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Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Reengage Audiences During Your Presentation

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 20, 2019

Writing an engaging speech is one thing; delivery is another. One speaker weighs in on how to keep listeners tuned in while you’re talking. Also: Nurture your online community to increase growth.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Change Your Mindset to Embrace Digitalization

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 18, 2019

A digital transformation is about more than new technology. A successful shift includes a mindset change, too. Also: New members feel new longer than you might think.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 17, 2019

Daily Buzz: Start an Employee Advocacy Program

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 17, 2019

Influencer marketing might rein in some A-list names, but employees have more leverage with audiences. Also: lessons from Boeing’s 737 Max fail.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Reframe Your Work Approach to Minimize Burnout

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 16, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Market Education Programs to Nonmembers

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2019

Nonmembers are searching for continued learning programs, too. Don’t exclude them by marketing only to members. Also: why meeting planners should collaborate with digital marketers.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Correct Your Boss After a Mistake

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 12, 2019

Everybody slips up occasionally, including your boss. Here’s how to correct your manager gracefully. Also: how tech training builds teams.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: A New Way to Think About Annual Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 11, 2019

Feeling stuck on how to switch up this year’s conference? Try this way of thinking. Also: how to strengthen communication as a remote employee.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Optimize Your Online Member Application

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 10, 2019

Membership applications hold a lot of valuable data on prospects—but don’t use that as an excuse for a lengthy submission process. Also: Which posts drive more engagement on Instagram?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: To Blog or Not to Blog?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 9, 2019

Considering adding a blog to your association website? Let us sway you in the direction of yes. Also: Understand the vision behind your online community.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Evolving World of Content Marketing

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2019

As content marketing shifts, so do the conversations at industry meetings like Content Marketing World. Also: More employers are embracing a workforce that wants to go casual.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Switch Up Your Media Outreach

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2019

Having trouble drumming up media buzz? Create your own. Also: the gender bias behind 10-point scales.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Ask the Board for New Technology

Technology by Sophia Conforti Sep 3, 2019

Making a plea for new tech? This is how you should position your conversation with the board. Also: Nonprofit leaders should pave the way for social good.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Push Forward When You’re Understaffed

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2019

Down a few employees? Feeling understaffed? You need to get everyone on the same page. Also: To feel more fulfilled, embrace variety as the spice of life.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Raising the Vacation Stakes

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2019

An association industry pro puts more work into his out-of-office messages than most people do into their vacations. Also: The MacBook Pro is getting even harder to travel with on some airlines.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: Define Your Community Manager’s Role

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2019

A lack of clarity over what a community manager is supposed to do could lead them to focus on the wrong things. Also: Why you should keep your data organized—but ready for play.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: An “Impossible” Path to Leadership

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 27, 2019

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

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Aug 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Three P’s of Strategic Planning

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Aug 23, 2019

Outlining new organizational initiatives can be a daunting task. Here’s where to start. Also: Be flexible on how members pay dues.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Millennials Engage With Causes

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 21, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Unpaid Internship Problem

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 21, 2019

Unpaid internships can put financial strain on many young professionals—but doing away with these programs won’t solve the issue, either. Also: how to refine content in 2020.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: Highlight Members With a Social Media Takeover

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 20, 2019

Switch up your social media routine and let members take over for a day. Also: how one MLB manager’s open discussions strengthen his relationship with his team.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Are You There, Chatbot?

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 16, 2019

Sometimes technology fails, and chatbots are no exception. The bots should work in tandem with humans to ensure success. Also: Use data to boost the member experience.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Rituals Add Value to Your Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2019

Trust is essential for healthy communities—and members who participate in rituals are more likely to develop it. Also: how to inspire a demotivated team.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Purposeful Meeting

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2019

Many meetings incorrectly focus on logistics when they should be centered on strategy. Also: one last snapshot of ASAE’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Difference Between Learning and Education

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 12, 2019

“Learning” and “education” are not synonymous. Here’s what they each mean—and what your organization should focus on. Also: an adorable moment at the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting.

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.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Introducing Generation Alpha

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 8, 2019

As millennials age and generation Z hits adulthood, “Generation Alpha” enters the frame. Also: how human-centric marketing fosters member relationships.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Where’s the Line in Personalization?

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 7, 2019

Take care to avoid the “creepiness factor” when implementing personalization tactics. Also: A few awesome facts about coffee, because why not?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: What Attendees Want From Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2019

Want to boost attendance numbers at your next conference? Cater the experience to your audience. Also: what to do when someone says membership costs are too high.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: Risk Factors for a Starvation Cycle

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 5, 2019

If programs receive most of a nonprofit’s budget, other essential departments are at risk of a starvation cycle, a new report finds. Also: Without value, your podcast is a dud.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Build a Meeting Legacy

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2019

Research shows that developing a conference legacy is about more than logistics: Content matters, too. Also: strategies to add to your member recruitment toolbox.

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?

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jul 30, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Security Practices Can Deepen Value

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jul 30, 2019

Other than providing security, improving privacy practices can reinforce the association-member relationship. Also: how science says to structure your presentations.

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.

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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Inspire a Bored Board

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 25, 2019

Periodic dips in enthusiasm are normal, but if disinterest persists, find ways to reinspire board members. Also: how one nonprofit’s alternative healthcare policy is saving the environment.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: When Freebies Are Problematic

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 24, 2019

Offering a giveaway? Let fashion retailer Forever 21 give you a lesson in what not to do. Also: the difference between workflow and process.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: Host a “Member for a Day” Event

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 23, 2019

Let prospects experience your association’s member journey, benefits included. Also: how one nonprofit is using yoga to alleviate stress for students.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Modernize Your Conference With an Event App

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 19, 2019

Give your annual meeting a tech refresh with an event app. Here’s how to get stakeholders on board. Also: Are mid-career members mentees, mentors, or both?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: What Constitutes a PR Fail?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 18, 2019

Not hearing back from your media contacts? You may be annoying them. Also: how to leverage criticism for creativity.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Should Your Association Get Political?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 16, 2019

In a time of political division, knowing who your members are and following through on your mission is more important. Also: Find your competitive edge in education.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Rise of the Office Pod

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 15, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Consider Freelancers as a Member Segment

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 12, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Business Lessons From Drake

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 11, 2019

Need some business inspiration? Just look at the rapper Drake. Also: the benefits of a change committee during a tech rollout.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Embrace Negative Feedback

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 10, 2019

Giving attendees the chance to offer feedback opens the door to negative responses—but those comments can help you grow. Also: Successful planners understand the “why” behind meetings.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jul 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: A Conferencing Tool’s Big Vulnerability

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jul 9, 2019

A vulnerability in the widely used Zoom allows websites to access cameras on Macs, but uninstalling the software won’t solve the problem. Also: customer service traits that improve the member experience.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Develop a Social Media Brand Ambassador Program

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 8, 2019

People trust word-of-mouth marketing over company messaging. Consider a social media ambassador program to bridge the gap. Also: why you should optimize your content with SEO.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Is Your Culture Really “Innovative”?

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jul 2, 2019

Building an innovative culture? Start by not calling it “innovative.” Also: how one nonprofit is combating food insecurity.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Education Offerings for Industry Partners

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jul 1, 2019

Inviting industry partners to join your community pushes its mission forward. Also: Online communities meet organizational and member needs.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: It’s Time to Revisit Your Annual Goals

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 28, 2019

With the year halfway over, where does your association stand on its annual goals? Also: What Stories shows about your social media strategy.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: Prepare Members for a New Tech Rollout

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 27, 2019

Switching technology solutions? Don’t catch members off-guard with the transition. Also: the risks of using spreadsheets to organize event data.

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Education Shift at Conferences

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 25, 2019

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tips for Switching to a Cloud File Storage System

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jun 24, 2019

A cloud-based storage solution has its perks, but to reap the benefits, you need to understand the team’s file needs. Also: What does an inclusive culture look like?

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 21, 2019

Daily Buzz: Set Chapter Leaders Up for Success

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 21, 2019

Leading a chapter can be a high-pressure job, but creating the right leadership environment makes it manageable. Also: community management’s loneliness factor.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: How One Association Is Re-Creating History

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 20, 2019

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Professional Photographers of America will re-create iconic imagery from its inaugural year. Also: how Google might be affecting organic searches.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Do a GDPR Check With Vendors

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 19, 2019

One year after GDPR, many planners are struggling to adhere to the guidelines. Talking with vendors about processes can help. Also: Steer members away from snail mail membership renewals.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Research Poster Disrupting Scientific Conferences

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 18, 2019

Scientific posters aren’t designed to effectively communicate insight. So, one man designed a new type of poster to accelerate discovery. Also: why you need a membership development pipeline.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Develop Professional Growth Programs

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 13, 2019

To keep members satisfied, associations need to deliver value and help members grow. Also: Rely on facts, not beliefs, when there’s a difference of opinion.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Give Your Meeting a Sensory Audit

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 12, 2019

To truly gauge the attendee experience, you need to walk around in their shoes. Also: how to tell your nonprofit’s story.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Value of Online Communities

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jun 10, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Say Goodbye to Free Shampoo at Hotels

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 6, 2019

Soon disappearing from your hotel experience, at least in California: individual containers of soap and shampoo. Also: Bring an outside perspective into board meetings.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: First Steps to Personalized Events

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jun 4, 2019

Personalized conferences keep meetings relevant to audiences. Cultivating that experience starts with understanding the data. Also: Does your chapter awards program bring value?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: Who Earns More, Nonprofit or For-Profit Workers?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jun 3, 2019

Service-oriented jobs are gaining favor with college grads—and nonprofit paychecks are catching up. Also: Meeting planners, your time is money.

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: How Tech Can Improve Meeting Translation Services

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 29, 2019

To participate in your conference, some attendees might require translators. New translating innovations can build on—and not detract from—the experience. Also: The ROI behind content marketing.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: What Freelancers Mean for Your Association

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 28, 2019

Contractors might be temporary, but treating them like part of the larger team can boost talent and productivity. Also: Improve your facilitation skills.

Money & Business by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Secrets of the Pinterest Elite

Money & Business by Kevin Joy May 24, 2019

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

Money & Business by Kevin Joy May 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: 4 Tips for Retaining Talent

Money & Business 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.

Membership by Kevin Joy May 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: Volunteer to Fight Loneliness

Membership by Kevin Joy May 22, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 21, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create an Online Community Leader Program

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 21, 2019

A successful online community launch starts with engagement. To get members motivated, recruit community leaders. Also: what keeps young professionals engaged in your association.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: “Game of Thrones” and Your Association

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 20, 2019

Think your association has nothing to learn from Game of Thrones? Think again. Also: the key to protecting your accounts, according to Google.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 17, 2019

Daily Buzz: Can Association Credentials Replace College?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 17, 2019

In an age of student debt, many young professionals are turning away from college. That’s where association credentialing and certificate programs come in. Also: tech and the member journey.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Cross-Train Your Staff

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti May 16, 2019

Develop your team and increase organizational knowledge by cross-training employees. Also: How can you make your website more accessible?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Upcoming Challenges for Meeting Planners

Meetings by Sophia Conforti May 15, 2019

This year has been productive for planners. But if current trends are accurate, 2020 will be challenging for the event industry. Also: Set up your board for governing success.

Technology by Sophia Conforti May 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Improve IT Maturity

Technology by Sophia Conforti May 14, 2019

IT needs often fall to the wayside, resulting in outdated processes and solutions. Also: Ask members about their email preferences.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Find the Dollar Value of Engagement

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 10, 2019

Member engagement can be broad, and calculating its success can be—well, complicated. Here’s a formula that can pinpoint return on engagement. Also: An interesting way to make your main speaker feel extra special.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: Communicate Value Regularly

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 9, 2019

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

Leadership by Sophia Conforti May 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Express Gratitude for Your Team

Leadership by Sophia Conforti May 7, 2019

Recognizing employees not only expresses appreciation but also helps build a productive and positive culture. Also: how social proof shows the value of your organization to potential members.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: Hone Your Data Management Process

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 3, 2019

Drowning in data? Add these housekeeping tips to your data management plan. Also: improving the certification exam experience.

Technology by Sophia Conforti May 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: It’s Time to Change Your Password

Technology by Sophia Conforti May 2, 2019

In honor of World Password Day, change the behaviors that leave you vulnerable to a data breach. Also: how to de-stress during meeting planning.

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Cohesive Community Strategy

Membership by Sophia Conforti May 1, 2019

Leverage your association’s community by connecting online groups to your organization’s larger mission. Also: Unless board practices change, gender equality won’t happen until 2055.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Perils of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 29, 2019

Working outside your comfort zone is said to breed success, but if you push yourself too far, it can have adverse effects. Also: a lesson from Microsoft on reshaping legacy organizations.

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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: A Military Model for Faster Decision Making

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Apr 24, 2019

Disruption requires an ability to react and make decisions quickly. Consider a model for decision making from the military. Also: why planners need a crisis management team.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Challenges of a Virtual Chapter

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 23, 2019

A virtual chapter might fit in with an increasingly digital-first world, but it can also present organizational obstacles. Also: easy actions for planning sustainable meetings.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: How to Explain Mistakes to Members

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 22, 2019

Association professionals are human, and they make mistakes. How you handle talking about those mix-ups can pave the way to better member relations. Also: Career success is about more than passion.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create an Accessible Association Website

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 19, 2019

Accessibility standards are always changing. To keep your organization inclusive, your website needs to be usable by everyone. Also: Design a positive future for your association.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Turn Facebook Likes Into Email Subscriptions

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 18, 2019

If you’re running a Facebook page and not getting your fans on your email list, you’re missing an opportunity. Also: small tech changes that drive a compelling member experience.

Money & Business by Kevin Joy Apr 17, 2019

Daily Buzz: LinkedIn Wants to Plan Your Meeting

Money & Business by Kevin Joy Apr 17, 2019

The networking giant seeks to streamline real-life meetups with a new calendar tool. Also: Why sustainability isn’t just a buzzword.

