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10 Keys to Client Success
By Hayden Asselta | March 12, 2020AssociationCustomer Success

Happy customers do not equal more business. Over the last few years, customer service continues to become outdated, while customer success has arrived as the new kid on the block. Contrary to what some may think, customer success is not merely a rebranded version of…

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TABS Views fusionSpan as a Partner, Not a Vendor
By Susan Baumbach | December 3, 2019AssociationMarketing

The Problem Boarding schools in North America have experienced a continuous, 15-year decline in their primary enrollment categories. To combat that trend, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) launched the North American Boarding Initiative’s “Ready for More?” campaign on July 1, 2016. The initiative’s purpose…

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Data and Relationships: Too Much, Too Soon?
By Rebecca Breeden | October 3, 2019Associationtechnology

It’s inevitable. In every implementation of a new AMS solution, we eventually come to the question of what information needs to be collected for particular transactions – joining, registering, subscribing, etc. Inevitably, we are often handed a set of forms that are either throwbacks to…

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An Introduction to Google Tag Manager
By Christi Liongson | June 28, 2018AssociationMarketingNon Profit

Is your organization’s website performance aligned with your business goals?  Without properly leveraging your website’s data, it is difficult to know how you can improve your web presence and improve your users’ experience.  We recommend using Google Analytics, a powerful free web analytics service, to…

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fusionSpan’s experience at Xperience18!
By Justin Burniske | May 17, 2018Associationfusionspantechnology

Last week fusionSpan was at Community Brand‘s User Conference – Xperience18! Five days packed with lots of learning, sharing and connecting. Here are a few highlights! fusionSpan was networking We had a booth. Community Brands has compiled quite a cornucopia of products, which in turn meant…

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Enterprise AMS: When is a customization right for you?
By Justin Burniske | March 29, 2018AMStechnology

Organizations choosing enterprise-level Association Management Systems (AMS) likely do so for a range of reasons. They know they’re getting a product with a rich feature set and all kinds of configuration options. They know they’ll have a greater deal of flexibility. But, likely most important,…

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Steal Like a Fundraiser
By Justin Burniske | March 20, 2018Associationmembershipnon-profit

In this podcast, Justin talks with Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CEO and Chief Strategist at Spark Consulting, and Sohini Baliga, Director of Communications at the nonpartisan budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, about their white paper titled, “Steal Like a Fundraiser.” Their paper addresses innovative practices…

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Delayed Gratification and your CRM
By Justin Burniske | February 22, 2018AMSAssociationCRM

“Did I lose my special treat?” A frequent question from my son. We’ve created a system in our home where if he behaves, he gets a “special treat” after dinner – usually in the form of 22 minutes of TV. While there are some issues…

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Bridging the Education to Employment Gap
By Justin Burniske | September 29, 2016Career ChangeEducationEmployment

With many millennials having challenges finding the right work opportunities, associations are uniquely positioned to support them by offering education opportunities. By offering industry specific education opportunities, associations are able to address the workforce needs of their current members while also providing the knowledge to…

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AMSFest – Up close with an AMS
By Justin Burniske | September 22, 2016AMSAMSFestAssociation

fusionSpan was at AMSFest, put on by Teri Carden, founder of ReviewMyAMS.com. It’s an intimate event where association professionals can get an up-close look at a bunch of different AMS (association management systems) vendors all in one place. They also can talk with industry partners…

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Salesforce with Kristan Singleton
By Justin Burniske | September 1, 2016CRMnon-profitPodcast

Salesforce, by its very name, sounds like a product that only for-profit companies can leverage. Yet, as Kristen Singleton –  Director of Tools and Technologies at Education Resource Strategies (ERS) – explains, Salesforce can play a significant role in the information management at non-profit organizations as well. On this podcast…

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Summer Cleaning Series: Database
By Linh Hoang | June 16, 2016CleaningdatabaseEfficiency

Where has the time gone?! This year has flown by, and today marks the first day of summer! If you’re like me, you have left a lot of opportunities for spring cleaning untouched so here is our chance to redeem ourselves. Spring cleaning applies to your…

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Geek Pride Day! Today!
By Mary Glavin | May 25, 2016Geek Pride DayITLOTR

Here at fusionSpan geek is a term of endearment; it’s not simply a noun, but a title of pride among our band of IT employees. In the age of endless days dedicated to the slightly obscure, Be An Angel Day August 22 naturally, or the beloved, national hot dog day…

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AMS Fest Midwest!
By Mary Glavin | May 5, 2016#Chicago#reviewmyAMS#WorkshopChicago

May 10th, just 5 days post Cinco de Mayo is another day for celebration in this month of budding optimism; AMS Fest Midwest in Chicago is the place to be and it’s cause for small associations to cheer. Those interested in examining AMS options, communicating…

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ASAE Small Staff Online Conference
By Mary Glavin | January 14, 2016ASAEAssociationevent

Joining ASAE  has been invaluable for our company; specifically, their small staffed community has provided support and possibilities we benefit tremendously from. The opportunities to participate in their conferences, workshops, and to network and engage in this community, centered on modest staff sizes, has been…

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Shopping Around for the Best Deal
By Jessica Sansaet | November 25, 2015AMSAssociationShopping

It’s that time of year again: families are gathered, work is closed… Oh, and EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! The question is, when do you get the better deals? For decades, people have been running out the day after Thanksgiving to get all the lowest prices…

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Associations Implementing Lean Startup Methodology
By Justin Burniske | November 17, 2015AssociationsBusiness StrategyLean Startup

