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Birth of a Blog
By Gayathri Kher | September 9, 2013AssociationBlogNon Profil

Those of us in the association world know that the needs of small staff associations are not very different from the larger organizations. All of us are faced with much of the same dilemmas and challenges. In staff meetings and discussions with colleagues we often find ourselves in the midst of a variety of topics including How do... read more

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50 Questions to Ask AMS Vendors During Product Selection
By Gayathri Kher | September 18, 2013AMSAssociationconfiguration

Are you ready for a new Association Management System? If you just answered ‘YES’ or ‘MAYBE’ then read on… Finding the right AMS for your organization can be like Prince Charming finding Cinderella. Sure, you have a glass slipper – you know what you want. Now, how do you go about finding it? Listed below are fifty questions... read more

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Ease Your AMS Worries with the Use of a Good Consultant
By Gayathri Kher | September 26, 2013AMSconsultantdatabase

Have you considered hiring a consultant to help you identify the ideal system for your association and help with the data conversion? If your nonprofit has a small staff, little technical expertise or limited time, a consultant may be just what you need. You’ll want to make sure the consultant you choose has relevant association experience to understand... read more

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Process Documentation… Why do I need that?
By Gayathri Kher | October 25, 2013Associationconsultantdocumentation

As association IT staff, we are involved in a number of un-ideal tasks: running the graveyard shift, adopting last-minute design and functional changes to applications, dealing with what we view as unreasonable requests from members and other staff, to name a few. However these annoyances pale in comparison, to process documentation, a task the mention of which we... read more

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Tips on Selecting an Event Hashtag
By Gayathri Kher | January 20, 2014consultingeventsNon Profit

You can find the usage of hashtags on every social network now a days, and more than likely, your attendees and members are already using them in some way or another. Hashtags play an important role in social media marketing, but in this post we will focus just on how best to select a hashtag for your events.... read more

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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 conferences, the general consensus from staff and board was that having a hybrid... read more

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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 them coming back year after year.  So how do we provide a creative experience... read more

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Google’s “Mobile-Friendly” Update – What Does It Mean To Your Association?
By Gayathri Kher | April 22, 2015AssociationGoogleindex

Yesterday, April 21, 2015, Google went live with the search algorithm that will boost the rankings of mobile-friendly pages. Let’s take a look at what this means to your Association: When was this first announced? Google released that they are experimenting with a new mobile friendly ranking algorithm in December 2014 and announced it officially in February 2015. What is this algorithmic update and whom... read more

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The Quest for an Event Registration System
By Gayathri Kher | October 20, 2015Associationconferenceevent

I thought I had been assigned a simple task – To find an event registration system for a client that has an annual conference. The main goal of this group is to improve end user experience while still being able to incorporate their business requirements. Seemed like a day’s effort to me …. to research potential vendors, document the information, and... read more