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The Power of Storytelling

  • Written by Dan Stark on December 29, 2015

I recently attended the Association Forum of Chicagoland Holiday Showcase. In reviewing the the sessions, I wasintrigued by a session called, “Make Your Meetings Memorable with Storytelling.” As a longtime fan of storytelling, I have been surprised at the extent to which stories have become so commonplace in our culture. The

number of podcasts that have embraced storytelling as a way to share knowledge, interests and common experience has exploded in the past few years. However, it has always seemed like something people did for enjoyment.

Until I took on the role as product owner at NimbleUser, I had no idea how powerful storytelling could be as a tool for achieving business goals. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to tell the story of associations in a way that allows our development team to build our product to be more user friendly to our customers. So I was pleased to see how associations are looking to use storytelling as a way to improve member experiences at meetings and events.

Storytelling

As a former executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, it was always easy to create a memorable experience for our members at the events held outside the facility where our conference was being held. After all, we had access to some of the most beautiful venues in the world. However, it always felt like we were trying to fabricate a truly authentic experience through the session content. Had we considered storytelling as an approach to providing content, I think we could have achieved some important goals:

  1. Allow members to connect at a deeper level through shared experiences and common ground.

    By creating lasting connections through storytelling, members will have access to a wider network of people to help them address opportunities and challenges in their daily work lives. goals
  2. Create lasting memories that members can access long after the conference is over.

    Take a moment to reflect on those things you remember most about experiences you have had, and it will likely involve a story that someone told you. 
  3. Inspire people through emotions.

    One of the things stories do differently than typical meeting content is to create an emotional response. By tapping into people’s emotions, you can help them better understand others and improve their daily interactions.

I hope this has provided some food for thought. How will you use storytelling to create an authentic member experience through your events, publications, web content and more?

 

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Nimble AMS Returns to the Windy City for Holiday Showcase

  • Written by Beth Farrar on December 7, 2015

Are you heading to Association Forum’s Holiday Showcase on December 15th? Meet with Nimble AMS:

Make An Appointment

Nimble AMS (Association Management Software) will return to Chicago to attend Holiday Showcase. This one day event is the midwest association event that fosters new connections, new ideas and creativity. The day will be packed with motivating keynotes, breakout sessions and over 600 exhibitors spanning hospitality and business services.

Nimble AMS, the association management software powered by the Salesforce App Cloud, has been an exhibitor at Holiday Showcase for several years. The association professionals who attend this event are truly looking to Ignite Innovation in their organizations. We are excited to share our journey of continuous innovation within the Association Management Software industry and meet new forward thinking association professionals. Catch us at the show in booth 348!

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015

About NimbleUser/Nimble AMS: NimbleUser has been helping associations and nonprofits become nimble through technology since 1992. Our flagship product, Nimble AMS, is an enterprise class association management system (AMS) built on the Salesforce App Cloud, the world's leading and most innovative customer relationship management (CRM) system.  

 

 

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Nimble AMS Heads to the West Coast for CalSAE's Seasonal Spectacular

  • Written by Beth Farrar on December 3, 2015

Nimble AMS (Association Management Software) returns to CalSAE’s Seasonal Spectacular event today for the largest association professionals gathering on the west coast. Held annually, Seasonal Spectacular offers a full full-day of networking opportunities including education programs and the new Seasonal Snapshot Luncheon. Over 1,000 association/meeting professionals and industry partners will convene at Seasonal Spectacular to connect face-to-face. 

You can find Nimble AMS in Booth 106. Join us or tweet us @NimbleAMS #CalSAE15!

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About NimbleUser/Nimble AMS: NimbleUser has been helping associations and nonprofits become nimble through technology since 1992. Our flagship product, Nimble AMS, is an enterprise class association management system (AMS) built on the Salesforce App Cloud, the world's leading and most innovative customer relationship management (CRM) system.  