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CEO and Chief Strategist at Spark Consulting, and Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate, Director, Information Systems, NCARB. This week I got to sit down with Elizabeth Weaver Engel (@ewengel), CEO and Chief Strategist at Spark Consulting, and Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate (@GuillermoOZ), Director, Information Systems, National Council…

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Adam Thocher from AAPOR
By Justin Burniske | October 30, 2015AAPORamcAMS

Adam Thocher, Executive Director at AAPOR I got to talk with Adam Thocher about his new position as Executive Director at the American Association for Public Opinion Research and what it’s like being a part of an Association Management Company (AMC). We also discussed what…

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: All about an AMS!
By Justin Burniske | September 2, 2015AMSAMSFestAssociations

Teri Carden, founder of ReviewMyAMS.com Welcome to the inaugural fusionSpan Podcast! Our first episode of the Non-Profit Tech Podcast is with the creator of ReviewMyAMS.com, Teri Carden. She discusses the value of an association management system (AMS), how associations are using their AMS, and when…

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Women in IT – Interested?
By Jessica Sansaet | August 14, 2015Career in TechnologyITSTEM

“What do you do for a living?” Many people seem surprised when I answer that I work in IT. Almost as if the phrase “woman in IT” is some kind of mythical creature, akin to Big Foot or a unicorn. But should they be surprised?…

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PREZI: What is an API and why should I care?
By Justin Burniske | July 23, 2015APIAssociationIntegrations

API: Application Programming Interface. A vague phrase that offers little insight if you’re not a computer science major, yet if you’ve spent any time around system vendors or website developers they’ve likely thrown the acronym around as if its taught in the third grade of every…

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Syncing your sites – is it worth the cost?
By Justin Burniske | May 13, 2015APIAssociationData entry

Is it worth paying to have your systems reflect the data being stored in your database? With technology today almost anything can be automated. Yet so many organization are unwilling to invest capital to automate mundane tasks in order to save their employee’s time – updating multiple contact…

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On-Site Registration with ExpoLogic
By Jessica Sansaet | May 7, 2015Associationconferenceevent

I recently worked an on-site registration for a conference for the first time. I had heard many “horror” stories about the on-site registration desk and before I left, I was informed that I would be absolutely exhausted by the end of the week. However, this…

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How To Make Event Check-In A Seamless Process
By Gayathri Kher | April 17, 2015Associationconferenceevent

One of the burning questions that every meeting organizer wants the answer to is “What do my conference attendees want?” Attendees are demanding more value out of in-person meetings. Now more than ever, associations need to make meetings more interactive to enhance attendees’ conference experience and keep…

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netFORUM Pro driven WordPress Site
By Manav Kher | March 24, 2015Access ControlAMSAPI

netFORUM Pro is a widely adopted association management system (AMS). It provides several interfaces that can be used for member interaction. eWeb or “external web” which is a web based interface where members can perform certain actions – like purchase renewals, buy products etc. xWeb…

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Connecting with Users
By Justin Burniske | March 12, 2015AUDC 2015AustinBabies

I recently had the opportunity to present at AUDC in Austin, TX during their Ignite session. The Ignite session requires individuals to present 20 slides, each slide appearing for only 15 seconds, resulting in a five minute presentation. Given the speed of the slides, presenters were…

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Hot Topic – Salesforce Based Platforms
By Linh Hoang | February 27, 2015AMSAPIASAE

There has been lots of buzz lately in ASAE’s Collaborate community regarding Salesforce based AMS/CRMs for associations. Since we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of new trends in the association world, we thought we’d share our thoughts and let you hear from an expert…

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Grow Your Association Management Career in 2015
By Adam Thocher | January 2, 20152015ASAECAE

With each new year, we reflect on as many of the last 365 days we can remember while simultaneously resolving to [insert unattainable New Year’s resolution here]. For me, 2014 was a big year with more resolutions checked off the list than I had anticipated. …

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fusionSpan Holiday Party
By Sheree Santantonio | December 23, 2014Associationcelebrationevents

Last Friday the fusionSpan team got together to celebrate the holidays. We shared great food, libations, and many laughs. Our talented party planner, Linh, prepared a wonderful spread, with the help of our baker, Jessica, and chef, Sheree. We had a blast playing holiday themed…

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My First Tech Conference
By Jessica Sansaet | December 19, 2014AbilaAMSASAE

As I enter the large exhibit hall at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, I’m immediately surrounded by hundreds of people, all here for one purpose – to see what’s “new” in the technology world. Wandering around the ASAE Technology Conference and Expo, one…

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Happy Holidays From Microstaff
By Sheree Santantonio | December 12, 20142015Associationchristmas

The holidays are right around the corner and we wanted to take this time to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to our company’s growth. We have had some big and exciting changes this year with our new office space located in downtown…

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Dear Betty: Back to School!
By Dear Betty | September 19, 2014Andy SernovitzASAE communityBlog

Dear Betty: Fall always makes me think of back to school, school supplies, and learning new things. What do I need to add to my marketing backpack for success this fall? Gentle Reader: There’s nothing like that first hint of coolness in the breeze, that…

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Live Streaming – Partnering for Success (Part 1)
By Gayathri Kher | June 13, 2014attendanceCEUconference

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) based in Arlington, Virginia, is always looking to add new and exciting elements to their Annual Family History Conference. After the 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the discussion to offer live streaming began. With only 10% of the their membership attending the annual…

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Why the Press Release?
By Alexi Turbow | February 27, 2014announcementcelebrityconflict

Sure you’ve heard of it, but what exactly is a press release? What is its purpose and how do you write one? How do you go about distributing this document once it’s been written? These questions are all going to be answered over the course…

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