2017

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2017

Workplace Perks: The Importance of Employee Benefits

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2017

Competitive salaries are a big talent draw, but association employees are also looking for benefits that pay off for themselves and their families. Here’s what the latest ASAE Foundation research reveals about trends in employee benefits.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2017

Global Spotlight: Water, Water Everywhere

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 1, 2017

Finding the right fit for an office abroad, when the possibilities are as big as the world.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 26, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Deliver the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 26, 2017

Find out ways to fine-tune your association’s elevator pitch. Also: How to get the most out of a small staff.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2017

Should You Book Trips Over the Weekend?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2017

New research from Airlines Reporting Corp. and Expedia makes the case that the tough parameters of business travel have made weekdays a bad time to book trips. Instead, the study recommends Saturday or Sunday—though not everyone’s convinced.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 25, 2017

Will "Gen Z" be a Generation of Joiners?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 25, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

Are Your Members More Tech-Savvy than You Think?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

Recent ASAE Foundation research highlights the fact that a good chunk of your members—particularly your newer ones—are likely on the cutting edge when it comes to tech uptake. But just because your members are raring for more technology doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think it over first.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2017

Report: Cashless Payments Surge in Popularity Worldwide

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2017

Build Communities Around Your Most Engaged Users

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2017

A big-name daily newspaper is trying a quiet test with a group of its subscribers—and the early success exhibited by this strategy makes it an idea that anyone with a community interest should keep an eye on.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 9, 2017

How Leaders Can Better Serve Members on Technology

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 9, 2017

A new study challenges association leaders to innovate on technology strategy. Luckily, the people who can help them get there aren't far away.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 4, 2017

Osteopathic Group Says Wintertime Sickness Isn’t Inevitable

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 4, 2017

A new survey shows that a large percentage of Americans feel wintertime sicknesses are unavoidable, but the American Osteopathic Association says that there’s a lot you can do to ward off cold-weather ailments.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 4, 2017

Associations Can Take the Guesswork Out of Membership Forecasting

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 4, 2017

You don’t need a crystal ball to see what the future may hold for membership recruitment and retention in your association. Here are a few strategies that membership pros have used to prepare for 2017.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

CompTIA Report: Despite ROI Concerns, Small Businesses Embrace Tech

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 22, 2016

4 Ideas for 2017 Nondues Revenue Resolutions

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 22, 2016

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 19, 2016

A Last Look at Leadership in 2016

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 19, 2016

From governance to government, association leaders had plenty to be concerned about in 2016---and a smoother ride in 2017 looks unlikely.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

Friday Buzz: Avocados Earn Emoji Love

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2016

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

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 14, 2016

#Tech16: Not All Hackers Are Bad Guys

Technology by Tim Ebner Dec 14, 2016

ASAE’s Technology Conference & Expo closed on Wednesday with keynoters Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two well-known hackers who are exposing technology flaws to protect the public.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 14, 2016

The Membership Manager's Wish List

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 14, 2016

’Tis the season of giving and receiving, and we know that association membership managers have more than sweaters and ties on their wish lists this year. We asked a few to share what they’d like to find in their stockings to help them meet member needs in 2017.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

Music Publishers Association Scores Fresh Deal With YouTube

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

To cap out a year in which music-royalty issues were commonly covered in the press, the National Music Publishers' Association and YouTube came to a $40 million agreement that covers improperly labeled music.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

Assume Your Employees Might Lose Your Devices

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

When an organization-owned device like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone goes missing, a lot of major concerns should arise—and those concerns aren’t limited to the device itself. Mitigate the risk by using a thoughtful security strategy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 8, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Information Overload? Not So Much

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 8, 2016

A new survey from Pew suggests that people tend to handle a lot of information well, especially with the help of technology. Also: Who should manage a project if you don’t have a project manager?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 8, 2016

