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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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Why “Giving Back” Isn’t What You Need From Volunteers

Why “Giving Back” Isn’t What You Need From Volunteers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Having volunteers is great, but you need more than people who are looking for a sense of purpose. Are you setting the right standards for them? What’s your volunteer problem? The answer is likely different for every association.

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The Pros and Cons of Giving a Dues Break to Unemployed Association Members

The Pros and Cons of Giving a Dues Break to Unemployed Association Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No matter your association’s industry, layoffs have probably touched your membership somehow. If a member is faced with the reality of losing his or her job and must make tough choices regarding expenses often your association’s dues are one of the first items to be redlined.

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How to Handle Sponsors for your Association Event

How to Handle Sponsors for your Association Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At your association events, especially the bigger ones, sponsors can be both a blessing and a curse. The pros include physical and financial help with the event. The cons could include diverted attention from the real event and your members feeling like they’re being marketed to at an event they’ve already paid for. There is a way to put on an amazing event that everyone will love, from your members to your sponsors. Here’s how.

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The Secret to Member Engagement Is… Being Nosy!

The Secret to Member Engagement Is… Being Nosy! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Today's blog is the third in the collaborative blogging MemberViews series, "The Secret to Member Engagement is..." This week's blog is written by Sarah Hill, the MemberClicks blogger, but some weeks you'll see MemberViews posts from other...
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Five Ways to Keep Your Association Calendar Tidy

Five Ways to Keep Your Association Calendar Tidy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Your association’s calendar is likely one of the most visited pages on your website or in your AMS. It's probably also one of the most updated features and can be a powerful recruitment tool.
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The Two Secrets of Member Engagement From An Engaged Member

The Two Secrets of Member Engagement From An Engaged Member | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“You can learn to be a great public speaker!” That’s all I needed to see to know that I had to find out more. I mastered the basics: organization, preparation and effective slides. The piece that was missing for me, the skill that I needed to learn to be a truly effective speaker, was to learn how to be not so boring. Boring? Yep! The speaking I had done was boring. The topics and the material were informational but not all that interesting. 

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Diversity in Your Association

5 Ways to Celebrate the Diversity in Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Diversity” is a buzz word these days, and for good reason. Having a diverse membership goes a long way into ensuring future success for your association! Here are five ways to make your diversity work for you. 

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7 Ways to Capture the Energy of a New Member

7 Ways to Capture the Energy of a New Member | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When new members join they’re super enthusiastic, excited, and gung-ho to launch their careers, and your association along with it. But after a few months the novelty has worn off and the member misses an event or two, then the engagement just drops off.

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What Will Associations Monetize In The Future?

What Will Associations Monetize In The Future? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Associations offer more than education opportunities.
They provide industry research, membership, certification and standards, networking and advocacy.
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Essential Training for New Association Staff Members

Essential Training for New Association Staff Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The summer is coming, and you know what that means: interns. It could also mean some new or temporary staffers to help out with annual meeting planning, grad students seeking extra credit, or more dedicated volunteers who get half days on Fridays and therefore want to hang out and help more.

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How Technology Can Save your Association from Looking Ridiculous

How Technology Can Save your Association from Looking Ridiculous | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When there are only a few full time staffers for an association or maybe only one -or a handful of volunteers- there’s a very strong sense of just “get through” events and membership drives. Why upset the apple cart with new technology that’s going to have a learning curve and a possibly lengthy implementation? Besides. The current system works.

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The Secret to Member Engagement Is…Acting! by Meagan Rockett

The Secret to Member Engagement Is…Acting! by Meagan Rockett | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

XYZ University has defined Member Engagement as “the emotional commitment the member has to the association and its mission”. Great definition.  So, now we know what it is, but how do we get it? By acting!  Here are 6 ways that you can achieve engagement, if done properly. 

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More Spring Cleaning Ideas for Membership Pros

More Spring Cleaning Ideas for Membership Pros | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is it finally spring yet? It’s time once more to declutter your membership practices, and these five ideas are a great place to start.
The winter of 2014 was a long, cold slog for many of us, but the end is in sight.

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Focus on content and interaction, corporate planners told

Focus on content and interaction, corporate planners told | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Corporate event planners stressed the need to understand their audience to be truly different at the latest Event Marketing Association (EMA) UK discussion, at the Corinthia Hotel London.
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The Value of “Non-Association” Association Events

The Value of “Non-Association” Association Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
With the limited time and money of a small staff association, it’s easy to get tunnel-vision when it comes to what to spend your time and money on. So when it comes to events, programming tends to be very purposeful and not particularly risky.
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Your Association Budget Got Cut. Now what?

Your Association Budget Got Cut. Now what? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
It’s a fact of life these days: budget cuts happen to everyone, especially associations it seems. It’s a ripple effect, even. If a budget is cut in a company it often trickles down to the employees who wind up getting laid off or reduced hours.
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Four Questions Guaranteed to Get the Focus Back On Your Members

Four Questions Guaranteed to Get the Focus Back On Your Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Association professionals are often so busy planning events and putting together learning programs that they sometimes forget the purpose behind all of those great programs and events: their members.
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Why You Should Google Your Association (and what to do next)

Why You Should Google Your Association (and what to do next) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Let’s be honest: you’ve Googled for fun before. You may have been fallen down a “search engine rabbit hole” before where you binge on knowledge, blogs, and photos on a never-ending chain of relevant topics until you get exhausted.
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Stop the volunteer decline!

Stop the volunteer decline! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
This morning while cruising through my LinkedIn groups I saw an alarming post about the declining rates of volunteers for nonprofits. According to the post, volunteer rates are down but especially among adults with bachelors degrees or higher.
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How to Deal with a Board In Limbo

How to Deal with a Board In Limbo | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
You have a great idea! It’s going to change your association, boost membership numbers, add money to the budget, engage members, and make your next event be a can’t miss party.  You carefully craft a pitch, crunch numbers, find examples of other...
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