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Webinar Recap: Attracting Young Professionals to Your Association

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on March 27, 2020 at 11:52 AM | 5 minute read

To attract young professionals to your association, you have to understand what matters to them in their early career stages and what really drives them to succeed. Wondering how to get in the mindset of a young professional in today’s world? 

This week, Higher Logic teamed up with Community Brands to host a webinar on just that – strategizing for the next generation. 

Discussion hosts Vivian Swertinski, Higher Logic Sr. Strategist, and Tara Pawlak, Community Brands Director of Marketing, shared top strategies that associations are using to grow their young professional membership, including: 

  • Young member priorities, like job opportunities and professional development
  • Building a network of peers and mentors within your industry
  • Personalizing your communications during recruitment and retention 

Fun fact: Job opportunities are one of the most sought-after benefits associations can offer. As Tara noted in the webinar:

“In times of economic uncertainty, association job boards see an increase in job seeker traffic, as professionals turn to them as a resource to help fortify against risk or find new job opportunities.”

Let’s go over some actionable insights from our experts, based on industry data, that can help you reach professionals earlier in their careers.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Member Communities, Associations, Member Retention, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Online Community

MTI's Story: Harnessing Community to Digitally Transform

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on February 24, 2020 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

The Metal Treating Institute (MTI) is a nonprofit trade association built to support its members, companies in the heat treating business. It has 370 member companies across 40 U.S. states and Canada. MTI adopted an online community in 2009. This is their digital transformation story.

Wondering how your association can stay relevant, effectively connect with younger members, save staff time, increase revenue, and boost retention? We’ll let MTI tell you. 

Before MTI adopted an online community, it was short on staff, didn’t have an AMS, and its revenue was decreasing. The trade association needed to update its value proposition dramatically to thrive again. That’s where the value of communities came in.

MTI chose community as a tool for digital transformation, and has achieved the following successes with less than 4 full-time staff members: 

  • 50% decrease in transactional requests due to community
  • 2600% revenue growth in 14 years
  • 97% member retention rate

How do they do it? We sat down with Tom Morrison, MTI CEO, and Kristen Speer, MTI Director of Member Experience, to hear their story and learn about how they’ve harnessed the power of online communities to tap into the future of their membership and provide maximum value. 

“We’ve used technology, including our online community, our learning management system, and our benchmarking database to empower our members, help them do more for themselves, connect with them, and expand services without expanding staff. We’ve turned MTI around.” -Tom Morrison, MTI CEO 

As you scroll on to soak up lessons from MTI’s strategy, be sure to watch the videos featured throughout to hear about MTI’s digital transformation directly from Tom and Kristen.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Associations, Member Retention, Customer Success, Online Community

10 Association Communications Stats with Tips to Reach Younger Members More Effectively

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on February 4, 2020 at 6:45 AM | 9 minute read

Strong retention across a multigenerational membership base starts with an effective communications strategy. 

Here’s what we know: Recent data shows associations are increasingly struggling to engage young professionals, effectively utilize technology to cut through the clutter, and clearly communicate membership value.

Here’s what else we know: You can reach and retain younger members by exceeding their expectations with a customized member experience that meets them where they are in their careers, and positions you to grow together. 

Let’s explore 10 of the newest industry statistics revealing various association communication challenges, and thus, opportunities for strategic improvement.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Associations, Member Retention, Member Engagement, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Improve Intergenerational Communication: 3 Tips to Attract & Retain Younger Members

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on January 31, 2019 at 2:33 PM | 7 minute read

“Generational hazing has always been a part of our cultural narrative. We need to unite generations to focus on moving forward together.”  –Kim Lear, Keynote Speaker, #HLSF18

When Kim Lear spoke at our most recent Super Forum, she reminded us that improving intergenerational communication has never been more pertinent than now. Tech is still booming with a competitive edge, people are living longer, and younger emerging generations like Millennials and Gen Z’ers will continue to shake up the workplace (and your member base).

Your future success is dependent upon building effective relationships across generational lines, so if you want to know how to attract and retain younger members (or employees), ask yourself:

Am I doing what younger generations actually want, or just what I think they want?

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Topics: Millennials, Member Retention, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

ICYMI: Key Takeaways From Our 2018 Super Forum Keynote Speakers

Written by Elizabeth Bell on November 13, 2018 at 7:45 AM | 6 minute read

What’s the connection between customer loyalty and Lady Gaga? Why are many Generation Z-ers best friends with their parents? Are you a “One-Percenter” (aka SUPER fan) for anything? Do you try to understand generational differences or tend to look down on them?

These are just a few of the fascinating questions we walked through with keynote speakers Jackie Huba and Kim Lear at Super Forum this week. Both women, experts in their fields – Jackie in customer loyalty, and Kim in workplace trends – shared insights we can apply to our workplace, in our families, and with our members and customers.

We wanted to recap both speeches, for those of you who couldn’t make it or missed the live stream, and for those of us who were there and don’t want to forget a minute from the keynotes!

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Topics: Millennials, Customer Engagement, Member Engagement, Super Forum

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

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

How to Create a Great Mentoring Program in Your Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Mentors are a vital part of any industry. Through mentoring, employees get the chance to learn vital skills and increase competency in ways that boost morale and job satisfaction – something that’s improving with technology.

Online mentoring programs have taken the traditional brick-and-mortal experience to a new level, providing anytime, anywhere access to expertise, insights, and perspective that enhance job performance and outcomes. Associations, which are widely-recognized experts in their industries, are stepping up to offer such programs. Many times, mentoring programs even evolve into a key member benefit for professional associations.

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Topics: Millennials, Member Communities, Associations, Online Community

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

Written by Julie Dietz on May 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy. If you can’t afford (or don’t want) distracting foosball tables, how do you appeal to young professionals?

The easy answer? Lean on research, including studies and surveys, that flat-out asks millennials what they want.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Engagement, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Is It Time to Ax Your Young Professionals Group?

Written by Christina Green | on August 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Do you remember sitting at the kiddie table? I do, and it's a memory that brings up mixed feelings. I loved the kiddie table when I was five, but by 14 I was tired of all the screaming children. I wanted to move on to the main table. I imagine you can think of a time when you wanted the same thing.

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

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