Driving Association Revenue Growth

Driving Association Revenue Growth. Board Participation is key.Company Executives are busy and in a number of cases expect Association staff to deliver revenue. Yet, there are examples where Board Members are very helpful in driving revenue. In certain situations, Boards help retain and recruit members and sponsors and the results are impressive. Could the paradigm change at your Association? Yes and it requires a strategic change in how your Association works with its Directors.

Four Steps to Board Participation 

First: Engage and Energize Board Members. Recruit Board members to participate on Pain Point issues (see March 4 2013 post: Know Pain Points to Drive Revenue Growth).  Executives will participate on Association Boards in order to engage on policy affecting their business objectives. Once they see ROI, it’s time for another conversation.

Second: Confirm that involvement adds ROI.  Share upcoming advocacy strategies, seek feedback and buy in.

Third: Seek help to expand the Association’s advocacy capacity on Pain Points. Be prepared, be specific and make it easy for them to help. For example, request introductions, phone calls, e mails, letters (Association provides) to priority retention, new member or sponsor companies.

Fourth: Acknowledge the Board members’ help to drive revenue.  Recognize help at their board and executive committee meetings. This shows sincere appreciation and it will motivate other Board Members to help.

Board Engagement

Associations should view this change as a multiyear effort. Every Board relationship is critical and consequently each is built one at a time.

Driving Association Revenue Growth

One Association utilized this approach to recruit a high percentage of its Directors. The same Board Members once they participated in Pain Point issues, helped drive back to back above 90% retention and $1 million + net revenue gains. Another Association built on new sponsor offerings and significantly increased revenues.

How has your Association worked with Board members to secure their help in driving revenue? 

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Social Media Connects an Association’s Global Community

Social Media Connects an Association’s Global Community. Many Associations embrace Social Media in order to reach and effectively engage members. Those CEO’s incorporating social media with their overall engagement and incorporating business objectives achieve greater ROI. Through the Strategic Planning Process, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) www.niri.org, identified Social Media as an integral part of their strategy to build and reinforce its growing community of global Investor Relations Executives.

Engage Members at Their Desks

Steve Lane, President , Vertical Leap Consulting www.verticalleapconsulting.com notes “Real member engagement is all about “we”; bringing members together and facilitating the dialogue that leads to new solutions to their shared “pain point” issues”In a hyper paced world, a cyber community focus makes it easier to engage members to participate, share information and derive value from their member investment. Jeffrey D. Morgan, President and CEO reports that Social Media is a key element of his organization’s member engagement strategy.

Community Connection

As NIRI’s global membership expands, the Association looks to connect its members with one another and keep the conversation going. Morgan notes that a larger share of share of its membership growth is outside the United States making Social Media an important member resource.

Increasing Investment Expand Capacity and Capability

At a time when Association  memberships are more closely evaluated, member engagement and participation are increasingly important for Associations like NIRI. Vertical Leap Consulting’s Lane adds  “The principles of engagement are simple yet powerful:

  • As the perceived ability to impact outcomes increases,
  • Behaviors change from being a recipient of information to increasingly higher levels of contribution, and
  • Connectedness to the Association increases”

For NIRI and CEO Morgan Social Media is driving member engagement and so much so the Association is increasing its investment.

As NIRI’s member engagement accelerates so has the Association’s retention and new member growth.

How does Social Media Connect your Association’s community? 

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Core Strategies Drives Association’s New Revenue Growth

Core Strategies Drives Association’s New Revenue Growth

 Despite increasing competition, political turmoil in Washington, DC, and a slow growth economy Jeffrey D. Morgan, President and CEO, NIRI www.niri.org (National Institute of Investor Relations) reports impressive membership and revenue growth. He points to a “strong Board partnership, measureable member data, core strategies and strong execution” as essential ingredients to his Associations growth.

Listen, Learn and Deliver

Working through two strategic plans in five years, NIRI identified where the Investor Relations profession was heading and, determined what his Association needed to do in order to adapt and provide core value to their members. Collaborating with his Board, members and staff, Morgan utilized the planning process to 1) Develop actionable data defining the membership’s  business needs (pain points), and 2) Developed core strategies with NIRI’s members with high impact products to satisfy member business needs.

