How to Prevent Your Members From "Going Dark" This Holiday Season

<span>Engaging your members throughout the year is hard enough. But throw in the holidays, and it often feels downright impossible. Your members are on vacation, enjoying time with their loved ones, taking a much needed break from their jobs/professions - and rightfully so! So how can your association or chamber still engage with members, even during the...</span>
Engaging your members throughout the year is hard enough. But throw in the holidays, and it often feels downright impossible.

 

Your members are on vacation, enjoying time with their loved ones, taking a much needed break from their jobs/professions - and rightfully so!

So how can your association or chamber still engage with members, even during the busy holiday season? Here are a few tips:

Cut back on the communications

Even if your members are taking time off for the holidays, chances are, they’ll still periodically be checking their email. (No one wants to return to 400+ emails.) So if you do email your members during or around the holidays, they’ll probably still see/read/scan your email, but the chances of them doing so are better if…

  • You consolidate your messaging - Your emails shouldn’t be as long (or as frequent) as they normally are. Only send out information your members really need - or messages you really want them to hear (e.g. Happy Holidays!). In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to create a November/December/January email calendar. Write out all the messages you absolutely need to communicate (your seasonal luncheon, your final webinar of 2018, etc.) and then figure out a way to either consolidate those messages (putting that information in one or two emails) or space them out enough to where your members don’t start tuning you out.

  • You embrace the holiday season - Your members are thinking about family, friends, food, holiday movies, seasonal shopping - all that fun stuff. If you want them to think about your association or chamber, go where their minds are. Embrace the holidays in your email communications! Try out a festive subject line or include a funny holiday GIF (see below). This is an opportunity for your association to connect with your members on a more personal level. Take advantage!

I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Clark Griswold in an email?

Stay active on social media

Your members may not be checking email a ton, but they’ll probably still be checking social media. To keep your association top of mind, be sure to keep the posts frequent - and fun! Post a pic of your staff wearing tacking holiday sweaters. Or swapping gifts during Secret Santa.

The more your members can relate to those posts (because hey, those are activities they’re likely participating in as well), the more likely they’ll be to engage with them (like, comment, share, etc.).

Source: blog.memberclicks.com