Marketing: Getting Personalization Right

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 8, 2016

How three companies created personalized marketing campaigns without being creepy.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Sell Your Host City’s Vibe

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2016

Why you should make room for pop-up events at your annual meeting. Also: The root cause of disappearing donors might be poor communication.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

In Fifth Year, #GivingTuesday's Track Record Stays Strong

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

Newly released data from the latest edition of the charitable holiday shows 20 percent year-over-year growth, based on transactions from three major donation-processing firms. The #GivingTuesday train is still moving, full speed ahead. The charitable holiday, which was launched in 2012 in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has shown consistent growth as it’s […]

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 30, 2016

What Kevin Bacon Can Teach Us About Membership Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 30, 2016

Strong relationships are the key to engagement, whether with members or nonmember customers, according to a new report on global associations. To build connections, you don’t necessarily need the famously well-connected movie star, but you do need a few good multipliers.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2016

Foot Traffic, Online Traffic Stay Strong on Black Friday, NRF Says

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2016

The National Retail Federation, in its annual Thanksgiving-weekend wrap-up, says that although a little less was spent than in prior years, there were more consumers this year—and many of them were shopping online.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 18, 2016

The Art of Mass Personalization at Conferences

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 18, 2016

The term “mass personalization” may seem paradoxical. But for your meetings to continue to thrive, you must deliver personalized experiences to a large group of people.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2016

Public Relations Society Eyes New Strategy Framework

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2016

In its new three-year framework, the Public Relations Society of America doubles down on collaborations and thought leadership as it aims to better serve its member base—a member base it hopes to grow in the years ahead.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2016

Friday Buzz: Challenge Yourself With Your Blog Posts

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2016

One blogging expert's offbeat recommendations for getting past your writing funk. Also: What AMSes have in common with shovels.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 27, 2016

Report: Nonprofits Continue Growth, But With Deficits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 27, 2016

A newly updated Urban Institute report indicates that nonprofits have continued to grow, and did so even during the recession, and have seen a major expansion in wages in recent years. But this growth has sometimes outpaced nonprofit budgets.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2016

Survey: Firms Struggle With BYOD Overspending

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2016

New research from Syntonic and Information Solutions Group (ISG) finds that use of bring-your-own-device strategies are common, but that organizations struggle with distinguishing personal phone uses from business-related uses.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2016

Milk Group Turns to Advocacy to Fight Dwindling Dairy Demand

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Oct 26, 2016

An excess of milk is creating an imbalance in the supply and demand for dairy, not to mention a drop in revenue for dairy farmers. The National Milk Producing Federation is hoping to start turning things around with some advocacy.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

DDoS Attacks: What's Your Plan For the Next One?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

Last week, large swaths of the internet were hobbled by a coordinated distributed denial of service attack on the network's basic infrastructure. And odds are good that something similar is going to happen again. Now's a good time to talk about contingency plans to ensure your association isn't knocked offline.

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 21, 2016

AARP Opens Tech Lab to Foster Innovation

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 21, 2016

AARP has teamed up with the University of Illinois to open a lab to develop new technologies to improve quality of life for the 50-plus population. To drive innovation in technologies that can benefit people as they age, AARP and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) have joined forces. They held a grand opening of their […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 20, 2016

Obama Pushes New Consumer-Friendly Air Travel Rules

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 20, 2016

Less than three weeks before his successor will be voted into office, President Obama has proposed a series of new rules that could make air travel a lot less painful for the public. Associations offered mixed reviews. The Obama administration’s proposed new regulations on air travel could help make flying a lot less frustrating for […]

Technology by Patrick deHahn Oct 19, 2016

Tech Group’s New Initiative Aims for Faster Server Speeds

Technology by Patrick deHahn Oct 19, 2016

Several big names have banded together to form a new group seeking to advance server technology. The group includes a number of major hardware manufacturers, such as IBM, Dell, and Hewlett Packard.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 19, 2016

