i4a AMS Membership Software Review

i4A AMS Software Review for membership management

Isn’t it time to get rid of Microsoft excel as your database!

In our ongoing “Search of a Membership Management Software Series”, we have prepared a quick look at I4A-AMS™ (internet4associations®) Membership Management Software for associations in this database software review.

Please note that this summary below is not intended to provide our full software review but rather should serve as a quick snapshot of the I4A software database.

For those interested in learning more about I4A-AMS™, we have curated, interviewed, and prepared more detailed information for executives employed in the not for profit industry. This report is designed for those who would like fair and objective insights into the capabilities of this membership software program. Our smart report and initial phone conversation is only available upon request.

Review of i4a

Membership Software

Introduction to i4A-AMS:

I4A-AMS™ is a private cloud hosted association management software solution licensed in a subscription model. All that is required is an internet connection and browser for staff and members to access. The licensing includes software support and upgrades. Since it’s a hosted solution i4a take care of hardware, PCI compliance (for e-commerce), backups, updates, maintenance and security.

Brief Summary of i4A-AMS Membership Software: 

The purpose of i4A-AMS is to provide smart and simplified software to help with the management of an associations enterprise. For many using a sub par database, it has the potential to improve the presence of your organization and reduces your staff workload.  What I like is that  i4A-AMS™ provides a simple seat license, no limits on number of members, contacts or pages.  Further, your upgrades and software support are included.  In our opinion, the solution is comprehensive, designed to meet many needs of an association and continually enhanced with the input of it’s users. With one easy to navigate interface, i4A-AMS™ software makes it simple for associations to manage all trade or professional association needs.

At it’s core, i4A is a database and content management solution combined to provide one integrated solution. By the nature of the integration, this permits an association to restrict content to your membership or any group or subdivision of your membership.  Not only do you have the ability to manage your content and navigation, but unlike some Tier IV or Tier III solutions, the “design” or “theme” whichever you prefer to call it, can also be fully administered through the web admin interface.

Why is this important? It provides an organization the ability to select the designer of your choice for either the best price or best design.  You can also have multiple designs within a single instance of the software, even micro-sites; multiple web addresses and navigation for special interest groups within your organization.

Key Functional Areas Which i4A-AMS Software includes?  

  • Contact Membership and Content Management
  • Interface for iPhones, Android phones and iPads; no need for a separate “app”.
  • Integrated E-Mail Marketing
  • Accounts receivable (Financial Management) including Quickbooks export
  • Image library, resource directory, calendar and certifications management.
  • Add-on features include a career center, buyer’s guide, discussion forums, abstract submissions, on-line store, on-line journals, classified ads, banner ads and more.

Where does i4A-AMS Software likely Fit?

i4A is difficult to place into a simple box or category. But, reviewing the solution and further research on their customer base, it appears to find the most success in small associations with less than 10 staff. Granted, this is simply a rule of thumb and each association is unique. But, this is a good rule of thumb for those starting their software search.

I4a-AMS Membership Software Visuals: 

Is i4a-AMS The Best AMS Software? 

We don’t espouse to the belief that there is “one best AMS” for everyone. But, i4a AMS may very well be your best fit.

However, to answer this question with certainty, we need to know more about what makes you unique. And, discuss other insights about this platform which we have curated, clients interviewed, and discuss more detailed information beyond just this summary.

Please know that our detailed analysis and expertise is available upon request. To be sure, our software analysis is not a “pretty brochure”, “marketing noise.” or a “sales pitch.”

Rather, we provide a free objective dialogue and insights designed to help nonprofit executives make a smarter software business decision.

If you are interested in some help with reviewing your options and comparisons, please check out our “vendor matching” services here.

Want More AMS Membership Software Reviews?

Please stay tuned to our ongoing “Searching for A Smart AMS Software” where we will continue to provide further insights into membership database software options designed for our 501(c) 6 membership focused organizations.

For the most recent published reviews, please click below:

And, to obtain a sample list of the database software reviews we have, you may follow the link here 

If you work for an AMS database software system and you would like us to include your firm in our software review process, please contact us.

Until next time, keep SmartThoughts in mind. Happy Software Buying!

i4a membership software review and comparison

AMS Software Review of Nimble AMS CRM Platform

How Nimble are you? Our review with Nimble AMS Membership Software

In our “Search of a Membership Software Series”, we have prepared a quick look at the Nimble AMS Software in this article.

