My top 8 highlights from RSA’s e-newsletter

Optimist Consulting

I delivered an e-newsletter workshop recently for a client. One of the activities I took the group through was looking at other membership organisation’s e-newsletters. Do you use any of these techniques in your e-newsletters? Uncategorized e-newsletters membership

The communications struggle continues

Aaron Wolowiec

even the past year), you know I’m a communications nut. Without communication, both internally and externally, there’s no content, no strategy. But not everyone knows how to communicate, at least not effectively. In fact, only 6 percent reported having a communications strategy.

The communications struggle continues

Aaron Wolowiec

even the past year), you know I’m a communications nut. Without communication, both internally and externally, there’s no content, no strategy. But not everyone knows how to communicate, at least not effectively. In fact, only 6 percent reported having a communications strategy.

3 Key Insights On E-newsletters

Wild Apricot

In past conversations, we''ve learned that many associations, clubs and non-profits use e-newsletters to communicate with their members with varying degrees of success. newsletter Communications So we revisited the subject in a recent Advisory session. Here are 3 key insights.

Refreshing Your E-newsletter

Wild Apricot

It's spring cleaning season - a good time to review and refresh your e-newsletter. Associations E-mail marketing member communication newsletters nonprofit non-profit Non-profit Communications nptechHere are some tips to get you started.( read more ).

Balancing Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Association Adviser

This year’s Association Communications Benchmarking Study showed us that traditional forms of member communication – live events and print media – continue to be popular among associations and their members. Joining the top 10 were the print newsletter and print conference guide.

Cut through communication clutter

Aaron Wolowiec

As a writer and professional communicator, nothing (O.K., well, not very much) is more frustrating than people who can’t communicate. But seriously…communication is a hard gig for most companies, especially with the advent of social media. Communication is everywhere.

Who Should Own Your Email Newsletter Production Process?

Associations Now

The email newsletter is a centerpiece of digital strategy for many organizations. Email communications touch on many different parts of the org chart at once. And this can make executing your email newsletter tricky business.

3 Ways to Strengthen Communication Using Smart Member Data

Higher Logic

Member engagement drives retention, and communication is the key to boosting engagement. Data-driven and unified communication strategies are the best way to ensure you and your members get the most out of your program. Ensure effective communication with member self-service options.

Generate Revenue from Email Newsletters

Informz

As a representative of industries and vertical markets, your email newsletter is a connection point to facilitate the exchange of important information for your community. The immediate way to gain revenue is to sell digital sponsorships within your newsletter.

Daily Buzz: Communicate Value Regularly

Associations Now

Colleen Bottorff writes on the MemberClicks blog that instead of working hard to convince potential members of your value in occasional recruitment campaigns, you should show it to them continuously through your regular communications.

Monday Buzz: The State of Nonprofit Newsletters

Associations Now

Some early newsletter insights emerge from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. “If you want to do what the majority of nonprofits are doing (61 percent), you should send your email newsletter at least monthly,” Miller writes.

Member Retention through Communications

Association Adviser

The ability to communicate effectively is crucial to making sure the members of your association understand all that you offer. Associations like the NRCA send frequent surveys to help them better understand their members’ communication preferences.

The Top 10 Individual Communication Channels for Associations in 2018

Association Adviser

Every year, we ask association professionals who take our Association Communications Benchmarking Survey how much they value individual member communication channels. Sure, with about 77 percent of American adults carrying smartphones, email and Web-based communications are convenient.

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

Higher Logic

When Kim Lear spoke at our most recent Super Forum , she reminded us that improving intergenerational communication has never been more pertinent than now. Effective communication is all about managing expectations. Use member data to strengthen communication.

Three Ideas to Perk Up Your Internal Communications Strategy

Associations Now

Think long and hard about the tactics you use to communicate to them—as well as how they can respond. Here are a few internal communications strategies to try. A lot of thought is often put into external communications, such as marketing materials and member engagement.

The ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ Aspect of Association Communications

Association Adviser

These are just some of the questions that plague association leaders and communications experts when figuring out how to best interact with members – and encourage members to respond in kind. 1 in 2018, to be exact, according to the 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Report.

Does Your Member Communication Tell Your Association’s Story Well?

Association Adviser

I love telling stories because they communicate who I am, what I do, and how I relate to others. Does your member communication convey who your association is, what you do and how it relates to members? Let members get to know other members through your communications.

Nonprofit Newsletter: Free Tools to Create and Merge PDFs

Wild Apricot

One small nonprofit I work with has chosen to publish its monthly membership newsletter as a magazine-style document in Portable Document Format (PDF), rather than as an email blast. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Non-profit Communications collaboration PDF open source application software newsletters

Build a Strong Foundation for Your Communications with an Editorial Content Plan

Association Adviser

This holds particularly true for your association’s print and digital communications. It’s essential for your association to have a clearly defined editorial content strategy if you want to reach your communications goals. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”

Do Your Members Hear You? Tips for Promoting Your Member Communications

Association Adviser

Providing relevant and engaging content for members should always be at the top of an association’s communication strategy. In our 2017 Association Benchmarking Survey, “communicating member benefits effectively” was reported as the No. Promote Member Communications as a Member Benefit.

Associations Increasingly Adopting Communications Popular in Mainstream Life, But Do Members Care?

