5 Tips to Drive Membership Growth in 2023

JANUARY 25, 2023 / Tips & Insights

After facing several years of unprecedented global events, associations have begun to emerge from the heavy toll of the pandemic.  Associations are back to focusing on membership growth. We are now gathering  responses for the  2023 edition of the Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report. However, let’s look back at some of the top findings from our 2022 results to see the tactics that other associations used to achieve their recruitment goals. Here’s what we found:

1. Adding New Members is a Top Driver of Total Membership Growth

In 2022, we found that 43% of all associations reported new member growth (up from 29% in 2021). Associations reporting increases in their one-year and five-year…


Tracking and Measuring for Membership Marketing Success

JANUARY 11, 2023 / Tips & Insights

By Tony Rossell, Senior Vice President

In my book, Membership Recruitment, I share an eye-opening experience with a client. For several years, this association had been doing a sizeable annual mailing to recruit new members. The mailing went to a portfolio of outside lists totaling over 100,000 records. Results were below expectations, so they asked for assistance to improve returns.

The obvious place to start may have been looking at the creative or the offer for the mailing. Instead, we ran an analysis matching the new members that had come in compared to the lists mailed. That is where the eye-opening experience happened. Fully one-third of the lists used year after year produced zero…


3 Membership Renewal Best Practices for Associations

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 / Tips & Insights

If you’re wondering how to increase your member retention, keep reading. In this blog, you’ll learn how to retain members through membership retention strategies and membership renewal best practices. When renewal and retention are done well, it can be a contribrutor to increasing your overall membership.

To start, let’s review the top reasons members don’t renew according to our latest benchmarking data:

  1. Lack of engagement
  2. Could not justify membership costs
  3. Left the field, industry, or profession
  4. Budget cuts/economic hardship

Not sure why your members don’t renew? Ask.

In addition to understanding the top reasons members don’t renew across the board, seek to uncover the particular hindrances…


Your Guide to Marketing Mailing Lists

SEPTEMBER 06, 2022 / Tips & Insights

Mailing lists are an effective way to communicate with existing customers, acquire new ones, and convert both. But in order to acquire the best mailing lists for your association, you need to know a few things.

According to Ed Mayer, an authority on direct mail marketing, the success of a marketing campaign depends on three things: your audience, offer, and presentation. If you don’t know who your target audience is, you can’t present them with a compelling offer.

You can search for the best mailing list companies on Google, but if you don’t know who you’re talking to, what you’re saying, and how to say it, your campaign won’t succeed. In this blog, we explore the details of marketing mailing…


How to Measure Member Engagement

AUGUST 29, 2022 / Tips & Insights

According to our 2022 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report, 52% of executives believe lack of engagement is the primary reason members do not renew their membership–up from 50% in 2021.

The question becomes: Is measuring member engagement possible? The short answer is yes, but keep reading to learn how.

In this blog, we discuss:

  • The importance of membership engagement
  • How to increase member engagement
  • How to measure member engagement

First, let’s talk about the importance of membership engagement, so you know why we’re dedicating a whole blog to it.

The Importance of Membership Engagement

Member engagement is the accumulation of all interactions members have with your organization. Anytime a…