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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

Keep Your Stress in Check: 4 Audio Visual Prep Tips for Your Next Event

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

We all know hosting an annual meeting or event can be stressful. There are so many different details that need to considered and finalized. Has the food and beverage order been placed? Do we have enough table and chairs for the general meeting and breakout sessions? Have all the speakers confirmed and arrived?

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events, digital technology

Increase Your Event Footprint by Live Streaming: 3 Helpful Tips

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Have you ever asked or provided a survey to find out why your members are not attending your onsite education events or Annual Meeting? Some popular reasons might be budget and travel costs, concerns about being away from the office, or conflicting schedules. Why not use the event technology available today and offer your members the option to “attend” online, through live streaming? Your members will appreciate that you are listening to their concerns and have provided another method to receive the content they need and that you and your team are working so hard to provide.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events, digital technology

2017 Tech Trends

Posted by Erin Colombo on Dec 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

With each New Year comes a wealth of new technological opportunities for associations and events. Knowing about these trends can help you tackle the New Year head-on, prepared to harness the latest in tech for the benefit of your members and clients. So again for 2017, Results at Hand has released an informative infographic showing the top tech trends for the year.

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Topics: Mobile, events, Engagement, digital technology

Mobile Myths You Still May Believe But Shouldn’t

Posted by Kim Harwood on Oct 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

As an app builder, specifically focused on the needs of non-profits, we hear a multitude of reasons both for and against harnessing mobile apps and technology in general for member engagement. Unfortunately, a few outdated beliefs regarding mobile technology and member usage have lived past their relevance. If you still find yourself believing in the following myths, it is time to change your thinking.

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Topics: Mobile, Engagement, digital technology

Houdini’s Help with My Association Cyber Security Audit

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Oct 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

How secure is secure? One of my childhood heroes is Harry Houdini. You know, the handcuff king, Chinese water torture escape artist and famous magician. I spent hours trying to pick locks and break out of my closet with just a hair pin and my wits.

Houdini helped me recently as an association manager when the topic of cyber security audit came up. The police departments around the country and world thought their jails were secure and then Houdini showed up. “How secure is secure?” is a different question than “How secure is the jail Houdini is in?”

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Topics: Association Executives, digital technology, Cyber security

2017 Tech Trends: Sneak Preview

Posted by Erin Colombo on Oct 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Before you know it, 2017 will be here. And with each new year comes a wealth of new technological trends and opportunities for events, associations and more. We are still putting the final touches on our 2017 Tech Trends infographic as the end of 2016 gets nearer. However to tide you over, here is a sneak peek at three of our new tech trends for 2017:

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Topics: Mobile, events, Engagement, digital technology

How Cloud Solutions Drive Results for Association Membership

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Thank you to Jason Firch of OSIbeyond for sharing this blog post on how cloud solutions drive results for association membership. The article starts with an ode to the typewriter and it put me in mind of the first time I assembled the annual printed directory of 3,000 members — one keystroke at a time. That prompted me to purchase an Amstrad home computer with two floppy drives and no hard drive to build my own database. My first step towards the cloud.

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Topics: Association, membership, digital technology

Six Minutes of Solitude from Digital Technology

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Nov 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Can you do it? Can you sit still and do nothing for six minutes or would you resort to giving yourself an electric shock to pass the time? Have digital technology and our personal electronic devices really made us so fearful of spending time with our own thoughts and dismissive of the feelings of others?

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Topics: Association, Success, Career, digital technology

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