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8 Bad Reasons to Justify An Association Rebrand

Whether it’s a new haircut, outfit or pair of shoes, feeling like you've spruced up your look can feel good. And it can feel tempting to think we might feel the same way by updating the look of our organization through rebranding.

As a marketer for about a decade, I've heard a lot of scary reasoning behind both clients’ and peers’ decisions to rebrand - everything from “it’s just time” or “I’m bored with the current brand,” to “a competitor recently rebranded.” However, it is important to realize...

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12 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Association

Spring has (finally) sprung! Last weekend, I opened all the windows in my house and gave it a good scrubbing and de-cluttering. There’s something about a good clean up that can feel so inspiring. And many of the same principles can be applied to your organizational well-being.

Here are 12 tips for spring cleaning for your association:

1. Get Organized: Re-locate all of your data to one source.

Association management software (AMS) is critical to working efficiently and providing greater benefits...

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New eBook: Overcoming the 5 Ways Your Website Lets Your Members Down

Your website is the face of your organization. It is accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, any time and any place. It provides any one and every one, including both prospective and current members, with the most comprehensive information about your association. Yet, its maintenance and management are too often pushed to the bottom of your staff's never-ending to-do list. 

In today's tech-driven and mobile world, consistently contributing to your association website development,...

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5 Simple Steps That Will Help Your Association Drive Knowledgeable, Strategic Decisions

Each and every day you and your team are confronted by questions. You have to make countless decisions revolving around everything from marketing initiatives to budgeting to operations, and each of these directly impacts the future of your association.  As a result, it is imperative that you are implementing the necessary steps and processes needed to make sound decisions in the best interest of your organization, its staff and its members.

With this in mind, a simple question begs to be...

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How to Start a National Day for Your Association

Promotional Graphic for American Diabetes Association Alert DayToday is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day which is held annually on the fourth Tuesday of every March.  They mark the day as a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the United States public about the gravity of diabetes.  By offering free online tools, the ADA encourages everyone to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of the disease.  The Alert Day is a one day event, but it kicks off a month long fundraiser and awareness campaign.

The ADA has done a wonderful...

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What Can Jack Nicholson Teach Us About Member Experience?

One of my all-time favorite movie clips is the bit from Five Easy Pieces when Jack Nicholson is in the diner ordering a plain omelet with toast. The reason why? Because in just two short minutes, it gives great insights into how the world has changed in terms of the critical interactions between organizations and their customers.While I happen to believe that these insights are universal, they are particularly applicable to associations and their never-ending quest in answering how to best serve...

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What Does the End of Support for Windows XP Mean for Your Association?

Let the countdown begin, it's time to say goodbye to Microsoft XP. 

Microsoft Windows XP was originally released on August 24, 2001. It was a major breakthrough after the issues many users experienced with the previous versions of Windows. Its initial release brought many changes that made drastic improvements in comparison to the previous operating system (OS) versions. A new user interface (UI) focus and improved networking were just two of the highlights of what could be viewed as the most...

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Webinar Recap: 4 Challenges Associations Face When Engaging Young Professionals

4 challenges associatoins face in engaging young professionalsLast week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "4 Challenges Associations Face When Engaging Young Professionals."  

Associations are dealing with serving four distinct (and soon to be five) generations in the workplace today.  Each generation has specific cultural and workplace experiences that shape how they value business meetings, interactions, personal networks and different forms of communications.

The webinar offered a look back at the events...

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eBook: 14 Keys To Hosting Events Your Members Will Love

Create events that your association members will loveEvents continue to be a large part of the value associations and chambers of commerce provide to their members.  Whether it's monthly luncheons, networking events, educational sessions or your annual conference, your association spends significant time and resources to host these events.

Successful events take careful planning to be sure. Everything from creating the agenda, to member communications and preparing for contingencies are important to keep your events running smoothly.

In this free...

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Avoid Association Chaos: Let Innovation and Effectiveness Shine

As I work with the staff of associations, chambers of commerce and member-based associations to implement their membership management software and websites, I see first-hand how an organization's process can have a direct impact on their results.  Sometimes associations have no processes, partial processes or too much process and their staff have a difficult time driving a project to completion.

I’d like to share with you an article that reminded me that although the day-to-day tasks of a...

