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5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Engage Members on Social Media

When I first joined Twitter in 2009, I was a 19-year-old concert junkie who thought it was the COOLEST thing to have a direct line to my favorite bands and their members. That summer, the Vans Warped Tour production team used the social media network to ask concert goers to volunteer for a couple of hours, in exchange for a spot on stage during the set of their choosing. Um, excuse me? 28-year-old me is still reeling over how cool that was. And without a tool like Twitter, it would’ve been nearly impossible to pull off.

Using social media as a way to engage an audience in unique and unexpected ways has been a no-brainer to me ever since. These platform’s very existence depend on interaction. And as a member-based organization, fostering a sense of community is in your roots. That will always be true, no matter how communication channels change over the years. The real-time, highly visible nature of social media is just what associations need to create meaningful and continuous member engagement.


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3 Website Edits That Increase Member Engagement

Posted by Callie Walker

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Your website is the mothership of online member engagement. This is where members go for information, event registration, and ultimately, membership value. But it takes more than just having a website to encourage member engagement. A little extra TLC is needed.

To make the most out of your association’s website, take a look at these web edits that increase member engagement:

Interactive design

Your website should be easily searchable with clean lines of information. And with more and more people accessing the Internet via tablets and mobile devices, it’s best to utilize responsive templates that are favorable to both desktop and mobile users.

Fresh content

The primary goal for any membership website is to get members to the site and keep them coming back for more. This means offering fresh, up-to-date content that your members will find valuable. Not sure where to begin? Try incorporating a blog on your site or adding an image gallery to keep pages active.  

Built-in forms

Using forms throughout your website is a great way to collect important information about your members. More importantly, once you have that information, you can use it to adjust content and improve your members’ online experience.

For more tips on increasing member engagement, check out our free guide below!

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