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4 membership renewal strategies to start now

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When you think of membership renewal strategies, you might think about the few months leading up to a member’s renewal date. But your members’ entire experience with your organization — not just the last 90 days — informs their decision to renew. From the moment they click the “join” button, your members are deciding if. The post 4 membership renewal strategies to start now appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention Member Renewal

Walk a mile in your members’ shoes to identify areas for improvement.

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Your members’ needs and expectations are always changing. Are you doing all you can to give them a stellar experience? What better way to find out than to walk a (virtual) mile in their shoes? Creating member journey maps is an effective way to see your members’ experience from their point of view. Journey maps. The post Walk a mile in your members’ shoes to identify areas for improvement. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention

How to Make Your New Members Feel Welcome  

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I’ve written quite a bit about the new member onboarding process and keeping new members engaged because addressing these topics is critical to any association’s long-term success. The first interactions with your organization make a long-lasting impression on a new member and provide the foundation for you to build a relationship that continues for years to come. Your new members will begin forming their opinion about the value of.

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4 Ideas for When Your Association’s Revenue Goes Flat

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You work hard to develop programs that deliver value for your members. But what do you do when your association’s revenue goes flat? It may be time to diversify your revenue stream beyond membership dues. Here are four ideas to breathe new life into your association’s earnings: Job boards In our Member Loyalty Study, the. The post 4 Ideas for When Your Association’s Revenue Goes Flat appeared first on YourMembership.

Website design checklist to attract and engage association members

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Your website reflects your organization. And, it’s your digital first impression. So, it’s important to view it as one of your greatest marketing assets. Ninety-four percent of people cite web design as the reason they mistrusted or rejected a website. An outdated and poorly structured site can cause your prospects to leave it, even before. The post Website design checklist to attract and engage association members appeared first on YourMembership.

Happy Holidays from YM Support

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Our elves have been hard at work all year long to make sure you get the most of your YM system – providing answers to your unique questions, solutions to your problems, and support and training for your team. We want to sincerely thank you for being part of the YM family this past year. The post Happy Holidays from YM Support appeared first on YourMembership. YourMembership News

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Must-have functionality for your next association management software

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Your association may be small, but when it comes to selecting new association management software (AMS), you’re about to make a big investment – not just a financial one, but also an investment in the future of your association. To ensure your investment in your new AMS will enable your staff to best serve your. The post Must-have functionality for your next association management software appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Tech Trends

Why a cloud-based AMS can be perfect for smaller associations

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Some AMS providers offer on-premises hosting, which means you would have to host machines, servers and databases on site. This approach requires dedicated onsite staff members to update and maintain software and hardware – not always the best approach for smaller associations. A cloud-based AMS is a great option for smaller associations because efficiency multiplies. The post Why a cloud-based AMS can be perfect for smaller associations appeared first on YourMembership.

6 tips to keep new members engaged with your association 

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Keeping new members engaged with your association is key. This approach ensures your organization thrives for years to come. Think about it: Most people decide if they’re going to participate in your association long-term within the first months, days and even minutes of joining. The first interactions with your organization make a lasting impression on a new member. They provide. The post 6 tips to keep new members engaged with your association appeared first on YourMembership.

Code of ethics: Why are they important? 

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Last year, when Community Brands released its Member Loyalty Study, Code of Ethics ranked as the top benefit for retaining members across all generations and loyalty segments. When we first received these results, I personally went through a range of emotions as I put back on my Membership Director hat. At first, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe Code of Ethics, out of all other offerings, ranked number. The post Code of ethics: Why are they important? appeared first on YourMembership.

Digital badging: A win-win for associations and their learners.

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When working to build a learning program that’s unlike anything offered elsewhere, it’s imperative for association professionals to have a good grasp on generational shifts and new technology, as well as the ability to embrace change. As part of this endeavor, key trends should be evaluated to determine what value they bring to a specific. The post Digital badging: A win-win for associations and their learners. appeared first on YourMembership.

Why your payment vendor is one of your association’s most important vendors.

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When you think about your association’s revenue, your first thought may not be about your payment vendor. But having a solid partnership with the right payment vendor is critically important to your organization. Consider this: The value of digital payments around the world is expected to reach $3.9 trillion this year, an increase of 14%. The post Why your payment vendor is one of your association’s most important vendors. appeared first on YourMembership.

New research for associations: Member value driven by offering career advancement opportunities

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Based on the latest research by Community Brands, the 2018 Member Education and Career Development Report analyzes the importance of connecting your members’ learning achievements to open career opportunities within your industry niche. The bottom line: Your members want their associations to help them develop professionally. Seeking support in career growth and advancement will only.

6 tips to boost your association membership through events.

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Your members-only events offer a powerful membership benefit. At the same time, hosting events open to non-members are just as powerful for increasing your association’s membership. Think about it: What better way to showcase your association’s value to prospective members than by inviting them to meet your members and experience your association’s value up close? The post 6 tips to boost your association membership through events. appeared first on YourMembership.

