We hear this term quite often – “out of the box” solution. It sounds extremely appealing and convenient. To have something handed over, without any up front tinkering, and work from “go” just as you need it to sounds awesome. While it is undeniably tempting from a hypothetical standpoint, you shouldn’t plan for success in hypotheticals. What you really want is to command as much control over what you’re investing in – so you get exactly what you need. It’s not realistic to expect that your pain points will be solved by a system that has not been influenced by your association’s input. A standardized solution designed to be general won’t cut it. You need specificity to empower your success and support the way your association does things.
Articles tagged with: AMS
From everyone at Guild, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest of Thanksgivings. As the temperature drops, the leaves turn and fall, cozier times settle in and the holiday season kicks off, it’s customary to take some time to reflect on the things we are thankful for. We hope this Thanksgiving finds you and yours with a wealth of things to bid appreciation toward.
There are only so many in-person events your association can plan, manage and host in a calendar year. Conferences, meet-and-greets, lunch-and-learns, seminars, annual general meetings and all the other kinds of meet-ups your association can facilitate are not just initiatives that can be thrown together. They take considerable time and effort to be executed in a meaningful way.
One of the most important initiatives your association can take on is the annual (or bi-annual) event or conference. The events your association hosts are an incredible opportunity to impress upon attendees the value that can be garnered by claiming membership to your community.
As a college or university registrar or administrator, there is no greater resource than alumni. By virtue of their achieving a degree from your institution they are representatives of your culture. What’s more, they are familiar with your brand identity. So, as graduates disperse into the various industries they will form careers within, they are carrying your message with them (sometimes more, sometimes less). Your graduates are essentially your most cost-effective marketing team. If you’re not harnessing the benefit they can provide to your institution, you’re seriously missing out.
If you want your association to be sustainable and to continually grow (and, it goes without saying, you do), you need to make your collective a community. Professional associations that build an identity, as opposed to becoming a paper tiger, will be propelled by their membership instead of being weighed down by it.
It happens… Sometimes the AMS solution you currently have falls short in empowering your professional administrators to manage your membership, and not your members. Fortunately, if you’ve come to this realization, you’ve already taken your first positive step toward availing your association of this bump in the road – you’ve concluded that you’re not going to allow your administrators and members to languish in a system that doesn’t meet their needs.
Despite your best efforts, sometimes things just don’t work out with the AMS provider you’ve chosen. For whatever reason, their member management solution just isn’t cutting it or allowing your association to realize its goals. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of AMS providers. Somewhere out there is the right solution and provider for you – that will make your efforts more efficient and simpler.
Nothing ever stays the same. Things change because that’s the only way they can be improve. Progress demands change. With anything, as we identify issues, we fix them – as new technology becomes available, we implement it. Staying the same would require us to allow issues to continue and to ignore technological advances. That’s obviously not going to happen – nor should it.
This is an important question and one that you may want to think about posing when interviewing prospective AMS providers. There are many motivations you will most likely have for making the decision to invest in an association management system, but the reasons that govern them all is to improve your efficiency and make life easier. So, the solution you choose has to accomplish these initiatives or, the reality is, it will only serve as deadweight.