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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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Friday Top Five: In the Cloud

Posted by Sarah Hill

It's hard to ignore the impact the cloud has had on data storage and computing these days. So impactful, in fact, that we found these terrific blogs and articles to shed some light (SUN light perhaps?) on the cloud!

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What you need to know about cloud computing by Associations Now

“'Cloud computing' has gotten buzz of late as a way to make your IT operations more efficient and save on staff costs. But the cloud isn't perfect for every association, and it's worth studying your needs and the kind of options a vendor is offering before diving in.”

Can Moving to the Cloud Impact Member Engagement? By Lori Halley for Wild Apricot

“If your website content is being created by a number of volunteers, board members and/or staff, they can all create and share documents via cloud technology”

6 Shining Examples of Cloud Computing in Action by Joe McKendrick for Forbes

*Note: this isn’t about associations specifically, but gives some great insight into cloud computing success in general

“Cloud computing means more than simply saving on IT implementation costs. Cloud offers enormous opportunity for new innovation, and even disruption of entire industries.”

[Research] Data on Nonprofit Cloud Computing: Anywhere, Anytime Technology for Social Change by Beth Kanter

“We care about the ability of communities to create change. That requires that organizations are able to spend as much time on the mission as possible. It also requires the ability to connect, to share, to communicate – in real time. And the cloud helps that.”

Five reasons your small staff association should be in the cloud By MemberClicks

*Note: couldn't resist the humblebrag. Sorry!
“I regularly had to E-mail very large JPGS and Power Point presentations to colleagues all over the country. Outlook held those files perpetually in my out box, unable to send a file that large, and deadlines came and went. The cloud, specifically dropbox, allowed us to share files and saved us from having to ship a flash drive (which we honestly considered for awhile.)”

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