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Happy Holidays from McKinley: 2017 In Review

by McKinley Advisors

From survey deployment to marketing implementation and strategy, 2017 was a phenomenal year for McKinley Advisors and our clients. We grew our team (again) and our blog, providing more resources to help steer your organization towards your goals. We owe success and progress to our incredible staff and the organizations we partner with throughout the year. […]

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Looking Forward: Five Major Drivers of Change in Associations

by Jay Younger

One of the highlights of my year is attending the annual ASAE Leaders Retreat. I always look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with long-time clients, colleagues and meet some new friends in a relatively intimate gathering of ASAE’s committed volunteers. This year, the focus of the retreat was on the future, as the ASAE […]

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My Six Months Off from McKinley

by Shelley Sanner

A lot of organizations aspire to really “be something” in the eyes of our employees, members and clients. We want to be seen as innovative and important to the field, of course, but also invested in our teams. And because the incoming millennial workforce has put a well-documented emphasis on work/life balance and the need […]

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The Health of Associations in the 21st Century

by Patrick Glaser

Compared to 50, 10 or even a few years ago, the appeal of associations appears to be in decline. Member growth has slowed, and the prevalence of social networking and free, digital thought leadership has left many wondering what associations contribute to the lives of modern professionals. But rather than writing eulogies or preparing resumes, […]

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Choosing the Right Membership Model

by McLean Gift

Whether or not you’ve seen membership declining in your association, it’s clear we’re now operating in a more challenging environment than before. And given how much has changed—free information and resources are available to anyone with an internet connection—it isn’t exactly surprising that that’s the case. But that doesn’t mean that we’re in trouble—just that […]

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Turning Your Time at ASAE into Action

by Jon Hockman

Imagine this scenario—you’ve just come back from ASAE (or any other major industry conference). You’re armed with learnings, business cards and a number of rekindled relationships, and you’re ready to make a difference for your association. But then you step into the office, and it’s business as usual—hot items left and right, a slew of […]

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Has Your Association Adapted to the New Marketing Reality?

by Tracy Talbot

As an association, you can’t afford to implement marketing the same way you did five years ago. What once was a game of simple awareness has become a dizzying world of digital, mobile and content strategies designed to create meaningful, engaging experiences for members and prospects alike. It’s a collision of data, strategy, design and […]

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A/B Testing: Lessons Learned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

by Lindsey Burns

How do I Increase Audience Engagement? When we talk marketing and communications, associations ask a lot of questions and we’ve noticed there is a commonality between them all. Oftentimes it boils down to one all-encompassing question: how do we best engage our audiences—especially those that aren’t currently engaged at all? While you might think of […]

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“It’s OK to Take More Risks” and More from Forum Forward 2017

by Mike Norbut

Agility. Speed. Experimentation. These were just some of the themes discussed at Forum Forward 2017, the annual meeting hosted by Association Forum. The meeting, held June 28 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, focused on the idea of accelerating the success of your association by combining some tried-and-true principles, such as promoting staff culture and positive […]

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Association Portfolio Analysis: Three Steps to Identifying Effective Products and Services

by Brian Gilman

There are few things more advantageous to your association than a complete understanding of how your products are performing and where to prioritize your future investments. Seeing the big picture of your portfolio—and understanding which products are driving revenue and engaging members—is absolutely critical to keeping your strategy on course. But with limited resources (both […]

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