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Posted on August 29, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Acquiring new members is what associations thrive on as it can truly be an exciting time.  However, statistics indicate that new members make up over 70 percent of the deterioration of the membership.  Sadly, for many club websites, the number of new members who don’t renew their membership is so high that acquisition campaigns seem ineffective.  If your association is struggling to retain new members, try the following strategies.
 
Personalized Welcome Messages

When someone becomes a member, send them a welcome email and thank them for joining the association.  Afterwards, follow that up with messages that contain valuable information like the benefits of being a part of your association.  You could also give them a phone call to add a more personal touch.

Also, use the member’s first name when referring to them as it’s one of the most effective personalization tactics.  At first, try prompting them to take simple actions like completing their profile or resetting the password.  Then, move on to bigger CTA’s like asking them to post questions in the online community.
 
Local Events & Chapters

Some of your members might be from a different country.  In order to help them find your association useful, organize or partner with various events in areas where you have a substantial following.  Ensure members get an invitation and give them some incentive for getting new members to join.
 
Gather Data

These days, club websites use cookies and other mechanisms to track the online activity of members legally.  Actions that members take on these websites such as registering for events and visiting blog posts help in understanding what appeals to them.  Then, use that data to personalize your services and offers in the future.

When it comes to increasing the retention of new members, reach out to them regularly through a phone call or email at least every three months.  This helps you understand how they feel and you can ask them what changes would improve their experience so they feel compelled to stay.
Posted on August 20, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Using membership management software to better communicate with members is one of the best ways of promoting your membership website.  Ads on Facebook and Google are also effective for getting traffic but if you want a steady flow of leads on your website, consider investing in search engine optimization.

SEO is about creating optimized content that is targeted at a certain group of people but that’s not enough.  If you want excellent results, you must focus on your content marketing strategy and monitor the impact with SEO tools.  Check out the following options to see what works best for you.
 
Keyword Research Tools

An efficient way to build an audience for membership websites is to have a blog that is updated regularly.  But for your blog to be placed high in the list of search results, it needs to have certain keywords that tell Google the content is relevant to what the user wants.

Keysearch is a web-based keyword research tool that not only offers you keyword suggestions but also displays in-depth competition analysis.  Other options include Google’s Keyword Planner, SEMrush, and KWFinder.
 
Speed & Uptime Monitors

Search engines are known for penalizing slow-loading and unresponsive websites these days.  For that reason, you need to keep tabs on the speed with which your membership website loads.  Furthermore, a fast and responsive website is likely to have a much lower bounce rate than a slow one.  There are free and paid options available for speed and uptime monitoring on platforms such as Google PageSpeed and GTmetrix.

Membership management software helps you handle the details of members and many other tasks.  Yet, when it comes to tracking the precise number of people visiting your website, a web analytics tool like Google Analytics is essential.  The best tools for tracking traffic integrate with your website and monitor the number of visitors daily; as well as how they found your content and how long they stay!
Posted on August 8, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
There are two reasons why people usually subscribe to membership websites and it comes down to necessity or desire.  In the case of necessity, subscribing to the membership offers one access to information or a network they need that they wouldn't get without becoming a member.  As a result, they have reluctant commitment to the community and will likely leave when the benefits end.

If people join membership websites due to desire, they do so willingly which means their commitment to the community is genuine.  Consequently, the organization benefits since members are loyal and tend to interact more online.  Here is how to build trust with members and make them stay due to desire rather than necessity.
 
Deliver Value

Part of building trust with members requires delivering value at some point.  You can either deliver practical value which involves offering useful benefits; or emotional value which is about connecting with members on matters they deeply care about.
 
Practical Value

This can be a tangible or intangible item but it is often visible.  For instance, a couple of possibilities might be access to premium content or increased recognition when a member has helped the membership expand.  Tangible items will require shipping as it may be anything from books to DVD’s.  Since practical value is typically visible, it is measurable so that is one advantage to this way of building trust.
 
Emotional Value

Value regarding emotion is intangible and it targets how a member feels about the organization.  Although it’s hard to measure, the effects can be assessed by viewing what members say online about the organization.  When many members are participating actively in the discussions and give positive feedback, that’s an indication they receive great emotional value.

If you’re looking to build trust with your members, focus on creating a good balance between practical and emotional value.  Also, keep in mind that when members feel they’re not getting enough of either, their engagement and commitment slowly dwindles.
Posted on July 30, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Maybe you have already figured out the most effective way to drive traffic to your website.  That is an amazing achievement but what can you do to ensure those visitors keep coming back?  Often, this is the part that baffles some marketers and owners of club websites.

