4 tips to streamline your small association in 2021  

It’s time to move beyond disparate systems, limiting spreadsheets, and time-consuming processes. Make 2021 the year you take your membership management to the next level. Here’s how.

Your association may be small. But as it grows, it’s important to find the right association management system (AMS).

Having a solid system in place to manage your organization makes it easier to address the evolving needs of members. It also helps ensure you remain responsive to members so you don’t stand to lose them when it’s time to renew their membership.

So, don’t wait another year. Now’s the time to move to an association management software that’s built for associations at your stage of growth. Taking this step can help your team operate more efficiently while improving member engagement and enhancing member value.
Here are four steps (and handy tools) to help you gather the information you need to take this next step in your association’s evolution:

1. Determine the ROI. Using multiple disparate systems or spreadsheets to manage your organization can be time-consuming. Using an all-in-one membership management system offers multiple benefits, including saving your staff time and frustration.

HANDY TOOL: YourMembership created the AMS ROI calculator to help you tally your current cost of member management and justify the costs of purchasing a new system for your organization.

2. Built the business case. You may be convinced that it’s time for a new association management software system, but is your board? One of the best ways to convince them that your association needs new technology is to build a business case. Building the business case for a technology change starts early — well before you put a software contract in front of your board. It requires a review of the goals and challenges of your organization as well as the potential benefits a new solution can have for your association.

HANDY TOOL: YourMembership wrote Gaining Board Approval for Technology Budget, a guide to help you convince your board it’s time to make a change. The guide will prepare you to speak confidently and intelligently about why it’s time to invest in new technology for your association.

3. Develop a checklist. Selecting and implementing a new membership management software is an important initiative for your association. There are many things to keep in mind. Arm yourself with important questions and considerations as you speak with AMS solution vendors so you’ll be sure to get the answers you need.

HANDY TOOL: YourMembership put together a handy AMS Vendor Evaluation Checklist to give you critically important questions to ask AMS system vendors during the selection process. It also includes valuable tips on what to keep in mind as you complete your evaluation.

4. Find the right AMS for your association. Once your association is ready to move to a new association management software, it’s time to research and select the right solution for your organization.

HANDY TOOL: YourMembership built The Ultimate Association Management Software Buyer’s Guide to help you choose an AMS that meets your organization’s needs and prepare for the implementation of the new system.

Take the next step
It’s time to move to a membership management software that grows with you. YourMembership AMS is built for small-and-growing associations like yours. It offers a single platform for membership management and includes features such as automated workflows to simplify and streamline your association’s day-to-day processes. It also offers a built-in mobile responsive online community for a modern member experience, and configurable dashboards and reports for insights on the health of your organization.

Learn more about YourMembership association management software

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