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Meetings by Ernie Smith May 30, 2013

Event Management: Do Your Policies Match Your Reality?

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 30, 2013

A new study by American Express Meetings & Events shows that policies on time-tracking, contracts, and budget planning are often at odds with what actually happens.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 23, 2013

Event Management Groups Partner to Benefit Members

Money & Business by Rob Stott Apr 23, 2013

Two associations representing venue managers and exhibits and events announced they will come together to cross-promote each other’s products and services.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 20, 2019

What’s the Best Way to Improve Event Apps?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 20, 2019

New research from Eventsforce shows that more organizations are using event apps, but that there are still challenges when it comes to adoption rates and measuring ROI. A look at how to improve both.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 29, 2019

Report: Event Planners Still Struggling With GDPR Compliance

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 29, 2019

New research from Eventsforce finds that GDPR, the European Union’s data protection law, has changed how event planners handle data, but compliance challenges remain.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 17, 2019

What 5G Could Mean for Events

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 17, 2019

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

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 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.

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?

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Mar 13, 2019

The Hottest Event Trends for 2029

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Mar 13, 2019

[Sponsored] Using ideas for the future to improve our events today.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2019

GBTA Study: Many Event Planners Not Focusing on Risk

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2019

The Global Business Travel Association reports that a significant number of travel buyers rarely, if ever, conduct risk assessments—despite the fact that there’s a growing interest in risk management.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 5, 2018

Tips for Managing Employees in the Event of a Natural Disaster

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 5, 2018

An HR expert offers disaster-planning advice that will allow associations to have policies and procedures in place to help them—and their employees—weather any storm.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2018

Study: Gender Gap Remains Prevalent at Events

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2018

A new report from Bizzabo found that less than a third of event presenters globally were women, with the gender gap most pronounced at technology events.

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 27, 2018

Up Your Event’s Instagram Game

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 27, 2018

As made-for-Instagram pop-ups grow in popularity nationwide, it may be time for your association to make its next conference more photo- and selfie-friendly. A few ways to get it done.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 25, 2018

Crisis Management in the Digital Age

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 25, 2018

Being able to communicate quickly in the aftermath of a crisis is one of the biggest ways organizations can help shape the story. Here’s how they can be better prepared to do just that.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

Study: Tech, Meeting Room Design Helping Drive Changes to Event Venues

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 29, 2018

IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future survey finds that event venues want to be there for event planners if they’re needed, and they’re ready to get out of the way when event planners want to take the lead.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher May 17, 2018

Event Industry Leaders Form Coalition to Stop Sexual Harassment

Leadership by Emily Bratcher May 17, 2018

The ongoing #MeToo movement has shone a light on sexual harassment at conferences and other events. A new coalition, led by the Association for Women in Events and joined by ASAE, aims to put an end to it.

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.

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.

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.

Brand Connection by Choose Chicago Sep 27, 2017

How to Tailor Your Event to Millennials

Brand Connection by Choose Chicago Sep 27, 2017

4 ways to give millennials what they want at your meetings.

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.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 1, 2017

It Takes a Village: Preventing Fraud at Small-Staff Associations

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 1, 2017

Some ways that small-staff associations can protect their financial assets and deter fraud by gathering support outside of the finance department. The bottom line: Don’t go it alone.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

Oscars Foul-Up: Lessons From Notable Event Embarrassments

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 27, 2017

You might not have an embarrassment on your hands as big as the Best Picture disaster that the Academy Awards had last night, but there are plenty of lessons to take away from that incident, along with a few other notable disasters over the years.

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.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Time to Hire a Data Management Guru?

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 21, 2016

An association data pro makes the case for a position dedicated to data management. Also: Instagram hits a user high point.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2016

Monday Buzz: The Event Startup That's Locking Up Smartphones

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 20, 2016

The company Yondr has built a business around the concept of locking concert attendees' smartphones in sock-size bags. Really. Also: The importance of evening events.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn May 31, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Building Your Dream Event Team

Meetings by Patrick deHahn May 31, 2016

Learn how to hire a top-notch team to pull off memorable events. Plus: Giving up on your big idea isn’t the end of the world.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 25, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Rethink Your Event Setting

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 25, 2016

Ideas on how to challenge the expectations and ideas of the traditional event setting. Plus: What do #FacebookReactions mean for your organization?

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 4, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Jumpstart Your Event's Website

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Feb 4, 2016

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 29, 2016

What #Eventprofs Say About the Meeting-Planning Process

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 29, 2016

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

Meetings by Morgan Little Dec 21, 2015

Monday Buzz: How to Improve Your Event Photography

Meetings by Morgan Little Dec 21, 2015

Is improving your association's photography one of your resolutions for 2016? This list can help. Plus, The New York Times ranks by engagement, not audience.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

3 Lessons: Sound Management

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2015

Lane Velayo, CAE, the executive director of the Indiana Music Education Association in Indianapolis, knows the value of improvisation.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Nov 12, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Keep Your Event Green

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Nov 12, 2015

Greening your meetings can do wonders—it's just not always easy. Plus: Who you're with at an event may be more important than what you're seeing.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2015

Tech Group: Help Us Prevent the Next Federal Cyberattack

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 4, 2015

With the help of a new survey, the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council is looking to crowdsource ideas for boosting federal cybersecurity. Considering the government's recent data breach troubles, the push comes at a good time.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Link Rot?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 6, 2015

Office of Personnel Management Drops Conference Review Process

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 6, 2015

The agency is ending its longtime practice of reviewing federal agency conferences to see whether they meet federal training standards. Instead, it's asking the agencies themselves to do this check. ASAE was largely positive about the move.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Apr 30, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Baltimore's Effect on Events

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Apr 30, 2015

After unrest brings a state of emergency and curfew to Baltimore, associations cancel high-profile meetings. Plus: Is a work-life balance unrealistic?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2015

MPI Forecast Puts Government Events in Steep Decline

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2015

A new quarterly report from Meeting Professionals International finds that many meeting planners expect government meetings, which have been dogged by spending scandals, to stay in decline in the near future.

Meetings by Morgan Little Feb 23, 2015

Monday Buzz: The Sharing Economy's Impact on Events

Meetings by Morgan Little Feb 23, 2015

Are the events industry and the sharing economy a match in heaven? Or is sharing putting a drag on events? Plus: the fundamentals of good brainstorming sessions.

Meetings by Morgan Little Jan 21, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Don't Get Overwhelmed by Event Overload

Meetings by Morgan Little Jan 21, 2015

When planning an event, it's easy to get overwhelmed. These six reminders can help. Plus: how to save your emails from the junk-mail abyss.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Is Your Event Transformative?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 20, 2015

The elements of making an event that has the potential of changing someone's life. Also: The passwords you shouldn't be using.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jan 5, 2015

Fight Over Data Breach Management Heats Up Between Banking, Retail Groups

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jan 5, 2015

While Congress has remained mum on potential data security legislation, the back-and-forth between retailers and bankers continues. Last week, the two industries were at odds over a banking group survey citing “exorbitant costs” of credit card data breaches.

Meetings by Morgan Little Dec 15, 2014

Monday Buzz: Finding Profitability in Virtual Events

Meetings by Morgan Little Dec 15, 2014

Virtual events aren't just a flashy show of technology for your association; they can also turn a profit. Plus: It's time to mothball those musty buzzwords.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2014

Project Management and the Dangers of Too Many Cooks

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2014

There's a reason it took more than a decade to finish the HTML5 standard. When too many stakeholders get their hands on a project—especially a high-profile one—innovation can slow to a crawl. The secret is to chop things up into smaller bites.

Meetings by Morgan Little Sep 29, 2014

Monday Buzz: Give Those After-Hours Events a Boost

Meetings by Morgan Little Sep 29, 2014

If attendance at your chamber's business after-hours events is lagging, try these tips to add some faces to the crowd. Plus: a month's worth of free webinars.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 16, 2014

Friday Buzz: How McDonald's Scored Big With Its Corporate Event

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 16, 2014

The fast-food giant drew success with an event strategy that focused as much on the people who couldn't attend as those who could. Also: An association management pro looks to his hometown sports teams for inspiration.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2014

Checkup Time: Make Your Next Event Healthier for Attendees

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 4, 2014

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2014

Lunchtime Links: Ensure Your Staff "Gets It" Before the Event

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2014

Proper pre-event training could mean the difference between success and disaster. Also: A new AMS review service hopes to make it easier to get feedback on a major investment.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 13, 2013

5 Future Trends Affecting the Events Industry

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 13, 2013

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2013

Twitter to Event Planners: Build Your Own Timeline

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 14, 2013

Twitter's launch of its curated timelines platform this week could be of major use to event planners, but be sure it's the tool that best meets your needs.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 12, 2013

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2013

Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 24, 2013

Partying in a cemetery sounds weird, but it's not the weirdest place that event planners have taken over lately. Also: Is now the time to plan an event in an emerging country?

Money & Business by Rob Stott Sep 19, 2013

Workplace Violence: Preventing a Tragedy at the Office

Money & Business by Rob Stott Sep 19, 2013

As investigators search for a motive in the Washington, DC, Navy Yard shooting, the tragic incident draws attention to the importance of employee-assistance programs and effective policies.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 1, 2013

Meetings Memo: Disaster Management

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 1, 2013

How to plan for the unexpected at your next event by having a solid disaster management system in place.

Meetings by Jasmine McGee Jun 26, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Bring a Food Truck To Your Event

Meetings by Jasmine McGee Jun 26, 2013

Curve your meeting attendees hunger by hiring a food truck to roll in some fresh food. Also: How changing roles can shape the future of your career.

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Apr 16, 2013

Social Media Roundup: A New Tool For Event Planning

Meetings by Anita Ferrer Apr 16, 2013

The event-planning site Splash challenges ticket-service sites with its full-fledged event-planning platform. Also: tips on finding more shareable content. What are some of the key details that go into planning events? Odds are, Splash serves most of your organizational needs. That, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup: Splash Zone https://twitter.com/sarahconvene/status/324224545282195456 The event-planning service Splash […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 29, 2013

Your Next Great Event Idea Is an Already Great Product

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 29, 2013

One media organization is producing a new event, which is an extension of one of its most recognized products. Can your association do something similar with its most popular products, services, or brands?

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Mar 25, 2013

Social Media Roundup: Content Management To-Do List

Leadership by Anita Ferrer Mar 25, 2013

Who's managing your content? A breakdown of the content creation schedule and tasks. Also: make bigger meetings smaller to ensure a valuable and intimate experience for your attendees.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 7, 2012

Should You Hold Holiday-Free Meetings and Events?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 7, 2012

Research shows that only one-third of the days in a year are holiday-free. Does your association need a formal policy about whether to hold meetings and events over national, international, and religious holidays?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2012

Lunchtime Links: Doodles and Other Event Ideas

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2012

How one startup brought an illustrator to a recent branding conference. Also: A list of events you should try to get to someday.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2013

The GSA's Plan to Keep Meetings Costs in Check

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2013

Still reeling from a conference scandal, the General Services Administration is hoping to cut conference costs by implementing an enterprise-wide approach to event management.

Membership by Tim Ebner May 31, 2019

Membership Hack: Chapter Microsites

Membership by Tim Ebner May 31, 2019

The Institute of Management Accountants uses microsites that chapter volunteers manage to drive online member engagement while maintaining IMA brand consistency. The sites are easy to configure and help boost event attendance.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

Survival Guide For A Hot Job Market

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Aug 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 28, 2018

How to Create A Risk Register for Your Association

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 28, 2018

Effectively managing risk is key to the success of any organization. Creating a risk register and implementing an action plan based on its findings is one way that associations can manage their own risks.

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

Countdown To GDPR: What Associations Should Know

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 22, 2017

What Can Artificial Intelligence Do for Your Members?

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 22, 2017

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 30, 2017

Membership Hack: Combo-Promo Campaigns

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 30, 2017

One small association increased membership by 7 percent in a year using targeted "combo-promo" campaigns.

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?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

Now Hiring: Show Ambassador

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 2, 2016

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

Comings and Goings: May/June 2016

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2016

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2016

Meetings Memo: Joe Knows

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2016

Ask Joe, a revved-up customer service initiative at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, kept attendees moving.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2016

2016: The API's Breakthrough Year?

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 9, 2016

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

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

At Conferences, All Signs Point to Digital

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

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

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Sep 16, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: A Prime News Deal

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Sep 16, 2015

Amazon Prime subscribers will finally be able to take advantage of the company's ownership of the Washington Post.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 8, 2015

Four Tips for CEOs Thinking About Tech

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 8, 2015

Technology is one of a universe of things an association executive needs to stay on top of. But you don't have to get stuck in the weeds.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 22, 2014

Exhibitor Academy Maximizes Tradeshow Experience

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 22, 2014

The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently hosted a learning program specifically aimed at exhibitors to help them get the most out of their tradeshow experience.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 1, 2014

Meetings Without Borders: How Three Global Conferences Did It

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 1, 2014

Planning an overseas meeting presents the same challenges as planning a domestic one—and a whole lot more. Associations Now took an inside look at three recent global conferences to learn how they did it.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Maybe You Should Be Too Proud to Beg

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 18, 2014

Why begging for attention on social media might get you the wrong kind of attention. Also: What's holding the event industry back, anyway?

Money & Business by Emma Beck Jan 13, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Avoid These Marketing Mishaps

Money & Business by Emma Beck Jan 13, 2014

Lessons you can learn from these marketing and management fails. Plus: Roll the red carpet out! A few non-tech event trends to expect in 2014.

Leadership by Corey Murray Sep 6, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Why CEOs Should Cut Back on Email

Leadership by Corey Murray Sep 6, 2013

How cutting back on online communication can improve productivity. Also: a list of dos and don’ts for social media at your next event.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2013

Smaller-Scale Locales Score Big on Top Destinations List

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2013

While the usual suspects—Orlando, Chicago, and Las Vegas—showed up near the top of Cvent's Top 50 U.S. Meetings Destinations list, the real story is near the bottom of the list, where smaller resort cities are showing their event prowess.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2013

GSA Launches Travel Advisory Committee to Revamp Conference Policies

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 10, 2013

In an effort to keep conference and travel spending in check throughout the federal government, the General Services Administration will launch a new committee, made up of public and private-sector officials, to discuss ways to improve efficiencies.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 12, 2013

Checking In With AMS and Online Community Providers

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 12, 2013

What are the major developments and trends in the field of association management systems and online member communities? I visited several industry partners at ASAE's 2013 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference to find out.

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2013

The Innovators: Governance Goes Global

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2013

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

Meetings by Monica Corcoran Dec 1, 2012

Zoo Story: Meet Keynote Speaker Temple Grandin

Meetings by Monica Corcoran Dec 1, 2012

Among the highlights from Day 2 of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' annual meeting: Livestock expert and autism figure Temple Grandin.

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 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.

