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ISAE Highlights

ISAE gives back for Thanksgiving
At the November luncheon, attendees took time to stuff Baskets of Bounty to feed those in need over the Thanksgiving holiday. The baskets included stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, fruit and vegetables. More than 75 baskets, as well as a monetary contribution, were donated to Kumler Outreach. Thanks so much to our volunteers and those who helped ISAE help others.

Wall of Wine is back!
The ISAE scholarship committee is collecting donations of wine that will be sold at the Annual Convention. Donate funds during your convention registration, bring a bottle to the convention, or drop off a bottle at the ISAE office. All proceeds support the ISAE scholarship program.

ISAE December Round Table: Conference Apps – December 11 at the ISAE Office. Click here to view more details.

Registration is now open for the ISAE 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Thursday, January 22 at the Hilton Springfield. Register today, exhibit, sponsor, advertise!

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ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Daniel Hamilton, Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP
Karen Stephens, ACEC-IL
Stephanie Vojas, Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
Donna Djurkovich, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
Pamela Rosenberg, American Society of Plumbing Engineers

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • Ryan, Murray propose panel to look at tax breaks
  • Tax extenders stall on Capitol Hill
  • American Associations Day 2015
  • Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Industry News

    What your members say when they walk away
    Partners Preceptors
    You can spend countless hours attempting to conceive all possible scenarios your team may encounter and develop policies or strategies to address them or set basic expectations and trust your staff to do the right thing. I believe it was management guru Jack Welch that said good managers and leaders need to “set a target and get out of the way,” meaning set the vision/destination and let your team determine the best way to get there. How do we accomplish this in the association world?
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    Tricks for soothing member burnout
    The end of the year is crunch time for everyone, and without knowing it you may be adding too much pressure onto your members. That could have some dangerous consequences, not the least of which is burnout. Member burnout is one step on a short road to evaluating at 2015 budget and realizing that association dues may not make the cut next year. If you see some members looking a little fried with your association or just in general, here are some ways to ease their pain.
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    Improving your members' experiences
    Affinity Insights
    Associations know they must do more to improve and manage their member’s experiences with their association. Understanding the membership cycle and your member’s touch points with your association is key to developing a successful membership experience strategy with happy, engaged, and loyal members. Here are six tips to improve your member’s experience with your association.
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    Orientation should be more than a familiarization tour
    By Robert C. Harris
    Most organizations conduct board orientation periodically. The audience, delivery, content and frequency vary broadly. There is even difference as to whether the process is exclusively for new leaders or should include the entire board. At a national association recently, when the orientation began I observed the seasoned board members leave for the lounge while four new directors were briefed by staff. Orientation is a chance to impart knowledge and to protect the organization. Don't let it be just a familiarization tour for new directors.
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    Associations, don't cannibalize your advertisers
    Association Media & Publishing
    Are different departments in your association pitching the same advertiser for various products at the same time? Here’s how to avoid problems through more careful internal coordination and communication.
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    Making sense of social media analytics
    Whereas a few years ago in the association community, social media was a topic that dominated almost every event agenda, the topic has all but fallen off the radar in favor of this year’s hot topics, content marketing, big data and the like. The good news is that this is partly because associations seem to have mostly moved beyond the “should we be doing social media?” conversation and social media has, for the most part, become an integral part of most association’s strategies across a number of departments. It’s one thing to be “doing” social media, but another to try to analyze whether efforts are effective, especially for associations.
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    10 questions (and answers) about membership development
    JP Moery on LinkedIn
    Your association depends on having a critical mass of enrolled members. But too often the approach to membership development is about numbers: how many new members, how many renewals, and how many sponsors do you have? While the numbers are necessary to determine your ability to operate, the bigger challenge is about proving the value of membership to your members.
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