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What’s In It For Me? 5 Life-Changing Benefits of Volunteering

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on November 6, 2018 at 8:20 AM | 9 minute read

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Topics: Online Community, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Volunteer Management

7 Tips to Improve Your Marketing Reporting and Prove Your Worth

Written by Marisa Fiore on November 1, 2018 at 5:05 AM | 5 minute read

Proving your association marketing team’s effort’s worth to upper management and a board can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be!

Solid data analysis and reporting are some of the best ways to show the value of the work you do and prove that your organization is getting a great return on their investment. (Now you’re saying, “but Marisa…reporting is the hard part.”)

Well, have no fear, I’ve got seven tips to help you learn how to track the right thing and understand your numbers.

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Topics: Marketing, Member Retention, Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community

[New eBook] The Community Module Guide: How to Support Your Organization’s Business Objectives

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on October 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 4 minute read

Have you ever heard someone say “there’s an app for that!” when you complain about your smartphone? Well, if you want to elevate the success and business impact of your online community, trust us –  there’s a module for that.

Customizing your online community is a great way to maximize its impact, propelling your capabilities from basic to extraordinary. But selecting the right add-on modules to invest in can be tricky if you aren’t familiar with their functionality.

Even trickier is this often overlooked fact: what’s our community for in the first place?

There is no one-size-fits-all package of tools on the road to success. When you’re ready to further enhance your community, that’s when the fun of “shopping around” for new modules starts - because your core objectives are already front and center. When that time comes, The Community Module Guide will map you in the direction of the right tools to support your goals.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Associations, Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Retention, Collaboration Tools, Volunteer Management, Member Engagement

Will Microsoft’s Xbox Customer Support Program Built on Volunteer Power Work?

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 26, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 4 minute read

Can you have a successful customer support community built solely on volunteering? That’s the hypothesis Microsoft seems to be testing with its recent decisions for Xbox customer support.

Xbox Ambassadors are Xbox users who volunteer to help other users with their gaming issues. A news source recently reported that Microsoft has laid off twelve of its contracted Xbox customer support staff and is replacing them with these volunteers, supposedly in a cost-cutting measure. Two of the staff said they had recently finished training a group of Xbox Ambassadors who will now be their replacements.

Although Microsoft retained a couple support staff, they seem to be leaning the bulk of their Xbox customer support on these volunteers.

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Topics: Online Community, Customer Success, Customer Support, Online Community Software, Customer Communities, Volunteer Management

Nonprofits Need Donors Who Stick Around and There’s No Getting Around That

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Are you a nonprofit with a large pool of happy, connected donors, who give regularly and volunteer monthly? For any nonprofit, even if the answer to the question above is ‘yes,’ improving donor retention is probably one of your top concerns.  

In the business world, people are always tossing around stats about the importance of customer retention. Here’s the reality: most companies have a higher customer retention ROI over customer acquisition. It makes sense – you’ve already worked to get their business once, so it pays off to keep them happy, keep them around, and even increase their business rather than having to convince a whole set of new customers over again.

In the nonprofit space, the idea of donor retention is just as relevant. Your donors were impressed enough with your work and valued your cause enough to give to you once, and you probably worked hard to get them to that threshold. It takes a lot of work to build up trust with your donors and makes sense to continue that relationship and prove your value to them, so they continue to support you.

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Topics: Online Community, Nonprofits and Charities, Engagement, Millennials, Volunteer Management, Donor Retention

3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Written by Heather Arkwright | on April 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Associations and nonprofits are always trying to make more of an impact with less – less money, less staff, less resources. It’s made them some of the more creative and efficient organizations we’ve ever seen.

But there’s still one piece of software you may not be using at full capacity: your volunteer management platform. Volunteer tools are standard for associations and nonprofits, and they can be used for much more than just standard volunteer tasks.

To help cut down your tech budget and get more done, we’ve put together a list of the features most volunteer software has and creative ways you can use those tools to fulfill other, less traditional volunteer needs.

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Topics: Online Community, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Volunteer Management

How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Volunteer work is critical to your association. Not only does it supplement your staff’s daily workload, it deepens member relations to the organization and offers the chance to build new skills. 

But how do you get members to start volunteering? Although you know the benefits of volunteer work—both for the association and for the members—it can be hard to convince a person who’s never volunteered to start.

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

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

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

Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

What if the way to motivate your volunteers to come back again and again is to forget for a moment they’re volunteers? What if, instead, the key is to recruit and treat your volunteers like employees?

Many volunteer programs struggle with the same problem - getting a core group to return regularly. A lot of people volunteer at least once, but it doesn’t often turn into long-term commitment. But if you manage your volunteers like employees, thinking about their professional development and giving them important tasks and metrics, then they have an incentive to continue volunteering.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Online Community

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