The Strauss Blog

Introducing a new Membership Category to your Association

Associations often offer multiple membership categories to cover various backgrounds, entrance requirements and preferences within the association’s structure and membership base. Membership categories could be based on professional and/or educational backgrounds, years in the profession and working status among other criteria. Depending on the association’s structure and goals, membership categories are either chosen or are […]

How to Determine When to Introduce a New Program or Service to Your Association

Members of associations across all professions are finding it increasingly difficult to rationalize membership and return on investment in belonging to an organization. Associations need to identify the needs of members and adapt operations to what necessitates paying annual dues. Many times, it is either necessary to implement a new service into your member benefits […]

How to Develop a Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Association Conference Speakers – Interviewing a Professional Speaker

Jennifer Schrafft is a Certified Professional Coach who does regular speaking engagements throughout the year. Recently, she participated as a speaker in two association conferences that I managed. I sat down with Jennifer to find out what makes a positive speaking engagement for her and how we can work together to create a mutually beneficial […]

Change in Associations and the Role of the Association Leader – Part 2

In my previous blog article, Things Change – Change in Associations and the Role of the Association Leader, I explored the catalysts for change in associations, and how changes can be internal and external. I went through the types of change, as well as the different leadership styles which an association leader can adopt, depending […]

Value Added: The Benefits of Meeting Association Members on their Turf

Connecting with association members is one of my favourite activities as an association leader. Whether at an annual conference or committee meeting, or even by a visit to their office, I always learn a lot from these in-person discussions. While it is easy to connect with members through email or over the phone, I have […]

The Message of Change – Content is as Important as Dissemination

It is critical that associations communicate openly to their members with information about events, staff and policy changes, publications, website updates and more. It is especially important to communicate with members regarding changes within the association. Even small modifications, like a minor change in schedule or location for a recurring event, can turn into a […]

Your Association’s Digital Footprint: The Benefits of Digital Marketing

The world has gone digital, so it is important to ensure associations communicate digitally to ensure the message is received by members and stakeholders. Many talks I attend these days speak about the importance and measurability of digital channels to get your message out to your stakeholders. It may not be necessary to put all […]