Technology by Kevin Joy Apr 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Microsoft Outlook’s Bad Breach

Technology by Kevin Joy Apr 16, 2019

A security breach involving Microsoft’s web-based Outlook service reveals some major customer service challenges. Also: why many millennials job-hop.

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Case for an Event App

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 15, 2019

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

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Know Your Guests’ Learning Styles

Meetings by Kevin Joy Apr 12, 2019

How to build event programming that satisfies all brains and all learning styles. Also: The creator of WordPress launches a productivity suite.

Technology by Kevin Joy Apr 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Goodbye Google+, Hello Currents

Technology by Kevin Joy Apr 11, 2019

Google reinvents the retired social network Google+ as a workplace communication tool for Google Apps. Also: the value of events as a brand builder.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: The New Smart Office Building

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 9, 2019

About 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone—and now many want a smart office building too. Also: turning attendees into new members.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create Value With Your Online Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 8, 2019

Your association’s digital community is important to connect your members—but it can also help grow the organization. Also: a simple tip for better note taking.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: TSA’s Luggage-Scanning Tech Is Getting Better

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 5, 2019

With improved scanner technology, the TSA will soon no longer require travelers to remove laptops and other items from carry-on luggage. Also: Your learning management system’s role in volunteering.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Why Members Join Associations

Membership by Sophia Conforti Apr 4, 2019

Yes, your organization comes with benefits—but that’s probably not why members join. Also: the importance of language in online communities.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 3, 2019

Daily Buzz: Meeting Planners’ Toughest Tasks in 2019

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 3, 2019

The life of a meeting planner includes a lot of challenges. In 2019, finances, tech, and younger attendees are among the biggest ones. Also: Ready for Global Meetings Industry Day?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Engage Members Through Online Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Apr 2, 2019

Not every member will be able to attend your conference in person. Online meeting technology can help bridge that gap. Also: the disparities behind Equal Pay Day.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Happy 15th Birthday, Gmail!

Technology by Sophia Conforti Apr 1, 2019

For its anniversary, Google announced Gmail is getting some upgrades. Also: how to choose the right meeting venue.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 29, 2019

Daily Buzz: Streamline Your Credential Application Process

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 29, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: Amp Up Your Charity Golf Event

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 27, 2019

Time for your annual golf fundraiser? Create new revenue streams to exceed this year’s goal. Also: creating content that maximizes quality.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 26, 2019

Daily Buzz: Manage Member Expectations

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 26, 2019

Unclear communications can leave members guessing—and disappointed if their expectations aren’t met. Also: networking tips from Terry Gross.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Business Case for an Online Community

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 25, 2019

A successful online community can help your association meet its business objectives—but it takes a lot of work to get there. Also: De-stress your Mondays.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: It’s Time for a Needs Assessment

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 22, 2019

A needs assessment isn’t a once-a-year (or longer!) gig—it’s something your association should be focusing on habitually. Also: networking opportunities for remote employees.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 21, 2019

Daily Buzz: Make Membership Affordable for Young Professionals

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 21, 2019

Membership packages with all the bells and whistles of career benefits are important for young professionals, but you won’t attract them unless it’s affordable. Also: select the right AMS.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: Maximize Your Content Marketing Strategy

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 20, 2019

Content is just content unless it’s working to achieve a higher goal. Also: why a meeting's change initiative often fails.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Event Registration’s New Frontier

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 19, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Act on Member Feedback

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 18, 2019

You asked for member feedback and received it. Now, what are your organization’s next steps? Also: plan authentic meeting experiences.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: The Do's and Don’ts of AR in Event Tech

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 15, 2019

Leveraging augmented reality at meetings only works when planners understand the tech—but that doesn’t mean they have to be experts. Also: Who wins in the battle between an AMS and CRM?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Use Tech to Boost Meeting Engagement

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 14, 2019

Attendee participation can make or break a meeting. That’s where event tech comes in. Also: The downside of narrative content, plus how to fix it.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Mar 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: Turn Negative Insights Into Positive Lessons

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Mar 13, 2019

So, new insights show that your strategy isn’t working. That’s OK—use it as a learning experience to further your industry. Also: What does a purpose-driven association look like?

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Preventing Burnout Through Membership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 12, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Measure Your Online Community’s Maturity

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 11, 2019

With the right strategy, an online community should be growing and maturing. Also: Build high-performing teams by focusing on employees individually.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Participant-Driven Learning

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Mar 8, 2019

Learning is an experience that attendees go through at meetings—which means participation is key. Also: International Women’s Day is the perfect reminder to support women in your community.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Mar 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Podcasts on the Rise

Technology by Sophia Conforti Mar 7, 2019

Although social media use is common among Americans, the numbers are stalling. But when it comes to podcasts and smart speakers, there’s nowhere to go but up. Also: Market your educational offerings to employers.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Time to Check In on Member Relations

Membership by Sophia Conforti Mar 6, 2019

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

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 Sophia Conforti Mar 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Outlining Your Nonprofit’s First Budget

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Mar 4, 2019

When your nonprofit is just starting out, a budget is a critical tool to managing and growing your organization. Also: when to put out a post-event recap.

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 27, 2019

Daily Buzz: Attract Millennials and Gen Z to Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 27, 2019

Old-school event strategies will turn off younger attendees, but digital-focused, personalized meetings will capture their attention. Also: Get members more engaged in your education resources.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 26, 2019

Daily Buzz: Master Competing Priorities With This One Approach

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 26, 2019

Association staffers have many jobs, some of which are in competition with each other. But approaching tasks with one goal in mind can ensure they are carried out appropriately. Also: To create more buzz around your annual meeting, connect with the host city's CVB. 

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: It Takes People to Make AI Work Right

Technology by Sophia Conforti Feb 22, 2019

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

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 21, 2019

Daily Buzz: Govern for the Future

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 21, 2019

Governing associations with a forward-thinking approach will keep them relevant. Although changes can be hard, trends in the industry are pulling organizations that direction anyway. Also: throwback Thursday, ASAE-style.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 20, 2019

Daily Buzz: Make the Case for Employer-Paid Membership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 20, 2019

A potential member wants to join your association. Here’s how to help them persuade their employer to pay their dues. Also: how vertical video fares on social media.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 19, 2019

Daily Buzz: Make Your Nonprofit a Social Media Standout

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 19, 2019

Social media is saturated with brands—which can make it hard to break through the noise. For nonprofits, that means making your social strategy a perfect fit for your audience. Also: Laugh more at work.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Bridge Your Industry’s Soft Skills Gap

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 15, 2019

Your members’ employers no longer just prefer someone with soft skills—they’re a requirement. Develop a training curriculum to help members drive the industry forward. Also: the one trait missing from your content strategy.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Pixar Nails Why Employers Still Struggle With Diversity

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 14, 2019

Workplace diversity is an ongoing process. Pixar’s new short, Purl, demonstrates where organizations should put more effort. Also: ideas to help parents at meetings.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 13, 2019

Daily Buzz: When It's OK to Break the Rules

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 13, 2019

You want your members to be happy—but unintentional negative interactions with your staff could prove a major turnoff. Also: The National Confectioners Association is offering more health information and options for its sweet treats.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 12, 2019

Daily Buzz: Blockchain's Role for Events

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 12, 2019

Blockchain technology may prove an essential new tool for event ticketing—in no small part because of its added security benefits. Also: Design a successful meeting badge.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tech Features Every Member Portal Needs

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 8, 2019

Keep members plugged in to your association with a member portal designed for success. Also: Amp up your meeting’s content strategy from all sides.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 6, 2019

Daily Buzz: Create a Voice-Rich Culture

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Feb 6, 2019

To improve workplace environments, leaders should promote a culture of speaking up. Also: ideas for more inclusive events.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: Leverage Common Apps to Boost Meeting Attendance

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Feb 5, 2019

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tricks to Kick-Start Membership Growth

Membership by Sophia Conforti Feb 4, 2019

Increasing membership numbers should always be a priority—and these three membership growth strategies can deliver on that goal. Also: building an online community that encourages engagement.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 1, 2019

Daily Buzz: Unlock Your Team's Creativity

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Feb 1, 2019

Creativity will drive future success in your organization—but that can only happen when you create an environment that allows your team to push innovation forward. Also: how the gig economy will change nonprofit jobs.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 31, 2019

Daily Buzz: Google Moves to Kill the URL

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 31, 2019

Long, unintelligible URLs can make it hard to differentiate real URLs from fake ones. Now, Google wants to change how URLs are conveyed to make the web easier to navigate. Also: Avoid these video mistakes.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

Daily Buzz: Big Event Inception

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 30, 2019

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

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 Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Daily Buzz: A Better Strategy for Member Research

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2019

Analyzing the state of your membership? Don’t just lean on one type of research over the other. Also: Suggestions for a stronger email list.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tools for Getting Visual

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2019

Plenty of tools out there could help give your visuals a boost—but they won’t completely replace the need for an actual designer. Also: Are web analytics bunk? Here’s what a former Reddit CEO had to say.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jan 24, 2019

Daily Buzz: Succession Planning 101

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jan 24, 2019

A solid succession plan can ease tension and confusion during a leadership transition. Also: Does social media affect SEO rankings?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 23, 2019

Daily Buzz: Spend Less Time on Email

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 23, 2019

Responding to emails can take up an unnecessary part of the workday. Change your email habits to save time and be more productive. Also: The American Physical Therapy Association breaks ground on new headquarters.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 22, 2019

Daily Buzz: Don’t Let Status Limit Attendees' Event Experience

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 22, 2019

Your conference might assign certain status roles to attendees. To create a better experience for all, adopt a more fluid, individual approach. Also: the benefits of culture change that comes from the grassroots.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 18, 2019

Daily Buzz: Jumpstart Your Technology Strategy

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 18, 2019

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 17, 2019

Daily Buzz: Tricks for a Healthy Debate

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 17, 2019

Argumentative debates aren’t conducive to reaching your organization’s goals. Incorporating these three habits into conversation can make for a more productive discussion. Also: the rationale behind Slack’s new logo.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 16, 2019

Daily Buzz: Wellness at Work Starts With Culture

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 16, 2019

Wellness perks don’t mean anything if they are happening in a toxic work environment. Organizations should promote trust to improve culture and reduce stress on employees. Also: Twitter is testing new features to promote positive interactions.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 15, 2019

Daily Buzz: Market Your Meeting on the Cheap

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 15, 2019

A robust event marketing campaign can be expensive—but you don’t have to have a big budget to succeed. Try these free strategies, from the Event Manager Blog. Also: embracing remote workforce culture.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jan 14, 2019

Daily Buzz: Engage Members During the Offseason

Membership by Sophia Conforti Jan 14, 2019

Going through downtime before your annual conference? Use these strategies to keep members interested and engaged. Also: Event tech in 2019 will focus less on innovation, more on existing technology.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jan 11, 2019

Daily Buzz: Lead Pragmatically When Goals Are Vague

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Jan 11, 2019

An unclear business strategy can spell disaster for your organization. Leaders should develop a pragmatic approach that allows team members to be productive through ambiguity. Also: Give stakeholders a volunteer management report.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 10, 2019

Daily Buzz: Navigate a Digital Transformation

Technology by Sophia Conforti Jan 10, 2019

Research shows leaders don’t feel that digital transformations are successful. Here’s how to set changes up for success. Also: habits that help meeting planners save time (and their sanity).

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 9, 2019

Daily Buzz: Refresh Your Annual Meeting

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 9, 2019

Legacy rituals and age-old programming will keep your meeting—and organization—from future growth. Improving your conference starts with the right leaders at the helm. Also: Learning programs should be transformational.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 8, 2019

Daily Buzz: Are You Maximizing Social Media at Events?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 8, 2019

More than 95 percent of planners use social media for marketing purposes, according to a recent survey, but underutilize other areas where the technology could shine. Also: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out $2 million in grants to journalism groups.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 7, 2019

Daily Buzz: Start Building Your Persuasion Skills

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 7, 2019

Effective communication is no longer just a soft skill; the ability to persuade gives you a competitive edge. Also: how to deal with an executive transition.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 4, 2019

Daily Buzz: Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jan 4, 2019

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

Membership by 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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 2, 2019

Daily Buzz: Lectures Are Killing Your Event

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jan 2, 2019

Classroom-style lectures limit meeting engagement. Instead, make events more social. Also: four types of emails to send in 2019.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Empathy is Key to Organizational Change

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 20, 2018

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

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Tips for More Productive Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 19, 2018

A study shows that 56 percent of meeting time is unproductive. Here are some strategies to make them more efficient. Also: Associations should emphasize purpose in workplace culture.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 18, 2018

Daily Buzz: 2019 Renewal Strategies

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 18, 2018

Improve your member renewal rates—and gain new members—next year with these tips. Also: why people flake on meetings.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 17, 2018

Daily Buzz: Involve Members in Content Creation

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 17, 2018

Your members have a unique view into the industry they represent. When it comes to generating content, add their perspectives into the mix. Also: What if pizza places were funded like nonprofits?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 14, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Save Money on Business Travel

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 14, 2018

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

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Be on “BoJack Horseman”

Meetings 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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Case for Competent Jerks

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Dec 11, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 10, 2018

Daily Buzz: Solopreneurs and You

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 10, 2018

Solopreneurs might work for themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need outside help. Here’s where associations can assist. Also: new tech that combines social media and AI.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 7, 2018

Daily Buzz: Millennials’ Work Anxiety Challenges

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 7, 2018

Millennials deal with work-disrupting mental health issues at nearly twice the U.S. average rate—but don’t think it’s reason enough for a mental health day. Also: how to juggle personal and work activities during the holiday season.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: What Elmo Can Do for Associations

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Dec 6, 2018

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

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 4, 2018

Daily Buzz: Low-Commitment Ways to Implement Event Tech

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Dec 4, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 3, 2018

Daily Buzz: 4 Essential Membership Questions

Membership by Sophia Conforti Dec 3, 2018

Associations rely on members to thrive, which means understanding their needs is a top priority. Here are the membership questions to ask to ensure you are serving members correctly. Also: planning around the “Irish exit.”

