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Guest Post: 3 Types of Surveys That Actually Boost Membership Retention

Posted by Callie Walker, MemberClicks on Mar 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

We're happy to bring you a guest post from our Gold Sponsor, MemberClicks! They will host ISAE's new website, launching soon. We hope you enjoy:

3 Types of Surveys That Actually Boost Membership Retention

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Member Recruitment and Retention, membership

1 + 1 = 3: Helping Your Board with Its Fiduciary Responsibility

Posted by Kathy Finley, CAE on Feb 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When most board members see an organization’s financial statements, their eyes glaze over. However, one of the major duties of a board is a fiduciary one. According to Jeremy Barlow in his blog, “Non-Profit Legal Responsibilities,” on Board Effect (August 12, 2016), a “non-profit board oversees the organization’s assets and makes sure that the non-profit is on sound financial footing.” This is part of the board’s duty of care, and should not be taken lightly.

How many times have we heard that an organization has been defrauded because the leaders are unaware of the finances of the organization, or that the organization is close to closing because it doesn’t have enough funds to operate (a situation probably ongoing for years)?

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, tips, strategy, Nonprofit Boards, Leadership, Board of Directors, Finance

Guest Post: Competing for Top Talent

Posted by Callie Walker, MemberClicks on Feb 14, 2018 8:30:00 AM

We're happy to bring you a guest post from our Gold Sponsor, MemberClicks! They will host ISAE's new website, launching in early March. We hope you enjoy:

Competing for Top Talent: 5 Tips for Association Pros

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives

Let's start talking.

Posted by Nicky Copland on Jan 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

I hope you’ll forgive me for straying from our typical professional development and other helpful topics for this blog post. But it’s the beginning of a new year, and ISAE has new ideas we’re working on, innovative events on our calendar, and huge undertakings just over the horizon. This steady progression of improvement and refinement left me thinking about how we interact with our members.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives

Tech Resolutions for 2018

Posted by Kim Harwood on Jan 17, 2018 11:30:00 AM

On the way into work today, I heard a sad stat, “80% of New Year’s resolutions will fail by the second week of February!”  That is rather dismal, but perhaps the resolutions were too lofty or ill-conceived or simply never a real commitment from the beginning. Whatever the case, we have list of realistic and beneficial technology resolutions that you will definitely want to keep this year!

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Trends, Association trends, digital technology, Innovation

Retaining new members through a new member orientation webinar

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Jan 3, 2018 11:30:00 AM

According to Marketing General (in their 2017 Membership Marking Benchmarking Report), the retention rate among new members for individual membership associations averages 64 percent. This is much lower than the overall member retention rate, which averages 77 percent. Therefore, it is important associations engage new members as quickly as possible after they join.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Trends, Association trends, Member Recruitment and Retention, membership, Members, Webinar, digital technology, Innovation

Three technology trends to deploy in 2018

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Dec 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Every day we see information on the internet and hear from colleagues about the latest and greatest piece of technology. It can be a little overwhelming deciding which next big trend will help my association and members. I would encourage all to embrace these 3 technology trends for 2018.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Innovation, Trends, Association trends

Read the Top 5 ISAE Blogs of 2017

Posted by Nicky Copland on Dec 6, 2017 9:35:00 AM

We know you’re busy. Life and work get crazy, and it’s hard to find time to get different perspectives on association best practices, or even just organizational skills that will help you at the office and at home. The ISAE Blog strives to bring you those tips every other week, and sometimes, certain blogs really resonate with our readers.

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Innovation, Trends, Association trends, membership, Programs

What if we didn’t have members?

Posted by Tara Puckey on Nov 22, 2017 3:58:00 PM

Think this through with me for a second: What if we didn’t have members?

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Innovation, Trends, Association trends, membership, Programs

7 Trends for Associations

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Nov 8, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Did you know that according to BuzzFeed, big hair, big round glasses, and putting pink pom-poms on everything will be a few of the “fashion” trends of 2017 that we will “cringe about in 2027”? If only keeping up with trends that affect associations were as easy as changing hairdressers, going on the Internet to buy inexpensive (and ugly) glasses, and going to the local dollar store to stock up on pink pom-poms and glue. And wouldn’t it be nice if trends that affect associations could so easily written off ten years later as just a fad. 

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Topics: Association Management, Association Executives, Innovation, Trends, Association trends

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