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What to Do When Your Membership Topic Has a Natural ‘End Date’

What should you do when your membership topic has a natural ‘end date?’

A fixed point when members have achieved what they set out to do and simply don’t need to stay subscribed to your membership.

For example, planning for a wedding or a birth, working towards a qualification or navigating the application process for college…

All of these topics have a very definitive outcome, that once achieved renders your membership redundant.

There are also topics that your members will simply outgrow…

Like a beginners level membership on podcasting, for example, which members will eventually complete and potentially want to move onto the next level.

If your membership topic has a natural ‘end date’, you might be banging your head against a wall trying to figure out what you can do to make people stay in your community after they’ve achieved what they joined to do…

But should you just accept it?

Or do you find ways to adapt your business to prevent members from leaving?

Let’s look at your options…

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Should I Host My Membership on a Separate Domain Name?

Choosing whether or not to host your membership site on a separate domain sounds like a straightforward decision.

But the reality is, it’s not that simple…

Deciding where your membership site will live has implications on every aspect of your business, from tech and member experience to branding.

So it’s no wonder that people struggle with this…

And why it comes up time and time again inside our Facebook group and Membership Academy community…

It’s a big decision!

So where should your membership site live?

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Tackling the 6 Biggest Challenges Every New Membership Owner Faces

Let’s be honest… running a membership business is not as easy as it seems.

Like with all good things, it does have its challenges.

And when you’re at the beginning of your membership journey these challenges can seem all the more overwhelming.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, we’re here to prepare you for what’s ahead!

So let’s dive in…

Here’s how to tackle the six biggest challenges every new membership site owner faces.

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Have You Hit The Revenue Ceiling For Your Membership Business?

Here’s a question which may terrify you:

Do you know what the revenue ceiling is for your membership business? 

It’s entirely possible – even likely – that this is something you’ve never contemplated…

Perhaps you had no idea until now that a revenue ceiling existed, in which case, you’re not alone…

Or maybe you’re aware of the revenue ceiling, but you’re not sure how to calculate it for your membership.

Whatever the case, it’s important to be aware of it, because whether we like it or not, the revenue ceiling exists for every membership…

Yes, even the most successful ones! 

So, how can you figure out what your ceiling is and whether or not you’ve already hit it?

We’re going to help you answer that and explain what you can do to raise that ceiling higher.

So let’s dive in…

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Are You Leaving Money On The Table in Your Membership Business?

Everything’s working well for you running your membership…

It’s growing nicely, is giving you a good income and you enjoy it so much that it hardly feels like “work”…

But the advice you’re constantly hearing from others around you is making you question whether you should be working harder at growing it faster, or exploring additional revenue opportunities alongside your membership.

They’re telling you that you MUST offer private coaching… develop other products… run live events…

And then they tell you: “If you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table”

This is a phrase we’ve heard so many times over the years…

People being told that they’re running their business the wrong way if they’re not exploiting these opportunities…

But the truth is, you’re the only one who can determine that…

So are you leaving money on the table in your membership business?

Let’s find out…

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Competing with Established Memberships in Your Market

You’re excited to launch your membership and are working through the planning process – validating your idea, researching your audience and the marketplace…

And then you see it.

A huge well-known brand already has a membership – just like yours – and is operating in your target market.

Or maybe you’ve already launched your membership, but are quickly running out of ideas on how to standout from the big names in your space.

Either scenario is a difficult one to manage.

The thought of competing against a major player can be daunting to say the least…

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Setting Goals for Your Membership Business: A Practical Process

Setting goals for your membership is an essential part of fuelling continuous growth.

But simply setting them isn’t enough…

Actually following them through and achieving your goals is a whole other challenge.

And often that’s where people fall short.

To make sure you get where you want to go, you need to have a solid process, one that not only ensures that the goals you’re setting are realistic, but also achievable.

Setting unrealistic goals without a clear plan of action pretty much guarantees failure.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry we’ve got your back!

In this article, we’ll be sharing with you a practical goal-setting method that we’ve used to grow our business.

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Running a Membership over the Holidays – 6 Things You Should Do

Running a membership business over the holidays can be a challenge.

It should be a time to take a break, sit back and relax.

But, maybe not everyone in your community celebrates the festive season, so you think you should carry on working throughout…

Or maybe this is your first year managing a membership site and you’re not sure how to navigate working over the festive period.

If either of these sound like you, then you should read on…

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Branding Essentials for Your Membership Business

Branding is all about your logo, your website colors, a memorable tagline and your company name… right?

Well, yes and no…

They play their part, but your brand is so much more than that.

It’s what all of these things together represent.

When it comes to your membership, it’s important to develop a brand strategy that reflects your business and conveys it to your audience in a positive way.

This will help you attract new members, retain existing ones and create a loyal fan base. 

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