The Strauss Blog

Speaker Confirmations: The When, What and Why

You are two weeks out from an association event: your program is set, all vendors have been contracted, the venue details have been organized and now it is time to reconfirm, reconfirm, reconfirm! Arguably, the most important deliverable at an association meeting or conference is the educational content. So, it is extremely important that your […]

Transportation & Logistics Companies: The Key to Successful Association Trade Shows

One of the key elements to running any successful association trade show is shipping. That’s why association trade shows need a transportation broker and logistics manager. Having now planned a national (or Canada-wide) trade show tour that included exhibitors participating in anywhere from one to four cities on the tour, it became apparent to me […]

Is Your Association Set Up to Prevent Fraud?

It’s no secret that fraud is a large risk to any organization. There are numerous ways fraudulent activity could take place in an accounting system and it’s important to understand your risk factors and to take into consideration several things to prevent fraud in an association. Smaller associations are more vulnerable to fraud due to […]

Association Meeting Minutes: What You Need to Know

Whether you are attending an association Board or committee meeting in person, by conference call or videoconference, meeting minutes need to be taken. The meeting minutes are usually taken by an administrative staff member, the Board secretary or the committee chair. Meeting minutes serve as an official record of meetings of the Board or committees. […]

Adding Value to Association Membership: Creating Two-Way Communication Opportunities

As stated in one of our previous articles, “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 should be using a variety of techniques to find out what the […]

Managing Association Member Expectations: Is Your Member Database Doing Enough?

Members have come to expect a lot out of their associations these days. Many see membership in any organization as a give-and-take situation: they pay a monthly or annual fee, they receive the benefit of membership in return. The bottom line is that members always have expectations when they belong to an association. For an […]

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 […]