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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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Your Guide to Selecting the Right Association Management System

Posted by Callie Walker

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So you’ve decided that your association needs a new association management system. Maybe your association has grown over the past few years and you’re moving from an offline database to a hosted solution. Or maybe you have an AMS, but aren’t satisfied with how it’s performing. Either way, you’re tired of those administrative headaches and need a solution, fast.

But where do you even begin when it comes to selecting an AMS? Well, in order to make the right selection for your association, you need to identify key requirements up front. Consider the following:

Features

Use your existing system as a starting place. What processes are you using now that need to be replicated? What features need to be improved upon or added altogether? Consider dues renewal, event management, membership management, and your website. Make a list of the features that are essential, as well as the items that would be nice, but that you could live without. 

Timeline

It’s also important to define your timeline under these key requirements. Do you have a big event coming up or an end-of-quarter deadline to consider? These factors will have an effect on the AMS evaluation process. 

Budget

As you may know, an AMS can be a substantial financial commitment. Many AMS providers offer a range of pricing based on functionality, so it’s important to include your budget in the key requirements. This will prevent you from wasting time on software providers that are simply out of your price range from the beginning.  

For more tips on how to select the right AMS for your association, download our free guide below!

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