New Member Sales

8 Bad Reasons to Justify An Association Rebrand

Whether it’s a new haircut, outfit or pair of shoes, feeling like you've spruced up your look can feel good. And it can feel tempting to think we might feel the same way by updating the look of our organization through rebranding.

As a marketer for about a decade, I've heard a lot of scary reasoning behind both clients’ and peers’ decisions to rebrand - everything from “it’s just time” or “I’m bored with the current brand,” to “a competitor recently rebranded.” However, it is important to realize...

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Simple Habits Reveal Big Insights for Busy Association Executives Who Want to Win

In his epic and inspirational note, What It Takes to Be Number One, Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi states, Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.”

It’s easy to wake up each day and wonder whether you’re making an impact. You might be asking yourself questions like: Why aren’t we retaining more members? Why aren’t...

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Why We Resist Asking For Help, and Why It's Time to Make a Change

I am frequently amazed at how often we as professionals feel the inherent need to try to solve problems on our own. In pursuit of successful careers, many of us have grown up and developed a sense of self sufficiency, a “can do” attitude that has typically been rewarded with even more success.  Our parents and teachers would be proud of us, we think, as they always preached that hard work, dedication and ethical decision making will ultimately lead to success. Thus, as a result, we have...

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Create and Curate: 6 Tips to Help You and Your Team Generate Creative Blog Content

It is undeniable – blogging can have a significant impact on acquiring new member sales. In fact, according to HubSpot, blog frequency has an immense impact on customer acquisition. The well-known inbound marketing company reports that “92% of companies who blogged multiple times a day acquired a customer through their blog,” (HubSpot State of Inbound Marketing, 2012). This fact, coupled with an increase in the number of people that are reading blogs on a daily basis, strongly indicate the...

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New eBook: Overcoming the 5 Ways Your Website Lets Your Members Down

Your website is the face of your organization. It is accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, any time and any place. It provides any one and every one, including both prospective and current members, with the most comprehensive information about your association. Yet, its maintenance and management are too often pushed to the bottom of your staff's never-ending to-do list. 

In today's tech-driven and mobile world, consistently contributing to your association website development,...

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5 Simple Steps That Will Help Your Association Drive Knowledgeable, Strategic Decisions

Each and every day you and your team are confronted by questions. You have to make countless decisions revolving around everything from marketing initiatives to budgeting to operations, and each of these directly impacts the future of your association.  As a result, it is imperative that you are implementing the necessary steps and processes needed to make sound decisions in the best interest of your organization, its staff and its members.

With this in mind, a simple question begs to be...

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What Can Jack Nicholson Teach Us About Member Experience?

One of my all-time favorite movie clips is the bit from Five Easy Pieces when Jack Nicholson is in the diner ordering a plain omelet with toast. The reason why? Because in just two short minutes, it gives great insights into how the world has changed in terms of the critical interactions between organizations and their customers.While I happen to believe that these insights are universal, they are particularly applicable to associations and their never-ending quest in answering how to best serve...

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To Serve is to Lead

Association Management Executives are often tasked with doing more with fewer resources than ever.  Recently we acquired a new customer and she noted the following about WebLink Connect™, the most configurable and customizable Association Management Software available today.

“…we will gain SO much more in functionality, which will ultimately lead to increased staff productivity, an easier to navigate member interface (happier existing members, easier to recruit new members), and a system...

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eBook: 6 Steps to Creating a Social Media Strategy

In today’s fast paced and tech-driven environment it is undeniable that most of us frequently suffer from information overload.  From balancing the countless demands associated with work, to those that accompany their personal lives, the attention spans of your members are often short-lived.  With this in mind, your association needs to make sure to connect, inform and engage its audience quickly and efficiently. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of social media. 

Social sites...

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3 Questions Every Association Executive Should Ask When Evaluating Good vs. Great

As I think about the challenges leaders face, a recurring theme centers around the persistent need to balance limited resources – specifically people, money and time.

We all face the challenge of balancing our resources, as nearly every decision we make consumes a portion of one or more of these precious assets. With this in mind, we move to ask the question “How do we ensure we are making the best use of our limited resources?”

In a creative, technology-based (or service-based) business,...

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3 Ways To Better Understand Existing Member Experience

Every touch point and interaction your members have with your association creates impressions that influence their overall experience. While this may be common knowledge to your team, the question that they might not know the answer to is whether those impressions help to create a good, bad or indifferent experience for your members.

