Membership Advantage: Explaining Benefits to Engage Members

As an association, one of the key aspects of ensuring member satisfaction and retention is effectively communicating the benefits of membership. When members understand the value they receive from being part of an association, they are more likely to actively participate and renew their membership.

Effective communication strategies for explaining benefits

When explaining benefits to members, it is essential to highlight specific advantages members will receive. Instead of simply listing the benefits, focus on the impact these benefits will have on personal or professional lives.

For example, if your association offers networking opportunities, emphasize how these connections can lead to new business opportunities or career advancements.
One of the most powerful strategies is storytelling. By sharing real-life examples of how members have benefited from specific features or services, you can make the benefits more relatable and tangible. Personalize the stories by using actual member names and experiences (with permission, of course!), and highlight the positive outcomes they have achieved through their membership.

When crafting your stories, consider the different demographics and industries represented within your association, and create stories that resonate with each group. I find placing this information within a table or spreadsheet very helpful.

By weaving stories into your communication efforts, you can captivate their attention and make the benefits more memorable. Use a variety of storytelling techniques, such as anecdotes, case studies, or testimonials, to keep your members engaged and eager to learn more.

Another way to engage and educate members is through interactive content. Consider creating quizzes, surveys, or online forums where members can actively participate and share their thoughts. This not only encourages member involvement but also provides valuable feedback that can help shape future benefit offerings.

Implement surveys or feedback forms to gather insights from your members on their understanding and perception of your benefits. Allow members to share their thoughts and suggestions regarding the benefits they find most valuable and use this feedback to tailor your offerings. Add these to your website, webinars, conference kiosk and email newsletters to engage your members where they are.

In addition to storytelling, visual aids greatly enhance highlighting and calling out benefits to members. Humans are visual creatures, and visuals have a way of simplifying complex information and making it more digestible. Consider using infographics, charts, or videos to visually represent the benefits and their value.

When creating visual aids, keep in mind that simplicity is key. Avoid excessive text or using too many colors, as they can overwhelm and confuse your audience. Use colors, icons, and images that align with your association’s branding to create a cohesive and visually appealing experience for your members.

Make a plan for ongoing member education and support

Explaining benefits shouldn’t be a one-time effort. To truly engage and educate your association members, it is essential to provide ongoing education and support. This can be achieved through various channels, such as webinars, workshops, or newsletters.

If you don’t have already, consider creating a dedicated resource center on your association’s website where members can access a wealth of educational materials and resources. This can include articles, e-books, or video tutorials that provide in-depth information on each benefit. By continuously providing valuable content, you demonstrate your commitment to member education and support, further enhancing the perceived value of membership.

Measure the impact of benefit explanation on member satisfaction and retention

It is crucial to measure the impact of your benefit explanation efforts to understand their effectiveness and make data-driven improvements. Some metrics to consider when evaluating member satisfaction and retention include:

  • Membership renewal rates: Monitor the percentage of members who renew their membership each year to gauge the level of satisfaction and perceived value.
  • Member engagement metrics: Track metrics such as event attendance, participation in online forums, or utilization of association resources to assess member engagement.
  • Net Promoter Score (NPS): Conduct regular surveys to measure the likelihood of members recommending the association to others, which serves as an indicator of satisfaction and perceived value.

By regularly measuring and analyzing these metrics, you can identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions to enhance benefit explanation efforts.


In conclusion, explaining benefits to association members is a crucial component of member engagement and satisfaction. By understanding the value of each benefit, utilizing effective communication strategies such as storytelling and visual aids, and providing ongoing education and support, associations can enhance member engagement and retention. Remember, clear and compelling benefit explanations not only inform members about the advantages they receive but also connect with them on a deeper level, fostering a sense of belonging and loyalty.

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