Engagement Report Card Shows Members Where They Stand

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 19, 2016

Three years after building a full-scale member-engagement dashboard, one association shares how that effort is paying off, including a new, external iteration it hopes will spur more member activity.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 14, 2016

What's Next in Event Strategy?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Oct 14, 2016

News that two associations are sunsetting their traditional tradeshows and rethinking their event strategy may illustrate a broader trend. How can your association ensure it's serving industry needs and attendee expectations?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 13, 2016

Study: Psychological Association Warns of Election-Season Stress

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 13, 2016

According to the American Psychological Association, more than half of all respondents to its recent survey on stress said that the 2016 election is a contributing factor to their stress. The association noted that social media may play a role.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2016

New Think Tank Eyes Solutions to Mobile Marketing Blind Spots

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2016

The Mobile Marketing Association announced a new program designed to assist major companies trying to get a handle on some of the data-tracking strategies available on mobile platforms. The think tank is bringing a sense of collaboration to corporations that are usually direct competitors with one another.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 26, 2016

For Leaders, Approval Starts With Awareness

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 26, 2016

Tonight's presidential debate is a reminder that Americans are skeptical of a lot of institutions---including nonprofits. Proactively building awareness of what you do can help, even if you don't have a debate stage.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2016

Irish Whiskey Association Launches Campaign to Protect Key Product

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2016

The primary trade group for the Irish whiskey industry is teaming with the home country’s government—as well as asking for help from its members—to help protect the integrity of the product across borders.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

Anti-Troll Group Wants to Study Journalists' Tweets

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

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

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 […]

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 15, 2016

Rainy-Day Financial Planning

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 15, 2016

Trimming budgets and stocking reserves might not be the most exciting tasks, but they're important to the financial health and future of an organization.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2016

Choose Your Own Mobile Adventure: An Alternative to BYOD

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2016

A few years on from the peak of the BYOD trend, a working alternative that some IT departments might prefer is gaining steam. So what the heck is CYOD, and does it make sense for your association?

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Sep 9, 2016

Bureau Moves to Stop Flood-Damaged Vehicles from Deluging Market

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Sep 9, 2016

Last month’s flooding in Louisiana damaged thousands of cars. The National Insurance Crime Bureau wants to ensure none of those end up bought by the unwitting.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

How Should You Handle Cold-Call Emails?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

Monday Buzz: Hide the Guts of the Machine

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

Lean Startup Strategy: Take Your Innovation in Smaller Bites

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2016

Monday Buzz: Contextualize Your Complainers

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2016

When members or conference attendees complain, put their comments in the context of your data. Also: Consider your productivity with these big questions.

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 15, 2016

Internet Association Adds Chief Economist to Quantify Industry Impact

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 15, 2016

Following its members’ lead, the Internet Association opted to bring on a chief economist. The new executive will focus on analyzing and promoting the industry’s growing role in the economy.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2016

S.C. Medical Association Tackles Electronic Health Records

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2016

Because electronic health records are a major headache for doctors around the country, one association is attempting to make the problems a little less frustrating by creating a platform that emphasizes interoperability between doctors.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2016

Friday Buzz: Did Google Open Up the SEO Floodgates?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 5, 2016

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.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 4, 2016

Can Associations Attract Millennials with Credentialing?

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 4, 2016

A recent study finds that more than 90 percent of educational institutions are offering credentials and digital badges, in part, to serve their millennial students, who favor badging and certificates to traditional degrees. What lessons can associations learn from the study?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

Member Retention: Turn off the Churn

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 1, 2016

Here’s a little secret from membership-savvy associations: While new- member acquisition offers the thrill of the chase, member retention brings long-term stability. It’s built on engagement, value, and connection, and it starts the day a member joins.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2016

Books: New Wave

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Aug 1, 2016

Inside the next digital revolution, according to iconic AOL leader Steve Case.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: All Pokémon Go, All the Time

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 12, 2016

AAA warns the public that you shouldn't play Pokémon Go and drive. Also: How some nonprofits are using Pokémon Go to their marketing advantage.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 8, 2016

Bleisure Travel: A Growing Trend for Conference Attendees

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 8, 2016

Research shows that more business travelers are blending work-related trips with vacation time. Why association meetings may want to make the most of the trend.

