Pros and Cons of Remote Association Employees

Upsides include cost savings and a much broader talent pool; challenges include time management oversight, coordinating communication, long-distance IT support. If your association is in hiring mode, a key consideration is whether your employees will work together physically in a central location, or whether some or all will work remotely (also called “teleworking”). For many
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The Joint Development Foundation: Offering “a Standards Organization in a Box”

Here is an innovative approach to launching an organization quickly– the Joint Development Foundation (JDF). It’s an organization that enables smaller standards and source code development collaborations to form swiftly and efficiently through a turnkey legal and operational infrastructure.  The JDF, a Virtual client, was unveiled to the public in May 2015, and its first
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CES 2016 Report

Yesterday I spent my day at the events that are held in advance of the floor opening for the Consumer Electronics Show—some research sessions and a keynote by the CEO of Intel. Some interesting things afoot for the world of technology: 1. Farewell to the upgrade cycle. I used to get a new PC every
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The Right Tools for the Job

Technology associations based on standards efforts share many common goals and challenges.  Over the years, through the shared experiences of literally hundreds of such efforts, a set of best practices has emerged, including strategies on: How best to set up a new association What an effective organizational structure looks like What programs and practices make
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Diversifying from Dues: Ways to drive non-dues revenue for your association

There are two truisms that affect association finances. First, most associations are financed primarily by dues. And second, when a member organization needs to cut its budget, the first line item they often look at is “Dues, fees and subscriptions.”  So a diverse revenue stream isn’t just a “nice to have” for associations, it’s often
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CXPA Caselet


Challenge

CXPA, a brand-new member association, needed to go from zero to full member service in under a year while delivering on its mission of connecting professionals and promoting best practices.

Solution

Virtual worked with the new Board to create a financial plan, start marketing the first annual event, provide member service, and create a brand identity and web site.

Result

CXPA has become the premier networking and education source for customer experience, with 2,000 members in the first year and a successful first annual conference.


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