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AssociationSuccess.org is a digital collaboration space for association professionals looking to challenge the status quo and think in innovative ways to move today's association industry into the future. We publish educational content from forward-thinking minds in the association industry and beyond. With articles, eBooks and our uniquely collaborative virtual conferences, including SURGE, we look to spark new ideas that can drive change and create new leaders. We don’t worry about where good ideas come from; we’re more interested in what those ideas actually are.

Sep
17

How to attract top talent

The quality of your organization’s culture depends on the people you hire. Poor cultural fits can lead to high turnover rates, low productivity and dissonance among your staff. But finding people who will fit in and help drive growth isn’t always as simple as posting the job on LinkedIn and hoping for the best.  Here […]

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Sep
16

3 topics that will help you come up with engaging content when you’re just not sure what to publish

Consistently coming up with engaging, relevant ideas is no small feat. There are times when dreaming up new content seems all but impossible, and it’s not clear what you should publish next.  Fortunately, there are several forms of content you can always rely on when inspiration runs dry. Incorporating data-driven posts, evergreen advice and context […]

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Sep
15

How to make your core purpose come alive — and inspire members and employees

Pop quiz: Can you recite your organization’s mission statement from memory? If you find yourself struggling to recall every word, you’re not alone. Many associations are weighed down by outdated, ineffective mission statements that are impossible to remember.  Without a clear sense of purpose, associations can begin to drift away from their goals. Employees might […]

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Sep
14

3 ideas Netflix embraces for success — and what associations can learn from them

When an organization’s mission empowers big-picture thinking, endless creativity and flexibility become possible.  Take Netflix, for example. Launched in August 1997, Netflix first became popular as a mail-order DVD service with an ingenious membership strategy. With stable rates, no cancellation fees, and an unprecedented selection, Netflix has attracted nearly 70 million subscribers to date. However, […]

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Sep
10

Need new ideas for attracting members? Follow this 7-step framework for success

The membership economy applies to any organization that acquires and retains members, ranging from traditional associations to for-profit companies like Amazon and Netflix. Though the membership economy contains many nuances and complexities, all membership organizations share several core qualities — a seven-step framework of standards.  The seven components set any membership organization — big or […]

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Sep
09

The surprising reasons you shouldn’t exclusively focus on membership

Associations could learn a thing or two from Amazon.  Amazon is one of the biggest membership-based companies in the U.S. In January 2020, more than 112 million Americans belonged to the company’s Prime membership, which offers benefits such as free two-day shipping in exchange for an annual fee. But Prime’s famous two-day delivery is far […]

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Sep
08

How to assess your association’s culture

If your association has seen high employee turnover, declining membership numbers and overall poor productivity, it might be time to step back and take a hard look at your organization’s culture. But before you can do that, you need to take a closer look at how you respond to negative constructive feedback.  Are you able […]

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Sep
03

How taking small risks can drive innovation within your association

In 1924, six cardiologists gathered to form the American Heart Association. Since then, the organization has grown into a force to be reckoned with, on an ambitious mission to eliminate cardiovascular diseases.  Associations like the American Heart Associations have built-in strengths in the form of history and tradition. But left unchecked, these strengths can stifle […]

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Sep
02

Is your membership offering enough value?

It’s easy for membership organizations to get lost in the daily details of running a business.  But from time to time, it’s important to step back and ask basic questions about what value your membership actually delivers. If you’re struggling to attract new members — especially younger ones— it might be because your offerings are […]

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Aug
31

Your association needs a well-defined core ideology to grow. Here’s how to get there

An organization’s core ideology is like its constitution. It serves as a foundation that guides the organization toward future growth and helps maintain a consistent culture that upholds its mission. Revisiting your association’s core ideology can help provide direction during company transitions, changes of leadership, a cultural transformation or uncertain times.  Here are questions to […]

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