The Vanguard View: Insight for Association Websites

On the go with your members: The case for responsive web design for your association website

Posted by Ray van Hilst on Sun, Jan 27, 2013

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Topics: association website design, responsive web design, project management, mobile, tablets

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Website Now

Posted by Chris Bonney on Sat, May 21, 2011

1. Title Tag

Help Google find you. The title tag of your page (the words that appear in the very, very top of your browser in the upper left) is one of the major elements that Google considers. It should include the keywords you hope people are putting into Google to find you. It shouldn't just say "Home" or "About Us". Make it like, "The best karaoke enthusiast organization in the United States," assuming you believe people might be searching "karaoke enthusiast organization" in Google to find you. Simple fix, big results in your search engine ranking.

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Topics: usability, Chris Bonney, members only, blogs, website redesign, mobile, Websites, associations

Guest Post: Why 2010 Is The Year For Mobile

Posted by Chris Bonney on Mon, Apr 12, 2010

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Topics: marketing, mobile, associations

5 Things Every Association Website Should Have In 2010

Posted by Chris Bonney on Mon, Apr 05, 2010

As you consider a new website for your association this year, keep the following 5 things in mind. They are in our experience the components that make a new website viable, meaningful, sticky, scalable, member-focused, modern and relevant in 2010.

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Topics: web strategy, web 2.0, social media, website redesign, mobile, CMS, association technology, Websites

Mobile For Associations: What Association Leaders Need To Know

Posted by Chris Bonney on Thu, Feb 11, 2010

According to SEMPO, over 64 million US wireless subscribers surfed the mobile web in May 2009 - almost twice as many people as in the previous year. This accounts for more than 20% of the total US population.

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Topics: web strategy, web 2.0, Tech10, blackberry, Untech10, mobile, associations

5 Things Your CMS Does NOT Need To Do

Posted by Chris Bonney on Tue, Dec 08, 2009

We're big fans of associations sticking to their core strengths. We feel the same way about software providers. So, it always come as a bit of a surprise to us when associations expect a content management system to do everything from update their website to stir their latte.

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Topics: ams integration, web strategy, social media, mobile, CMS, association technology, content management system, Websites, associations

4 Reasons Why Mobile Matters To Associations Right Now

Posted by Chris Bonney on Thu, Jun 11, 2009

Got a BlackBerry? Maybe an iPhone? No doubt your members do, too. So what happens when they go to your website on their handheld? Yep, that's what I thought. Not much. Virtually all of the associations we talk to (and we talk to many everyday) have no mobile strategy for their organization. Intentions to get their site mobile-enabled are strong, but few have actually done it.

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Topics: web, mobile, association technology, Websites, associations

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