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How to Attract Better Members Who Will Stick Around Long Term

Attracting the right people to your membership is essential for the growth of your business.

Not all members are created equal – the best ones will consume your content, positively engage with your community and actually use what they’re paying for.

These are the members who will stick around for the long term.

But how do you tailor your marketing to ensure you’re attracting more of the right type of member?

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Tools We’re Using For Our Own Membership Website – 2019 Edition

We regularly get asked for our recommendations on the top tools for membership website owners.

The truth is that there’s no such thing as the “perfect” membership site setup that will work for everyone – it all depends on what it is you want to achieve with your membership site, what features and functionality you need it to have, which email and payment software you’re using and a whole bunch of other details that determine which membership tools are the best fit for you.

In this episode, we talk about the tools we use for our own membership website – Member Site Academy – as well as the reasons why we chose those particular options.

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Using the ‘Splinter’ Strategy to Sell More Memberships

Memberships can be challenging products to sell, as often they’re made up of so many different things that it’s hard to get specific in your marketing.

One way to counteract that is with the “Splinter” strategy.

This is where you take one piece of content from your membership and you make it available to buy as a standalone product. But you market it in such a way that makes joining your membership a preferable option to purchasing just that one thing.

In this episode I dig deeper into how the “Splinter” strategy works for memberships and talk about how you can start testing it within your own business.

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7 Things You Need to Validate Before Starting a Membership

It’s easy to get carried away in those early days of planning and building a membership site.

So many people get overexcited by their idea and a little too swept up in the process that they skip the first few fundamental steps.

Most importantly: idea validation and research.

And then when they launch their membership and it doesn’t quite go to plan, they’re left scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong.

In this episode, I highlight the 7 most important things that you need to validate BEFORE moving forward with your membership idea.

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Ask Us Anything: Mike and Callie Answer Your Questions (Episode 200 Special)

We’re celebrating a huge milestone for The Membership Guys Podcast as we hit our 200th episode!

To mark the occasion, we thought we’d do something a little special…

So both Callie and I opened the floor up to you, and invited our members and wider audience to ask us absolutely anything you wanted – about anything!

We’ve picked the best questions and answered them together in this special 200th episode. Enjoy!

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What To Do When Someone Steals Your Membership Content

When publishing content online – whether freely or inside a membership – there’s always the chance that someone will copy or steal your hard work.

In truth the only way to guarantee that this won’t happen is to not publish anything online.

However this doesn’t mean you should just roll over if it happens to you.

In this episode I give my top tips for dealing with people stealing and copying your content, with specific examples of the process we use in our own business.

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How to Reduce the Price of Your Membership (Without Alienating Existing Members)

Reducing the price of your membership might sound like the last thing you’d ever want to do.

As time goes on and you add more content, the value of your membership increases – so surely you’d be considering putting your prices up, not down? Why would you want to go backwards?

However there are some situations where lowering your price might make total sense.

In this episode I discuss the implications of reducing your price and how to navigate the change in a way that doesn’t cause problems with your existing members.

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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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How to Streamline the Production of your Membership Content

Creating content can be one of the most time consuming parts of running a paid membership website.

If you’re billing people on a recurring basis, you need to deliver value on a recurring basis; and often delivering that value involves some form of content.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I discuss how to approach content strategy for your membership, and the steps to take in order to ensure your production process is streamlined so you’re not constantly grinding to put out new content.

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Callie Shares The Worst Membership Experience She’s Ever Had…

Less than a month ago, Callie bought a book.

Unbeknownst to her, that simple act would be the start of the single worst buyer experience she’s ever encountered, as she found herself subscribed to a membership she never signed up for, with no clear way out.

In the interests of seeing how far the rabbit hole of terrible business practices went, she decided to see it through…

Join us on this rather unusual episode of The Membership Guys Podcast as we take a step by step tour through how NOT to run a membership (or any other business, for that matter!)

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