Congratulations! Your Membership Campaign Generated a Ton of Leads. Now What?

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Your inbound leads for membership come in cycles. A successful event or marketing campaign can generate many leads at once, overwhelming your membership sales team. How do you know which leads to chase first? There is no good way to tell if that lead was really interested in you or was just trying to get a free t-shirt.

When faced with a long list of potential new members, staff often cherry pick leads for follow-up or invest time endlessly chasing what they hope are good leads, leaving the bulk of the leads go cold.

It typically takes 8 or more calls to reach a lead but only 10 percent of teams persist in engaging a lead after failing the first few times. It’s a losing battle. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Never enough membership resources – Most leads never get reached by staff
  • Don’t call me – According to SalesForce, 90% of buyers want to decide when to engage with a company, and according to Forrester Research, 82% of customer want to know more about you before connecting. Almost all of them prefer to connect with your company on your own terms.
  • Bad timing – The first five minutes after a lead comes in are crucial. Accoding to InsideSales.com, if you miss out on that window, you are 9 times less likely to close the sale. Half the sales go to the person who connect first. Your lead scoring system misses the real-time opportunity by hours or days.
  • Your staff needs more information to do a good job – Membership sales staff needs the right person to call, the right contact information, the right time to call, and the member interests to do their job effectively. What if you had a way to ask these questions easily – before passing the lead to staff? Leads will volunteer valuable information if you ask.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hand-off just the hot leads that are ready to join now? Daxko has partnered with Conversica, a leader in AI-powered business conversations and the only provider of AI-driven lead engagement software for marketing and sales organizations to offer an AI-driven membership sales assistant named Nora for the member-based health and wellness market.

Nora utilizes 8 different types of conversations to reach out to your membership prospects and help foster new memberships and engagement:

  1. Prospect Conversation – Convert stale leads into hot prospect. Nora will engage stale leads and find your future members.
  2. Recovery – Reach out to recently terminated members and ask them to give you another chance.
  3. Win-back – Reach out to members that terminated more than 6 months ago to remind them what they are missing.
  4. Program Member Conversion – Convert current and past program participants to members by informing them of all the member benefits they stand to gain.
  5. Guest Conversion – Many guests are ready to make the decision to become a member. Nora will contact them to encourage them to become a member of your facility.
  6. Program Upsell – Nora will contact members to let them know about the latest hot programs (like personal or small group training) to get them even more involved at your club.
  7. Orientation Encouragement – Participation in a new members wellness appointment is a key indicator of a member’s long term success and Nora will reach out to new members to encourage and schedule their wellness appointment.
  8. Event Recruitment – Nora will reach out to people you deem likely to be interested in an event and encourage them to participate or donate.

To learn more about how Nora can help your organization, visit daxko.com/conversica.

What Brought ‘Em Won’t Keep ‘Em

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If you’re like other organizations, your membership strategy for the beginning of the year is focused on welcoming as many new joins as you can. But you blinked, and it’s March, so now it’s time for your team to think about how you’re going to build those relationships.

As with any new relationship, the early days are about novelty and excitement. The bad news? That won’t last forever. The good news? Intentional touchpoints keep people engaged throughout their journey. Here are three ways to keep ’em for the long haul:

1. TREAT NEW MEMBERS RIGHT
Take your new member onboarding experience seriously. The first 3 months are crucial. Define the path you want your new members to take. With Daxko Engage, you are able to create a multi-step initiative workflow with a mix of emails and tasks for your staff to lessen the load while still providing an excellent onboarding experience for your members. The New Member Engagement campaign the Engagement Solutions Team recommends has a dozen touchpoints in the first 120 days.

2. TARGET YOUR MARKETING
The “spray & pray” marketing approach is as messy as it sounds. Use Daxko Engage Group Rules to create meaningful member segments, and send a simple Initiative to that Group with a clear call to action. Fill your class and program rosters by targeting those who would potentially be interested with compelling information. For example, if you are looking to fill your 65+ Aqua Kickboxing class, be sure to target those ages 65 and older. Consider sending a separate, but similar, initiative to those who have participated in similar classes in the past.

3. DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES
Real talk: relationships are built on trust. Are you meeting the expectations your members had when they joined? If a member joined for the community, make sure she feels like a part of one. If a member joined to become more fit, see if he’s meeting his fitness goals. Here’s some feedback from the Shames JCC on the Hudson about the “we miss you” Initiative they sent to members they hadn’t seen lately. Here’s what Lisa H. had to say:

We have had great success. This initiative will help us to engage our members who have not been here for 90 days or more. I have responded to all who have reached out, and I am working on re-engaging them here at the JCC by connecting them with staff members to learn more about our adult programs, our complimentary fitness orientations, personal training and our new group exercise schedule. I even encouraged them to stop by to say “hello” the next time they are in!

We like metaphors on the Engagement Solutions team, so we’ll leave you with this: In December and January, you plowed your soil and planted the seeds. Soon it’ll be spring, so you’ll need to water your garden, pluck the weeds, and tend to your budding flowers. That’s how you get your memberships to blossom.

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.