 

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Nimble AMS Returns to ASAE Technology Conference in National Harbor, MD

  • Written by Beth Farrar on December 1, 2015

Are you heading to the ASAE Technology Conference & Expo on Dec.15th-16th? We'd love to speak with you!:

Make An Appointment

Nimble AMS (Association Management Software) returns to the ASAE Technology Conference and bringing together over 1200 association executives for 2 days of learning and networking. Held annually, the conference attracts many CEOs, CIOs, directors, managers, and association professionals with an interest in technology. This year’s theme is centered around disruption and leading the way in the ever-evolving technology landscape and the role it plays in all departments. This is certainly a theme that resonates with us!

Nimble AMS, the association management software powered by the Salesforce App Cloud, has been a long-time ASAE supporter. This is THE event for association executives to share knowledge, network and hear from thought leaders in the association industry.

Nimble AMS will be in Booth 527 (Look for the Airstream trailer). We are excited to show associations how Nimble AMS:

  • Delivers mobile nirvana
  • Streamlines member data
  • Increases staff collaboration and visibility
  • Measures member engagement
  • Automates repetitive tasks
  • Makes event registrations effortless
  • Brings transparency to financial data
  • Creates an enjoyable online shopping experience for members
  • & more

Learn more by scheduling an appointment with Nimble AMS at the conference. We hope to see you there!

2014 ASAE Tech Show Floor

About NimbleUser/Nimble AMS: NimbleUser has been helping associations and nonprofits become nimble through technology since 1992. Our flagship product, Nimble AMS, is an enterprise class association management system (AMS) built on the Salesforce App Cloud, the world's leading and most innovative customer relationship management (CRM) system.

 

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Google Script Connection to Salesforce / Nimble AMS via OAUTH

  • Written by Sig VanDamme on November 23, 2015

Google Sheets can be a great reporting tool for Salesforce / Nimble AMS.   This can be done pretty easily via Google Apps Script.Connect Google Sheets Docs And Gmail To Salesforce And Nimble Association Management Software

This blog is part one of a series on how to connect these two great cloud products.  In this blog we will cover the first step which is OATH authentication to Salesforce.  

Create a Salesforce Connected App

To connect we will first need a Salesforce connected app Follow these instructions from the Salesforce Success Community to create a connected app.  

A "Connected App" is an application that can connect to salesforce.com over Identity and Data APIs. Connected Apps use the standard OAuth 2.0 protocol to authenticate, provide Single Sign-On, and acquire access tokens for use with Salesforce APIs.
Salesforce Developer Technical Library

 Google Apps Connector To Salesforce Nimble AMS  To Google Sheets

Google Authentication Script

I built the following script to authenticate to Salesforce / Nimble AMS. This script will return two items that will be needed to access the data (subject of a future blog):

  1. Access Token which can be thought of as the Salesforce Session ID
  2. Instance URL which uniquely identifies the Salesforce instance to which API calls should be sent

Sample Call

Test Routine For Google Apps Script Authentication To Salesforce Nimble AMS

What is Google Apps Script?

Per Google's App Script Start Page "Google Apps Script is a JavaScript cloud scripting language that provides easy ways to automate tasks across Google products and third party services and build web applications".  I love it because it allows me to leverage my Salesforce and Nimble AMS data along with all of the great tools (Sheets, Docs, Gmail, etc) that I use every day.  In addition (since we use Google Apps as our office productivity suite at NimbleUser) it comes at no additional cost. 

About NimbleUser/Nimble AMS

NimbleUser has been helping associations and nonprofits become nimble through technology since 1992. Our flagship product, Nimble AMS, is an enterprise class association management system (AMS) built on the Salesforce App Cloud, the world's leading and most innovative customer relationship management (CRM) system. 

Stay Tuned

In the next blog in this series I will cover how to process SOQL (Salesforce Object Query Language) to return data from Salesforce directly into a Google Spreadsheet.

 

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