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Blog: What is an Engagement App?

By Jackson Dean on 30 June 2021

If you’re trying to wrap your head around what an engagement app is and how it works, we’re here to help put those minds at ease. We understand there’s A LOT to process. So, what exactly does engagement mean? How would it benefit your community? At Clowder, we go way beyond creating a mobile solution - we're all about connecting people, so we want to take the time to ensure all of your remaining questions about our engagement platform are answered. 

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Blog: Extending the Value of Your AMS With an App for Your Members

By Jackson Dean on 25 May 2021

Building and maintaining member relationships as well as improving mobile efficiency should be high priorities when it comes to expanding your growth and retention strategies. Long gone are the days of multiple spreadsheets and email lists and thankfully so because we are here to ensure that your Association Management System (AMS) will seamlessly integrate with Clowder® to extend the long-term value of your organization. We have been working hard to ensure that our engagement app works as an all-encompassing solution to deliver informational content, easy-to-use event registration tools, improved member communication and instant online payments and renewals.

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Blog: How Associations Can Leverage Push Notifications to Cut Through the Noise of Constant Emails

By Jackson Dean on 16 February 2021

As email traffic continues to grow, one might think open rates would follow suit. The average American receives 80-100 emails per day - but who has time to open that many emails every day? This overload causes important messages to get lost, accidentally deleted, or just plain forgotten. Open rates have been on a decline over the last few years and utilizing this channel as a stand-alone communication strategy has now become outdated. Organizations should be continually evolving as ongoing technology advancements are enhancing the ways in which people are receiving information. Your members are looking for that experience. In order to increase the likelihood of your members not only staying up-to-date with your industry content, but also remaining engaged with your organization, a more efficient form of communication is what’s needed. In today’s mobile-first world and on-demand economy, it’s the usage of push notifications that help to cut through the noise of constant emailing. 

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What Associations Should Take Away from 2020

By Katie Argueta on 21 January 2021

2020 was… rough to say the least. Professionals throughout all industries were thrown numerous unforeseen challenges. Association members leaned heavily on their trusted organizations for guidance and resources to help them navigate the uncertainties. There were associations that succeeded in providing the necessary value during their members’ time of need, and there were those that did not meet the moment… and people took note. When cancellations and the need to distance began to affect connectivity, it was technology that became the glue for keeping communities intact. Because of this, what 2020 should have taught associations is the importance of meeting modern technology demands.

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What Does it Mean to Make Your Membership Mobile?

By Katie Argueta on 28 October 2020

Your organization may be kicking itself for not going mobile sooner - like pre-pandemic times sooner. Or maybe after debating whether or not it's needed, the idea of mobile has just been sitting on the back burner for awhile. Regardless of what stage you’re in, it’s important to understand what it really means to take your membership and make it mobile.

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From Our COO: Apple and Facebook CRUSH their Quarterly Earnings During the Pandemic

By Brad LaTour on 18 August 2020

Welcome to a new monthly series where you'll hear from Clowder COO Brad LaTour. He'll speak to news within the membership and technology space, industry trends, and company insight. Enjoy!

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Using Facebook to Debunk the Top Two Reasons Organizations Avoid Going Mobile

By Bridget Gorman on 16 July 2020

Associations that have resisted making their membership mobile often echo the same excuses for not doing so. However recent statistics from Facebook’s user demographics and ad revenue shoot holes in these tired old adoption myths.

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Our New Normal

By Katie Argueta on 10 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing it's sparked around the world has put a lot in perspective for many both personally and professionally. Just as people have quickly had to change their daily habits, so have businesses, industries and membership organizations. But before we talk about what's expected in the future, let's think back to before all of this when the buzzword "digital transformation" was thrown around a lot within the association space. New web-based engagement strategies were continually being introduced as well as platforms for deploying more email. This current period of adapting however has shed light onto whether or not those transformative initiatives made have had their intended effects on members now. We know one thing to be certain - if these previous digital transformations did not include mobile, then they probably are not making the impacts that were hoped for.

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Apps Prove to Be a Lifeline for Consumers and Communities During COVID-19

By Bridget Gorman on 29 May 2020

We have all had to adapt, rather abruptly, to the new way of interacting – with our families, professional communities, and businesses we patronize. We have changed our daily routines and altered our consumption habits, and, in the process, mobile devices have emerged as somewhat of a lifeline keeping us connected with one another and with the goods and services we need and rely on. Here are a few stats on app usage during the pandemic.

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Benefits of a Dedicated Mobile News Feed

By Bridget Gorman on 1 May 2020

Social media feeds are often rife with misinformation or interpretations of information that are designed to influence audiences in a particular way. Two-thirds of Americans get their news from social media (Pew Research) but sifting through opinions and rumors to consume accurate and unbiased news is a massive undertaking in today’s world. Furthermore, the clutter and randomness of social media apps can be a time-suck and a major distraction. What if you instead had one focused mobile hub for sharing with your members? That's where a membership app comes in. You can think of a membership app’s news feed as a Facebook-esque platform specifically for your unique professional community. 

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