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Mentors You Admire

Leadership by Raegan Johnson Jun 19, 2019

We all have bosses, but over the course of a career only a few stand out as taking a special investment in teaching, growing, and advancing the professional lives of others. Hear from association pros who were lucky enough to have mentors that did just that.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

How Much Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2019

Long the subject of breathless hype, blockchain technology has started to find its way into real-world use cases. A recent whitepaper highlights where associations and their members might come into play.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

Online Moderation: Don’t Fan the Flames With Your Messaging

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 10, 2019

Moderating an online community is already hard enough. Don't make it harder by failing to follow your own rules. Just ask YouTube, still smarting after a recent painful misstep.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2019

New Campaign Hopes to Ease the Conversation Around Alzheimer’s Disease

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 4, 2019

Family members can struggle to discuss signs of memory loss with loved ones—often early signifiers of Alzheimer’s disease. A new campaign by the Ad Council and the Alzheimer’s Association might help.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2019

Trade Groups Raise Concerns About FCC Robocall Rules

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2019

The FCC is voting this week on rules intended to curb robocalls, but associations in several industries warn that the new regulations could squelch legitimate calls, too..

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

The Next-Generation Power Play for Associations

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2019

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

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Talking Tech: See What Your Member Sees

Technology by Associations Now Staff Jun 2, 2019

Customer experience, or CX, has emerged as a vital business strategy for all types of organizations, including associations. Adrienne Bryant, CAE, account executive at IntrinXec Management, Inc., explains what associations can do to keep the member point of view in mind.

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 29, 2019

Avoid These Four Crisis Communications Mistakes

Money & Business by Rasheeda Childress May 29, 2019

When bad stuff happens—whether it be a financial scandal or a cyberattack—associations need a communication plan. An expert offers tips to help your organization get it right when it matters most.

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

What Your Conference Needs to Embrace Now

Money & Business by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2019

Three conference practices that associations need to put into action now to ensure your attendees feel welcome, happy, and included.

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.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2019

How a Nonprofit Helps Deliver on a Musical Act’s Ambitions

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2019

The Kronos Performing Arts Association helps manage the Kronos Quartet, a well-known international touring act—while keeping a focus on the underlying mission that drives the group’s work.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

Survey: IT Execs Eyeing the CEO Role, But Not Right Away

Technology by Ernie Smith May 13, 2019

While more than half of chief technology officers surveyed by Korn Ferry expressed chief executive ambitions, most believed the role wouldn't be the next step in their careers.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 6, 2019

An Adept Lesson in Crisis Communications on Social Media

Technology by Ernie Smith May 6, 2019

After a major bug left users of the Firefox browser without their add-ons over the weekend, the social media accounts of its parent company, Mozilla, kicked into gear. Your IT team should take notes.

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media May 1, 2019

The Cure for the Common Association Cold

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media May 1, 2019

[Sponsored] If we aren’t taking good care of our events, then we aren’t as prepared as we should be for disruption.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

Five Millennial-Friendly Benefits to Offer Your Team

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 29, 2019

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

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Apr 24, 2019

Building Community With $1.50 Beer

Brand Connection by 360 Live Media Apr 24, 2019

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

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

A Failed Consumer App Might Be Your New Favorite Tool

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 22, 2019

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

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.

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

Why You Need to Help Prepare Exhibitors for Your Conferences

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

Exhibitors, like attendees and speakers, need to be prepared for your conference. A look at what associations are doing to help ensure their exhibitors have a successful tradeshow experience—and other ideas worth considering.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

Conference Circuit: International Business Education

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 11, 2019

AACSB International’s 2019 International Conference and Annual Meeting begins next week in Scotland. Attendance is expected to top 1,300.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2019

National Volunteer Week: How Associations Are Celebrating

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2019

The event, turning 45 this year, has some associations in a thanking mood and others launching new ideas for their members. Read on to see how different groups are taking part this week.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2019

When the Staff Leader Is the Only Staffer

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 7, 2019

CEOs who are the are the sole staff member have a lot of authority, but a lot of communicating to do with the board. One expert offers some advice about how to manage the challenge.

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

Former NFL Stars Embrace eSports With New Tournament

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 1, 2019

The Pro Football Retired Players Association is launching a new eSports tournament that will offer gamers the chance to meet and maybe even compete with legendary pro football icons.

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 Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

Comings and Goings: Mar/Apr 2019

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2019

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2019

Destination: Charlotte

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 1, 2019

Plan an unforgettable meeting in North Carolina’s Queen City.

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

Conference Circuit: Continuing Education Pros

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 21, 2019

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s 104th Annual Conference begins next week in Seattle. Attendance is expected to top 700.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

As Mentoring Evolves, Mix the Tech With the Traditional

Leadership by Ernie Smith Mar 20, 2019

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

Leadership by Julie Shoop Mar 18, 2019

#ASAEIdeas19: Go Big by Going Small

Leadership by Julie Shoop Mar 18, 2019

Move over, BHAG. According to several speakers on day two of the ASAE Great Ideas Conference, sometimes the best path to innovation is to set aside the big, hairy, audacious goal and go small instead.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

Help Prospects Make the Case for Attending Your Conference

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

Convincing prospective attendees to come to your conference is one thing; selling their bosses on it is something else. What can you do to help prospects persuade their managers?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2019

Spring Clean Your Routine: Four Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 14, 2019

Don’t just focus on your closet or your file cabinet: Spend some time this spring cleaning season working on ways to minimize distractions while maximizing productivity.

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 12, 2019

Three Small-Scale Ideas for Free Membership

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 12, 2019

When you rely on member dues as a significant revenue source, free membership sounds scary. But you don’t have to go big: Limited free membership offers might provide just the boost you need.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

We Asked, You Answered: Frustrating Tech Headaches

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 6, 2019

From annoying gadgets to frustrating apps, it’s not unheard of for a tech frustration to surface around every corner. Here were just a few of the ones that are racking the brains of association executives.

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 28, 2019

Help Your Attendees Make Friends—Not Contacts

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 28, 2019

It’s no longer enough for meetings to feature networking events that lead to superficial introductions and the simple swapping of business cards. A far better goal: Help attendees build friendships.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2019

Afraid of a “Ghost”? How to Keep Recruits From Disappearing

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2019

Ghosting, something often associated with dating, has become increasingly common among job applicants—or even new hires. How can you prevent a crisis when a new employee doesn’t show up?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 12, 2019

What Makes Young Members Tick?

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 12, 2019

A new benchmarking study focuses on young professionals’ views on membership. While many from the Gen Z and millennial generations decide to join associations, they’re skeptical about the value and benefits that membership brings. That’s a challenge associations will need to overcome.

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.

Brand Connection by Visit Austin Feb 5, 2019

Meet Outside the Box: Bringing the Destination to Attendees

Brand Connection by Visit Austin Feb 5, 2019

[Sponsored] Attendees may lack time to fully experience the meeting destination, but thoughtful curation of the city’s best offerings can be the solution.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

First Steps to Strategy for Board Members

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

Board members often come to their first meeting in need of help in building their strategic thinking skills. Firm guidance from the CEO can cultivate a focus on the long-term big picture and guide board members out of the operational weeds. But be prepared: This shift takes time and patience.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

Meetings Memo: Driven for Data

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 1, 2019

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

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

Business Groups Aim to Change Mindset on Hiring Ex-Convicts

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2019

Working with prominent political donor Charles Koch, a number of major trade groups threw their support behind an initiative that aims to encourage employers to consider workers with criminal records for open positions.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2019

Report: Finance Departments Struggling to Embrace Modern Tech

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2019

Despite evidence that embracing modern tech helps strengthen finance departments, only 1 in 10 appear to be taking a tech-forward approach, according to an AICPA survey. Issues holding respondents back include a reliance on legacy technology and security concerns.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 15, 2019

Use a Content Calendar to Engage Members in 2019

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 15, 2019

The member experience ebbs and flows with activity throughout the year, which is why a content calendar can help you plan for member engagements in 2019. Here are a few tools and techniques to get you started.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

Survey: Membership Growth Stagnant Among Associations

Membership by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

In its latest association survey, the AMS platform GrowthZone says that more organizations are seeing stagnation or even declines than are seeing growth. However, there are some signifiers of an organization that’s more likely to see member growth.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

Federal Employee Groups Go to Court as Shutdown Hits Fourth Week

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 14, 2019

Associations and unions representing federal employees last week turned to the courts, claiming in multiple lawsuits that the requirement that they work without pay during the ongoing government shutdown violates their constitutional rights.

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 Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

Government Shutdown Puts Damper on Association Meetings

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2019

A number of major conferences and tradeshows taking place in January, including this week’s CES and many scientific conferences, are dealing with the loss of numerous attendees and presenters from the federal government—leading events to quickly switch gears.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2019

Create a Culture That Keeps Employees Motivated and Happy  

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jan 2, 2019

When organizations don’t focus on wellbeing, they’ll often see that their employees are exhibiting signs of burnout. Here are few tips for preventing it.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 18, 2018

Top Tips From 2018 Membership Hacks

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 18, 2018

In the weekly Membership Hack column, we share the little ways that associations save time, money, and resources while delivering value to members all year long. Here are some of our favorites from 2018.

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

Gain a Global Perspective With International Chapters

Membership by Tim Ebner Dec 9, 2018

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 6, 2018

Conference Circuit: Information Overload

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 6, 2018

The Association for Information Systems’ International Conference on Information Systems 2018 begins next week in San Francisco. Attendance is expected to be 1,500.

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2018

Can Staff and Boards Work Together?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2018

The best advice is to keep them separate. But in a time of transition, one CEO found value in a collective exercise.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2018

5 Things Your Organization Should Do to Improve Website Accessibility

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 30, 2018

With increased attention being given to situations where website design renders content inaccessible for those with disabilities, now’s a good time to keep in mind strategies to ensure users aren’t getting forgotten by your developers.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2018

Does a Tech Leader Need to be Tech-Savvy?

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2018

Technical knowledge is often seen as essential for many tech roles, but it’s certainly possible that IT executives without in-depth technical knowledge might find themselves in a high-level role. Just ask Japan’s deputy chief of cybersecurity.

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.

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Nov 12, 2018

4 Easy Ways to Give Members the VIP Treatment

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Nov 12, 2018

Without members, your association couldn’t exist. Here are four ways to guarantee members feel appreciated.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2018

Mortgage Broker Group Launches an AMC Subsidiary

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 7, 2018

The National Association of Mortgage Brokers will offer association management services to its affiliates around the country—and already has three state-level organizations under its belt.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 31, 2018

Asset Managers Group Kicks Off D&I Initiative

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 31, 2018

The Diversity Project, modeled after a similar UK effort, is meant to close some very wide gender and ethnicity gaps.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 26, 2018

Membership Hack: Chapter Trivia

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 26, 2018

To spark some friendly competition and build buzz for its annual conference, the Association of Change Management Professionals quizzes members weekly on chapter trivia.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

6 Creative Ways Cities Are Appealing to Life Sciences

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Oct 22, 2018

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

Brand Connection by Impexium Oct 21, 2018

7 Signs You’re an Association Technology Disruptor

Brand Connection by Impexium Oct 21, 2018

Patrick Dorsey, the EVP of Marketing at Impexium, breaks down the defining characteristics of people who make a lasting impact at their associations.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2018

Can a CEO Get Away With Just a Smartphone?

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 15, 2018

In one prominent case, the answer is yes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the answer is yes for you—and it probably isn’t for your staff.

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

How Meeting Planners Can Manage the Data Deluge

Meetings by Mark Athitakis Oct 15, 2018

Meeting planners can track more information than ever about attendees. That data can help you understand where your event succeeded and where it may have fallen short, but the information stream often feels like a flood. A smart advance strategy that defines what you need to know can keep you from going under.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Association CEOs: What I Wish I’d Known

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

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

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

Power of A: Data’s Big Lift

Money & Business by Maria Mihalik Oct 15, 2018

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

The Fix: Covered Cancellations

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 15, 2018

Eileen Hoffman, assistant vice president at Aon Affinity, explains why event cancellation insurance—which covers an association’s losses if an event is cancelled, curtailed, or abandoned—is so important. In a nutshell: “Having this insurance coverage could be the difference between having the finances for future meetings or not.”

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2018

Books: Be Bold

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Oct 15, 2018

Break free from the status quo, with the help of Jonah Sachs’ Unsafe Thinking.

Leadership by Aaron Manogue Oct 14, 2018

Three Things To Do Now To Prepare For Next-Gen Members

Leadership by Aaron Manogue Oct 14, 2018

After starting a Young Professionals Taskforce for his local state society, a YP shares three things organizations can do today to get ready for next-gen members.

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.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Free Food at the Office

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 26, 2018

Free snacks or even meals at the office can have a positive effect on the way that people collaborate or feel about their employer, but it can come with some big downsides if not done the right way.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 20, 2018

Conference Circuit: Local Government Leaders

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 20, 2018

The International City/County Management Association’s Annual Conference begins next week in Baltimore. Attendance is expected to exceed 3,500.

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.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2018

Hospital Association Aims to Use Big Data to Spot Bigger Trends

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 12, 2018

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

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 6, 2018

3 Tips to Best Determine the ROI of Your Meeting

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Sep 6, 2018

A flagship event may be tradition, but is your annual conference still providing measurable ROI for your organization?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 6, 2018

Conference Circuit: Dam Safety

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 6, 2018

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials’ 2018 Annual Conference begins this weekend in Seattle. Close to 1,000 are expected to attend.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2018

A Fresh Concern About Open-Source Software

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2018

While there is definite value when it comes to using open-source software, a couple of recent incidents highlight how licensing rule changes, already controversial on their own, could threaten to bite back if you aren’t keeping an eye on things.

Brand Connection by Impexium Aug 22, 2018

Leading Change for Higher Efficiency

Brand Connection by Impexium Aug 22, 2018

When trouble is brewing at the National Beer Wholesalers Association, they call IT Director Cos Manner.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 21, 2018

Turn Members Into Hackers (the Good Kind)

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 21, 2018

Associations can enlist their members to participate in quick-sprint hackathons to help develop new products and services. In exchange, participants get a highly engaging experience. Here’s what one hackathon looked like at #ASAE18.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2018

We Asked, You Answered: What's Your Staff Conference Attire?

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Aug 17, 2018

Associations approach conference attire in a variety of ways—some stick to shirts with logos, while others simply aim for a business casual look. Find out how a few groups approach their meeting fashion.

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.

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Aug 13, 2018

Combining Innovation & Cooperation for Meeting Success

Brand Connection by Business Events Canada Aug 13, 2018

Convening in Vancouver provides resources to align meeting content, including a network of partners and a thriving life science community.

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Aug 12, 2018

3 Tips to Improve Member Outreach

Brand Connection by Alliance by Protech Aug 12, 2018

A fresh look at your membership database can serve as the key to improved communication and higher member satisfaction.

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 Tim Ebner Aug 7, 2018

What to Do When Membership Is Booming?