Please note that this summary is not intended to provide our full report but rather should serve as a quick overview of the Nimble Membership software system.

For those nonprofit executives interested in learning more, we have prepared a detailed “Smart Report” for Association Executives who would like the full view.  The full report available upon request from Association Executives provides detailed information about the product in a easy to read question and answer format.

Review of Nimble 

AMS Membership Software

Brief Summary of Nimble AMS: 

As of 4/26/2017, Nimble AMS, joined the community of brands family. Nimble AMS, Abila, Aptify, and YourMembership which have “joined forces” under the Community Brands umbrella.

Community Brands, is a leading provider of cloud-based software to associations, nonprofits, faith-based groups, and K-12 schools. Organizations adopt Community Brands solutions to manage memberships, career centers, learning, accounting, fundraising, donations, admissions, enrollment and events.

Nimble AMS is an enterprise Association Management System (AMS) built by NimbleUser on the Salesforce CRM Platform.

In the opinion of NimbleUser, they believe that their system is where CRM meets AMS and bring the power of Salesforce to the association market. Using the force.com platform, NimbleUser built out all of the customary Association Management features, such as membership and events, along with self-service features so that constituents can interact with the association through mobile devices and the web interchangeably.

Nimble AMS combines the power of Salesforce, the #1 CRM platform, with the latest capabilities in member management.

Therefore, Associations can leverage the power of Salesforce to take their organization to the next level. What’s unique about Nimble AMS is that features which are common place in Salesforce.com such as Chatter, Mobile, AppExchange, Content, Workflow and thousands of other Salesforce features work seamlessly with the traditional AMS features needed to run an association today.

In my opinion, there are many things to like about Nimble AMS including the aspects described above, however, likely the most compelling difference is the company itself.

Nimble AMS, has more than 21 years of Association Management software experience.  It brings to the proverbial table, a wealth of insights and expertise in dealing with the day in and day out challenges of running a well tuned machine. In conversations with their team, they are committed to foster a culture and commitment to helping organizations succeed.

Their tag line may summarize the essence of their spirit best, “lf you don’t love your association software, change it. Life’s short. Be Nimble”.

What Features Does Nimble AMS Include? The Highlights below:

Where does Nimble AMS Software Most Fit?

  • Mid-Size to Large Associations.
  • Their “Sweet Spot” tends to be in the 20 to 100 staff range.
  • Organization looking for true customer relationship management functionality.
  • Membership organization which can appreciate a true multitenant “Software As Service” solution.
  • A nonprofit membership based organization seeking a “platform” with a rich software community.
  • Organizations that need a variety of integration and extension options (Force.com, APIs, App Store, etc.)

Key Strengths  of Nimble AMS?

  • Fortune 500 class CRM functionality of Salesforce.com.
  • Nimble AMS is 100% native to Salesforce & comes with Salesforce’s multi-tenant cloud, which averages a +99 percent uptime.
  • No cost upgrades included with software license. Always use the latest and greatest technology, thanks to three free upgrades a year from Salesforce.

  • Unparalleled user experience to empower association staff.

  • The Salesforce/Nimble AMS user interface is renowned for its ease of use.
  • App Store (www.appexchange.com) with thousands of apps to extend Nimble AMS – everything from Volunteer management to email delivery.
  • All Inclusive Pricing 
  • Incredible power with the Salesforce.com community. The Salesforce ecosystem includes a community of certified developers, users and partners who are always there to help.
  • Highly configurable solution to meet any needs.
  • As of 5/2019, 25 years of association technology experience.
  • Fully Responsive Self-Service.
  • A multitude of native mobile apps for Association staff.
  • The customer first culture of the organization.
  • Backing of Community of Brands infrastructure and leadership.
  • Built in AI and Machine Learning which may enable associations to automate many processes and predict member behaviors.

Quick Look at Nimble AMS:

Looking to review Nimble AMS? We can help!  

References for Nimble AMS: 

ASCRS Association

MSTA Association

NGWA Association

Is Nimble AMS the Best Membership Software for Your Association?

We don’t espouse to the belief that there is “one best AMS” for everyone. But, Nimble AMS may very well be your best fit.

However, to answer this question with certainty, we need to know more about what makes you unique. And, discuss other insights about this platform which we have curated, clients interviewed, and discuss more detailed information beyond just this summary.

Please know that our detailed analysis and expertise is available upon request. To be sure, our software analysis is not a “pretty brochure”, “marketing noise.” or a “sales pitch.”

