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Posted by Kendra Lusty on Oct 20, 2020 9:07:55 AM

Who else is enjoying the chill in the air reminding us that the holidays are just around the corner?

Some things might look a little different this year: more holiday gatherings will have partygoers “zooming” in… more gifts will land on doorsteps instead of in shopping carts…

But luckily, we can count on many holiday staples, our personal favorite being the extra deep savings available only once a year.

Last year, we launched the first ever holiday savings campaign, much to the delight of our client organizations and their collective members. 

In 2020, we hope our clients will join hands with us (figuratively, of course) to repeat last year’s success. Our results show that working together on a common goal is the most effective way to spread joy and cheer with extra deep discounts in time for Hanukah, Christmas and “just because.”

Posted by Gary Toyn on Oct 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

By 2025, non-profit/membership groups will look quite different than they do today. Spurred by the far-reaching impact of the 2020 pandemic, here are ten trends leaders of relationship-based organizations should not ignore. 

About a 10 minute read

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Sep 22, 2020 7:49:01 AM

We’re taught pretty young that the shortest route from point A to point B is a straight line. In many cases, this means a straight line is also the fastest and easiest path.

For example, if I need to get on the roof of my house, I can get there faster climbing a ladder than, say, a series of switchbacks.

If we look at the member journey, point A would be the beginning of the relationship between member and organization. Point B may look different for every organization, but in general, the end goal is to guide every member to the point of true loyalty.

You may say members have reached point B when they:

    • Log in every day
    • Refer friends and family
    • Take a volunteer position of leadership
    • Register for an annual conference
    • Turn to your services for help when they encounter a challenge
    • Redeem rewards over 30 times

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Sep 3, 2020 7:42:50 AM

In our last article, Communicating the Value of Membership: 6 Best Practices for Effective Communication, we discussed how your relationship with your members can only be as strong as your ability to communicate. After all, your outreach program is the best way for you to showcase all the many benefits of membership.

If your communication efforts don’t have a clear message, or if they aren’t being seen in the first place, then it’s your relationship with members that will suffer the most.

Consider these statistics which show what people expect from communication with the businesses they frequent:

Posted by Andrew Graft on Aug 25, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Ray Bradbury – author of the space travel and colonization classic The Martian Chronicles – once wrote, “Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”

What did Mr. Bradbury mean when he penned this now famous quote? We may never know.

Don’t get the wrong idea, of course. We get the part about travel being extra rewarding when people get far off the beaten path into places they didn't even know existed. (Duh.)

What civilization will always wonder is this. Did he mean “half” in the general sense, as in give or take a third? Or “half” in the 50% sense, where if he’d meant 51 percent, he’d have said 51 percent?

Whatever the math behind Ray’s statistical calculations, one thing we know for sure…

People looooooove to travel.

Families and individuals of all ages, sizes and incomes. To faraway lands. For weekend getaways. To pursue new business deals. With kids. Without kids. On planes, trains, automobiles, boats and buses.

And when it comes to the best corporate discount programs, association member benefits, and membership perks in general, discounted travel is often among the most hotly pursued additions to the mix. Why? Because lots of money AND emotional expectation are wrapped up in most of our travel purchase decisions.

So to better understand today’s traveler, we at Access have compiled what we believe is a comprehensive “ultimate collection” of statistics having to do with the travel and tourism industry. We've tried to make this list as relevant as possible, which means we combed through recent research from travel and tourism related sources.

Most of these stats are focused on Americans who travel – though other nationalities may creep into the mix from time to time. We've provided source links for each statistic. Sometimes you’ll find the data conflicts with other sources - so we’ll leave it up to you to decipher which is most accurate.

We'll keep this list updated regularly with the latest and greatest. If you know of a stat we're missing, or want your own research included in our collection, leave us a note in the comments. Enjoy!

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Aug 25, 2020 9:32:47 AM

You work so hard to ensure your membership provides value to your members. But it won’t do you any good if your members don’t know about it. The last thing you want is for your communication be the weak link that prevents your relationships from being as strong as they can be.

Unfortunately, talking to members can sometimes feel like a one-sided conversation.

Whether you're sending emails, leaving phone messages, posting on social media or pinning flyers to message boards, you don't always get to see the response. Yet, the hope is everyone reads carefully and reacts enthusiastically.