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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

Association Revenue Trends in the US and UK (Plus 3 Tips for Increasing Your Income)

Written by Andy Steggles | on October 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The old adage that "change is the only constant" rings true for associations all around the world. Associations have to adapt to new member expectations, advancing technology and the shifting needs of their industries. Today, associations seem to be going through another shift – one that requires them to keep a close eye on their finances.

Driven by a change in what members want and are willing to pay for, associations are seeing changes in their key revenue streams, including which income sources sustain their organizations. That could – and should – change your organization’s priorities.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Use Your Online Community to Better Understand Your Chapters

Written by Julie Dietz on October 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Less than half of associations measure key financial or programming metrics for their chapters, according to Mariner Management’s 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Report.

Despite making up such a large part of organizations – the median number of chapters in an association is 51 – that means organizations know very little about their chapters. How are chapter members interacting? What are their priorities? How well are chapters performing?

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

The Reporting Trick that Makes Association Data More Useful

Written by Julie Dietz on October 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Many associations and nonprofits work with data on two levels: organization-wide and individual. They can see both how single members are interacting with their organization and view association-wide results.

Unfortunately, that means that many groups are missing out on valuable information, because most associations aren’t organized only around individual members or organizations. They have groups within them, usually chapters, committees, or special interest groups that combine individuals with similar characteristics or priorities.

If your association has these types of groups under its umbrella, then you need data on those groups in addition to individual and association-wide data. You need data on your segments.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

6 Ways Associations Can Improve Chapter Performance

Written by Julie Dietz on October 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

If your association has chapters, how many does it have? An impressive 84 is the average according to a 2016 benchmarking report from Mariner Management. That’s a significant number and likely means your chapters have a significant influence on your association’s overall performance.

Since 65 percent of associations don’t have any full-time staff devoted to chapter management, however, building solid relationships and increasing chapter performance is often a challenge.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

The Unexpected Problem with Your Association’s Online Learning Program (and How to Fix It)

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

Did you know, according to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of American adults consider themselves lifelong learners?

Education is a huge benefit associations can provide for their members, and online education is a great way of providing it. And today, with learning management system (LMS) options that seamlessly integrate with your online community, it’s possible to create a centralized member experience that includes education and certifications of all types.

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Topics: Engagement, Associations, Online Community

Is There a Science to Word of Mouth Marketing and Going Viral? A Q&A With Dr. Jonah Berger

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do you ever wonder why certain videos go viral? Or why some articles get shared widely while others don’t? Dr. Jonah Berger has spent his professional life digging into why certain things take off and why people make different decisions.

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Online Community

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