There’s something so refreshing about the New Year. January 1st brings renewed motivation and inspiration. I don’t know about you, but I jumped out of bed today with a little extra pep in my step. It’s 2018! What will you achieve this year? How can your association grow and flourish? How can your initiatives help professionals in your community?

Why it’s time to invest in an Association Management System

Efficiency is key to association management. With a small staff and mile-long list of to-dos, it’s essential you’re association is operating at optimal productivity. So how do you get it all done? Cue association management software.

If you’re managing your database, invoicing, events and more in spreadsheets, it’s time to consider moving to a more robust platform like AMO. Not only will an AMS save you time, but it will make your life easier. To convince you to make the move, see our top 4 reasons for investing in an AMS now.

Save hours on dues processing

Membership dues are the foundation of your association’s revenue stream. And as long as your membership base is strong and growing, you can depend on that income to support your group.

If you’re not using an AMS, you’re probably managing dues in a spreadsheet. Because spreadsheets aren’t dynamic like an AMS, payments can easily slip through the cracks. That means members are accessing benefits without actually paying for their membership and you’re missing out on that revenue.

To nix the spreadsheets and ensure you receive membership payments, upgrade to an AMS system like AMO. Our program has numerous tools to process dues, remind members of payments, pull reports on who owes what, and more. Check it out for yourself with a free 30-day trial.

Give members access to awesome features

Your members may connect at a few events throughout the year or exchange some emails. And while those interactions are valuable, the opportunity for collaboration and communication after said interactions diminish greatly without an online platform.

Help your members connect by using a membership portal where they can pay their dues, access online resources, communicate, sign up for events and more. See an example of the AMO member portal below:

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Increase your non-dues revenue with events

If you’re looking to increase total revenue and help your members feel more connected, start hosting events. An AMS can help support your work by accepting online payments, tracking attendees, and sending confirmation messages. Unlike event-only software, an AMS can also tie event records to member records. By consolidating your tools to one location, you’ll also be more efficient.

Decrease data re-entry by allowing members to update their own info

Your membership data is the core of your association. It’s important to keep updated information on all members including their contact info, certifications, membership levels, and more. When you’re managing multiple platforms and a spreadsheet full of names, manually entering updated member information is exhausting and likely falls lower on the to-do list every time an update is needed.

Reduce data re-entry time by giving members the power to update their own information in the member portal. Not only will you save time, but you’ll know their data is correct.

With just two days into the new year, it’s a great time to re-evaluate your current strategies. Does an AMS make sense? Does it fit in the budget? If your answers were yes and yes, give AMO a try! We have a free 30-day trial, no credit card required. Click here to sign up.

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