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What makes a club worth the price of admission? member-front-2

There are any number of specific answers to this question, depending on the association. But there’s one excellent means to judge any or all member based organizations’ utility. Because, at the end of the day, all that matters is how effectively the club connects its members to the resources and benefits of membership. If members can truly depend on access to those benefits, the club’s foundation is strong.

For a web-based association, member management software isn’t a piece of the puzzle, it’s the entire puzzle and the table it’s placed upon. Choosing the appropriate Association Management Software is always a major foundational step. Core amenities (as well as membership perks, however minor) all rest upon the doors opened by the selected AMS.

So let’s take a look at the foundational offerings provided by a few of the most well known AMS solutions:

ClubExpress

  • Full CRM client as well as employee management (including financial admin)
  • Full site CMS Solution, built for intuitive admin
  • The winner of PCMag’s AMS of the year (2016): http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489257,00.asp
  • The price is right. Heck, compared to comparable offerings its downright CHEAP
  • Excellent for small (under 5k members)

Wild Apricot

  • Excellent budget-concious decision for a small organization willing to put some time into the customization process
  • Solid functionality for SMALL member-based orgs (as a downside, templates looks a bit like outdated CRMs…)
  • Can be a bit more labor intensive to get everything customized, but in terms of options, few doors are closed
  • Excellent video tutorial and overall support for customization assistance
  • Full CRM client as well as employee management (including financial admin)
  • Full site CMS Solution, built for intuitive admin

Memberclicks

  • Very targeted to associations (they know the association world better than anyone)
  • Great option for associations who host numerous paid events, or associations who derive most of their profits from events
  • Full CRM client as well as employee management (including financial admin)
  • Full site CMS Solution, built for intuitive admin

Blackbaud

  • If your organization used Raisers Edge, you’re already using Blackbaud!
  • #1 in non-profit fundraising, fundraising tools integrate seamlessly into CRM / AMS functionality
  • Front-facing design options / templates are relatively limited
  • Full CRM client as well as employee management (including financial admin)
  • Full site CMS Solution, built for intuitive admin

NeonCRM

  • Fantastic for non-profit fundraising, and not always associated with associations, but that’s changing quickly.
  • Excellent organized member-management
  • Ranks very high in user satisfaction AND overall user experience design
  • Full CRM client as well as employee management (including financial admin)
  • Full site CMS Solution, built for intuitive admin