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5 Marketing Automation Features You Need to Start Using Today

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on July 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

In the survey we did for our recent State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report, we asked associations what additional marketing automation features they’re using. We discovered that many of them aren’t making use of certain features that could be taking them to the next level.

If you pair this with our finding that one of the biggest marketing automation challenges for associations is a lack of platform knowledge, it starts to look like associations might not be making use of these essential features because they don’t realize what they can do.

Without these features, it’s difficult to make your marketing automation campaigns shine.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

What Do Vanity Metrics Have to Do with Marketing Automation Goals?

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 28, 2018 at 8:06 AM | 5 minute read

Higher Logic recently released our 2018 State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report. When I got a chance to pore over the results, I saw a lot of fascinating responses from the survey portion of the report. We asked about all sorts of things, like how they used marketing automation and what their goals and successes were. We also asked about any challenges they were facing.

Those who answered this last question gave some answers we’d expected, like lack of understanding about their software, or the difficulty of finding a platform that fit their needs or skill level perfectly.

But an answer I didn’t expect to see was that they were struggling with their open rates and engagement with the emails in automated campaigns. This was the third most common response for the question – that really made me start to think.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

You Could Just Set It and Forget It with Marketing Automation…But Don’t!

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 5, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

If you are under the impression that “set it and forget it” is a successful strategy for using marketing automation software, I release you from this spell.

People will say one of the benefits of marketing automation software is that you can simply put the software in action and then let your automated campaigns go their merry way. But just because you have the ability to set your automation rules and then forget about them doesn’t mean this type of strategy will be the most effective.

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Topics: Marketing, Social Media, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on May 30, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 3 minute read

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post.

Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

This post discusses three common questions about the relationship between marketing automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

The Evolution of Experience with Marketing Automation

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on December 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: marketing automation will save you time and increase your engagement and efficiency. Okay, you’ve definitely heard that one, and it’s all true. The problem is you may not be getting to the biggest benefit that marketing automation has to offer: time.

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Topics: Marketing, Member Experience, Customer Retention, Marketing Automation

Association Revenue Trends in the US and UK (Plus 3 Tips for Increasing Your Income)

Written by Andy Steggles | on October 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The old adage that "change is the only constant" rings true for associations all around the world. Associations have to adapt to new member expectations, advancing technology and the shifting needs of their industries. Today, associations seem to be going through another shift – one that requires them to keep a close eye on their finances.

Driven by a change in what members want and are willing to pay for, associations are seeing changes in their key revenue streams, including which income sources sustain their organizations. That could – and should – change your organization’s priorities.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Use Your Online Community to Better Understand Your Chapters

Written by Julie Dietz on October 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Less than half of associations measure key financial or programming metrics for their chapters, according to Mariner Management’s 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Report.

Despite making up such a large part of organizations – the median number of chapters in an association is 51 – that means organizations know very little about their chapters. How are chapter members interacting? What are their priorities? How well are chapters performing?

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

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, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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

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