PODCAST: Associations implementing lean startup methodology

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 of Architectural Registration Boards, to discuss their recent white paper, “Innovate the Lean Way: Applying Lean Startup Methodology in the Association Environment.” The white paper is free to download, so check it out. We discussed what lean startup methodology is, why it’s a great fit for small staff associations, and how to get started.

By Justin Burniske | November 17, 2015
Solving your App-ocalypse: Strategic planning with your technology

At this point everyone will agree that software systems have permeated all areas of business. From HR to Marketing to Accounting to Customer Relations, every area requires the staff to utilize some tools or application to complete their job. Yet at many, if not most organizations, there are a mash-up of tools in place that always seem to […]

By Justin Burniske | November 5, 2015
PODCAST: Talking with Edward Grandi from the National Genealogical Society

I got a chance to sit down with Edward Grandi, the Executive Director of the National Genealogical Society. We talked about his approach to leadership, how he works to get the most out of a small staff organization, and what are some of the things front of mind for him going forward. Make sure to follow NGS on twitter @ngsgenealogy.

By Justin Burniske | October 1, 2015
PODCAST: All about an AMS!

The Microstaff blog is launching the Small Staff, Big Impact Podcast, and our first conversation was 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 it might be time to consider a new AMS. She also talks about her upcoming AMS Fest Event – a great place to connect with other association staff regarding their AMS and explore options out there for you. Event is Thursday, September 17th in Crystal City, VA. But the seats are limited so make sure you register now to reserve your spot!

By Justin Burniske | September 2, 2015
Your association is using Twitter wrong – and that’s okay

Scanning a list of the top 100 Twitter account and you’ll find a lot of singers, actors, athletes and other celebrities. Only a handful of accounts are branded as organization accounts. Organizations that do break into the top 100 represent social media companies, news organizations, and sporting groups (while an association does come in at […]

By Justin Burniske | June 22, 2015
netFORUM Pro driven WordPress Site

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 is the “XML web service” interface. Mostly a programming API […]

By Manav Kher | March 24, 2015
Hot Topic – Salesforce Based Platforms

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 in this arena.

By Linh Hoang | February 27, 2015