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The Reporting Trick that Makes Association Data More Useful

Written by Julie Dietz on October 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Many associations and nonprofits work with data on two levels: organization-wide and individual. They can see both how single members are interacting with their organization and view association-wide results.

Unfortunately, that means that many groups are missing out on valuable information, because most associations aren’t organized only around individual members or organizations. They have groups within them, usually chapters, committees, or special interest groups that combine individuals with similar characteristics or priorities.

If your association has these types of groups under its umbrella, then you need data on those groups in addition to individual and association-wide data. You need data on your segments.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Marketing Automation

6 Ways Associations Can Improve Chapter Performance

Written by Julie Dietz on October 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

If your association has chapters, how many does it have? An impressive 84 is the average according to a 2016 benchmarking report from Mariner Management. That’s a significant number and likely means your chapters have a significant influence on your association’s overall performance.

Since 65 percent of associations don’t have any full-time staff devoted to chapter management, however, building solid relationships and increasing chapter performance is often a challenge.

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

The Unexpected Problem with Your Association’s Online Learning Program (and How to Fix It)

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

Did you know, according to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of American adults consider themselves lifelong learners?

Education is a huge benefit associations can provide for their members, and online education is a great way of providing it. And today, with learning management system (LMS) options that seamlessly integrate with your online community, it’s possible to create a centralized member experience that includes education and certifications of all types.

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Topics: Associations, Engagement, Online Community

Is There a Science to Word of Mouth Marketing and Going Viral? A Q&A With Dr. Jonah Berger

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do you ever wonder why certain videos go viral? Or why some articles get shared widely while others don’t? Dr. Jonah Berger has spent his professional life digging into why certain things take off and why people make different decisions.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Online Community

From Personalized Marketing to Predicting Client Demand: Brad Klingenberg of Stitch Fix Explains the Power of Data

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

Data science is a new and growing profession and many companies are scrambling to either find a data scientist or to increase their data team. But what exactly do these people do and how can they help all types of organizations?

At Super Forum 2017, we’re excited to bring Brad Klingenberg, the Vice President of Data Science at Silicon Valley startup Stitch Fix, as a keynote speaker. He’s going to talk about what data scientists can do for organizations and how they wrangle big data into actionable insights.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Online Community, Marketing Automation

9 Steps for Building Member Personas

Written by Julie Dietz on September 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

How do you decide what content goes in your emails?

The best associations don’t just think up something to say because they know they need to keep members engaged – they use personas to help them find the most relevant, helpful information for each member.

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

Choose Wisely: Will an AMS or an Online Community Better Achieve Your Current Goals?

Written by Liam O'Malley on September 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

An AMS is one of the largest and most expensive software purchases your association will make – and rightly so. Association Management Software (AMS) is the go-to software tool for membership management and is incredibly valuable.

But should an AMS always be the go-to software for all associations?

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

Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

Written by Christie Gunden on September 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Your community contains loads of member and customer data. When you analyze it, you gain access to all types of valuable insight: which users are most engaged, what topics they’re most interested in, who is contributing to discussions and the list goes on. That data becomes even more powerful when combined with data from other systems, like an AMS/CRM, email marketing, marketing automation platform or Google Analytics.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Online Community

3 Reasons Why Online Mentoring Programs Attract New Members

Written by Julie Dietz on September 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Question: With regard to your association, what’s keeping you up at night?

Answer 1: Not gaining new members.

Answer 2: Figuring out how and where to acquire new members.

These aren’t hypothetical examples. They are direct quotes from Marketing General’s 2017 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report, which lists new member acquisition as one of the top three priorities for associations.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Member Experience, Marketing, Online Community

5 Steps to Create a Sponsorship Program that Increases Non-Dues Revenue

Written by Julie Dietz on September 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Sponsorship programs are tricky. Most associations have one (or have at least considered one), but are still fine-tuning the details. Is pricing too low? Too high? Do sponsors see the value in each sponsorship package? What do members think of the program?

And what about your association? Is your program effective at increasing non-dues revenue?

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Topics: Associations, Marketing, Online Community

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