Socially Awkward on Social Media?

iphonefacebookDo you experience a momentary sense of panic before hitting “Post?”

Afraid no one will “Like” what you wrote? Not sure what comments, memories or photos will resonate most with your alumni?

Believe me, I totally understand. I had that feeling too, until I learned to follow these simple steps to a successful Facebook page.

Keep in mind that the goals of Facebook for any school community are to communicate upcoming events, tug at the heartstrings, foster nostalgia, and instantly get feedback from your community as to what means the most to them about your institution. Poster’s block can easily be cured by cruising around campus with an iPhone camera at the ready. Don’t overthink it!

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Top 8 Trends in Alumni Relations

By researching best practices from some of the most skilled alumni professionals out there, we’ve compiled this e-Guide entitled #Trending: Top 8 Trends in Alumni Relations. Enjoy!

Between reinventing Reunion weekend, recruiting Career Day panelists and exceeding ever-higher fundraising goals, it’s hard for Alumni Directors to even think about staying on top of the latest industry trends. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for! KonnectAgain stays on the cutting edge of current strategies from Giving Days and class crowdfunding competitions to social networking and leveraging the power of alumni online.

By researching best practices from some of the most skilled alumni professionals out there, we’ve compiled this e-Guide entitled #Trending: Top 8 Trends in Alumni Relations. Enjoy! And then be sure to click here to find out how KonnectAgain can help you make these trends a reality for your program.

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14 (New & Updated) Best Practices to Grow Your Alumni Association

5 scary stats about your new millennial alumniMembership clubs and organizations are all the rage. Brands like Netflix®, Weight Watchers®, Crossfit® and a myriad other businesses are adopting a membership or subscription strategy to grow their businesses. According to Robbie Kellman Baxter’s best-selling book, The Membership Economy, businesses that embrace the membership model are finding success by building lasting relationships, using member networks and developing benefits with high value as a way of enhancing loyalty and boosting engagement.

Sound a bit familiar? Continue reading

5 Things the Best University Alumni Networks Have in Common

Ask most alumni relations professionals the secret of success and they will have a common refrain.

They will tell you that best way to create a group of engaged, committed – and generous – alumni is to begin with a group of engaged, committed students.

What do you think makes an alumni network great?!
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The ‘What’s In It For Me?’ Alumni Test

Are education institutions in denial about their alumni engagement?

Schools are implementing a variety of activities, yet are they actually making progress towards their stated goal of engaging alumni?  Perhaps, they have lost sight of the basics.

Engaging alumni should not be complicated.  Fundamentally it is about providing alumni with a compelling reason to engage with your institution. Continue reading

Fun, Rivalry and Alumni Engagement! | Almabase Blog

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History’s long standing camaraderie or rivalry comes with sports or sporting events. Sports fans have their psychological selves uplifted when their team wins. Be it sports fanaticism or an evening of casual playing, it is no doubt that roughing it out together, builds bonds that last a lifetime. There is something about running behind a ball, or hitting one with a bat that builds friendships and nurtures loyalty. Continue reading

Stop Using These Metrics to Measure Alumni Engagement

Alumni organizations are always trying to find new ways to engage alumni, but when you’re trying to measure your progress, using the wrong metrics can give you a false sense of success (or failure.)

Unfortunately, many metrics tell only part of the story, and others are downright deceptive.

After years of working with both large and small member organizations, here’s a list of five digital marketing metrics that alumni organizations should stop using: Continue reading

What’s Your Persona in Your Alumni Office? Take the Quiz

What's your persona in  your alumni office?

In a well functioning alumni office, it’s important that everyone work together to make things happen. And because so many tasks need to get done, we tend to be drawn toward those assignments that play to our strengths.

Every office seems to have a person best suited to tackle complex administrative responsibilities,  or someone who loves planning and executing big events, or someone with the longevity and “institutional memory” to provide some historical prospective on new activities and programs. Continue reading

St. George’s Primary School of Nairobi Kenya, Relies on Alumni Channel’s Online Alumni Community Solution to Connect with Alumni Across the World

5/20/2015

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, announced today that St. George’s Primary School Alumni Society of Nairobi Kenya, is relying on the company’s online community solution to develop closer relationships with its alumni. Continue reading