Extending Your Brand with Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence is showing up everywhere—from Siri to Alexa to Google Home.  Let’s face it, AI makes our lives easier. Every morning Alexa wakes me up, gives me the weather, delivers my news brief and updates me on all the sports highlights. While my coffee is brewing, she lays out my daily work schedule. And I can speak to Alexa; I add meetings and my boxing workout, create shopping and errand lists. With a $39 investment, Alexa is my personal assistant that takes up no space and does not cost me a dime.

Now, don’t think this is an endorsement for Alexa. Instead, it’s a practical example at how artificial intelligence enhances my life and makes my day more efficient. I am not alone, 84% of respondents to a Pega study, “What Consumers Really Think About AI: A Global Study,” use AI daily for customized engagement. Google search, spam filters for email, Facebook news recommendations, and online shopping recommendations are ways we engage with AI daily. AI can scale to efficiencies in club management as well as help you personalize your member engagement.

So, imagine this…what if Daxko could add this efficiency in your clubs? Cue Olivia, the invisible sales agent. With up to 85% of your revenues coming from memberships, what if you used artificial intelligence to drive efficiency in the membership process? What if Olivia’s sole job was to nurture prospects into qualified leads ready to take action and then serve them up to your membership sales team? How precise would this be?  Olivia, who requires no W2, earns no wages, takes up no space, who is impervious to rejection and can work 24/7 with no breaks, can drive your prospects into leads in the pipeline. Ah, the value of artifical intelligence. The best part, Olivia will amplify your brand in how she engages your member.

Have we piqued your interest? Artificial Intelligence in the make-member process is the future—and while cliché, the future is now. The product strategy team at Daxko has teamed with artificial intelligence gurus for the past year to learn how Olivia can impact your prospect/lead management and membership engagement. We have been at work, gathering test examples of how AI can bring efficiencies to your membership process.

The future value of AI is in delivering exceptional experiences. Retention and member engagement are areas that Olivia can enhance your club. Today’s CMOs are looking at automating customer interactions to deliver personalized rapport. Olivia can be your brand ambassador for delivering success messages to members. “Sarita, congratulations on working out 6 consecutive weeks.”  Or, “Sarita, we miss you!  Time to come back!” Boutiques have created intimacy with their members by sending these 1:1 messages and celebrating member milestones. Well, clubs can get into the action as well. AI done right in member engagement can amplify your member experience.

Putting Olivia to work at personalizing your member experience will not happen overnight. Olivia may not work for money—but Olivia thrives on data. The more member data—the better the predictability of AI. This predictability is what enhances Olivia’s conversations with your members. So, yes, the benefits of Olivia will be driven by strategic vision. Simply put, you’ve got to do the work of building the experience so that Olivia can deliver the experience to your members.

Why AI? Why Daxko?  Daxko is known for exceptional experiences and we have won services awards.  One of Daxko’s many R&D investments is bringing artificial intelligence to the market to enhance the member experience. Daxko acquired CSI Software about 20 months ago. Our product strategy team has been at work on not just enhancements and overhauling the Daxko Spectrum club management platform user interface and our API partner integrations, but also understanding how we can enable you to be more efficient and engaging at making members. Using AI has many benefits to the membership process—but most understated is how we can use AI, or Olivia, to extend your brand. We are actively looking at how to deploy AI across all experiences and how to use the 20+ years of membership data we have collected to give Olivia “the brain” to empower real time contextual engagement with members.

How you do what you do matters to us, and artificial intelligence in the right setting will get us there.  Yes, we are your invisible partner and with Olivia, we are going to make some major things happen.  Artificial intelligence done right, is the next best thing to being there.

Sarita Myers is a Business Strategist and a Transformation Leader that likes to fix things with her head.  Finding strategic solutions to solve “big” market problems is her work nirvana.   Customer Obsessed, Sarita believes customer discovery and customer experience mapping are the keys to identifying market problems and developing solutions to fix market needs.

 A lover of challenge and change, Sarita is excited to be leading the product strategy team at Daxko (Spectrum CSI). Sarita’s long game is to deliver strategy, positioning and products to the market that will deliver exceptional experiences.

Why Engaging Your Members Matters

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Think about your organization and all the “things” that comprise it. Where did your mind first take you? The facility? Program offerings? Staff? Your cause? All of those “things” point back to two greater purposes – members and community. We wouldn’t exist without them.

Your members provide consistent support, volunteerism, donations and a sense of community unlike any other. Your function is to develop those members from casually associating themselves with a facility to connecting with a community. Then, develop those members into individuals who are committed to your organization’s cause.

This purpose is clear for a non-profit community organization, but the ideology is certainly applicable to other organizations as well. One of your focal points is retention – something that proves difficult in a world crowded with shiny, trendy, new offerings that you must constantly compete with. Members might be attracted to unique offerings, but they will stay if they feel connected with other members, trainers, or staff. Developing your community to be a supportive network that provides accountability will ensure a higher retention rate and a far more satisfied member.

