Best of Association Jam - Association Links for June 2009

Lori Halley 02 July 2009 0 comments

AssociationJam.org logoIn the spirit of "30 Great Links for Associations," here are some of the most popular blog posts, articles, presentations, and other web resources submitted to AssociationJam.org in June 2009 one hot link from each topic category: Membership, Events, Board, Volunteers, Fundraising, Social Media, Technology, Other and, of course, Fun!

Membership

New Members and Twitter Rookies — Why Do They Leave Us? : Reid All About It

New users of Twitter leave for some of the same reasons that new members leave associations, online communities, chambers, and other groups — they never learned how to use Twitter or their membership effectively, therefore they don’t see or get the value….  We won’t meet their membership expectations and we will lose them after that disappointing year.

Events

Ten Tips to Tune Up Your Teleconferences : BNET

The basic keys to a good remote meeting are the same as those for any meeting: have a goal, only invite the necessary people, encourage participation…  But the limitations of technology—-the loss of eye contact and other face-to-face cues, and the ability for participants to tune out—-often leave virtual meetings feeling lackluster.

Board

When Board members step over the line : Conscious Governance

How do you successfully deal with board members stepping in and dealing directly with organization operational staff and disputing the decisions of senior managers? What can be done to intertwine the Directors’ need for knowledge and accountability, and the executive leadership and staff need for operational autonomy to do the job they were hired for?

Volunteers

Volunteerism in the Digital Age: Maximizing Technology for Volunteer Engagement : Josh Fixler

* See also the handout for Josh Fixler's presentation, posted at Scribd.com.

Fundraising

Is Direct Mail Really Headed for the Exit? : frogloop / Care2

In the next five years, money spent annually on direct mail will decline by as much as 40%, from $49.7 billion in 2008 to $29.8 billion in 2013. At least, that’s the dire prediction of a new study just published in a report by research firm Borrell Associates…. Does direct mail fundraising still work well for your organization? With all donor age groups?

Social Media

Why Twitter is not a replacement for email marketing : John Haydon

Just like you would never replace socks for shoes, or boxer shorts for swimming trunks, Twitter should not replace email marketing.

Technology

5 Essential Steps to Make Your Site Search & Social Media Friendly : Mashable

The increasing demand for fresh, live web content as well as the expectation of consumers to interact with what they find in the search results requires that website owners and content publishers make their websites both search and social media friendly. Here are 5 ways to do just that….

Other

Social Math: yes, data can tell stories too…: IMPACTMAX

In part, stories work because they help people connect new information to what they already know…. The same principle applies to data. We need to create meaning by relating the unfamiliar to the familiar. Piling on raw numbers may prove a point to statisticians, but others need more context to understand the meaning of data.

Fun

Do you suffer from Information Overload Syndrome - IOS? : Xerox

 

Get linked…

If you’ve got a stand-out blog post, article, presentation, video, or other online resource to help associations and non-profits be more effective, add your story links at AssociationJam.org. There’s even a badge you can copy-and-paste to your web page, if you want to make it even easier for your readers to “vote up” your AJam contribution!

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 02 July 2009 at 4:24 PM

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