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Which of These Volunteer Trends Will You Try This Year?

Asking for volunteers and really getting the most out of their activity can be a struggle. Everyone feels the “there are only so many hours in a day” sentiment, your members included. It can be difficult for them to commit to yet another regularly scheduled activity - let alone give it their all when it comes after a crazy day at the office.

It becomes quite the conundrum when your association relies on volunteers to provide certain benefits, or even to function. If you can identify with these difficulties, it might be time to rethink your association’s volunteer structure. Take a look at these trends and think about how they could fit into (or even replace!) the ways you currently drum up volunteers:

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Shopping for an Association Management System: Your Checklist for Success

Thinking of purchasing an association management system in 2018? How can you be sure you land on not only the right system, but the right provider?

There’s SO much to take into consideration: software features, efficiencies, company experience and reliability, future developments, etc. To keep track of it all - and make sure you don’t leave any stone unturned - here’s a checklist of questions you need to ask when going through the AMS shopping process:

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New Year, New Website: Quick Hacks for Your Homepage

With the arrival of the new year, you need to be ready for a rise in traffic to your website. Why? Most people in January often begin exploring what New Year’s Resolutions they want to take seriously and that very well might be joining your organization!

To make sure that you make a great impression for your organization, try including these five easy hacks on your homepage to boost your member acquisition.

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Beyond the Software: 5 Resources Your AMS Provider SHOULD Offer

Association professionals switch association management software providers for all sorts of reasons, but two of the biggest are lack of support and resources.

A good AMS provider should WANT to help you succeed, and to help you succeed, they should provide you with a bank of valuable resources. Specifically, they should offer…

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MemberClicks President & CEO Mark Sedgley Answers YOUR Questions

Last week we made a pretty big announcement. MemberClicks is joining forces with WebLink, and we couldn’t be more excited! By coming together, we’ll have more resources and people power to do what we do best - to serve you and your members!

While there’s a lot to navigate in the coming weeks, there’s one thing we know for sure: we’re here to further spread our mission to associations and chambers, empowering you to thrive with refreshing technology and a heart for service.

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Why Do You REALLY Need an Association Management System?

Association management system, or AMS for short. You’ve likely heard the term, and you may even know what it means. (For those who don’t, an AMS is a technology solution that allows you to manage your organization’s membership using one integrated system, which includes your website and your database. Dues renewals, email marketing, event registration, and more - you name it, an AMS does it.)

Sounds great, you might be thinking. But do I really need one? I mean REALLY?

We say yes, and here’s why:

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3 Ways to Strategically Use Your Association's Database

Your database may give you a headache from time to time, but there’s SO much valuable information there. Are you using it to your advantage?

Sure, you should be tracking the normal numbers: recruitment rates, renewal rates, event registrations, etc. But are you taking it a step further to actually advance your association?

Here are three ways to strategically use your association’s database (Yes, you’ll still have to analyze the data, but it’ll be worth it!):

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From the Trade Show Floor to the Contract Table: 5 Signs You’re Dealing with a Gold Star Vendor

So, you’ve found yourself in trade show season, with the big show, #ASAE17 in Toronto, right around the corner. One of the reasons to spend precious time on any trade show floor is to discover potential partnerships that will help your association succeed. Now, whether that means finding exciting locations for your next annual meeting or a new association management software--word on the street is MemberClicks has a good one, btw--there are certain signals sent through a vendor’s on-floor presence and behavior that can give you an indication of their relationship potential once the booths have been broken down and you’re back in the real world together.

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AMS Shopping: The Right Time to Buy

If an association management system (AMS) is on your radar (or even just in the back of your head for now), the next big question then is when: when should you start looking for association management software and when exactly should you pull the trigger?

Well, as with most things, the sooner you can start the better. But with software, in particular, it all depends on when you’ll need it.

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Engaging Your Members Upon Login: 5 Must-Haves for the Member Landing Page

Getting your members to login can be challenging, but once they do, are you doing everything in your power to keep them there - happy and engaged? Are you providing them with the information they need to take “next steps” - whether that’s to register for your next event, renew their membership/pay dues, or even just read up on the latest industry news?

Having an engaging member landing page - the page members see upon logging into your site - dictates not only how much people engage with you, but whether or not they continue that behavior. (One or two bad experiences and someone could decide that logging in just isn’t worth it anymore.)

So what makes an engaging member landing page? What elements do you need? We’ve identified five must-haves:

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How to Justify an AMS to Your Board: 3 Key Talking Points

Let’s say you’re using a membership spreadsheet to manage your association - and you KNOW that’s not working. You know you need a technology partner and an association management system (AMS) to help lighten the load.

The trick, though, is selling that idea to your board. How do you get them to see that this isn’t just something you want, but need?

We’ve got a few tips. When it comes to “selling” an AMS to your board, consider the following three talking points:

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