There are two measures for engagement:

  1. Retention – improving your relationships with your members and connecting them to opportunities that they are interested in will decrease the rate at which you see memberships turn over. In a case study performed by our team (the Daxko Engagement Solutions Team), we found that organizations saw a 3-5% increase in retention year over year if they did the following:
    • Establish a new member orientation and develop a new member engagement initiative
    • All staff log 3-5 in person conversations each day in a tracking software
    • Communicate staff successes and coach underperformers
  2. Social Impact – engaging your members is incredibly important to accomplishing the mission of your organization, whether that mission is to make an impact through social programs OR to foster a healthy community and make a profit while doing it.
    • While retention is primarily focused on numbers, social impact focuses more on the stories that you will create when your members have an exceptional experience.

All the “things” that make up your organization are important. But what’s more important are the people and the relationships those people build with others.

 

Emily V. is a proud dog mom, and Netflix connoisseur, and lives on Daxko’s Engagement Solutions Team.

From Our Customers: Daxko Engage

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We sat down with Daxko customers to walk through their thoughts on Daxko Engage. Here are their words:

“By adopting Daxko Engage, and making the investment in that product it ensures that we have consistent on-boarding for new members with the new member initiative that runs for us. We are able to modify the content to meet the needs and the things that we want to promote at that time and during that season of what we are doing. It also lets us not have to invest staff time in creating things on the backside but rather being face to face with our members which is huge for us to be able to take some of the administrative work off our staff to free us to be hands on in our communities.”

Leeann Buttram
VP of Member Services
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“We use it as part of our plans for new member engagement, for program engagement, and pretty soon we’ll be using it for our prospect engagement like for people that come in for tours and guests and things of that nature. We’ve laid out a path of where we want these people to go whether it’s with different kinds of communication or a fitness plan path. Daxko Engage is built into those plans.”

Nancy Byrum
Association Dir. of Member Engagement
Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA

“We can see through Engage who’s walking in our doors, we can greet them by their name, and we know what their likes and dislikes are, creating conversations. It’s a way to put people in small communities. We know that members do better when they have a sense of a small group so to be able to connect people to other people when you know their likes and dislikes is helpful.”

Angela Wallace
VP of Marketing & Communications
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“We’ve been very intentional about in-person conversations with our wellness staff and that we have found has been a shift in culture and not something we have been as focused on in the past but something that has made a real difference in our membership. We have begun to do trainings such as “Listen First” that help our staff ask the right questions and to be more intentional about assisting our members in an open way. Engage has been a tool to help us do that better and we’ve been very excited about some of the results that we’ve seen so far.”

Jarrod Covington
VP, District Executive Director
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“We are almost on the forefront of catching people before we almost lose them. That has always been the tail wagging the dog kind of thing where they come in to fill out their cancellation paperwork and we’re like man, we hate to see you go. Now we can when we catch them on low and critical we can take the steps to do what it is to try to keep them there.”

Angela Wallace
VP of Marketing & Communications
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“The ability for our wellness staff to know who is on the floor and who is in the wellness center through the tablet and through the Engage software creates a different connection than have to go up and not know who is in the center. Going over to to a member that may be a CRITICAL in the Engagement Index allows us to identify those members and to provide some assistance to them while they are there at the Y.”

Jarrod Covington
VP, District Executive Director
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

‘Tis the Season to Get Fit, Part 2

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This is the second in a two-part series on engaging new members from Daxko Engage Implementation Specialist Emily Vonbartheld. Read the first post here.

group-rulesTo help engage new members and help them reach goals you can track their interests or goals. If you have Daxko Engage or another CRM, you can create a group based on new member interests and make contact with those members through an initiative. This can be especially useful when you’re targeting January Joins because in Daxko Engage you can create “Group rules” around join dates.

If you are using a CRM or third-party email client, you can pull a custom membership report from Daxko Operations, sort by interests, and email the members from your current email provider.

When signing a member umember-goalsp, remember to ask the member their goals and mark them in a visible area. This will help staff when they go to regularly follow up on their goal. In Daxko Engage there is a place on the member profile exclusively for their goals.

For example, staff can follow up with Gabriel and refer him to classes and resources based on his goal. Keeping up with these goals shows members that their membership is not transactional. Members want to feel like they are part of a community that truly cares about them and tracking goals is one way to achieve that.

Keep new members from pouring out the back gate by increasing their level of engagement and involvement within your fitness center, club, Y, or J. Help members feel that they are a part of something greater by welcoming them into a community dedicated to helping everyone succeed. It’s easy to view “January Joins” as a monolithic group because it feels like the same routine every year. Intentionally tracking a members’ interests and goals and creating systematic communications to engage them, gives you the opportunity to create meaningful change.

Make sure to establish guidelines within your association, hang reminders around welcome desks, and follow up with staff! Increasing retention means increasing impact in members lives and that’s what it’s all about.