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Gauging the Skills Gap: Is Your Community Workforce Career-Ready?

HERO Team / Holly South on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1:15:00 pm 

Results from the ACCE Education Attainment Division's recent QuickPoll are now available! More than 100 chamber professionals responded to questions about their business community’s perception of candidates, the importance of several core skills, and their chamber’s initiatives. Take a look below, and click here for the complete QuickPoll results.

  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that jobs aren’t filled because of a technical skills gap:

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Half find that a lack of non-technical skills (e.g., communication skills and teamwork)  is also a huge challenge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Of the core skills we asked about, critical thinking and problem-solving is the most highly valued by poll participants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more on ACCE's Surveys and Data, including QuickPolls, view our Research Overview page.

Tags: HERO, QuickPoll, skills gap, Workforce Development, Careers, education

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Results Available From New QuickPoll on the Chamber Professional

HERO Team / Holly South on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm 

ACCE's HERO division has released the latest QuickPoll results about the Chamber Professional. Thanks to the nearly 500 participants who answered five questions about their chamber experience and professional goals, and provided a slew of interesting comments! Here’s a look at a couple of the questions and responses:

How likely is it that you will be working in chambers in 2025? Nearly a third of respondents plan to retire by 2025.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick the most important change your chamber must make for you to consider your current position a dream job: 40% of respondents want a higher salary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions or more information about this QuickPoll, please contact HERO@acce.org. For more on ACCE's Surveys and Data, including QuickPolls, view our Research Overview page.

Tags: QuickPoll, Careers, Chamber Professional

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Results Available From New QuickPoll on Obesity Prevention/Corporate Wellness

HERO Team / Sarah Myers on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 

ACCE's Education Attainment Division and HERO have released the latest QuickPoll results on Obesity Prevention/Corporate Wellness. 90 participants answered more than 7 questions on how chambers are involved in health initiatives. Here is a brief recap of several of the questions and responses.

1. Does your chamber promote corporate wellness programs now or plan to promote it in the future? 65% said yes. See the results to find out how chambers are involved in these programs.

 

2. Does your chamber promote childhood wellness now or plan to promote it in the future? 65.5% said no. See the results to find out how chambers are involved in these wellness initiatives.

 

3. How would you rate your community's attitude towards preventing childhood obesity? 71.1% said "slightly concerned" and 14.4 percent said "very concerned". See the results to find out what chamber's members say about the potential impact of childhood obesity on the future workforce. 

 

To see all the results, view ACCE's QuickPoll page on Obesity Prevention/Corporate Wellness. Find out more about how chambers are getting involved in wellness initiatives and read feedback from chambers on ways they are working with both corporate and childhood wellness.

For questions or more information on this QuickPoll or on the Education Attainment Division, please contact Jessie Azrilian, Director of Education Partnerships.

For more on ACCE's Surveys and Data, including QuickPolls, view our Research Overview page.

Tags: QuickPoll, Corporate Wellness, Obesity Prevention

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Communications and Marketing Metrics QuickPoll Results

HERO Team / Sarah Myers on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00:00 am 

A QuickPoll on Communications and Marketing Metrics was conducted in March 2014 and results published in April. 160 members participated in the poll.The QuickPoll starts with an overview of respondent's chamber's total revenue range, total membership size, and overall function. Metrics-specific questions include:

  • Does your chamber track the following metrics?
  • What is your average email open rate?
  • What is your average email click-through rate?
  • What is your average conversion rate?   
  • What is your average monthly number of unique visitors to your website?
  • Which Social Media channels are used at your chamber?    
  • If tracked, Number of Twitter Tweets per month.
  • If tracked, Number of Facebook Likes per month.
  • Do you have a closed or open LinkedIn group?
  • How many emails or eblasts does your Communications Department send per month
  • (includes announcements, e-newsletters, etc.)?
  • And other questions.

 

In the results, learn that 90% of participants track email open rates and 88% track website visitors; 81% track social media interactions, and 78% track email click-throughs.

The poll shows that 26% of participants have a 26-30% average email open rate; 27% of paricipants have a 6-10% average click-through rate; and 38% of participants have between 1,000-4,999 average monthly unique visitors to the chamber website.

Learn that 100% of respondents are using Facebook and 79% are using Twitter, with 76% using LinkedIn. Find these results and many more on the Communications and Marketing Metrics QuickPoll!

On the poll results, you can also find a list of resources (sites/magazines/experts) that chambers are following for communications and marketing trends or the latest in data mining.

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For questions or assistance, please contact the HERO team. Email: HERO@acce.org.

Tags: QuickPoll, Communications and Marketing Metrics, Metrics

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Recommendations for Business Books and Speakers

HERO Team/Sarah Myers on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 

In our Business Books and Recommended Speakers QuickPoll, we had 76 respondents who replied to the following 4 questions:

  • What are your favorite business reading topics?
  • In what format do you read your business books?
  • What three business books would you recommend?
  • Who is the best speaker you have heard in the last two years? 

QuickPoll results include:

  • 63% of respondents have read recently published business books in the past year.
  • Leadership, Management, Communication and Entrepreneurship were among the top reading topics.
  • 87% of respondents read traditional/printed books, 51% read ebooks, and 22% use audiobooks.

The fill-in portion of the poll to list the 'top 3 business books to recommend' generated over 100 titles and many of them are linked to our ACCE Store where you can purchase directly through Amazon. 

The other fill-in portion of the poll for listing 'best speaker heard in the last two years' generated over 60 names of presenters. These are results you can use to help plan your chamber's programs and events.

Does this QuickPoll include your favorite or highly preferred business book or speaker? If not, please leave a comment and tell us what titles and speakers you recommend. All feedback welcome!

Have questions? Need help? Email HERO@acce.org for assistance.

 

Tags: QuickPoll, Recommended Speakers, Business Books, HERO

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