The Membership Guys

Why Membership Site Owners Need to Embrace Change

Great memberships are never truly finished.

That’s actually one of the best things about the membership site model. If you are writing a book, creating a course, programming your piece of software; then there’s a lot of pressure to have a polished completed end product.

But with a membership site, some of that pressure is off because people understand that they are boarding a moving train. That when they join a membership, it’s going to change, it’s going to evolve and that as members they could be a part of shaping it’s future.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I look further into why embracing change is key to the long term success of your membership site, and give examples of how adapting over time has played a role in the progress of 6 and 7 figure memberships.

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How to Manage and Increase Annual Membership Renewals

Member retention is key to the long term success of a membership website; however if you offer both monthly and annual billing people often end up so focused on keeping monthly subscribers that they take annual renewals for granted.

Or worse – they assume people joining on annual plans aren’t likely to stick around beyond their first year, so they don’t even try to retain them.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast we’re focusing on how to handle annual renewals in order to increase the chance of members sticking around for years to come.

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6 Areas to Focus on When Scaling Your Membership Business

In the early days of running your membership, you’ll find yourself preoccupied with the day to day, short-term stuff.

How many new members did we get this week? Have we had any cancellations? Do I have enough time to get this new piece of content out to members?

However once things have settled and stabilised then it’s time to think bigger in terms of how you’re going to scale and grow your membership over the long term. When that time inevitably arrives, here are the 6 key areas you’ll need to focus on…

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Carrie Green on Conditioning Yourself for Membership Success

As founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, Carrie Green credits investing in personal development and conditioning herself for success as the keys to having the right mindset to grow her membership to over 4,000 members.

In this interview, we discuss how FEA came to be and the challenges Carrie faced along the way; and we also dig deeper into the strategies Carrie uses to keep members happy and continue growing her membership.

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How to Use Gamification to Improve Member Engagement

Gamification is a technique that has gained huge popularity in enhancing user experiences and the effectiveness of e-learning within online courses and membership websites.

And as lifelong videogame geeks, it’s right up our street!

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I hand over the reins to Callie, who talks more about what exactly gamification is and how you can use it in your membership site to increase member engagement.

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Taking Your Membership Offline for Increased Success

There is a lot of benefit to be had in connecting with your members offline, and you’ll often find that there comes a point in your membership when your members are actually crying out for more in-person connection, either with yourself or with others in your membership.

In this post we take a look at four different ways that you can take your membership offline and connect with your members on a deeper level.

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How to Deal with Problem Members Inside Your Community

One of the best things about running a membership website is that we can market and position it in a way that we attract the sort of members that we most want to work with. However no matter hard you try to get only the “right type” of people in your membership, you will inevitably experience problem members.

Sometimes it will be a personality clash, where certain members just rub you up the wrong way; however there will be instances where you need to deal with potentially toxic elements among your member base. So how do you deal with them?

I address that question and more on the latest episode of The Membership Guys Podcast.

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5 Things to Consider When Adding Gamification to Your Membership Site

Gamification, the act of applying game elements and game theory to non-gaming situations, can be a great addition to many membership sites and provides a number of different benefits.

However actually adding gamification to your membership site can be a bit of a balancing act, and successful gamification requires some careful thought and planning in order to be effective for your members long term.

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4 Tips for validating your membership site or online course idea

When inspiration strikes and you come up with an idea for a membership website or some other product or service that you’re convinced is a winner, all too often it’s easy to get carried away in trying to make it a reality without every stopping to really examine whether your idea is actually as solid as you’re convinced it is.

Before you invest countless hours and immeasurable quantities of blood, sweat and tears into your new project, it’s highly worth taking the time to validate your big idea.

Here are my top tips for doing just that…

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6 Reasons That Your Membership Website Absolutely Sucks!

Are you worried that your membership website kind of sucks? Hopefully not.

I’m sure you’ve got plenty of happy members who are giving you great feedback and showing you that your hard work is actually making a positive change in their world.

But there are unfortunately a lot of membership sites out there that do – to be frank – completely suck.

So if you’re someone who is running one of those websites, then in this episode I’m going to share some of the reasons why your membership sucks.

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