2. Effortlessly manage journal production
If your membership organization creates flagship publications - such as academic journals or an annual directory - you’ll be used to complex production processes.
You will probably have a large number of contributors and a rigorous approval process. With academic journals, this is likely to include several rounds of peer review with multiple reviewers. That’s a lot to manage.
Many organizations manage submissions and publication progress using office tools like email, spreadsheets and databases. These certainly help you keep track of what’s where. But they take a lot of manual intervention and mental effort to maintain. They’re time-consuming and prone to human error.
An editorial workflow system - as described above - eradicates this manual and mental effort by automating editorial workflows.
Pre-defined editorial workflows mean that individual pieces of content - like articles or business listings - automatically progress through the right contributors to sign off. Collaborators can create, edit, approve and sign-off copy from a central hub.
Administrators can see content progress at a glance and individual contributors can see a personalized to-do list to keep them on track. Alerts and reminders keep projects flowing with minimal manual intervention.
For academic journals especially, this system can be a real selling point for future editorial boards. It provides a simple-to-use, streamlined system that makes life easier for busy academics. And it provides 24/7 access from anywhere with internet access, ideal for international contributors.
3. Double down on brand and design
Brand and design can be a challenge for membership organizations. You may not have in-house design expertise to create beautiful branded content.
And, even if you do, regional offices and individuals may need to produce designed content without the relevant tools or skills. This can risk poor execution and brand dilution.
Publishing software can help protect and strengthen your brand - and increase the speed and quality of content design - whether you have in-house design team or not.
Some editorial workflow tools - like WoodWing Studio - progress projects all the way from copywriting to publication. They include design tools to create layouts for print and web using pre-defined templates. That means you can send your approved copy into agreed templates at the click of a button, and see web pages or print layouts come to life instantly.
Another option is a separate brand template tool. This is helpful for organizations where individuals need to create branded collateral - such as posters and leaflets. They empower non-designers to create content with ease by adding copying and images to branded templates.
If you’re lucky enough to have an in-house designer, integrating a DAM system into your software stack can be a real time-saver. Integrating DAM with your design software and CMS lets designers access your digital assets from within those applications. This seriously streamlines the design process and reduces friction between systems.
With the right tools at hand, your membership organization can increase the speed and consistency of branded output - empowering everyone to create designed materials in a fraction of the time. Which in turn helps boost brand awareness, recognition and loyalty.