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Get Junior on Board

Get Junior on Board

Where will your association's future board members come from? Do you have candidates already in the pipeline to fulfill these important leadership roles? To address these critical questions, some associations have chartered junior boards of directors. Here are some examples.

The Junior Board of the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, was founded in 2011 to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and related dementias, and to take action through fundraising, support programs, education, and advocacy initiatives. Alzheimer's has touched the lives of these civic-minded young professionals in some way.

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Customer Clean Up: 3 Tips for Maintaining Data Accuracy

Customer Clean Up: 3 Tips for Maintaining Data Accuracy

"Are you happy with the quality of the information in your marketing database?" Consultant and author Ruth P. Nelson posed this excellent question in a recent article on data hygiene that she wrote for Biznology.

For many organizations, the response would be a resounding "no" because they have not practiced good data hygiene. As we've worked with associations, improving the quality and accuracy of their data is usually one of their concerns when selecting a new AMS.

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Caring Conquers Conflict

Caring Conquers Conflict

Whether they occur on a personal or organizational level, all of us experience conflicts. And in many instances, we are certain that our position is the correct one and generally disinterested in how the other party or parties feel. In my experience, this only makes the situation worse.

As you can imagine or may have experienced, when organizations implement new technology Platform Solutions, conflicts sometimes arise. Often this happens because people are comfortable doing what they've been doing, how they've been doing it. Even if making the change to a new AMS, in this instance, is necessary and beneficial to the association overall, it's important to hear how team members feel about the change and make an attempt at understanding their points of view.

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Advice from Associations on Tax Day

Advice from Associations on Tax Day

The very act of filing your annual return can be taxing, but a number of associations offer helpful advice to make the process a little less stressful even if you're among the millions Americans who have waited until the very last minute to file.

According to U.S. News & World Report, last year approximately 12 million people requested extensions giving them an additional six months to file their returns. Similarly, CNBC reported that nearly 13 percent of taxpayers put off filing until the last week possible.

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Cleaning Up the Mess in Your Marketing Data: Three Steps to Start

Cleaning Up the Mess in Your Marketing Data: Three Steps to Start

"Just like weeds, dirty data can quickly spread throughout your marketing database, poisoning your company's sales and marketing programs."

This comment from a post in Dunn & Bradstreet's Learning Center is a very apt description of what occurs when organizations don't practice good data hygiene. Like a weed, bad data will get out of control before you know it, costing your association time and money.

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Tim Cook’s Bite at the Apple: A Lesson in Leadership

Tim Cook’s Bite at the Apple: A Lesson in Leadership

Last month the new Apple Watch was unveiled. It is the first all-new device produced during the tenure of Tim Cook, Apple's CEO since Steve Job's death in 2011.

This is one of many of Cook's decisions that came under scrutiny. As Fortune Magazine Contributor Adam Lashinsky writes, Cook learned "there is no preparation for the scrutiny that comes with succeeding a legend."

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Who’s Who Wednesday: Mahdi Sbeiti

Who’s Who Wednesday: Mahdi Sbeiti

Throughout 2015, we'll give the blogosphere the opportunity to get to know our clients better. To that end, we're continuing our monthly feature, Who's Who Wednesday.

This month we're pleased to introduce you to Mahdi Sbeiti, Information & Communication Technology Manager for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. With offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, WBCSD is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.

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Keep It Clean: 3 Tips for Maintaining Good Data Hygiene

Keep It Clean: 3 Tips for Maintaining Good Data Hygiene

It's fair to say that most of us don't actually look forward to spring cleaning. At the time, we recognize its importance, and for many of us, it's an annual ritual in our homes characterized by the opening of windows and shaking out of rugs.

In 19th century America, prior to the advent of the vacuum, spring cleaning occurred during March and April as a practical necessity. These months were ideal because it was warm enough to open doors and windows without insects being much of a problem.

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Featured Fontevan: Stephanie Groot

Featured Fontevan: Stephanie Groot

It's Okay to Say, "No."

"The biggest lesson I've learned from customers is sometimes they want you to say no, as long as I can prove it's in their best interest," said Stephanie Groot, who recently joined Fonteva as Technical Writer /Scrum Master on the Product team.

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Put Data at the Forefront of Your Decision-Making

Put Data at the Forefront of Your Decision-Making

Morten Sandlykke's recent article (Data-Driven Decisions: Rethink Your Approach) in Information Management confirms my belief that reliable, easily attainable data should be at heart of every organization's strategic decision-making process.

While as Sandlykke points out "no decision can ever be independently made without emotion," lack or fear of data should not prevent your association from making the best decisions possible. As Sandlykke writes, "One way to avoid bad decision-making [is] the utilization of data and associated insights."

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Selling Your Board on a New AMS: Keep It Simple

Selling Your Board on a New AMS: Keep It Simple

Last month Fonteva launched its 2015 Webinar Series. We kicked it off with a topic that we know is on the minds of many association executives: "Top 5 Tips for Selecting and Implementing a New AMS."