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2018

Daily Buzz: Let’s Talk Design

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2018

An interesting branding trend in the world of technology—the custom corporate typeface—is picking up. Is there something here for your next rebrand? Also: Microsoft Office gets a visual revamp.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2018

Daily Buzz: #GivingTuesday’s Big Bump

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2018

Funds raised on #GivingTuesday this week increased 27 percent over last year, with Facebook responsible for much of the growth. Also: the importance of nailing the survey invitation.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2018

Daily Buzz: Make Digital Experiences Feel Real

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2018

A clever digital promotion by Walmart highlights the way digital experiences can have a real-world feel. Also: lessons from an AMS/LMS integration.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Big CMS Shift

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2018

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

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.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 21, 2018

Daily Buzz: Protect Event Data

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 21, 2018

Struggling with event data management? Research shows 4 out of 5 associations are, too. Also: ways to make your meeting more sustainable.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Your Standing Desk Is Overrated

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 20, 2018

Replacing sitting with standing at work doesn’t mean you’re getting more health benefits. Also: why employees cut corners in day-to-day operations.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Lessons From Journalism on Membership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 19, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 16, 2018

Daily Buzz: Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Members Happy

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 16, 2018

Satisfied members are vital to the success of your association. Here’s how to keep them happy. Also: asking attendees the right kinds of questions.

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 Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Make Remote Workforces Work

Technology by Sophia Conforti Nov 14, 2018

GitLab, a software company, has 350 employees who all work remotely. The organization made $10.5 million in revenue in 2017. Here’s how they did it. Also: how longtime members can increase the value of your association.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: Web Audits, Google Style

Technology by Sophia Conforti Nov 13, 2018

Google launched a new portal for developers that can audit, score, and provide best practices for websites. Also: facial recognition for your event.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 9, 2018

Daily Buzz: Define Your Meeting’s Story Arc

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 9, 2018

Set a narrative to your conference that is both challenging and meaningful to attendees to boost participation. Also: build up culture to increase profitability.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 8, 2018

How to Generate Buzz for a Legacy Event

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 8, 2018

Even if your annual conference has been successful for the past three or four decades, it could have also lost some of its excitement factor. A few ideas for getting attendees and your staffers buzzing about a longstanding event.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2018

Daily Buzz: Revamp Your Processes

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Nov 8, 2018

Upgrading your association's processes can seem like an inconvenience, but even small changes can better your organization. Also: engaging with attendees on social media.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 7, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Value of Meaningful Work

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 7, 2018

Many Americans place more value on meaningful work than money. But is your organization providing it? Also: hosting experiential meetings.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: Pizza at the Polls

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Nov 6, 2018

This nonprofit sends fresh pizzas to the polls for voters facing long lines. Also: developing a meeting planning process.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Conference Swag Beyond the Bag

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Nov 5, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: Keep Members’ Data Safe

Membership by Sophia Conforti Nov 2, 2018

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

Technology by Sophia Conforti Nov 1, 2018

Daily Buzz: Boost Your Instagram Reach

Technology by Sophia Conforti Nov 1, 2018

Instagram offers a unique opportunity to reach new people. Curating your posts can grow your following and spread your mission. Also: creating energizing meetings.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 31, 2018

Daily Buzz: The State of Vacation Deprivation

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 31, 2018

Vacations help workers refresh and return to work more energized—but more than half of Americans aren’t taking them, and vacation deprivation levels are at a five-year high. Also: Twitter’s plans to change its “like” feature.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 30, 2018

Daily Buzz: Should Your Association Start a Print Publication?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 30, 2018

Digital communication is great, but print publications can also lead to organizational growth and extended reach. Also: lessons from this week’s Associations @ Work conference.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 29, 2018

Daily Buzz: New Food Rules for Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 29, 2018

Dietary restrictions and foodie culture have changed how meeting planners create event menus. Here are the new food rules to follow, from BizBash. Also: how to reinstate lapsed members.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2018

Daily Buzz: Building a Branding Strategy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2018

You might not think of your nonprofit as a “brand,” but it is. And it needs a branding strategy to become more recognizable. Also: Look beyond ideas when considering innovation.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 25, 2018

Daily Buzz: Celebrate Your Most Engaged Members

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 25, 2018

Highlighting your most involved members will show they are valued—and could prompt less engaged members to get involved too. Postmates' embrace of rapper Post Malone offers a great example of this. Also: ensuring secure meeting Wi-Fi.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 24, 2018

Daily Buzz: Why Your Association Needs a Learning Strategy

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 24, 2018

Associations are always changing. A learning strategy can help your team understand how to effectively deliver value. Also: questions to ask before creating an online community.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 23, 2018

Daily Buzz: Event Technology in 2019

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 23, 2018

Meeting technology will shift in 2019. Here’s what that might look like, according to industry experts. Also: engaging members during onboarding.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 22, 2018

Daily Buzz: Reinventing the Membership Wheel

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 22, 2018

If you’re having a hard time with membership recruitment or retention, it’s time to seek a new strategy. Also: a conference badge that doubles as a working computer.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Build a Better Digital Experience

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 19, 2018

Your members (and potential members!) lean on your association’s online presence. Here’s what you need to ask to make sure it delivers. Also: gamifying your meeting.

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.

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.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 16, 2018

Daily Buzz: Agile Development Strategies

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 16, 2018

Industries are always changing—which means people need to be flexible to succeed. An agile development plan can help you grow. Also: uncovering unconscious bias.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 15, 2018

Daily Buzz: Give Potential Members Psychological Ownership

Membership by Sophia Conforti Oct 15, 2018

It can be hard to get the attention of potential members. One way to reach them: Giving them psychological ownership. Also: the evolution of the meeting industry.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

Daily Buzz: Grow Your Instagram Following

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 12, 2018

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

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 11, 2018

Daily Buzz: Leading a Remote Workforce

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 11, 2018

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

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 10, 2018

Daily Buzz: Hosting Sustainable Meetings

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 10, 2018

As environmental awareness grows in the meetings industry, planners need a holistic approach to going green. Also: understanding certification credentials.

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 Sophia Conforti Oct 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Association Helps With Relief Efforts in Indonesia

Technology by Sophia Conforti Oct 5, 2018

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia sent a team to Palu, Indonesia, to provide medical care after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the area. Also: creating a board of directors that reflects your team.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 4, 2018

Daily Buzz: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 4, 2018

To prime future leaders, create a talent development system focused on leadership fundamentals. Also: ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, as it looked 98 years ago.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2018

Daily Buzz: Your Meeting Venue Is Renovating. Now What?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Oct 3, 2018

You book the perfect meeting venue—then find out it’s undergoing a renovation. Here’s what to do next. Also: leveraging online communities as a marketing tool.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 2, 2018

Daily Buzz: It’s Time to Start Thinking About 2019

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Oct 2, 2018

How can you make your association better in 2019? Four questions to ask to develop the strategies that will get you there. Also: Onboarding new members.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 1, 2018

Daily Buzz: Predicting Future Success

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Oct 1, 2018

You can’t foresee the future, but you can use past data to paint a picture of what’s to come. Also: Engage members to keep them around.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 28, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Last 100 Years

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 28, 2018

What makes one organization stand the test of time while others fail? Stable purpose, leadership, and a disruptive edge seem to be the difference-makers Also: the hotel amenities that guests value.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: Retaining Chapter Leaders

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2018

Chapter leadership comes with a lot of responsibility. Here’s how you can empower your leaders to prevent turnover. Also: One company implements mandatory vacation days.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 26, 2018

Daily Buzz: Working Outside of Association Hot Spots

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 26, 2018

You don’t have to live in an association hot spot to have a thriving career. Association Success shares a few ways to overcome geographic challenges. Also: Getting clicks is getting tougher and tougher.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 25, 2018

Daily Buzz: Lessons From National Geographic

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 25, 2018

The National Geographic Society offers cautionary tales and valuable lessons from its membership program. Also: the downside of popularity-based grants.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 24, 2018

Daily Buzz: Views on Women in Leadership

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Sep 24, 2018

Many Americans perceive women to exhibit better leadership traits in a new Pew survey. Also: Consult this to-do list after attending a conference.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2018

Daily Buzz: Ride the Lightning

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2018

A Forbes writer explains why your organization might be better off leaning into the chaos of disruption. Also: A distressing set of Facebook stats.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Offer A Warm Welcome

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2018

Don't skimp on the introductory planning, a membership expert states. Also: Google's Inbox is going away, but there are ways to keep the spirit alive in Gmail.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don’t Kill Curiosity

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2018

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Shout-Out to the Solo Exhibitor

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2018

The exhibitor that’s at your tradeshow by themselves is under a lot of stress, an association CEO notes. Also: Twitter brings back a much-wanted feature.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 17, 2018

Daily Buzz: Find the Right Conference Speaker

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 17, 2018

You want a speaker at your meeting that will give value to attendees. Here’s how to start your search. Also: making meetings purposeful.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 14, 2018

Daily Buzz: Practical Tips to Address Diversity and Inclusion

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 14, 2018

Creating inclusive teams starts with addressing intersectionality. Then, make it part of your organization’s operations. Also: how to cancel a conference.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Difference Between Memberships and Subscriptions

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 13, 2018

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

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 12, 2018

Daily Buzz: Getting Attendee Feedback

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 12, 2018

Feedback is key to creating better events—are you asking for it in a way that attendees will respond to? Also: How to prevent burnout.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Targeted Event Sign-Ups

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2018

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

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 10, 2018

Daily Buzz: Do You Need an Online Community?

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 10, 2018

Digital communities offer a lot of benefits, but if your association is only seeking increased engagement, it might be time to consider another strategy. Also: why traditional sponsorship tiers need to be rethought.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 7, 2018

Daily Buzz: Don't Let Your Vacation Stress You Out

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Sep 7, 2018

Taking a vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but working overtime to prepare for one is not. Here’s what to do to minimize stress before, during, and after your time off. Also: what the meeting business wants from speakers.

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: Be a Brave Leader

Leadership by Sophia Conforti Sep 6, 2018

Small steps can help you build courage in leadership. Also: leveraging blogs as your conference’s content home base.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2018

Daily Buzz: Airbnb’s Meetings Expansion

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Sep 5, 2018

Planning a meeting? Airbnb is expanding to the professional world to “help teams achieve their shared goals more effectively.” Also: Three things to catch attendee focus.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2018

Daily Buzz: Cultivating a Young Professional Membership Base

Membership by Sophia Conforti Sep 4, 2018

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2018

Daily Buzz: Working on the Way to Work?

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 30, 2018

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

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 29, 2018

Daily Buzz: Find the Right Tech for Your Meeting

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 29, 2018

Technology will help your meeting succeed—just make sure it works for attendees and exhibitors, too. Also: why your emails are being marked as spam.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 28, 2018

Daily Buzz: Win Back Former Members

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 28, 2018

Former members left your association for a reason. Talk to them about why—and strategize how to fix the issue—to encourage a boomerang effect. Also: event inspiration from the 1990s.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: Google Analytics Spreads to Images

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 27, 2018

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

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2018

Daily Buzz: Y Combinator Nurtures a Trade Group

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2018

How Good Food Institute became the famed startup accelerator’s first nonprofit industry group. Also: Think about your mission beyond membership.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2018

Daily Buzz: Your Online Community Isn’t Special

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 22, 2018

Online community engagement is important for members, but the value it brings to your association is more significant. Also: how to implement new ideas from the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 21, 2018

Daily Buzz: Keep Your Meeting Out of the Dark

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 21, 2018

Power outages can’t be planned for—or can they? We’ve got tips from planning experts on how to prepare. Also: how ASAE is giving back.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Celebrating an Anniversary Through Haiku

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 20, 2018

Get your creative wheels spinning; the American National Standards Institute is hosting a haiku competition ahead of its 100th anniversary. Also: a crowdsourced take on the ASAE Annual Meeting.

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 Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2018

Daily Buzz: Fight Communication Fatigue

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 15, 2018

Are your members overwhelmed by messages from your association? The MemberClicks blog tackles how to block out communication fatigue. Also: It’s #CityHallSelfie Day—what’s that all about?

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2018

Daily Buzz: America’s First Coin Returns Home

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Aug 14, 2018

The American Numismatic Association’s “Numismatist of the Year” identified the United States’ first coin—and now it’s returning to Philadelphia thanks to an association meeting. Also: How to repurpose event content to extend its life span.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2018

Daily Buzz: Associations for Left-Handers (Really)

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 13, 2018

It’s International Left-Handers Day. We break down how the holiday started, and some of the groups working to bring support to lefties around the world. Also: How to launch an association rebrand.

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 10, 2018

Daily Buzz: Whittle Down Your Email Newsletters

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 10, 2018

What changes would make your email newsletters more engaging? The Wall Street Journal is starting by cutting back on the number of newsletters it produces. Also: Developing a volunteer management plan.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2018

Daily Buzz: Boost Engagement With “Third Place” Theory

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 9, 2018

As member interaction moves online, leverage digital communities to create year-round buzz for in-person meetups, says Personify. Also: Keep your corporate partners happy.

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 Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Benefits of Regulating Email Marketing

Technology by Sophia Conforti Aug 6, 2018

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

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 3, 2018

Daily Buzz: Marketing Tips From Romance Writers

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Aug 3, 2018

How the Romance Writers of America capitalizes on content marketing strategy to create a flourishing industry. Also: A firsthand account of the Carr Fire.

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.

