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Audience segmentation is a crucial aspect of boosting member engagement in affinity associations. In a previous blog, we discussed what questions to ask members to boost engagement. Let’s go a step further and dive into how to adapt those questions to specific members. By dividing your audience into groups based on shared characteristics and interests, you can tailor your messaging and offerings to better meet their unique needs and desires. Here are three ways you can effectively segment your audience and engage your members.

Demographic Segmentation

Demographic segmentation involves dividing your audience based on demographic characteristics such as age, gender, income, and location. This type of segmentation is beneficial for affinity associations that serve specific industries or professions. For example, if you run a professional association for financial advisors, you can target specific groups based on age or generation segmentation.

  • Gen Z (born 1997-2012): Offer interactive, technology-driven engagement opportunities such as virtual events, online forums, and gamified experiences.
  • Gen Y (Millennials) (born 1981-1996): Provide professional development opportunities and networking events that are relaxed, social, and fun.
  • Gen X (born 1965-1980): Offer a blend of technology and personal interaction such as webinars with Q&A sessions, online communities, and in-person meet-ups.
  • Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964): Offer opportunities for knowledge-sharing and mentorship through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one interactions.

Membership Stage Segmentation

Membership stage segmentation is based on how long each segment has been a member of your association, such as new or long-time members. This type of segmentation allows you to understand the different needs and preferences of your members at various stages of their journey with your associaiton, and tailor your offerings and messaging accordingly. For example, by tailoring your engagement strategies based on professional development opportunities, and opportunities for community involvement, you can build a strong, engaged, and dynamic membership base. 

  • New members (less than 1 year): Welcome them with a personalized onboarding program, including an introduction to the organization, its mission, and its members.
  • Mid-career members (1-5 years): Offer opportunities for professional growth and leadership development through training programs and mentorship opportunities.
  • Established members (5+ years): Provide opportunities for members to give back to the community through volunteer opportunities and service projects.

Communication Preferences Segmentation

Communication segmentation is based on how your audience prefers to receive information from your organization. This could include email, direct mail, or social media. By understanding the communication preferences of your members, you can ensure that your messages are being received in the way that they prefer, which will increase the chances of engagement and response. This could include:

  • Tailored email campaigns, direct mail, or social media posts
  • Special events or activities that cater to specific interest groups
  • Personalized offers or discounts based on the preferences of each group
  • Opportunities for members to connect and engage with others who share their interests


Audience segmentation is a powerful tool for boosting member engagement in affinity associations. By recognizing your audience’s unique characteristics and propensities, you can customize your messaging and offerings to better meet their needs and desires. Whether you are targeting demographic, life stage, communication, or even behavioral and interest segments, the key is to use the information you have gathered to create a more personalized and engaging experience for your members. Contact us today to learn more about boosting your member engagement.

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