Top 15 Blog Posts In 2014

Lori Halley 29 December 2014 0 comments

As the year winds down, it’s interesting to look back at the topics that resonated most with our blog readers during 2014. After reviewing our blog stats, we’ve identified the top 15 (most viewed) posts from the Wild Apricot Blog this year.

The list suggests that the key topics of interest to our blog readers are: volunteers, membership (e.g., member records management, onboarding, benefits), events, non-dues revenue, and social media.

Note: Our monthly Software News and Free Non-profit Webinar round-up posts always take top billing, but we’ve excluded them from the top fifteen to offer a more accurate snapshot of top topics of interest to all of our blog readers.

Top 15 Posts:


1. How One Association Streamlined Membership Records

It’s interesting to note that the top post was a guest post by Lamees Abourahma (Webbright Services). This post offers an example of one association that has streamlined membership task time by one-third after transitioning to Wild Apricot.

2. 15 Ideas For Non-dues Revenue

Is your organization looking for non-dues revenue streams? This post offers some ideas identified by respondents to our Small Membership Survey.

3. 4 New Volunteer Trends To Watch

This post offers highlights of a VolunteerMatch webinar (Future Forecast: Four Big Shifts That Will Change Volunteerism...for the Better) presented by Tobi Johnson.

4. Moving Beyond Your Hard-core Volunteers

Do you have a small group of volunteers that you rely on at your organization? This posts offers thoughts on recruiting and motivating volunteers based on one of our Small Membership Advisory Community sessions.

5. Volunteers Please Come Back

Since volunteers are an essential resource for most non-profits, associations and clubs, this post takes a look at survey findings (and SlideShare presentation) offering insight into what motivates repeat volunteers.

6. Big Trends Impacting Events in 2014

With our Small Membership Insight Survey findings suggesting that events are the second most important “critical source of income” for small non-profits and membership organizations, we offered insight into some of the big trends that were expected to impact events in 2014.

7. How Are You Welcoming New Members?

Does your association or club have a new member onboarding process in place? This post offers some of the ideas employed by some of our Small Membership Advisory Community in welcoming new members .

8. Is Timing Everything On Social Media?

There's a lot to think about if you're just getting started with social media – who will publish your posts and when is the best time? This blog post offers some resources and a fun infographic with tips to help.

9. Top 10 Topics For Small Membership Organizations

What do you want to ask your small membership peers? This post offers a look at the top 10 topics and questions our 2014 Small Membership Survey registrants wanted to know from their membership peers.

10. Taking Event Sponsor Relationships To New Levels

This post provides tips and ideas to help you take your event sponsor relationships to new heights.

11. Say A Big Thank You To Your Volunteers

Here are ideas (and links) for recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Week, celebrated in the U.S. and Canada in April.

12. Peer Insight On Providing Value Through Member Benefits

This post offers examples of benefits (offered at business and professional associations), outlined during a Small Membership Advisory Community session, that are applicable for a wide variety of associations.

13. Wanted: Industry Advisory Group Members

We opened registration for our Small Membership Advisory Community through this blog post. This is a grassroots industry advisory group open to anyone involved in a small association, club or non-profit. You can still sign up to participate in monthly conference call sessions and community forums.

14. Gen Y Wants “Meaningful, Motivational & Memorable” Membership

This post offers an overview of Sarah Sladek's new book – Knowing Y - Engage the Next Generation Now – that offers powerful insight into how membership organizations need to embrace change in order to engage Gen Y.

15. Snapshot of Small Membership Organizations in 2014

This post looks at the state of small membership organizations, based on the findings of our 2014 Small Membership Survey.


We hope you enjoy the top 15 posts and we hope you'll continue to follow the Wild Apricot Blog in 2015.

Tell us – what was your favorite post among the top 15?



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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 29 December 2014 at 8:30 AM

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