Do you feel like you have more than enough time to do everything you need to do? Do you feel like you have just the right amount of time to do what you want to do? If you are shaking your head no, you feel like most busy professionals. Not only are we feeling stressed about our lack of time, our members are too. I know this because I’ve talked with over 400 association members about the challenges in their professional lives.
Peer Cluster Filtering is an optional feature in Dynamic Benchmarking platforms that uses a group of named accounts as the comparison data set (an account contains the data supplied by a participant and typically represents an organization, facility, company, etc.). Like criteria-based filters, peer cluster filter results are shown in the “aggregate” which means that no individual data points or responses are exposed. Strict data minimums must be met for results to display, which ensures anonymity while still offering a unique way to select a comparison data set. This makes Peer Cluster Filtering a highly valued feature by many of our clients.
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Member engagement is the holy grail of association success. A highly engaged member base leads to greater member satisfaction which in turn leads to higher retention rates. Unfortunately, creating opportunities for positive and relevant member engagement is not always easy, even when it comes to clearly valuable member benefits like benchmarking. Convincing busy professionals to set aside time to collect and submit data has long been a challenge for associations. Even once that hurdle has been cleared, finding ways to share that data in a way that encourages members to engage with each other can still be difficult. Dynamic Benchmarking Chief Operating Officer, Betsy Delfosse, shares some tips for overcoming these challenges.
It’s the time of year when energies are high and attitudes are positive, all charged with a renewed focus on fresh starts and resolutions to make this year THE year. What organization doesn’t want to be more effective? More impactful? Who doesn’t want to do better? Looking for ways to improve upon past performance is the keystone of strategic planning for most organizations. Making sure to include your benchmarking studies in your goals can be very effective in improving the data quality, participation rates and user engagement with your benchmarking studies, and should become an integral part of your benchmarking process.
How are you promoting your benchmarking study results? Unlike the iconic Field of Dreams, unfortunately, just building a study does not necessarily mean your members will come! Even the most valuable tools and information need a little help in the marketing department, and benchmarking is no exception. Let’s take a look at a few important steps you should be taking to ensure that you’re not only gathering the best information, but also making sure it’s being utilized to its fullest advantage.
Project management can be a tough job. Managing numerous stakeholders with varying priorities is not an easy task no matter how organized you are, and nothing is more frustrating than getting months into a project and realizing that the output isn’t meeting expectations. While there are many places for a project to go off track, typically, you can trace the trouble to a breakdown in communications somewhere in the early stages of the project. As a project manager, it’s my job to make sure communications go well, which is why I’d like to share with you my top five steps for ensuring project communication success.
Benchmarking has long been touted as a valuable tool for businesses and I couldn’t agree more. Of course, a saw is a valuable tool as well, but you wouldn’t use it to perform surgery or slice a loaf of bread. My point is that tools are great, but only when they’re used in the way they were intended. This is where a lot of confusion and disconnect occurs when people look at benchmarking.