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Alleviating Financial Management Stress with Association Software

Sounds like an oxymoron, right? If you’re not sure that “alleviating stress” and “financial management” belong in the same sentence, then you might be surprised to learn what association management software (AMS) can do to lend a helping hand!

An AMS is a valuable part of an association’s financial ecosystem. Its functionality can create a better experience for members, save valuable association staff time, and make things easier on your books. (Which also makes things easier for you!) Here are just a few ways that an AMS can alleviate financial management stress:

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9 Questions to Ask Any Vendor at Your Next Trade Show

No matter who you are, walking on the trade show floor can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. You’ve got vendors known and unknown looking to catch your eye as well as countless other attendees all walking and interacting in one dedicated space.

If this visual is making you nervous, don’t fret! We’ve come up with nine questions you can ask almost any vendor at your next trade show to see if their product would be a good fit for your association! Check them out below!

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Encouraging Hesitant Staff Members to Adopt New Technology: 4 Tips

You may be at the point where you KNOW you need new software in place, and maybe your staff and board are even in agreement. But admitting you need something versus actually using it are two very different things.

See, association professionals often find themselves in the following situation: They purchase a technology system (an association management system, for example), get up and running on it, but then...no other staff members seem to actually utilize it. They stick with their old ways. (Talk about discouraging.)

To get hesitant staff members to actually utilize new technology, consider the following tips:

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5 Budget-Savers to Look for in a Membership Management System

While having a membership management system means another line item on your budget, it can often pay for itself. After all, these systems are designed to specifically make association and chamber life easier.

There are a few areas in which a membership management system can both grow revenue and help you save. Here are some things to look for when you’re searching for that perfect system for your organization:

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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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