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Your AMS Journey: Selection to Adoption – Step 12: We Are Live, Just Relax Right?
By Noel Shatananda | April 1, 2021AMSAssociationBest Practices

You are live, have gone through the go live challenges, and have worked on the other phases whereby the implementation project can be closed. What now? Here are a few items to consider: Expand Training Spend time developing training materials, and put a system in place for keeping the training materials up to date as business processes change.... read more

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Create Better Membership Dashboards With Apache Superset
By Alan Luo | March 11, 2021Associationdatamembership

Dashboards have always been a crucial part of analytics. As the demand for Business Intelligence (BI) tools increase each year, the amount associations spend on BI products has followed suit. Robust platforms, such as Einstein Analytics and Domo, mainly charge fees by user count. This in turn might limit the number of users that can see visualizations. Should... read more

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Leveraging Baseline NetForum Enterprise in Customizations
By Hans Stechl | January 14, 2021AMSAssociationfusionspan

NetForum Enterprise is a feature-rich association management system (AMS), but most associations will inevitably find themselves needing to customize. That’s fine – NetForum allows customizations. The challenge comes in down the road when you’re looking to upgrade and the customization does not support new functionality available in the new release or worse breaks down completely. Implementing customizations that... read more

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Your AMS Journey: Selection to Adoption – Step 2: Always Have a Request for Proposal
By Noel Shatananda | October 16, 2020AMSAssociationTech Talk

As an organization that specializes in AMS support and implementation, we typically step in after the selection of an Association Management System has already been made by your organization. Our first step is to ask the AMS partner or association for their Request For Proposal, but a surprising number of clients never issue one. What is a Request... read more

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Elevate Your Marketing Game With Transactional Emails
By Susan Baumbach | July 17, 2020AssociationMarketingtechnology

Managing email communication with your association’s members includes more than the marketing emails that are sent to advertise events or share information. A key part of email communication is transactional emails (also called Operational Emails), which many organizations leverage to provide members key information. These emails update members with essential information relevant to their association membership. fusionSpan believes... read more

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Preparing for the Salesforce Spring ’20 Patch
By Steve Brodt | February 27, 2020AMSAssociationSalesforce

What is Happening If you use Salesforce or a platform built on the system, then you are probably well aware of the Salesforce Spring ‘20 release, which came out on February 17, 2020. Although the releases are a regular Salesforce event, the latest one contains a security patch, which may require a little extra attention. Patching normally involves... read more

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Technique for Technical Writing
By Meghan Durbin | February 6, 2020How-ToTech Talktechnology

Technical Writing? Let’s start by answering the question – what is technical writing? It’s typically defined as writing direction, instruction, or explanation for specific technological and occupational fields. What used to just be creating how to manuals has evolved into encompassing all sorts of documentation for technical processes; it’s a way of communicating steps for technology in a... read more

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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 the age of paper or are lengthy tomes printed from online forms. And... read more

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Strategic Implementations of New Systems at Your Association
By Justin Burniske | April 15, 2019AssociationPodcasttechnology

In this podcast, Justin Burniske chats with Rhea Steele, Chief Operating Officer of DECA Inc. on how to strategically implement new software systems at your association and how to successfully facilitate the change management that occurs with the implementation of systems. Here are some helpful resources that Rhea shares in this episode: Switch: How to Change Things When... read more

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Falling in Love with Salesforce Reports
By Swathi Patnam | February 14, 2019AMSSalesforcetechnology

Roses are red, Violets are blue, We love Salesforce reports And we hope you do too! Salesforce provides standard report types which can be used to build reports summarizing and analyzing your organization’s data. Salesforce reports are a powerful tool that helps you and your organization’s staff proactively respond to your organization’s trends and activities. Hint: If your... read more

Complicated Integrations Made Easy with Zapier – Part 2
By Manav Kher | November 19, 2018AMSDevelopmentfusionspan

Following the Complicated Integrations Made Easy with Zapier – Part 1 article, we will now look at how we can leverage Zapier to easily build an integration with no actual coding. There are hundreds of Zapier connectors that we can use to integrate various systems together. For the purposes of this article, we will use a simple use case... read more

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Ready to Transition Your Salesforce Org to Lightning Experience? Here Are 3 Things to Keep in Mind
By Karan Mohan | September 27, 2018AMSfusionspanSalesforce

We’ve all gone through change —sometimes good, sometimes bad—but worst of all is the unknown. The transition of your Salesforce organization from Salesforce Classic to Lightning Experience (LEX) can seem like a daunting change with a lot of unknown, but there’s a lot to be excited about. You would be relieved to hear that transitioning to Lightning is... read more

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Complicated Integrations Made Easy with Zapier – Part 1
By Manav Kher | August 21, 2018AMSfusionspantechnology

One of the most common questions we get from associations is how to integrate various applications and IT systems. Through integrations, you can copy data from one application to another, or event in one system can trigger an action in another. There are a few different ways that these integrations are usually done: Built-in application support: Most applications... read more

