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3 Essentials for Building an Awesome Online Community

3 Essentials for Building an Awesome Online Community | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you have an online community for your association, or are thinking about starting one, there are several things you’ll need. First, dedicate someone as the community manager. Next, you need content, and finally, something for your members to do.

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Align Your Association’s Culture With The 21st Century, Social Strategist Says

Align Your Association’s Culture With The 21st Century, Social Strategist Says | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Anthony Shop, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Social Driver, outlined three techniques associations can use to help ensure successful social strategies and greater connections with members. Associations can do the same by further incorporating their members into their marketing strategies. “Put your members at the center of what you’re doing,” Shop said.

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Pictures, Please! 4 Reasons Visuals are Important to your Association

Pictures, Please! 4 Reasons Visuals are Important to your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you ever leave an association event saying, “Darn it! Why didn’t I get out my phone or camera and snap some pictures?” That’s a tough regret to have, but listen to that nagging voice next time. Let’s go over why visuals are so important to your association and why you should keep your camera out.

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Make Industry Trends Work for Your Association

Make Industry Trends Work for Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I recently saw an article about food trends of 2014. Last year it was all Greek yogurt and cronuts, this year it’s all about burritos for breakfast and cookie cups. I wondered: how do these trends impact our friends who have food-related associations? What about industry trends in general for all associations?

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Sift Skills: The Value of Big Data for Associations

Sift Skills: The Value of Big Data for Associations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Associations are good at collecting data, but they’re less adept at analyzing it or knowing what to do with the gold mine of information they have. But that’s changing.

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Keeping Past Association Leaders Engaged

Keeping Past Association Leaders Engaged | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your former association leaders and board members are some of the best, and most informed, advocates for your association. But too often, when they reach the end of their service or decide to step down from their leadership position for whatever reason, they become less engaged.

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Big Problems That Stop Leaders from Emerging

Big Problems That Stop Leaders from Emerging | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As a small staff association leader, you should always be on the look out for future leaders in your membership. Not only will they appreciate the attention and flourish under the influence and advice of your and your associations’ guidance, but you could very well be cherry-picking the person who can help you out or even take over one day when it’s time for you to step down. 

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4 Skills that Fantastic Small Staff Association Pros Must Have

4 Skills that Fantastic Small Staff Association Pros Must Have | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Small Staff Association leaders have to embrace their “jack of all trades” jobs, even more than leaders with larger teams. While each Small Staff Association Pro has a lot of different skills in his or her tool belt, here are a few that can make that leadership go from good to great.

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Family First: Creating Meetings With Parents in Mind

Family First: Creating Meetings With Parents in Mind | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Associations do their best to remove obstacles that keep attendees from registering. One that may keep people away is a lack of onsite childcare options or the out-of-pocket costs associated with at-home childcare. That is why some associations are trying new ideas to create more family friendly meetings. 

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5 Simple Ways to Bump Up Your Association’s Marketing

5 Simple Ways to Bump Up Your Association’s Marketing | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Marketing your association seems like a huge undertaking; just another thing to pile onto your already overloaded plate as a small staff association leader. It doesn’t have to be that complicated!

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A Peek Into Some of the Latest Association Sponsorship Trends

A Peek Into Some of the Latest Association Sponsorship Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Based on the findings of a recent state of association sponsorship survey, one expert takes a deeper look at some of the latest trends in the industry.

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What We’re Scoring When We’re Scoring Engagement

What We’re Scoring When We’re Scoring Engagement | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A tool for tracking and measuring member engagement can be valuable for any association—if you can decide what “engagement” actually means to you, first.

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Networking Mistakes for Association Pros to Avoid

Networking Mistakes for Association Pros to Avoid | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you ask an association leader to list his or her strengths, “networking” would probably be near the top, and for good reason! Association leaders work with a lot of people and have to delegate tasks, wrangle volunteers, and head up programs.

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International Meetings Growth Continues, Study Says

International Meetings Growth Continues, Study Says | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to new data from the International Congress and Convention Association, the growth streak for international meetings that started after the 2008 financial crisis continued through 2013. 

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The Secret to Member Engagement Is… Careful Analysis

The Secret to Member Engagement Is… Careful Analysis | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Many look at engagement through the eyes of their meetings and volunteerism. The philosophy being that if you don't come to meetings or volunteer, then you aren't engaged. That couldn't be farther from the truth.” –Tom Morrison, CEO MTI Management 

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Get the Most Out of Your AMS Provider

Get the Most Out of Your AMS Provider | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is a question you may have asked yourself as you pay the monthly invoice for your AMS, or discuss member concerns with the board. Regardless of budget, it’s crucial to know what services your AMS provider offers so that you can make sure you’re using the technology to meet your association’s needs.

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5 Reasons Association Boards Fail

5 Reasons Association Boards Fail | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I recently came across an interesting blog from Steve Drake at SCD Group. He posted on his blog about an association board’s failure. Drake says the major issue was, “a board that doesn’t understand the organization and doesn’t seem to be able to look toward the future."

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What Can Association Leaders Do When Technology Goes Down?

What Can Association Leaders Do When Technology Goes Down? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
When you’re used to a connected world, a technology outage can be the most annoying thing ever. This is especially true when you’re a small staff association leader and it’s just you and your files.
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The Secret to Member Engagement Is... The Personal Touch

The Secret to Member Engagement Is... The Personal Touch | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Member engagement is as elusive as courtship and love. There are plenty of dating experts who will tell you how to “land” the person of your dreams, but ultimately member engagement - and love - come down to personal desires and timing.

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How Storytelling Defines Your Brand

How Storytelling Defines Your Brand | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An association’s brand is more than just a logo—it’s the stories people tell about you. Are you listening to what’s being said in connection with your organization’s name?

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Show Your Exhibitors How Much You Appreciate Them

Show Your Exhibitors How Much You Appreciate Them | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Associations sometimes spend more time worrying about their meeting attendees than their exhibitors. But some are starting to realize that offering additional benefits to exhibitors can lead to not only greater loyalty but also higher non dues revenue and engagement that extends beyond the meeting.

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Does Your Association Have Trust Issues?

Does Your Association Have Trust Issues? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A new survey from the American Psychological Association found that workers’ trust of their employers is somewhat lagging, and it affects their job performance. A psychologist explains some methods organizations can use to build more trust among staff.

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The Small Staff Association Leader Who Volunteers

The Small Staff Association Leader Who Volunteers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Chances are as a small staff association leader, you don’t get to do a lot of traditional volunteering. Don’t get me wrong- you work hard, and for free, volunteering your spare time A LOT. But the long hours and the late nights you put in working for your association isn’t quite the same as volunteering for another local nonprofit. I know what you’re thinking: where the heck am I going to find the time for that? 

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My Five Biggest Lessons from Five Years of Hosting Association Chat

My Five Biggest Lessons from Five Years of Hosting Association Chat | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Over the years the Association Chat community has grown in ways unimaginable.  While many of the original participants have moved on to hopefully bigger and better things, new players with new ideas have taken the fore.  And as the faces change, I find it fascinating that each time I meet people from Association Chat in person at the many Society of Association Executive events I attend, it feels like meeting an old friend with a shared past. 

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The Secret to Member Engagement is…Developing Brand Ambassadors

The Secret to Member Engagement is…Developing Brand Ambassadors | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When the phrase “member engagement” is typed into Google, about 219,000,000 results are returned. Let’s take a moment to let that sink in. Over 200 MILLION results. Among those results reside all types of LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter group discussions, as well as blog posts, webinars and case studies on the subject. Needless to say, we can all agree that member engagement is a hot topic and is crucial to an association’s sustainability and growth.

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