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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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Sanja Sarac's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:50 AM

Hope everyone meets new companions and clients and make most of it on Imex!

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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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Five Ways to Improve Your Association’s Email Communication

Five Ways to Improve Your Association’s Email Communication | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Email communication is not only the norm, it’s outright expected. But when your members open their email inboxes they’re buried under work notes of varying importance, blog subscriptions, social media notifications, message board updates, dozens of newsletters, ads, spam, and then maybe some personal correspondence too. How is your association communication supposed to get through all that mess?

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Noémie Maljean's curator insight, August 18, 2017 4:06 AM
On parle souvent de réseaux sociaux mais on parle peu de la communication via e-mail. Il est judicieux pour une association d'avoir une newsletter. Voici quelques conseils à lire pour améliorer sa communication par e-mail. 
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Advice for the Emerging Association Professional by Callie Cady

Advice for the Emerging Association Professional by Callie Cady | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As a fairly new addition to the association world (I've really been completely submerged in it for a little over two years now), I can honestly say I have already learned so many valuable lessons that pertain to my professional life, as well as my personal life.

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Tips for Working With Volunteers at Conferences

Tips for Working With Volunteers at Conferences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Summer is coming and you know what that means: conferences! 
This morning I saw a great blog post from Adrian Segar about the important lessons he learned using volunteers at conferences.

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Five Ways to Look Great to Your Members

Five Ways to Look Great to Your Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s nice to be adored, and as a small staff association leader it gives you a little bit of flexibility. Think about it; if members generally think you’re a great guy/gal they’ll be more likely to attend programs, come to you with questions, and offer help and support. While you can’t turn your job into a popularity contest, there are a few things you can do today to make your members your biggest fans.

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5 Things to Consider When Hiring an Association Website Developer

5 Things to Consider When Hiring an Association Website Developer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s face it: you have to have a sharp, regularly updated website in this day and age to be relevant. Association pros are experts at a lot of things, but website development is rarely one of their skills, so they often outsource their association’s website development.

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