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7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook

7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook

The devil is in the details. We’ve all heard it, and most of us have lived it. But what details, in regards to event planning, tend to trip association professionals up the most? We’ve got seven.

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How to Clean Your Association’s Database: 5 Tips

Database management is TOUGH, especially if you’re doing it all manually. Over time, you’re bound to find typos, duplicates, outdated information, and maybe even some false information altogether. That’s why from time to time, it’s good to give your database a little scrubbing.

But with 500+ members, where do you even begin? Here are a few tips:

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The Evolution of Workplace Communication (And What It Means for Your Association)

The times they are a changin’ - particularly in terms of technology. And as you know, technology advancements (in some way, shape, or form) always make their way to the workplace.

Just look at workplace communication tools. There’s Slack, Atlassian, Trello, Facebook’s Workplace - and more and more popping up all the time!   

That said, are these workplace communication tools beneficial for associations? Are they worth looking into/considering? Well, like any sophisticated tool or system, there are pros and cons for each.

Take a look:

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5 Signs It Might Be Time to Invest in an AMS

So you know you’re abnormally busy, and you know there’s technology out there designed to help you, but you keep putting off the idea of an association management system for one reason or another - time (or lack thereof), budget (or lack thereof), your board’s approval (or lack thereof), etc.

Well all of these are valid reasons, but at some point, you may just need to bite the bullet - for the sake of your members, your sanity, and of course, your organization. In fact, here are five signs it might be time to invest in an AMS:

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6 Questions to Ask Your Potential AMS Provider

When it comes to shopping for an association management system, the questions people ask are often pretty routine: How much does it cost? What features are included? What does the timeline for implementation look like?

But while those questions are important, they aren’t the end-all-be-all. In fact, it’s just as important to establish a good partnership with your future AMS provider. That said, here are six questions - beyond features - you NEED to ask your potential AMS provider:

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How to Explain a Software Change to Your Members: 3 Tips

Are you about to transition from one association management system (AMS) to another? Or better yet, upgrade from a membership spreadsheet to an AMS? If so, congrats! That’s incredibly exciting!

That said, you might need (and want) to explain that exciting change to your members. Not sure how to have that conversation? Here are a few tips:

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Why You Need an AMS

As an association professional, you’ve got your hands full. You’re balancing member applications, events, emails, dues renewals, your website, and membership reports - among many other things. A helping hand would be nice.

Well, consider an association management system (AMS) your helping hand.

Not sure why you need an AMS? Allow us to explain…

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Eliminating the Pain of Membership Spreadsheets

Many associations have the same story. They start off small, using a simple spreadsheet to manage their organization’s membership. But then their organization grows, and suddenly, that spreadsheet isn’t quite cutting it anymore.

For that reason, many organizations turn to association management systems, or AMS solutions, for short. What is an AMS, you ask? Well, it’s a technology solution designed to help you manage your association’s membership. But the better question to ask is this: What are the benefits of using an AMS in place of a membership spreadsheet?

Allow us to explain…

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The Right Time to Buy: Preparing for the AMS Shopping Process

Are you thinking about purchasing an association management system, or AMS, in 2017? Well if you are, now is the time to get started.

Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s only August. I still have plenty of time! But I urge you to reconsider, as there are several factors you’ll want to take into account:

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How to Approach Your Board About an AMS Solution: 5 Steps

Let’s say you’ve decided it’s time for an association management system. You’re overwhelmed with work and tired of doing everything manually. If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Several association professionals have been and are in those same shoes.

But before you can purchase a solution, you need to talk to your board. You need to make sure they’re in favor of a software solution as well. How do you do that? We recommend following these five steps:

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Attention Shoppers: 4 Ways to Simplify the AMS Shopping Process

Shopping for any kind of technology is stressful, but when it’s a small-staff association professional shopping for an association management system, it’s a particular kind of crazy. There are SO many moving parts - software features, price points, the board’s opinion, etc. No wonder shoppers tend to get frustrated.

But good news association pros! We’ve got a few tips that can make the shopping process a little less harrowing. (And note: these can all be done BEFORE contacting vendors. Score!)

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