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Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jan 19, 2021 9:28:36 AM

It’s a new year, a new opportunity to set goals and succeed in any aspect of life one chooses to focus on.

The intention of a New Year’s resolution is to establish life-long changes that will improve the person’s life in some way. Whether you like to set official New Year’s resolutions or not, goal-setting has proven an effective strategy for increasing productivity and focusing efforts in the right direction.

And the effects are even more pronounced when it comes to businesses and organizations.

Of course there are some resolutions notorious for being dropped after the first few weeks (“get in shape”, I’m looking at you.) So the last thing you want is to set organization goals that get lost in the shuffle, or worse, send you down the wrong path.

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 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