Advocacy in an Election Year – Part 2 – How Capitol Impact Advocacy Tools Can Help in an Election Year

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As you think about how your organization will interact with state legislators in 2015 you have to have a plan for how to tackle the new problems that come up in an election year. You have to set up your infrastructure to recognize the new legislators, educate new legislators on your organization, and educate your… Read more »

Save Time on Your Weekly Legislative Reports

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Which one of the three scenarios below describes your work process to create a weekly report on legislative activity? You are the lobbyist for an association and once a week you need to create the summary of activity at the capitol during the legislative session. The text is pretty easy to write because you have… Read more »

Ensure A Successful Grassroots Program with an Advocacy Gameplan

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In working with various organizations that want to set up an advocacy system, we have seen both great success and failure in launching an advocacy program. We have worked with universities, associations, non-profits and state agencies that have worked to engage their people to become advocates. There are some definite measures that will breed higher… Read more »

The Association Management Software (AMS) Industry is Shrinking

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In the past twelve months more than 4000 associations have been affected by software provider mergers. In the early part of this year, Affiniscape out of Austin, TX merged with YourMembership, located in Florida, which has become the managing force for this combined entity. Then recently, AVECTRA, based in McLean, VA was acquired by Abila… Read more »

Maximize Your Effect on Legislators When Your Organization Rallies at the State Capitol

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If you have ever been to your state Capitol during the legislative session, you know that it is a busy place. In addition to the legislators, you have the lobbyists who spend their day watching the proceedings and you have legislative staff working on various issues. But you also have constituent groups who hold rally… Read more »

Let Your Membership Renewals Set Up Your Membership Categories

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Most organizations need to classify members by categories. In our work we seen many different types of associations work to classify there membership: agricultural organizations want to keep track of the types of crops their members grow, veterinary associations want to know members specialties, education associations want to know members certifications, county associations want to… Read more »

Engage Your Members to Improve Legislative Advocacy

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Associations involved in legislative advocacy are responsible for turning their audience from casual association members to a force of informed and engaged advocates. What are some ways that associations can better engage their membership to improve their legislative advocacy? Here are 3 tips you can use to improve the way your association reaches its members… Read more »

Enhance Your Event Strategy: Part 3

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Learn About Your Organization to Find the Right Fit Part 1 and Part 2 of our Enhance Your Event Strategy series focused more on the backbone of an Online Registration System and how understanding the tools can improve your events. In the final part of our series, we are going to share a story from… Read more »

Three Key Questions for Deciding What Association Management Software (AMS) is Right for You

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Shopping for Association Management Software is like buying a car. There are way too many choices, the options are staggering, pricing is all over the map, and the sales people are unrelenting. If you decide to use the internet to help make a decision you may find that you still have the same issues, too… Read more »

Use Your Online Registration System to Find New Association Members

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The plight of an association’s membership manager is finding and signing up potential members. You spend your time combing through industry files, looking for prospects, and trying to attract new members any way you can. One strategy that is becoming popular is inbound marketing. The idea behind it is simple, instead of going out to… Read more »