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PODCAST: Dan Labert from NACBA

We’ve recently rebranded the podcast as the Non-profit Tech Podcast, presented by fusionSpan. This week I spoke over the phone with Dan Labert, the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys about his recent move from listservs to an online community platform (Higher Logic) integrated with their member database (netFORUM Pro). We touch on challenges he has faced, how he gets members’ input, and his general approach to strategic use of technology.

By Justin Burniske | December 9, 2015
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The Quest for an Event Registration System

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 provide feedback to the client. Little did I know!

By Gayathri Kher | October 20, 2015
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On-Site Registration with ExpoLogic

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 was no horror story for me. If anything, it was like one of those great dreams from which you expect to be abruptly woken up. There was little to no…

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Happy Holidays From Microstaff

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 Washington D.C., and new additions to our growing staff. We could have not done it without you, and we look forward to a bright and prosperous 2015!

By Sheree Santantonio | December 12, 2014 2 Comments
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Engage Your First Time Attendees to Maximize Their Benefit

Your repeat attendees are wonderful — they love you and you love them.  But, that familiarity can create a bubble that seems impenetrable to outsiders. Don’t let this happen to your event. Embrace your newcomers — make them feel special and welcomed. Track Attendance Records Make sure you keep good track of attendance. Use this information to tailor your message for different attendee groups — regular attendees, occasional attendees, and first timers.

By Conference Charlie | November 15, 2013
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Three Tips to Getting the Media Attention You Want

Trying to get the attention of the media can seem like a daunting task, especially when you have minimal to no staff dedicated to this. But even with limited funds or staffing, it is still possible to get the media attention that you crave. Below are three ways to get started: Hosting or attending an event While the prospect of hosting an event might sound overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. You certainly need to…

By Alexi Turbow | November 11, 2013
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Association Fundraising for Success: Embrace the Big Picture [Part 2]

Basic as these tenets may seem, it is truly stunning to see how many organizations manage to lose sight of these essential elements as other pressures mount around efforts to achieve underlying specific dollar or participation goals that may or may not have been developed with the larger picture in mind.  These challenges aren’t unique to smaller organizations.  Similar challenges exist in many big and seemingly well-resourced organizations, where institutional complexities and secondary “noise” can…

By Cathy Josman | November 6, 2013
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Association Fundraising for Success: Embrace the Big Picture [Part 1]

  It’s a delight to contribute several guest blog posts here on fundraising tips & tricks for associations, especially the many small organizations who face a myriad of support and resource challenges. Today’s initial thoughts start at a high level, because as important as tactics and execution can be (future topics), I believe the most important factor in your success is effectively crafting, clarifying, and communicating your association’s strategic vision so that it translates to…

By Cathy Josman | October 31, 2013
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5 Ways to Zap Small Staff Association Stress RIGHT NOW

Hello Small Staff Associations! We found this great article by Sarah Hill of MemberClicks directed towards and written especially for you. Times are tough…and if they’re not tough, they’re always busy. In addition to the stresses Sarah talks about, the government shutdown caused some un-needed stress. Even if you aren’t directly employed by the government, they are your members, volunteers, speakers, etc. They may not be attending your event or renewing their membership because they…

By Linh Hoang | October 17, 2013