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Association management is no easy feat. Luckily, there’s a whole world of resources out there to help you make sense of all the moving parts.

Whether you are looking for financial planning tools, industry trends, or just a simple idea to reinvigorate your event planning, you’ll find it here in our association management resources. Check back often for tools, tips and best practices to help you grow your organization.

Is Now the Time For Mobile Payments?

September 16th, 2014

Don’t throw out your credit cards just yet. While Apple scored a lot of buzz last week by launching a mobile-payments technology of its own, the company is far from a first mover in the space—and despite the potential of better security, payments represent anRead more »

The Press Release is not Dead

August 22nd, 2014

Despite the glut of information available to almost anyone, many journalists still rely on the press release and PR professionals for story leads. One communications pro shares some tips on crafting an effective release and the art of media pitching. No news is not alwaysRead more »

Room Block Pirates: Planners Beware

April 11th, 2014

Unofficial housing companies use various tactics to woo meeting attendees to book outside the official room block, causing associations to pay costly attrition fees. What are associations and the broader meetings industry doing to combat these poachers? Eye patches. Captain Hook. Argh. Jack Sparrow. AhoyRead more »

Should Attendees Have Access to Content Before a Meeting?

February 14th, 2014

This week I came across a new whitepaper from Freeman XP, “Unleashing the Power of Community.”  In it, the Freeman XP team discusses the importance of creating a better sense of community at meetings and events. “Communities thrive when you facilitate communication and foster connections,”Read more »

Prepare Board Members Before They’re Board Members

February 7th, 2014

By: Mark Athitakis, Associations Now March 2013 Leadership Issue “It’s hard to find good board members” is a familiar complaint at associations. Kevin McCray, CAE, executive director of the National Ground Water Association, has discovered a more troubling sentiment beneath that refrain: It’s hard to findRead more »