Membership

Tuesday Buzz: Boost Your Membership Renewals

By / Nov 24, 2015 (chochowy/ThinkStock)

Discover a cornucopia of useful tips for keeping your members happy and engaged. Plus: WordPress has news for Mac users.

With the end of the year approaching, many association members will soon be weighing whether or not to renew their membership.

Since renewal isn’t guaranteed, organizations must also remember to engage with this group of current members.

Association expert Dennis Bozzi knows this and has compiled a list of tips to help organizations keep their members content and paid up for another year.

Dividing membership lists, for example, can be a helpful way to start organizing your processes and brainstorming ideas. By giving individual staff members responsibility for parts of your membership list, you can get more of your team thinking about engagement and how to improve member attitudes and visibility.

Bozzi also suggests distributing a letter that not only explains the organization’s benefits but also asks members to suggest improvements for the coming year. And having the CEO or director’s signature is an added bonus that can go a long way toward enticing members to renew.

Above all, Bozzi recommends making members feel important.

“It is NEVER a privilege for an organization to be allowed to be one of your members,” he explains. “It is ALWAYS the other way around.”

For more tips, see the entire list here.

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Eli Zimmerman

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