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2018

Daily Buzz: Nailing Membership Onboarding

Membership by Sophia Conforti Aug 1, 2018

Membership can’t grow if your onboarding process is ineffective. The MemberClicks blog breaks down what you should be doing to make members stay. Also: Learning trends to incorporate today.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Clever Avocado Partnership

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 30, 2018

Daily Buzz: How to Conduct a Media Tour

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 30, 2018

To take your media relationships to the next level, consider hosting a media tour. Also: Adrian Segar warns against hosting a beautiful event that lacks substance.

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 27, 2018

Daily Buzz: Making Tradeshows Less Intimidating

Meetings by Sophia Conforti Jul 27, 2018

New exhibitors at your tradeshow? Business News Daily shares how to make them confident at your event. Also: Leverage your association’s online identity to increase member engagement.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2018

Daily Buzz: The Evolution of Internship Culture

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Jul 26, 2018

It’s National Intern Day. Time breaks down how a position that started as trade training became the new entry-level job. Also: Why online course maintenance matters. Back in 1992, only 17 percent of college students had an internship. Fast forward to today, and more than 62 percent of the Class of 2017 did at least […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2018

Daily Buzz: Microsoft’s Suite Strategy

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2018

The hidden reason why Microsoft launches good-enough products that compete with buzzy apps like Slack. Also: why exit surveys are best when they’re simple.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2018

Daily Buzz: A Whiskey Summit

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 24, 2018

Whiskey associations from around the globe will converge in Kentucky this week to discuss trade problems. Also: conference survival tips for introverts.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 23, 2018

Daily Buzz: Improve Your Virtual Meetings

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 23, 2018

Online events can engage members and still save a ton of time and effort. Here are a few tips for hosting a virtual meeting using your Facebook page. Also: Get to know the different leadership levels.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 20, 2018

Daily Buzz: Experimenting With a Four-Day Workweek

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 20, 2018

One New Zealand firm recently tested a four-day workweek, resulting in happier employees and no drop in productivity. Also: A project from major tech giants aims to let people transfer their data from app to app.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 19, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 19, 2018

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

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2018

Daily Buzz: Free Yourself from Event Paradigms

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 16, 2018

Daily Buzz: Creating a Learning Culture

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 16, 2018

Association Success shares advice for making learning practices as natural to your organization as breathing. Also: Do you know when you should stop emailing people?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2018

Friday Buzz: WeWork’s Market for Members

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2018

WeWork provides its members with new product distribution channels in recently launched retail spaces. Also: Questions to ask to find the right freelance IT help.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 12, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Storytelling on the Event Stage

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 12, 2018

The Financial Times is experimenting with creative forms of storytelling at the theater. Also: Why you should ditch the prepared remarks the next time you speak.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Young Professionals' Student Loan Burden

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2018

DC has the highest median student loan balances in the country—something associations should keep in mind as they hire and recruit millennials. Also: Instagram introduces a new engagement feature.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Take Online Engagement Offline

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 9, 2018

Monday Buzz: The Key to Successful Onboarding

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 9, 2018

Keeping new members engaged requires a lot of communication and a little exclusivity. Also: Navigating Facebook’s new political ad rules.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2018

Friday Buzz: A Frightening Membership What-If

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 6, 2018

What if a big corporation quit all of its associations for a year? An association consultant ponders the membership hypothetical. Also: Meet the latest batch of CAEs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Freshen Up Your Email Lists

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 5, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2018

Friday Buzz: Tips on Becoming an Influencer

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2018

If you’re looking to become more influential within your industry, follow this instructive guide from HubSpot. Also: How to change the metabolism of your events.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Future-Focused IT Team

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 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 26, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 25, 2018

Monday Buzz: Create Content That Connects

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 25, 2018

Marketing content often falls flat. Here's how to create content that really resonates with your audience. Also: While we may each be our own biggest critics, self-criticism is actually doing more harm than good.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2018

Friday Buzz: Why Some Members Are Tuning Out

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2018

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 21, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Instagram’s New Video App

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 21, 2018

Instagram just raised the stakes of mobile television with a new app. Also: Don’t blame time for a lack a strategic thinking.

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 Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Trends Shaping Education

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2018

Association Success sheds lights on the forces reshaping education. Also: LinkedIn is facing competition from the makers of a popular dating app.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 18, 2018

Monday Buzz: How to Handle Subcultures

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 18, 2018

Subcultures naturally pop up within organizations, and it’s important to manage them effectively to keep them from turning toxic. Also: As apps and platforms integrate, social media will likely become a major event sales channel.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

Friday Buzz: How Open Should Your Online Community Be?

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 15, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 14, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Putting the “Social” Back in Social Media

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 14, 2018

Posting alone isn’t enough. The Buffer blog shares ways to increase social media engagement. Also: At your next event, get people talking and interacting with these creative icebreakers.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Airbnb’s Hidden Business Travel Risks

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 12, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Why Giving Days Are So Successful

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 12, 2018

How giving days harness a sense of urgency to spur donors into action. Also: Squarespace launches a new email product.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 11, 2018

Monday Buzz: IHOP’s Masterful Zeitgeist Takeover

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 11, 2018

Even if you don’t like the idea of the International House of Burgers, you have to admit that we’re talking about it. Also: Some thoughts on how to tackle that thing that’s stressing you out.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 8, 2018

Friday Buzz: When Working Together Doesn't Work

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 8, 2018

To work well together in a collaboration, organizations need to address the power imbalance. Also: An Oregon group teaches young students all about sheep shearing.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Is Your Conference Seating Sexist?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2018

If you're not careful, your stage design may put your female panelists in uncomfortable situations. Also: What a retired Air Force four-star general has to say about leadership.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: A Better Argument for Online Community

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2018

A new site shares ways to improve how you talk about your online community. Also: How nonprofits can use hashtags more strategically.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: The Rise of “Digital Wellness”

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2018

Tech giants are launching tools to help users break their smartphone addictions with digital wellness tools. Also: Adrian Segar considers the diminishing power of leaders.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 4, 2018

Monday Buzz: Why Americans Stopped Answering the Phone

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 4, 2018

There are lots of different ways to communicate with people that don’t require a phone call, but that’s not the only reason we don’t pick up when the phone rings. Also: creative ways to use AR and VR to get people involved. Are you finding it harder and harder to get anyone on the phone? […]

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?

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 30, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Direct Traffic Is on the Rise

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 30, 2018

Publishers are seeing a boost in mobile traffic as Facebook clicks decline and mobile use increases. Also: How to stop sending boring emails.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 29, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Write Meaningful Metaphors

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 29, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 25, 2018

Friday Buzz: New Webinar Styles

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 25, 2018

Don’t let boring webinars hurt your membership engagement. Try these alternative formats to shake things up. Also: How to strategically use social media to promote events.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Get Your One-And-Done Members to Stick Around

Membership by Ernie Smith May 24, 2018

A little recognition goes a long way when it comes to creating reasons for one-and-done members to stay for a while. Also: Why one big change can sometimes be less disruptive than many small ones.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 23, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Shaking Things Up at #MMCCon

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 23, 2018

At ASAE’s Marketing, Membership and Communications Conference, pros are discovering new ways to reimagine strategies for associations.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 21, 2018

Monday Buzz: Benefits That Make It Hard to Quit

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 21, 2018

After a price increase, Amazon announces a new Prime benefit. What can associations learn from the consumer giant’s lead? Also: Get more traffic from Google with these SEO tips.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 18, 2018

Friday Buzz: Avoid These Fundraising Mistakes

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 18, 2018

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 17, 2018

Thursday Buzz: How Google Learns From Failure

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 17, 2018

Google's postmortem process helps their teams turn mistakes into valuable learning experiences. Also: Podcasts could help to boost event attendance.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: An Experimental Way to Finance Nonprofits

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2018

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Reconsider These Leadership Mantras

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 14, 2018

Monday Buzz: Membership Renewal Guide

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 14, 2018

Don’t let a lackluster renewal program be the reason you lose out on members. Also: As digital technology changes the world at light speed, mindfulness can help leaders shape the future of organizations more strategically.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2018

Friday Buzz: States of Change

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2018

How does your organization respond to change? One author shares the three states of response for groups. Also: Nonprofit Hub shares new ways to raise money.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Is This the End of Mini Shampoos?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 9, 2018

Major hotel brands are phasing out mini toiletry bottles for larger pump bottles. Also: Beth’s Blog shares helpful tips for creating a happier and healthier workplace culture.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 8, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Speaker Advice From the Pros

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 8, 2018

Meetings Today shares lessons event pros learned the hard way for finding and managing speakers. Also: In an interview, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s psychologist mom touts the power of associations.

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 7, 2018

Monday Buzz: Why Leaders Should Be Tech Literate

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 7, 2018

TechCrunch’s editorial manager makes the case that technology literacy is a must for effective leadership today. Also: Six rules for better communication.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2018

Friday Buzz: Questions for Tradeshows

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2018

Make the most of your trade show experience by asking vendors these insightful questions. Also: Are you stuck in a career rut? Fast Company shares a few prompts that might help you get out of it.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Benefits of a Trial Program

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2018

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook to Allow Users to Clear History

Technology by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2018

A new data privacy feature from Facebook gives users more control of their data. Also: Asking insightful question isn’t typically part of leadership training, but HBR argues it should be.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 1, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Learning Retention

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 1, 2018

Don't let fresh ideas and valuable insights be forgotten. The Event Manager Blog shares a bunch of ways to increase learning retention. Also: How to use social media to connect emotionally with your community.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 30, 2018

Monday Buzz: Plug Money Leaks

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 30, 2018

In the nonprofit world, every dollar counts. Here are a few tactics to try to stop money from seeping out of your organization. Also: A look at advocacy in the age of fake news.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 27, 2018

Friday Buzz: A Myth About Time Management

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 27, 2018

It seems like everyone on your team should have the same amount of time in their day, but that’s simply not the case. Also: Design a crisis communications plan before an emergency strikes.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Hotel Key Security Crisis

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2018

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Gmail’s Big Redesign

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2018

Gmail gets a fresh makeover and a bunch of new features. Also: Create an attendee journey map to make your next meeting even better.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Preventing No-Shows

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 24, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 23, 2018

Monday Buzz: Get More Press

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 23, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2018

Friday Buzz: Women’s Nonprofit Welcomes Men

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2018

Women of Email expands its program to include men as mentors. Also: Association professionals “escape” to the Xperience Design Project in Maryland.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Watch Out for Cryptojacking

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 19, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: The Most Expensive Global Cities for Business Travel

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2018

Traveling for work? Be prepared to save all of your expense receipts in these cities, which come with a hefty price tag. Also: Here’s how to run a more productive internal meeting. One of the joys of business travel is being able to expense nearly everything you buy. And you’ll be extra grateful for that […]

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Making the Tough Calls

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2018

Bosses often have to make hard decisions, and delaying doing so can hurt your team and your organization. Also: Gen-Xers are often overlooked at the office, but CNBC says they’re changing the nature of work.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 16, 2018

Monday Buzz: Customizable Memberships

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 16, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 13, 2018

Friday Buzz: Use Email to Create Personal Connections

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 13, 2018

Are your association’s emails building relationships? It may be time to rethink the way your association thinks about email blasts. Also: In a cluttered social environment, keeping your tone consistent is key.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 12, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Celebrating the Global Meetings Industry

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 12, 2018

Global Meetings Industry Day honors the positive impact of meetings on local economies. Also: Making the most of your online directories.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 11, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: An App That Takes on All-Male Panels

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 11, 2018

A new version of an app allows meeting attendees to name and shame groups that don’t show diversity in their panels. Also: a comprehensive look at the health of the internet.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Sesame Street Tries Crowdfunding

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2018

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2018

Monday Buzz: Let’s Get Newtonian With Engagement

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 9, 2018

One member engagement expert applies three of the most famous scientific laws to everyone’s favorite topic. Also: A few suggestions on how to pass the CAE Exam.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2018

Friday Buzz: Content Ideas to Keep Readers Coming Back

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2018

Out of content ideas? Leverage your social media channels to generate ideas that you know your readers will appreciate. Also: Jeff Brooks shares his take on the seven deadly sins of fundraising.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 5, 2018

Thursday Buzz: A Day to Celebrate Business Travelers

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 5, 2018

Upside and Dress for Success partner up to deliver a national day to honor business travelers. Also: How to keep remote employees feeling connected.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 4, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Can Generation Z Avoid Heavy Student Debt?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 4, 2018

Members of generation Z can look to their older counterparts to see the burden of student loan debt. Will this younger group fare better? Also: Valuable lessons from email marketing pros.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 3, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Making Meeting Spaces More Pleasant

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 3, 2018

Spur creativity and innovation by making your meeting spaces more attractive. Also: Traits that make teams effective problem solvers.

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 Mar 30, 2018

Friday Buzz: April Fools' Alternatives

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 30, 2018

If you’re not into April Fools' Day, there are still plenty of holidays you can get into in the days before and after April 1. Also: Draw attention to your member benefits, one at a time.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Build a Better Event Website

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2018

A meetings website with all the right elements can attract more people to your next conference. Also: How to keep online students engaged.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 27, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Evolving Membership Expectations

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 27, 2018

As members interact with the latest tech from the corporate world, their expectations of association offerings will change. Also: Do anti-discrimination laws apply to a women-only coworking spaces?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 26, 2018

Monday Buzz: Did Twitter Automation Just Get Harder?

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 26, 2018

Has a social media best practice just been upended? At least one company is switching up its approach in response to new rules—but others aren’t following suit. Also: Dive into the new season with these spring cleaning tips for nonprofits.