According to statistics, most people don’t take significant action like signing up to an email list or making a purchase on their first visit to a website.  It usually takes several visits and if you want to increase memberships, you should use certain tactics for visitors to return.  Here are a few suggestions on how you can make that happen.
 
An Email List

When people join your email list, you have a way of contacting them so make sure you send out valuable content that shows the benefits of subscribing to your membership website.  The secret to getting people to sign up is to offer an incentive that’s relevant to them.  An e-book works but you should also try other options that are more enticing like a free course or a unique video.
 
Membership Reminders

The MemberPress plug-in helps you send automated emails to both existing and potential members.  Perhaps there are existing members whose membership is about to expire.  This automation platform sends them a reminder for renewing their membership.

Based on studies, many online buyers are abandoning the purchase process for a variety of reasons.  If a new or existing member enters their email address but doesn’t complete the process, the plug-in sends them a reminder to continue with the sign-up.

Aside from those tactics, website designers are using social media as a major tool for sending traffic back to club websites.  When you make it easy for visitors to follow you on social networks, there’s a higher possibility they will see value in what you post there and keep returning to your website.
Posted on July 19, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Have you realized how difficult it can be to get members to participate in the online discussions?  Though membership management software is essential, creating engaging discussions is important too and it requires a great content strategy that focuses on issues of common interest.  The discussions you start and the articles you post also need to grab the members’ attention.  What techniques are effective towards making that happen consistently?
 
Use Questions

Many people enjoy answering questions as it makes them feel useful and helps them relate more to the issue being discussed.  Often, there are headlines online that are meant to trigger your interest and you may not have noticed it.  By employing the same technique with discussions on your online community, you could see more members become engaged.
 
Focus On The Impact

Before starting a discussion, make sure there’s a clear objective which could be to change a perspective, connect people, or provide a solution.  Also, the title needs to be worded in such a way that the reader promptly knows how the discussion will impact them.  Consider the interests of your audience then use a headline that indicates a potential impact on their life.
 
Watch The Length & Be Relevant

There are thousands of other activities that a member could take part in on the internet aside from reading your discussion.  For that reason, use a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to draw their attention.  If you need ideas, check out popular forums and use them as a guide.  What is your community about and what type of members does it usually attract?

For example, if it targets software engineers, a discussion about gardening would be irrelevant and would likely get zero comments.  As a community manager, it is imperative you know the discussions that increase engagement and which ones fail to engage members.  To do that, ensure the membership management software you use is well suited for your membership needs!
Posted on July 9, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Acquiring new members is one of the biggest challenges that membership websites face. But, did you know that starting an online mentoring program can illustrate your association’s worth and help you gain new members quickly?  With the versatility of the internet, mentors and those who need guidance are able to connect effortlessly despite their time zone.  Here’s why online mentoring programs are great for attracting new members.
 
New Graduates Find Jobs

Unfortunately, formal education barely prepares graduates for practical work and they often lack the skills that employers are looking for in an employee.  This makes it difficult for graduates to secure jobs.  Online mentoring programs come in handy by connecting young professionals with experienced workers.  Aside from that, older professionals gain a sense of satisfaction in mentoring the next generation of workers.
 
Experienced Professionals Find More Opportunities

Studies have shown that many people in different niches are not satisfied with their work.  Even though they might be several years into their career, they’re continually seeking better career opportunities in other fields.  Your online mentoring program can be a learning platform for them, showing them what other lines of work are all about.

Membership websites should also use mentoring programs by making them accessible to everyone.  This way, they avoid industry jargon and utilize trial membership tiers so mentors on their platform are encouraged to assist those who are looking to make a career shift.
 
A Platform For Career Advancement

You could use an online mentoring program as a tool to help employees advance their careers with regards to salary and promotions.  Offer prospective members a chance to be connected with successful niche leaders who will suggest valuable advice, training, and recommendations for career advancement.

The best membership websites add value to their mentoring programs by incorporating learning tools like eBooks to lure potential members in.  Therefore, try an online mentoring program today and see how it improves your association.
Posted on June 27, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Research indicates that club websites improve organizations tremendously but you’re not absolutely sure that investing in an online community will benefit your firm.  Furthermore, members haven’t even been asking for it so the response may fall short of your expectations.

Actually, creating club websites with an online community is often a great move for firms.  It will help you deal with some of the challenges you might be facing as an organization.  Especially with regard to communication and the following will reveal just how that happens.
 
Customer Support

Customers are increasingly becoming concerned about the support provided by an organization.  They want to know that in case of a problem with the product, they can count on you to help them out.  Live support through the phone or email is great but it isn’t always available.  Yet, an online community contains a variety of common questions and answers which are usually helpful to many customers.

