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Black Friday: Brought to you by Virtual

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/23/16 3:14 PM

We’ve all had one of those days when you think that your job has no meaning. And I’m sure some people look from the outside at someone working in technology consortia and think “Wow…that’s pretty arcane.” But I need to look no further than Black Friday and Cyber Monday to realize that the work we do here at Virtual has a pretty significant impact on the world.

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Topics: Tech Consortia, Association

Pros and Cons of Remote Association Employees

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 8/9/16 1:12 PM

Upsides include cost savings and a much broader talent pool; challenges include time management oversight, coordinating communication, long-distance IT support.

If your association is in hiring mode, a key consideration is whether your employees will work together physically in a central location, or whether some or all will work remotely (also called "teleworking"). For many small or mid-size associations, having a large physical headquarters is not economically feasible; for others, it can be a conscious choice to take the remote approach or create a hybrid of the two. 

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Topics: Working Groups, Association Management, Association, Association Boards

CES 2016 Report

Posted by Andy Freed on 1/7/16 10:29 AM

Yesterday I spent my day at the events that are held in advance of the floor opening for the Consumer Electronics Show—some research sessions and a keynote by the CEO of Intel. Some interesting things afoot for the world of technology:

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Topics: Technology Standards, Association

Time for less sitting, more mobile engagement

Posted by Andy Freed on 9/23/14 7:44 AM

What do Fort Worth, Birmingham, Dubai, Denver and Atlanta have in common? 

All advertise in the first few pages of the July/August edition of Associations Now magazine as locations for your next association meeting.

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Topics: Technology, Association

If a picture is worth a thousand words...

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/10/14 7:21 AM

Anyone who came of age in the 1980’s remembers the early days of MTV (back when they still played music videos.)  MTV premiered in 1981 with the Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Never has so significant a change been heralded by a more mediocre song. 

Because video did more than kill the radio star. It’s fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Television has eclipsed print as a news source. Sites like YouTube have become the most popular sites on the internet.  And some TED talks have been viewed by over 20 million people.  

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Topics: Communications, Association, Association Membership

Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. So goes the adage.

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/2/14 2:00 AM

Well, for many Board members, “fading away” means unceremoniously dropping them off the Board. That’s why former Board members are often a trouble spot for organizations—someone goes from being “in the know” to “out in the cold.” The result: a one time key member—and often still influential one—becomes disenfranchised.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Management, Board of Directors, Membership, Leadership, Association, BOD

Simple Truths About Strategic Planning for Your Professional Association

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/20/13 3:32 AM

Too many professional associations function without a strategic plan. And whether they know it or not, they suffer major consequences. Without strategic planning, an organization lurches from priority to priority, depending on who has the loudest voice at the Board table; volunteers are frustrated, and critical goals go unmet.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Management, Conference Planning, Membership, Association, Association Management Company

Diffusion of Innovation: Practical Tips for Technology Councils & Standards Orgs

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/2/13 4:00 AM

In the 1960s, researcher Everett Rogers published a work called Diffusion of Innovations that aimed to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Nearly half a century later, his research is still the guiding rule across various industries—including the technology space—for predicting and driving technology adoption strategy. Since standard-setting organizations and technology-focused consortia are largely in the business of developing and promoting the adoption of new technologies, Rogers' work has some very strong relevance.

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Topics: Technology, Membership, Technical Process, Association, Association Management Company

Association Finance: How Much Cash Should You Have in Reserve?

Posted by Terry Lowney on 7/29/13 11:19 AM

I’m not quite old enough to have seen the television commercials for Fletcher’s Castoria children’s laxative when they aired in the ‘60s. They carried the memorable tag line “Better than Prunes.” The commercials asserted that Fletcher’s Castoria was better than prunes because Fletcher’s removed the guesswork: “are three prunes enough, are six too many?”

Okay, this is a strange segue into a key association finance topic, but as an association management company our clients do frequently ask us how much of a cash reserve they should have on hand. Are three months (of average operating expenses) enough; are six months too many?

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Topics: Starting an Association, Association Management, Cash Reserve, Finance, Association, Association Management Company

What Your Association Can Learn from a 2003 Technology Forecast

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/11/13 2:56 PM

I’m sitting at 35,000 feet and watching DirectTV typing this while connected to the in-flight email. There’s a number of minor tech miracles embedded in that sentence. But what inspired me to fire up the blog was a story I saw on NBC news—that today is the 5th anniversary of the App store.

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Topics: Technology, Board, Association

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