Rather, we provide a free objective dialogue and insights designed to help nonprofit executives make a smarter software business decision.

If you are interested in some help with reviewing your options and comparisons, please check out our “vendor matching” services here.

Want More AMS Membership Software Reviews?

Please stay tuned to our ongoing “Searching for A Smart AMS Software” where we will continue to provide further insights into membership database software options designed for our 501(c) 6 membership focused organizations.

For the most recent published reviews, please click below:

And, to obtain a sample list of the database software reviews we have, you may follow the link here 

If you work for an AMS database software system and you would like us to include your firm in our software review process, please contact us.

Until next time, keep SmartThoughts in mind. Happy Software Buying!

Nimble AMS Membership Software Review

GrowthZone AMS Software Review

GrowthZone AMS Software Review

Isn’t it time to drive growth with a smarter Association Management Software? If so, the team at GrowthZone believes that they have the best All-in-One membership CRM for your association.

GrowthZone AMS Software Review

In our ongoing “Search of a Membership AMS Software Series”, we have prepared a quick look at Growth Zone AMS, a nonprofit Association Management Software for membership organizations. This tool helps association executives and their members create personal relationships, reduce costs and maximize impact. For those interested in learning more about Growth Zone AMS, we are available to share with you are thoughts about the membership software and how it fits in the membership software market today.

In addition, we have curated, interviewed, and prepared more detailed information for executives employed in the not for profit association industry to set up a time to discuss as well. Our agnostic insights and software reports are designed for those who would like fair and objective insights into the capabilities of this AMS software for nonprofit program.

Introduction to GrowthZone AMS Software:

The team at GrowthZone wants to help you drive membership growth faster with what they believe is the first full AMS and integrated Sales Funnel Management solution. It is an online SaaS solution so no hardware or software to maintain. They purport World-class customer service, offer no per-seat license fees, no contracts and a 100% money-back guarantee. 2800+ organizations use the solution and many rave about their customer support.

Purpose Statement from GrowthZone AMS: 

GrowthZone is member management software, targeting the day-to-day needs of organizations and associations with membership-based client communities.

Deployed within the cloud and essentially comprising a database and intuitive online UI, anytime access is assured for administrators via Internet and browser-enabled devices. From here all corresponding data relating to members can be tracked and summarized, ensuring records are stored safely while promising to keep the addition or migration of information simple.

Per GrowthZone, they believe that their top features include the ability to serve online application forms for enlisting new members, integrating with existing sites and synchronizing with online directories, event calendars, plus third party vendors to eliminate repeated data entry.

Subsequent features also span custom reporting with dashboard-based insights, integrated billing and payment processing, plus a range of directory and network marketing options. An events module provides full registration and attendee tracking, while communications and groups add call logging, email synchronization and push notifications to a range of GrowthZone mobile apps.

The Functional Aspirations of GrowthZone AMS: 

Accordingly to GrowthZone, all the functional areas of this system are focused on driving growth, empowering members, and helping your staff do more in less time.

Drive Growth – Move your prospects through the sales funnel more easily and faster – identify prospects, see where they are in the sales process, track communication along with your close rate, and more. Put simply, you’ll have the power of data and information on your side to help you be more successful at growing your membership.

Empower Your Members – Give members what they want – a way to network and access the information that’s important to them. With login-based access to events, your directory, job postings, and other resources, members can manage and customize their information, pay invoices, and more, which all goes a long way when it comes time to renew membership.

Do more in less time – It’s tough to grow when you’re spending time on the little stuff. GrowthZone’s customizable and intuitive dashboard makes data management and report generation a breeze so you can impress your board and focus on what matters most.

Key Features of GrowthZone membership Software: 

