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
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we are… let’s say skeptical about the value of closed door memberships (that is, only opening your membership for new members at set times).
We make no secret of our preference for the evergreen approach (letting members join at any time) and the vast majority of successful memberships in the world follow this model.
It’s not controversial to say an evergreen membership is preferable to a closed door one.
But (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) we don’t live in a world of absolutes.
There are some situations in which a closed door membership model is the smart choice and we would actually encourage you to give it a try.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
Social proof is a powerful, persuasive factor when it comes to making buying decisions.
If we see others behaving in a particular way, buying a product or, say, joining a membership site; then we’re far more inclined to follow suit.
More and more, customers are basing their buying decisions on what other people recommend, rather than promotions, discounts and other sales tactics.
Check out the 7 ways that you can add social proof to your membership sales page.Read More
Your sales funnel is a key part of attracting new members to your community; and so it’s no surprise that some membership owners have a constant itch to tweak and tinker with every little detail.
However making constant adjustments to your funnel is seriously counter-productive and could actually be hurting your business.
So, how often should you adjust your membership sales funnels?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
Usually when I interview somebody about marketing memberships, I’ve already got a solid level of understanding on the topic… Not this time.
Pinterest is one of those platforms that I know about, sometimes use, and post to without much of a strategy. I know it’s not good practice but, look, I never claimed to be perfect!
When I had the chance to speak to leading Pinterest marketing expert Cara Chace, I felt like I was back at school. I was taking notes so fast I thought the paper was going to catch fire!
The potential for memberships on Pinterest is astonishing – and it’s probably got the best performance for organic content out of any platform.
If you want to know how Pinterest can help you reach more people and get more members, you need to hear Cara’s advice…Read More