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May 15 2017

Successful Lessons on Going to Market in Europe

 

With 28 countries, the European Union is one of the largest and most profitable markets in the world.  While Europe is not new to US associations, the business results generated by many could be significantly improved.

Is there a one size fit all to best approach the European audience?   How effective are associations at adapting to European sensitivities, cultures, and needs?

US associations often under-estimate the importance of a having a local value proposition. The lack of validation of benefits, products and services before going to market can lead to poorer performance and even failure.

Join Florian Cartoux, Director for Europe for IHRSA, the world’s leading fitness association, for a fascinating discussion.  Bring your questions and gain important insights to help you in Europe. 

This LIVE webinar on June 8th from 12Noon-1245pm will share insights to help you develop better ways to grow in Europe:

  • How to position ones offerings when Europe is not a single country but 28+ countries that often require a different “go to market” plan

  • Understanding the latest trends that most effect the region in order to adjust to “the age of the customer”

  • Appreciating the importance of market segmentation and tying this to a unique customer experience.

  • Knowing the importance of clarifying ones value proposition for the European markets.

  • How to adapt marketing channel strategy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The main challenges to strategy in Europe

  2. The importance of market segmentation and providing a tailored customer experience

  3. Recommendations to best approach the European market

Register today for this LIVE webinar.

For questions contact Peter Turner at peter.turner@mci-group.com.

 

 

 

Dec 16 2016

Reflections Member & Customer Relationships & Engagement – ASQ and ASIS International

In this recorded podcast from December 7th, Renata Lerch, Deputy Managing Director of the American Society for Quality and Elisa Pratt, Chief Global Member Engagement Officer of ASIS International, offered their insights on their own benchmark data from the Global Engagement Index (GEI 2016) and how it is impacting current thinking on strategy and operational planning in their associations.  

What is GEI?

The GEI 2016 was a first of its kind global index developed from a recent survey of 15 global associations [PDF].  Respondents were 8500+ members and customers from all over the world.   GEI found that non US member and customer relationships with their associations collectively was average at best.  Although the Global Engagement Index focused on international members, its conclusion that an association’s relationship strength, not membership status, is often the biggest factor for increased engagement rings true for domestic organizations as well.

The report measured engagement scores for 15 associations from a pool of 122,000 members and customers in markets around the world. Next year, MCI will commission a similar Index to study association relationships with U.S.-based members and customers.

The Index showed that people in global markets, particularly those in emerging and developing markets, are hungry for practical information. The data shows that those with the strongest relationship and recall of an association were most often nonmember customers, followed by members who have experience using a product or service in the last 18 months.

The study found that people who join an association but do not purchase products are significantly more likely to drop their membership, whereas customers who buy at least one product have a stronger relationship. They are more likely to become members and more likely to renew.

In other words, some of your strongest relationships may not be with your members; instead they may be with customers attending an event or seeking an accreditation.

The whole notion of a membership-first strategy could be dangerous, because members who are only interested in becoming a member often times have weaker engagement and relationship scores.

Power of Relationships

GEI introduced five member/customer segments based on relationship strength.  The most desirous segment was labeled “multipliers,” because this segment is not only loyal and highly likely to renew membership or purchase products but also they are highly motivated to support the mission of the association. If you knew who these people were, you could begin to accelerate the growth of your organization.

Organizations experiencing global growth tend to think about membership engagement as a one-on-one relationship. Put the right opportunity in front of the right individual. Be relevant in-terms of your product perspective, as well as your marketing and communications.

It’s also important to think of engagement as a spectrum or scale. A passive member can grow into an active member, and a loyal member can become a multiplier who connects you to new members or new opportunities.

For More on GEI 2016

Oct 04 2016

October 4th Webinar On Demand Recording – AWWA Creating Community – Better India Through Better Water

On October 4th, David LaFrance CEO from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Gaurav Sood from AWWA India shared their insights gained from the first year developing community in India.

AWWA developed a Strategic Framework with the objective of expanding into seven priority markets with a mission statement “Better World Through Better Water” and opened its first office outside of North America, in Mumbai India in 2015. This session aims to share insights into both the opportunities and challenges faced by a US association in penetrating the India market and lessons learned.

In this 30 minute webinar, you’ll understand:

  • AWWA’s overview and strategy for entering India

  • Getting traction in the Indian market – initial steps and financing the effort

  • Establishing the infrastructure – working with local volunteer leaders and governance

  • Being locally relevant – gathering market insights, establishing the brand, and building network

  • Daily operations – planning the action and acting the plan

 

MCI thanks David LaFrance for contributing his time and insight.

 

 

Please find a copy of the slide deck here.

 

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