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?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2016

Friday Buzz: The Super Bowl of Ham Radio

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2016

The American Radio Relay League National Field Day, the biggest event of the year for ham radio operators, is all about testing your reach reach. Also: These consultants want to review your online community.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2016

Study: Plenty of App Developer Jobs, But …

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2016

There's a lot of money to be made in software development, says ACT: The App Association. Despite this—and despite the large number of openings—many students aren't receiving the training that would allow them to take advantage of the opportunities.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: How Could Pro Sports Shake Up Vegas?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2016

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.

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Jun 17, 2016

Drone Safety Pitch Pays Off for Model Aeronautics Group

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Jun 17, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ big challenge has been bringing casual drone users into the fold in terms of drone safety regulations. Here’s how it approached the issue.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 15, 2016

More Join Buttons, and Other Lessons From MMCC 2016

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 15, 2016

Amazon's persistence in driving users to "Try Prime" is a lead associations ought to follow and just one of many highlights from this week's ASAE Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

Net Neutrality Court Ruling Strongly Favors FCC; Groups Respond

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

In the latest twist in the long-running saga involving open internet regulations, an appeals court ruling this week affirmed the FCC's decision to classify internet access as a public utility. Advocacy groups approved of the decision, but telecom associations emphasized that a Supreme Court appeal was likely.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 13, 2016

Why CEOs Need to Lead on Cybersecurity

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 13, 2016

Cybersecurity breaches are rampant—and the C-suite's disengagement from the problem can exacerbate them. Connecting execs to the tech team can help.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2016

Report: Focus on Low Overhead Hurts Nonprofits

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2016

New research from the Bridgespan Group highlights how foundations' requirements that nonprofits have low overhead could be making it harder for nonprofits to effectively fulfill their missions.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2016

Survey: CFOs Under Pressure to Meld Strategy, Operations

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2016

A global survey says corporate finance leaders are being asked to take on more strategic responsibility while continuing to manage their everyday duties. And association CFOs aren’t immune.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 17, 2016

Art Therapy Group: Coloring Books Are Great, But …

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 17, 2016

The association whose academic journal helped create a phenomenon out of coloring books targeted at adults says that such books are a great tool but don't replace a licensed art therapist.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 13, 2016

Education or Entertainment: Does One Matter More to Meetings?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 13, 2016

Should museums and other cultural institutions be more educational or entertaining? That’s a recent question one blogger posed. And it’s also a question associations should ask about their meetings.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 6, 2016

How the Electric Industry Sees Drones Saving the Day

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 6, 2016

The Edison Electric Institute is in the midst of a collaboration with a Silicon Valley startup to prove that unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can effectively be used by the industry beyond current line-of-sight regulations. If they succeed in making their pitch to the FAA, the industry could potentially pinpoint problems with the electric grid before it's too late.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 6, 2016

Cannabis Association's Latest Member Benefit? Industry Analytics

Membership by Ernie Smith May 6, 2016

In collaboration with a new industry startup, the National Cannabis Industry Association is offering its members data on the fairly new industry—information that has been hard to come by.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 2, 2016

Need Better Decisions? Ask Better Questions.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 2, 2016

An association research expert says we're spending too much time conducting surveys on member needs and not enough on strategic goals.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2016

Associations Build Momentum Around Native American Tourism

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2016

With the recent passage of a bill in the Senate, native populations in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii could get extra marketing help for their tourism efforts—an area where at least one industry group has been focusing much of its attention.

