2015 Product Roadmap, Responsive Themes, Building Your Membership Knowledge Base and More
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January 2015

Wild Apricot Update January 2015: New Year – New Features and Resources

by Shiv Narayanan, Magnetic Apricot (Head of Marketing and Sales)

In this month’s Wild Apricot Update, in thinking about what our theme for the year might be (see the related blog post below), we suggest that, at least for the first quarter of 2015, responsive might be appropriate.

The Wild Apricot Update outlines the details about our recently released responsive website theme sets. But the update is about more than just responsive design. We have listened to our customers – through your emails, calls and in our Small Membership Advisory Community and Expert Webinar sessions. We’ve heard your challenges in managing and growing your membership organizations. And in response, we’re making product enhancements, improving our technical support, and building a range of information and resources to help you – individually and as organizations – build your own knowledge base so you can better serve your mission.

> Read the full post for an update on Wild Apricot’s new product and resource offerings.

Two New Live Expert Webinar 

Tools for More Effective Board Meetings – February 5th, 2015, 2PM EST

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this webinar was postponed from January 21st, 2015 to February 5th, 2015 
 
We hear from many volunteers and staff at small membership organizations that they are having difficulty “dealing with their board”. They need to “get things done” but board inefficiency is getting in the way.

This webinar will give you tools for improving your meetings so that you can:

  - Conduct more efficient and effective board meetings
  - Create meetings that build broader commitment to decisions
  - Achieve broader engagement and follow-up

Presented by: Rick Lent, author of Meeting for Results Tool Kit: Make Your Meetings Work.

Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Register here
 

Revolutionize Your Meetings and Events – February 25th, 2PM EST

Jeff HurtAre your membership events in dire need of creativity, innovation and reinvention?

Jeff Hurt believes most events have been stuck in an ancient, out-dated rut for too long. To be successful, he suggests “you need to shake things up and change what happens inside of your events. Rethink our event experience.”

In this one-hour webinar, Jeff will help you discover some compelling conversations around six big disruptive conference changes and their hacks.

Jeff Hurt is Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting.
 
Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Register here
 
*Please note, all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar. The recording will also be posted on our webinars page.


Small Membership Advisory Community - Next Session 

Running Effective Board Meetings

Our Small Membership Advisory Community is a welcoming space where volunteers, staff and board members can connect, share stories and learn from each other about key topics and challenges facing their organization.
 
This next Community Advisory session follows hot on the heels of our expert webinar with Dr. Rick Lent on Tools for More Effective and Efficient Board Meetings. We want to hear from you and share strategies, tools and real life best practices and challenges in running more effective board meetings.

Topics for discussion will include:
- What tactics do you use to keep board members engaged?
- How do you manage follow-up tasks?
- What helps you keep meetings on track?
- How do you achieve a group consensus?

Date: February 12th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Register here
 

In Case You Missed These...

Here is a sample of the resources available in our Blog and Membership Knowledge Hub:

What's Your Association's Theme for 2015?

To help you kick-start the New Year, we offered a link round-up of Trends and Predictions for 2015, as well as a New Year Planning Resource Round-up. But before you finalize your organization’s plans for 2015, take time to look back over 2014. What worked, what didn't? What lessons have you learned that you can put into practice for the coming year?

Sponsorship As An Alternate Revenue Stream

If you're looking for some insight into using sponsorship to generate some non dues revenue, here are some ideas shared by our Small Membership Advisory Community members.

Recruiting Members - Your Questions Answered

During our recent Recruiting Members For Keeps webinar sessions, we had a number of questions from participants. Here are the questions and answers from presenter Trish Hudson.

Image source: New or Old Life - courtesy of BigStockPhoto.com


On-Demand Product Webinars

Pre-Recorded Webinars:

You can watch the pre-recorded sessions (or read the full transcripts) of all of our webinars at your convenience. Here’s a list and links:


 


Thank you for your awesome feedback!

Every month we receive hundreds of surveys from our clients. We read each and every one - and reply to comments. Here's a small selection of customer comments from our surveys last month.

"I love WA. We use it for managing 250 members, 24 monthly events and 2 very complex annual events and are very happy with it."

"Membership is wonderful. We eliminated a full time membership position. Webpages are easy to create and maintain. Events management save our event managers a lot of work"

"Setting up events is soooo easy. Sending emails to users is awesome."

"I really like the email tracking functionality... whose seen an email, who didn't receive it or needs a new email address"

"I like how event announcement and reminders can be scheduled. I like how members can register for events and update their own personal information online in real time. I am looking forward to being able to provided limited administrative access to other members when we upgrade to the Community plan."

"Paying online is great. Less of a hassle to get people to pay dues."

"The finance option is nice to keep track of those invoices that are paid or unpaid"

"I love the ability to send emails, automate renewals and the compatibility with quickbooks"

"Love the contact/member search feature. Also love the indication that there is an issue with a membership/contact. It's great to be able to see, at a glance, which contacts/members I need to pay attention to."

"The most useful functions are the integration of the membership functions and the template for easily capturing membership profile data, the web 2.0 aspects and the website hosting."

"Easy set up and great price"


 

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