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On Sidecar's blog, we focus on untold stories, new ideas, cutting edge technology and lessons learned from the association industry and beyond.

How the School Nutrition Association Added Creativity to Their Hiring Process

In a tight labor market, how do you differentiate yourself in the war for talent? At the School Nutrition Association (SNA), we used a few innovative tactics that yielded significant returns over the last few months. On the heels of a new strategic plan and following an organizational restructure, our association embarked on a hiring […]

What Tech Layoffs Can Teach Us About Association Hiring Goals

For many organizations, hiring has been a top priority for 2022. And that trend continues with employers adding over 500,000 jobs in July alone. Yet, one industry has begun to see some cracks in its hiring strategies – big tech. According to Crunchbase, “more than 34,000 workers in the U.S. tech sector have been laid off […]

4 Strategies to Improve Committee Engagement

From handling member engagement to planning your next event, committees play an essential role in the operation of associations. However, finding volunteers and keeping them committed can often be the biggest obstacle to success. While some organizations may opt to appoint committee members, this can impact your diversity efforts and prevent new members or young […]

What is a Sidecar Membership?

You’re on our site. You’re reading our blog. You might even be subscribed to our newsletter (and no, that isn’t membership). So you have an idea about who we are and what we do. But do you know what it means to be a Sidecar member? Sidecar membership means access to the professional development tools […]

Why Your Association Should Experiment With Microlearning

When it comes to creating or offering professional development for your members, there is no arguing that it’s valuable and necessary. However, for many association professionals, the subsequent response is often, “where do I find the time?” Whether it’s because of shortening attention times or limited schedules, finding time for learning opportunities is tough, and […]

The Question of Credential Custody & Portability

Can blockchain change how credentials are issued and tracked by Associations and other certifying organizations? For decades, Associations and related credentialing organizations have built successful business models on the premise that achieving and maintaining a certification and its associated credential has value. In its most general form, this relies on a single organization creating the […]

Everything You Need to Know About Association Management Companies

For purpose-driven organizations, the most critical question for boards is often how do you do more with less? One answer for many associations is hiring an association management company (AMC). These companies are designed to help manage the day-to-day operations of an association while also providing them with access to staff, software and resources that […]

Association Newcomer: Do Associations Affect Policy?

As purpose-driven organizations, the goal of an association is to improve the lives of its members and the industries they serve. While this often happens through education and resources, it can also be done on a much larger scale. For association newcomers, there’s a lot to learn about how your new organization works and what […]

Is Feature Bloat Affecting Your Member Benefits?

You want more members and adding new benefits is going to get them. Right? Well, maybe not. Before you go all-in on new perks, build out your marketing campaigns and announce them to your members, it may be  time to ask – “does my association have a feature bloat problem?”  What is Feature Bloat? From […]

How To Choose an Event Platform

After the virtual and hybrid event boom caused by the pandemic, it seems like there is a new event platform popping up everywhere you look. With hundreds of options and an endless stream of online advertisements, it can be confusing and difficult to find just the right one for your event.  Making a plan for […]

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