A Member Research Strategy to Consider

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Qualitative is not statistically significant, and unless your membership is very small, we cannot capture every member’s voice. Many quantitative surveys can be statistically significant, and they are usually open to every member. Have you got questions for your members?

Our Members are Self-Centered

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Our members are self-centered. Our members have… no time. Only organizations that solve our member’s problems, speak their language, and understand them will get their time and attention. Can you stand in your member’s shoes and do this?

How to Leverage Your Association’s Super-Members

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The trouble with association boards is they tend to be populated with super-members. Super-members are members who are so engaged, so seasoned, so advanced in the profession or industry they are not like most members. Don’t ask them to guess what new members need or want.

How Often are We Out of Sync with Members?

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Likely members think the value of their membership is more than or less than we think they think it is. Likely members have better or worse experiences with the association than we guess they do. Likely members like the conference more or less than we assume they do. Often.

What Association CEO’s Need to Do About Membership

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CEOs have a tremendous impact on each member’s perceptions of the association, member culture, and membership metrics. Membership departments tend to focus on members or they focus on the mechanics of membership.

Association Volunteers Do Not Engage Because of Time and Timing

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Related: Member participation, volunteerism, and contribution are declining. Member Engagement Member Experience association strategy engaged members member engagement member experience member insights volunteering volunteers

One Thing We can do to Prepare for Change

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Related: Members need association help when they face change or start something new. Did you know that member surveys can be risky? Association Strategy Member Research change innovation member insights member problems risk strategy technology

When Members Believe the Association is Their Cause

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From the outside, this association is very much like many others; there are members, chapters, special interest groups, and conferences. When the association needed a new website a member lead the refresh. A team of members is putting together a new product plan.

Differentiating Between Member Feedback and Member Criticism

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Each time you offer members something new you have a choice. You can listen to the feedback from those members who are all in. Member feedback helps the new change or product reach its fullest potential. What is your association’s take on member feedback?

Learn About Members’ Why

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This is great advice but it is awfully hard to do when we don’t know our members’ why. For every action (or inaction) members (and non-members) take there is a why. As established organizations, knowing our member’s why helps us develop and communicate our why.

Is it Day 1 or Day 2 for Associations?

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True customer (member) obsession and high-velocity decision making are the most critical but also the most difficult for associations. Think about your members. Think about your best members. Not board members but regular members who are highly engaged.

Data and Association Decision-Making

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We feel better when we can say 75% of our members do this. When making a strategic decision on the basis of qualitative data (a member survey, our own data or third party data) ask these questions: Who responded and are these the members we most need insight from?

Please Ask Members

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As a member researcher I see some validity to this statement. Research, particularly qualitative research is very good at naming member problems but members themselves are often hard pressed to articulate the right solution. We have got to ask our members.

Overcoming Association Change Fatigue

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If you are walking into an association where one or a combination of any of these things have happened, you may see that everyone is fatigued; staff, board and maybe even members. One great way to build trust is learn about members and help everyone else to learn about members in a new way.

What We Can Do to Get Members to Rave About the Association

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For associations who want raving fans not just satisfied members think about all the things your very favorite go-to’s do. What else can we do to get members to rave about our association? Related posts: The members we should focus on.

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There are Important Things We May Not Know About the Association

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There are some things about the association we may not know unless we ask members. our long-time members are disengaging. we use different words than our members use. we are solving a problem members have already solved.

Developing My Dream Association

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If I were to build an association, I would pull the most significant insights from all of the research I have conducted. One of the core staff values would be to be intensely member-focused. We would talk with members often, conduct listening tours, and interview them.

Case Study: In-depth Member Interviews Feed Association’s Strategic Plan

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What else should the association do to support members during these extremely challenging times? Based on this input we outlined two goals for the research project: Understand member’s current challenges. Learn if there were any barriers preventing deeper member engagement.

Turning Our Members’ Problems into Opportunities

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Members want us to solve problems that they can’t solve for themselves – Greg Melia , Director of Membership for ASAE at MASAE’s 2015 mid-year conference. We solve the problems that nag our members, problems that no one else cared to solve or could solve.

3 Ways to Get Members to Read Your Marketing Communications

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Same with your members they think much of what you send to them does not apply to them. Here’s why your members may not be responding to your marketing communications: Use their words. Not using your member’s words sets you apart making trust that much harder.

The Marketing of Marketing is not Telling Us The Whole Story About Member Research

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For example, we see more content on tactics than we do strategy. Technology promises to give us unprecedented access to our members’ hearts and minds but does it really deliver? When you first step into a marketing role at an organization with few member insights, start with the data.

7 Tips to Improve Your Marketing Reporting and Prove Your Worth

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You might find that you gain a quarter of your membership in May and September but lose members in December. This data shows you what kind of content your members like and can help you decide what content strategy to pursue. How long are your members staying on board?

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What’s the Difference Between Automation Rules and Marketing Automation, Anyway?

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Improving member communications. Two tools: One (automation rules) that helps you scale actions within your online community, and one (marketing automation) that helps you scale your member outreach. Empower Your Member Communications with Both Tools. Automation rules.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.22.19

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Your new member onboarding shouldn’t just be show and tell , says Billhighway. They suggest working with your chapters on an onboarding plan that helps you learn about new members’ needs, introduce them to the chapter and association, and guide them onto the most relevant membership path.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.13.17

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One of the most fascinating technological developments is the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver a more meaningful and valuable customer and member experience. – Using Marketing Automation for Greater Member Insight.

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Growth Hacking Your Community with Vanessa DiMauro

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It should attract new members, offer smooth onboarding and persistent attention, and ultimately embrace marketing tactics like great content, campaigns and social media outreach. Every community needs to align with organizational goals and set up a strategy for scale and efficiency.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.6.16

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Strategy and governance. Learn how to identify strategies and realistic planning tactics to create the revolution needed to sustain your association. Join AENC affiliate members to discuss: How are you marketing your company and/or yourself?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.13.16

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Hear how the National Association of Tax Professionals used Google Universal Analytics to uncover insights they previously only made assumptions about, and how the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association streamlined their business processes with Google Tag Manager.

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How Are Associations Using Twitter?

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While all of these things are important for our members to know perhaps pushing all of the time is not so engaging. Instead of just pushing messages through Twitter here are some other ways to use this social media channel that may help you serve your members.

The Marketing of Marketing is not Telling Us The Whole Story About Member Research

SocialFish

For example, we see more content on tactics than we do strategy. Technology promises to give us unprecedented access to our members’ hearts and minds but does it really deliver? When you first step into a marketing role at an organization with few member insights, start with the data. Perhaps you have the tools to segment your audience to figure out who the organization’s biggest champion is, or the biggest user, or most profitable member group.