Do Your Members GIVE Value or Just Expect to RECEIVE It?

Do Your Members GIVE Value or Just Expect to RECEIVE It?

How do your members experience your organization? Do they anxiously await your next resource to hit their inbox then run? Or do they have the chance to contribute and give back to the organization? Last week's podcast guest Evelyn Green shared her thoughts on how creating a two-way relationship builds better community within an organization.

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Virtual Events- Survey Results and a Creative Solution

Virtual Events- Survey Results and a Creative Solution

Virtual events may be membership organization's best option for the foreseeable future. While this can raise concerns when it comes to fundraising, let your imagination run wild! Read about how one organization is supporting their cause and still planning to raise funds.

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Post-It Notes & New Possibilities

Post-It Notes & New Possibilities

Planning and strategizing are part of any organization! I got the chance to catch up with a client about a former project we worked on, and it brought back memories of my Post-It Note planning process!

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Fundraising for Membership Organizations

Fundraising for Membership Organizations

For some of you, the word “fundraising” might make you feel a bit squeamish. However, finding donor support is crucial for your organization. Read about how to encourage organization fundraising without stepping on your members' toes!

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THAT is a Hair-En-Fuego Kind of Problem!

THAT is a Hair-En-Fuego Kind of Problem!

Every organization faces bumps in the road. But knowing which bumps need to be steamrolled out and which bumps you can drive over a little while longer is crucial to membership growth. Read about 3 urgent membership problems that should be addressed right away.

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“Bazinga!” & Your Member Experience

“Bazinga!” & Your Member Experience

Sheldon Cooper's catchphrase also doubles as the pattern our members can sometimes follow within our organization's funnel: Unpredictable and unusual! Read about how to remedy that with a strategic system.

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3 Places to Look for New Members (Right Now)

3 Places to Look for New Members (Right Now)

With an unprecedented top half of 2020, many organizations are going to be looking at mid-year analytics with a different lens. If you're worried about your membership numbers, check out these three places to look for new members right now!

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Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Your outlook when it comes to change is everything. When you change your perception from half-empty to half-full, it opens up doors that otherwise would stay sealed shut!

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Engaging Members with Surprise & Delight

Engaging Members with Surprise & Delight

When was the last time you received something from a business or organization that made you appreciate their connection? Personalizing your engagement with your members boosts morale and makes your members feel integral to your organization.

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Sorry – There Is NO Master List

Sorry – There Is NO Master List

Although a master list is a great tool for some pieces to your organization, there isn't (and shouldn't) be one for your member benefits. Read all about what I have to say about personalizing your membership benefits.

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Value is in the Eye of the Beholder

Value is in the Eye of the Beholder

To keep your organization functioning, you have to find your “bass-line.” What is the rhythm in the background that your members rely on? Finding your core beat is important in running a purposeful organization.

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ANY Decision Would Have Worked Better

ANY Decision Would Have Worked Better

It's easy to follow the leader rather than setting the course. However, in our current world too many are sitting and waiting for someone else to set the precedent. Take action now so you don't fall behind when things return to normal.

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When You’re Forced to Shift from Live Events to Virtual

When You’re Forced to Shift from Live Events to Virtual

With the uncertainty in the world, many large in-person networking and educational conferences are being cancelled or postponed. Although there is nothing that can completely replace face-to-face interaction, you can still serve your members' needs through virtual events!

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Is It Time to Revisit Your On-Boarding Process?

Is It Time to Revisit Your On-Boarding Process?

When was the last time you put yourself in your new members' shoes? The on-boarding process is a critical piece of proving to your new members that joining your organization was the right move. If it's been awhile since you've revisited your organization's process, now may be the time!

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ANCW Launches New Website on Wild Apricot Platform

ANCW Launches New Website on Wild Apricot Platform

Congratulations are due to the American National Cattlewomen (ANCW) on their *beautiful* transition to the Wild Apricot platform.   They announced their new site on Friday and have already seen members transitioning over - visiting the new site and setting up their...

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Craving Calm – Even a Lighthouse Can’t Control the Storm

Craving Calm – Even a Lighthouse Can’t Control the Storm

As leaders of membership organizations, your members will be looking to you for guidance and calm during this unprecedented time in recent history. While you take care of your members, be sure you give yourself the grace to understand you cannot control the situation no matter how brightly your light shines for others!

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I Gave Up – She Didn't – Here's What I Learned

I Gave Up – She Didn't – Here's What I Learned

  No matter how hard I pushed, it simply wouldn’t budge. The seat on the machine at the gym was hopelessly stuck. I was getting more of a workout trying to move the seat into the right position than I get actually using the machine. I couldn’t understand what was...

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In Troubled Times, A Message of Hope

In Troubled Times, A Message of Hope

  This isn’t the article that I intended to write this week. When nearly every email hitting your inbox is about the nasty impact of the coronavirus, I wasn’t sure that people needed another message on that topic... but to ignore the impact that the current...

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Finding the Budget to Work on Growth

Finding the Budget to Work on Growth

One of the biggest roadblocks to growing an organization is finding ways to invest in products, courses, and resources to actually grow! Today I'm covering why finding the money to invest is so crucial to the health of your organization.

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Why They Don't Join (and How to Change That) – Part 4 of 4

Why They Don't Join (and How to Change That) – Part 4 of 4

To wrap up this special series, I'm addressing an issue that is no fault of an organization but is still causing issues. With the amount of recurring services being offered, asking your potential members to invest in yet another membership can be a hard sell. Read on to learn about how to market your organization so it is irresistible to your members.

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Why They Don't Join (and How to Change That) – Part 3 of 4

Why They Don't Join (and How to Change That) – Part 3 of 4

In part three of my special series, I'm diving into the nitty-gritty of your organization. You may be losing out on potential members because of a disconnect on your potential members' needs. Read on to learn about evaluating (and possibly changing) your services to attract and land new members.

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