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Apr 27, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Don't Miss the Boat on Live Streaming

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Apr 27, 2016

Some tips on how associations can benefit from Facebook's push for live video. Plus: Can you tell the difference between a fad and a trend?

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2016

7 Subtle Tools That Help Automate Your Job

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2016

Automation is a big buzzword these days, and there are reasons to be excited—and scared. But mostly excited. Check out our list of interesting apps that automate your job just enough to make your work life a little bit better.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2016

Consumer Technology Association, Others Speak Out Against Draft Encryption Bill

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 15, 2016

Since it was leaked last week, a draft bill pushed by the two leading members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been rebuked by trade and advocacy groups. The bill takes a conversation on encryption and national security, previously driven by the FBI and the federal court system, into the halls of Congress.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 14, 2016

Should You Drop Social Media From Your Fundraising Strategy?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 14, 2016

A new study suggests you should, but others argue that organizations should not be so quick to discount the power of social media to indirectly raise funds.

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2016

Do You Lead With the Right Metrics?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2016

You track revenue and memberships, but that's not enough to know if your association is hitting home. One expert shares ideas for what else to measure.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: After Leadership, What's Next?

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

What role would you consider taking on in an association after you finish serving as CEO?

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Mar 28, 2016

Why the National Association of Broadcasters Is Investing in Startups

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Mar 28, 2016

The country’s main radio and television broadcasting association is taking giant steps to support innovation in the sector—both by highlighting startups at its events and investing in them.

Technology by Eli Zimmerman Mar 25, 2016

Friday Buzz: Journalism's New Push For Micropayments

Technology by Eli Zimmerman Mar 25, 2016

A young startup hopes to rekindle the business of news with an experimental micropayments-driven application. Plus: How has an increase in cybersecurity changed our office conduct?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2016

Healthcare Group Tries 'We the People' Approach to Draw Attention to Issue

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2016

The American Health Information Management Association this week launched a new campaign designed to get people talking about an issue the association believes could help improve healthcare: the use of voluntary personal identifiers for patients. The group is using President Obama's petition site to make its case.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2016

Report: Are You Sending Too Much Email?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2016

A recent report covering the retail sector highlights the fact that saturating inboxes with too many emails can hurt engagement and lead to complaints from recipients. The solution, according to the marketing firm First Insight, is to send fewer, more personalized emails.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2016

Survey: DC Nonprofits Expect Growth in 2016

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2016

A survey conducted by Capital One at a Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants event found that more than 80 percent of respondents expected their nonprofits would grow in 2016.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 10, 2016

How Associations are Making Their SXSW Imprints Felt

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 10, 2016

Associations, big and small, are all over the annual education, interactive, and music festival, which is getting even more attention than usual, thanks to President Obama's appearance in Austin this year. Here are some of the places you can spot them.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2016

How Nonprofits Stepped In During the Recession

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 4, 2016

According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the charitable nonprofit sector saw higher levels of employment during the recession years between 2007 and 2012, even as the private sector as a whole declined. Here's how they did it.

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.

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 Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2016

EFF Scores Major Procedural Victory in Long-Running NSA Case

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2016

In a ruling that could crack open some major details on the National Security Agency's mass-surveillance program, a federal judge declared last week that the Electronic Frontier Foundation can conduct discovery against the agency. It's just the latest step in the long-running trial for the foundation.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2016

Don't Make This Capital-B Basic Security Mistake

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2016

With online security concerns bigger and more complicated than ever, it's important not to forget the simple stuff along the way. Here's a basic security mistake a lot of websites are guilty of. Make sure your association isn't screwing this one up, too.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2016

FCC's Plan to Unlock the Box Draws Cable-Industry Ire

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 22, 2016

A proposal the FCC approved last week would allow outside companies to sell cable set-top boxes to consumers, but cable and telecom groups are critical because of their concerns over competition and privacy.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 10, 2016

Buzz-Worthy Advice for Member Engagement and Market Analysis

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 10, 2016

A roundup of five great reads for association membership pros that will get you thinking differently about how to get members engaged, how members view your association, and what benefits they'll want next.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 4, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Jumpstart Your Event's Website

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 4, 2016

The Online News Association makes its event-scheduling WordPress plug-in available for free. Plus: When it comes to responding to members, there is a need for speed.