Here are three ways you and your association staff can use to better understand your existing member experience:

1. Create an advisory council. It is almost certain...

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Preventing Social Media Suicide: The Top 5 Social Media No-No’s and Key Tips to Protecting Your Brand

The immense power that resides in the virtual hands of social media is undeniable. From world-breaking news to marketing campaigns to pop-culture scandals and personal opinions, the rate at which information can be shared in today’s high tech world is astounding. 

Although the rapid ability to share has positively improved the ability of individuals, corporations and non-profits to make and maintain personal connections, expand their reach and ultimately influence the masses; this significant...

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An Important Lesson in Marketing from a Malfunctioning Sump Pump

Word-of-mouth, as it rolls of the tongue it feels cliché. I mean, that’s old school brother. Who really grows membership through word-of-mouth?  Yet, we have more opportunity to share our words with our family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers than ever before. 

Words are powerful even when cascaded in 140 characters through twitter, just ask double rainbow guy. How did he become so popular? According to CNN two words: Jimmy Kimmel.  On July 4, 2010 Kimmel tweeted the video to his...

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Help Your Association Make Money With Data-Driven Decisions

Use Data-Driven Decisions to Make Money for Your AssociationI was recently at a national association headquarters listening to the membership VP (we’ll call her Jessica) explain her strategy for member retention and recruitment. I was there to help her team analyze their membership as they were converting to our association management platform, WebLink Connect.

Jessica told me, “Our strategy is to keep it simple – we focus on two core values – first we focus on advocacy and being the legislative voice for our members and second we provide...

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Why Your Association Should Try Google+

A recent post on HubSpot's blog reinforced to me that many associations are not yet actively using Google+.

Yes, some associations are using Facebook and Twitter to engage their current members and connect with new potential members.  And, some associations are starting to use LinkedIn to grow their membership as well.

But, Google+ remains low on the list of social networks used by associations, despite being the second most popular network on the internet, with 540 million monthly active users.

T...

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Is Your Association Staff Really Passionate About Your Members? 10 Ways to Show You Care.

Is your association staff passionate about your members?We’ve all heard that actions speak louder than words. That means your association must do more than just check off a list of benefits. Showing that you and your staff are sincerely passionate about your industry, your community, and your members’ is critical. And it will keep them coming back year after year.

1. Create a passionate, caring culture.

This doesn't happen over night, and is easier said than done. It starts at the top with great leadership and can be sustained by hiring the right...

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eBook: 6 Ways To Produce Content Your Members Value

Download our free guide: 6 ways to produce content your members valueFor the past several years, associations have taken to using social media as a way to engage their membership, seek new members and extend their marketing efforts.

Of course, part of using social media effectively is sharing great content with your followers.  Creating content that their members will value and share is now a key part of many association's marketing strategies.  In fact, a recent study by the Content Marketing Institute showed that 92% of non-profit professionals are using content...

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Webinar Recap: 3 Key Strategies For Growing Your Membership in 2014

Last week, WebLink hosted a webinar for business associations and chambers of commerce titled, "3 Key Strategies for Growing Membership in 2014."  

As associations kick off the new year, many organizations have new goals for selling memberships, increasing retention or creating additional non-dues revenue.   Staff and board members of your association probably have lots of great ideas about what your association should be doing to reach your goals.

The trick is to understand which of those ideas...

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10 Tweets That Can Attract New Members for Your Association

Attract new association members using TwitterAs more members and potential members tap into the power of Twitter, it’s time to step up your efforts. Twitter is a great way to display the personality of your association and engage people on a personal level.

Twitter can help you build your brand and deliver value. The point is to give followers something they will value, that they may not get anywhere else and that they will share with their followers.

But what do you tweet about?

Here’s a list of 10 types of Tweets to help you get started.

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Make Your Association’s Brand Come to Life

Create a strong brand for your associationFrom the perspective of the New Year, the next 12 months look perfect. No mistakes. No problems that could derail your strategic plans. This could be your best year ever.

For some associations, that means gaining more members, improving retention or increasing non-dues revenue. Or, all three!

As you look ahead, keep this one thing in mind: None of this will happen without your association’s brand. But we’re not talking about re-doing the logo or the letterhead.

Your brand is the sum total of your...

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