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 aleading 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.

NimbleUser, the creator of 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 seem 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.
  • No cost upgrades included with software license.
  • 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.
  • Highly configurable solution.
  • 22 years of association technology experience.
  • Fully Responsive Self-Service.
  • A multitude of native mobile apps for Association staff.
  • Culture of NimbleUser organization.

 

Quick Look at Nimble AMS:

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References for Nimble AMS: 

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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

 

AMS Software Review of Member365

 

Member365 AMS Membership Management Solution

Isn’t it time to drop kick your existing disparate software systems!?  If so, the team at Member365 believes that they have the best All-in-One Membership Management Software for your association.

Review of Member365

AMS Membership Software

In our ongoing “Search of a Membership Management Software Series”, we have prepared a quick look at Member365, an AMS software for associations in this database software review.

For those interested in learning more about Member365, we are available to share with you are thoughts about the membership website software and how it fits in the AMS market today. In addition, we have curated, interviewed, and prepared more detailed information for executives employed in the not for profit industry to set up a time to discuss as well.

Our Sources: Over the course of half a decade or so, we have worked with the Member365 team many times to help our clients. We have reviewed the solution in brief and detailed demonstration overviews with their team, curated specific insights from the vendor for various use cases, read through countless software website pages, case studies and read multiple peer to peer reviews. This brief summary is a culmination of those insights.

Buyer Disclaimer: It can’t go without saying, there are many unique things which this system can do that are not mentioned. And, some possible holes too.  So, be mindful of this fact. While we believe this is a good summary, this short review should not be your only source of the truth!

Introduction to Member365 AMS Software:

Member365 is an all-in-one membership management platform designed specifically for organizations to grow membership, automate common data-driven tasks and strengthen member engagement. Per Member365, their AMS eliminates the need to juggle multiple web tools by providing an all-in-one management dashboard that centralizes all contact data. With Member365, they evangelize that there is no need to dig through and merge reporting from several data sources, or rely on spreadsheets to manage critical business processes.

Purpose Statement from Member365: 

Member365 covers everything a small nonprofit association may need. It automatically manages new membership applications and renewal workflows. They created their solution to assist membership based organizations with processing payments and providing an easy method for applicants to apply for membership and existing members to renew their membership with an organization.

The Member365 system was designed to integrate into any existing website with ease. They have accomplished this by creating a series of scripts that are simply placed on the appropriate webpage that will display the content utilized by your members.

The executives have the mentality and development road map in order to be a “set & forget it” solution. In other words, they have purposely designed workflow and rules automation so that a staff members (or volunteer) will never have to chase members down for payment of any type: dues, events, & orders. With Member365, everything is centralized through one dashboard saving small associations time and money.

Member365 provides real-time reporting of your data too. After review, you will see that it easily provides you with a complete snapshot of your membership population– from active, lapsed to archived members. They aspire to provide association executives with a way to always know where your organization stands. Further, they want you to be able to build custom reports with ease and filter members on a wide number of demographic data points based on your key performance indicators.

Member365 has been designed to provide all the tools required for you to run your day-to-day operation without involving an expensive service desk.

Key Features of Member365

member365 online membership software

This AMS system is clearly aiming to replace the various silos typically found in a small association today; Website, Email Marketing solution, Events Management, & Member Portal etc. Member365 modules include the following components:

    • Membership Management including automated renewals
    • Member Portal
    • Member Directories
    • Member Engagement Analytics
    • Contact Record Management (Customer Relationship Management)
    • Email Marketing
    • Forms Builder
    • Fundraising
    • Event Management
    • Financial Management
    • Job Bank
    • List Builder
    • Member Directories
    • Member Portal
    • Online Store
    • Survey and Voting
    • Video Library
    • Querying & Reporting of data

Their AMS software also includes the following premium modules (additional costs):

    • Learning Management
    • Committee Management

Key Functional Areas of Member365 

    • Managing contact information
    • Fully integrated email marketing to replace third party solutions like Constant Contact
    • Membership reporting
    • Creating and managing events with our full suite of tools.
    • Easy-to-use Dashboards
    • List building and segmenting
    • Online community for your members to network and collaborate with one another to improve engagement

Where does Member365 likely Fit?

    • Non-profit associations, trade associations, chamber of commerce, BIA’s, Professional Membership Organizations, Alumni Associations
    • 1 to 10 staff employees
    • 1,500 to 50,000 members 
    • Administrators are using multiple software and excel sheets to run their membership organization.
    • Member based organizations seeking an affordable well-built AMS

Member365 Membership Software Visuals: 

Is Member365 AMS the Best Membership Software for Your Association?

