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6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Written by Julie Dietz on May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some type of post-secondary education or training. Unfortunately, colleges and universities aren’t even meeting today’s needs. According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs.

These findings, which indicate a major problem in the education industry, were laid out in a whitepaper from Shelly Alcorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel. And while the problem for universities is clear, so is the opportunity for associations.

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

6 Quick Website Tweaks that Make a Big Impact

Written by Julie Dietz on February 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

If you watch budget design shows on TV, you know that one of the designers’ favorite tricks is paint. It’s cheap, fast, and gives a whole new look to furniture and walls. Rarely do you see a makeover on a budget that doesn’t at least paint an accent wall. White walls hardly ever remain white.

Websites are the white wall of your marketing plan. You can make little changes to pique people’s interest and move potential customers and members further down the sales funnel.

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

What's Next? 6 Membership Trends to Watch in 2017

Written by Christina Green | on December 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It seems like only yesterday we were worried about what would happen when the computers hit the year 2000. Now it's nearly 2017 and a lot has changed.

Just think about technology. I was watching a movie from 2001 recently and one of the main characters had a laptop. They said the word "laptop" with the same reverence of someone talking about the "goose that laid the golden egg." In 2001, a laptop was a prized possession. Most families had only a desktop because at that time, laptops cost twice as much. Only traveling businessmen cutting-edge techies had them.

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

What to Do When Your Members Hate Technology

Written by Christina Green | on November 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

You just discovered amazing new association software that will give your association's staff hours back in their day. It has all the administrative wizardry your staff needs and the member-facing functionality to keep your members and prospects engaged.

You love it. Your board loves it. Your staff is getting excited and you can't wait to roll it out.

Except for one thing.

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

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding for Your Association

Written by Christina Green | on October 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

What color is your association's logo? Was it something that was inherited from your founding or did you recently rebrand?

Your logo's color, as well as other colors in your branding, have a great influence on thoughts and perceptions of your organization. Colors can be persuasive or off-putting. They can evoke emotion. An artist selects a color palette to convey theme and message. Interior designers use color to open up smaller spaces or create intimacy.

  • Would the Olympic rings be as symbolic if they were all grey?
  • Why do you think McDonald's chose red and yellow for their color scheme?
  • How about Coke's signature red?
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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

Why Associations Need to Take Back Control of Their Websites Today (And How to Do It)

Written by Julie Dietz on October 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Try to count how many websites you visited yesterday. Or even today "“ just this morning.

Do you know? Or have you already lost count?

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Lead Your Association Through Difficult Times

Written by Christina Green | on September 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When it rains, it pours.

And man, is it pouring. It seems like every few hours we hear another piece of crummy news from the media, our friends, or our coworkers. Something always seems to be going wrong, which may just be a symptom of the fact that we're living in turbulent, uncertain times. Times that can be more than a little frightening.

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Topics: Communications, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

Is Small Data the Next Big Thing?

Written by Heather McNair on September 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Most people aren’t skilled woodworkers -- but almost anyone can build an IKEA dresser. That’s how intuitive the company’s design and instructions are. And it’s no accident that its furniture design is incredibly attuned to users’ needs.

IKEA pays very close attention to consumers and can predict their behavior, from what they’ll furnish their home with to how they’ll assemble and use each item. Obviously, with a company this large, it’s impossible to point to just one aspect of business that spurred its success.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Use Data to Solve Your Biggest Online Community Participation Problems

Written by Julie Dietz on September 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

When I joined my first online community 8 years ago, I was excited to see and take part in key discussions in my industry. The association I belonged to had launched a private online community for members earlier in the year and I couldn't wait to get involved. But when I logged in, I thought there was something wrong with my browser. Every group and discussion area was a ghost town. Even the questions that I now know were seed questions from the organization didn't have any responses.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Online Community

Is It Time to Ax Your Young Professionals Group?

Written by Christina Green | on August 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Do you remember sitting at the kiddie table? I do, and it's a memory that brings up mixed feelings. I loved the kiddie table when I was five, but by 14 I was tired of all the screaming children. I wanted to move on to the main table. I imagine you can think of a time when you wanted the same thing.

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

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