I received a Member Get a Member pitch in the mail yesterday, exhorting me to get people to join one of my professional associations.
Doing so would register me to win prizes and have my named added to the Wall of Recruiters. Not a single line of text used any appeal other than the competitive aspect of participating in the campaign and the possibility of extrinsic rewards.
It didn't speak to me at all.
That's not to say that the chance of winning prizes or being honored as one of the top recruiters wouldn't attract others. But too often we appeal only to the competitive motivator and forget an equally powerful enticement for many others: making a contribution.
I'm not particularly excited about chalking up new members for fame and prizes, but I do believe in sharing with others the value I've received from belonging to this particular association and my pride in the professionalism it champions.
I also care about growing its community of professionals to increase our collective impact on the profession and those we serve. And I always want to help attract people with whom I can learn, create, and collaborate.
prospects often join associations not only for the tangible benefits offered, but for the intangible rewards of being part of the community. Why would the same not hold true for members asked to help grow the association's ranks?
By not attempting to tap into that intrinsic motivation, this association lost out in two ways: (1) it did not get me to engage in any new member recruitment, and (2) it failed to remind me of why I am still a member myself.
Instead its marketing efforts left me feeling as if I was being solicited to turn into a late-night pitchman on QVC, hawking that extra special value deal, but only if you respond in the next two hours. I doubt ... at least I hope ... that's not what was intended.