We don’t espouse to the belief that there is “one best AMS” for everyone. But, Member365 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!

Member365 Software Review

Membership Management Software 101: Features For ROI

The ROI 101 lesson on Membership Software

Return on Investment (ROI), in the most basic sense, is the benefit to the investor resulting from an investment of some resource. For software, it’s important to know before you buy, what your return on investment benefits may be in the short and long-term. In this article, I am going to dig into the features and benefits of membership management software to assist in realizing the potential of ROI.

The ROI of Membership Management Software

How we define an investment and the impact of its performance depends on the situation. Some investments allow us to do things we couldn’t before. For example, take a simple plastic bag manufacturer. An investment in a new machine like a printing press will enable the company to print logos and marketing messages on the bags they make, bringing in additional revenues and a new market.

How about the purchase of new membership management software? It certainly helps if your staff is able to have the right software tools to enable them to work smarter and be more efficient in data entry and reporting. But a good association management software should provide functionality which is capable of selling the value which your organization delivers as well. Below you will find some functional aspects to consider when reviewing the ROI merits of membership software:

  • The Integrated Website:

    The job of a membership organization is to provide value to its members. A brilliant and connected website in membership software is paramount for associations today. It is a must have requirement because it is likely the first chance you will have to influence a members decision to join or not join more than anything else. New membership applications, dues payments, event registrations etc. should all be available online and connected to the back office in real-time to support your effort to communicate that your organization is a smart career decision to join. Further, an integrated website, will free up staff time and reduce work for them to support this effort long-term. 

  • Membership Directory:

    A member Directory can provide reliable and up to date information to connect with members. Further, this is very valuable for “attracting” vendor partners as well which may improve non-dues revenue. If you can, save money on an outdated process of sending out your membership directory via the mail and place it online for self-service by your members. 

  • Knowledge Management:

    eBooks, WhitePapers, & legislative data can be available on a members only basis or to lure non members to join. Some of your insights may even increase bookstore revenues if marketed well with the email communication tools of a strong membership management solution. Your association should be viewed as “The source” for knowledge. Your membership software should be able to “lock out” or “Gate” content based on personalization and access rights. Don’t give it away! It should be viewed as a valuable member feature and benefit.  

  • Networking in Membership Software:

    Many of the association membership software tools offer social networking features today integrated with the membership database software. And, many solutions like HigherLogic & Socious  shine in this area. 

  • Marketing Automation with Membership Software:

    Built in email communication software features are critical to produce and manage marketing campaigns to help market conferences, continuing education classes, & get out legislative updates which are available to members. If you need to go beyond the built-in features, there are email marketing service providers such as Informz  which can extend your reach to members as well. 

  • Continuing Education:

    Tracking continuing education professional units and certifications of members is critical for trade organizations. The continuing education process can be facilitated with Learning Management software or even be found in the core association membership software. Learning Management Software when integrated to an AMS can help increase the capacity to provide better education to your members. 

  • Engagement:

    Engagement is a big buzz for all companies these days. With Membership Software you should be able to track membership inquiries, event activity history and participation through the core of the software. Capturing unique member data inside the membership management system is important. From there, the proper use of the data to make decisions about how to market to non-members or existing members will be critical in competing in the market. Using the data as a tool to discern the correlation is what membership software should provide. BTW, check out this calculator on one of the Membership Software vendors, Aptify if interested in scoring now.

  • Gamification:

    Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage member users in solving problems and increase users’ self contributions. While this is not commonly found in Association software today, there are a few software tools which can integrate to help increase participation and activity of members. For example, one membership software provider, YourMembership.com, has features which allows you to assign value to activities (and create levels acknowledging achievement). Upon completion of these actions, members receive points. Points accumulate driving your members toward leveling up within your community.

Today, associations are competing with many things. And, Google may the biggest competitor for many. Giving members the services they want and need adds up to membership retention. However, communicating and facilitating the value of membership must be done through ongoing campaigns to state the ROI of participating. Your systems must support your strategy!

The right online membership software should help your staff attract, retain, and nurture your membership. Moving beyond just a static website, finding the best membership software tool which has all the functional pieces required to support your ability to be successful is key.

We are committed to finding the perfect software for your organization. If you are thinking about evaluating a new membership management software, contact us.

Our AMS Smart Checklist may help you in your membership software project!