As usual, there is a ton of good stuff floating around out there on the web that you might find relevant for your your association or charity. Here are my favorites from last week: Read More
Well, it's 2013 and we're still here. The Mayans mixed things up, got tired of writing their calendar or maybe they just wanted to freak us out a bit. Whatever the reason, I know that all you association leaders out there are constantly thinking about how to do things better and how to better serve your members in what in all likelihood is a profession or industry that is going through a lot of change.
The association sector is changing in so many ways, I hardly know where to begin. So, to kick off 2013 on the ARC blog, I thought I'd share four (just four!) of what I think will be some of the key challenges and trends associations will face over the next year...and more Read More
While I feel that the best social media strategies are those that incorporate people from all areas of the organization, somebody needs to be in charge when it comes to heading up and overseeing the organization's strategy in this key area - The ideal person to fill this role has characteristics from both the digital native and digital immigrant crowd.
Whether you are doing it yourself, adding social media to the role of your marketing person or hiring a dedicated social media manager, here are five criteria to consider for this important role: Read More
It can be hard to focus on being innovative, creative and strategic during a staff meeting or board retreat when the sun is shining and the patio beckons.
But alas, the work of associations never stops. Decisions still need to be made, problems solved, ideas generated and work still needs to get done.
Here are a few ideas to help get the creative juices flowing at your next retreat or meeting: Read More
You probably already do a lot to keep a finger on the pulse of your members: You see and make a point of talking to members at association events. Perhaps you make it a habit to pick up the phone or drop in on members periodically to talk to them one-on-one. Maybe you even survey or poll them internally on their satisfaction with events, programs or new issues coming down the pipe.
These are all very important tools to keep your association connected to members on an ongoing basis...but what about when it comes to your planning activities? Typically, member feedback is used as a peripheral driver of the process, if it's used at all. Read More
There are 1001 ways to skin a cat (what a strange saying THAT is!) BUT here is an approach I have found useful in helping associations develop and continually improve their social media strategy. Read More
By Jack Shand. Succession planning is not about replacing an existing employee. The purpose is to prepare the organization and develop its "bench strength" for future organizational requirements. There are five elements to managing a succession process. Read More
All you ED’s out there have been here: it’s 2:30pm, you have a belly full of roast beef from lunch and despite the gallon of coffee you’ve been ingesting steadily since your strategic session began this morning at 8am, you are getting sleeeeeepy...sound familiar? If so, it's time to shake things up at your next strategic planning session! Read More
QR Codes have been around for a long while but only over the past couple of years have they been drawing a lot of attention as a social media tool for marketing and branding. Here are some of the ways associations have started to use them. Read More
That giant toolbox we call social media is getting fuller every day with different types of tools to help associations and nonprofits.
Well, there’s a new-ish kid on the block in this arena and its called Content Curation. These type of websites allow people and groups to aggregate online information on a specific area (or areas) of interest in one place.
Here's the low-down... Read More
Guest post from Bob Mackie: I notice a lot of energy around the notion of changing our organizations these days. To make them more innovative, to make them more collaborative, to make them more open, etc. But I think sometimes the emphasis is misplaced. Because the most important factor in achieving this is not the organization, its processes, its vision, etc. The most important factor is people. Read More
Do you know the warning signs of when your members are getting ready to walk the plank? What do you do when engagement and retention levels are dropping? Read More
...That 'average' won't cut it in our post-industrial working world.
This is true at many levels. The idea also makes sense if you look at it from a nonprofit point-of-view: If your organization is just average, it's going to get lost in the shuffle in an environment that is becoming increasingly crowded with other groups offering a lot of what looks like the same thing. That's no secret.
On the other hand, I can't tell you how many trade and industry associations we work with that are in a mad scramble to help their members recruit and retain skilled workers. Read More