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Fresh Webinar Formats

Fresh Formats for Your Association's Webinars

Webinars are a GREAT way to engage members and potential members...as long as you can get people to register.

To drive registrations, your webinar must be interesting, convenient, and valuable. Now the trickiest part of that series is probably the “interesting” part. What makes a webinar interesting, aside from the topic? Well a major factor is the format.

To keep your members (and potential members) on their toes, consider experimenting with these fresh webinar formats:

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5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

Let us guess: Member turnover on your mind? No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye.

If you’re looking to catch these folks before they leave, check out these five methods you should try to retain those one-and-done members of your association.

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7 Email Marketing Trends to Try for Increasing Member Engagement

Email continues to be a leading communication channel for reaching members. As new tools and functionality are built, the possibilities for member engagement can be incredibly exciting!

So exciting, in fact, that you may not know where to begin. Here are a few email trends that are becoming more popular in 2018 and are focused on audience engagement. Pick two or three (or more!) and give them a try:

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Could a Young Professionals Microsite Be What Your Association Is Missing?

Engaging the next generation now is a big concern for many associations. Engaging your members in general is tough. But engaging the young professional sector presents a whole new set of challenges. How can you showcase your association’s value - value that can’t be accessed elsewhere, or worse, for free? How can you get your YP members to attend events where many people there are, in fact, twice their age?

Well let me ask you this: How much of your association’s marketing material is designed for young professionals? Not can be used for but is exclusively for? If the answer is “not much,” that may be the missing link.

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4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee

If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Feeling lost at what to do?

Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest!

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Post-Session Survey: Quick Questions to Capture Attendee Feedback

Conferences can feel extremely busy not only for those who are executing it, but for attendees as well. When they’re bouncing in between sessions and trying to grab a quick lunch, your post-session survey is often the last thing on their mind.

That said, attendees do want to share their thoughts! We just have to make it as easy as possible. Making sure that your questions are quick and to the point is key for gathering feedback when the content is fresh in their mind. Take a look at these tips and example questions:

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[Guest Post] Best Practices and Examples: KPIs for Membership Organizations

The following blog post was written by Lacy Lyons at TechnologyAdvice.com.

As use of the internet and social media becomes more integrated into the daily lives of consumers, various sectors of the economy are debating the uses and merits of KPIs, or key performance indicators, to evaluate successes and areas of potential growth. The consensus among academic researchers and business people is that KPIs are useful tools, but only when they are combined with the needs of employees and customers. It is important to remember, too, that different workplaces and organizations should tailor their KPIs to fit the demands of their individual environments, rather than deciding on industry standards without taking the conditions in which the company operates into account.

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How to Ace Networking at Your Next Industry Event: 3 Techniques

It’s no secret that most people are nervous when it comes to networking. You’re usually walking around a room full of strangers who are only connected through your industry and feeling the pressure to strike up one (or more!) random conversation. Sounds kind of intimidating, right?

While we can’t take all your jitters away, we do have some recommendations to help you make the most out of any upcoming networking event with less stress. Take a look at these three techniques you should try to feel your best when it comes to networking.

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Why You Need to Build a Digital Relationship with Your Members

You know by now that your website, emails, social media pages, and other online channels are vital to communicating with members (and prospects) these days. And thanks to tools like your database and Google Analytics, you can create a history by capturing most of those interactions and the way members respond to them on an individual level.

Why would you want to do that? Over time, building a digital relationship will help you acquire, engage, and retain more members. You’ll be able to understand the best ways to communicate with them online, and use that to your advantage during in person interactions!

Here are a few reasons why (if you haven’t already) it’s time to start building that digital relationship with each member:

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A Lesson in Staying Relevant from America’s Independent Bookstores

Technology is constantly changing how we live our lives. We can order products online and expect them on our doorstep no more than two days later. We can purchase and pick up groceries without ever having to go in a store. We can order a rideshare service and visibly see how far away the vehicle is from our location.

Pretty remarkable stuff.

But the less glamorous side of that is the impact it can have on existing products and services. Companies must make changes in order to remain relevant in evolving times. And if they don’t, well...just look at the cab companies.

But here’s an interesting case study: Between 1995 and 2000, the number of independent bookstores in America, unsurprisingly, plummeted. The culprit? Amazon, eReaders, and superstores, such as Barnes & Noble. But then in 2005 (and beyond), independent bookstores started to make a comeback.

Why? How? (I mean, Amazon is some pretty stiff competition.) And when the prices at independent bookstores are often higher than those of online retailers, why would people still opt to go the more expensive route?

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9 Questions to Ask Any Vendor at Your Next Trade Show

No matter who you are, walking on the trade show floor can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. You’ve got vendors known and unknown looking to catch your eye as well as countless other attendees all walking and interacting in one dedicated space.

If this visual is making you nervous, don’t fret! We’ve come up with nine questions you can ask almost any vendor at your next trade show to see if their product would be a good fit for your association! Check them out below!

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