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Synchronizing Single Sign-On (SSO) with a Domain Cookie, Part 2: Technical Considerations
By Hans Stechl | July 25, 2018AMStechnologyWebsite Development

In the previous post, we went through an overview of SSO with a domain cookie. In this post, we’ll dig into some of the technical considerations when implementing this SSO solution. System Overview As an overview, here are the responsibilities of each website from the previous post: AMS.abc.org (Identity Provider/System of Record): Provides login page Provides logout page... read more

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Synchronizing Single Sign-On (SSO) with a Domain Cookie, Part 1: An Overview
By Hans Stechl | July 19, 2018AMSfusionspantechnology

There are a number of different implementations for Single Sign-On (SSO). SSO is generally approached in one of two ways – The first is a browser-side implementation which usually involves an integration that redirects the user to an Identity Provider’s login page (Identity Provider is the website that is the system of record in which the user accounts... read more

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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 track and report your website traffic. If you manage your organization’s website, you... read more

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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 there was a unique range of organizations at the conference. From small non-profits... read more

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Four Steps to Prepare Your Website for GDPR Compliance
By Christi Liongson | May 10, 2018AssociationGDPRtechnology

In less than two weeks (May 25, 2018), the most significant change in data privacy in 20 years and protection regulation goes into full effect. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is aimed at protecting the personal and sensitive information of all EU residents, regardless of where an organization is based. Under GDPR, individuals are allowed greater... read more

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netFORUM Enterprise: Six questions to ask about your next customization
By Justin Burniske | April 12, 2018AMSfusionspannetForum

netFORUM Enterprise is a feature-rich system out of the box. But if your organization selected netFORUM Enterprise, they also likely selected it for the flexibility allowed through customizations. Being able to customize means you’re not dependent on a vendor’s roadmap to get the features your organization needs. That said, before you go out and hire a vendor to... read more

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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, is the system can be customized to their need. Unfortunately, customizations are a... read more

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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 with the system (what’s the leverage for behaving once he’s lost this special... read more

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Underutilized Technology: Getting the Most of Your System
By Justin Burniske | October 12, 2017AssociationBlogimplementation

Underutilize technology and it will rust away… As part of an office redesign, an organization I used to work at installed all new screens in the conference rooms. They also installed two large touch screen projectors that allowed for an “interactive” presentation. Instead of sitting behind their laptop, the presenter could control their presentation directly from the projection... read more

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Regular WordPress Maintenance – The Unsung Hero
By Mary Glavin | March 22, 2016maintenancetechnologywebsite

It was a gorgeous 70 degrees in the District of Columbia on a Wednesday in March, yet offices and business fronts alike reflected attendance and a buzz comparable to a snow day. A vital mode of transportation to many of greater washington DC area commuters, the metro, closed down completely for 29 hours for emergency inspection due to... read more

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Non-Profit Tech Podcast: Dan Labert from NACBA
By Justin Burniske | December 9, 2015Higher LogicIntegrationsmembership

Dan Labert, the executive director of 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... read more

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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 for just about anything you can imagine. Now there’s another way to get... read more

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Solving your App-ocalypse: Strategic planning with your technology
By Justin Burniske | November 5, 2015AssociationsITSOP

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 fall short of... read more

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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 the “perfect” association technology would look like, what his organization is going to... 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

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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 it might be time to consider a new AMS. Teri also talks about... read more

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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? I developed an interest in math and sciences at a very young age.... read more

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VIDEO BLOG: Moving your association to focus Outside-In
By Justin Burniske | August 4, 2015Anna CaraveliAssociationchange

Part 2 of fusionSpan’s conversation with Elizabeth Engel and Anna Caraveli about their recent white paper: Leading Engagement from the Outside In: Become an Indispensable Partner in Your Members’ Success. Here we dive further into what steps association’s can take now to become more member focused. Did you miss part 1 of the conversation? Make sure to check... read more

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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 was no horror story for me. If anything, it was like one of... read more

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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 is the “XML web service” interface. Mostly a programming API to interact with... read more

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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 in this arena. (more…)

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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.  Topping the list are wedding plans coming together, travel adventures from Costa Rica... read more

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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 games such as Stocking Surprise, the Present Unwrapping Challenge and Mystery Christmas Sketch... read more

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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 could stumble upon just about anything, from 3D printers to projector signs and... read more

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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 Washington D.C., and new additions to our growing staff. We could have not... read more

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Integrating Cvent with Avectra netForum Pro
By Manav Kher | January 6, 2014AMSConsultingevents

One of our clients, a small-staff association, wanted to improve user experience during the annual conference registration . In the past they just used their AMS, netForum Pro to register attendees but increased customer service calls forced them to look for an alternate solution. This time around they wanted to simplify the registration process and reduce the work that their... read more