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 7, 2018

When your industry is red hot and your membership numbers are, too, how do you sustain your momentum? The Robotic Industries Association takes a three-pronged approach.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 7, 2018

Forestry Group Looks at Big Picture Amid California Wildfires

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 7, 2018

The California Forestry Association, which represents the state’s timber industry, says an oversaturation of trees is a big reason for the repeated wildfires in California, and it has pledged to help thin out the forests.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

Western Governors’ Association Takes Aim at Invasive Species

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 3, 2018

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

Create a Culture That Keeps Employees Motivated and Happy  

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

When organizations don’t focus on wellbeing, they’ll often see that their employees are exhibiting signs of burnout. Here are few tips for preventing it.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

Comings and Goings: July/August 2018

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2018

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

New Money: When a Fed Grant Ends

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2018

Opportunities and challenges with state-level fundraising.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

Beyond Passwords: Physical Security Keys Are Ready for Prime Time

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2018

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

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 Samantha Whitehorne Jul 26, 2018

Reduce Your Attendees’ Conference Anxiety

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 26, 2018

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

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.

Brand Connection by Impexium Jul 11, 2018

The Hail Mary Pass That Scored For This Sports Association

Brand Connection by Impexium Jul 11, 2018

Relying on outdated software systems, Laurie Bollig helped draw up a game plan that spelled victory. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this happen: You’re explaining a complicated process to a new, much younger employee and halfway through it, they say, “Oh, well you could just do this, right?” And with a couple of […]

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.

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?

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.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2018

Retail Industry Group Eyes Sustainability With School Competition

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2018

The Retail Industry Leaders Association will team with McGill University to launch a competition that aims to introduce new ideas about sustainability to the conversation. The university is tying the competition with the launch of its new retail management school.

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

3 Steps to Better Cybersecurity

Technology by Tim Ebner Jun 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

Comings and Goings: May/June 2018

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

The Fix: Cyber Coverage for Your Association

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

The Other Type of Tech Audit You Need to Worry About

Technology by Ernie Smith May 22, 2018

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

Can a Test Make You a Better Leader?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 21, 2018

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

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.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2018

Can Business Travel Unlock the Keys to Empathy?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 27, 2018

A recent survey from Hyatt finds that business travel can boost empathy for globe-hoppers—and those who leave the confines of home might find other benefits of hitting the road, too.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 23, 2018

Study Shows Donor Giving Preferences Are Shifting

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Apr 23, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 16, 2018

How a Board Chair Leads Best

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 16, 2018

A board chair wields a lot of power, but the role demands that power be shared. One expert’s suggestion: First, get rid of team-building exercises.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 6, 2018

How New Social Media Restrictions Could Affect Your Team

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 6, 2018

For differing reasons, Twitter and Facebook are taking steps to limit the amount and types of data that can be accessed or shared on their social networks. The moves, also affecting Instagram and an array of third-party apps, could make life much harder for your social media team.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

British Meetings Group Ramps Up Job-Swap Program

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 5, 2018

The event and hospitality group HBAA says its new Immersion Lab will give professionals in different sectors of the meetings industry—specifically, booking agencies and hospitality venues—a glimpse at each other's work to promote greater understanding.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2018

IT Group Releases Free GDPR Preparedness Tool

Technology by Mark Athitakis Apr 4, 2018

ISACA’s GDPR assessment is one part of a broader strategy to get tech professionals of all types ready for new privacy regulations that start next month.

Membership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2018

A New Age in Awards Programs

Membership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2018

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

Money & Business by Julia Judish Apr 1, 2018

Good Counsel: Is Your Website Open to All?

Money & Business by Julia Judish Apr 1, 2018

Following accessibility guidelines reduces legal risk and brings membership rewards.

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.

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2018

Friday Buzz: Protect Attendee Data

Meetings by Raegan Johnson Mar 23, 2018

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

Membership by 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 Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

The Challenges of Choosing New Software

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 13, 2018

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

Should an Exiting CEO Stick Around?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 12, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2018

Study: Should Nonprofits Focus More on Donor Loyalty?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 9, 2018

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

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 7, 2018

4 Data Issues to Act on Now, as GDPR Looms

Membership by Tim Ebner Mar 7, 2018

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

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

Five Ways Technology Is Disrupting the HR Department

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 26, 2018

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

Vendor-Relations Lessons from the KFC Chicken Crisis

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Feb 21, 2018

The shortages that have created some major issues for the fast food chain in the United Kingdom are being blamed on a vendor’s mess-ups. It’s a good reminder that good vendor management can be downright fundamental to your business needs.

Technology by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 16, 2018

Association-Backed Online News Network Premieres Next Month

Technology by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 16, 2018

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will launch the first online broadcasting network focused on healthcare information and technology innovation in March.

Money & Business by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 14, 2018

Psychiatric Group Offers Prescription for Physician Burnout

Money & Business by Cherise Bathersfield Feb 14, 2018

The American Psychiatric Association created an online wellness portal and other resources to help psychiatrists avoid and manage professional burnout.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 12, 2018

Association Acquires AMC to Better Serve Members

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 12, 2018

With the goal to provide an improved, more consistent member experience nationwide, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors brought an association management company under its banner and rebranded it as the NAIFA Midwest Office.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 12, 2018

How One Association Leads in Europe

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 12, 2018

The International Association of Lighting Designers has seen its European membership more than double in the past four years. To get there, it avoided a hard sell in favor of letting the community there shine a light on itself.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 5, 2018

How to Encourage a Board to Talk About the Future

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 5, 2018

ASAE ForesightWorks identifies a host of trends likely to transform life, work, and business. Conversations about what's coming can make leaders skittish, but it can be done with some patience and an emphasis on the upsides.

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2018

Philanthropy Reshaped: Finding New Ways to Fundraise

Money & Business by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2018

As the world changes, so too are the elements that encourage donors to give. Here’s how these trends are leading to a philanthropy rethink.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2018

People-Focused HR Boosts Recruitment and Retention, Study Says

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 25, 2018

A new report from the Society for Human Resource Management and Globoforce finds that using techniques that put people first, particularly on the recognition front, will be likelier to win out in the war for talent.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 19, 2018

Membership Hack: Chapter Leadership Coaching

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 19, 2018

The National Speakers Association uses a leadership coaching program to support and grow new leaders in its chapters and build a leadership pipeline.

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2018

Hawaii Alert Highlights Limits of Emergency Alert System, Associations Say

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 18, 2018

The recent incident in Hawaii, in which a test message was accidentally sent to millions of people on the island, comes at a time when emergency groups are calling for upgrades to the FCC’s wireless system—upgrades the commission is supportive of.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 18, 2018

Conference Circuit: Conservation Efforts

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 18, 2018

The National Association of Conservation Districts’ 72nd Annual Meeting begins next week in Nashville. Attendance is expected to be about 1,000.

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.

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 11, 2018

Why the Key to Longevity in Any Business is Adaptivity

Brand Connection by Singapore Tourism Board Jan 11, 2018

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

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

NFL’s Rooney Rule Inspires England’s Football Association

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 9, 2018

The 2003 rule meant to encourage a focus on hiring for diversity in the National Football League is helping to set a path forward for the English Football Association, which has faced diversity issues of its own in recent years.

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.

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.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2017

Science, Medical Groups Criticize “Banned Words” in Federal Budget Documents

Leadership by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2017

While government officials downplayed the impact of a list of banned words received by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies, groups in the science and medical industries used the incident to underline the value of “science-based” and “evidence-based” decision making—as those two phrases were part of the ban.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2017

Do Your Tools Have Too Many Knobs?

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2017

If it feels like you’re relying a little too heavily on “life hacks” to get through your day, it may be a sign that your organization’s infrastructure isn’t properly optimized for the needs of employees or members. Read on to learn how one organization is solving the problem for itself.

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2017

Report: Associations Lag Behind Member Needs on Personalization Issues

Membership by Ernie Smith Dec 18, 2017

A new report from the association tech conglomerate Community Brands finds that technology often leads to better member experiences, but associations often don’t invest in the kinds most desirable to members—specifically, those that allow for personalization.

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 15, 2017

Fire Protection Group Adapts to Year-Round Wildfire Season

Money & Business by Mark Athitakis Dec 15, 2017

From translations to tweens to Twitter, the National Fire Protection Association has been finetuning its communications for an era where wildfires are increasingly common.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 13, 2017

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

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 8, 2017

Conferences as Testing Grounds

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 8, 2017

Major hotel brands are opening innovation labs to allow guests, partners, and employees to test out products and features before they're officially launched. Should your association use one of its conferences to do the same?

Technology by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2017

Talking Tech: Is Your Website-Hosting Service Secure?

Technology by Associations Now Staff Dec 1, 2017

Your association’s website can enhance credibility and build community—or ruin your reputation if it’s hacked. Gary Grabowski, vice president and partner of Summit Business Technologies, explains how a secure hosting service can mitigate 99 percent of security risks. What is secure web hosting? Secure web hosting means your website is stored on a server with […]

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2017

Takeaways From CFPB’s High-Profile Leadership Fight

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 27, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s legally mandated structure has created a high-profile leadership crisis this week—one that reflects existing criticisms over the laws that govern the bureau.

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2017

Membership Lessons From a Shutdown: Why TechShop’s Machines Sputtered

Membership by Ernie Smith Nov 16, 2017

TechShop, a for-profit chain of makerspaces that worked on a membership model, closed its doors suddenly this week. The circumstances around its decline and eventual shutdown highlight the challenges high overhead can create for a membership model.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2017

Meetings Industry Launches Initiative to Drive More Attendance

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2017

With the help of the Experience Institute, an array of event-based organizations, including ASAE, launched a campaign designed to encourage more people to travel for conferences. The campaign is built around the Decision to Attend Study, the second edition of which was just released.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

The Patreon-ification of Membership

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2017

For years, the language of membership has often felt unique to the world of associations. But with the success of the tech startup Patreon, which will hand out $150 million to creators this year, we may be on the brink of a moment where membership concepts grow more mainstream. That could be a good thing for associations.

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Oct 26, 2017

Anatomy of a Great Annual Meeting: Rebrand Edition

Brand Connection by Tourisme Montréal Oct 26, 2017

DMAI officially became Destinations International at its annual meeting in Montréal. Here's how the organization pulled it off.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 25, 2017

4 Types of Members on Your Volunteer Bench

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 25, 2017

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2017

With New Initiative, Ad Council Moves Into Pro Bono Marketing Help

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 18, 2017

The group known for its familiar public service announcements is now lending its voice to a campaign for pro bono services for nonprofits, including traditional advertising and marketing services—and more.

Meetings by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2017

Attendee-Friendly Site Selection

Meetings by Alex Beall Oct 11, 2017

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

How I Got Here: Kim Grimm

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2017

Kim Grimm, the interim executive director of the National Association for Catering and Events in Columbia, Maryland, has a long history with associations.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 3, 2017

Las Vegas Shooting Underscores Need for Conference Security Strategy

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 3, 2017

Leaders in the meetings and exhibitions industry are working with federal law enforcement officials to help organizations develop plans to prepare for and, if necessary, respond to security threats at their events.

Leadership by Christina Martin, PharmD, MS Sep 27, 2017

Network Building When You’re New to the Industry

Leadership by Christina Martin, PharmD, MS Sep 27, 2017

If you’re new to the association world, it can feel overwhelming at first to connect with peers. One association exec who successfully made the transition two years ago shares her top tips.

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.

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 28, 2017

Why Building Teams Doesn’t Always Result in Teamwork

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 28, 2017

Associations are notable for encouraging multitasking. But without close attention, all those tasks can drain workers. People talk about “wearing many hats” so often in the association world that you’d be forgiven if you sometimes think you’re in the haberdashery business. The many-hats conceit is often discussed with a smirk, or as a point of […]

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 18, 2017

Do We Need a Safety Standard for Meetings?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 18, 2017

In an #ASAE17 Learning Lab, two presenters made the case for why a security standard is needed for venues and how it would benefit the industry as a whole.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 16, 2017

Following Your Members’ Footsteps

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 16, 2017

The path your members take when they interact with your association provides valuable information about what they want from you.

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 9, 2017

Member Services From Top Down to Local First

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 9, 2017

The CFA Institute recently made an organizational change to support local societies using a membership activation program.

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.

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.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

Young Association CEOs: A Fast Track to the Top

Leadership by Tim Ebner Aug 1, 2017

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

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Ground Support: How to Help Local Chapters

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Chapters provide the help associations need to reach members locally. But to keep things running smoothly, associations must also make sure components have the help they need to fulfill that purpose. Organizations of all sizes can find networking, technological, or financial solutions to make sure chapters can leverage the power of their association.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Measuring ROI for Association Chapters

Money & Business by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2017

Few organizations measure their association chapter ROI. Here's why they probably should.

Leadership by Dustin A. Paschal Aug 1, 2017

Ask the CEO: Brad Shanklin

Leadership by Dustin A. Paschal Aug 1, 2017

Brad Shanklin, executive director, Dallas HR Management Association, answers questions from DallasHR member Dustin A. Paschal.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2017

Global Spotlight: Know Your Audience

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Aug 1, 2017

An engineering group hones its training courses for its European customers.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2017

Is an Email Marketing Price War on the Way?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 25, 2017

The pricing scheme for many email marketing service providers—which grows based on the size of your list—is one that feels destined for disruption down the line. A new tool from Microsoft suggests how such a disruption might happen.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 19, 2017

Alexa, How Much Are My Membership Dues?

Membership by Tim Ebner Jul 19, 2017

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

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 13, 2017

Group Offers Benchmarking Benefits Through Tiered, Online Program

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jul 13, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 11, 2017

A Court Verdict Raises the Pressure for Website Accessibility

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 11, 2017

Beyond being a nice thing to have and an important nod to diversity and inclusion, ensuring your website is accessible might soon be mandated by legal rulings. One recent U.S. federal court decision strongly suggests that the Americans With Disabilities Act might have a home on the World Wide Web.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 6, 2017

A Case for the Association Summer Internship

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jul 6, 2017

Associations that want to develop the next generation of talented association staffers should consider starting an association-wide internship program.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 30, 2017

How the iPhone Changed the Conference Experience

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 30, 2017

The first iPhone went on sale 10 years ago this week. Since its launch, it's had an impact on almost every aspect of association management. A look at how it’s changed meetings and events.

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jun 26, 2017

Three Ways to Prepare Your Staff to Respond to Workplace Emergencies

Leadership by Emily Bratcher Jun 26, 2017

Two recent American Heart Association surveys revealed that U.S. workers are not prepared for cardiac emergencies at the office. Here are some ways that associations can better equip their staffs for workplace emergencies of all types.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 16, 2017

Colorado Hospital Group Partners on Opioid Safety Pilot

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 16, 2017

In response to high levels of opioid use and abuse in the state, the Colorado Hospital Association launched an opioid safety pilot in a handful of the state’s hospitals and emergency departments.

