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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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Five Ways Your Small Staff Association Thinks of Association Software Differently

Posted by Sarah Hill

            Small Staff Associations have unique needs when it comes to Association Management Software. Let’s take a look at the specialized needs of the Small Staff Association and see how it may change your AMS needs.

 Five Ways Your Small Staff Association Thinks of Association Software Differently

1)   You have a widespread staff

And by “widespread” we often mean “spread thin” in the best sense.  Your Association Software needs to be accessible and manageable by a staff that could be spread out in several offices, or maybe even several cities. For this reason, your AMS really needs to be a one-stop shop for communication and management. Who knows if you or someone else will pull your invoices else next month?


2)   You need payments that fit in your budget

Budgetary concerns are a big part of any association management, but especially for the small staff association. You need a payment that fits within your budget and a contract that works for you. Remember, some association management systems have contract-free options.


3)   You need it to “just work” because you don’t have time to think about it

Updates need to be seamless. Problems have to be addressed quickly. No software is going to be flawless, but you need fixes as soon as you can get them. Reports needs to be accessible, and dealing with your AMS almost needs to be on the back burner after it’s implemented because it just does its job.


4)   You need help, training, and implementation that fits your (packed) schedule

The training and implementation process can take awhile and, depending on the problem, help can too. You need workable sessions, or even training videos that you can view at your own leisure. You certainly don’t need long, cumbersome webinars that don’t apply to half of your needs.


5)   You need a one-stop shop to get in touch with your members

This is where your Association Management System’s communication tools come in handy. You need an easy way to reach your members, either through effective E-mailing or a well-used social community.


Now that you are taking a second look at your needs, it’s time to decide if your association software is fitting the bill. We have a handy quiz to help asses your AMS success.

Click here to see how well  your AMS is working for you

Topics: association management, small staff association, association software

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