The Strauss Blog

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 […]

Why Should Associations Blog? Let us Count the Ways

If you’ve searched for something online recently, you have undoubtedly encountered at least a blog or two, maybe even without realizing. Studies show that most people read several blogs a day, and overall, 23% of time online is spent on blog and social network webpages. For those researching a specific topic, a well-written, relevant blog […]

Leveraging Association Relationships to Maximize Training Opportunities

When two associations are similar but different, how can you leverage the similarities to offer dynamic educational opportunities? We offer association management services to two associations that have many similarities but can also be viewed as competitors (they compete for consumers’ recreational dollar spending). When the board of each started discussing training opportunities connected to […]

Bilingual Associations: Serving Members, en français et en anglais!

As an association coordinator working for a Canadian association management company who manages associations with members across the country, I often interact not only with Anglophones, but Francophones as well. Being a bilingual association coordinator at Strauss event & association management has many advantages and often makes me think about how multilingual Canada really is, […]

Incorporating a Strategic Human Resources Plan into your Association

Most associations have a strategic plan that guides the association in the execution of the vision and mission of the association. Having a strategic plan helps to place the association in the category of being a high-performing association. Characteristics of a high performing association are: The vision and mission of the association are believed and […]

Association By-Laws: What Are They Good For?

As an association management company, we deal with many associations. Having worked in the association management industry for nearly twenty years, I’ve realized that how an association conducts business comes down to what is written in the by-laws. By-laws are the written rules and regulations for an association directing how they conduct business. The by-laws […]

Selecting A Credit Card Processor for Your Association

Sixty to seventy-five percent of the revenue received by our association management clients is by way of credit card payment. If you can determine the total cost of credit card processing when comparing processors—which is very hard to do—you may find that the company offering the lowest processing rates or fees is not necessarily the […]

Why your association should use a graphic standards guide

What is a graphic standards guide? A graphic-standards guide, (which can also be knowns as a brand style guide,  brand identity guide, corporate identity guide, etc., etc.) gives an overview, best use practices, and examples for the visual identity of your brand. Contents of a standards guide can include direction on everything from stationery, colours, and […]