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eBook: Top 10 Things Your Association Should Measure In Google Analytics

Top 10 Things Your Association Should Measure In Google AnalyticsMost associations understand the importance their website plays creating a strong brand and delivering communications to your members.  After all, your website is your single largest communications tool and has a far greater reach than your emails, newsletters, events and advertising efforts - combined.

Frequently, though, the staff members of business associations and chambers of commerce are busy providing services to your members and may not have the expertise to be a full-time website...

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Why Your Association Should Try Google+

A recent post on HubSpot's blog reinforced to me that many associations are not yet actively using Google+.

Yes, some associations are using Facebook and Twitter to engage their current members and connect with new potential members.  And, some associations are starting to use LinkedIn to grow their membership as well.

But, Google+ remains low on the list of social networks used by associations, despite being the second most popular network on the internet, with 540 million monthly active users.

T...

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Learn Winning Strategies at the W.A.C.E. Conference in L.A.

Learn winning strategies at the W.A.C.E. ConferenceThe Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E) will host their annual conference on February 5-7 in Los Angeles, California.   More than 400 executives, managers and staff from chambers of commerce from the western U.S. and Canada are expected to attend to network and learn how to improve their organizations. 

WebLink is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor and partner of W.A.C.E. and we hope to see you at the conference. This year's theme is "Winning Strategies."

Certainly a big part of your...

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Webinar Recap: 3 Key Strategies For Growing Your Membership in 2014

Last week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "3 Key Strategies for Growing Membership in 2014."  

As associations kick off the new year, many organizations have new goals for selling memberships, increasing retention or creating additional non-dues revenue.   Staff and board members of your association probably have lots of great ideas about what your association should be doing to reach your goals.

The trick is to understand which of those ideas...

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Make Your Association’s Brand Come to Life

Create a strong brand for your associationFrom the perspective of the New Year, the next 12 months look perfect. No mistakes. No problems that could derail your strategic plans. This could be your best year ever.

For some associations, that means gaining more members, improving retention or increasing non-dues revenue. Or, all three!

As you look ahead, keep this one thing in mind: None of this will happen without your association’s brand. But we’re not talking about re-doing the logo or the letterhead.

Your brand is the sum total of your...

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4 Association Technology Trends for 2014

Association technology trends for 2014Some days it may feel like you run a website or a technology operation instead of an association. Keeping up with new technology can seem like a full-time job for an association professional. There’s always some new company, service or integration available.

You probably feel like you’ll be left behind if you don’t try out everything.  To help you sort through all the information out there, here are the 4 major themes for association technology we see for 2014.

Website Content

If your association’s...

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Who Is Competing With Your Association?

Who's competing with your association?We know that one of the main reasons companies join associations is to increase their business.  Yes, individuals may join for training and certification, but ultimately they want to improve their skills and help them grow their business.  Plus, businesses join associations for the networking and business exposure opportunities.  And, the exposure your members gain via your website is perhaps the best way you can promote them and drive traffic to their business.

The value that members receive...

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6 Steps to Measure Social Media ROI for Associations

Social Media ROI for Your AssociationSocial media seems to be taking over the world. If you’re going engage in social media, you should do it well so that your association receives as much benefit as possible. But that’s easier said than done.

Here are some tips for measuring the ROI for social media for your association. Keep in mind that the real goal is increased member engagement, improved member retention, additional member sales or more non-dues revenue - not a viral video or a bunch of “likes.”

Identify your goals. You can’t...

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Ask Your Members The One Question That Matters Most

Ask your members the ultimate questionEvery organization battles to provide value to its customers – and be recognized for it.   Do you know how well your association is doing?

Do you monitor social media to get a feel for how you’re doing? Many associations are unsure of how effective their social efforts have been. After all, do a few Tweets tell you much?

Measuring member satisfaction.

  • Member surveys were and still are a staple of gauging satisfaction with products and services. But they’re usually too long, too complicated, and...
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Top Questions About Websites That Disappoint Your Association Members

How your website lets your association members down.Last week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "5 Ways Your Website Lets Your Members Down."  

With websites being a critical component of associations' marketing and communications plans, many organizations don't realize how their websites can be disappointing their members and adversely affecting member retention and new member sales.

The webinar detailed some of the common mistakes associations make with their websites, how those mistakes affect...

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