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Silver Linings and Thought Leaders Bookmark

Silver Linings and Thought Leaders
One of the silver linings in the ‘cloud’ of the pandemic is that associations can leverage the virtual medium to bring some of the industry’s best minds to members and do so inexpensively. To this end, MSAE is thrilled to launch our new Thought Leader Webinar Series. The series features a 90-minute webinar each month from some of the best association minds in the country. The content was explicitly hand-curated for Michigan’s association community, and each speaker was selected for their knowledge and experience.

Executive Forum Set to Deliver Unique Learning Experience for CEOs Bookmark

Executive Forum Set to Deliver Unique Learning Experience for CEOs
Association CEOs looking to share perspectives and support fellow CEOs should plan to attend MSAE’s Executive Forum, October 18-20, 2020. The event is designed to allow chief staff executives the opportunity to explore issues that are top-of-mind for them while also learning practical strategies for leading associations through disruptive change - all in an intimate, informal setting. (Nothing sparks creativity quite like play, so there will be some group fun on the agenda, as well!)

Get More Out of Your Virtual Event Sponsorship Investment Bookmark

Get More Out of Your Virtual Event Sponsorship Investment

As events and meetings have gone virtual, event sponsors have had to change their approach to getting the most out of their sponsorship dollars. Adapting to virtual events has been a boon for sponsors who have brought innovative ideas to the new platform, proving that just because we can’t be face-to-face, doesn’t mean sponsors can’t see excellent ROI on their investments.

As is the case with in-person events, sponsors who lean into the event with energy and innovation will have far more success than those who remain flat-footed. Besides, it’s more fun to be part of the action, so why sit on the sidelines and hope for the best?

Here are five ideas to differentiate your business, fill your sales funnel, and get more out of your investment in virtual event sponsorships!

Event Promotion on Social Media

If you’re sponsoring a virtual event, let the world know about it! Write a blog post about the event and its importance to the industry and share it on social media. Create event-specific profile pictures for your social accounts in the weeks leading up to the event to let your audience know you’re sponsoring and attending. Your event promoters will love the help spreading the word about the event and will happily share your content with their own social media audience. It’s a win-win for sponsors and promoters alike.

Chasing the White Whale: Growing Engagement Amidst the Pandemic Bookmark

Chasing the White Whale: Growing Engagement Amidst the Pandemic
In the classic story of Moby Dick, Captain Ahab single-mindedly pursues a giant white whale across the equator and ultimately to his - and his crew’s - demise. Today, the term ‘chasing the white whale’ is used to describe a situation in which someone is going after something (perhaps obsessively) that is impossible to attain. After five months of pandemic-related shutdowns, some association leaders might feel that member engagement is their white whale. But quantitative research and observational data say otherwise: member engagement is attainable and now is the time to pursue it in earnest.

How to Add a Virtual Component to Your Event (Without Losing Your Mind) Bookmark

How to Add a Virtual Component to Your Event (Without Losing Your Mind)


COVID-19 has completely changed how members view meetings and events. For as long as there are still new cases across the country, potential conference attendees are going to hesitate to join a few hundred (or thousand) of their peers in a singular location and sit in big rooms with other people. While we’re certainly headed in the right direction in many locations (particularly Michigan!), we’re not anywhere close to being out of the woods. 

How to Tell if Your Website is Junk Bookmark

How to Tell if Your Website is Junk

Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem fair. As an organization, you spent some big money on a new website to make your association (or company) shine online. But, it’s been a few years now. That shine has begun to wane, as design trends have inevitably changed. The site doesn’t load like it used to, and organic search, once your domain’s strong suit, has become anemic for even the most apt search terms.

So, are you sunk? Probably not. We’ve found two excellent tools to help you gauge where your website’s weaknesses are and how to address them. Best of all? These tools are 100% free.


Worried About Offering a Virtual Conference Experience? You're Not Alone Bookmark

Worried About Offering a Virtual Conference Experience? You're Not Alone

Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, ORGPRO was always going to look different in 2020. On our call, we went over why we’re offering a hybrid conference, with a virtual experience to complement the option of attending in-person. The conversation was enlightening in a variety of ways, but in two polls we conducted during the call, it was clear that many executives share similar attitudes and concerns about the future of their events. 

MSAE Team Introductions: Wes Sovis Bookmark

MSAE Team Introductions: Wes Sovis

Wes Sovis is MSAE's Digital Communications Manager, responsible for putting out the association's vibes online. He's a social media and digital media fanatic, and his main goal to to help MSAE do more to engage, inform, and promote its members across a variety of digital mediums. 

How to Test Your Association's Membership Messaging Bookmark

How to Test Your Association's Membership Messaging

When it comes to membership marketing, it’s easy to assume you know the one value proposition that resonates with your membership the most. But as many marketers have discovered, the only way to confirm a value proposition’s effectiveness is to compare it with another. 

We recently had a conversation with Marketing General’s Tony Rossel, who discussed this very topic. Tony called it the 80-10-10 method, and it made such an impact with our group, we thought we’d share the method with everyone. 


The Rebirth of the Press Release Bookmark

The Rebirth of the Press Release

For many associations, they strive to be the go-to source for news and information for their respective industry. When members, the media, or politicians think about any given industry, the statewide association is, ideally, the first entity that comes to mind. 

If you think of some highly reputable and visible associations in Michigan, you’ll see they’re the first to be asked for comment on important issues of the day. But how did they garner such clout with the press? One of the biggest factors in attaining such authority is the seemingly old-fashioned, yet highly-effective communications asset of yore; the mighty press release. 


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