It was a poignant celebration for the local business community. The room was full of organizations who not only had impressive year-over-year revenue increases but are also leading innovation in their fields. Between us, we represented everything from design to pharmaceuticals, group purchasing to real estate.
Below are the highlights from the contest, plus some growth tips from the winning CEOs.
No matter how big or small your business is, you have to be proactive and strategic about your indirect spend. Left unchecked indirect, or “unplanned spend,” can quickly become a formidable obstacle.
In today’s video, group purchasing expert (and UNA CEO) Anthony Clervi shares the one thing all businesses should know about their indirect spend. Plus, the common mistakes you should avoid, and questions you should ask your team. It’s five minutes worth of hard-won insights.
You might think that for your business to be truly successful you need smarter people, a better product, or a more strategic plan. But chances are what your team really needs is greater emotional intelligence (EQ).
Countless studies show that it’s skills like empathy, self-awareness, and communication that set people up for success and make organizations more profitable. Too often EQ is undervalued as “soft skills,” but it goes beyond how much people “like” you. EQ influences not only your professional success but your company’s bottom line. It’s why 71% of hiring managers said emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ.
At UNA we know that to be true, which is why we brought in John Chisholm of Ember Learning for an in-depth EQ training. John is a brilliant management consultant who has helped over 400 businesses build better teams, resolve conflicts, and invest in organizational development.
His workshop on how groups can improve their EQ is a training every business should have; which is why today I’m sharing my takeaways from our session. Including why EQ is crucial for your organization’s success, and how both you and your team can improve your EQ.
We’re betting that when you’re looking for a new product or service, you really don’t want to hear a sales pitch, you care about what real customers say. You’re not alone, 85% of consumers said they read up to 10 reviews before feeling they can trust a business. That’s why we’re launching our Customer Spotlight Series, featuring interviews with real clients and the reasons why they decided to partner with UNA, how they’ve leveraged our partnership, and the success ROI they’ve seen.
Today we’re featuring a video from Savvik Buying Groupwhere Executive Director Mickey Schulte describes how UNA helped his team save money, grow their platform, and increase membership reach.
Most association management teams I talk to know they should be using social media to showcase their member benefits — they’re just not sure how.
I get it — your team is probably understaffed, and working on a shoestring budget. That’s how I spent much of my marketing career working with nonprofits and startups, I know just how disheartening it can be. So much so that most of us fall into a rut. We either hardly do any social media and feel guilty about it, or we only use social when we’re self-promoting. Unfortunately, neither is an effective growth strategy.
That’s why today we’re talking about 3 easy ways you can use strategic social media to drive your membership growth.
If you’re reading this — congratulations — you and your organization are already ahead of your peers. Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) are one of those best-kept secrets that all businesses should know about. The best GPOs increase your purchasing power, reduce your bottom line, and give you access to better contracts and suppliers — for free. But most companies don’t even know they’re an option.
Most of us want to travel more… the problem is being able to afford it. Even if you’ve got a vacation fund going, and are saving up your perk points it’s not always adequate — or fast enough. Luckily, several of the best travel deals are immediately available — if you know where to look. Our infographic below covers several top-notch travel discounts you can get for free in two minutes or less.
If your organization isn’t working with a GPO, you may be risking more than you realize. Here are the are the 5 reasons why businesses who don’t join a GPO risk falling behind. Get the details in our SlideShare below.