August

Features

  • Cover Story: Map Out Your Content Strategy
    By: Lauren Kelley Does your association produce content like magazines, blogs, tweets, white papers, websites, and books with a clear direction and audience in mind? If not, content strategy can lead you down the path of greater efficiency and improved member engagement.
  • Staff, Volunteers Partner for Shared Vision of Future Member Engagement
    By: Peggy Hoffman, CAE At the Medical Group Management Association, volunteers and staff are equal stakeholders. When MGMA's volunteer structure and member-engagement strategy were due for an overhaul, volunteers and staff partnered on a journey of exploration and innovation to plot a course for its future. (Titled "A Shared Vision" in the print edition.)
  • Save Your At-Risk Volunteers
    By: Jacqui Cook When engaged volunteers start to disappear, it's time to assess how your organization is working with them. Find out how to keep your volunteers from going missing and repair relationships gone wrong.
  • Learn to Love Networking
    By: Interview by Summer Faust Networking is not a one-size-fits-all activity. That's why author Devora Zack says introverts and extroverts shouldn't schmooze the same way. Learn how every personality type can become a better networker.
  • How to Build Membership Relationships That Last
    By: Sarah L. Sladek People want to join your association—and renew their memberships—when you provide services they need along with emotional connections they crave. That's easier said than done, but a close look at your current offerings can clarify your next steps. (Titled "What are You Giving Your Members" in the print edition.)
  • The Basics of Environmental Scanning
    By: James G. Dalton No crystal ball? No problem. Environmental scanning can help you identify the trends that are most likely to directly affect your association and its members. Then you can craft a strategy that will help you take advantage of inevitable changes down the road. (Titled "Turn on Your Trend Monitor" in the print edition.)

Departments


Horizons
  • Why Association Executives Ignore Risks and Don't Plan for Succession
    By: Robert T. Van Hook, FASAE, CAE An expert in managing association CEO transitions offers the common excuses he hears from executives who don't plan for their own succession.
Ideabank
  • Create a Tip-a-Day Blog
    One small-staff organization is engaging volunteers to maintain a tip-a-day blog, resulting in a vast archive of knowledge.
Intelligence
  • Revenue and Savings, Made Under Pressure
    By: Andrew S. Lang How the Appraisal Institute increased conference-hotel usage and keeps evergreen information timely.
  • Quiz: Pick Your Digital Platform
    By: Josephine Rossi A test to determine which digital publishing format is right for your organization.
  • Avoid Legal Complications of International Business
    By: Jonathan T. Howe How to steer clear of legal troubles when holding programs and doing business abroad.
  • Event Menus Go Green
    By: Kristin Clarke Tips for getting your association involved in sustainable food and beverage.
  • How Big Is Your Board?
    Information from the Association 990 database shows the number of employees at an organization slightly correlates to the number of voting board members.
  • Change Audit Firms the Right Way
    By: Bryan Ochalla One CEO's helpful advice for choosing a new audit firm.
  • Find Future Leaders With Today's Engagement Data
    By: Joe Rominiecki One association aims to identify future board members before they even volunteer.
  • The Favorites Game: Smart Money Management
    By: Kristin Clarke Bestselling author Jean Chatzky on her favorite financial habit, bargain website, and more.
  • CEO's Next Steps
    Is your association prepared if your CEO moves on?
Small scale
  • Juggling as a Small-Staff Exec
    By: Mychelle Blake How one small-staff CEO manages the many roles of running an association. (Titled "The Art of Juggling" in the print edition.)
Community now
  • CEO to CEO: Role Models and Leasing v. Buying
    Most important lesson learned from a role model, and deciding to lease or own office space.
  • Partner Corner: Three Steps to PCI Compliance
    By: Jim Irish How to ensure your payment data is secure.