Crisis Communications Planning Is Essential for Associations

By Dan Kramer, President of KPA Strategies, a Core Strategic Group Company Thoughtful crisis communications planning and execution can protect and defend an association, individual or company from unwanted or unwarranted negative publicity with the potential for reputational damage. Without a plan, the effects of a crisis on an association could mean significant impacts to […]

The Core Compass News: Summer 2021

Dear Professional Colleagues and Friends, As we approach the Fall season and, in so doing, begin the countdown to another year, uncertainty still makes one last stand due to the pandemic. Yet, through it all, we are proud of the hope and resilience shown by our partner clients as we navigate both old and new […]

When a Rising Tide Lifts All Boats—Selling Membership Can be a Challenge

By David Murillo, CAE, President + Chief Mission Officer, The Core Management Company In my almost two-decades-long career working in the sphere of membership for associations, I’ve found that a membership joining dynamic can fall into one of 3 large buckets: “transactional,” “community,” and “change agent.” Note that these are not mutually exclusive—a prospective member […]

Let’s Talk Board Size: Considerations for Managing a Large Association Board

By William Hixson, CAE, Management Services Executive, The Core Management Company Like many things in life, association boards of directors come in many shapes and sizes. There is no magic number that makes for an ideal board of directors. A board should have a sufficient number of members to represent a diverse sample of the […]

Association Membership Engagement in a Virtual Era

By Emily Mullin, CAE, Management Services Executive, The Core Management Company In the past year, the entire world has been forced to stretch our limits, thinking, and creativity to operate in ways we have never considered in the past or frankly avoided because we didn’t perceive a need. In overcoming the struggles and being stretched […]

The Best of Both Worlds – Hybrid Meetings

By Christina Bauders, CMP, Senior Operations Executive As we hopefully enter the tail end of the Coronavirus pandemic crisis, meeting planners are looking forward to rebuilding an events industry that has been left in disarray and in shambles. That future will all but certainly include hybrid meetings. With the industry relying solely on virtual events […]

The Core Compass News: Spring 2021

The Core Management Company Team Zoom Photo

Dear Professional Colleagues and Friends, We hope you and your families are well and safe, and that your 2021 is off to a great start. Reflecting on 2020 and the challenges that came with it, we feel a renewed sense of hope that the tide is finally turning, and we are finally seeing that light at […]

The Benefits of Earned Media for Associations

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By Elizabeth Ernster, Membership and Communications Coordinator, The Core Management Company   While associations focus heavily on membership retention and events to be successful, another component that can help provide free advertising for an association is earned media. So what exactly is earned media? Earned media refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than […]

Redefining Membership in a Time of Crisis

By William Hixson, CAE, Management Services Executive, The Core Management Company 2020 has challenged organizations across countless industries, and the non-profit association sector is no different. Many associations made membership gains over what has been nearly a decade of economic growth since the Great Recession, while other organizations experienced membership declines due to changing cultural […]