The 3 Tech Tools Every Association Needs & How We Help!
Every association needs:
- A public-facing website that markets to prospective members.
- A membership website with gated members-only content.
- A CRM or AMS to stay organized.
Our specialty is in helping member-based organizations create a member portal that showcases the value of your membership.
What We Do & What We Do Not Do
Software Development Services
- Custom membership websites
- Member Lounge
- Strategic planning workshops for membership sites
- Membership website scoping services
- CiviCRM maintenance and support services
How Are We Different?
We are a boutique software company with holistic knowledge of the member lifecycle.
We offer our clients our experience and best practice advice at every step of the development process.
We take a front-end heavy approach to ensure we fully understand your association's needs.
We collaborate with you through the first year post-launch to address any issues that arise.
We love our clients and our clients love us!
The No-Stress Benefits Delivery Tool: Member Lounge
Members that use their benefits are:
- More satisfied with their membership.
- More likely to renew.
- More likely to refer new members.
- More likely to contribute to your association.
Custom-Built Membership Sites
For associations and member-based organizations with sophisticated member benefits and lots of content, a custom-built membership site may be your best option. This will allow you to:
- Control the user experience of your members.
- Highlight content that is most appropriate for each member.
- Fully control your membership site.
Membership Site FAQs
What is a membership site?
A membership site — also called a member portal or member hub — is a members-only area where members can access their member benefits. The content is gated behind a member login. The membership site is linked to your public-facing website. Members can use the membership site to update their membership information, renew their membership, register for events, watch videos, download resources and stay in touch with other members.
To learn more about membership sites, read our blog, A Tale of Two Entities: The Benefit of Keeping your Member Portal and Website Separate.
What features should I have on my membership site?
A membership site should facilitate your members to engage with your association’s member benefits. Providing an intuitive and easy-to-navigate experience is key to maintaining member engagement and retention. Any other additional feature on your portal should directly benefit your members and the work you do to support them. Anything else can be removed as it adds clutter and confusion to the user. Less is more.
For more information about improving the user experience of your members, read our blog 5 Tips for Delivering a Better Member Experience.
How can I engage our members more with our membership site?
Engaging members is the process of keeping your members involved and in touch with your association. Member engagement does not look the same for all members, and having realistic expectations around member engagement is the starting point for improving member engagement.
To learn more about how to engage your members, read our blog 5 Proven Ways to Increase Member Engagement.
Do I need to rebuild our association’s memberships site or can I improve the site we already have?
When your membership site isn’t meeting the needs of your members and your association staff, a membership site audit is appropriate. Get an assessment on whether your association’s website can be reworked and improved or if it needs to be scrapped and rebuilt. There are many membership site template-building tools on the market as well as software development companies that can integrate your website with a CRM, such as CiviCRM.
To help determine if a template membership site tool or a custom-build membership site is appropriate for your association, read our blog Custom vs. Template Membership Sites: What Is Right For You?.
How can we increase our member renewal rate?
Members join an association when they trust that the association can help them professionally and personally. When a member does not get value from their membership, they let their membership lapse. The way to increase membership renewals is to highlight the value of membership to your members by connecting them with your valuable member benefits.
To learn more about how associations inadvertently hide the value of their member benefits from their members and impact their renewal rates, read our blog 5 Proven Ways to Increase Member Retention.
How do we prevent member churn at our association?
Member churn is a term that refers to members who do not renew their membership. Even when we have new members registering annually, as long as our member churn is high, our membership numbers cannot grow. Holding on to our members is a result of delivering valuable member benefits that become an essential part of the professional growth of our members. Creating those essential member resources comes from understanding our members really well and having healthy communication with them.
To learn more about how to decrease member churn at your association, read our blog 5 Proven Ways to Increase Member Retention.
How often should our association be communicating with our members?
Creating a member communication plan that will engage — rather than repel — members requires a multi-prong approach. Member engagement levels will vary for different member profile types. Understanding your members well and how they want to communicate with you is key to successful communication with your members. It starts with understanding what members want from your association to help them professionally and understanding how members want to engage to manage member engagement expectations.
To learn more about member communication strategy, read our blog Membership Communication Plan: Your Guide to Connecting with Your Members.
What tools do associations need to manage their members?
Associations need the right tools to be able to manage their members, membership types, staff, events, donations, communications, and all the little details that go into running an association. Associations need a back-end CRM to keep their staff organized, such as CiviCRM. Association’s need a front-facing public website geared towards their prospective members. Associations need a membership site with gated content for their members to access their member benefits. Associations need an email marketing tool to manage their communications and ways to track their member activity and website traffic, such as Google Analytics.
Read in more detail about the tech tools associations need to successfully manage their membership in our blog The Top 5 Member Management Tools for Associations.
How can our association increase member traffic to our website?
Your association has created valuable member benefits for your members — only that they are underused by your membership! Improving traffic to both your public-facing website and your member-focused membership site is done by creating a user experience that is appropriate for the audiences visiting your website. Your public-facing website should be used to target your prospective members, while your membership site’s messaging should appeal to your members.
To learn more about how to improve traffic to your membership site read our blog 5 Reasons Why Your Members Don't Use Your Association's Website.
Have more questions?
Book a time with us or register for our upcoming member-engagement webinars and live podcast interviews with experts in the world of association membership!