Mass marketing is so 1990's! Spend spend/waste wasteThis blog will take you in a different direction. It focuses on association recruitment and retention of members by using targeted methods and communications, and there will be an occasional sojourn into related topics of interest. Rather than discuss the broad, the general, and the "same old," the goal of this blog is to provide useful tools, fact sheets that answer specific questions, and inspiration to those looking to make their jobs more interesting and fun.Thank you for visiting and I welcome your feedback and ideas.

Posted By Leah Baker

We have done membership surveys for over 100 national associations and have been in business for over 20 years. This is our specialty and if you are thinking of doing a survey, we would be glad to talk with you at no obligation.

 

Why do a survey with us? Here are the top five reasons:

 

We specialize in surveys by mail or Internet, or a combination.

We always meet deadlines.

We are very cost conscious.

You will always work with a principal who has an advanced degree in research.

Our reputation is first-rate and very professional. No divas here!

 

Our surveys are always done scientifically and they will provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information about member demographics, which can be critical to your growth, as well as member needs and opinions. Do you know which services they value the most and which they want in the future? Do you know which legislative issues they are thinking about and how they may affect your profession? Do you know where members want chapters?

 

There is no need to work in the dark and for a small investment you will have the data to do accurate strategic planning. For more info call 703-772-5263 or e-mail AllegianceResearch@gmail.com

 


 
Posted By Leah Baker

After the 3-digit YTheyJoin codes go into your member database there are many creative ways you can use them - to find new opportunities for your association, to make your job easier, to engage members, etc. You can cross the codes with any demographics in your database such as city, state, length of membership, certification, education, job title, age group, gender, etc. (The demographics that your assn records most likely come from questions on its member application.)

 

For example, if your next annual meeting is in Chicago, send multiple announcements to the Relevant Participants in Illinois and neighboring states. This category is the most likely to attend, and an extra announcement or mailing to them can bring a very high response rate.

 

If there is a prospect of legislation in a state that would negatively affect assn members, pull the Altruistics in that State and ask them to mobilize or contact their state legislators. We have had great success with this!

 

If you want to start a chapter in a city, let’s say Houston, pull the Shapers in that area and ask them.

 

If you want to start a Speaker’s Bureau or a Wiki with experts in your field, pull the Cognoscenti who went through your association’s certification program.

 

If you want to start an Awards Program that recognizes professional accomplishment pull the Boosters who work in public relations or similar fields for their help.

 

Maybe you want to start a committee of young members to focus on their needs and to communicate in quick, concise ways via hand-held devices, pull the Mailboxers in their twenties.

 

The possibilities are limitless! For more info about YTheyJoin call 703-772-5263 or visit www.YTheyJoin.com


 

 

 
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