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 22, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Weird Excuses for Being Late

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 22, 2018

A new survey from CareerBuilder reports on some of the wildest excuses people use for being tardy to work. Also: American Associations Day 2018 is going strong in D.C.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 20, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Women Set a New High Mark on Capitol Hill

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 20, 2018

For the first time, all four major congressional staff diversity associations are being run by women. Also: The United States Travel Association releases a new tool that shows the economic impact of travel on each state.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 19, 2018

Monday Buzz: Design Habit-Forming Emails

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 19, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 16, 2018

Friday Buzz: Grab the Attention of Prospective Members

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 16, 2018

One of the challenges to growing your membership may be your organization’s discoverability. Here’s how to get in front of more prospects. Also: When you think of the word “leader,” do you picture a man?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 15, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Digg Shutters Its RSS Reader

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 15, 2018

Another popular RSS reader bites the dust. Also: How to use Instagram to attract younger attendees to your meeting.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Creating Brand Identity

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: How to Wrap Up Your Event

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 13, 2018

What you do after an event is over can help you to create a bigger and better meeting in the future. Also: Why the public should be better informed about how nonprofits operate.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 12, 2018

Monday Buzz: The Paradox of Association Leadership

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 12, 2018

There are skills required to reach the top, and there are skills needed to move an organization into greater success. Unfortunately, those two skill sets aren’t always the same thing. Also: ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference is off to a big start in Colorado.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Collecting Donor Data

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Appeal to More Event Sponsors

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2018

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: One Way to Build a Better Board

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2018

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2018

Monday Buzz: Lessons From a Cheese Crisis

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 5, 2018

Who moved this festival’s cheese? Why The Big Cheese Festival suffered from a major supply headache over the weekend. Also: A bunch of tips to get volunteers up to speed.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 2, 2018

Friday Buzz: Revitalize Member Experiences

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 2, 2018

If your membership numbers are flagging, here are a few ideas to try to get them back up. Also: Find your next showstopper speaker through crowdsourcing.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Free Membership to New Citizens

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2018

A Rhode Island museum offers up free membership to newly naturalized citizens. Also: Twitter rolls out a new bookmarking feature.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Why Project Debriefs Are a Must

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2018

If you’re looking to improve your organizational processes, lead debriefing meetings after all big projects. Also: Google launches its Slack competitor.

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: […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

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

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Using Personalization to Provide Value

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Stop Giving Lame Swag

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2018

People don’t always enjoy being walking billboards. Consider giving a different type of swag at your next meeting. Also: Do you actually know your weaknesses?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Why Your Website Needs an Update

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 20, 2018

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2018

Friday Buzz: Embrace Volunteer Passion

Membership by Ernie Smith Feb 16, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2018

Thursday Buzz: The Secret to Staying Relevant

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 15, 2018

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

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 Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Daters Beware

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2018

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 12, 2018

Monday Buzz: Is Your Association Reaching “Perennials”?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 12, 2018

To think outside the traditional marketing demographic labels, consider what “perennials” have to offer your association. Also: Jeff Bezos’ winning formula for success.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2018

Friday Buzz: What It Costs to Serve a Member

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2018

An associations veteran discusses the best way to calculate how much it costs to provide services to members. Also: Are your meeting attendees at risk of burning out?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 8, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Make Your Next Speech More Memorable

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 8, 2018

Discover how to deliver a speech that will intrigue and motivate your audience. Also: The Electronic Frontier Foundation remembers cofounder John Perry Barlow.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 7, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: How Smartphones Are Driving Internet Growth Globally

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 7, 2018

More than a quarter of a billion people first got online last year in part thanks to their mobile devices, according to a new study. Also: Discover what it takes to make a nonprofit digital team highly effective.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Better Ways to Break the Ice

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2018

Your meeting icebreakers may not be doing enough to close the distance between attendees. Also: Before you worry about using advanced technology at your next meeting, Adrian Segar says to make sure you’re prioritizing face-to-face interactions.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2018

Friday Buzz: Why We Ignore Digital Communications

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 2, 2018

In the age of instant communication, why are people taking their sweet time to get back to us? Also: a 2018 agenda for finance leaders.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 1, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Do You Have a Membership Blind Spot?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 1, 2018

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Condé Nast, Event App Publisher?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2018

Condé Nast expands its event industry footprint by launching its own event concierge software. Also: A few things to consider before migrating to Microsoft's Office 365.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Retention and Reduce Churn

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2018

Combat membership churn by being proactive with communication, providing valuable services, and asking for feedback. Also: The world of trucking shares a few surprising stats about what it takes to get your favorite party foods to you on Super Bowl Sunday.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2018

Monday Buzz: Pick Your Event App

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2018

A popular event blog breaks down the event software landscape, in exacting detail. Also: Get your organization into an analytics mindset.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 26, 2018

Friday Buzz: Make New Moves on Social Media

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 26, 2018

Refresh your social strategy by experimenting with exciting new features from social platforms. Also: Seemingly harmless leadership habits may have a negative effect on employees.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 25, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Marriott Cuts Commissions on Group Bookings

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 25, 2018

The hotel chain says reducing commissions will allow it to make greater investment in meeting products and services.  Also: Change up your internal meeting format to make your meetings more productive.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2018

Innovation Draws Viral Buzz: A Lesson From Nintendo’s Cardboard Creations

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2018

If you’re looking to make a viral splash within your industry, it might be a good idea to highlight your most ambitious ideas and approaches—and market them carefully. Nintendo’s Labo kits provide a great example of this concept in action.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Give Young Members Their Own Group

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2018

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

Monday Buzz: The Tensions Between Volunteers and Staff

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2018

If you want to avoid strain between association volunteers and staff, it’s key that all stakeholders are on the same page. Also: Shutter an ailing online community? One association blogger says not so fast.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 19, 2018

Friday Buzz: How Do You View Conference Attendees?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 19, 2018

A flashy conference may not be meeting your members’ expectations if they approach conferences as explorers and not tourists. Also: Last holiday season, donors gave more than $1 billion via PayPal.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Accountability the Right Way

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2018

Accountability is important for any organization, but the way you go about generating it can make a huge difference. Also: Discover how nonprofits are using chatbots to achieve their goals, and find out how you can create your own.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: 2018 Trends That Will Affect Associations

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2018

SmithBucklin releases a new report that offers up insights and 2018 trends that associations should keep top of mind. Also: How to bring life back to a dying online community.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 16, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Rethinking Writing for Personas

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 16, 2018

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2018

Friday Buzz: Facebook Turns Its Back on Publishers

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 11, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Opposing Ways to Revitalize Stale Brands

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 11, 2018

Coca-Cola and Kodak take completely different approaches in attempts to stay relevant to a modern audience. Also: how to manage a team when employees have widely different working styles.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 10, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Online Learning Trends You Need to Know

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 10, 2018

The latest digital educational trends may make you rethink your membership offerings. Also: notes on a blackout at one of the world's most popular tradeshows.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Make the Best of Twitter in 2018

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 9, 2018

Should nonprofits leave Twitter in the dust of 2017? Beth Kanter says key features mean the platform still has a lot to offer organizations in 2018. Also: Clever digital tools you should know.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 8, 2018

Monday Buzz: Why Negative Feedback Backfires

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 8, 2018

A study touted in the Harvard Business Review sheds new light on the value (or lack thereof) of peer-to-peer reviews. Also: smart questions nonprofits should ask themselves about how they use technology.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

Friday Buzz: Engagement Scores for the Real World

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 5, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

Thursday Buzz: Apple Drops App Developer Fees for Nonprofits

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2018

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 3, 2018

Wednesday Buzz: Add Audio to Your 2018 Marketing Strategy

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 3, 2018

Audio marketing has evolved far past radio spots. Learn some tips to integrate audio into your marketing strategy. Also: With one simple tweet, Elon Musk delivers a valuable leadership lesson.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2018

Association of National Advertisers' Latest Acquisition Aims for Word of Mouth Buzz

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2018

ANA, which has acquired a number of smaller groups in recent years, announced the latest addition to its stable: the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, an organization that aims to drive organic marketing ethically. Psst … have you heard? The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is starting off 2018 with a big acquisition. The group […]

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 2, 2018

Tuesday Buzz: Lessons From Amazon’s Rose Parade Parody

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 2, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with bringing humor to your event—just make sure your audience is in on the joke. Also: In 2018, last year’s content still has a lot of value.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2017

Thursday Buzz: From Magazine to Podcast

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2017

How one well-known company that dropped its iconic magazine is bringing it back—in podcast form. Also: the hard part of selling professional development.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 20, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Build a Strategy for Bad Press

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 20, 2017

These steps can help your nonprofit navigate negative press. Also: The four types of leaders who create the future.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 19, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: What a Social Response Team Does for AARP

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 19, 2017

AARP puts in an incredible amount of effort to respond to all Facebook comments, and it pays off by informing members, expanding reach, and humanizing the huge organization. Also: How to get meeting attendees to try new things.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 18, 2017

Monday Buzz: End-of-Year Fundraising Momentum

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 18, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, here are a few smart ways to keep people donating. Also: Make sure you’re prepared for the holiday break.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 15, 2017

Friday Buzz: Biggest Marketing Failures of 2017

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 15, 2017

A major marketing mistake can have a hugely negative impact on any organization. Learn a valuable lesson from big companies that made insensitive ads about sensitive topics. Also: important things to say to new hires on their first day.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 14, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Patreon Walks Back Fee Changes

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 14, 2017

After a backlash, Patreon learns that changing a member payment model isn’t as easy as it looks—and apologizes to its users. Also: Marketing automation saves you time so you can deliver a better experience.

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.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 12, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Lead Like a Founder

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 12, 2017

As an association executive, you may not think of yourself as a founder, but Harvard Business Review argues why you should to be more effective. Also: Instagram puts hashtags front and center.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 11, 2017

Monday Buzz: Greta Gerwig's Lesson on Asking for a Favor

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 11, 2017

Director Greta Gerwig’s heartfelt letters to major musicians asking for music rights for her movie can teach us all a little something about asking for a favor. Also: how not to annoy your members.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 8, 2017

Friday Buzz: Leadership Traits Employees Trust

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Dec 8, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Cultivate a Sense of Belonging

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

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

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 5, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Has “Millennials” Gone Too Far?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Dec 5, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reconsiders how it talks about millennials. Also: The Event Manager Blog reveals why you should stop using certain words to describe your amazing, phenomenal, great meetings.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Dec 4, 2017

Monday Buzz: Finding the Spark in Social Media Again

Technology by Raegan Johnson Dec 4, 2017

If social media delivers you more doom and gloom than inspiration, check out these tips for rediscovering the joy that it used to bring. Also: why keynote speeches are shrinking.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2017

Friday Buzz: A Membership Thought Exercise

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2017

A membership thought exercise challenges you to imagine your business model without members. Could you? Also: Your employee branding could be the difference between you keeping employees and struggling to fill seats.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 30, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Re-Signing Event Sponsors

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 30, 2017

Don’t miss these tactics for getting event sponsors to re-sign for next year. Also: The key to employing a better team may come down to changing your interview style.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 29, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Smart Leaders Embrace New Tech

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 29, 2017

Tech poses a serious threat to many industries, but an Entrepreneur writer says to lean into it. Also: A Snapchat redesign separates “the social from the media.”

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 28, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Attention-Grabbing Tactics for Mobile Addicts

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 28, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 27, 2017

Monday Buzz: Mapping Your Membership Journey

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 27, 2017

Designing a membership journey map will help your group better understand what your members go through when interacting with your organization. Also: Stop trolls from ruining your online community.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 21, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Where Email Marketing Is Headed

Technology by Raegan Johnson Nov 21, 2017

How will email marketing change in the future? Don't miss the email marketing trends that every marketer needs to know. Also: Protect your organization from cyberattacks by simplifying your tech rules.

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 17, 2017

Friday Buzz: Empathy for Remote Workers

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 17, 2017

Empathy is vital when it comes to managing a team of remote employees. Also: how a change in marketing messaging helped The Guardian’s membership revenue outpace its ad revenue.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 16, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Best Ways to Liveblog Events

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 16, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 15, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Membership Brainstorming Prompts

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 15, 2017

As you think about how to serve members better, consider this series of prompts to help improve your program. Also: Netflix's Stranger Things delivers big bucks to one cultural organization.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

Monday Buzz: Quantitative Needs Qualitative

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 13, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 9, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Rethinking Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 9, 2017

Associations shouldn’t put all of their revenue channels into the membership basket, but your organization could probably be smarter about your nondues money sources. Also: how to recruit young volunteers.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 8, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Getting Ready for 2018

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Nov 8, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 7, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Protecting Event Spaces

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 7, 2017

Event spaces are adapting new technologies to make attendees safer. Also: data-backed steps to improve your Instagram strategy.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 6, 2017

Monday Buzz: What Membership Leaders Get Right

Membership by Raegan Johnson Nov 6, 2017

What’s the secret to a thriving membership program? Industry leaders reveal what has worked best for them. Also: how the smartphone is changing the very nature of physical spaces.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 1, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: PowerPoint Isn't Always the Answer

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Nov 1, 2017

One public speaking expert says words matter more than pictures when it comes to delivering an impactful message. Also: Looking to build a strong board? Here are a few things to try.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 31, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Fighting for Hotel Housekeepers

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 31, 2017

Most hotel service workers get a tip, with housekeepers being a notable exception. The New York Times explores why and shares how one nonprofit group is working for housekeepers. Also: spooky stories from the nonprofit world guaranteed to give you a chill.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 30, 2017

Monday Buzz: Wanna Retain Members? Pick Up the Phone

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 30, 2017

Don’t just rely on email to retain members. A phone call may be more effective. Also: Halloween tricks for association leaders.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 27, 2017

Friday Buzz: Understanding Facebook's Algorithm

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 27, 2017

What every marketer needs to know about how their posts show up in people's news feeds. Also: how to start coming up with great ideas again.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 25, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Online Community Insight

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 25, 2017

Online communities can reveal a treasure trove of local chapter information to national chapters. Also: Are leadership development programs keeping women out of the boardroom?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 24, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Build a Better Workshop

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 24, 2017

Looking for conference attendees to speak up more? Here's how to encourage more engagement in your meeting workshops. Also: How Teen Vogue is shaking up the event space.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 23, 2017

Monday Buzz: Association Management Frights

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 23, 2017

These association heart attacks are more frightening than any Halloween scare. Also: Facebook takes a page from Pinterest.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 20, 2017

Friday Buzz: Why Mastercard Decided to Ditch Signatures

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 20, 2017

Mastercard's decision to not require signatures for purchases reflects a push toward simplicity that might prove inspiring for your own organization. Also: Wikipedia uses emojis to teach on Twitter.