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 29, 2016

What #Eventprofs Say About the Meeting-Planning Process

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 29, 2016

A recently released study by Bizzabo reveals how meeting planners market their events, use technology as part of their meetings, and measure event success—as well as their biggest pain points.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2016

Report: The Costs of Click Fraud Are High, But Improving

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2016

According to a report from the Association of National Advertisers, automated bot traffic remains a major problem for ad buyers, but ANA members are seeing success in reining in click fraud problems by following best practices.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 19, 2016

Cardiac Groups’ Merger Gets to the Heart of Their Missions

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 19, 2016

The American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care announced a new partnership that will help each organization expand their program offerings. A major focus for the future: an expanded accreditation program.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 13, 2016

A Few Ideas to Score More Member Loyalty

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jan 13, 2016

Take a peek inside the rewards program at video-game retailer GameStop to see how incentives and personalization can drive greater member engagement

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jan 7, 2016

After Scandal, Astronomical Society Event Focuses on Fighting Sexual Harassment

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jan 7, 2016

Astronomy wasn't the only big topic at the American Astronomical Society's annual meeting in Florida this week. Months after a scandal broke involving one of the group's most prominent members, the group is taking steps to deal with the issue.

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.

Money & Business by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

The Best of 2015: The Stories You Read and Shared Most

Money & Business by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

It's been a busy year for associations, as their work has continued to shape the news every day. We dug into our readership numbers to give you a look at the most popular Associations Now stories of 2015.

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 Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2015

The Downsides of Awesome Apps

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2015

That cool app you downloaded the other day may seem like a huge productivity boon for you or your association, but before you get too excited, remember: If you want something to stick around for a while, you should consider paying for it.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 21, 2015

A Last Look at Leadership in 2015

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 21, 2015

From succession planning to going global, association leadership faced a host of challenges that will likely resonate in the coming year.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2015

Medical Associations: Electronic Health Records Giving Doctors Headaches

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2015

According to the American Medical Association and other medical groups, one of the members' biggest headaches is the rise of electronic health record systems, which the groups say are drowning physicians in red tape.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2015

Friday Buzz: A Friendly, Partisan Donation Duel

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2015

A popular nonprofit political magazine boosts reader donations by encouraging a little friendly competition with its larger rival. Also: Could "Happy Birthday" finally be free of copyright?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 9, 2015

Supercharge Your Membership With a Premium Offer

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 9, 2015

One association's early success with a "Super Member" category shows how a premium, all-access offer can lock in high-volume members.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 8, 2015

Fraternity Group Pledges Improved Lobbying Strategy

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 8, 2015

Facing the departure of some organizational members, along with a new set of challenges affecting the world of fraternities, the North-American Interfraternity Conference is keeping strong, emphasizing that it plans to improve its public relations and advocacy approaches, with a goal of building trust.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 7, 2015

Leading Through the New Advocacy Landscape

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 7, 2015

Even if he doesn’t win the nomination, Donald Trump has changed the way campaigns work. How should associations change in response?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 3, 2015

SmartLabel Initiative: Grocery Manufacturers Launch New Transparency Play

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 3, 2015

The Grocery Manufacturers Association this week announced a plan to get food manufacturers to reveal what's in common varieties of food. While the QR code-driven SmartLabel Initiative has wide industry backing, some critics say it's no replacement for properly labeling foods with GMOs.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2015

How Activism Encouraged Chicago Police Chief's Firing

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2015

In response to the shooting of an unarmed black teen and the alleged cover-up that critics say followed, the National Bar Association and other civil rights groups last week called for the firing of two key officials involved in the case. Today, only one still has a job.

