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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 Gary Toyn on Oct 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

When membership organizations make bad decisions, we can learn a lot from their mistakes. Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at ten easy ways to scare away member loyalty and engagement.  About a 7 minute read.

Sometimes member loyalty is skittish as a kid in a haunted house, tensed to bolt at the first sign that all isn’t well. Some members may fear a horror-filled experience. Others may worry your organization is secretly an identity-snatching zombie.

The worst thing is, they don’t often stay with organizations long enough to find out whether these warning signs are scary monsters or (more likely) simple mistakes.

My role as a marketing consultant has allowed me to work with all types and sizes of membership organizations. From large organizations with a million or so members, to small non-profit and trade groups with just a few thousand members. Most organizations seem to get it. They’ve figured out how to adapt to meet the unique needs of their members, and they can seamlessly integrate our discount platform into their existing suite of member benefits and privileges.

A few others -- dare I say -- are unprepared for success.

They have so many fundamental problems with how they run their organization that adding a powerful engagement tool, even one backed by the best discount program provider, will actually make matters worse.

After more than a decade in working with various groups, I’ve noticed some important patterns among the few groups that struggle the most. The ones that send members fleeing in the other direction.

I think there’s great value in learning from the mistakes of others, so here’s my list of the ten easiest ways an organization can scare away their member loyalty and engagement: 

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 Michelle White on Aug 4, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Summer vacations certainly didn’t pan out this year like we all envisioned.

Most Spring Break travel was re-routed to the back yard as the entire country canceled their travel plans and hunkered down to control the spread of the dangerous coronavirus.

And not even the happiest place on earth was immune.

Disneyland® Resort closed its Anaheim, CA gates for only the fourth time since the park opened. Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL had closed a few more times due to impending hurricanes but each of those closures lasted only a day or two. These multi-month park closures for COVID-19 have been nothing short of historic.

And while many Americans may not be ready to venture too far away from home just yet, at some point, people will indeed be ready – and eager – to travel again.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jul 16, 2020 8:58:15 AM

Much has been studied about the customer journey. The world’s largest brands and corporations have all contributed to the pool of knowledge. They’ve studied from every angle what it takes to convince a person to purchase their product/service/doodad/you name it.

Unfortunately there are not quite so many resources out there for organizations for help in understanding the member journey.

At Access, we’ve been studying and pondering this for years, gathering membership statistics and analyzing different moments of the journey to the tune of hundreds of articles over the last decade or two.