Money & Business by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 14, 2017

Groups Look to Automation to Combat Email Fatigue

Money & Business by Juliet Van Wagenen Jun 14, 2017

Feel like you’re sending more emails but getting less of a response? You’re not alone.

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 1, 2017

Conference Circuit: Getting Analytical

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 1, 2017

The American Psychoanalytic Association’s 106th Annual Meeting is set to start in Austin, Texas, next week. More than 500 attendees will be onsite.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

Comings and Goings: May/June 2017

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2017

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

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 Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2017

Wisdom of the Crowd: Takeaways From XDP

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 24, 2017

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

Meetings by Julie Shoop May 23, 2017

XDP Challenges Association Pros to Become Experience Designers

Meetings by Julie Shoop May 23, 2017

Traditional conferences may deliver on content but often come up short in providing compelling, memorable, come-back-next-year experiences. At ASAE's new Xperience Design Project event Monday, participants got a guided, hands-on tour of the design mindset.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

UN, Citizen Science Groups Join Forces to Track Mosquito Spread

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 17, 2017

The UN Environment Programme is teaming with citizen science associations globally to create a database that tracks the spread of mosquito-borne diseases—an area that governmental agencies have struggled to track on their own.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 11, 2017

3 Banking Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher May 11, 2017

Associations are always hunting for ways to be more time- and cost-efficient in their day-to-day business operations. If banking fees are eating away at your margins or your finance team is bogged down in too much accounting minutiae, try these three favorite tips from a longtime association finance professional.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

Prepare Your Association for a Phishing Attack

Technology by Ernie Smith May 9, 2017

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

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka May 1, 2017

Corporate Well-Being Programs Have Broadened, Survey Shows

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka May 1, 2017

A survey by the National Business Group on Health indicates that organizations are taking a more holistic approach with their well-being programs, such as offering help on financial security.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2017

Is Association Technology at a Turning Point?

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 25, 2017

A recent deal in the association technology space raises some interesting questions about the state of the sector and what’s next. What’s holding associations and their vendors back, and what needs to happen to push things forward?

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

To Increase Member Retention, Rate and Score Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 19, 2017

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

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 14, 2017

New Tool Helps Privacy Professionals Better Respond to Data Breaches

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 14, 2017

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is launching the IAPP-RADAR Incident Response Center to help members stay on top of data breaches and applicable laws.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 11, 2017

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

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 6, 2017

How to Lose Well at the End of a Winning Streak

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 6, 2017

Every association is bound to face failure at some point, but how team leaders respond to that loss could be key to ensuring future success. Jamie Notter, consultant and founding partner of WorkXO, shares advice for organizations and managers.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 6, 2017

Will Brexit Hurt Travel? Depends on Whom You Ask

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 6, 2017

As negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union get underway under Article 50, major travel groups are raising alarm about Brexit’s potential impact on the travel sector. A new survey, on the other hand, paints a sunnier picture.

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2017

Crowdsource: Trash Talk

Leadership by Alex Beall Apr 1, 2017

Getting hands-on with zero-waste goals.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 30, 2017

How to Create a Culture That Embraces Sales

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 30, 2017

All associations are in the business of sales, whether they want to believe it or not. Here are a few tips for changing the culture around the office, as well as an example that shows these tips in practice.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 28, 2017

Restaurant Group Dishes Up Grease-Control Toolkit

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Mar 28, 2017

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

Report: Terror Risk Tops Safety Concerns for Business Travelers

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 17, 2017

In a new Global Business Travel Association report, the association found that many business travelers said they were most fearful of a terror attack happening while on the road, despite the fact that other risk factors, like theft or street violence, were much more likely.

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

Why Employees Resist Using Your Collaboration Tools

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 7, 2017

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

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

Greenbuild Gets Even Greener, Diverts 90.3 Percent of Waste

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 27, 2017

The 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center exceeded waste diversion goals for both the U.S. Green Building Council and the meeting venue.

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 23, 2017

How to Keep Employees Focused When Stress Levels Are High

Leadership by Alex Beall Feb 23, 2017

With Americans reporting increased stress levels, managers may start seeing their employees’ productivity levels drop. Here’s how you can support your staff’s wellness while keeping them on task.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 23, 2017

How a Sharpened Focus on Mission Upped Revenue, Membership

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Feb 23, 2017

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation finds that a focus on purpose yielded new memberships and increased revenue. Here’s some tips on how you can do the same.

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2017

Report: Influencer Marketing Is Still on the Rise

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 21, 2017

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

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.

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.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

Groups Join Forces To Improve Veteran Hiring and Retention

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Feb 10, 2017

The SHRM Foundation and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations are marshaling their expertise on HR and veterans issues to improve veteran employment.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 10, 2017

Conference Loyalty Programs: The Perks of Earning Points

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Feb 10, 2017

Research shows that Americans love loyalty programs, which means that your conference attendees and exhibitors do too. Some ideas on how to start rewarding your loyal customers.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 8, 2017

Opening the Door to Government Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 8, 2017

In some fields, associations can’t fully carry out their mission of guiding smart policy and facilitating information exchange if government employees aren’t part of their membership community. But state and federal rules are sometimes an obstacle to bringing in those members. Some groups are reexamining their membership strategies to bring down that barrier.

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2017

When an Online Community No Longer Works

Technology by Ernie Smith Feb 7, 2017

Sometimes an online comment system or forum no longer makes sense for your organization’s needs, potentially due to a glut of "trolls"—an issue the Amazon-owned IMDb is currently dealing with. The lesson: If you’re dealing with an online community, especially at scale, you must be willing to invest in both the people and technology that makes it work.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

A Membership Checkup for Associations

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2017

Leading healthcare associations are working together to craft strategies for better engaging members. Even as the healthcare industry continues to change, a new report offers six recommendations to boost engagement that associations in all sectors can learn from.

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 […]

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

Are Your Members More Tech-Savvy than You Think?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 24, 2017

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

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.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jan 12, 2017

ASAE Joins Business, Hospitality Groups to Oppose Texas ‘Bathroom Bill’

Money & Business by Alex Beall Jan 12, 2017

Saying that a bill introduced in Austin last week would discriminate against the LGBT community and hurt business in Texas, ASAE and others in the hospitality, meetings, and association industries announced a joint campaign to oppose it.

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Jan 9, 2017

Awards Presentations Cues from the Golden Globes

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Jan 9, 2017

Associations enjoy giving awards, but all too often their ceremonies are lackluster, awkward, and even boring. Taking a page from Sunday’s Golden Globes, here are some pointers for creating a dazzling awards program.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

How College Football Bowls Boost the Economy

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 21, 2016

New research commissioned by the Football Bowl Association finds that even small-stakes college football bowls drive a significant boost for local economies. But the bowl system, despite the positive economic signs, faces a couple of challenges down the road.

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.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

How to Keep Your Employees in 2017

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 15, 2016

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

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.

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 30, 2016

What Kevin Bacon Can Teach Us About Membership Engagement

Membership by Tim Ebner Nov 30, 2016

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 28, 2016

The Skills an Association CEO Needs

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 28, 2016

Association leaders from various backgrounds can succeed, but a new survey shows that there are some common experiences that can help.

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 9, 2016

Airbnb's Business Travel Fortunes Rise

Meetings by Ernie Smith Nov 9, 2016

According to statistics from the travel expense firm Concur, corporate travelers significantly increased their use of Airbnb in a recent quarter. The growth, however, comes at a time when legal pressures are on the rise.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 8, 2016

Nonprofits Push for Veterans Day Observance in the Office and Out

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Nov 8, 2016

Although Veterans Day is a public holiday, it is business as usual for many organizations. Several associations offer recommendations on how to commemorate the day, from advocating for a paid holiday to celebrating it on the job.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

National Association of Realtors Analyzes Blockchain’s Potential

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 4, 2016

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

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.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

Cartoonist, With Associations' Help, Brings Stroke Awareness to Comics Pages

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 1, 2016

Guy Gilchrist, the lead artist behind Nancy, knows from personal experience about the risk factors that can lead to strokes—and on World Stroke Day this year, he used his comic strip to draw attention to a health risk he calls a "slap from God."

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Oct 25, 2016

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 24, 2016

Is Your Board Ready for a Crisis?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 24, 2016

It's not easy to expect the unexpected—especially when you have 30 volunteer leaders with different opinions and experiences. One association's experience suggests a path to success.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

Meetings Industry Moves Forward With Safety Initiative

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 21, 2016

During the 2016 edition of IMEX America, meetings-industry stakeholders announced steps to further safety endeavors within the industry through the launch of a new council. The council extends the events industry’s ongoing collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

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.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

Next-Gen Appeal: Making Meetings For Millennial Members

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

You have loyal, long-time conference attendees—that’s great. But to keep your events thriving for the long term, you need to engage your millennial members. How are you changing your conferences to appeal to a new generation?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

Better-Rated Performance Reviews

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 11, 2016

Old-fashioned performance reviews are too robotic, infrequent, and stressful, according to many association employees and managers alike. Some organizations are finding a better way.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

How I Got Here: Christina McCoy

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Oct 11, 2016

Christina McCoy, he manager of events and communities at the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions in Middleton, Wisconsin, got her start on the farm.

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?

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Oct 5, 2016

New Water Reuse Group Gets European Union Backing

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Oct 5, 2016

For years, the European Union has shown interest in improving the track record of its member countries on water reuse. A new industry group, with the backing of the EU, hopes to give the concept some momentum.

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

Why a Credential Is a Good Choice for Young Professionals

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

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 29, 2016

Conference Circuit: Truck Stop

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 29, 2016

The 2016 American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition begins this weekend in Las Vegas.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 28, 2016

Inbound Marketing’s Potential for Membership

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 28, 2016

As marketing technology advances and member habits evolve, the power of inbound marketing continues to grow. Is your association ready to make the leap?

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

Study: Internet of Things Security Breaches Largely Avoidable

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 14, 2016

The potential of connected devices, or the Internet of Things, has at times been challenged by reports of security problems. But the Online Trust Alliance says the real problem is poor security policy. Think the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is problematic from a security perspective? It might be, but those security problems […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 9, 2016

Hospitality Industry Urges Congressional Action on Zika

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Sep 9, 2016

After Congress failed to fund Zika-related prevention measures this week, major players in the travel industry got together to ask for quick action. But even with a lack of federal funds and new cases of the virus, meetings continue to go on as planned in Miami.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 7, 2016

The State of Association Chapters

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Sep 7, 2016

A new benchmarking study sheds some light on common chapter-relations practices at associations, but it falls short of stating the value of chapters—because so few associations are measuring it.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: Make Design Your Domain

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 6, 2016

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 1, 2016

Takeaways from Amazon’s New 30-Hour Workweek Experiment

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Sep 1, 2016

Last week, Amazon announced that it will soon pilot a program, in which entire teams are hired to work a reduced number of hours. Some commentators see this experiment as a way to attract talented women, who also have families, back to the workforce. What are the takeaways for associations?

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.

Brand Connection by Association Headquarters Aug 29, 2016

Thinking Through Board Diversity

Brand Connection by Association Headquarters Aug 29, 2016

As associations grow and change, so do their boards. Keeping these three things in mind may help with the growing pains.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 26, 2016

Accessibility for All: Toolkit Ensures Better Meetings For Every Attendee

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 26, 2016

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

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.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

Lean Startup Strategy: Take Your Innovation in Smaller Bites

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 23, 2016

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

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 19, 2016

Improve Your Meeting Through Better Interactions

Brand Connection by Visit Indy Aug 19, 2016

Much of the important work at a meeting doesn’t just happen during scheduled events. It also takes place at casual gatherings such as an early morning coffee, a lunchtime walk, or a dinner at a local restaurant. Or even during serendipitous encounters.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

Why Does Innovation Challenge Associations So Much?

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 16, 2016

During this week's ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, a trend of discussion during different sessions was that innovation quite often requires quick work, something many associations are not known for. How can we make the big, hulking machine a little easier to turn?

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Aug 14, 2016

Astronaut Twins Tell #ASAE16 Attendees to "Do the Hard Thing"

Meetings by Emily Bratcher Aug 14, 2016

On Sunday morning, opening keynoters Mark and Scott Kelly galvanized thousands of #ASAE16 attendees with stories recounting their dual rise to space and encouragement to avoid taking the easy route. Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly kicked off the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition on Sunday with a double-act keynote speech that encouraged association professionals […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 11, 2016

Chiropractic Association: We Have a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 11, 2016

The American Chiropractic Association's new social media campaign wants to make the point that painkillers aren't the only way to deal with chronic pain. The campaign comes at a time when opioid addiction is a hot topic in medical circles.

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 5, 2016

New Hotel Executives Group Looks to Appeal to Broader Membership

Money & Business by Derrick Perkins Aug 5, 2016

After launching the International Association of Hotel General Managers earlier this year, staff saw a surge in interest from other professionals within the hospitality industry. Seeing a growth opportunity, IAHGM took advantage and recently founded a new subsidiary: the International Association of Hotel Executives.

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 Alex Beall Aug 1, 2016

Crowdsource: Backpack Giveback

Meetings by Alex Beall Aug 1, 2016

How an association’s meeting-goers do good in their downtime.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

CEO to CEO: Keeping Up With New Trends

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

How do you stay up to date on new trends and keep your knowledge and expertise current? These association execs have an answer.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

The Fix: Cover Up

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Aug 1, 2016

Cyber insurance for when cybersecurity isn’t enough. Cleaning up after a cyberattack takes a toll. Valerie McDonald, senior vice president, MPL product manager at AXIS PRO, explains how cyber coverage can keep your association from scrambling to cover the costs. What is cyber coverage? Cyber or privacy policies cover an organization’s liability and certain internal […]

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 28, 2016

Conference Circuit: The Science of Chemistry

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 28, 2016

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo is set to start in Philly in the upcoming days.

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.

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 25, 2016

Car Group Issues Best Practices for Auto Cybersecurity

Leadership by Alex Beall Jul 25, 2016

The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an organization composed of car companies, released best practices for preventing and responding to hacks on connected cars.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Airbnb's Business Travel Play

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 13, 2016

The home-sharing firm says that a set of newly announced deals with an array of corporate travel management platforms is meant to complement, not compete with, hotels. Also: A nonprofit blog with buzz (and balls).

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 8, 2016

Bleisure Travel: A Growing Trend for Conference Attendees

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 8, 2016

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

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 6, 2016

Get Young Members on the Fast Track to Engagement

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 6, 2016

At the American College of Cardiology, a program to get new graduates on the road to its "fellow" designation is one effort among many to enroll and engage members earlier in their careers.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2016

Friday Buzz: The Super Bowl of Ham Radio

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 24, 2016

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

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 23, 2016

The Hidden Business Costs of a Cyberattack

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 23, 2016

Understanding the havoc cyberattacks can wreak on an association’s business is the first step to remaining proactive against them. Lisbeth Salander, the unlikely heroine of the Millennium series by Stieg Larrson, is a hacker—and a crack one at that. In the fourth book, which was written by David Lagercrantz after Larrson’s untimely death in 2004, […]

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2016

GSMA, CTIA Bringing Mobile World Congress Vibe to U.S.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 22, 2016

In a new partnership that could create a major new event for the American technology sector, CTIA: The Wireless Association and the GSM Association announced plans to bring a version of Mobile World Congress, the popular European event, to San Francisco next year. The expo will replace CTIA's existing event in Las Vegas.

