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Job Hunt Services Your Young Professional Members WANT

Your youngest members - especially recent graduates - probably have one thing predominantly on their mind:

Find. A. Job!

Job hunting can almost feel like a job itself. Researching different opportunities, reworking your resume to speak specifically to each, writing cover letter after cover letter, prepping for interviews...it takes a lot of time.

Consider providing these valuable services to help your young professional members on their hunt (and engage them along the way, too):

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Up Your Email Marketing Game: 4 Membership Software Tips

Sending emails is a simple, low-cost way to recruit prospective members and engage your current ones. And it’s pretty direct, as long as you can figure out how to cut through the inbox clutter. Luckily, your association management software has features that can make those emails stand out - and help you save time, too!

Whether you’re on our MemberClicks platform or WebLink, there are four features you should definitely be using to make your emails more effective:

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Why Associations and Online Learning are a Perfect Pair

Online learning initiatives are on the rise. Between advancements in different tools and the way we communicate, just about anyone can pretty easily create valuable, educational content to share. (Really, though - spend just 5 minutes on YouTube and see how many “how to” videos you can find!)

Well if you ask me, an online learning program would mean an increase in association membership value and engagement like no other. And you already have what you need to get started.

Still not sure? Here’s why associations and online learning just make sense:

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5 Signs You’re Ready for a Learning Management System

Learning management systems are flexible enough to make an impact on your organization (and its members) in a number of different ways.

Content management? Check.

Continuing education tracking? Check.

Revenue generation? Check.

And that only scratches the surface. If you’ve been considering an LMS, but aren’t sure the time is right, here are five signs your organization is ready for one:

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It Might Be Time for a Membership Management System If...

So you’ve pondered the idea of purchasing a membership management system. I mean, it would make your job a LOT easier. But you’ve made it this far without one...do you really need to pull the trigger now?

Well, there are a few telltale signs that would lead you to “yes.” In fact, it may be time for a membership management system if…

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Think Your Small Staff Association Doesn't Need Software? Think Again!

In her thought-provoking book “The End of Membership as We Know It,” Sarah Sladek has some pretty eye-opening statistics to share, including:

“From now until 2030, every eight seconds someone will turn 65. This shift in human capital – the largest shift in our country’s history – poses the greatest threat to associations.”

She goes on to say that most member-based organizations remain entirely governed and supported by the baby boomer generation, and few are developing strategies to protect themselves from the “massive exodus” of board members, committee chairs, and dedicated volunteers.

This, paired with the fact that “entire generations that have never known life without technology are now entering the workforce,” are good reason for organizations of all sizes to take note.

Membership certainly isn’t dead, but it’s time to change your thinking and your business model in order to continue to thrive! A few thoughts on how:

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5 Nightmares You'll Avoid with Association Management Software

Managing any type of organization comes with its pitfalls. Enter, technology. It’s built to make your life easier and avoid those pitfalls at all costs! This Halloween season has us thinking: What nightmares could YOU avoid by using the right association management software?

Here are a few we think are worth mentioning:

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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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