Top Links on Association Jam for May 2011

Lori Halley 02 June 2011 0 comments

Each month we highlight the posts and articles that received the highest votes on  Association Jam - a community website created to provide a forum for association, non-profit and membership managers, staff and volunteers.

This month, the top-rated blog posts and articles were in the membership, social media, volunteers, and events categories. Here’s a look at the most popular links in each “AJam” category – in order of votes – for the month of May 2011:
 

Membership:


Carol-Anne Moutinho  | Association Resource Center - ARC Blog

The term ‘member-driven’ is something that comes up a lot: I know a lot of association folk spend time talking about it in your board and staff meetings. Goodness knows we beat people over the head with it here on our blog...We know it can mean the difference between an association that is doing Okay and one that’s truly hitting it out of the park...but it’s an elusive beast. ..Or is it?  What does your association do to incorporate member feedback into its day-to-day operations?


Social Media:

 
 
Adam Singer | The Future Buzz
If your company [or non-profit] has not (fully) embraced the web yet and decided to do so today, it isn’t as simple as flicking a switch. Nor should it be. Digital marketing is a journey, one in which both team members and organizations should embark on rather than simply taking a “check the box” mentality. It is naive of any consultant, agency or client-side marketer to think you can simply throw money at digital marketing and achieve success. ... It’s actually more about philosophy, devotion of time and, well, passion.
 

Volunteers:

Is There a Magic Bullet for Successful Volunteer Recruitment and Retention?

Carol-Anne Moutinho  | Association Resource Center - ARC Blog

The more I read and the more I see, the more I realize that there is no magic bullet where volunteer recruitment and retention is concerned. While everyone seems to have their two cents to add to the conversation, however, there are some common themes...  

Events:

 

Paula Hultman | Event360

In November my husband and I will participate in our twelfth 3-Day event. We are the poster children for the loyal repeat participants that every non-profit dreams of. What brings us back year after year? Here is my formula for building a loyal repeat participant base for your event… 

Technology:

How to: Get Started with Google Analytics

Meghan Peters | Mashable.com

Whether you built a personal site from the ground up or oversee digital strategy for a huge corporation, many of us are managing a web presence these days. There are millions of websites out there, and tracking how people are getting to your site and what’s performing well is a must for being competitive in the online market.

Fundraising:

When Fundraising Goes Right, Really Right

 
Nell Edgington | SocialVelocity
 
Earlier this week I wrote about a national nonprofit that continues to send me fundraising appeals, even though I have been lapsed for 11 years. A reader of the post on the Social Velocity Facebook page raised a great question: “I would love to know how this nonprofit could have turned you into a donor…step by step?” So this post outlines what my nonprofit stalker could have done differently to keep and upgrade me as a donor

Other:

Not Your Grandparents Annual Report: New Ways and Tools to Connect With Readers

Kimberlee Roth | GettingAttention.org

Still not entirely convinced annual reports present opportunity over drudgery? Many nonprofits are bridging print and digital content in creative ways that make their annual reports interactive, engaging and attention-grabbing. 

Fun:

On Being Wrong: Kathryn Schultz on Ted.com

Kathryn Schultz | Tedblog

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

 

Do you have something to say to Associations?

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, we invite you to submit your links to AssociationJam.org and vote for your favorites. Follow @associationjam on Twitter to see which stories make it as #ajam front page news!


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Published Thursday, 02 June 2011 at 8:30 AM

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