Meetings by Alex Beall Jun 21, 2016

Counseling Association Chooses San Francisco as New Host of 2017 Annual Meeting

Meetings by Alex Beall Jun 21, 2016

With 10 months to go before its 2017 conference, the American Counseling Association has selected San Francisco as its host city. The decision comes only weeks after it pulled the meeting from Nashville following the passage of state legislation that violated ACA’s ethics code.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2016

Friday Buzz: Is Online Content Destined to Consolidate?

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 17, 2016

Ev Williams, a founder of three popular online services has some fascinating thoughts about the open web. Also: why redesigns are about more than fonts.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 14, 2016

Physical Therapy Group Encourages Patients to Swap Painkillers for PT

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 14, 2016

With a new #ChoosePT opioid awareness campaign, the American Physical Therapy Association has joined a chorus of associations and government groups that are speaking out about the opioid epidemic in America.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: Microsoft's Big LinkedIn Buy

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 14, 2016

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

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 8, 2016

The ROI of Online Member Communities

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 8, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2016

These Changes Could Redefine Your Instagram Experience

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 7, 2016

The Facebook-owned social network was really busy last week, as Instagram made its feed more algorithmically driven. However, some other recent Instagram changes could leave businesses either delighted … or incredibly frustrated. Here's why.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 2, 2016

Conference Circuit: Instrumental Technology

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 2, 2016

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation's 2016 Conference & Expo kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: There's Always Room for Another Niche

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 1, 2016

A new website dedicated to nothing but breakfast highlights the importance of embracing niche content online. Also: Here's why one major retailer is getting rid of its iOS app.

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2016

Great Productivity Tools: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Technology by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2016

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

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

Outdated Platforms: When Should You Drop Legacy Support?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 31, 2016

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 23, 2016

How to Handle Risk at Risky Moments

Leadership by Mark Athitakis May 23, 2016

News of economic weakness shouldn't unsettle associations---it should prompt them to think more about what's worth investing in to weather the storm.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 20, 2016

Role-Playing Exercises: Another Immersive Element for Meetings

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 20, 2016

Want to get your attendees more engaged in sessions at your meetings? Try adding role-playing exercises where they help solve problems affecting them and your association’s industry.

Technology by Patrick deHahn May 19, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Google's Game-Changing Instant Apps

Technology by Patrick deHahn May 19, 2016

Soon, people will no longer have to download apps for single-use services through Android. Plus: How a sports team won over a brand-new celebrity fan.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 18, 2016

Wednesday Buzz: Always Time for a Helping Hand

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 18, 2016

One major hotel chain launches a program designed to allow visitors to help make an impact on a local community during their stay. Also: How to keep costs down even when your event's food and drink gets decadent.

Membership by Morgan Little May 10, 2016

Best Benefit Ever: A Guide to Aviation Regulations

Membership by Morgan Little May 10, 2016

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

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka May 10, 2016

Nursing Groups Ramp Up Efforts to Address Opioid Abuse

Leadership by Allison Torres Burtka May 10, 2016

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has joined forces with other nursing organizations to get a handle on the opioid abuse crisis.

Technology by Eli Zimmerman May 6, 2016

Friday Buzz: Optimize Your Website for Action

Technology by Eli Zimmerman May 6, 2016

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

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 4, 2016

Why Just One Kind of Member Research Isn't Enough

Membership by Joe Rominiecki May 4, 2016

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

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Apr 27, 2016

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

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Apr 27, 2016

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

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 26, 2016

Predictive Tool Sniffs Out Food Fraud

Technology by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 26, 2016

To help grocery manufacturers assess their risk of getting adulterated food, the Grocery Manufacturers Association is deploying new a vulnerability assessment tool.

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2016

Starting an Online Community? Focus on the Foundation

Technology by Ernie Smith Apr 26, 2016

Creating an online community from scratch requires a lot of planning, and failing to put the right foundation in place for the community to thrive can cause problems down the road. That's the thought process behind a fledgling competitor to Reddit, and it should be your strategy, too.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 25, 2016

How One Association Cracks Tough Markets

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 25, 2016

North American associations are often stymied by places like Japan and Great Britain. But one association says there are opportunities there—if you're paying attention.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 22, 2016

Global Dispatch: Meetings Takeaways From Great Ideas Asia-Pacific

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 22, 2016

ASAE's Great Ideas in Association Management Conference, Asia-Pacific, which took place in Hong Kong last week, proved that meeting planners from around the world have a lot in common.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 14, 2016

Conference Circuit: Pharmaceutical Science

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 14, 2016

The Pharmaceutical Management Science Association's 2016 Annual Conference is set to start in Sin City this weekend.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 12, 2016

Tuesday Buzz: London Calling

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 12, 2016

London’s official convention bureau plays up the British metropolis as a hub for major technology events. Also: Why you need a strong content calendar. London wants the world to know it has the potential to be the center of tech events. The city is already home to 40 percent of the European headquarters of the world’s […]

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 11, 2016

Leadership Lessons From a New Association

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 11, 2016

The launch of the African Society of Association Executives highlights the reasons for associations in the first place: Opportunities to network and learn.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 8, 2016

Apps for Happier Attendees, Planners, and Travelers

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 8, 2016

Tons of mobile apps are launched each day, but here are three that may make the lives of event planners, meeting attendees, and frequent business travels a little better.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 6, 2016

Tiered Benefits: A Better Solution for Trade Associations?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 6, 2016

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

Technology by Eli Zimmerman Apr 1, 2016

Friday Buzz: Trademarked Hashtags Are #Trending

Technology by Eli Zimmerman Apr 1, 2016

Organizations are embracing social media with trademarked hashtags. Plus: How to boost decision-making at your next meeting.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2016

Editor’s Note: Money and Mission

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Apr 1, 2016

The role of money in keeping a nonprofit moving along.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 1, 2016

Branching Out: New Paths for Nondues Revenue

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 1, 2016

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

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 1, 2016

The Tale Of Two CEOs

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Apr 1, 2016

Success as an association CEO takes strong association management acumen and a deep understanding of members. But most CEOs come with career experience in one or the other, as association professionals or industry practitioners. Two new executives share how they’ve adapted in their first year on the job. Though their backgrounds are widely different, their stories are much alike.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2016

New Territory: The African Society of Association Executives

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 1, 2016

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

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

Comings and Goings: March/April 2016

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

Data Nugget: The Power of a Plan

Membership by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2016

The importance of building a formal plan for measuring member engagement.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 30, 2016

Experience a Day in the Life of Your Members

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 30, 2016

If you don't take the time to visit your association's members and observe how they work, you might have an incomplete picture of what they need. Here's what several association professionals have to say about the value of visiting members.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2016

CIOs Need to Think More Like CEOs

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 29, 2016

At times, the chief information officer is the leadership role that feels like it gets no respect in the organization—even though its skill set is often more diverse than those of other C-suiters. So, what's the problem? It may come down to soft skills.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 23, 2016

Medical Groups Push Back on CDC Painkiller Guidelines

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 23, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to address an epidemic of opioid abuse, but the American Medical Association has voiced concern about “unintended consequences” of limiting prescriptions.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 23, 2016

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2016

Survey: DC Nonprofits Expect Growth in 2016

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 16, 2016

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 14, 2016

Why Negative Feedback Can Be a Positive

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 14, 2016

A mean boss isn’t advisable in any workplace. But a new study suggests that the bigger issue is an untrustworthy one.

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Mar 13, 2016

"Ideas Are Everywhere," So Get Busy Hunting, Says Great Ideas Keynoter

Money & Business by Julie Shoop Mar 13, 2016

The best ideas can be plucked practically from the air around us, if only we go looking for them, according to Carroll School of Management Dean Andrew Boynton, speaking to idea hunters from the association world gathered in Colorado Springs for ASAE's 2016 Great Ideas Conference.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Mar 3, 2016

Cybersecurity Skills Gap Widens, Study Says

Money & Business by Alex Beall Mar 3, 2016

Organization leaders know they’re at risk, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready for a security breach.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Mar 3, 2016

Thursday Buzz: How SXSW Convinced the Obamas to Speak

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Mar 3, 2016

The premier technology, film, and music festival in Austin, Texas, convinces the first couple to headline this year's edition of SXSW. Plus: Check up on your expert speaker.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 2, 2016

Member, Meet Sponsor: A Model for Reaching Under-Served Segments

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 2, 2016

Can't get certain audiences to pay to join your association? Why not get someone else to pay for them? The sponsored-membership model is alive in many forms. Here's how associations are using it.

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 25, 2016

International Chemical Distribution Group Gets New Life

Money & Business by Alex Beall Feb 25, 2016

Two chemical distribution associations joined forces to recharge the international group in order to bring together industry representatives worldwide.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 8, 2016

Leading Volunteers From the CEO Suite

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 8, 2016

Staff leaders have plenty to manage beside the volunteer pipeline. One volunteer-leader-turned-CEO discusses how to spotlight volunteering without managing it day-to-day.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 3, 2016

Diversify Your Retention Rate, and Other Membership Ideas

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 3, 2016

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

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2016

Debate Done Right: Boost Your Formal Debate Game

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Feb 1, 2016

Most people cringe at the word debate, envisioning the personal, divisive attacks of presidential candidates posturing on a public stage. But formal debate can be highly effective for busy leaders faced with complex decisions and ideas, so perhaps it's time to consider a good argument.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2016

Leader to Leader: Board Inspirations

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2016

Who or what originally inspired you to serve on the board you're currently leading?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2016

Friday Buzz: Can You Talk Politics With Coworkers?

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 29, 2016

The schools of thought when it comes to political talk in the office. Also: Keep your meetings effective, even if they're short.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2016

Associations Respond to Zika Virus Outbreak

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 28, 2016

The mosquito-borne virus, which many are concerned is associated with numerous birth defects in South America, is putting the association world on notice as global health bodies attempt to limit its spread.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 28, 2016

Ground Up: How a Construction Association Built Community

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 28, 2016

Despite challenges such as limited finances and manpower, the renovation of the Tennessee Concrete Association's Nashville headquarters turned out to be a significant source of member engagement.

Membership by Morgan Little Jan 25, 2016

Monday Buzz: Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day!

Membership by Morgan Little Jan 25, 2016

For most of the year, community managers turn the spotlight on others. But on Community Manager Appreciation Day, it's their time to shine.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2016

Water Works Association Eyes Broader Lessons in Flint's Water Crisis

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 22, 2016

As the effects of the water crisis facing Flint, Michigan, become more apparent, the American Water Works Association is speaking up about both cost and tactical concerns that might face other cities needing to upgrade or change water supplies.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 22, 2016

Three Difficult Conversations Meeting Planners May Encounter

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 22, 2016

Everyone must face unpleasant or difficult conversations in both their professional and personal lives. Here are three tough conversations meeting planners may encounter. Is there a best way to handle them?

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jan 21, 2016

Thursday Buzz: Smooth Flying in the Future?

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jan 21, 2016

Boarding and takeoff at airports may soon be faster and more enjoyable, thanks to math. Plus: Addressing and clarifying your organization’s tax status to the public.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2016

Let Your Message Fly on a Platform You Don't Own

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 19, 2016

In the past year, the blogging platform Medium has become increasingly more important as a way to distribute ideas without filtration. That growth—which is most clear in the political sector—highlights the need to think beyond your own websites when it comes to content marketing and advocacy efforts.

Meetings by Alex Beall Jan 15, 2016

2016 Meeting Trends: Tech and Atmosphere Leading the Way

Meetings by Alex Beall Jan 15, 2016

Associations use the new year to try out new trends. PCMA and Marriott International reveal five key meeting trends event planners should be ready to examine to boost attendees’ experience.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 7, 2016

Conference Circuit: Mother Nature

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 7, 2016

The American Meteorological Society’s 96th Annual Meeting begins in New Orleans over the weekend.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

5 Gifts on Every Membership Pro's Holiday Wishlist

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 23, 2015

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2015

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 15, 2015

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 4, 2015

Four Trends Tradeshow Organizers Need to Know Now

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Dec 4, 2015

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

Technology by Alex Beall Dec 2, 2015

New Travel App To Help Keep Delegates Safe

Technology by Alex Beall Dec 2, 2015

A new app rolled out last month by MCI Group will help to keep its meeting attendees safe and up-to-date.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2015

U.S. Tennis Association Gets Tech-Savvy

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 1, 2015

In recent months the U.S. Tennis Association has been talking up its tech game—for good reason. Here's what the organization has learned from integrating the IT department deeper into the game.

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

Organizational Culture: The Moment for Change

Leadership by Jamie Notter Dec 1, 2015

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

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Nov 20, 2015

Friday Buzz: Facebook Introduces a New Fundraising Tool

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Nov 20, 2015

The world's largest social network announces it's expanding into fundraising with the launch of an app to help users raise donations. Plus: The tastes of 2016.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 19, 2015

Snack On This: The Pros and Cons of Free Food at the Office

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 19, 2015

In an effort to save money, Sprint recently announced it was doing away with the free snacks it offers employees. But was this a good idea?

Leadership by Katie Rucke Nov 17, 2015

Missouri Protests Show Need for Chief Diversity Officer on University Campuses

Leadership by Katie Rucke Nov 17, 2015

Student-led protests at the University of Missouri regarding mismanagement of racial issues on campus led to the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and changes in university policy. Among them: the hiring of its first ever chief diversity, inclusion, and equity officer.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 16, 2015

Study: Data Intelligence Challenges Business Leaders

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 16, 2015

A lack of buy-in from leaders was found to be a hurdle to organizations in their abilities to take full advantage of data intelligence.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 13, 2015

Convention Centers Help Meet Green Meeting Expectations

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 13, 2015

The newly released Green Venue Report shows that convention centers around the world are committed to sustainability and green meetings, even if it's not always top of mind for planners.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2015

Missing: One Chief Data Officer

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 3, 2015

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

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 2, 2015

Despite Touting IRS Progress, Koskinen Faces Republican Ire

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Nov 2, 2015

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Senate Finance Committee members that the agency was moving forward with recommendations related to the targeting of certain tax-exempt organizations, while House Republicans announced they will pursue his impeachment.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 28, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: A Unique Way to Support Soldiers

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Oct 28, 2015

Many organizations hold events and fundraisers to support the troops, but The Home Front Cares has a new way to help by giving civilians a taste of military life.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 26, 2015

Avoiding the Disgruntled Ex-Board Member

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 26, 2015

Volunteers who’ve given years to an organization can often feel left adrift once their term ends. Clarity about responsibilities, especially at the start of the term, can help keep them engaged.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 20, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Poynter Enters the Membership Space

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Oct 20, 2015

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

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 5, 2015

A Simpler Look at Risk

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 5, 2015

It can be hard to see where threats are coming from, but one organization has charted a way to help its board see them more clearly with risk management.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 2, 2015

Associations Now Readers' Dream Interviews

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 2, 2015

We asked you who is the one person you’d like to see interviewed on AN’s pages. Here are a few names from your wish list.

