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The Aptify Blog is an honest and informative collection of articles to help association executives solve their most pressing issues.

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AMS Selection | configuration | Membership Software Selection

A Visual Guide to Choosing Membership Software That Lasts [Infographic]

By: Jennifer Barrell
June 23, 2017

Picture a membership 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?

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How to Create an Agile Membership Team to Better Use AMS Software

By: Jennifer Barrell
June 19, 2017

1 + 1 = 3. Synergy is the purpose of an agile membership team—not budget, not friendship, and not convenience. The aggregate function of a team is to produce results greater than each individual could produce on her own. Easier said than done.

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How to Manage the Culture Change of New Membership Software

By: Johanna Kasper
June 15, 2017

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” —George Bernard Shaw  When organizations have the notion to update or change their membership management software, the idea can often be met with skepticism or outright opposition from others in the organization. Resistance to change is human nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK.

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AMSFest Highlights: Setting Expectations to Make a Savvy Membership Software Selection

By: Jennifer Barrell
June 13, 2017

AMSFest brought an energized and inquisitive crowd to Chicago last week. In a creative North Side loft, AMS software vendors, partners, and association executives looking for new software solutions met to discuss the changing technology landscape and strategies on making sound selection decisions.

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AMS Selection | software selection | Membership Software Selection

The Most Common Issues with AMS Systems (and How You Can Fix Them!)

By: Johanna Kasper
June 02, 2017

Staring at your computer screen, you take a deep breath as your finger hovers over your mouse, mentally preparing for a grueling hour of laborious and frustrating work. Click. If this is the feeling you get when opening up your association management software (AMS), we probably don’t have to tell you that your organization might have a serious problem—but we will anyway.

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AMS Selection | Board Management | Build Business Case

6 Prompts to Properly Propose New Membership Software to Your Board

By: Jennifer Barrell
May 10, 2017

Ask a membership professional about some of their biggest challenges, and selecting and implementing membership software is right up there. Why is it so challenging? For starters, before you even get to the selection phase, you have to convince the board to fund the project. There’s a lot riding on your proposal to the board—staff’s productivity and effectiveness, data security and usefulness, maybe even your reputation, and definitely your stress level. How much longer can you tolerate the lousy system you have now?

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