10 Tips for Hosting Engaging Virtual Events for Associations

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  It is no surprise that in-person events and conferences require a lot of time due to the meticulous planning and execution needed for a successful event. In addition, extensive advertising and promotions are a must in order for associations to maximize their return on investment. Hosting virtual events is no different, with one additional […]

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10 Ways for Associations to Offer Benefits for Sponsors and Exhibitors Online

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  As more events are being cancelled, many associations are opting to ramp up their online continuing education sessions and conferences in order to soften the negative financial impact. Some are pre-recording their sessions and making them available on-demand, while others are choosing to live-stream on the scheduled date. So, how does the shift towards […]

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How Associations Can Benefit From Social Media

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  Social media can yield many benefits for an association. In the marketing world, social media represents one of the strongest tools available. Utilizing this avenue can create more brand awareness than traditional advertising, increase traffic to your website, and help improve conversion rates for visitors and consumers. Yet there’s more to social media than […]

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Closing the Technological Gap: Taking the Fear Out of Updating Your Association’s Technology

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  Not everyone feels the same about technology, so associations shouldn’t expect every member to welcome technological changes with open arms. Each generation and each individual relies on technology in considerably different ways. While some use it in nearly every aspect of their lives and can adopt new innovations easily, others use it more sparingly […]

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Interview with Margaret Carter of the ODHA on Changes, Challenges, and Excitement in the Association World

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  We sat down with the ODHA executive director Margaret Carter to get her take on the developments taking place in and around membership-based organizations. Margaret, a well-respected and seasoned leader, gave us a bit of an insight into the industry and the trends affecting her work. Question 1: You’ve been a part of the […]

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Innovation Benchmarking for Associations in 2018

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  For most associations, innovation is the key to organizational success. In fact, according to the Innovation Benchmarking Research Results, a study conducted by the National Business Aviation Association in 2018, 80% of associations have adopted a “culture of innovation.” But what exactly is innovation, and how does it benefit associations? While innovation carries different […]

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Social Media for Associations: 4 Factors to Succeed

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  Is your association stuck on deciding whether it’s time to embrace social media? You don’t have to look any further than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or the AARP Take a Stand campaign to see why social media is the real deal when it comes to building awareness, driving engagement and accomplishing strategic goals. […]

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Strategies for Membership Renewal

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  Increasing membership is, without a doubt, critical to an association’s success. But even more important is ensuring that members are retained year after year. It’s true that renewal periods present a unique challenge for associations. They’re an opportunity for members to reflect on the value they’ve experienced from paying a fee and, ultimately, whether […]

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How Associations Can Use Technology To Increase Member Engagement

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  In a recent post, we dove into four high-level considerations that associations should make when looking to increase membership engagement — what we consider to be the lifeblood of all successful and flourishing associations. You’ll recall from the previous post that we defined membership engagement as the level of interaction and involvement an individual […]

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