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Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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3 Tips for Selecting an AMS

Posted by Callie Walker

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So you’ve decided that your association needs a new association management system. You’ve researched vendors, contacted possible candidates and even sat through what seems like endless product demos. But despite all of your hard work, you’re still at a loss for what AMS to choose.   

If this sounds like you, don’t panic. There are still several steps you can take to help narrow down the selection:

Review customer testimonials

As you may have noticed in your initial research, many vendors have sections on their websites devoted to customer testimonials. Take some time to read through these, but understand that some vendors select only the best comments to display, so don’t formulate an opinion based on these alone.  

Check out discussion forums

Whether they’re hosted by a vendor or a third-party site, discussion forums are worth checking out. Unlike customer testimonials, discussion forums will allow you to see what customers are asking and complaining about, as well as how vendors are responding, if at all.

Review third-party sites

Third-party sites, such as www.capterra.com, are perhaps the best source of honest feedback. These sites feature user reviews – both good and bad – to help you get an accurate picture of various software providers. 

We understand that evaluating association management software can seem overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve put together a foolproof guide to selecting the right AMS for your association. For more quick tips for selecting an AMS, download our free guide below!

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