Can you tell the difference between good marketing advice and bad marketing advice?
There’s a lot of info out there about marketing your membership, but in the world of online business unfortunately a lot of it is unhelpful noise at best, and at worst, could be damaging to your reputation.
Many of us have learnt the hard way to stay away from marketers who try and sell you their secret shortcut or silver bullet, however, some of these myths are so common, they’re almost believed to be the industry standard of membership marketing.
So, how do we avoid the nonsense?
I’ve rounded up the six most common membership marketing myths, and how you can avoid them…Read More
Building an audience is essential to the success of your membership.
After all if you have no audience to speak of, then who are you going to sell to? Where are your members going to come from?
“Build it and they will come” is, unfortunately, a myth – so you need to invest time in growing your own audience in terms of your email subscribers, website visits, podcast listeners, social followers and, of course, paying members.
But where do you start? How do you actually find your audience?Read More
Most online membership owners use content marketing as a means of attracting new members.
Sharing useful articles, podcasts or videos on their blog is a proven way to generate traffic, establish credibility and build the trust that will have your audience wanting more from you.
But how do you connect the dots between your blog and your membership, so that readers go on to become members?Read More
Facebook remarketing is one of the most exciting developments in online advertising in recent years.
Now, instead of being limited to picking demographics and targeting options that we think relate to our target audience; we can actually leverage actual user behaviour to determine which ads they are shown.
When it comes to membership sites, there are 6 key ways in which you can really leverage Facebook remarketing…Read More
Sales is not a dirty word – it’s the lifeblood of membership sites! If you want to have a successful membership, you’re going to need to recruit some members.
How do you recruit members?
By selling your product to them. It’s as simple as that!
Even if you hate the idea of selling, it’s essential if you want to grow your membership.
So, we’ve put together some tips and tricks that will help you boost your membership sales in a way that even the most sales-shy people can stomach.
Read on for five of our favorite tactics and strategies that can push your membership sales upwards.Read More
When it comes to offering trials of your membership site or online product, opinions tend to be divided between those who consider it a smart strategy and those who believe you shouldn’t give anything away, no matter what.
We’re big fans of utilising trial periods as part of your pricing strategy; however we recognise that they’re not something which will necessarily be right for everyone.
If you’re still on the fence, here’s some food for thought to help you determine whether to implement trials into your own strategy.Read More
Most membership sites include some form of premium content locked away behind a paywall.
But locking your content down is a double-edged sword.
You could have the most incredible content in the world, but if the only people who know about it are your paying members then you’re missing on an opportunity to get so much more bang for your buck.
So before you hit ‘publish’ on your next piece of membership content, try implementing these 7 tactics.Read More
Having an audience to market to is paramount to the success of your membership. But what if you’re early in your journey and simply aren’t able to wait for the time it takes to build your audience organically?
The answer is simple: borrow your audience from someone else!
There are three main methods of audience growth: build, borrow or buy.
Joint venture promotions are one of the most effective tactics you can use if you’re looking to ‘borrow’ an audience.
Partnering up with an expert or influencer in your field is a great way of tapping into other people’s audiences and creating a big influx of new members.Read More
Content marketing is one of the most effective ways to promote and grow your membership, hands down.
Free content like blogs, podcasts, and videos will help you increase traffic, grow your audience, generate leads, and directly drive membership sales.
More importantly, it enables you to demonstrate your expertise and build trust with your audience.
And that is essential to attracting members who will stick around long term.
Consistently putting out quality free content is a must – but you can take things further and elevate your content marketing strategy to be even more effective for growing your membership.Read More
Over the years we’ve worked with thousands of memberships of all shapes and sizes; and for all their variety and the niches they occupy, the majority of those memberships have something in common:
They’re based on expertise – they’re founded by an expert in a specialist field, and their currency is their expertise and knowledge.
And they face a catch-22.
You need to demonstrate and prove your expertise in order to persuade people to join your membership.
And the best way to do that is through content marketing.
But giving away your best ideas for free means nobody will want or need to join – right?Read More