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Did You Know? Associations Plan to Focus the Most Effort on Improving Membership in 2017

As 2017 begins, respondents to our latest reader poll have told us they plan to focus more on membership than on other areas of association operations. Forty-three percent of respondents said they will turn their attention to increasing membership numbers by reaching out to certain segments more and providing more benefits. With membership as the backbone of associations, it’s not surprising that this area remains in focus at the start of a new year. Want to increase your membership? Start by reviewing this article from Associations Now about planning for smart membership growth. It’s a bit older, but the process it outlines for researching the size of an association’s potential universe and strategizing how to reach the most likely members to join of that universe still holds true. Is your association more interested in improving your member benefits? As demographics and technology change, many associations are re-examining the perks of membership to ensure they’re still relevant in 2017. And if certain benefits have lost their luster, associations are not hesitating to replace them with more useful benefits. Some more recent examples of innovative benefits we’ve seen include: Complimentary cruise ship inspections (tours) during the Cruise Lines International Association’s annual conference. These tours allow travel planner members to see new ships and innovations in cruising first-hand so they can better communicate the benefits of cruising to potential clients. Free continuing education classes (most are online) for members of the Emergency Nurses Association. Non-members can join these classes for a fee. Board ...

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