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How To Start a Micro-Advocacy Program in Your Association

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

What happens when you combine a passionate segment of your membership with opportunities to make a difference beyond the walls of your association? An advocacy program.

With an advocacy program, your organization can offer added-value for your members while simultaneously positively impacting issues and constituencies important to your industry and members. By giving members an advocacy outlet, you can expand your reach while creating stronger bonds with your current members.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Online Community

3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users. And since associations have traditionally been a major part of post-secondary education—providing practical skills and job training—they’re seeing major benefits from online education.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Online Community

How to Improve First-Year Member Retention

Written by Julie Dietz on August 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Retention is king. It’s vital to growth and sustainability as well as the success of new member acquisition campaigns. Because how valuable are new members if they stay for just one year?

That’s what many new association members do. They join, pay their dues, and drop their membership a year later. For some associations, first-year members account for more than 70 percent of attrition. That’s a big hit to your growth strategy.

To help your association grow and make acquisition campaigns valuable, you can’t just motivate new members to join. You also need to convince them to stay.

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Topics: Associations, Member Retention, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Find Your Best Content Topics (Without Paying for Market Research)

Written by Julie Dietz on July 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

How is your association keeping its offers relevant to members and preparing for the future?

According to a recent study by Leader Networks, most associations – 83 percent – are aligning their products and services to market needs so they meet members’ expectations and stay relevant. That’s a smart goal, but it requires a deep understanding of members and prospects.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Create a Great Mentoring Program in Your Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Mentors are a vital part of any industry. Through mentoring, employees get the chance to learn vital skills and increase competency in ways that boost morale and job satisfaction – something that’s improving with technology.

Online mentoring programs have taken the traditional brick-and-mortal experience to a new level, providing anytime, anywhere access to expertise, insights, and perspective that enhance job performance and outcomes. Associations, which are widely-recognized experts in their industries, are stepping up to offer such programs. Many times, mentoring programs even evolve into a key member benefit for professional associations.

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Topics: Millennials, Member Communities, Associations, Online Community

Association Tips: 6 Irresistible Member Benefits that Convince People to Join and Renew

Written by Julie Dietz on July 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Getting people to join your association is like making a sale. You need to offer them something they want enough that they’re willing to pay for it.

The problem is that many other organizations have similar offers and value propositions. So what benefits can you provide that convince people to join – and stay – with your association?

Here are six member benefit ideas that should do the trick.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

Written by Julie Dietz on June 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Email can be overwhelming. Many of us let emails sit, often with good intentions of getting to them later, which results in emails not being opened or read at all.

Email communication suffers when we’re busy or our inboxes are clogged with to-dos. That’s why you need to send your marketing and member emails at the optimal time, when people are most likely to pay attention.  Catch your audience at the right time, and you’ll increase the likelihood of your members opening and engaging with your communication.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Associations, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How Small-Staff Associations Can Get People to Come Back to their Websites (Without Extra Work)

Written by Julie Dietz on June 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do more with less.

That’s what associations and nonprofits are often tasked with, especially when a small staff is doing website work on top of events, benefit programs, and membership management. Putting your staff in charge of web management means they’re also tasked with attracting more new visitors to your website and convincing everyone – from new visitors to current members – to come back for more.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community

How Switching to a Private Online Community Helped the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Double Community Engagement

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 13, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 3 minute read

 

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) once served its members with a Yahoo Group, but only a few hundred members signed up to participate on the platform. Something wasn’t right. APDT needed to find a way to broaden their reach, connecting more members to each other and to the organization.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

Online Community Platform vs AMS Add-On: What Software Does Your Association Need?

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Online communities are now better known for their ability to improve member engagement, satisfaction, and retention than they were even a few years ago. It makes sense, then, that more and more associations are considering, or expanding, their online community plans.

With this rise in interest comes an increase in online community software options. Companies that previously focused on database work, such as association management software (AMS) providers, now offer community modules as an add-on to their main product.

But are add-on options right for your association? It’s certainly convenient to nestle your community within the AMS you’re already familiar with. But will it achieve the same results as a dedicated community platform?

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Online Community Software, Member Engagement, Online Community

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