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Member Connectedness and Loyalty: Recap from ASAE Annual

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At the Community Brands (and YourMembership) booth at ASAE’s Annual Meeting and Exposition this year, attendees participated in an interactive activity wall to capture what they want their members to experience. The reoccurring themes we saw were: Connected experiences Engagement and networking opportunities Professional success Seamless online experiences Value The theme that really stood out for me was “connected experiences.”

2 types of cyberattacks your nonprofit or association can avoid.

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Data protection and data privacy for nonprofits and associations are important issues being tackled in today’s digital world. Here’s a guest blog article by Daniel Fierro of Abila, introducing how to protect your organization from cyberattacks.

How to deliver the right in-person learning experience online.

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Today, in-person courses and multi-day conferences are the top two leading learning formats for association members, according to our 2017 Member Professional Development Study. Trailing slightly behind is online learning and webinars, with online taking the number two spot for Millennial learners. Considering today’s learner consumption habits, how can you offer your members the learning. The post How to deliver the right in-person learning experience online. appeared first on YourMembership.

5 security tips for your nonprofit accepting online payments.

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Over the years, the Internet has provided great opportunities for nonprofits to increase brand awareness, recruit new members and raise funds for the causes they support. While this brings many advantages, there are also many challenges when it comes to making online payments for such things as dues or donations. Members want to be sure. The post 5 security tips for your nonprofit accepting online payments. appeared first on YourMembership. Technology Member Retention Tech Trends Industry Trend

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Is your association helping millennials further their careers?

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At the risk of stating the obvious, every membership organization needs members. Recruiting and retaining members is fundamental to the success of any association, but it’s often easier said than done. One reason for this is there’s often a disparity in what associations think members want from their organization and what members actually value. Another. The post Is your association helping millennials further their careers? appeared first on YourMembership.

3 tips to gain board approval for a new membership management software

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You’ve done your research. You’ve read white-papers, investigated pricing and discussed with peers, you know that membership management software will help grow your organization. This will be one of the most important decisions your organization makes as it will impact members, staff, and the bottom line. An investment of a new (or first) membership management system will need to gain board approval. Your presentation to the board will move the project.

Is your association missing an event microsite?

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As an association professional, you look for ways to more effectively communicate the value of your organization’s events. Of course, the actual value comes from the overall experience you create for your attendees: The content, the quality of speakers and presenters, and the social and networking opportunities. But, how do you convey the value of. The post Is your association missing an event microsite? appeared first on YourMembership.

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YourMembership and GDPR: Upcoming AMS feature releases.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of rules governing the privacy and security of personal data as laid out by the European Union (EU) commission. These new regulations go into effect on May 25, 2018. The primary goal of the GDPR is to give EU residents (including those in the United. The post YourMembership and GDPR: Upcoming AMS feature releases. appeared first on YourMembership. YourMembership News Tech Trends Industry Trends Product Updates

Using Incremental Surveys to Supplement your Annual Survey 

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This past spring, I had the pleasure of speaking at Community Brands Xperience 2018 conference on the topic of Identifying Your Most Loyal Members. The session exposed findings from the Community Brands’ 2017 Member Loyalty Study. One of the key findings for member-based organizations is that, even at a time when we have a seemingly endless array of digital solutions. The post Using Incremental Surveys to Supplement your Annual Survey appeared first on YourMembership.

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Protecting members from their skills’ short shelf life.

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The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report tells us many of today’s most in-demand skills didn’t exist 20 years ago. The report cites 65 percent of children now entering primary school will end up working in new types of jobs not existing today. Never has the workplace evolved so quickly. Indeed, the skills needed. The post Protecting members from their skills’ short shelf life. appeared first on YourMembership. Online Learning Professional Development eLearning Strategy

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What’s love got to do with learning?

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Everything when connecting with memorable learning experiences. Leading learning is loving learning.

4 reasons to be thankful for association members.

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Thanksgiving’s here + it’s time to remember your members. They’re the lifeblood of your association. Membership work is often a positive experience for you and your association staff.

Re-energize your career center.

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Reach more job seekers with the power of social networking. Technology doesn’t just change how we do our jobs; it redefines the skills needed to do them. Technology also makes it increasingly more difficult to find the most qualified job applicants.

5 ways to grab your association members’ attention.

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It’s a challenge in today’s busy, tech-fueled world to cut through the noise of your members’ daily lives and grab their attention. So, how do you do it? Your members are no different from you and me. They also expect convenience and personalization in just about everything they do. Show them you understand their rising. The post 5 ways to grab your association members’ attention. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Retention

Your online community checklist to easy member engagement

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Is there anything more satisfying than crossing off an item on your to-do list? Whether you color-code your checklist, or you’ve ditched paper for an electronic checklist, many would say, “No, there isn’t anything more satisfying.” There are many different types of checklists – chores, vacations, dating. Then, there’s our work checklists. You probably have. The post Your online community checklist to easy member engagement appeared first on YourMembership.

One simple secret to boost member engagement.

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You should already know building a loyal member base takes time and requires the focus of each person of your team on quality and member service. What turns out to be crucial for boosting engagement and loyalty is the raw data you collect about each of your members. There’s one simple secret to boost member. The post One simple secret to boost member engagement. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Member Retention

On the roadmap again with YourMembership

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With the recent completion of the YourMembership (YM) association management software (AMS) migration to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, we’re back to a normal YM software development and release rhythm. So, we’re excited to share some updates and new features we will introduce during the next several months. Here we go. Going to GDPR. The post On the roadmap again with YourMembership appeared first on YourMembership. YourMembership News Product Updates

Association member retention: hard lesson learned.

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The day we lost a member, we gained perspective. As a previous association membership manager, one of my biggest challenges was dealing with member retention. As you can imagine, it was always a hard pill to swallow when we lost a member.

3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems.

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Is your organization experiencing growing pains? If so, congratulations are in order. But, you also deserve a little sympathy if you contend with manual spreadsheets or an entry-level membership management system. As your growth brings size and complexity, it becomes clear a more sophisticated membership management system is needed. Otherwise, your efforts to grow your. The post 3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems. appeared first on YourMembership.

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5 tricks to grow association membership.

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Membership recruitment is a never-ending project. Every year, members leave your association—they retire, change jobs or professions, go out of business, lose their professional development budget, or just vanish for unknown reasons. As members go out the back door, you must keep new ones coming in through the front. What strategies will guide your plan. The post 5 tricks to grow association membership. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Retention

5 ignored methods to grow association membership.

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Membership recruitment is a never-ending project. Every year, members leave your association—they retire, change jobs or professions, go out of business, lose their professional development budget, or just vanish for unknown reasons. As members go out the back door, you must keep new ones coming in the front. What strategies will guide your plan for. The post 5 ignored methods to grow association membership. appeared first on YourMembership.

3 ways to share career center jobs with your members.

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People become members of associations for many reasons. Professional development is one of them. One way you can help your members with their professional growth is to put jobs in front of them which may help them further their careers. Doing so will encourage more participation on your job boards and help your members locate. The post 3 ways to share career center jobs with your members. appeared first on YourMembership. Career Solutions Job Board Software Career Development

YM Summer of Releases: what’s new and what’s next

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Not only was the?YourMembership?team YourMembership?team team sweating through the hot Florida summer days, we were also busy releasing updates and enhancements to streamline your operations that enhance your members experience. We’re excited to share some insights into what we’ve been working on. Increasing Platform Performance Throughout?the the last few months and culminating with our September releases, YM has.

An AMS search: 4 questions to ask your potential provider.

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Whether you’re investing in an association management software (AMS) system for the first time or replacing your existing AMS, it’s one of the largest purchases your association ever makes. Of course, there are basic must-ask questions around budget, features and timelines. But, these are not the only important questions you want to ask your potential. The post An AMS search: 4 questions to ask your potential provider. appeared first on YourMembership.

8 ways to rekindle your relationship with association members.

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Have you ever been excited about the premiere of a new TV show that you had to watch it, because the promos were just oh-so-compelling? But, while the first episodes were great, by episode four, you start to lose interest and move on to the next Netflix recommendation. Then a few seasons pass, and you hear from your family and friends it’s still a must-watch. Do you give it another chance and reinvest hours getting caught up? Or, do you remain.

Diversity and inclusion must move beyond discussion.

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Recently, The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) has been evolving our diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts to create an intentional culture shift in the association. Why are we making D&I a priority? Research shows companies that elevate D&I beyond just a focus on creating greater demographic diversity financially outperform their peers and an inclusive business. The post Diversity and inclusion must move beyond discussion. appeared first on YourMembership.

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Always be prepared. for growth.

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ASAE Great Ideas is almost upon us, and there’s an important event that’s been leading up to it—Girl Scout cookie time! I was a Girl Scout until I was in sixth grade, and the memories I have from being part of this group are endless. We camped, built fires, went on hikes, cleaned the outhouses. The list goes. The post Always be prepared. for growth. appeared first on YourMembership. Industry News & Trends ASAE

5 membership management software metrics to constantly review.

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How often are you looking at your membership management metrics? At my last association, we looked at metrics every day. We even had a visualization room where anyone in the organization can visibly see how we were trending. It enabled the entire staff to start thinking how their individual job impacted our outcomes. You may. The post 5 membership management software metrics to constantly review. appeared first on YourMembership. Membership & Marketing Member Retention Data Management

5 qualities of a successful online learning team.

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A gut check to help your association implement a major learning management system or elearning strategic plan. Are you getting ready to implement a major learning management system (LMS) or elearning strategic plan? You can measure your readiness using our scorecard.

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