 

Game Changing Value for Members

Companies, stay or leave membership based on the obvious connections between their needs and an Association’s products and services.  In NIRI’s case, member data and establishing core strategies identified business needs which paved the way for new products. According to Morgan “these became a game changer for NIRI.”

 

Uniqueness to Enhance Competitive Position

As competition for Association dues increase, retention and core member value are critical to satisfaction and revenue growth. NIRI seized upon one new approach to reinforce its uniqueness to members and prospects.

 

Core Strategies Drives Association’s New Revenue Growth

Morgan’s strong 17% non U.S. membership growth performance (over three years) confirms the rule of thumb for Associations. The fewer connections to member’s “pain point” issues, the weaker the retention and member revenue growth performance. Morgan and NIRI gathered data, addressed member needs and achieved strong retention and growth performance.

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Can Social Media Drive Association Revenue?

Can Social Media Drive Association Revenue?

 Yes, but not as a stand alone strategy.  Listening, engagement and connection to an Association’s overall strategy is what matters most says Digital Media Expert Jason Langsner. An established web communications professional, he’s accelerated engagement and more than multiplied online communities at B’nai Brith, Georgetown University Alumni Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and TechAmerica.  

For Associations determined to engage members, improve retention and grow membership online, social media is not as impactful as a stand alone tool. How can CEO’s get ROI? By incorporating social media within an Association’s overall engagement strategy, and incorporating business objectives.

Effective social media begins with listening. First make sure Associations understand their members. In many ways Associations apply the same principles they utilize in offline world as they do in the online world.

The key is assure you are having a conversation with members:

  1. Identify where members are online
  2. Bring content to them, engage them and seek feedback
  3. Benchmark your Association online compared to competitors

Associations can engage and grow their communities online by sharing content with members. Utilizing this approach B’nai Brith grew it’s Facebook fan base from 300 to 10,000. Langsner suggests basics including:

  • Facebook. Like members and prospects, this encourages to do the same and grow your fan following.
  • Twitter. Follow members, prospects and sponsors.  This encourages to in turn follow your Association on Twitter.

 

Can Social Media Drive Association Revenue?

Langsner encourages Online Managers to always be mindful of competitors and to make sure your Association stays ahead of the game with high quality content and engagement.

At a time when Associations must engage their members, social media is a powerful tool. However a key question remains; can Social Media Drive Revenue? According to Langsner, B’nai Brith’s online revenues have increased six fold in the last six months.

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Assessments Help Deliver Association Growth

Assessments Help Deliver Association Growth

Competitive forces and shrinking corporate profits compel today’s Association CEO to redefine relevance. At under performing Associations this means reexamination of programs, staffing, advocacy and conferences.  For Stephen M. Renna, CEO of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council www.crefc.org, a thorough assessment and alignment process opened the door to engaging his members and a stronger value proposition for his organization.

Not the First Rodeo

Transforming and growing Associations is something he has done twice before as a CEO.  Prior to CREFC, he applied an assessment process as President of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers.

Alignment and Board Leader Buy In Are Key

At both Associations he implemented an assessment process to help make them relevant. He describes the review as taking an Association through a review of “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Seeing the initiative as an “alignment” of his Association’s value proposition with his member needs, he uncovers key data to move forward.

 

 

 Checking off Key Components

1. Association Run Professionally and Competently

Effective operations, business runs efficiently, reports progress to leadership.

2. Alignment with Updated Strategic Plan and Mission

Represents the sector well, staffing and budget support member needs.

3. ROI and Delivery from the Member Perspective 

Relevant programs, conferences, best practices, industry standards, and, policy.

4. Buy In

Collaborate with and secure board agreement on value proposition, and direction. Enlist staff.

5. Execute

Measure qualitative and quantitative success, engage members and communicate results.

Assessments Help Deliver Association Growth

Despite uncertainty Steve Renna sees CREFC positioned to help his members, “It’s more important than ever for Commercial
Real Estate Finance Professionals to participate.”

Does his assessment deliver results? The Association’s member retention could achieve 90% again in 2013, conference attendance revenues are on an upswing as is new member growth.

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