Here’s What’s Cooking in APMP’s Kitchen

June 25, 2015 — Everyone once in a while on APMP’s EXEC DIRECT blog, we’ll fill you in on the “What’s Cooking in APMP’s Kitchen.”   Grab a cup of coffee, relax and join our staff  to see what’s currently on our stove!shutterstock_113264986

Bid & Proposal Con 2015 – We do realize that it’s over, but there are still a couple of things that we’re working on.  All speakers should be on the lookout for their session evaluations by July 3, 2015.   We’ve got great evaluations and comments and we can’t wait to share…..We’ve also got pictures.  We’re pouring through more than 2,000 high-res photos of all 2015 conference pictures at the conference.  If you attended, get ready for a landslide of Bid & Proposal Con Seattle photos to sort through and copy as you see fit.

Database Cleanup – In four years we’ve grown from 3,300 to 6,200+ members and we are scrubbing our database.  The goal is to make certain all membership fields are correct, consistent and populated.   When we complete the clean-up we will know more about our APMP members than ever before — which is going to be a great thing for everyone.  that means more stats, more facts and accurate data to help us plan for the future of APMP.

Web Page Cleanup – We’re performing an annual web content audit to make sure our web site communicates to our members quickly and easily.  We’re busy removing out-of-date content and replacing broken links. The goal is to have a website that’s easy to learn from and to search the information you need.

Processes – As the association grows, so does our need for sound association processes.  We are taking stock of everything we do now to make sure that APMP staff have processes to take us to the next level of growth.  By processes, we specifically mean the way we interact with our Board, committees, communities, individual members and how the staff interacts with each other.   Every APMP staff member is taking stock of ways to do things more efficiently that will promote growth while serving our existing members at the highest levels.

Operation New Members – This summer all staff will look at opportunities to find new members in new ways.  We’ll be looking for members who have left us over time, potential members who don’t yet know about us and for new members deep in each of our vertical markets.  The goal is to shake the membership tree and find new members so we can continue to grow our community and remain the most content-rich association for proposal professionals anywhere.  We’re emphasizing new membership approaches and you’ll start seeing things non-traditional APMP membership recruitment very soon. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear.  Just e-mail me at rick.harris@apmp.org.

Bid & Proposals Book for Dummies – Writing is underway and we’re turning the pages over to our editor, Wiley Publications at the end of the year.   Look for us on the bookshelves by April 2016.

We thought you might want to know what’s currently cooking in the APMP kitchen.  Let us know if you have questions, comments or ideas by posting here.

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