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

Organizational Culture: The Moment for Change

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

New CEOs have a golden opportunity to embark on the difficult work of changing organizational culture. But it doesn’t last forever. These four lessons from CEOs who have been there can help others seize the day.

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 Patrick deHahn Nov 16, 2015

Banking, Consumer Groups Battle Over Mint.com

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Nov 16, 2015

A recent incident in which two of the country's largest banks briefly blocked access to third-party personal-finance sites such as Mint.com has consumer groups riled up and the banking industry attempting to explain itself.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 16, 2015

Does Your Association's Structure Stifle Success?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 16, 2015

A startup mentality can help an association generate new ideas. But success has less to do with "failing fast" than knowing how your organizational structure stands in your way.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2015

Tire Industry Group Tries Petition Route to Fight Regulation

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2015

With a transportation bill threatening to add new reporting requirements to tire manufacturers across the country, the Tire Industry Association is attempting to fight the measure via Change.org, a petition site often more closely associated with social causes.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Nov 4, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Lessons From Internet Hoaxes

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Nov 4, 2015

What do attitudes about chain letters tell us about internet users? Plus: the desks of productivity experts.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 28, 2015

A More Scientific Approach to Association Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 28, 2015

One association executive's method for operational planning offers an example of how membership objectives can be tested, measured, adjusted, and repeated. Could a little discipline in experimentation drive success in your membership program?

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 26, 2015

Monday Buzz: The $70K Minimum Wage, Six Months Later

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 26, 2015

If the past six months of results are any indication, the company that set a $70,000 minimum wage may have made the right business decision. Plus: Do nine out of 10 nonprofits really fail?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2015

Final Fantasy? Scandals Keep the Fantasy Sports Industry on Edge

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2015

With an insider-trading scandal and regulatory scrutiny at the state and federal levels causing major headaches for the two largest daily fantasy sports companies, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association finds itself working overtime to defend its members.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 8, 2015

Associations Sound Off on Trans-Pacific Partnership

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 8, 2015

After years of negotiations, the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries reached a landmark trade deal Monday with significant implications for the global economy.

Leadership by Jimmy Daly Oct 7, 2015

Survey: Definition of ‘Natural’ Food Remains Murky for Consumers

Leadership by Jimmy Daly Oct 7, 2015

What's the difference between natural and organic? When it comes to food products, one-third of consumers don't know, according to a new survey by an association looking to create more standardized terminology.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 7, 2015

Monthly Membership Makes Joining "As Easy As Possible"

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 7, 2015

In July, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America launched a monthly, "join now" dues rate of $39. Since then, about 40 percent of new members have chosen monthly. The new dynamic is "how everyone deals with the internet now," says one ACCA exec.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 6, 2015

Newspaper Association Taps Outsider for Top Job

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 6, 2015

David Chavern comes to NAA with roots in manufacturing and tech, which may be a boon for another disrupted industry.

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

At Conferences, All Signs Point to Digital

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

Digital signage is more than just a shiny, electronic version of the standard foam core posters and easels outside your meeting rooms.

Meetings by Kristin Clarke Oct 1, 2015

Association Surveys That Score

Meetings by Kristin Clarke Oct 1, 2015

No question about it—associations are conducting more surveys than ever as they hunger to know everything about their stakeholders.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 1, 2015

Everyone’s Invited: Making Meetings More Inclusive

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 1, 2015

What does your conference say about who is welcome in your community? Maybe not what you want, if your speakers and attendees all look and sound the same.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2015

Your Next Software Platform Could Be Lurking in the Shadows

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2015

"Shadow IT"—or apps that get brought into offices without consent of the big bosses — gets a bad rap among enterprise folks. But even with genuine concerns like security and protocol to think about, it's worth asking: Do those all users with the unauthorized Dropbox accounts have a point?