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Connecting Brands, Clearing Inboxes, and Cultivating Employee Engagement with an Intranet Community

Written by Julie Dietz on February 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

 

Ascend Learning uses 12+ brands to deliver custom products and services to high-value industries like healthcare. They have over 1,000 employees with over 30 percent working remotely. But two years ago, the majority of Ascend Learning employees didn’t think much about other brands in the company’s portfolio.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Engagement, Associations, Online Community Software, Online Community

4 Challenges for Trade Associations and How to Tackle Them with Community

Written by Julie Dietz on February 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

We know the value of trade associations – they play a vital role in social and economic dialogue. They bring competing organizations together to protect and promote entire industries, products, services, and workforces.

But like other organizations, trade associations are going through a transition period. Their role in society is becoming muddied and complicated as new competitors emerge, industries contract and expand, and technology reshapes how the world does business. As the world changes, so do the demands of members.

This brings new challenges to the trade association of today, but also provides an opportunity to make it stronger, more efficient, and more effective. Technology and engagement techniques like online communities can help.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

Written by Julie Dietz on January 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

There’s never enough time in the day, especially for association professionals. It’s common for association staff to wear multiple hats, consistently switching roles in order to get more done with fewer resources. A membership director also helps with event planning and updating the website, for instance.

The benefit of this situation is your staff knows everything about every part of your association. The downside is your team probably can’t do everything they want to. Your staff is short on time and, with so few employees, you may not have the expertise to take on all the projects you want.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

The Six Tech Tools Your Small Org Staff Needs to Succeed [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

Associations are usually labeled as “small” for one of two reasons: they have a small staff or a small budget. Many have both.

But that doesn’t mean terms like “small org” are always on-point. The small associations we work with have large memberships and far-reaching effects. Year after year, they consistently make a bigger impact with fewer resources.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Written by Julie Dietz on January 4, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. There are so many platforms on the market, how do you wade through your choices to find just one that fits your association? You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

How to Nurture Your Donors to Improve Fundraising

Written by Julie Dietz on December 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Tis the season for giving, whether it’s children’s toys, holiday galas, or advocacy groups. For nonprofits and charities, that makes the holidays a great time to focus on fundraising. You’re probably already leveraging the giving season to improve your campaigns and help meet year-end goals.

New and repeat donations are important during the holidays (and year-round) but is your fundraising strategy missing a critical step?

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Topics: Engagement, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community

A Century-Old Association Committed to Online Community and Data Analysis

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on December 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is more than a century old, but that doesn’t mean it relies on old technology. Their member engagement and technology strategies are cutting edge, which makes sense—they have a global member base, with over 1,600 organizations comprised of 40,000 individuals spanning 100 countries/territories. Managing and providing value to such a wide-ranging membership is no small task, especially given AACSB’s relatively small staff—time and efficiency are precious commodities.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Engagement, Associations, Online Community Software, Member Engagement, Online Community

5 Lessons to Help You Start Using Data Science

Written by Julie Dietz on November 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

What comes to mind when you think about the term “data science”?

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Customer Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Stop Torturing Your Members—Simplify Your Process by Following the 3 C’s

Written by Julie Davis on October 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

Members of organizations today are tech savvy and expect their interactions with your organization to be easy and meaningful. They don’t want to feel “tortured” by a complicated system requiring a bunch of extra steps to complete a simple task like membership renewal or event registration. To help organizations simplify their processes and stop the “torture,” consider a solution that takes into account these 3 C’s: Content, Commerce and Community.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Volunteer work is critical to your association. Not only does it supplement your staff’s daily workload, it deepens member relations to the organization and offers the chance to build new skills. 

But how do you get members to start volunteering? Although you know the benefits of volunteer work—both for the association and for the members—it can be hard to convince a person who’s never volunteered to start.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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