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 Raegan Johnson Oct 17, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: How Do You Boost Member Engagement?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 17, 2017

There's more nuance to membership engagement than you may think. Also: how to create an ambassador program for your next conference.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Monday Buzz: Associations at Work Conference Focuses on Collaboration

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 16, 2017

Thought leaders flock to Baltimore for ASAE’s Associations at Work conference. Also: Higher Logic announces a few major acquisitions. Bad finance management, poor fundraising, and weak human resource policies can keep your organization from serving its members and achieving its goals. But attendees at ASAE’s Associations at Work conference, which kicked off today in Baltimore, […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 13, 2017

Friday Buzz: How The Points Guy Made It Big

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 13, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 12, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Twitter's New Event Showcase

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 12, 2017

Twitter's latest feature, "Happening Now," puts the spotlight on events. Also: How to make changes in a stubborn office.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 11, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: How Men and Women See Progress in the Workplace

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Oct 11, 2017

Opposing views on progress may account for the lack of gender equality in leadership roles. Also: Lessons for event professionals from this year's New York Fashion Week.

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

I Can't Live Without My… BuzzSumo

Technology by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

The online tool BuzzSumo lets you track what's trending in your space.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 10, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A Convention Center's Funny Ad

Technology by Raegan Johnson Oct 10, 2017

Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center uses a hilarious new video to promote the city as a great destination for conferences and events. Also: How to use employee email to increase conversion. When you think of dream destinations to host your next annual meeting, Hartford, Connecticut, is probably not at the top of your list. But a […]

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 6, 2017

Friday Buzz: NBA Standardizes Fantasy Basketball

Membership by Raegan Johnson Oct 6, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 5, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Host Your Next Meeting at WeWork?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 5, 2017

Find out why coworking spaces may be the venue destination solution you've been looking for. Also: Collaboration is a key to your group's success, but first you have to tear down silos.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 4, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Maximize Your Speakers

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Oct 4, 2017

How to set your speakers up for success. Also: Find out how to take breaks the right way.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 3, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Marketing Needs a Journalism Revolution

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Oct 3, 2017

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

Monday Buzz: Get Your Members to Take Ownership

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 2, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 29, 2017

Friday Buzz: Declining Facebook Numbers?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 29, 2017

Facebook Page engagement numbers have declined across the board. Try these tactics to get them back up. Also: Why resistance to remote work is futile.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 28, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Keep Donors Donating

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Sep 28, 2017

Care2 shares several ways to keep your donors coming back year after year. Also: Looking to hire a communications pro? Here's how to analyze a writing sample.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Design Your Meetings to Delight

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 27, 2017

Break out of the traditional conference mold and provide human connection opportunities at your next meeting. Also: Tweets are getting longer.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 21, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Decoding Experiential Events

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 21, 2017

Here are a few creative ideas to make your next meeting more compelling. Also: How to coach a rude employee to be more professional.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 20, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Houston's Convention Center Shifts Back to Events

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 20, 2017

After serving as a shelter during and after Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Convention Center returns to business as usual. Also: how to set the right goals for your online community engagement strategy.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Sep 19, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Ward Off These Digital Deadly Sins

Technology by Raegan Johnson Sep 19, 2017

Are you committing sins that are putting you behind the digital curve? Also: Raise more money by making #GivingTuesday a monthlong campaign.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 18, 2017

Monday Buzz: Use Data to Boost Engagement

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 18, 2017

From email to events and everything in between, Aptify reveals how to examine data to increase membership engagement. Also: Executive strategic planning determines the future of your organization. Here's how to make your internal planning meetings more productive.

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 Sep 14, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Every Second Counts on Your Site

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2017

How one big-name publisher trimmed its website page-load times by 40 percent. Also: How HubSpot does events.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Learning Beyond the Event

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2017

Here's why the post-event learning strategy is so valuable. Also: Don't be afraid to reboot your community.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

Friday Buzz: Why Influencers Don't Have it Easy These Days

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 8, 2017

YouTube's conservative approach to advertising in recent months may open up opportunities for working directly with talented influencers. Also: The real lesson you should take away from "Best Places to Work" lists.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Talk to Members in the Right Voice

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2017

A journalism-focused membership project says that you'll get further in your communications with a tone that suggests friendship. Also: How to deal with difficult people in meetings.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 6, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Is Your Force Majeure Clause Strong Enough?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 6, 2017

In the midst of hurricane season, prevent a major financial loss by strengthening your force majeure clause. Also: How content can turn your members into association advocates.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 5, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Sep 5, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 1, 2017

Friday Buzz: Avoid These Event Marketing Errors

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Sep 1, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 31, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Recruit the Right Microinfluencer

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 31, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 30, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: What Tech M&A Means for Associations

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 30, 2017

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 29, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Why You Need to Say “No”

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 29, 2017

Saying "no" to extra demands may sound simple, but it's something many of us have to learn how to do. Also: Maximize your time with these productivity habits for event professionals.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 28, 2017

Monday Buzz: Lessons from MLB’s Players Weekend

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 28, 2017

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2017

Friday Buzz: Get Ready for Gen Z

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2017

With a digital-native generation reaching adulthood, events might have to get more interactive to adapt. Also: a culture problem you might be facing.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 24, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Is Your Email List Dying?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 24, 2017

Dead email addresses may be causing more harm to your organization than you think. Also: Why you should consider hiring overqualified candidates.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Push Your Meetings Forward

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Your Volunteers Should Represent Your Audience

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 22, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 18, 2017

Friday Buzz: Why Brand Consistency Is So Hard

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 18, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Personalization Isn’t Everything

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2017

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 15, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Jeff Bezos’ Quirky Rule for Meetings

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 15, 2017

Keep your team meetings productive by following Jeff Bezos’ "two pizza rule." Also: When it comes to tracking your online community performance, start with the basics.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 14, 2017

Monday Buzz: Developing Trust with Testimonials

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 14, 2017

Make the most out of your member testimonials by asking these key questions. Also: Check out some of the interesting slides we’ve seen at ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition so far.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 11, 2017

Friday Buzz: The Latest Anonymous Social Craze

Technology by Raegan Johnson Aug 11, 2017

Sarahah, a popular social media app, allows users to receive anonymous constructive feedback. Also: How one organization encourages radical honesty in the workplace.

Meetings by Julie Shoop Aug 10, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Advance Reading for #ASAE17

Meetings by Julie Shoop Aug 10, 2017

There will be a lot of learning happening over the next week at the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Toronto. Get a head start with this reading list.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 9, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Is Your Communications Plan Strategic?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 9, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 8, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Your Members’ Digital Readiness

Membership by Raegan Johnson Aug 8, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 7, 2017

Monday Buzz: LinkedIn Plays Mentor Matchmaker

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Aug 7, 2017

LinkedIn taps into the career mentoring space with a new service. Also: How to encourage your team to take a vacation.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 4, 2017

Friday Buzz: A Tech Company’s Charity Campaign

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Aug 4, 2017

Bandcamp uses its influence to raise money for the Transgender Law Center in the wake of the military ban. Also: Perks are tempting, but millennials prefer meaningful jobs.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Design Your Own Emoji

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2017

How Mexico City created civic pride by designing emojis specific to the city. Also: How a marketing expert found herself quoted in major news outlets ... while on vacation.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2017

Monday Buzz: How Employees Create Cybersecurity Risks

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 31, 2017

A new report shows that business leaders aren’t just worried about employees causing cybersecurity attacks, but hiding them as well. Also: Facebook now allows Groups within Pages.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 28, 2017

Friday Buzz: Can Podcasts Drive Membership?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 28, 2017

Podcasts may be a membership growth opportunity for your association. Also: How to prevent phishing attacks in your national and local chapters.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 27, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Why You Should Pay Your Interns

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 27, 2017

Paying interns can cost significant amounts of money, but there are a few good reasons why you should do it anyway. Also: How to find content your members will want to read.

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.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 25, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Maximizing Associate Member Relationships

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jul 25, 2017

Supplier members offer more than just revenue. Here are a few ways to get the most of your associate member relationships. Also: Strategies to engage new board members.

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.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 21, 2017

Friday Buzz: How to Manage Gen Z

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 21, 2017

As Gen Z enters the workforce, leaders may need to adjust how they manage. Also: The hidden reasons behind the lack of women in CEO positions.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 18, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Leadership Styles That Don't Work

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 18, 2017

These leadership styles are only going to make your job more difficult. Also: Tips for running a more productive virtual meeting.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2017

Monday Buzz: Make It Personal

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 17, 2017

Simple ways to evolve your meetings to make them feel more personalized. Also: How to give constructive feedback to your boss.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Defeat Mental Challenges

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jul 13, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 12, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Use MOOCs to Build Community

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 12, 2017

Have an online course? Encourage your members to hang out with other members when they dive into the lessons. Also: Why you should consider inviting groups unfavorable to your industry to your next meeting.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jul 11, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2017

Monday Buzz: Happy or Sad?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jul 10, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2017

Friday Buzz: The Most Popular Ice Cream Flavor

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2017

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, an association pinpoints the ice cream flavor that moves the most units. Also: defining rules for event planners.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Path to Better Meetings? Social Media

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 6, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 5, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Learn From Negative Feedback

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jul 5, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 30, 2017

Friday Buzz: How Your Smartphone May Be Hurting You

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 30, 2017

Bad news, mobile device addicts: Your smartphone may be making you dumb. Also: On #SMDay, take a look back at important moments in the history of social media.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Preparing for a Ransomware Attack

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 29, 2017

In the wake of the recent high-profile ransomware attack, here’s how to protect your organization. Also: How to quietly tear down organizational silos.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Win Over Gen Z With VR

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 28, 2017

VR technology may help your organization connect with Gen Z. Also: A common piece of career advice may actually be hurting women.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Lessons From Star Wars’ Set Drama

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 27, 2017

Turmoil on the set of the Disney and Lucasfilm Han Solo movie provides leadership lessons for association executives. Also: The common values shared amongst associations and vendors.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2017

Monday Buzz: Employee Engagement Starts at the Top

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 26, 2017

Don't look to employees to fix a flailing company culture. It's up to leaders to make changes. Also: How to send an email that your members will want to read.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Find Out if Your Idea Is a Good One

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 22, 2017

Your organization has no shortage of membership growth ideas. But do know how to strategically pick the best one? Here are several validation tactics to try before you pull the trigger on an idea. Also: If your website is underperforming, it may be time to take a second look at your content.

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2017

Monday Buzz: Adding Diversity to Stock Photos

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2017

A new stock photo service aims to showcase more racial and ethnic diversity. Also: Avoid these common media interview mistakes.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 16, 2017

Friday Buzz: Adding Extra Value to Education

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 16, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 15, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Prevent Meeting Fiascos

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 15, 2017

Even the best meeting planners will come across these common problems that could lead to disaster. Also: Change up your seating arrangements to get more people engaged.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: How to Pick Better Leaders

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 13, 2017

Look to certain personality characteristics to develop the best leaders. Also: How to correct common Google Analytics mistakes.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 12, 2017

Monday Buzz: Appealing to New Graduates

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 12, 2017

How to engage and recruit new graduates to your association. Also: Even a veteran event planner can make these common mistakes.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 9, 2017

Friday Buzz: Tracking the Emotions of Meeting Attendees

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 9, 2017

In the near future, technology may help you gauge your attendees’ emotions right in the moment. Also: Why you should stop micromanaging and learn to delegate.

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 Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Adjusting Your Travel Policy to Millennials

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 7, 2017

Being a little more flexible with your business travel policy may keep your millennial employees happy. Also: Prepare your members for the future by teaching them these soft skills.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Member Retention Ideas

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jun 6, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2017

Monday Buzz: Boost Meeting Engagement Without Breaking the Bank

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jun 5, 2017

You don’t have to make radical changes to improve engagement at your meeting. Here are a few simple things to try. Also: Does lowering the cost of membership dues lower your association’s value?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 2, 2017

Friday Buzz: Boost Your Webinar Views

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jun 2, 2017

Don’t let small marketing strategy blunders negatively impact the performance of your webinars. Also: How to host a virtual event that your members will love.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Largest Online Resource You’re Not Using

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jun 1, 2017

Tapping into Reddit’s many niche communities could be a valuable source of market research for your organization. Also: highlights from Mary Meeker’s "Internet Trends" report.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 31, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Maximize Sponsorship Revenue

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 31, 2017

Balancing your revenue needs against what sponsors are willing to pay can be complicated. Find out how to make both sides happy. Also: Why Instagram triumphs over Snapchat when it comes to marketing dollars.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 30, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: How to Handle Potential Members on Tight Budgets

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 30, 2017

Don’t abandon potential members who can’t afford your fee. There are things your organization can do to keep them involved. Also: Asking lots of questions during an important board meeting can do more harm than good.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

Friday Buzz: 5 Concerning Trends for the Event Industry

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 26, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 25, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Control Your Membership Retention

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 25, 2017

Membership retention is tricky and often out of your control. But a few key benefits can help. Also: Why marketing automation could be hurting you.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 24, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Don’t Be Shy About Speaking in Public

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 24, 2017

Public speaking offers up opportunities for you and your organization that you don’t want to miss. Also: Daily leadership practices to make your workplace less stressful for your team.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 23, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Is Your Leadership Pipeline Clogged?

