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Best of Association Jam : Association Links for September 2009

Lori Halley 28 September 2009 1 comments

This month’s round-up of the most popular links at AssociationJam.org brings you a broad mix of theory and practical tips for people in associations and nonprofit organizations — oh, and a “must-laugh” Dilbert cartoon for anyone who’s ever faced a challenge on the job!

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Here’s a look at what topped each of Association Jam’s topic categories in September:


Relevance Is Not Enough
Jamie Notter | Get Me Jamie Notter

The association community thinks relevance is the key to success, and that’s not true any more. If you’re not figuring out ways to provide much deeper value, you won’t see growth.


Annual Meeting: The discussion continues
Lisa Junker | Acronym

Discussion about the 2009 Annual Meeting in Toronto continues, both on association blogs and elsewhere. A round up of the latest coverage.


“I’m Pleased to Introduce Our New Chairman, Who Like Any Other Human Being Has a Compelling Life Story That Has Led Her to This Point and Informed Her Worldview … But She’s Not Going to Talk About Any of That”
Kevin Holland | Association Inc.

What does all this add up to? A missed opportunity. For the association, and perhaps even more painfully, for the individual in question… Now, here’s what should happen when you are introducing a new chairman.


Three Actionable Ideas for Welcoming New Volunteers
Chris Bailey | Gravit8 Interactivity

For my association to be successful, we had to be adept at quickly engaging prospects and helping them go from curious prospect to new member to passionate advocate.


Five Things Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Web 2.0 Donors
Heather Mansfield | Nonprofit Tech 2.0

Your organization will continue to have your check writers and your Web 1.0 Donors, but there is third group of donors out there now that is entirely different. Your approach to them… needs to be entirely different as well.

Social Media

10 Tips for Launching an Online Community
Maddie Grant | SocialFish

Some great tips adapted from a post by Jeremiah Owyang.


Dilbert comic strip for 09/24/2009 from the official archive at Dilbert.com:



There ARE “Affordable” AMS Systems
Wes Trochlil | EDM Blog

I often hear from association executives they can’t afford to buy an association management system (AMS)…. with the advent of SaaS product pricing, even smaller associations can afford to buy really robust AMS software.


6 Counterintuitive Ideas for Associations
Maddie Grant | SocialFish

Need to make money? Give stuff away for free. Need to develop better strategy? Invite competitors, remove the chain of command/committee barriers – and open the doors to direct feedback. Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.

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.


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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 28 September 2009 at 6:43 AM


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