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.

Success Story: YMCA of South Hampton Roads Grows with Daxko

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Growing your membership, program participants and donations isn’t easy for a member-based nonprofit, but South Hampton Roads has partnered with Daxko for over 15 years and achieved long-term growth and operational efficiency. Read their customer story with the Director of Operations Software for YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Clarissa Hoagland.

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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:

‘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.