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6 Online Engagement Hacks for Association Professionals

6 Online Engagement Hacks for Association Professionals

Member engagement is top-of-mind for most association professionals. But when it comes to actually making that happen, well, roadblocks often occur. Sometimes what we THINK will appeal to members and potential members doesn’t, and we’re left scratching our heads.

Engagement is tough - we get it. So to help you out, we’ve put together six online engagement hacks for association professionals:

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5 Elements Your Association Homepage NEEDS

We talk about membership websites a lot - how to make them engaging, how to attract people to them, how to get those same people to return, etc.

But while all of those “how-tos” are important, they can sometimes require a bit of work. That’s why today, we’re focusing solely on the homepage. Your homepage is what determines whether or not people explore your site - which boils down to whether or not people join your association and whether or not members engage with you.

Very important, indeed.

So what makes a good homepage? What elements does your association homepage need? We’ve identified five:

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4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good

There are probably a number of reasons people join your association - for professional development, to network with other industry-professionals, to have easier access to job opportunities, etc. But regardless of all those reasons, there’s one thing all of your members would love to have from your association - and that’s for you to make them look good.

I mean think about, who DOESN’T want to look good?! We want to look good in our industry and to our peers. It makes us feel valuable and gives us an edge, and professionally, that’s exactly what you want to have.

So how do you make your members look good? We’ve got a few ideas:

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Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros

If your annual meeting or event keeps growing, first of all, that’s AMAZING news! You put so much time and energy into planning that event, and the fact that people not only want to attend but are attending is huge.

That said, the bigger your event gets, the harder it can sometimes be to engage attendees. It’s harder to chat with them face-to-face, to encourage small group discussions, to get them to attend big happy hours/networking events, etc.

So what’s trick? How do you make your big event still feel somewhat small? We’ve got a few tips:

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Association Professionals: Are Your Educational Sessions “Diverse” Enough?

Education is likely one of your association’s biggest offerings. And it’s likely at the heart of your annual meeting or conference. (People attend to network and learn.)

But here’s a question: Are your educational sessions diverse enough for attendees? And we don’t necessarily mean in terms of content, but rather, in terms of format.

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American Associations Day 2017

It’s no secret that we love associations, which is why we’re THRILLED there’s a day (two, in fact!) to celebrate them. That’s right, we’re talking about American Associations Day!

To celebrate the occasion, we thought it’d be fun to put together an infographic showcasing just how big of an impact associations have on all of us. Check it out!

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From #Ideas17: How to Simplify Your Association’s Messaging

Messaging is something that all companies and organizations have to do, but something that only a small percentage do well. Many organizations disseminate complicated messages - or conflicting messages. This is particularly common for organizations that have multiple divisions (national and state divisions, for example).

But messaging is how you recruit people (and engage and retain them), so your messaging platform (the basis of your organization’s communications) needs to be straightforward and meaningful.

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Overcoming the Challenges Associated with “Small Staff” Innovation

If you’re a small-staff association professional, you probably understand the challenges associated with innovation. There’s the issue of coming up with ideas, sure, but then there’s also the issue of having too many ideas and not enough resources (people, time, money, etc.) to execute them properly.

Can you relate? If so, we have some good news. At the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Great Ideas Conference in Orlando last week, William Mallon, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Association of American Medical Colleges, explained how to vet projects and ideas so that you and your staff aren’t left feeling completely overwhelmed.

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6 Online Engagement Hacks for Association Professionals

Member engagement is top-of-mind for most association professionals. But when it comes to actually making that happen, well, roadblocks often occur. Sometimes what we THINK will appeal to members and potential members doesn’t, and we’re left scratching our heads.

Engagement is tough - we get it. So to help you out, we’ve put together six online engagement hacks for association professionals:

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How to Plan a Virtual Conference at Your Association: 5 Steps

We recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of hosting a virtual conference at your association. But let’s say you do decide to host one. What happens next? How do you actually plan and execute an online event?

We’ve taken the process and broken it down into five specific steps:

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Does Your Association REALLY Need an Online Social Community?

The topic of online social communities typically spurs a lot of discussion. First, people often wonder how they’re different than traditional social media sites. But once that’s cleared up, the big question is “Does my association really need one?”

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