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

Destination: Rosemont, Illinois

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Oct 1, 2015

A unique mix of convenience and meetings-friendly amenities, see if Rosemont, Illinois has what it takes to be your next conference venue.

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

Digital Signs and Dollar Signs

Meetings by Joe Rominiecki Oct 1, 2015

Worried about the cost of adding digital signage to your association’s conference? Consider these tactics for trimming the investment or realizing returns in other ways.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2015

Chipping Away: Bankers, Retailers Disagree on Details of New Card Format

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 25, 2015

With an important deadline for an updated card format coming up next week putting pressure on retailers and banks alike, the main sticking point around chip cards, or EMV, is the decision by the banking industry not to require the usage of PIN numbers during transactions. Retailers would like to see that strategy change.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2015

Trucking Association's Solution to Driver Crunch: A New Job Board

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 18, 2015

The West Virginia Trucking Association, seeing a shift in the industry's demographics, is working on creating a new website dedicated to introducing new blood to the industry.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2015

A New Look at Association Outsourcing

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 17, 2015

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

Technology by Patrick deHahn Sep 10, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Take a Bite out of Apple

Technology by Patrick deHahn Sep 10, 2015

The tech giant's latest product release brings some snazzy upgrades to the iPad and iPhone. Plus: Build your organization's revenue beyond member dues.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Sep 9, 2015

Worst Monarch Ever? Historical Writers Say it's Henry VIII

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Sep 9, 2015

A new Historical Writers Association survey has made it official: Henry VIII of England was history's worst monarch. Don't want to follow in his footsteps? Check out what the organization says are his biggest leadership failings.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 3, 2015

Landing a Job In The Digital Age

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Sep 3, 2015

If you’re searching for a new position and bouncing from job board to job board, you may be missing opportunities (think social media and creating your own blog) to help in the process.

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Aug 28, 2015

Friday Buzz: Brewing Good Business, Together

Membership by Eli Zimmerman Aug 28, 2015

Despite being a part of a rapidly-growing, competitive industry, brewers have learned to appreciate the value of cooperation. Plus: What's in store for Food Safety Awareness Month!

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2015

Labor Board Joint-Employer Ruling Riles Business Groups

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 28, 2015

Thursday's ruling on joint employment issues received a frosty reception from major business groups—particularly in the franchise space—though many unions backed the board's decision.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 24, 2015

What Amazon's Culture Says About Managing Employees

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Aug 24, 2015

A harsh New York Times assessment of the online retailer’s workplace isn’t about just one company. There are important lessons for how every organization can handle collaboration and feedback.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 21, 2015

Workplace Rudeness Is Highly Contagious, Study Says

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 21, 2015

Rude coworkers can make your blood boil, and, according to a new study, their bad behavior can spread like a virus. An HR consultant shares some tips for preventing the sickness from infecting the whole office

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 21, 2015

You Just Got Back From a Conference. Now What?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 21, 2015

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

Leadership by Morgan Little Aug 17, 2015

Monday Buzz: A Few Tips for Volunteer Managers

Leadership by Morgan Little Aug 17, 2015

Sure, you can keep tabs on employees, but what about volunteers? Read on to discover how to successfully manage volunteers.

Technology by Morgan Little Aug 14, 2015

Friday Buzz: Monitoring Employees' Social Statements

Technology by Morgan Little Aug 14, 2015

How strict is your association when it comes to controlling what employees are saying online? Plus: Facebook's (slight) organic boom.

Meetings by Rob Stott Aug 11, 2015

Report: Millennials Value Face-to-Face Meetings More Than You Think

Meetings by Rob Stott Aug 11, 2015

Despite what you’ve read about millennials and the impending decline of the meetings industry, a new report by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition found that this generation understands the importance of in-person events.

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Aug 11, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: The Secrets to Making Bland Brands Grand

Money & Business by Eli Zimmerman Aug 11, 2015

Google's big announcement has organizations wondering, how do you make your brand pop? Plus: What #assnchat is up to during #ASAE15.

Meetings by Morgan Little Aug 10, 2015

Monday Buzz: Prince, NABJ, and the Expectation Gap

Meetings by Morgan Little Aug 10, 2015

The National Association of Black Journalists learns a lesson in managing member expectations. Plus: An underrated social video platform gets its due.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 6, 2015

Conference Circuit: Manage This

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Aug 6, 2015

The Academy of Management’s 75th Annual Meeting kicks off in Canada this week.

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Aug 5, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: The Impact of Micro Moments

Meetings by Eli Zimmerman Aug 5, 2015

Communication is getting more concise; find out how to use this to your advantage at your next event with micro moments.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 5, 2015

Must Member Dues Always Be Monetary?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 5, 2015

A proposed model for the future of membership in public broadcasting raises an intriguing question for associations: Could volunteering be another way to pay membership dues?

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Aug 3, 2015

The Influence of Everyone

Leadership by Kristin Clarke Aug 3, 2015

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

Leadership by Beth Gazley Aug 3, 2015

Getting to Good Governance

Leadership by Beth Gazley Aug 3, 2015

There has never been so much pressure on boards to live up to stakeholder expectations. Most association executives have a book or two on good governance on their shelf. Yet many still ask, “We know what we are supposed to look like, but how do we get there?” A new ASAE Foundation study provides some answers.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

Comings and Goings: July/August 2015

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Aug 3, 2015

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 3, 2015

Association Agenda: More on Meetings

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 3, 2015

Legislation targets conference spending. Again.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2015

The Associations Responding to the Death of Cecil the Lion

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jul 30, 2015

In Zimbabwe, a safari group in the country is taking a lead role in responding to the death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a trophy hunter. In the U.S., meanwhile, American animal-rights groups are denouncing, in the harshest of terms, the popular lion's death.

Technology by Morgan Little Jul 29, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: On Instagram, Be More Than a Snapshot

Technology by Morgan Little Jul 29, 2015

More organizations are joining Instagram, but what does it take to become a photo-sharing powerhouse? Plus: How to make videos that won't break your budget.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2015

Tech Glitches Are Annoyingly Natural. Let's Prepare for Them

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2015

For about an hour last week, it seemed like we were facing the second coming of the Y2K bug, when three large computer platforms broke down within hours of one another, for reasons having nothing to do with security breaches. The situation highlights a basic problem at the enterprise level: Systems don't age well and are poorly maintained.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jul 9, 2015

Thursday Buzz: Digitizing Bag Tags in Airports and Beyond

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Jul 9, 2015

Digital bag tags could help ensure that your baggage doesn't get lost. Plus: A free book to help event managers make their events even more engaging.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2015

Don't Leave Your Volunteer Moderators Lonely, Either

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 7, 2015

Community managers play important roles in keeping the structure of an online community strong—particularly in ensuring that volunteers know they have support in what can be a thankless job. A recent saga on Reddit highlights how harmful a poorly handled staff transition can be for these volunteers.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Jun 29, 2015

Reintroduced Legislation Puts Federal Travel At Risk

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Jun 29, 2015

The fate of government employee attendance at association meetings is again up in the air as a newly introduced bill aims to cut agency travel budgets by substituting videoconferencing.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2015

Friday Buzz: Don't Make Donors Seek Anonymity From You

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jun 26, 2015

Why a poor communications strategy could hurt your chances to get to know your potential donors. Also: Why constituent outreach is such an effective lobbying strategy.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 26, 2015

Blurred Lines: Leisure Travel Trends Affect Business Travel

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 26, 2015

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

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: The Cereal Problem

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 23, 2015

A frustrating customer experience can such all the joy out of membership, according to an exec who's had some bad luck with his cereal boxes over the years. Also: Maybe a video could help calm the nerves of your first-timers.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 16, 2015

Let's Embrace Our Open-Source Overlords

Technology by Ernie Smith Jun 16, 2015

Proprietary software tends to be an easier sell than open source software, but that conversation is starting to change. The needs may be different from a traditional software platform, but the benefits definitely should give it a place in the conversation.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2015

Friday Buzz: Twitter's Complicated CEO Transition

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 12, 2015

The departure of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo comes with a transition process that could raise bigger questions. Also: Some considerations for off-site meetings.

Leadership by Morgan Little Jun 10, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Do You Need a Digital Advisory Board?

Leadership by Morgan Little Jun 10, 2015

One of the hottest trends in business boards could have a place in the association space. Plus: Discover the secrets of "Yuccies."

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2015

Friday Buzz: The Downsides of Massive Growth

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jun 5, 2015

Growing quickly doesn't mean you have things easy; it just means you have a whole different set of concerns to worry about compared to when you're struggling, one management expert explains. Also: If you're looking to grow, check out these growth-hacking resources.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: One Session, Many Approaches

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 2, 2015

How many kinds of learning can you fit into an hour? The answer, according to MM&C Conference presenter Jeffrey Cufaude, is more than you think. Also: Fretting over an event? Learn a few things from Home Alone. Really.

Technology by Morgan Little Jun 1, 2015

Monday Buzz: How Big Is Your Crowd, Really?

Technology by Morgan Little Jun 1, 2015

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

Technology by Joe Rominiecki Jun 1, 2015

The Promise of Personalization

Technology by Joe Rominiecki Jun 1, 2015

Associations know a lot about their members, often enough to customize products and services based on each member’s individual qualities and preferences—if only they had the right technology and know-how to do it at scale. That capability is rapidly evolving, though. As some early examples from associations show, personalization may finally be a problem we can solve.

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2015

Sherry Turkle: Why Talk Is Making a Comeback

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2015

Only now do we seem to get it: Our phone use is out of control. Ditto for tablets and laptops. Ironically, these obsessions are hurting, not helping, real communication. Digital culture expert Sherry Turkle is calling for a return to conversation, “the most human—and humanizing— thing that we do.”

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

Comings and Goings: May/June 2015

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2015

A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.

Leadership by Morgan Little May 27, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Keep Up With Rapid Changes Online

Leadership by Morgan Little May 27, 2015

An association expert reveals a list of tools to help small teams compete in the wildly competitive digital space. Plus: What's the real environmental impact of an event?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

Is Your Technology Seamless?

Technology by Ernie Smith May 26, 2015

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

Leadership by Rob Stott May 18, 2015

ASAE’s Graham Named Boy Scouts’ Citizen of the Year

Leadership by Rob Stott May 18, 2015

John Graham, CAE, talks about his time with the Boy Scouts and shares how the road to becoming an Eagle Scout prepared him for a career in association management. Graham is being recognized this week as Citizen of the Year by the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 15, 2015

Medical Scribes: Industry Group Says Field Rising Quickly

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 15, 2015

In the past few years, electronic medical records have created the need for a new type of employee: medical scribes that free up doctors to take on more patients. But while some see great potential in the field's growth, others question whether it's holding back better technology.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 14, 2015

The Work-Life Balancing Act

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 14, 2015

A new study shows that managing work-life balance is getting harder for workers around the world. Not a terribly surprising finding, yet one that shows how workplace dynamics continue to change with greater connectivity and increased demands.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

The Associations Giving Wastewater a Second Life

Money & Business by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

It may be one of the most difficult messaging challenges in the world of associations, but groups focused on both water purification and home brewing say that drinking filtered wastewater is a much better idea than it sounds.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

Science Groups: Federal Travel Restrictions Raise Major Concerns

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 12, 2015

More than 100 associations in the engineering, technology, and scientific spaces—led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science—have asked members of Congress to better balance cost concerns with the benefits of conferences for the scientific community at large.

Meetings by Morgan Little May 4, 2015

Monday Buzz: 100 Years of Kindness to Animals

Meetings by Morgan Little May 4, 2015

A celebration of humane treatment of animals hits a centennial landmark. Plus: A familiar face in membership joins the podcasting arena. One hundred years into its campaign to encourage Americans to be more kind to animals, the American Humane Association (AHA) is showing no signs of slowing down. Be Kind to Animals Week,” which began […]

Technology by Morgan Little Apr 27, 2015

Monday Buzz: How AARP Gets Social Right

Technology by Morgan Little Apr 27, 2015

Get an insider's perspective into the association's social media successes. Plus: an early look at Windows 10's email features.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 17, 2015

Chew on This: Tasty Conference Food Trends

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Apr 17, 2015

The International Association of Conference Centres released its list of the top-10 conference food trends for 2015. Learn how you can add one or all into your next event.

Technology by Morgan Little Apr 13, 2015

Monday Buzz: The Results of a Gigantic Email Survey

Technology by Morgan Little Apr 13, 2015

Billions of emails have been thoroughly examined, and the results are of interest to every association. Plus: The raw numbers of an event's green energy initiative.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2015

Friday Buzz: The Metrics That Matter Most

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 10, 2015

The four metrics you should be tracking in your new online community. Also: What Edward Snowden says about choosing a password.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2015

Inspector General: Labor Department's Conference Reporting Was Inadequate

Meetings by Ernie Smith Apr 7, 2015

A new report from the inspector general noted that the Labor Department has struggled to properly disclose its conference spending. Among the issues: a failure to report cost overruns or even post information about some of its conferences online.

Meetings by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2015

Meetings Memo: Drones Take Off

Meetings by Kristin Clarke Apr 1, 2015

Drones are gaining momentum, but their launch at meetings will likely be slow.

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

Community Builder: CAE Exam Prep

Money & Business by Associations Now Staff Apr 1, 2015

How association pros are prepping for the upcoming CAE exam.

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2015

The Hidden Costs of Inefficiency

Technology by Ernie Smith Mar 31, 2015

When you're losing a nickel here or a dime there, it doesn't seem like a lot … until you do the math and realize it's costing you a pretty penny. Cloud platforms can be like that, too—that is, if you don't have a plan to make them talk to one another.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 26, 2015

Embrace the (March) Madness And Other Productivity Tips

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 26, 2015

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 25, 2015

Energy Groups Hustle to Court Over Federal Fracking Rules

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Mar 25, 2015

Two associations in the energy space have filed a lawsuit against the federal government for attempting to create federal safety regulations that would affect the fracking process on federal or tribal lands.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 24, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: ASAE Takes Great Ideas to Hong Kong

Meetings by Ernie Smith Mar 24, 2015

The first-ever Asia-Pacific edition of the Great Ideas conference went off without a hitch this week. Read on for some highlights. Also: The pitfalls of not owning your domain names online.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 23, 2015

Australian Water Association Launches Sustainability Competition

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 23, 2015

As part of a recently announced global competition, the Australian Water Association is seeking businesses and entrepreneurs to submit their ideas and innovative solutions to water sustainability challenges.

