The Strauss Blog

Valuegraphics: How can it Help Your Association?

I get emails regularly talking about Millennials–who they are, how they act, how they make buying decisions, and what’s important to them. As an association management company, our association clients are constantly grappling with how to reach this large and powerful demographic to engage them as members, volunteers and customers. Age is certainly one factor […]

Why Survey Members of an Association?

Members are the lifeblood of associations. Without members, an association would cease to exist. An association’s members are its most valuable asset and bring the life, the drive, and the mission to associations. An association depends on a strong membership to ensure its continued success; therefore, it is important to confirm that the members are […]

Association Certification Exams: Setting Yourself up for Success

Whenever there is a certification connected to an association’s membership, it is likely that members have needed to challenge their College’s exam to use said title in their professional practice. In association management companies (AMCs), the association coordinator is tasked with organizing and planning the certification exams. This task may seem like a colossal undertaking […]

Association Leadership Changes Can Be Hard – Lessons Learned

I spent a large part of the last year leading a national trade association through a major management change. The year saw the departure of the long-time CEO, the appointment of an interim CEO, and finally the transition from a stand-alone association to one managed by an association management company (AMC). In addition to these […]

Incorporating a Human Resources Plan into your Association’s Strategic Plan – Part II

As mentioned in my last blog article, a strategic human resources plan is a process that identifies current and future human resources needs for an association to meet its vision and mission. To ensure your association is performing at its highest level, there should be a link between human resources management and the strategic plan […]

Prioritizing Your Day as an Association Coordinator

In association management companies (AMCs), we can often find ourselves in a time crunch trying to finish client projects at the last minute. In my role as association coordinator for an AMC that manages associations, staying on top of four or more associations can at times be overwhelming and stressful. Not only do I need […]

Associations by Graphic Design: What to Think About When Taking on a New Association

People often struggle with change—change is hard and can force people away from what they are used to—but change happens. When there are big changes in association staffing or service providers, or even how an association is managed, it can be challenging for association members, board members and staff too. Big changes can happen for […]

Understanding Accounting to Better Manage Your Association

As an accountant working with associations, one question I’ve been asked is, “What is the difference between management accounting and financial accounting?” These are two distinctly different areas of accounting, and if you didn’t study accounting, this is probably something you were not aware of. Up until 2016, these two areas had different educational and […]

Association Membership Management Systems: Is it Time for a Change?

Thinking of switching membership management systems for your association? Here are a few things to consider before making the change. There are a variety of Association Management Systems (AMS) available. These systems are used for many association services, including membership signup, membership renewal, event registration, sales, and marketing. They range from being able to manage […]