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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

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, Marketing, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day. They might be doing multiple microvolunteering activities, serving on a committee, or helping with special initiatives – all of which are essential to your association moving forward. So keep them motivated and feeling valued by showing appreciation for their hard work.

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

How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky. (Don’t remember what Facebook was like in 2004? Take a trip down memory lane with PCMag.)

Your association’s website is no different. It needs to meet and adapt to your members evolving and increasingly particular needs. Here are six ways that your members’ website expectations have changed in just the last few years and how you can keep up.

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Topics: Marketing, Associations, Member Experience, 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

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

An Introvert’s Guide to Growing a Private Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Several years ago, ASAE’s keynote presentation was by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her talk – and her book – changed my world.

While society applauds the gregariousness of extroverts and those who can “work a room,” Susan Cain clearly explains what introverts bring to the table. What is particularly amazing is how she sees introverts thriving in social media. Because introverts can, in fact, be some of the most successful social media and online community managers, all despite their tendency to keep to themselves.

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

5 Ways You Know It’s Time to Grow Your Community Management Team

Written by Julie Dietz on June 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Growth can be a predicament for any team in any organization. Too early, and you’re shouldering additional cost before it’s warranted. Too late, and you risk overwhelming your employees and dropping the ball on important projects, including delivering value and engaging your audience.

That’s especially true for online communities, where results are driven by content, conversations, and programs such as e-Learning, product feedback and development, and mentoring. In the beginning, one or two people may be able to manage all these projects, but they will likely become strapped for resources as demand grows. And if your team can’t keep up with member and program needs, then your community won’t be effective at generating results.

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

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