Start Your AMS Search with the Membership Software Buyer's Guide
No one ever said selecting membership software would be easy.
Chances are, if you're in the market for new AMS software, you have questions about your questions. How much does it cost? How do I get buy in from upper management or my board? How long will it take to be up and running on a new system?
Where do I even start?
We've been writing a lot about these questions and struggles on this blog and have created several tools to use in the AMS software selection process. And now, the Membership Software Buyer's Guide brings all these resources together to help you choose a new system with confidence.
Need help with the process of selecting a new membership system? Check out the Buyer's Guide.
From blog posts on setting expectations with your staff to eBooks on the implementation process to slide deck templates that will help you present your case for change to the board, there are more than 70 resources in the Guide. And make sure to bookmark this, since new content is being added regularly.
Here are three of our favorites:
1. The Ultimate Pricing Toolkit for Membership Software
If your organization is in the market for a new association management system or if you’re comparing different membership systems, the first question you’re asking is, “How much does it cost?”
There’s not a lot of information out there about this—we're sure you’ve noticed that most vendors will want to set up a call with you before they give you any substantial information. The main reason for this is that the answer isn’t cut and dry:
This ultimate guide discusses the six factors that go into enterprise software pricing, how you can manage the costs of an AMS, and most directly, how much you can expect to pay for a new system.
2. How to Subtly Push for Change When It's Obviously Time for an Upgrade
Change is tough for everybody, but sometimes it’s necessary.
The purpose of this guide is to help you build an effective case for presenting the concept of upgrading your organization’s AMS software.
Even if the issue with your current system is apparent to you and, it may not seem that way to your executive team and coworkers. In order to persuade your organization to consider an upgrade, it’s important to make your case in a logical, compelling manner that will get you what you need.
In this guide, we’ll show you the strategies that other organizations have used to successfully overcome the "Why Change" mentality and demonstrate the value that upgrading your software will provide to everyone in the organization.
3. Selecting Membership Software for the Long-Term
Picture a software solution that has successfully evolved with your organization as you've grown and changed.
Picture an AMS that has kept you on an upgrade path for several years and is a solution that simply works in the background and isn't the cause of daily stress among your team.
Now picture that you're the one who found this system. Feels good, doesn't it?
Selecting membership software may not be the easiest thing to do, but choosing one that can grow with you while helping you grow could be the move that propels you to rock star status.
What's the secret to doing this? It's knowing the difference between a system that's configured and one that's customized.
Depending on your needs, this configuration vs. customization distinction could make all the difference.
There's so much more in the complete Buyer's Guide that will add clarity to the search and have you on your way to a new system. Good luck in your search!
About Jennifer Barrell
As the Director of Content, Branding & Buzz at Aptify, Jen oversees the strategy and execution of brand management and content production across the organization’s global offices. She thrives on bringing compelling content and useful information to associations to help them grow and engage their membership. She's also an avid fan of mid-century modern design and all things science fiction.