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Mar 20, 2015

Friday Buzz: Hillary's Last Association Speech Before 2016?

Meetings by Patrick deHahn Mar 20, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton recently capped her two-year run of association keynotes with a campy speaking engagement: addressing a conference for camp professionals. Plus: How the mechanics of content marketing differ for associations.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 18, 2015

Member-Data Collection: The Never-Ending Story

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Mar 18, 2015

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

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 17, 2015

ASAE Letter to Congress Urges No More Meeting Restrictions

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Mar 17, 2015

Some members of Congress reportedly are keen to revive legislation that would impose new limitations on government employee attendance at conferences. ASAE last week urged lawmakers not to create new barriers to interaction between associations and government.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Mar 12, 2015

MCI Group, Coulter Companies Announce Merger

Money & Business by Rob Stott Mar 12, 2015

The merger of two leading events and association management companies gives MCI a steady U.S.-based presence and offers Coulter access to a global network of tools and resources.

Money & Business by Morgan Little Mar 11, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: The Post-Gigaom Publishing Landscape

Money & Business by Morgan Little Mar 11, 2015

The end of a prominent technology blog presents a cautionary tale for publishers. Plus: an equation built to maximize opportunities.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 2, 2015

Leadership Training With a Personal Touch

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 2, 2015

Why one association is setting up shop to handle individualized board consulting and CEO searches.

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Feb 26, 2015

Thursday Buzz: A Boating Association Leader's Legacy

Leadership by Patrick deHahn Feb 26, 2015

The boating community mourns the death and remembers the achievements of a cofounder of the Boat Owners Association of the United States. Plus: CEO Update aims to recognize the industry's best leaders.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2015

Report: Defense Department Ready to Boost Conference Attendance Overseas

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 23, 2015

After a period in which international and domestic conferences alike were off-limits for Defense Department employees, a top Pentagon official says the agency is ready to commit more resources to overseas conferences.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2015

Report: Energy Department Criticized for Conference Spending

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 20, 2015

An Inspector General report, covering more than $21 million in conference spending by the Department of Energy, raised concerns of "negative public perceptions" caused by social events. The report covers a period after federal agencies were mandated to cut travel spending by 30 percent.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2015

OMB Allows "Mission Critical" Exemptions for Federal Conference Spending

Meetings by Ernie Smith Feb 12, 2015

In an update to the tight regulations around federal conference spending, the Office of Management and Budget says that federal agencies can ask for more money to spend on conferences in "mission critical" situations.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: Doing an Interview? Skip the Pitch.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Feb 10, 2015

A public relations expert emphasizes that you should be ready to offer expertise, not a sales pitch, when doing an interview. Also: Keep your attendees' dietary needs in mind when planning the menu for your next event.

Technology by Morgan Little Jan 28, 2015

Wednesday Buzz: Where to Turn for In-Flight WiFi

Technology by Morgan Little Jan 28, 2015

A new survey reveals which airlines can provide you with WiFi that actually works. Plus: A new Twitter chat on culture emerges.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 27, 2015

New Association Hopes to Close Gender Gap in Construction

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 27, 2015

Women in Construction, a new trade group launching in the Buffalo, New York, area, hopes to build a sense of camaraderie in an industry that's known for having a significant gender gap.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 23, 2015

Sponsorships: What Do Meeting Organizers and Exhibitors Want?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 23, 2015

Many association meetings wouldn't be successful without sponsors. A new study reveals what sponsors and organizers are looking for from these sponsorships.

Meetings by Julia Haskins Jan 22, 2015

Conference Circuit: Education Technology Advocates Cross Digital Divides

Meetings by Julia Haskins Jan 22, 2015

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

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2015

Pain Point: Acupuncturists Concerned With Therapists' Use of Needles

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 21, 2015

Is dry needling a form of acupuncture? That's a question with a loaded answer, one that's led to a turf war between associations in the physical therapy and acupuncture professions.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jan 15, 2015

Professional Organizers Sort Out the Impact of Clutter

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jan 15, 2015

A new survey by the National Association for Professional Organizers found that half of Americans are overwhelmed by clutter at home and at work. The group shared some tips to get organized in the new year.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 15, 2015

How Prepared Is Your Organization for an Aging Workforce?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jan 15, 2015

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that only about a third of organizations are preparing for a workforce that skews older. Find out why recruiting, retaining, and capitalizing on the know-how of older workers makes good business sense.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2015

Tuesday Buzz: How an App Got Approved in One Hour

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jan 13, 2015

With a deeply emotional news story making quick action necessary, Apple forgoes its usual App Store approval process. Also: Why it's important to get your content online quickly.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2015

Campus Police Groups Work to Address Racial Profiling Issues

Leadership by Ernie Smith Jan 7, 2015

As College campuses nationwide become hotbeds of protests against racial profiling—particularly in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police—on-campus groups have worked to show that they're taking the issue seriously.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2015

Social Media Roundup: Trello, a Tool Worth Trying

Technology by Ernie Smith Jan 5, 2015

A meetings expert may have found the replacement for paper to-do lists. Also: An AMS-world acquisition worth watching.

Money & Business by Morgan Little Dec 22, 2014

Monday Buzz: The State of Association Publishing

Money & Business by Morgan Little Dec 22, 2014

What's the latest prognosis for the association publishing industry? An extensive survey from Folio finds out, and the results aren't disastrous. Plus: Why keep so much information stored away in unintuitive documents?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2014

Friday Buzz: Going Out With a Bang

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 19, 2014

The final episode of The Colbert Report wows with a never-ending list of celebrities. Also: A new association for health information exchanges launches.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2014

#Tech14: 3D Printers and Beacons and Drones (Oh My!)

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 17, 2014

The Closing General Session at the 2014 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo was all about showing off the things that could matter down the line. Send in the drones!

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 17, 2014

Why People Love This Association's Membership Mascot

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Dec 17, 2014

At the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Roamey the Gnome is popular guy. He travels the state, posing for pictures and talking KPhA membership. And it's all just playful enough to work.

Technology by Rob Stott Dec 16, 2014

3 Tips for Creating an Innovative IT Department

Technology by Rob Stott Dec 16, 2014

Staying ahead of the technology curve and connecting it to your business goals is a daunting task, but that's the job of a strategic IT team. Opening the 2014 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo on Tuesday, the head of a CIO advisory firm shared some tips on how those tech-savvy folks at your association can help drive innovation and business results.

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2014

Sony Pictures, Hacking, and Why Cybersecurity Is an Arms Race

Technology by Ernie Smith Dec 16, 2014

Beyond all the gossip floating around—and admittedly, there's a lot of it in this case—the Sony Pictures hack goes in some terrifying new directions that IT professionals should have a strong understanding of. It's time for associations to lead the way.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2014

Friday Buzz: Conference Disaster Warning Signals

Meetings by Ernie Smith Dec 12, 2014

Don't get caught off guard by a sudden drop in attendance or sponsorships at your annual meeting. Also: A leading association exec breaks down strategies for managing your time.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2014

IATA Faces Airline Resistance on Plane-Tracking Plan

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 11, 2014

While the association hopes to boost the tracking capabilities of airlines worldwide in response to the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing, the group's members say implementing a tracking system within a year could be impossible.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 11, 2014

What’s Getting In the Way Of Your Productivity?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Dec 11, 2014

A new study illustrates a common productivity killer for many employees. Find out if you’re affected as well as some methods for maximizing workplace efficiency.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Dec 9, 2014

“A Frenzy of Giving”: #GivingTuesday Donations Approach $50 Million

Money & Business by Rob Stott Dec 9, 2014

In its third year, the #GivingTuesday movement continued to see huge gains across several categories. While donation totals are still being calculated, several estimates put the number close to $50 million.

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 9, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Let's Talk Member Rewards

Membership by Patrick deHahn Dec 9, 2014

How rewards can encourage good member behavior. Also: Automating unstructured tools is the next step in smoothing out workflow.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 8, 2014

How One Person Can Stop a Collective Mistake

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 8, 2014

Groups make mistakes for a variety of reasons. Fixing the problem often starts with the person leading the group.

Meetings by Julia Haskins Dec 4, 2014

Conference Circuit: Hands-on Experiences With Professional Development

Meetings by Julia Haskins Dec 4, 2014

A conference centered around learning features a variety of tech-focused programming for furthering professional development. Plus: A risk analysis association aims to tackle major environmental, public health issues.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 3, 2014

First Concussion Lawsuit Filed Against High School Athletic Association

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Dec 3, 2014

A lawyer involved in a legal effort against the NCAA over concussion-safety issues is now focusing his energy on high school athletic associations. Last week, the Illinois High School Association became the first target, but Joseph Siprut promises more suits are forthcoming.

Money & Business by Gayle Bennett Dec 1, 2014

Remote Possibilities: The Virtual Office Lowdown

Money & Business by Gayle Bennett Dec 1, 2014

Moving to a completely virtual office can provide flexibility, dramatically cut costs, and improve efficiency and productivity for a small-staff organization. But managing a mobile workforce and maintaining team cohesion can be challenging. We explore three very different virtual office models.

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

Out of Line: Why Chapters Go Rogue

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

Think one (or more) of your organization’s chapters ıs veering away? You might be right. Learn how to spot the warning signs and what to do when chapters go rogue.

Meetings by Julie Shoop Dec 1, 2014

Crowdsource: Holy Guacamole!

Meetings by Julie Shoop Dec 1, 2014

Team-building week adds flavor to life at the office.

Money & Business by William Scarborough Dec 1, 2014

Good Counsel: Coin Collection

Money & Business by William Scarborough Dec 1, 2014

Does your association need to collect state sales tax? To answer that, start with the basics.

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 1, 2014

Association Agenda: A Win for Lobbyists

Money & Business by Chris Vest, CAE Dec 1, 2014

Registered lobbyists are no longer banned from government advisory boards.

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Nov 25, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Apple Turns (RED) for the Holidays

Money & Business by Patrick deHahn Nov 25, 2014

Apple's latest (Product)RED campaign pulls in a number of popular apps. Also: Not all turkeys are created equal.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 20, 2014

Spotlight on Diversity Part 2: A Speaker Series Showcases Different Roads to Success

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 20, 2014

To educate members of Atlanta’s commercial real estate community about the struggles and successes of some the industry’s women and minorities, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors recently launched a speaker series focused on diversity.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Drop Facebook Like a Bad Habit?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 19, 2014

A top research firm makes the case that it may be time to put more energy into internal social media efforts than relying on Facebook's massive audience. Also: ASAE's graphics whiz talks about her favorite infographic treatments.

Technology by Morgan Little Nov 17, 2014

Monday Buzz: Facebook Cracks Down on Promotional Posts

Technology by Morgan Little Nov 17, 2014

The world's biggest social network is souring on promotional posts, and your association could be impacted. Plus: The National Conference Center plays host to a feel-good story involving an eagle.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 14, 2014

Trends Report: What Could 2015 Look Like for Association Meetings?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 14, 2014

It’s never too early to start thinking ahead when it comes to conferences and events. Here’s what a few organizations and companies are predicting that 2015 has on tap for meetings.

Leadership by Rob Stott Nov 13, 2014

Tragic Loss Brings Valuable Lessons for Gay Pilots Association

Leadership by Rob Stott Nov 13, 2014

As difficult as it can be, succession planning can help an organization stay afloat during unsure times. The National Gay Pilots Association learned this after a plane crash claimed the life of its executive director.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 13, 2014

Spotlight on Diversity Part 1: How One Association’s Women Are Leaning In

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Nov 13, 2014

To help instill better communication and leadership skills in female colleagues, a group of executive-level women at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists started their own “Lean In Circle.” A year and a half later, the women are more willing to take risks, more willing to speak up, and more willing to fail.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 12, 2014

Zero In On Your Unengaged Members

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Nov 12, 2014

One association's key engagement metric answers a simple question: How many members' engagement score is zero?

Meetings by Julia Haskins Nov 6, 2014

Conference Circuit: Real Estate Gets Political

Meetings by Julia Haskins Nov 6, 2014

Timed just perfectly for to capitalize on the midterm elections, a major Realtors conference is putting political issues at the forefront of its agenda. Plus: A conference shows museums can be key to community health and wellness.

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Apple's Biggest Malware Threat Ever

Technology by Ernie Smith Nov 6, 2014

Mac and iOS users get wind of the first major malware threat ever to face Apple's platforms. Also: Lessons from a social media conflict involving Smucker's.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2014

Music Publishing Groups Have New Competitor

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 31, 2014

With the backing of a legendary music-industry manager, for-profit Global Music Rights has managed to attract dozens of big names within the music industry. The group promises that it can help songwriters get bigger royalties than BMI or ASCAP currently can.

Meetings by Rob Stott Oct 30, 2014

Panel: Time for Associations to Get Proactive on Feds’ Meeting Attendance

Meetings by Rob Stott Oct 30, 2014

With the cloud of meetings scandals and wasteful spending still hovering over several government agencies, associations continue to struggle to attract federal employees to their conferences. At a recent ASAE event, a few industry experts shared their thoughts on the current state of affairs.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Falling Down on the Twitter Job

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 30, 2014

Pitfalls event planners should avoid if they want to keep their social feeds working for them during event. Also: The pros and cons of sharing conference venues with another association.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 30, 2014

Tips For Attending And Hosting A Virtual Career Fair

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 30, 2014

A online job fair can be a great way for job hunters and employers to meet without having to leave home or the office. Here are few tips to keep in mind whether you’re attending or hosting one of these events.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: New Flight-Finding Options

Meetings by Ernie Smith Oct 28, 2014

Expedia and Priceline getting long in the tooth? Check out new online travel options that might be worth your time. Also: Taylor Swift is better at marketing than you are, and it's OK to admit it.

Technology by Morgan Little Oct 27, 2014

Monday Buzz: A Solution to the Twitpic Archive Problem

Technology by Morgan Little Oct 27, 2014

The loss of a huge digital image archive is averted after raising the alarm of activists worldwide. Plus: What you need to know about Google Ad Grants.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 23, 2014

CVS Draws Criticism Over Anti-Tobacco Copay Plans

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Oct 23, 2014

Having won praise earlier this year after it stopped selling tobacco products, the pharmacy firm is now drawing criticism from independent pharmacy groups over new copay plans that, according to the groups, discourage people from getting prescriptions at pharmacies besides CVS.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 16, 2014

How Tech Savvy Is Your Fundraising?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Oct 16, 2014

A new study on tech trends in fundraising illustrates some of the challenges nonprofit fundraisers face and opportunities that technology is making possible. How do you match up?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 15, 2014

Membership Pros' Love/Hate Relationship With AMS Systems

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Oct 15, 2014

An association management software system can be a crucial tool for success in a membership organization—and also a possible source of frustration.