Our industry expert, Michele Liston, CMP, who has participated in several AMS selection and implementation processes, shared her perspective on the most important considerations for associations when investigating whether to implement a new AMS. She also addressed questions from attendees about various aspects of the process.

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An Eventful App: 3 Tips for Success

An Eventful App: 3 Tips for Success

Developing mobile apps for major annual events is becoming the norm for associations. Some of our customers have developed apps for their annual meetings, such as the American Society of Endocardiography and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

In my experience, when you develop a mobile event app, less is more. If you have a complex event, you can't make entire event accessible from the app. People generally want the agendas for the events along with the ability to manage their personal event agendas and receive updates onsite. They want to have a clear picture of where they're supposed to. Usually attendees also want to learn more about speakers. There's definitely both an art and a science to developing event apps.

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Featured Fontevan: Vishal Shah

Featured Fontevan: Vishal Shah

In Search of Salesforce

The first computer Vishal Shah had access to was his dad's Pentium 386, which he primarily used for gaming. "This got me curious enough to pursue my studies in computer science," he said. Vishal recently joined Fonteva as a Solution Architect.
Prior to joining Fonteva, he was a software architect at Unisys where he specialized in Salesforce.com development. Vishal has also held positions at George Mason University and Mphasis.

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Commander vs. Communicator, Collaborator and Co-Creator: Leadership Styles for the Digital Age

Commander vs. Communicator, Collaborator and Co-Creator: Leadership Styles for the Digital Age

Is your leadership style right for the digital age?

Barry Libert, CEO of OpenMatters; Jerry Wind, director of the SEI Center and a marketing professor at Wharton; and Megan Beck Fenley, a digital consultant at OpenMatters and researcher at the SEI Center explored this important question in a recent article for Knowledge@Wharton, the school's online business analysis journal.

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Who’s Who Wednesday: Matthew Kilmurry

Who’s Who Wednesday: Matthew Kilmurry

Throughout 2015, we'll give the blogosphere the opportunity to get to know our clients better. To that end, we're continuing our monthly feature, Who's Who Wednesday.

This month we're pleased to introduce you to Matthew Kilmurry, director of digital marketing at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which promotes the greater good the Catholic Church offers humankind. In his role at USCCB, Matthew works to develop web, mobile and social strategies to promote the organization's wide range of content (news, video and publications). He is also the founder and chief Strategist for Kilmurry Digital Marketing.

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Making Your Brand Mobile-Ready: 3 Tips

Making Your Brand Mobile-Ready: 3 Tips

By now you're likely aware of the many statistics illustrating how much the mobile channel has influenced and will continue to influence how members and customers will interact with your association. Perhaps, you've already started the process of determining how mobile-ready your brand is.

Your association needs to be ready to meet members wherever they are, whenever they want. As mobile continues to grow, you want your members to see you as their trusted source for information on the go.

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California Girl

California Girl

"I am a creative person and a problem solver," said Rama Kanchadapu, who joined Fonteva as a Salesforce Developer on its Delivery Team at the end of last year.

Working with Salesforce gives her the opportunity to capitalize on both her creativity and skills as a problem solver. Rama is Fonteva's first California-based team member. She and her family—husband, Murali, and daughter, Kanti (pictured here near their home)—live in Dublin near the San Francisco East Bay.

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Defining Leadership: Oh, Let Me Count the Ways

Defining Leadership: Oh, Let Me Count the Ways

"Leadership is stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risk to create reward. That's how Katie Easley, founder of Kate Ryan Designs, defines leadership. Easley was one of 30 business leaders Business News Daily polled earlier this year to compile its "30 Ways to Define Leadership."

Here are a few more examples of the definitions submitted:

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Faced with a Shut-Down: One College Board’s Difficult Decision

Faced with a Shut-Down: One College Board’s Difficult Decision

Earlier this month, Sweet Briar College, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, announced that it would be closing its doors at the end of the semester. In the wake of the announcement, Sweet Briar's board has faced significant scrutiny about whether its decision was "courageous" or hasty. Within this context, what's happened at Sweet Briar serves as a useful illustration for associations.

A women's liberal arts college since its founding in 1901, Sweet Briar has struggled financially due to changing demographics; among them lack of interest in attending all-female colleges and the decreasing appeal of colleges located in rural areas. Still some wondered if there wasn't some way to keep the college running.

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Get Your Green on the Go: Mobile Apps for St. Patrick’s Day

Get Your Green on the Go: Mobile Apps for St. Patrick’s Day

Are you wearing green today? Whether they're actually Irish or Irish for the day, many people will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day. In fact, according to WalletHub's "St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers" report, 52.3 percent of Americans plan to celebrate.

Of course there are apps to help them with that. From parades to pubs, there are apps designed to make your St. Patrick's Day convenient, fun and safe.

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