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.

Webinar Recap: Utilizing Data Insights to Drive Member Engagement & Donations

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Daxko’s Constance Miller and Delphine Carter recently re-presented their popular NAYDO 2017 session, Utilizing Data Insights to Drive Member Engagement & Donations. Miller is a Senior Data Strategist with Daxko and leads the Daxko Data Analytics team. Carter is a Senior Product Manager with 6 years of experience working directly with health & wellness organizations to drive member engagement and other initiatives. There is so much great content in this session but I wanted to touch a few points that resonated:

According to Giving USA, 2015 was the most giving year ever for Human Services organizations (like the YMCA or JCC). In addition, the amount per donor went up and contributions received per organization went up. However, donor retention and repeat gift size all went down. Per Daxko YMCA-specific data, the average gift dropped in 2016. Later in the webcast, Miller shared that less than 7% of Y members will ever donate. Of those 7%, 42% repeat their donation.

Second, Carter really drives home the importance of helping staff and members understand the greater mission of the organization. She asks webinar participants to think through the promise to members and how your organization can deliver on those promises. She also talked about the importance of sharing mission and success stories throughout an association, including facility, website and even through things like classes and programs.

To improve member and donor engagement, Carter shares that using “single identifiable beneficiaries” of donations is more effective than sharing just statistics. “Giving is ultimately an action of the heart, not the head,” Carter explains. Work to get those stories from beneficiaries and also to make sure staff and volunteers are equipped with those stories when approaching potential donors. Carter shared an effective ad campaign from a YMCA that used members voices to share their personal stories, including why they joined and how the Y impacted their lives.

View the webcast in full to get more details about the points above as well as the data that will help you understand why member engagement is so important for giving:

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

Marketing Your Health or Fitness Center Mobile App To Members

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Everyone understands the value of mobile. It’s rapid growth continues to surprise marketers and consumers alike. 79% of marketers believe mobile marketing is core to their business (Salesforce’s 2016 State of Marketing Report). Mobile offers are redeemed 10x more frequently than print offers (eMarketer) and 16% of donors give from an email on a mobile device, a number that is rapidly rising each year.

So, offering a mobile app is a popular option, but, offering a mobile app at your YMCA, JCC, recreation center, or health club is more than just being “with it.” It can be a valuable way to deepen member connections and to save your staff time and effort. In order to realize all the benefits of a mobile application, you have to preach adoption to your staff and to your end users – your members.

So, how do you get members to download your app (and use it!) on their mobile phones, already crowded with apps and tools? We recently spoke with Amy Johnson, Digital Media Coordinator at Greater Green Bay YMCA, and Mary Jo Eiberger, CEO and Executive Director of Cameron Regional YMCA. When we looked at metrics from across our customers, these two Ys stood out with a high percentage of members downloading and using mobile apps multiple times over a 30-day period.
Here are three of their tips to be successful marketing your mobile app to members:

  1. Take time to plan ahead before you launch. Johnson explained that at Greater Green Bay YMCA they made sure to find out what  your members need and are looking for on the mobile app and be sure to choose administrative support for your app prior to launch and roll-out to members. At Green Bay they chose Mobile App Champions at each center to promote the app and keep everyone informed.
  2. Get staff excited about the app. It’s important to get your staff excited and comfortable with the app so that they can be the best promoters of the app to members. Both Johnson and Eiberger encourage members to sign up for the application on the spot. They even offer to download the application and walk through it with a member that isn’t so tech-savvy. Excited staff will want to show members all the app has to offer.
  3. Use your application for nonmembers too. At the Cameron Regional YMCA they encourage nonmember program participants and even movie-goers (yes, they have a movie theatre!) to download the app and they offer announcements, schedules and the information that is valuable for those users too. Eiberger explained that if nonmembers see all the valuable programs listed in the app that are available to members they may decide to join.

Check out the full webcast for more tips on successfully marketing your mobile application to members: