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Posted by Kendra Lusty on Dec 15, 2020 9:54:33 AM

As 2020 draws to a close, the air is filled with comments like: “There’s no place like home for the holidays… too bad we can’t go.” and “Happy New Year… we hope.” and of course, “Is this dumpster fire of a year over yet?”

Indeed it has been a difficult year for many. Some said goodbye to loved ones too early. Some struggled with unemployment and financial strain. Others fought to keep doors open on restaurants, shops and other businesses big and small.

However you are weathering the storm, I’m sure we can all agree 2020 is destined to become synonymous with major change.

At Access, we started the year with big plans for expanded travel and lifestyle benefits, app updates and other member wants on our ultimate wishlist. But 2020 changed a lot of priorities for so many members, which in turn changed priorities for the member organizations, employers and merchants that make up our client base. As a result, Access had to refocus as well.

The holidays are a time for celebration. And all things considered, we at Access have a lot to celebrate.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Dec 2, 2020 8:59:01 AM

Open enrollment season is also known as hug-a-harried-HR-professional season. Okay, I just made that up, but the fact remains that open enrollment is a busy and stressful time of year for those in Human Resources.

That’s because the stakes are high. More and more businesses are realizing they need to nail their employee benefits package in order to keep the best and brightest working for them for years to come. Every business and organization—from the smallest mom and pop restaurant to multi-million member associations—relies on happy and engaged employees to accomplish their goals.

Want to better serve your customer base? Want to help your members be more engaged? Studies show that the best place to start is with employees. According to a Cornell University study, companies on the Fortune Magazine Best Companies to Work For list boast higher customer satisfaction scores.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Nov 5, 2020 8:11:11 AM

The 2020 US election is complete. We hope everyone was able to vote safely and to make your voices heard. No matter how you feel about the results of any particular election, I think we can all agree that it’s wonderful to have a say in our future.

As we anxiously wait for the final votes to be tallied, here’s a question to keep your mind busy. Do your members have a say in what benefits they receive? Even with many value-added benefits to select from – like discount programs, birthday rewards, points earning, surprise and delight campaigns, etc. – you don’t have to blindly guess what members want. We’ve got some tips to help you figure out exactly what will keep them coming back year after year.

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 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: