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Making Connections, Expanding Reach, Improving Data: A Trade Association’s Community Story [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on January 8, 2019 at 9:15 AM | 6 minute read

Staying relevant, providing value, connecting with members and customers – do these challenges sound familiar to you and your organization? Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) was thinking through these goals.

Leadership had sensed that PPAI’s relationship with members wasn’t very “sticky.” Members might pay dues so they could gain education at tradeshows or access a search tool, but the connection didn’t go much deeper.

PPAI wanted to find a way to show members the real value of their membership.

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

Sometimes People Just Need to be Invited [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on November 15, 2018 at 7:55 AM | 4 minute read

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) wanted a better way to increase membership sign-ups and renewals. Like other associations, it had to reach segments of its audience with different messages, which often required manual tasks and was hard to track successfully.

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

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

“I would love to volunteer…but I just don’t have the time!” Sound familiar?

Life is busy, no doubt. But isn’t it funny how you can hear someone say this, and then in the very next breath they’ll ask you if you’re caught up on the 10-hour Netflix series they just binge-watched? (Okay, I’m guilty too.) In a perfect world, we would all have the time and energy to volunteer our help to the causes in our community that we care most about (be it animal care, homelessness, continuing education, you name it).

So why is it that many people don’t prioritize volunteerism? Perhaps carving out that time would be more enticing if we knew there was something in it for us…well, there is.

Interested in living a longer, happier, more fulfilling life? Read on and consider volunteering!

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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

5 Questions to Ask Before Jumping Ship on Your AMS

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on October 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM | 10 minute read

An effective association management system (AMS) helps your association improve functionality, streamline operations, empower your members, and increase growth rate. In short, a great AMS is essential.

But, what happens when your AMS isn’t meeting all the needs that you think it should meet? Do you switch? When faced with this decision, there are two common misconceptions many associations fall victim to:

  1. The assumption that their AMS should be an all-in-one solution for every business objective.
  2. If their AMS isn't the all-in-one-solution they thought it would be, they think switching AMS providers is the best solution to fill those gaps.

If this sounds familiar, trust us, your association is not alone in contemplating a switch. However, we’ve seen far too many associations waste valuable time and resources on a switch, only to run into similar dissatisfaction with their new database down the road.

Help us help you avoid this.

We know, we know… you have your reasons for wanting to switch your AMS, but what are they? Our experience tells us you can save your association from months of costly deliberation and implementation woes.

Address these five questions before jumping ship.

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Software, Community Platforms & Updates, Associations, Marketing Automation, Integration

The Top 5 Reasons Your Members Aren't Renewing (and What to Do About It)

Written by Elizabeth Bell on October 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 14 minute read

Marketing General’s 2018 Membership Marketing Benchmark Report revealed fascinating statistics on why members don’t renew their association membership.  

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Member Retention, Marketing, Associations, Member Engagement

[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

Massachusetts Society of CPA’s Online Community is Members’ #1 Benefit [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on September 25, 2018 at 1:05 PM | 4 minute read

A few years ago, MSCPA communicated with its members solely through traditional methods like emails and events. Members connected with one another in the same ways, emailing friends and colleagues or meeting up at events. MSCPA thought about improving engagement using an online community to increase interaction and connect members directly, but wasn’t sure its members would feel comfortable with the software.

To make sure an online community was right for their members, the staff paid attention to other state societies and took note of their success with online communities.

“We watched them over the years. After speaking with them and hearing it was going well, we decided to give it a try,” said Kara Kieran, MSCPA’s director of member engagement.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Member Engagement

Are You Prepared to Master the Engagement Economy?

Written by Mitch Eisen on September 21, 2018 at 7:45 AM | 6 minute read

We’re moving from the attention economy to the engagement economy. It’s no longer just about reach – it’s about how people interact with your content.

Website pages with many visitors, but no engagement, will be punished by search engines. Similarly, ISPs with heavy inbound email traffic, but little email engagement, will also penalize the sender. We’re in a period where we’re shifting from large quantity bulk communications, to smaller, more targeted, sustained communication.  

This kind of approach used to be a luxury. We used to think that creating a personalized experience was only for the big kids. I submit that it’s no longer a luxury. You HAVE to do it.

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Topics: Associations, Engagement

Do Your Members Love or Hate Your Emails? (4 Tips for Getting Their Feedback)

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on September 18, 2018 at 7:55 AM | 4 minute read

We all know our audience is the key to great email performance, but it can be hard to know whether your audience likes reading your emails. Sometimes, it can feel like the only feedback we get is the dreaded unsubscribe button.

But with marketing automation, getting feedback can be easy. There’s plenty of evidence and ways to track performance with marketing automation. The data’s all there, and it’s easier to find than you think.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Engagement, Associations

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