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Archives: July 2009
30 July 2009, by , in Rants and Kudos, 3 comments
Over the past two weeks I’ve been contacted by two associations who were in the market for a new association management system. In one case, the association had already chosen a vendor but then things didn’t work out, and they had gone back to the drawing board. In the second case, the association had begun...
29 July 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
OK, last time I mention this, I promise. Tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, at Noon Eastern I’m presenting a web conference with Boston Conferencing. The title is “Thriving with Data: Using your organization’s data to improve marketing and communications with your members and customers.” Here’s what you’ll learn: The Trochlil Data Management Hierarchy, where your organization...
27 July 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
In my book, Put Your Data to Work: 52 Tips and Techniques for Effectively Managing Your Database, tip #25 is “Create and regularly execute data integrity reports.” The point of the tip is that data integrity reports can help you identify potential data problems within your database and are an excellent method for proactively keeping...
23 July 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
Just a reminder that next Thursday, July 30, at Noon Eastern I’m presenting a web conference with Boston Conferencing on Thursday, July 30 at Noon Eastern. The title is “Thriving with Data: Using your organization’s data to improve marketing and communications with your members and customers.” Here’s what you’ll learn: The Trochlil Data Management Hierarchy,...
16 July 2009, by , in Data Management, No comments
For the third year in a row, I’m conducting a one-question survey about associations and their database challenges. This will take you no more than two minutes to complete. Over the past two years, more than 250 of your association colleagues have responded to this survey, and it provides for some very interesting insight (here,...
9 July 2009, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments
This is a pet peeve of mine, but too often I’ll hear someone say something like: “The average age of our members is between 50 and 65.” Or “We average about 50 to 100 hits on our website each day.” These are both nice thoughts, but what is being provided is not an average, but...
I’m presenting a webinar with Boston Conferencing on Thursday, July 30 at Noon Eastern. The title is :Thriving with Data: Using your organization’s data to improve marketing and communications with your members and customers.” Here’s what you’ll learn: The Trochlil Data Management Hierarchy, where your organization is, and how you can move to the next...

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“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

“We came to Wes because we were very frustrated with our existing AMS and we wanted to improve our capabilities as soon as practicable. Wes very quickly helped us through a process of identifying our needs, identifying potential vendors, and selecting a new system that we’ll be able to move into very quickly. I especially appreciated Wes’s candor about our processes as well as the systems we were looking at. He was a great resource to have in a period of high anxiety for our organization. I would highly recommend Wes for any similar project.”

Jack Chiasson, CMP Executive Director
National Association of Life Brokerage Agencies

“Wes was able to come in and offer tangible, relevant advice that made us more productive immediately. I value his understanding of databases but more so, his understanding of how nonprofits work. There was no lost time educating him about how membership organizations are “different.” Wes recommended changes in processes as well as tips and tricks that were easy to implement made an immediate positive impact.”

Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

Mary Pat Paris
International Registration Plan

“This is the second database implementation we’ve done since I have been at Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The first I did on my own. This time we engaged Wes Trochlil as our database planning consultant. Let me tell you, this process is a whole lot easier having Wes on your team! For a small association like WAA, it’s tempting for board and EDs to question the justification and expense of a database planning consultant. But it’s the small associations that need Effective Database Management the most. Wes strengthened our planning process, clarified our needs requirements, helped us steer around solutions that couldn’t meet our objectives, and saved us money in the long haul.”

Tim Wilson, Executive Director
Western Arts Alliance

Tim Wilson
Western Arts Alliance