Chambers of Commerce

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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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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Learn From The Best: Update Your Association's LinkedIn Company Page

LinkedIn has grown to be one of the most popular social media sites for individuals to make connections and build their network.  At times though, it can seem like only big businesses or recruiters use LinkedIn.

However, LinkedIn offers plenty of great tools for associations, chambers of commerce AND their small business members to connect with current customers and find new customers as well.  In fact, LinkedIn can help your business look bigger, extend your marketing efforts and drive growth...

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5 Reports No Association Should Live Without

It sounds like one of those bad dreams. You have a road map to make your association successful right there in your hands. But, you never look at it or you don't realize how important it can be.

Fortunately, this is one nightmare you can put an end to. Your association management software is the lifeblood of your organization. Remember, it contains all key contact information, annual billing, past transactions, related individuals and companies, events management, committees, certifications 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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WebLink President DJ Muller Discusses SMBs' use of LinkedIn on Fox News Live

Recently, WebLink published an eBook titled "4 Simple Steps to Growing Your Membership with LinkedIn" designed to help associations, chambers of commerce and member-based organizations take advantage of LinkedIn to grow their business.

The response to our eBook has been tremendous. And, we've found that small and medium businesses (SMBs) are finding the guide useful as well.  Many small businesses and associations face similar challenges when trying to drive new business with a small staff and a...

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Create a Google+ Page For Your Association

Your association probably has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. (If not, what are you waiting for?) And, we know that some associations are using LinkedIn to drive growth for their organization.  For more information, download our free eBook, 4 Simple Steps for Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Membership.

Think you've got social media under control? Think again. Here's another channel you may be neglecting: Google+. More than 300 million people are actively using the site.

Google created its...

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Don't settle for relevance. Create VALUE for your association members.

Is relevance at the top of your list of goals for your association? Many association professionals are sure becoming more relevant is the key to your association staying in business for years to come.

Forget about it. Relevance is for losers.

You need to win with value.

I have no data to support this, but I’d guess that the most frequently used word with the word “Relevant” is “NOT”

No one says, “Wow, that association is really relevant for me.” They want useful. They want ROI. They want value.

The...

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A New LinkedIn Feature Your Association Can Use To Grow Your Membership

Grow your association's membership with LinkedInIt’s no secret that LinkedIn has become one of the most popular social media sites for individuals to make connections and build professional networks.    And LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for associations to engage your members and find prospective new members.  We detailed how associations can use LinkedIn to find new members to our recent eBook  “4 Simple Steps to Growing Your Membership with LinkedIn.”

Now there's another way for you to promote your association on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has...

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Top Questions About Content Marketing for Associations

Content marketing for associationsLast week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "6 Ways to Produce Content That Members Value."

As associations seek to maintain their relevance for their target audience, more and more organizations are turning to content marketing to create additional value for their members.  While most associations understand they must deliver real benefits to their members to improve member retention and drive new members sales, many associations are unsure of...

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An Email Subject Line Your Association Can Use To Wow Your Members

Wow your association members with great email subject linesRecently, WebLink finalized our dates for our 2014 WebLink Summit, our annual marketing, technology and social media conference for member-based organizations.  

We narrowed our choices down to two finalists: the JW Marriott Indianapolis and the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis.  

We ultimately chose the JW Marriott for the 2014 WebLink Summit, but a well-crafted email from the Downtown Marriott guaranteed they'll be in the mix for the 2015 event.

Subject Line: 5 Reasons You Should Not Use the...

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Webinar for Associations: 6 Ways to Produce Content that Members Value

Produce content that your members value.Content marketing is a hot topic for associations looking to provide more value and stay relevant for their members.  But to be honest, between being relevant and being valuable, I'll take being valuable all day long.

In fact, I believe that associations who focus on creating great content for their members will be the ones who continue to grow over the next few years. Those associations who don't find a way to deliver more value to their members will be looking at dropping retention rates and...

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Association Marketing R&D: Ripoff & Duplicate

Last week, I was a presenter at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) Fall Conference.   As I talked with the attendees and listened to the other presenters, I was reminded of why I enjoy working with associations and chambers of commerce.

Association and chamber professionals are:

  1. Very social - You spend most of your days talking with members, prospective members or stakeholders in your industry or community.  You love meeting new people and making connections....
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Top Questions: Mistakes Associations Make When Using Their Membership Database

Last week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "5 Mistakes That Haunt Associations When Using Their Membership Database."

The webinar detailed common mistakes that associations make with their membership database, demonstrated solutions to the problems and showed ways to use your association management software (AMS) to provide better service to your members.

During registration for the webinar, we asked attendees some questions about their current...

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Is Your Association Missing Out On These 3 Benefits of A Mobile Website?

Don't be left behind. Create a mobile website for your association.More than half the mobile phones sold today are "smart phones" that can access the Internet. The tablet market is expected to grow by nearly 80% over the next four years, while the smart phone market is expected to grow by 70%.  And, the desktop PC market is expected to shrink by about 8%. (Source: International Data Corporation - IDC)

That means fewer and fewer people will accessing the Internet from a desktop computer and more of them will be using mobile devices. 

Is your association or chamber...

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4 Ways To Prevent Your Members From Finding Value In Your Association

We know that one of the main reasons businesses join associations and chambers of commerce is to help them grow their business.   In fact, it's probably the only REAL reason that they join.

Think about the ways your association helps members grow their business and provides them with value.   Despite everything you know about why most members join, the truth is that each member has their own reasons for joining and a certain set of expectations for what value they'll receive from...

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