Money & Business by Morgan Little Oct 14, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: The State of Fundraising Tech in 2014

Money & Business by Morgan Little Oct 14, 2014

How do nonprofit fundraisers feel about the state of their digital efforts? A new study finds out. Plus: the keys to evaluating your resume.

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

Right On Track: How Tracking Devices Can Improve Meetings

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

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

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

Ask the CEO: Martin Tirado

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

Martin Tirado, CAE, CEO, Snow and Ice Management Association, answers questions from SIMA member Kent Peddie.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

3 Lessons: Planning Power

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

For Victoria Elliott, R.Ph., executive director of the American Neurological Association in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, good leadership is no accident.

Meetings by Morgan Little Oct 2, 2014

Conference Circuit: Oral History in the 21st Century

Meetings by Morgan Little Oct 2, 2014

Learn how an association dedicated to preserving oral history is adjusting to the digital age. Plus: Female surgeons celebrate the best in their field.

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2014

Meeting Specs: Get Value From Your Venue

Brand Connection by Sponsored Content Oct 2, 2014

Suggestions on how to spec out your meetings. For one thing, nail down your needs early, not late.

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Asking for Less in More Ways

Membership by Ernie Smith Sep 29, 2014

Why drumming up interest from new members shouldn't start with a big ask but a more modest one. Also: how volunteers can help even if they can't devote all their time to you.

Money & Business by Megan McBroom Sep 24, 2014

Managing the Age Gap as a Young Professional

Money & Business by Megan McBroom Sep 24, 2014

With four different generations sharing the office these days, age gaps are bound to happen, and younger employees may end up with a direct report who’s twice their age. One YP shares some tips for managing that age gap.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2014

Your Cloud App Strategy Is Full of Holes, but Don't Worry

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 23, 2014

According to recent research, the rise of "shadow IT"—in other words, applications that are brought into the office without authorization—is hitting unprecedented rates thanks to the increasing use of cloud-based apps. The solution here does not involve cramping your employees' style.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Careful Building That Custom AMS

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 22, 2014

An association management system maker who designed a custom AMS before getting into the biz explains the pitfalls he dealt with. Also: Small events are a big deal.

Leadership by Brandon Robinson Sep 22, 2014

Meet the Millennials: Young Professionals Are Pushing Associations Forward

Leadership by Brandon Robinson Sep 22, 2014

Want to get a glimpse into the minds of millennial employees and members? Hang out with them here for a few days. Each day this week, young professionals from around the association industry will share their perspectives in their own Associations Now guest blog series.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Sep 18, 2014

Trust and Results: Key Functions of a Good Telework Environment

Money & Business by Rob Stott Sep 18, 2014

Last weekend, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened up about the problems it was having with its telework system—employees were lying about their hours and getting undue bonuses. What can associations do to avoid a similar fate?

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2014

Thursday Buzz: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Screen 'Em

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 11, 2014

CTIA: The Wireless Association didn’t counter-program against the Apple iPhone 6 announcement—it literally screened the livestream at Super Mobility Week. Also: Are you looking at content strategy the right way? Give CTIA: The Wireless Association some credit: It knows its audience. Faced with the challenge of having its Super Mobility Week take place at the same […]

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Take Your Passport Mobile

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 10, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots a new app designed to make retiring to the States a little easier. Also: how one major association uses its tradeshows as a way to push its messaging strategically.

Leadership by Morgan Little Sep 8, 2014

Monday Buzz: How to Make Your Association a Media Star

Leadership by Morgan Little Sep 8, 2014

Looking to bolster your association's media presence? Take some advice from a pro. Plus: Brace yourself for the Internet of Things culture clash.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2014

Friday Buzz: The Limits of Cause Marketing

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Sep 5, 2014

While brands can build up goodwill by joining with a nonprofit, they should be quick to remember who keeps that goodwill when all is said and done. Also: Don't let social media complaints go ignored.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 4, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Get a Room Even If Your House Is Nearby

Meetings by Ernie Smith Sep 4, 2014

The conference may be in town, but one association management pro advises against commuting to the event. Also: the story behind the data champion fueling much of BuzzFeed's growth.

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2014

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 3, 2014

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

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: The Creative Commons Just Got a Lot Bigger

Technology by Ernie Smith Sep 2, 2014

The nonprofit storehouse run by the Internet Archive makes millions of images freely available on Flickr. Also: The reason your app got rejected by Apple.

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Aug 26, 2014

With Ebola Scare, California Nurses Push For Strict Safety Standards

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Aug 26, 2014

After a possible Ebola case surfaced in Sacramento, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United called for transparency and strict adherence to CDC protocols among hospitals and health agencies.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2014

3 Challenges the Ice Bucket Challenge Creates for the ALS Association

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 25, 2014

It's not all fun videos and plastic buckets. With an unprecedented fundraising boost from its viral campaign, the ALS Association finds itself having to deal with additional scrutiny of its practices, criticism of the campaign, and worries about how donations will affect its balance sheet.

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2014

Friday Buzz: "A Member Online Is a Member Offline"

Membership by Ernie Smith Aug 22, 2014

Having a social media department isn't enough—your membership pros have to embrace social media too. Also: One association pro offers donor advice … from her mom.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 21, 2014

Governors to Congress: Stop 'Fire Borrowing,' Fix Wildfire Funding

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 21, 2014

Members of the Western Governors' Association are asking congressional leaders to help better fund wildfire suppression efforts, noting that the lack of a budget is hurting preventive efforts that could help keep the blazes under control.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2014

Obama Administration Partially Reverses Lobbying Guidance

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2014

In the wake of a reinstated lawsuit and a judge's suggestion that a ban might limit the free-speech rights of government relations officials, the Obama administration will allow registered lobbyists once again to serve on federal advisory boards—if they're representing a client.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Happy Birthday From Your Favorite Marketer

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 14, 2014

Imagining a world where a birthday wish turns from effective marketing tool to customer irritant. Also: Why your association's magazine shouldn't give a discount to an advertiser relying on an in-house ad agency.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2014

Journalists on White House Transparency Response: "Typical Spin"

Leadership by Ernie Smith Aug 13, 2014

After more than a month of waiting, the Society of Professional Journalists finally got a response from the Obama administration about a lingering press access problem. But, according to the group, it failed to address the main issue.

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 11, 2014

Monday Buzz: Email Designs to Inspire You

Technology by Ernie Smith Aug 11, 2014

An array of email designs that could give you ideas for your own marketing messages. Also: Take a few small steps toward a big donation with the ASAE Foundation's Small Steps app.

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2014

Let Your Givers Grow

Leadership by Joe Rominiecki Aug 10, 2014

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

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Get This Party Started

Meetings by Ernie Smith Aug 6, 2014

A list of the best parties to be found in Nashville for #asae14. Also: where data and experiments intersect.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 6, 2014

In DC, Flexible Work Policies Help Associations Deal With Disruption

Money & Business by Rob Stott Aug 6, 2014

This week’s visit by dozens of African leaders is a reminder that in Washington, DC, major international events are a part of everyday life—and so are major traffic headaches. Associations in the region have embraced flexible work arrangements that keep business running as usual.

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 5, 2014

Senate Panel Advances Conference Accountability Act

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Aug 5, 2014

The bill contains new substitute language limiting the dollar amount agencies can spend on a single conference as well as reporting requirements for federal employees attending agency meetings. But the measure leaves out the most restrictive provisions from a similar bill last year.

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Aug 1, 2014

BlackBerry Breakdown: How a Smartphone Giant Lost Its Way

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Aug 1, 2014

The company that led the smartphone revolution and sparked our collective mobile addiction is now a shadow of its former self. What went wrong? Association decision makers can learn much from the answer.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 28, 2014

Social Media Roundup: Two Ways to Reduce Waste

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jul 28, 2014

Keep the waste at your events to a minimum by taking simple, sustainable steps. Also: Don't waste your time—or that of vendors—by asking for proposals before you're ready.

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2014

Friday Buzz: Google Analytics on the Go

Technology by Ernie Smith Jul 18, 2014

The search giant's popular traffic-tracking platform heads to the iPhone—years after the company launched an Android version. Also: Learn a little about requirements analysis.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2014

Surprise!  Reward Attendees With the Unexpected

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 18, 2014

Surprise and delight your meeting attendees with personalized perks, and your association will reap the rewards in term of increased engagement and retention.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2014

Maine Lobstermen Soften Shell of Longstanding Antitrust Regulations

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 17, 2014

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association says a decades-old consent decree regulating the group is out of date and limits the group's ability to advocate for its members. With the Justice Department stepping aside, the association might just win that argument in a federal court.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 16, 2014

Tiers Put Power of Choice in Members' Hands

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jul 16, 2014

In what looks like a continuing trend, another association plans to offer multiple tiers of benefits and dues and explains how both members and the association stand to gain.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2014

Associations Speak Up on FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Jul 14, 2014

With the first phase of the comment period on the agency’s open-internet proposal closing this week, trade groups from far and wide were among the many to speak up. The Internet Association even created an infographic to get its point across. A few weeks back, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver did more to bring […]

Technology by Morgan Little Jul 14, 2014

Monday Buzz: Google Glass, Giving Back

Technology by Morgan Little Jul 14, 2014

The team behind one of the premier wearable tech offerings announces five nonprofit partners. Plus: Why do association boards fail?

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 14, 2014

What the German Football Association Figured Out About Talent Development

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jul 14, 2014

In 2000, the German national soccer team was embarrassed and seemed lost after it was knocked out of an early round of Europe’s biggest tournament. The German Football Association drastically altered the country’s youth development program, and the result was on display at this year’s World Cup. It’s a strategy other associations should pay attention to.

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 3, 2014

Thursday Buzz: How to Boost Member Motivation

Membership by Morgan Little Jul 3, 2014

Gamification could provide that extra incentive for your members to stay engaged. Plus: What you should be asking prospective employees.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 1, 2014

And The Top 50 Largest U.S. Medical Meetings Are …

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jul 1, 2014

The Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association recently announced the U.S. medical meetings with the greatest attendance numbers in 2013. The good news for the industry generally: Attendance continued a growth trend that began in 2009.

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Jul 1, 2014

Senate Conference Spending Bill Pulled From Markup

Meetings by Chris Vest, CAE Jul 1, 2014

A bill intended to promote more transparency in government conference spending was pulled from a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing last week to allow for more debate.

Meetings by Morgan Little Jun 30, 2014

Monday Buzz: What's a Webinar, and What Isn't?

Meetings by Morgan Little Jun 30, 2014

If your association is holding webinars and charging for them, should they be called webinars? Plus: Why you really, really should be paying your interns.

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jun 25, 2014

Employers Offering More Health and Wellness Benefits, Survey Finds

Money & Business by Rob Stott Jun 25, 2014

A look at recent trends in employee benefits shows that as healthcare costs rise, employers are opting to provide more health and wellness benefits and less of other types of perks.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 19, 2014

Expos Returning to Philadelphia After Labor Contract Changes

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 19, 2014

With a new labor agreement allowing the Pennsylvania Convention Center to drop some of its restrictive rules, associations are starting to bring their events back to the venue. But two unions left on the sidelines claim venue officials aren't playing fair.

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2014

Friday Buzz: Gotta Keep 'Em Entertained

Meetings by Ernie Smith Jun 13, 2014

A few ideas for building attendee engagement through clever entertainment. Also: how big-name publications are using their events as content hubs—and new ways to attract advertisers.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 12, 2014

Where Do You Lie on the Global Growth Chart?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Jun 12, 2014

A new study from the ASAE Foundation and MCI takes a look at some of the latest strategies associations are using to grow globally. Here’s a look at some of the key findings and a few real-world examples.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2014

Are CEOs Necessary?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 9, 2014

"Leaderless" organizations are in vogue, even with imperfect track records. Looking at the problems they mean to fix can help define your leadership style.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 6, 2014

Friday Buzz: The Secret Value of Online Comments

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 6, 2014

Don't discount your commenters—they may be tipping you off to important things you should be hearing. Also: Not everyone's day is created equal

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 4, 2014

The Job of Membership, In So Many Words

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Jun 4, 2014

What is today's association membership pro asked to do? A lot, if you go by what words turn up most frequently in membership job listings.

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Give Your Messages a Personal Touch

Membership by Ernie Smith Jun 3, 2014

The value of personalization in member communication. Also: Make sure you know what you're getting into with WiFi at your event.

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2014

Data Security: Keep a Lid On It

Technology by Mark Athitakis Jun 1, 2014

Every association faces data security threats. The appropriate fix has as much to do with keeping staff smart as it does with keeping hackers at bay.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2014

Hackathons: Hack What You Lack

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2014

Could your next great idea come from a hackathon? Taking a note from the tech world, organizations are realizing the value in this intense, collaborative type of group problem solving.

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2014

A User’s Guide to Hackathons

Meetings by Katie Bascuas Jun 1, 2014

So you want to host a hackathon? Former participants and judges share tips on creating a successful hacking experience.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

CEO to CEO: Wanted Tech Tools

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

What technology tool would these CEOs invent to help them do their job better?

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

Books: The Strength of Givers

Money & Business by Kristin Clarke Jun 1, 2014

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

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

Meetings Roundup: Coming Soon to Nashville

Meetings by Associations Now Staff Jun 1, 2014

A sneak peek of the set list for the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place in August.

Technology by Ernie Smith May 27, 2014

Tuesday Buzz: Meet the Man Who Invented the Password

Technology by Ernie Smith May 27, 2014

The man who invented modern computer passwords says they've gotten out of hand. Also: a marketing campaign blast from the past.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2014

Family First: Creating Meetings With Parents in Mind

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 23, 2014

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

Membership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2014

Thursday Buzz: Speak Your Members' Language

Membership by Ernie Smith May 22, 2014

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

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 16, 2014

What's Your Attendees' "Social Experience"?

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne May 16, 2014

In today’s connected world, attendee experience is the sum total of all touch points—both online and offline. That’s why social experience management is something every association should be doing when it comes to their meetings and events.

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 8, 2014

Beverly Hills Hotel Becomes Flash Point for Human Rights Protest

Meetings by Ernie Smith May 8, 2014

While the country of Brunei faces strong criticism for implementing a harsh Islamic legal code, one of the world's most famous luxury hotels is suffering the consequences of that decision because it is owned by Brunei dictator Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Among the groups pulling their events from the hotel? A local real estate association.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 7, 2014

Wednesday Buzz: Can't Please Yourself? Please Someone Else

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 7, 2014

Why expressing appreciation at the office is important, even if nobody's telling you how much you're appreciated. Also: why you might struggle to trim down those group rates for your next event.

Technology by Rob Stott May 1, 2014

Report: Data Breaches Surged in First Quarter of 2014

Technology by Rob Stott May 1, 2014

Nearly 200 million data records were reported stolen during the first quarter of 2014, according to a new data breach report—a 233 percent increase over the same period in 2013. The most effective data thieves: “malicious insiders.”

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