The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

SSL Certificate for Your Wild Apricot Website

Posted by Matthieu Disna on Jan 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Have you ever noticed the https on some websites, and http on others?

That extra s indicates when you have a secure connection with a website. What's more? By having it, you increase user trust, conversions, and even search engines love to see SSL. (source)

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Online Payment Options for Wild Apricot Customers

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Dec 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

As a Wild Apricot customer, you want to collect membership fees and event registration fees through your website. The good news is that Wild Apricot makes this process easy by integrating with payment systems (also known as, payment processors). The other good news is that Wild Apricot currently integrates with more than a dozen payment systems that you can select from. What is a payment system and how do you decide which payment system is the right one for you?

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Topics: wild apricot integration, wild apricot website development, wild apricot

6 Reasons Wild Apricot Rocks

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Aug 18, 2015 2:17:00 PM

Membership-based, nonprofit organizations have to deal with huge amounts of information and mile-long to-do lists, which can be scattered through documents, spreadsheets, and programs across the organization. Thankfully, there’s a way to centralize all the information and make it easier to get emails out, newsletters sent, and membership payments processed. Membership software eliminates a huge amount of the burden from running a membership-based organization on the staff, and helps keep the organization going smoothly. However, there are a lot of options for membership organization software, so how do you know which is best? Here, we present four reasons Wild Apricot rocks, and should be your top choice for your membership software.

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Topics: member outreach, wild apricot, wild apricot partner

Advantages of Using Wild Apricot Software

Posted by Carrie Kolar on May 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Wild Apricot is web-based software for membership-based associations, non-profit organizations, and businesses that helps manage membership, events, emails, and other aspects of running a membership-based organization. Wild Apricot software is used by over 14,180 organizations that together have over three million members. This isn’t a surprise – using Wild Apricot has very distinct advantages, which help their client organizations better serve their members and extend their reach. The advantages of using Wild Apricot software include:

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Attracting New Members and Sponsors with Your Association Website

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Mar 13, 2014 7:26:00 AM

Communication is critical for membership organizations, and having the right tools and strategy to facilitate it is crucial. In this edition of the Bright Association Press, Christina Green, the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpretors' president shares her experience with moving to a new website platform, called Wild Apricot, and shows how the website became a focal point for the association's recruiting of members and sponsors. Listen to my interview with Christina Green here and read the script below.

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Topics: member communication, bright association press, membership marketing, association marketing, wild apricot

Should your Association Offer Webinars to Members?

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Mar 6, 2014 7:32:00 AM

Our guest for this edition of the Bright Association Press is the 2012-2014 President of the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI). As MATI's members are dispersed over three states (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin ), the association have been creative in dealing with this challenge by offering a couple of in-person events, and recently experimenting with webinars as Christina shared with us in this interview.

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Topics: member engagement, member recruitment, bright association press, member retention, bright clients, association marketing, wild apricot

An Insider Look at Wild Apricot

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Feb 28, 2014 9:28:00 AM

In this edition of the Bright Association Press, I spoke with Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot about the company and software. Like most Wild Apricot customers, I wanted to know about the new release and what's coming up in the development pipeline, but as an entrepreneur, I was curious to learn about the inception of Wild Apricot and what makes this software unique. Listen to Dmity's fascinating insight in this recording, and read the article below for an insider look at Wild Apricot.

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Topics: bright association press, wild apricot, wild apricot partner

Using Google Hangouts for Your Board Meetings

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Feb 26, 2014 8:29:00 AM

Meeting face-to-face might be ideal for board meetings, but it might not be feasible for associations such as the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters which spans over three states (Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin). Fortunately, we live in a time where technology is available and affordable to facilitate virtual meetings, with software such as GoToMeeting, Skype, FreeConferenceCallHD.com. Our guest for this edition of the Bright Association Press, Christina Green, talks about how her group successfully used Google Hangout for their board meetings. Here is what she shared about running virtual meetings as well as other aspects of her association management. 

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Topics: member engagement, member recruitment, bright association press, member retention, bright clients, association marketing, wild apricot

How to Successfully Manage an Association across State Lines

Posted by Allison Reilly on Feb 19, 2014 8:28:00 AM

Our guest for this edition of the Bright Association Press is Christina Green, the 2012-2014 President of the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI). Christina is an independent translator and interpreter in Wisconsin and has been a member of MATI since it's inception 10 years ago. MATI, a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA), is a professional association founded by and for translators and interpreters in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. MATI's membership has grown from 20 members to 120 since it moved to its new website about a year ago. To learn about MATI's successful transition to its new website, read MATI's website case study here. 

Here is what Christina shared with us about her membership management and success. 

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Topics: member engagement, member recruitment, bright association press, member retention, bright clients, association marketing, wild apricot

Wild Apricot Plans for Mobile Website and Administration

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Apr 26, 2013 1:52:00 PM

There are many reasons I, and many other Wild Apricot fans, should be excited about Wild Apricot version 5.0 coming later this year. One of these big reasons is the new mobile-friendly, responsive-design themes Wild Apricot is adding to their existing website themes. But, what does that mean for existing Wild Apricot customers as well as new customers who are interested in having a mobile-friendly site? I asked Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot, these questions and here is what Dmitry shared with me.

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Topics: wild apricot, wild apricot partner