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When planning for college, I believed journalism was the best (maybe only) choice I had to earn an actual money-making career based on writing. Even though I knew early on I was unhappy in that major, I stuck through my classes.

And worked at the school newspaper.

And practiced my “interview skills” on unsuspecting blind dates.

Basically, I pounded away at the goal for three years before taking a step back to figure out why things weren’t falling into place like they should. It took opening up my mind to realize that my basic premise was wrong before I could make the change. I’m much happier now, thanks for asking.

When we make choices based on wrong assumptions, our results won’t be satisfactory no matter how good our intentions.

Not all member discount programs can really attract and engage your constituents like they promise. Here are 20 of the most important elements to look for in an effective (and compelling) discount program.

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Why are more and more member-based organizations, employers, associations offering their constituents a private discount program as part of their benefits?

Because if it’s done right, offering compelling consumer discounts has almost universal appeal with virtually any demographic,  young or old, male or female. 

I’m a self-proclaimed Potterhead (a nickname given to fanatics of the Harry Potter series).

Needless to say, one of my favorite trips as an adult (yes I said adult) was a quick, two day visit to Universal Studios Orlando to finally experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

And it was...

AWESOME!

I got to see Gringotts Bank, eat at the Leaky Cauldron, enjoy a frozen butterbeer, go inside Ollivanders wand shop, ride on the Hogwarts Express and more.

My point? Traveling is an important part of peoples’ lives as it creates opportunities for discovery, exploration, shared experiences and lasting memories.

Which brings me to the idea that people love to travel (no surprise there) - all kinds of people in all kinds of ways for all kinds of reasons.

How much do people love to travel you ask?

So much so that we've created an entire stats page around it, Travel and Tourism Statistics: The Ultimate Collection, to help us better understand travelers.

Americans alone took 2.3 billion solo trips for business and leisure purposes in 2017.

Not only do people like to travel, but they spend a significant amount of their hard earned dollars on road trips, vacations, getaways, staycations, etc.

Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.8 billion a day, $118.2 million an hour, $2.0 million a minute and $32,800 a second in 2017.

Because traveling is such a significant part of people’s lives, we've identified 6 things you should know about travel savings as they relate to your members.

Membership groups are trying to adapt to the increasing demands of members who want personally relevant value from the organizations they join. Here’s why organizations are embracing membership discount platforms to drive ongoing engagement.

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You might call me a Millennial. I was born right there on the border of what’s considered a Millennial and a Gen Xer. I can sympathize with both, including the quirks from both.

What does that mean? For one thing, it means I’ll smother mayo on my sandwich while saying “hey Siri, why do people say Millennials are killing mayo?”

But mostly, it means I can understand why “kids these days” behave so differently than the generations before. It’s no wonder they’re perceived as “killing” so many of the things that used to define what it meant to be an adult. They want totally different things, especially when it comes to the relationships they hold with the businesses they frequent. 

Have you ever asked yourself what creates loyalty?

We have.

In fact, we’ve filled several pages devoted to gathering the latest facts and stats about all things customer loyalty and engagement.

What is it? How do you earn it? Is it worth the effort? (And so on...)

On the flip side, have you ever wondered what makes loyalty fade?

We’ve asked ourselves that one, too, turning again to our content-filled stats pages to seek out some answers.

Read on and discover -- like we did -- five clear patterns that studies suggest are fast and easy ways to turn off consumers and drive them away from becoming truly loyal.