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 23, 2017

Why it may be time to reassess your organization’s leadership path. Also: Xperience Design Project premieres with innovative viewing formats.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2017

Monday Buzz: Fundraising Ideas for Board Members

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 22, 2017

Get board members engaged with your organization’s fundraising efforts. Also: Generational shifts are here. These are the changes you may need to make now.

Membership by Ernie Smith May 19, 2017

Friday Buzz: Target the Pain Points

Membership by Ernie Smith May 19, 2017

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

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 Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Make Your Point Visually

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Use Your Website to Boost Member Engagement

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 16, 2017

Don’t overlook your website as a valuable tool for increasing your overall member engagement. Also: Why rewarding top contributors in your communities could backfire.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2017

Monday Buzz: Association Moves Shake Up DC

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 15, 2017

Some associations are leaving the central business district of the nation’s capital for new neighborhoods closer to Capitol Hill. Also: How to get your IT team to communicate clearly.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 12, 2017

Friday Buzz: Believe in Associations

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 12, 2017

Associations are improving people’s lives every day, even if their work is behind the scenes. Also: Google makes changes to event search results.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Motivational Leadership Methods

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 11, 2017

Discover ways to galvanize your team to be happier and more productive. Also: Webinar marketing tips to help grow your membership.

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Chapter Relationship Warning Signs

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 10, 2017

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

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 8, 2017

Monday Buzz: Sunny Day Fundraising Ideas

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 8, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 5, 2017

Friday Buzz: When Email Goes Wrong

Membership by Raegan Johnson May 5, 2017

Find out how to bounce back from embarrassing email fails. Also: Stop a condescending coworker from making you lose your cool.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Are Millennial Leaders Struggling to Communicate?

Leadership by Raegan Johnson May 4, 2017

Millennials are rising through the ranks in their careers, and in doing so, they may be coming up against a surprising leadership challenge. Also: Why you should add more visuals to your next team meeting.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Game Your Way to Travel Savings

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson May 3, 2017

A new software company has found a way to incentivize business travelers to spend less. Also: A marketing metrics checklist from this week's Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A-List Lessons From the Met Gala

Meetings by Raegan Johnson May 2, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 28, 2017

Friday Buzz: Convention Industry Council Refreshes Brand

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 28, 2017

Now the Events Industry Council, the organization’s new name and logo came about thanks to member feedback. Also: why you should add fireside chats to your next meeting.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Put Your Best Face Forward

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2017

Why having a great, well-organized website is important for member recruitment. Also: Why going viral is more complicated than you think.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 26, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 26, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Activate Attendees with Snapchat

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 25, 2017

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

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.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 21, 2017

Friday Buzz: Recovering from a Major Mistake

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 21, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2017

Thursday Buzz: VIP Experiences That Drive Revenue

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 20, 2017

People are happy to pay a little more for VIP experiences. Here’s how special advantages could benefit both your attendees and your association. Also: How to think about the changing nature of knowledge in the digital age.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 19, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Benefiting Learners Across Generations

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 19, 2017

By adapting to the preferences of millennial learners, associations have consequently benefited members of all ages. Also: Deliver a more persuasive presentation with these body language tips.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Are Single Parents Missing Your Meetings?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 18, 2017

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

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2017

Monday Buzz: Honoring a Hidden Past Through Storytelling

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Apr 17, 2017

One organization gives voice to African-American women of the Civil War era. Also: How to create a culture of active employee engagement.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2017

Friday Buzz: Mine Your Meetings for Content Gold

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 14, 2017

How to use your meetings to create valuable content. Also: Refine your call-for-presentations process. Don’t let another annual meeting go by without taking advantage of the gold mine of content that your event generates. Association Adviser shares a few ways to create unique content that you can use all year. Start with your speakers. Take […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 12, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Make Your Team Feel Valued

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Apr 12, 2017

Create a sense of camaraderie by holding more attentive internal meetings. Also: How to bounce back from a hiring disaster.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2017

Monday Buzz: Email Delivers the Traffic Goods

Technology by Raegan Johnson Apr 10, 2017

Prioritize your email strategy to get the most from your content. Also: Don’t miss these valuable SEO resources for association marketers.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 7, 2017

Friday Buzz: Attract Millennials With Job Boards

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 7, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 6, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 5, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Design a More Dynamic Meeting

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Apr 5, 2017

Refresh your meetings by incorporating new learning techniques, panel styles, and more. Also: Are you creating goals all wrong?

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 4, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Speed Up Membership Growth

Membership by Raegan Johnson Apr 4, 2017

Encourage membership growth by addressing potential trouble spots in your membership experience. Also: How to write the perfect Instagram caption.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 31, 2017

Friday Buzz: What Skills Will the Future Workforce Need?

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 31, 2017

Will the future workforce be dominated by generalists, specialists, or something in between? Also: Twitter makes a change to replies.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 29, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Morning Advice for Event Planners

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 29, 2017

Discover new ways to amp up your morning routine so you can have a more productive day. Also: How to create a better conference logo.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Make Member Sign-Ups Easier

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 28, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 27, 2017

Monday Buzz: What to Consider When Considering Joint Membership

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 27, 2017

It sounds beneficial, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't think it through first. Here are a few challenges to consider when looking into a joint membership model. Also: Why you should add music to your next presentation.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 24, 2017

Friday Buzz: Will You Soon Be Paying for Twitter?

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 24, 2017

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

Money & Business by 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."

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 22, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Don’t Abandon What Works

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 22, 2017

The latest communications platform may not be worth your time—stick to tried-and-true tactics to reach your members. Also: Three actions that all confident event professionals take.

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.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 17, 2017

Friday Buzz: Celebrating American Associations

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 17, 2017

American Associations Day participants headed to Capitol Hill for a day of advocacy. Also: Perfect your event email timing and frequency.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 16, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Why Online Engagement Declines

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 16, 2017

Achieving high online engagement rates is difficult for any group. Signs say that it may be getting even harder. Also: Pick the right metrics for your digital advertising goal.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 15, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Cheerios' Buzzy Cause-Marketing Strategy

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 15, 2017

General Mills generates buzz on bees with a new campaign that associations should take pointers from. Also: In honor of American Associations Day, check out a fascinating infographic on the power of associations.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Trends Shaping the Events Industry

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 14, 2017

Find out how the events industry may be changing in the near future. Also: Here’s what members actually want to hear from you.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 13, 2017

Monday Buzz: Optimize Your Website for Donations

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 13, 2017

Follow this optimization process to help your website generate more donations. Also: You’re invited to a snowball fight.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 10, 2017

Friday Buzz: Creating Organizational Resilience

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 10, 2017

Your organization can adapt to times of volatility from a place of strength by adopting a few key traits. Also: Google takes aim at Slack with a new workplace communication platform.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2017

Thursday Buzz: How to Honor a Celebrity Icon

Membership by Raegan Johnson Mar 9, 2017

When the Signal Corps Regimental Association learned that comic book legend Stan Lee was in the Signal Corps, they made him a member. Also: Don’t neglect the spiritual side of life while you lead.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: How Millennials Are Changing Business Travel

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 8, 2017

Millennials are changing business travel in ways that are unrecognizable to older generations. Also: What associations should know on International Women’s Day.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Diversify Your Revenue Streams

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Mar 7, 2017

For any membership organization, raising nondues revenue is a must. Here are a few creative ways to do just that. Also: What the architectural design of legislative assemblies reveals about governments

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2017

Monday Buzz: Boost Leadership Confidence

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Mar 6, 2017

Exuding a few key traits like empathy and confidence will help you be a better leader. Also: Get national and local chapters on the same page.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Don’t Scare Your Staff

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 2, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Twitter Continues to Combat Harassment

Technology by Raegan Johnson Mar 1, 2017

Twitter continues the fight against online abuse by launching new anti-harassment tools. Also: One news outlet improves the quality of its online discussions by using a quiz.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Increase Your Appeal to Introverts

Membership by Raegan Johnson Feb 28, 2017

Don’t leave your introverted members out in the cold. Create opportunities to get them engaged by respecting their personality traits. Also: Give your boomer members a little notice.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

Monday Buzz: Carrying Too Much Weight?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

If you’re running ads on your association’s website, it could be slowing things down by quite a bit, according to a new report. Also: Learn how to better challenge yourself at your job.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2017

Friday Buzz: Cloudflare's Massive Bug

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 24, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2017

Thursday Buzz: The Benefits of Employee Social Engagement

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 23, 2017

Employee engagement on social media can have wide-ranging benefits for your association. Also: Check your venue contracts for these important details.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 22, 2017

Setting the right goals can help event professionals boost their job performance. Also: Website features that you need today to stay competitive.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: A Direct Mail Disruptor

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2017

The direct mail startup Mailjoy borrows some of its postcard-mailing strategies from the world of email marketing. Also: The importance of foresight.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 14, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Preparing for Disaster to Strike

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 14, 2017

Event professionals need a well-considered emergency plan should a serious crisis occur during a meeting. Also: Don’t count out the benefits of nonprofit mentors.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2017

Monday Buzz: How Valentine's Day Flowers Get to Your Door

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 13, 2017

Go behind the scenes of Valentine's Day flower delivery to find out how they arrive at your home via the Miami airport. Also: Why you should employ structured content.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 10, 2017

Friday Buzz: The Challenges Associations Face Today

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Feb 10, 2017

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

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Pinterest Search Gets Visual

Technology by Raegan Johnson Feb 9, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 8, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: The Impact of Jet Lag

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Feb 8, 2017

Learn why the L.A. to New York red-eye may be worse than you think—according to an analysis of pro baseball players. Also: Twitter debuts new weapons in its ongoing battle to fight harassment.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: The Front-Row Blues

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2017

Convincing attendees to sit in the front row is hard, but it’s not because of the front row itself. Also: One company’s clever strategy to get in on the Super Bowl action.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2017

Monday Buzz: Why Business Principles Still Apply to Nonprofits

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 6, 2017

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

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.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Plan Your Vacation Today

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 31, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2017

Monday Buzz: Recruiting Student Volunteers

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 30, 2017

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

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

Friday Buzz: Stop Burnout Before It Happens

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Jan 27, 2017

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

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 Raegan Johnson Jan 25, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: A Business Travel Revamp

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 25, 2017

A startup’s app attempts to change the way companies do business travel. Also: Smart ways to get more engagement in your next project.

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Fresh Google Voice Updates

Technology by Raegan Johnson Jan 24, 2017

Google revamps its Voice app. Also: How to host a conference across different locations.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

Monday Buzz: How to Recruit Small Businesses

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 23, 2017

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

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 19, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Make Meeting Promotion Easy

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 19, 2017

Discover more ways to spread the word about your upcoming meetings. Also: Be on the lookout for these specific social skills.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: Challenges in Owning Your Public Perception

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jan 18, 2017

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

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Keeping Your Online Community Engaged

Membership by Raegan Johnson Jan 17, 2017

Don’t let your online community go stale. Here’s how to keep people engaged. Also: The tactics Coachella uses to redefine the concert experience.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Jan 12, 2017

Take a look at the tremendous effort it takes to produce a world-famous event. Also: A state chamber goes from money troubles to tripling its revenue.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2017

Insect Food Group Will Build Buzz in Southeast Asia

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 11, 2017

The ASEAN Food and Feed Insects Association, which will represent insect-food manufacturers in Southeast Asia, hopes to make an impact with both public awareness and formal regulations. One of the group’s cofounders says it may be an easier sell culturally in that part of the world.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Focus on Member Security

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 10, 2017

Why member security is becoming a more important issue as the online landscape evolves. Also: Why online communities usually fail.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2017

Monday Buzz: The iPhone Anniversary and the Ultimate Keynote

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2017

Ten years ago today, late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs gave the most important speech of his career. And it genuinely changed everything. Also: Why a stadium could be a good event venue.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 6, 2017

Friday Buzz: Medium Turns the Page on Advertising

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 6, 2017

The distributed content-sharing platform Medium is moving away from advertising altogether. Why? Founder Ev Williams says the model doesn’t work for publishing. Also: This article features a surfing dog.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Boost Your Event Data

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2017

Don’t just send surveys after the event—pick up data at every stage of the process. Also: Why a new Twitter feature could juice up your event engagement.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2017

Wednesday Buzz: The Value of Radio Silence

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 4, 2017

A Radiohead collaborator reveals that one of the band’s recent social gimmicks went over a lot better than they expected. Also: The start of the year might be a good time for a social audit.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2017

Tuesday Buzz: Setting the Right Attitude

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 3, 2017

Why cultural leadership is important when building an online community. Also: An association consultant discusses what he’s learned from an incident that kept him locked out of Facebook for almost two weeks.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

Thursday Buzz: What Cashless Looks Like

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 22, 2016

A popular East Coast restaurant chain is getting rid of cash at all of its stores. Also: An association that’s making collaboration fundamental.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: What’s Next for the AMS?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

Thought leaders in the association space discuss association management software trends with Aptify. Also: More evidence the Mac is struggling within Apple.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: The Loyalty Program Buffer

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 20, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

Monday Buzz: Dress for Success (Any Way You’d Like)

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2016

A consultant focused on organizational culture makes the case that dress codes should serve a purpose for your association. Also: Why virtual meetings struggle to compare with the real thing.

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.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 14, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: A Couple of #Tech16 Highlights

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 14, 2016

Why FailFest, despite the heartaches that drove the session, was so important. Also: One slide that really kind of says it all.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Better Than a Whiteboard

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2016

How Microsoft’s Surface Hub, with its goal of juicing up meetings, became an unlikely hit despite its high-four-figure price tag. Also: A clever session-engagement strategy involving cookies.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2016

Monday Buzz: Your Members Are Busy, Too

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2016

If you’re feeling the year-end holiday stress, just remember that your members feel the same way. So respond accordingly. Also: Don’t cut corners, but don’t give away too much, either.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2016

Friday Buzz: The Future of Microsoft Windows

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 9, 2016

Microsoft Windows just gained a bold new feature that could redefine the platform—along with PC hardware—in the years to come. Also: Why universities are smart event venues. The long-term business case for Microsoft Windows, already strong, just got a lot more interesting. And it’s thanks to a clever move out of the software giant’s traditional […]

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 Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Reframe Your Thinking About Resources

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 7, 2016

When your volunteer management inventory seems a little low, think in terms of what you do have, not what you don't. Also: Why it’s important to instill a sense of mission into your new employees.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 6, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Membership With Automation

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 6, 2016

Tips for using marketing automation to maximize your membership reach. Also: Instagram announces some useful improvements to its service.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2016

Monday Buzz: Millennials and the Shift Away From Advocacy

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 5, 2016

An expert on the younger generation suggests that associations should look at social entrepreneurship, not advocacy, to engage millennials. Also: Why large event venues shut their doors.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

Friday Buzz: Amazon Simplifies Its Cloud

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 2, 2016

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

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Rebuilding a Fictional Town

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Fighting Fire With Fire

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 29, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2016

Monday Buzz: Associations Embrace #GivingTuesday

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 28, 2016

Associations far and wide are getting in on the #GivingTuesday fun—check out a few examples. Also: How one major brand teamed with a band of expert viral-video creators to promote its #GivingTuesday efforts.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Win Over Busy Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 22, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2016

Monday Buzz: Giving Tuesday's Getting Close

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 21, 2016

If you’re taking part in Giving Tuesday this year, make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Also: A successful effort to tie together Leonard Cohen and event planning.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2016

Friday Buzz: Don’t Stress Out Your Members

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 18, 2016

Take care when communicating with your members during the stressful final weeks of the year. Also: Airbnb expands from rooms to experiences.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Treat Phone Calls Like Emails

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 17, 2016

Listen, a new iOS app, gives you a phone number that works just like an inbox. Also: How long does it take to install an AMS?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: The Holiday Party Is Making a Comeback

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2016

After years of low-key holiday seasons, many organizations are starting to hold holiday parties again—and are spending more money on them than they once did.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Twitter Takes On the Trolls

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2016

Monday Buzz: Why the Gig Economy Is Growing

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2016

According to new research from LinkedIn, side hustles are driving the gig economy in new ways. Also: A few tips to make your SEO shine.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 10, 2016

Thursday Buzz: A Snappy Release Strategy

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 10, 2016

Snapchat’s new photo-taking sunglasses draw buzz for their offbeat release strategy. Also: How one association got in on the Mannequin Challenge.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Change Your Standards

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2016

When it comes to digital marketing, investing in cheap content suited to your audiences may beat a more expensive approach. Here’s why. Also: The importance of a good PowerPoint.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2016

Monday Buzz: Is Joining Easy?

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2016

It’s important to design your association’s website so potential members can take quick action. Also: How some companies are counterprogramming their ads against the election.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

Friday Buzz: Keep Your Composure

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2016

Thursday Buzz: IFTTT Gets Ambitious

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2016

The popular automation tool wrings a few new tricks out of its business model. Also: Why you should be willing to move your conference.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Pay Your Vendors

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 2, 2016

Here's a simple reminder of the best way to ensure that your vendors continue to work with you. Also: Slack has a message for Microsoft.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: A New Way To Support the Press

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

How nonprofit groups are helping to fund a cultural critic at a major newspaper. Also: Does social media really have ROI for event planners?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2016

Monday Buzz: A Changing of the Digital Guard?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2016

Why Apple is looking a lot longer in the tooth than Microsoft these days. Also: Think beyond your industry when it comes to networking.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Could AI Impact Events?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 26, 2016

Two thoughts on how computerized systems could change the nature of our events. Also: What you should do if a member disengages.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Presidential Penmanship

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

An association gets a handwriting expert to look for insight into the presidential candidates—from their penmanship. Also: strategies for handling social media with grace. National Handwriting Day isn’t until January, but the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) did an analysis so timely that it couldn’t wait to share the results. On Tuesday, the association released […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2016

Monday Buzz: Your Private Community's Toughest Battle

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2016

In an age when social media replicates most of what your private community is doing, how do you compete? Also: An iconic office chair gets a redesign.

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 18, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: How Netflix Navigated a Price Increase

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2016

Despite raising its prices, Netflix actually saw a huge surge in subscribers during its most recent quarter. The reason? It offset the increase with additional value. Also: The roller coaster of event emotions.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2016

Monday Buzz: In-Your-Face Security

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 17, 2016

The growing appeal of using selfies as a form of security—and the weaknesses of such a strategy. Also: Slack's weaknesses as a community platform.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 14, 2016

Friday Buzz: Do a Member Risk Assessment

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 14, 2016

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

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Oct 13, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Where Is Your Ken Bone?

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Oct 13, 2016

Perhaps someone at your next event could offer a long-lasting highlight—just like the now-prevalent icon from the most recent presidential debate. Plus: Come on aboard, volunteers!

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Thinking Healthier

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 12, 2016

How event venues can play a role in encouraging healthy behavior among attendees. Also: One upcoming event wants its attendees to bring their own coffee cups.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Samsung's Great Flameout

Leadership by Ernie Smith Oct 11, 2016

The smartphone manufacturer's leadership made a tough move this week when they decided to stop selling the company's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a series of problems. Also: One association's bold pitch to potential members.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2016

Friday Buzz: Millennials Love Text

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 7, 2016

New research from Pew pokes a hole in a line of traditional thinking about the written word. Also: How one truly animated band is using Instagram effectively.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Oct 6, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Steve Jobs Lives On

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Oct 6, 2016

Associations can learn from the legacy of Steve Jobs. Plus: How should your association handle data?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Is Your Event About to Fail?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 4, 2016

Here are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for in the run-up to your event. Also: Let's talk learning models during conference sessions.

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2016

Monday Buzz: Convert Your Data the Right Way

Membership by Ernie Smith Oct 3, 2016

Moving your data from one AMS to another? Check out this guide for tips on how to make the process less painful. Also: how other firms “borrowing” your ideas can be a boon for innovation at your organization. Switching from one membership software platform to another can be a total pain, particularly because large amounts […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2016

Friday Buzz: Don't Let Your Tech Project Fall Apart

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 30, 2016

The issues that can cause your association's technology project to lose steam. Also: Trying to engage a new member? Stay on the ball.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 30, 2016

Events That Will Drive Buzz With Members

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 30, 2016

One group’s unique member benefits provide food for thought to associations looking to create exclusive and one-of-a-kind events or venues for their members.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 29, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Why This Association Honored Jaden Smith

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 29, 2016

The Environmental Media Association recognizes work by the son of Will Smith. Here’s what the 18-year-old did. Plus: Is it time to formalize data management in your organization?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: BlackBerry Bows Out

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 28, 2016

The legacy smartphone maker moves away from making its own smartphones, focusing on software instead. Also: Why you probably shouldn't design your own website.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Nudge Your Learners Along

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 27, 2016

How your association can deal with members that are a bit slow on fulfilling their continuing education requirements. Also: Why mind maps matter.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2016

Friday Buzz: Facebook's Bad Engagement Metric

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2016

The social media giant is apologizing to advertisers this week after an engagement metric involving video proved misleading. Also: Two other big tech stories that could affect your day-to-day.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: A Virtual Town Square

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 21, 2016

NBC News tries something truly experimental with its election-season coverage. Also: Think differently about perfection.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Reward Your Community the Right Way

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 20, 2016

How to ensure your online community benefits from the rewards you offer your members. Also: Twitter expands the definition of 140 characters.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

Monday Buzz: Hybrid Theory

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 19, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2016

Friday Buzz: An Experiment in Hacking Vulnerability

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 16, 2016

An association-industry tech expert conducts a test to show how dangerous hacking incidents can be. Also: How voices alone can surface unexpected biases.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 15, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Lena Dunham Gives Indie Bookstores Her Support

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 15, 2016

The Girls star will take part in a campaign for indie bookstores during the upcoming holiday season. Plus: "millennial talk" is really about highlighting everyone.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Don't Undermine User Expectations

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

The ad-blocking service AdBlock Plus is getting a lot of criticism this week for a decision to launch an ad network. The problem? They went against user expectations. Also: An insightful video series ramps back up.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Thinking Instagram? Think Compliance

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 13, 2016

A compliance expert breaks down the legal, regulatory, and reputational concerns you need to keep in mind when running a brand Instagram feed. Also: The value of membership for salespeople.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

Monday Buzz: Indie Group Embraces the Artists

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2016

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

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2016

Friday Buzz: Down With Performance Reviews?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 9, 2016

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

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 8, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Lessons From the Apple Keynote

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Sep 8, 2016

Apple makes another game-changing move, albeit a controversial one. Here are some lessons associations can learn. Plus: It’s time to realize the importance of networks.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Give People an Experience

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 7, 2016

Is the broader marketing world ready to embrace the kind of experiential marketing that conferences are known for? Also: a clever way to reward your most popular speakers. For generations, television commercials were the primary way Americans consumed advertising. But that kind of marketing doesn’t make sense anymore, argue AdAge contributors Saul Colt and Bob […]

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Don't Forget Your Case Studies

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2016

Friday Buzz: Time to Update Your Apps

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2016

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: How #Eventprofs Became Famous

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 31, 2016

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: An Evolution in Loyalty Programs

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 30, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

Monday Buzz: Hide the Guts of the Machine

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 29, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

Friday Buzz: Are Job Boards Passé?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Slack as a Member Benefit? Maybe

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 24, 2016

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

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: When a Media Outlet Dies

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

The recently departed blog and news site Gawker shares a number of eulogies, all elegantly written. Also: Why you shouldn't conflate strategy with management.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2016

Friday Buzz: Keep Things Flowing

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 19, 2016

The importance of not letting the workflow defined by your tools get in the way of your organization's ability to collaborate. Also: Some basic tips to keep members engaged.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Privacy, Please

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 17, 2016

With clear inspiration from a few global competitors, Delta Airlines creates private business suites for its international flights. Also: When it comes to email ROI, associations are looking beyond open rates, a new study finds.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Aug 16, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Associations’ Next-Generation Opportunity

Membership by Patrick deHahn Aug 16, 2016

Providing digital certification for members could help associations gain a long-term foothold online, leaders at two association-focused startups argue. Plus: How many people showed up at #ASAE16 this year? Is it time for associations to change it up? Associations are often seen as resources for industries, niche focuses, and representation. They can help people network […]

Technology by Patrick deHahn Aug 15, 2016

Monday Buzz: Twitter Brings Brand Fun in #PromotedStickers

Technology by Patrick deHahn Aug 15, 2016

Twitter gives companies the opportunity to bring fun to the social network, but it likely isn’t cheap. Plus: Nostalgia is a great resource that you should use for your events.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Aug 12, 2016

Friday Buzz: When a Namesake Leaves the Company

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Aug 12, 2016

Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, discusses her reasons for moving full time to a new startup. Plus: It’s time to really listen.

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Aug 11, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Advance Reading for #ASAE16

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Aug 11, 2016

On your way to the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, get a head start on learning with these articles and interviews from several conference speakers.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Sensing a Business Travel Slowdown

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 10, 2016

Major travel-tech firms warn that business travel in the U.S. could hit a slump in the coming months. Also: The inside story behind one association's fresh rebranding.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Get 'Em on Board

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 9, 2016

Effective onboarding is critical to driving future engagement. Also: Facebook's got a new strategy for stopping ad blockers on its social network.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2016

Monday Buzz: Cool Your Jets

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 8, 2016

Jet.com, an Amazon competitor that initially attempted to go all in on a membership model, sells to Walmart. Also: Check out this clever response to the Olympics’ controversial “Rule 40.” Talk about a quick exit. This time last year, the online retailer Jet.com was just showing off its potential to the public, pinning its hopes […]

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.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Aug 4, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Let Technology Bring Ease

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Aug 4, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Book Flights on the Installment Plan

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2016

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Why Millennial Member Engagement Means Letting Go

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 2, 2016

Millennial member engagement isn't easy, but letting go of a little control could make things a little easier. Also: Instagram's latest feature takes more than a few cues from Snapchat.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2016

Monday Buzz: Why Boston Doesn't Have Cheap Rooms

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 1, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2016

Friday Buzz: Does "Nonprofit" Still Have Value?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 29, 2016

A debate over terminology in the nonprofit space picks up as the lines between for-profit companies and charities increasingly blur. Also: Why your association needs a CIO mindset.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Jul 28, 2016

Thursday Buzz: The Importance of Welcome Emails

Membership by Patrick deHahn Jul 28, 2016

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Thinking About Diversity

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 27, 2016

A meetings industry professional offers some thought-provoking insight on the challenges the event sector faces with diversity. Also: What tough questions should you be asking internally?

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: The Problems With Hidden Fees

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 26, 2016

An association consultant breaks down the reason people hate hidden fees so much and why your organization should avoid them. Also: When you have to break bad news to your members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2016

Monday Buzz: Joining Forces Against Ransomware

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2016

Leading security companies and European police organizations work together on a new effort to stop ransomware. Also: Where the ASAE Annual Meeting will end up next.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 22, 2016

Friday Buzz: The Dangers of Workplace FOMO

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 22, 2016

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

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jul 21, 2016

Thursday Buzz: A Saucy Sustainability Strategy

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jul 21, 2016

The culinary team at an Amsterdam events venue builds a unique identity by using food on the brink of being wasted. Plus: Which #eventprofs you should follow right now.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Where the Nonprofit Jobs Are

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 20, 2016

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Can Social Media Surface New Member Leads?

Membership by Ernie Smith Jul 19, 2016

Use your social media presence to attract new members to your organization—but don't forget the strategy. Also, find out why the Democratic National Convention has a case of the tax-status blues.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

Monday Buzz: Skipping the Conventions, but Still Busy

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2016

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