6 Digital Marketing Mistakes to Avoid
Digital marketing mistakes happen - but they can happen less with this list of common digital marketing mistakes to avoid…
In the vast and varied universe of association management, those savvy enough to leverage the power of digital marketing are poised to reap the benefits of greater visibility and a flourishing, connected membership. As a frequent digital partner of associations and nonprofits, we’ve got the keys that will unlock the mysteries of member engagement, event promotion, educational outreach, advocacy, and beyond. Dive into this guide to digital marketing for associations and get the lowdown on strategies that will work for specific, organizational goals.
Some associations make the mistake of letting their website exist as an afterthought. But even if you’re keeping up on website management and maintenance (and thus avoiding poor user experience and outdated designs), you may be overlooking all the association marketing strategies that keep your members engaged, your events thriving, and your mission advancing.
For every single one of an association’s common goals, there is a digital marketing tactic (or two or three) that can make sure each goal is calibrated for success. Here are the strategies we’ll take a look at:
Associations are about the spirit of community. They thrive on the connections forged with their members. For this, three key players step up to the plate: social media marketing, email marketing, and online communities.
Through these channels, associations can widen the pathways for sustained engagement – even in an age of short attention spans. Using these tools with strategic intention will help associations connect with members, share updates, and create a buzzworthy online community, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose among their members.
Don’t give email marketing the shaft when coordinating your strategy. Billions of people use it every day and a majority of marketing experts consider it even more important than social media marketing.
If you’re already implementing a robust email strategy, your members are probably receiving event promos, dues notifications, newsletters, invites, new member introductions, policy updates, and more. If you let your members segment what they want to hear from you and specify who gets what and when, the more valuable your emails will be.
Next up, we have association events – the lifeblood of engagement. Whether it’s a conference, webinar, or an association soirée, digital marketing must take center stage. Through the magic of email marketing, social media advertising, and content marketing, associations can reach a wider audience and watch their events become the talk of the town.
In the world of associations, education is a paramount feature. Digital platforms become lecture halls and libraries where associations share educational resources, courses, and industry insights.
Content marketing, email marketing, webinars, and even integrated continuing education systems are the strategies to spread knowledge and share information 24/7, from anywhere, and on any platform – reaching association members in every corner of the universe.
In fact, we’ve implemented continuing education systems for associations like IIBEC, (International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants), which they use to provide their members with online training on building standards and technology.
Associations are often on a mission to raise awareness about advocacy initiatives. This may be one of their core objectives.
Enter digital marketing to champion causes, increase visibility, amplify their voice, and sway public opinion. Tactics like social media campaigns, PPC ads, content marketing, and email marketing amplify the voices of associations and help shape the narrative in the public square.
Landing pages can also act as a town square for various legislative advocacy campaigns. Set up a dedicated web page for a cause and integrate digital tools that help the public and members reach out to legislators directly and press for change. Then you can use other digital strategies like social media and ads to raise awareness and attract participants.
We’ve done this a lot for various associations. One great example is ASCE. Through its educational and advocacy website Infrastructure Report Card, they advocate for tangible improvements to America’s infrastructure, sharing knowledge, encouraging action, and influencing the government to fund critical repairs and resilience.
To this point, ASCE has used landing pages to showcase the impact of gas tax holidays.
We’ve also executed this strategy for Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) to highlight critical issues that are relevant to the industry and people they represent.
Membership recruiting requires precision and a targeted approach. Digital marketing for associations can become a superpower, attracting and engaging new members, and showing them the value and benefits of joining.
Social media advertising, email marketing, and content marketing are the trifecta that make targeted outreach a breeze, improving efficiency and keeping association growth on an upward trajectory.
Another very effective strategy is creating a landing page. Landing pages can be specifically orchestrated to highlight the benefits of joining an association, tell the story of why a person should join, and easily lead them to registration. You should then implement targeted PPC ad campaigns to spread the word and drive traffic to your newly created landing pages.
In the digital realm, perception is reality. Associations need to craft and nurture a positive public image, and branding and public relations are an association’s calling card.
Enter social media marketing, online reputation management, and content marketing as the artisans shaping an association’s digital persona. It’s vitally important to build and maintain a positive public image and let your brand shine.
In the world of associations, digital marketing is not just an art; it’s a science. And data is king.
Data analytics is the oracle that guides associations in making informed, growth-enabling decisions. No matter your digital marketing strategy, make sure data guides it like a golden compass.
You can leverage relevant, readily-available analytics tools to refine digital marketing strategies and create data-driven campaigns that empower your organization and make success the norm.
Google Analytics is the most obvious example of usable online data to guide your online strategies, but other applications you may use for social media or email will usually offer analytics as well. Use every tool you have available.
Association marketing isn’t just about promotion; it’s about connection. Thankfully, opportunities are endless. Digital marketing strategies can act as a bridge-builder, creating and promoting online networking opportunities for members.
Online communities, social media marketing, and webinars help associations span the digital landscape and empower members to connect, network, share ideas, and enjoy a sense of belonging.
Associations navigate a world of unique challenges. By tapping into and tailoring your digital marketing strategies based on goals, target audience, and specific activities, associations can conquer the digital frontier. The key lies in understanding the unique benefits each tactic offers and crafting a plan that invites success one click at a time.
We might have mentioned our long track record with associations and nonprofits, and we’re not just blowing smoke. Besides building websites from the ground up, we’ve implemented digital marketing campaigns and social media strategies for a wide variety of organizations like PAVE, ASCE, SNAC International, Money Management Institute, and Collaborative for Student Success.
Contact us today to get started on a plan tailored to your unique goals, mission, and members.
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