Category Archives: Technology

Under Creative and Overwhelmed

By: Shelly Joines

Earlier this year I was planning a wedding and wrote on how similar it can be to your next large meeting in terms of branding and marketing through social media. This blog shares those previous tips of unique and consistent ways to get started if you’re feeling under creative and overwhelmed.

But now that I have that massive event under my belt, I’m on the other side of the tunnel and looking back it doesn’t seem so hard. In fact, I’ve learned about several other ways to incorporate social media and how to keep guests connected during the event! As always, I’m sharing low cost solutions with non-profits in mind. Continue reading Under Creative and Overwhelmed

Did you READ the email?

By: Kim Barclay

In this fast paced world and carrying our life on a mobile device, it is no wonder that information we try to convey or share isn’t often read with the attention it truly requires.  I think most of us have experienced the frustration of sending an email with important information, and have those recipients not follow directions or ask questions that were answered in the original email.

I have been struggling to find a way to politely relay to the readers, “PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL ATTENTION AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!”  I think I have developed a technique over the years that seems to be working. Continue reading Did you READ the email?

Are You Protected?

By: Amy Bean Napier

In today’s digital world, a virus will infect the workstations and/or server at your company sooner or later.  Employees are constantly on the internet and social media, viewing unknown websites, videos and files, opening emails and downloading attachments from unknown sources.   And even though we all have what’s marketed as the “best virus protection available” installed and constantly updated, a security breach will eventually occur.

These security breaches are usually caused by simple human error.  Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, snapchat, etc.) are prime targets and online ads are 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content that common high risk sites (Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report).  When an employee is viewing their Facebook page at the office during lunch and clicks on a pop up ad, your office could instantly become infected. Continue reading Are You Protected?

Ignite That Spark in Your Members

Ignite That Spark in Your Members: Resources For Using Technology to Engage Association Members

By: John Ricco, CAE

The Pareto Principal. You may not know exactly what it is, but you experience it all the time.  Better known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principal suggests that 20 percent of your members probably do 80 percent of the work.  So how do you lighten the burden for the overextended 20% and at the same time create meaningful involvement for others?  Continue reading Ignite That Spark in Your Members

Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

On any given day at least two to three cartoon theme songs are running through my mind!  As I write, I am singing the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song.

It could be that I have two young children, or the fact that I love cartoons.  However, regardless of the reasons, I can’t help but draw parallels between cartoons and association management.  It seems that there are several lessons to be learned about how to build better associations from watching cartoon.

So, as my children would say, “Yo Ho Let’s Go”!  Continue reading Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management