Your website is the online hub of your business where people come to learn, to engage, and ultimately, to make a purchase or a donation or to join a cause. It's also your "digital workforce," driving traffic and converting visitors. A successful website relies on a complex ecosystem, where the performance of each individual element impacts the health of the whole.
Does your association’s website resemble an old house to which many rooms and closets have been added and others are collecting dust? Does it scream to your members “We don’t care if it’s easy or a pleasure to visit?” Does the site never come up in searches of information you host? Is it difficult to update so it’s underutilized by the rest of the staff? Are you taking way too many phone calls from members for information that could easily be on the web?
Videos help humanize industries; they turn complex issues into compelling stories; they inspire action and they create community. That’s why nearly half of all associations have integrated videos into their communications strategies and 24% are planning on doing so shortly, according to one study.
Videos will constitute 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2019, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index. For associations, they will be especially effective for accessing younger audiences - tomorrow’s members and industry leaders -- who spend about 1 hour 45 minutes daily watching online video content on connected devices.
Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are the largest generation in the U.S. and will represent 50% of the workforce by 2020, according to a recent report published in Forbes. Today’s aspiring professionals will be future industry leaders and policy makers, and associations stand to gain immensely by having them on board.
So, maybe you get that inbound marketing is the most efficient and cost-effective method for generating qualified leads to meet your business or organization's growth goals, but you' re still uncertain that it will work for your organization. Or, perhaps you're ready to add inbound to your marketing mix, but you're a little unsure of how to put it all together with a strategic plan. Inbound marketing can seem, at times, to be complex and a bit overwhelming, so it's critical that you carefully assess your readiness to support it before you make the human and financial resource investment -- then build it within a strategically defined framework that aligns all activities towards measurable succcess.
Personalized content is a great way for associations to attract new members and to engage/retain existing members. A 2016 Memberwise report, based on feedback from 357 association directors, stated membership engagement as their top challenge and focus area for 2016 and beyond. 75% of them find personalized content especially instrumental in acquiring members.
Associations have remarkable content resources that can be leveraged skillfully through creative marketing strategies. But, the burning question is how to create, distribute and promote personalized content without spending huge amounts or totally overhauling existing processes?
Associations are a diverse, vibrant sector and substantial contributors to the nation’s economy. They promote and protect vital industries and worthwhile political causes that ultimately impact nearly everyone in America. In today’s highly competitive digital environment, however, associations need marketing support to aid in acquisition and retention of members and in continual engagement with donors and sponsors.
Today's most effective marketing is focused far less on the desires of the marketer (e.g., to accost prospects with intrusive advertising and promotional messaging) and far more on meeting the needs of target audiences ON THEIR TERMS. That means providing useful content when, where and how the prospects want to consume it, which, for the most part, is online.
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Finance Frank. Non-Profit Nancy. Retail Rachel. Alliteration aside, what these names have in common is that they are actually buyer personas and play a vital role in establishing a digital marketing strategy.
The Best of Boston
Last month, a team from Boyle Public Affairs travelled to Boston for the world's largest content marketing conference, Hubspot’s "Inbound 2016." There, we joined over 19,000 other enthusiastic marketers to learn the latest in inbound technologies and methodologies and to be entertained by speakers such as Alec Baldwin, Serena Williams, Anna Kendrick and The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.