As customers use the product, they might discover useful aspects about it or interesting ways of using it that you and your team have never thought about.  Then, the online community may be used to share tips with other members and support each other without having to rely on the support team of the organization.
 
Increased Security & Trust

Some companies solely rely on social media to connect with their clients.  But, with social media, there are a lot of security and privacy concerns that might cause members to hesitate when sharing information.  However, they feel safe to share data on the online community as only the members are able to view information posted there.

Starting an online community may not feel like an urgent need for your organization but it’s a brilliant step.  Club websites encourage a sense of belonging and help your members believe they’re part of the firm.  In return, you can provide them with exclusive access to resources through an online community so they feel important and become more loyal.
Posted on June 18, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
You might be using marketing automation platforms like membership management software, web tracking, and more.  But, do you actually profit from them?  You may have researched and found out that using marketing automation systems makes work easier and improves your firm.

However, if you don’t understand how these systems work, it might be difficult to tap into the benefits they offer.  This article proposes a few measures you can take to get the most out of your marketing automation tools.
 
Study It First

Have you just learned about new membership management software that promises to deliver a superior experience?  Never jump right in and buy before understanding the software thoroughly.  If there is a webinar or YouTube video on how the platform works, be sure to view it.  Read as much as you can about it and also ensure that your team understands the platform before using it.

Does the provider offer training?  If so, make sure as many team members as possible get adequate training so there are still others who can do the work if one tech-savvy member resigns.  Furthermore, have a plan in place for how new members get familiarized with the system.
 
Watch For Updates

Technology keeps evolving which means a provider will continue updating or changing their features.  If you’re not aware of these changes or updates, you might end up using the system incorrectly or fail to take advantage of all the valuable functions.  For that reason, ask the provider to notify you by email when there are any changes and check their website regularly to ensure they haven’t forgotten to send you a notification.

When purchasing a marketing automation tool, the best long-term decision is for you to choose one that offers great support.  Always take that into consideration as you don’t want to get complex software only to learn later that there are no training materials and no way to contact the provider!
Posted on June 4, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
Engaging members who spend a majority of their time on membership websites is easy.  But, what about members who don’t have regular access to a computer, like that mechanic or doctor who’s part of your community?  How do you engage such a member?  The following tactics can make a noticeable difference for your membership.
 
Timing Is Key

Often, engaging a member who is always busy takes the right timing.  Most members tend to be free in the morning before work, over the lunch hour, and in the evening after work.  Those are the most probable times for them to log into membership websites or check their emails so sending updates around this time increases your odds of keeping them engaged.
 
Mobile-Friendly Membership Websites

According to statistics, the number of people accessing the internet through mobile devices is steadily increasing.  People without desk jobs will usually access the web using their smartphones so ensure they have a good experience once they visit your website.

Using a responsive website design is one of the best ways of making that happen.  In that regard, the website should look identical on all screen sizes, from phones to smart TV’s.  Also, a mobile application may be a good fit for your association but make sure you include useful functions.
 
Reply Via Email

A large number of members without desk jobs may prefer to use email from a mobile device since they rarely get time to visit membership websites.  For that reason, consider sending key posts to their email account and allow them to post their replies via email without having to actually visit the website.

Keep in mind that communities are different and you should experiment with various options to see what works best for your members.  Maybe the choices you make will be popular but you might need to research their schedules and modify your timing accordingly.
Posted on May 22, 2018 by Membership Space
Categories: Membership
If you have heard about the latest Facebook scandal, you might be wondering if your members’ data on social media is safe.  According to reports, personal information of over 87 million Facebook users was collected and used without their consent.  So, how much risk does your members’ information face on social channels and what other options are available?
 
The Problem With Social Media

With a casual environment and ease of use, Facebook and other social networks make it convenient for organizations to communicate with their members.  Often, members can discuss various issues with each other and even answer each other’s questions.  The only issue is that storing data on third-party platforms leaves you without full control over it, thereby making it vulnerable.

Although many people believe the data they place on there is theirs, the reality is that a social media site is free to use data as it pleases.  In most cases, they use it for personalization and optimization of how an advertisement is displayed.  An even bigger threat is the fact that other people or organizations could have access to it and use it undesirably, like in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
 
What Are Your Options?

It might seem impractical to do away with Facebook as a means of connecting with members, but club websites are a safer platform for storing valuable data.  With club websites you own, the data stored there is all yours so only you and your members have access to it.

Additionally, you’re able to build trust with members as they feel more comfortable displaying their information.  They may even have the option to post anonymously which isn’t possible with social media networks.  Using club websites rather than social channels to store your members’ data is not only convenient in matters to do with privacy; it’s also a chance for your membership to grow as well.
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