The Aptify Blog
The Aptify Blog is an honest and informative collection of articles to help association executives solve their most pressing issues.
Your organization will change in the future. What does this mean for the software you’re choosing today? If anything is constant, it's change. The past ten years has seen the rise of Uber, smartphones, hoverboards, and voice-controlled tech. The rapid pace of technological evolution means that to thrive in a disruptive environment, we need to be able to assess change and respond appropriately and quickly. Your membership software should be no exception. As you evaluate which software to buy—or even if you should be buying new software at all—you need to look at ALL the costs, and that includes the cost of change.
Whether you're buying your first home or renting an apartment for the first time, it's likely that you'll run into unexpected costs and it's up to you to adapt based on your needs in order to keep moving the process forward.
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We all know what happens when we go grocery shopping with an empty stomach instead of a list. You have a definite need, you have a general concept of what you’ll buy, and you end up wandering the aisles and leaving with a bag full of random snacks (yes, I do need that chocolate tuxedo cake for lunch!).
The 2019 Aptify Painted Picture, our free mobile app revealed at AUC2016, the 2017 influencer predictions, and the coming of our latest release all show Aptify at the forefront of associations of the future. We’re in place to be your organization’s partner for association success in 2017 and beyond. As a new team member at Aptify last year, all the future fun is exciting—but I’ve wondered, as you may have as well, what do we see if we look backwards at Aptify?
For those associations in the process of selecting a new AMS, one of your top priorities is sure to be building a business case for new membership software. Your board will want to know why you need to make a change, what the impact to your members will be, and just how much does an AMS cost.
Trying to convince management or the board to allocate funding for a major software solution is no picnic. As long as your old, outdated systems are working, it's difficult for them to be able to justify the need for something new. Building a case for AMS software (or new software, if you have an older product) is a matter of conveying your pain points and proving an exceptional ROI for the expense. Once they understand how the membership software will improve operations (including the association's bottom line) after implementing the software, it will be a much easier sell. Here's what to highlight…