  • Contact Management – Easily view and manage all the individuals and organizations in your database
  • Member Management – Efficiently manage membership levels and information
  • Billing with Integrated Payments and Credit Card Processing – Manage and track invoices, receivables, payments, and expenses with just a few clicks.
  • Event Management – Proactively create events and manage event registrants and sponsors
  • Info Hub/Member Center – Allow your members to network and gain access to important members-only information and resources.
  • Mobile Staff App – Quickly look up contacts on the go, scan business cards to load contact data, view notes, register and check-in attendees, or process payments – all from your mobile device.
  • Directory – Fully control and publish directories from your database information.
  • Sales Funnel – If member acquisition is a key need, monetize and track sales opportunities. Track progress by probability, sales stage, and lead source.
  • Events Expo – Exhibitors can be a key revenue stream for events. Manage exhibitors and vendors, as well as conference registrations, including session selection, discounts, and promotions.
  • Project Management – Manage all projects from one location, assign and track tasks for each individual; a great tool for managing events, memberships, and more.
  • Fundraising – Manage fundraising campaigns for both pledge-based and non-pledge based donations
  • Form Builder – Create online forms to capture information such as basic surveys.
  • Web Content Management – Grow your community and add value with web content that integrates data from your GrowthZone AMS for items such as hot deals, job postings, and new releases.
  • Inquiry Tracking (Pro & Enterprise Editions only) – Track inbound and outbound prospects interested in learning about becoming a member.
  • API Access (Enterprise Edition only) – Pull data from several popular software programs into your GrowthZone AMS and vice versa.
  • Chapter Management (Enterprise Edition only) – Manage chapter structure, allow membership applications to be tied to a chapter, provide chapter-based public website content and manage member communication at the chapter level.

GrowthZone Membership Software Reviews

Where does GrowthZone CRM Fit?

The companies tag line is “Drive Growth with Smarter Association Software”. Their goal is “Keep Members Engaged. Keep Members Longer.”

While most tag lines are just that; lines. We believe that it’s important to take note of tag lines when seeking a software fit because it may provide a glimpse of what is on the companies mind.

In essence, why they believe they are worthy of your investment in them.

When asked where GrowthZone fits, we would say Tier III. In other words, the company is targeting small to mid size associations with their platform.

While this system has many of the functions which a solid Tier III option will provide, some unique items are present in the solution which may put them higher on your list such as:

  • Low risk and low cost with no contracts
  • Unique quality guarantee
  • You have a desire to grow and need sales pipeline management
  • Need strong core membership management functions
  • Track Projects and Tasks
  • Volunteer Management
  • Baked in Email Marketing Communications (Avoid 3rd party offering)

How much does GrowthZone Membership Software Cost? 

Like many membership management products on the market today, GrowthZone is “cloud-based”. GrowthZone has a flexible pricing model. And, an Association may start by selecting the right package for your needs and organization size in order to grow accordingly.

Cloud-based products like this solution, are hosted on the software vendor’s servers, and available to users on-demand through any compatible device’s internet browser. The GrowthZone products have a subscription-based pricing structure which makes it easy to get started.

As of 3rd quarter 2017, there are four packages which are available: Essential, Premier, Pro, & Enterprise.

That said, based on a many factors one should anticipate a minimum investment of $11,000 for a first year investment for a mid market association using a Pro package, Guided Implementation, & Custom Data Migration. If you desire a new website theme and use their content management system, you need to budget additional dollars.

Please consult GrowthZone directly for the most up to date pricing.

What is the 911 Peer Review on this AMS? 

Like software options today, software peer review sites are all over the internet. Below you will find several with various comments on GrowthZone from it’s users:

  1. Software Advice 
  2. G2Crowd Review
  3. ReviewMyAMS
  4. Capterra 
  5. GetApp 

Before you check out the feedback found on these sites, my recommendation is that you please review our article on how to utilize these site and comments on various resources here.

GrowthZone Membership Software Visual: 

Is GrowthZone The Best AMS Software? 

We don’t espouse to the belief that there is “one best AMS” for everyone. But, GrowthZone AMS may very well be your best fit.

However, to answer this question with certainty, we need to know more about what makes you unique. And, discuss other insights about this platform which we have curated, clients interviewed, and discuss more detailed information beyond just this summary.

Please know that our detailed analysis and expertise is available upon request. To be sure, our software analysis is not a “pretty brochure”, “marketing noise.” or a “sales pitch.”

Rather, we provide a free objective dialogue and insights designed to help nonprofit executives make a smarter software business decision.

If you are interested in some help with reviewing your options and comparisons, please check out our “vendor matching” services here.

Want More AMS Membership Software Reviews?

Please stay tuned to our ongoing “Searching for A Smart AMS Software” where we will continue to provide further insights into membership database software options designed for our 501(c) 6 membership focused organizations.

For the most recent published reviews, please click below:

And, to obtain a sample list of the database software reviews we have, you may follow the link here 

If you work for an AMS database software system and you would like us to include your firm in our software review process, please contact us.

Until next time, keep SmartThoughts in mind. Happy Software Buying!

GrowthZone AMS Software Review