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  • 28 Sep 2017 12:32 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

    Perhaps you want to be able to go back one day and review how your conference web page looked years ago.  Plan ahead and archive that meeting page using http://archive.is/ - you can "make" it archive any existing page, or search for other archived pages. It is a handy tool that only takes a moment and can prove invaluable when you need to "see" what a page looked like in the past.  

  • 30 Aug 2016 4:39 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

    An item for all association professionals to consider is the changing challenges associations face from emerging technology. 

    face to face conference

    Is that the reason some meetings, and membership in associations, is in many cases beginning to suffer?

    No! Certainly, technology such as social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, among others, allows for professionals to network and discuss concepts easily and quickly from the comfort of their own home, work space and even on the run from their smart phone. 

    But, even the newest associations form within the industries of these technologies!  WordPress conferences are regularly occurring! 

    There are some groups that may have expanded beyond their need, or perhaps they are susceptible to technologies overall and are now scaling back.  But, like-minded individuals still need to have face-to-face time at a conference.  Sometimes the speakers, workshops, or educational activities are excellent and sometimes they fall short.  But the real learning happens in the receptions, lunches and breaks when real life discussions can take place.  No post can replace this.  

    This is likely the reason that WordPress conferences are taking off.  Social media and technology associations are forming every month on local, regional, national and international levels.

    Humans are social animals and need face to face experiences in some cases that will for the foreseeable future support the in person conferences for which we are needed! 

    If you find that your start-up is in need of professional management, we are happy to help bring in our experience and knowledge of the meeting space to make it a success.  Financials are often not the strong point of volunteers and a professional manager can typically assist in this area.  

    We look forward to hearing about your conferences and are happy to help when needed! 



  • 03 Aug 2015 8:30 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

    Prime Management Services is an Alabama-based company that provides international association and conference services.  In November 2014, we planned a green conference for the Society of Dance History Scholars, held in Iowa City, Iowa, that included paperless registration, donations of unused food, and fully recyclable and biodegradable name badges.  Unused food was donated to local food banks, badges were made with recycled card stock and the lanyard used was a natural hemp twine.  We have made an effort in the past to recycle name badges, but discovered this to be of limited success.  This new initiative kept a larger amount of waste out of landfills, while saving the client funds.  The conference was attended by over 320 attendees from around the world with unanimous positive feedback on the initiatives taken.  

  • 21 Jul 2015 1:29 PM | Deleted user

    How to Build Your Nonprofit’s Culture (One Brick at a Time)

    by Randy Hawthorne, Nonprofit Hub

    Company culture isn’t just for startups and businesses; it’s a fundamental part of every nonprofit’s DNA. Your culture helps to define your brand and, in part, determine the type of people who should be part of your organization.

    And to be clear, every organization does have a culture. The question is, did you help to define and build it, or did it just evolve?

    Ideally, you want your nonprofit’s culture to be purposefully built. It’s important for every nonprofit to have a set of values and beliefs that define how people do things in the organization. Some people think that company culture refers to workplace perks and benefits—and yes, those things are a part of it. But culture runs deeper than fun holiday parties and free pizza on Fridays. In many ways, your culture is the foundation of your organization. It can impact everything from your nonprofit’s overall effectiveness to the passion and commitment with which your team works.

    Most importantly, it protects and demonstrates the core values you maintain.

    If you’ve wondered how to make your culture more focused and in line with what you stand for, here are some steps to take...

    Read More

  • 02 Jul 2015 10:25 AM | Deleted user

    7 ways of organizing your website

    Although a website is a great vehicle for raising awareness as well as funds, just having a website is no guarantee of success.

    Dwight Davis, director of inbound marketing for Salsa Labs, emphasizes the idea of organizing a website to gain the most effectiveness out of a site, of optimizing awareness, evaluation and engagement.

    Davis suggests the following organizational strategy:

    The Blog. It attracts visitors and is the beginning of an organization’s relationship with its supporters.

    Premium content. Newsletters and case studies are effective for turning casual visitors into supporters while providing them with valuable information.

    Information about the cause or mission. This is the opportunity to tell the “what” of a nonprofit and provide as much information as supporters might need without overwhelming them with too much content.

    Testimonials. These are the heartfelt stories of struggle and triumph. They should provide results that visually demonstrate the successes the nonprofit has had over the years.

    The “About” page. This is often the most visited page of a Website. It is critical for the consideration and evaluation phase of the supporter cycle.

    People. Visitors want to know whom they will be helping and to see the names and faces that represent what the organization supports.

    The process. Visitors who are considering supporting a cause want to know the “how.” Show them specifics on how their donation or time will help.

    by The NonProfit Times - June 26, 2015

  • 11 Jun 2015 4:53 PM | Deleted user

    25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros

    The real power of Twitter is using it to engage influencers.  

    I’m not talking about Lady Gaga. I’m talking about engaging journalists, sponsors, and community leaders who are passionate about your cause. When you network with the right influencers, you gain access to their followers by way of retweets.

    But what is the best way to use Twitter, without wasting valuable time?...  

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE by John Haydon

  • 05 Jun 2015 12:56 PM | Deleted user

    Coming Soon: Free Expert Webinar

    How to Use Your Database to Grow Your Membership

    Soo...you have a membership database. But how do you use that information to grow your membership?  


    Wes Trochlil (Effective Database Management) is going to help us understand the what, the why and the how of databases.

    In this webinar, we will answer the following questions: 

    • What is a database? 
    • Why is having a membership database critical to success?
    • How can a membership database help you achieve your mission or goals?

    We'll be using a question and answer format for this webinar so come prepared with your own questions and we'll ask Wes during the webinar! 

    Date: Wednesday June 24th, 2015

    Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

    REGISTER HERE

  • 15 May 2015 10:38 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    sponsorships for non-profits

    On May 21st, Joe Waters is speaking via an expert webinar series on the topic of fundraising in terms of growing sponsorships. Objectives:

    • Identify assets within your organizations that will appeal to potential sponsors.
    • Detect sponsors from the pool of businesses you currently know and interact.
    • Present and close your proposal with confidence and passion.
    • Add a special "twist" to sponsorship that could raise you a lot more money.
    For more information about this webinar, visit the Wild Apricot site

    • 24 Mar 2015 4:55 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)


      This video gives some great life advice.  The type of associations you make really affects you, on a personal level.  On a professional level, of course the same occurs.  A professional association that you may be a member of typically leads to positive professional associations on a personal level. 

    • 25 Sep 2014 10:10 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

      likert scale exampleSurveys: in the association industry, you likely have seen many number of surveys from membership feedback, conference evaluations, board and committee responses, and more. The Likert Scale is a useful survey format for getting responses, particularly if done properly.   

      Do a quick google images search for Likert Scale.  You will find many examples of the scale where the "positive" responses (strongly agree, excellent, etc) are on the left side of the scale, and many others where the "negative" responses (strongly disagree, poor, etc) are on the same left side.  

      When designing a survey, which side should this be on? Is there a correct answer?  It may not seem to matter, particularly when searching through all of the likert scales used in surveys and seeing a close to 50-50 split in this ordering.  Nevertheless, research has been done to provide some feedback on this issue.  Intelligentmeasurement has some results from research on this topic.  You'll find their findings interesting if you do a lot of surveys.  Check it out here

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