November 16, 2018

AMCs Solve Cost Challenges

By ASAE The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE The Center for Association Leadership

Associations Now | July/August 2018 Issue | By: Emily Bratcher

AMCs help associations keep their overhead down by providing cost-effective solutions to their challenges.

A new cancer immunotherapy was awaiting approval, and SITC was in a holding pattern until the FDA gave the green light. At the same time, Executive Director, Inc.—the AMC managing the association at the time—was watching as its other small- to medium-sized clients experienced 10 to 20 percent drops in their meeting attendance.

EDI anticipated more drastic attendance drops at SITC’s November 2008 annual meeting. “They did not have a lot of money in reserves, so they wouldn’t be able to absorb a really significant hit and still survive,” says EDI VP Tara Withington, CAE.

Leaning on its relationships with vendors, including the conference hotel, EDI cut back on hotel space, as well as food and beverage and audiovisual costs. It even decided to deploy its staff members who were working for the struggling association elsewhere to further defray costs. “We intensified our grassroots efforts to drive meeting attendance, and we got really creative in our packaging of discounts for registration and membership fees,” she says.

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November 9, 2018

AMCs Solve Global Expansion Puzzles

By ASAE The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE The Center for Association Leadership

Associations Now |  July/August 2018 Issue | By: Christine Umbrell

Want to expand your association’s horizons? An AMC can help your organization navigate into unexplored territory.

We are living in an interconnected world, with fewer barriers across borders and new opportunities to interact with people of different cultures. Because of this, many associations consider expansion into other countries.

“There’s an increasingly global mindset, and boundaries seem less fixed,” says Bob Lewis, managing partner at Interel, an AMC with an international headquarters in Brussels and branches throughout the world.

But before an association decides to proceed with international expansion, it’s important to analyze the risk and rewards of doing so. And during that analysis, associations may realize that working with an AMC in its international efforts may prove less risky than other options.

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November 2, 2018

AMCs Solve Staffing Woes

By ASAE The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE The Center for Association Leadership

Associations Now | July/August 2018 Issue | By: Christine Umbrell

A tight job market has made it difficult for associations to fill positions and retain employees. The AMC model offers a reliable alternative.

The U.S. workforce is becoming ever more transitional. Low unemployment rates and the rise of the gig economy, combined with new generations of workers who seek opportunities for advancement at a faster rate than previous generations, have led to reduced employee retention and difficulty in filling positions at traditional workplaces—such as standalone associations.

In this uncertain employment environment, AMCs offer an alternative that provides continuity of service and the benefits of shared resources, as well as subject matter expertise in all areas of association management.

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May 1, 2018

The Power of Event Apps

By Brittni Rhoads
Brittni Rhoads

It’s time to take your conference to the next level. Last year, about 86 percent of event planners used a mobile app at their events. No matter how small or large, any event can benefit from the use of an event app. It all depends on what the attendee wants and needs.

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