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Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jun 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In March, I set up a Zoom meeting with my family for the first time in my life.

Between loud kids of all ages, varied internet speeds, my screen mysteriously turning me green, and my dear, sweet grandma’s hearing aid issues...

It was 5% awesome and 95% chaotic nonsense.

So, only a little higher percentage chaotic nonsense than a typical family gathering.

I kid, I kid. Connecting with my family is always revitalizing. Over the years, we’ve had many reasons why we couldn’t physically meet. Siblings found jobs out of state, illnesses cancelled plans, etc. And of course, recently everyone was encouraged to forego proximity to loved ones for an extended amount of time.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jun 3, 2020 7:05:00 AM

You may have noticed our blog has been quiet for a few weeks as we focused elsewhere during the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Or, if you haven’t noticed because more urgent concerns fill your attention, we understand. We hope you and yours are safe, healthy and ready to help each other recover.

It’s nice to be back exploring loyalty and member engagement on this blog again. For today, we wanted to share our personal journey in navigating the effects of the worldwide pandemic.

When Access Development’s hometown of Salt Lake City received the official stay at home order in March we, like many others, got an unexpected crash course in working remotely. And our immediate concern was providing seamless service to the clients who trust us, most of whom were similarly scrambling to adjust.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Feb 20, 2020 11:07:17 AM

Typically, organizations partner with a discount program provider, but what about creating one yourself? This article discusses critical factors to help you decide if a do-it-yourself discount program is right for you. About a 4 minute read.

I don’t know about you, but when I see something cool someone created online, my first thought is “I could make that.”

A few times, I’ve succeeded in making my own version and even enjoyed the challenge of creating with my own hands. Some of my favorite things I own are things I’ve made.

More often though, I’ve found the effort not worth my while.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jan 16, 2020 8:13:10 AM

Last week, we outlined the process for calculating an actionable number to describe each member’s level of engagement in the article, Gauging Member Engagement: How to Collect Actionable Data. In part 2 of the series below, we describe how to take this new metric and customize a member marketing plan.

Ideally, you’ve followed the steps outlined in part 1 of this series. This process of assigning values to member interactions (which add up to a total engagement score) will give you a valuable metric by which you can segment your members.

Even if you haven’t, any amount of member data is enough to get you started. In fact, each member’s length of membership, age, gender and other demographic data gives you a great starting point.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jan 8, 2020 9:07:09 AM

Can you add up the number of members you have?

Yes.

Can you calculate your quarterly profits?

Yep, easily.

But can you put a solid number to something as nebulous as a member’s level of engagement?

Yes, actually you can.

And in doing so you can help your members succeed based on their individual levels of loyalty.

Lack of engagement is the most commonly cited reason for membership non-renewal (by 37% of associations surveyed.) So better understanding the factors that lead to engagement will help you steer your members toward the actions you want them to take.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Dec 2, 2019 8:23:00 AM

We've written previously about the power of building strong relationships with merchant partners. But to highlight our partnership marketing team at Access, let's explore the importance of valuable offers and why merchants trust their business with Access. 

When it comes to merchant discounts, most consumers just want to know one thing: how good is the deal?

But for merchants, there’s a lot riding on the type of discount they can (and should) be willing to offer.

How is it then that the Access network consistently has better offers from more merchant providers than any other value added benefit in America? Especially when deep discounts are often associated with marketing gimmicks that only attract coupon addicts – customers who give their loyalty to the best current deal, not to favorite brands?