Association Adviser

The 2018 Association Communications Benchmarking Study results show the needs for a balanced approach to technology and tradition as association communicators strive to keep members’ attention. What did association professionals reveal about the state of their communications this year?

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. We’ll delve into the findings shortly, but first, Informz points out marketing automation technology has transformed the way associations communicate. Remember that newsletter I referenced?

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. We’ll delve into the findings shortly, but first, Informz points out marketing automation technology has transformed the way associations communicate. Remember that newsletter I referenced?

Communications Planning

Plexus Consulting

Carter How many of you have been ambushed in the communications trap? For example, at a meeting of the respected Past President Committee, and esteemed member says, “This organization does a crappy job of communicating. What should I renew when this organization can’t communicate any better than that?” Of course you have a beautiful 4-color monthly magazine, a wide variety of newsletters or a range of subject, you have a web site, a blog and monthly postings.

Back to Basics: Make Member Communication Useful, Accessible and Engaging to Earn More Revenue

Association Adviser

Thankfully, there are varied approaches to increase non-dues revenue (NDR) from member communication. Member communication platforms can range from an association’s official website, magazine, newsletter or directory, and serve as channels for advertiser support.

Don’t Let These Member Communication Culprits Derail Your Association’s Content

Association Adviser

According to the recently published Association Communications Benchmarking Study , an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of associations believe they are good at creating relevant content in their communications. We know our communications.

How to Communicate a New Membership Model

Membership Marketing

But once a new membership model has been researched, defined, and approved, the next steps are critically important: the communications plan to introduce the model to members and the larger marketplace. Develop Dues Notification Letter, Email, and Article – It is unlikely that you can communicate with members too frequently about a change in their membership. So the best plans are to notify members of the new model and how it will impact them with multiple communication channels.

The Keys to Effective Communication

SocialFish

More often than not, membership organizations find their stakeholder communications to be a source of frustration for all concerned. Communications occurs best when there is an innate understanding between the sender and the receiver.

Is Your Newsletter a 98-lb Weakling? : Off Stage

Off Stage

25, 2009 - Is Your Newsletter a 98-lb Weakling? Put the WAV group’s newsletter on your mailing list. Every AE needs a daily reading list, and in my estimation, this newsletter is one of them. Articles are short, and bigger issues are addressed in helpful ‘white papers’ (which, by the way, are an effective communication tool for your members—if you don’t know about them, go to Wikipedia or click here ). Off Stage.

Trade Association CEO Support: Newsletter Distribution

Trade Association CEO Blog

Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. Newsletter Distribution. How tight should you control your associations newsletter distribution? Most primary contacts will not pass along your newsletter. Labels: Communications. Communications. (2).

“A” or “The: Precise Language Important for Association Communications

SCD Group

Precision in the language we use to communicate (and to write policies) is vital to associations and other organizations. And, I’ve seen lots of association newsletters and other communications with confusing and/or poorly written language.

Strategic Communications Power Membership Value at the American Public Power Association

Association Adviser

Its communications department, headed by Vice President of Integrated Media and Communications Meena Dayak, has led a strategic rebranding of the association to emphasize what its members do — provide community-owned electric power for 2,000 towns and cities nationwide while creating content for utility members to share as their own, fielding ongoing media requests in times of disaster and calm, and producing a daily newsletter with original content.

Why an Annual Content Plan is Paramount to Member Communication Success

Association Adviser

Part 3 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Our annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study revealed that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents say they have a single strategy for communicating with all members: Why is this bad?

Association Communication Evolution

AssociCom

Association communication has evolved over time as new technologies have become available. They communicated face to face because there were few other options. Members of associations no longer had to meet face to face to communicate. However, once established, it did allow most associations the capability of mass communication. The next step in association communication evolution was the magazine. It is an additional channel of communication.

Trade Association CEO Support: The Newsletter

Trade Association CEO Blog

Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. The Newsletter. The primary objective of a trade association newsletter is to get read by the members. So YOUR need, alone, is not enough to get THEM to open and read YOUR newsletter. The Newsletter.

Why an Annual Content Plan is Paramount to Member Communication Success

Association Adviser

Part 3 of our 2017 Association Communications Benchmarking Study series. Our annual Association Communications Benchmarking Study revealed that nearly 50 percent of survey respondents say they have a single strategy for communicating with all members: Why is this bad?

AE on the Verge: 3 Reasons to use only text in your e-newsletter

AE on the Verge

3 Reasons to use only text in your e-newsletter. Im sometimes asked why our association e-newsletter isnt loaded with a template, graphics, colors, and pictures. Check out what a heavily formatted and imaged newsletter looks like on a very small screen. We encourage members to take sections of our newsletter to redistribute to their clients/customers/others or into social media. A newsletter I've been receiving in text converted to a prettier format.

Communications 2-for-1: Digital Strategy & Best Reads

Associations Live

MSAE''s Communications Networking Group had a 2-for-1 meeting where we discussed Digital Strategy and Best Reads for communication professionals. Part 2: Best Reads for Communication Professionals Everyone has their favorite books, magazines, feeds and newsletters they subscribe to.

Don’t rely on one form of communications for your association

SCD Group

Ohio State recognizes 50 years of varsity ice hockey One common theme among association professionals: frustration about communication with members and prospects. I just experienced poor communications of an event designed to include me and my teammates.