The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

How to Leverage Data for Organization Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jan 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The biggest trend of 2015 is a game, and data is its name. This year saw an explosion in the ubiquity of data collection, data analysis and data-centric decision-making in organizations from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at how to leverage data for organization success, from discussing the benefits of data analysis and how best to collect it to making sure you’re don’t go overboard in your quest for knowledge.

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Topics: Association success

Recent Trends in Benefits for Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jan 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Association benefits are an integral part of attracting and keeping members. When a potential member looks at your organization and says “how will joining help me succeed?” having a ready list of ways that your association helps its members come out on top can make the decision to join a no-brainer. Members expect real, applicable value for the membership fees, and associations have turned to benefits as one of the best ways that they provide member value. Benefits are a big deal – Associations Now, the online publication of the American Society of Association Executives, has an ongoing “Best Benefit Ever” series on their site that features unique, effective, or generally awesome benefits that different associations provide their members. Since benefits are increasingly central to association success, let’s take a look at recent trends in benefits for associations.

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Topics: Association success

Structuring Options for Organization Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Dec 8, 2015 6:30:00 AM

If you are a membership-based organization, your organization structure and your membership structure determine the operation, growth potential, and success of your organization. Different structures will work for different organizations, so in this week’s Association Debrief, we present multiple structuring options for organization success.

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Topics: association debrief, association management, challenges for professional associations, Association success

How Organizations Can Find Success Through Partnerships

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Nov 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Partnerships can take many forms. Sponsor partnerships, public-private partnerships, and a host of others can help organizations achieve success that they wouldn’t have been able to reach on their own. In this week’s AssociationDebrief, we examine partnerships between associations, the public sector, academia, and for-profit companies to determine how organizations can find success through partnerships.

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Topics: business networking, association debrief, association industry, challenges for professional associations, association partnerships, Association success