There’s a multitude of Membership Management Software on the market, and choosing one that fits your organization perfectly can be a daunting task. In a previous blog article, we discussed what factors to consider when looking for the ideal Membership Management Software. Today we’ll look at what to avoid when searching for Membership Management Software.
Depending on Listed Features Alone
A list of features is a very good place to start when looking for Membership Management Software. However, a simple list of features does not tell the whole story. The listed features might even be unintentionally misleading. The best way to know if a feature is actually beneficial for you or, better yet, works the way you’d like it to is to try and test the feature out for yourself. Aim to see a demo of the Membership Management Software. Have someone do a walkthrough with you. Depending simply on listed features is a surefire way to choose a product that may not be up to your standards or worse choosing a software that is completely wrong for your organization. Avoid this by requesting a demo.
Expecting the Same Work Process
Having worked with the same software for a long period of time, it’s only natural to be familiar with the same exact process to run your membership. Chances are you know every single detail about your software, along with its capacities and limitations. Nevertheless, being attached to the same process may be hindering you from choosing the proper software to serve your needs. It’s only normal to want something that doesn’t deviate from what you are used to, but keep in mind that there is a reason you can’t use your current platform anymore. You might need features that aren’t supported by your current software or you may need to accommodate a larger membership. Regardless of the reasons, you should expect remarkable differences in the work process. Keep an open mind and be willing to learn the new process. It may not be easy at first, but in the long run you will have adapted and might even find the new process easier, faster and better.
Forgetting About User’s Perspective
Though the task of choosing a better Membership Manager Software may be upon one person in your organization, everyone who will be using the platform needs to be taken into account. The person making the decision on which software to adopt may or may not be someone who will be using the platform on a regular basis. If you’re not careful, that can create a chasm between what your staff members expect and what they end up having. When deciding which Membership Management Software to utilize, every user’s perspective must be considered to the best of your ability. If feasible, invite them to the demos. The people who are actually going to use the platform are your best source for evaluating the functionality of the new software you are contemplating. If having them be part of your demos is not a possibility, at the very least ask them what they like or don’t like about the current software. Find out what your staff members really need. Zero in on this before you even think about shopping around.
There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for new software. No need to reiterate how important of a decision this is. Not only does it require financial commitment, but also a substantial amount of time for your staff members to learn the new system. It is by no means a decision that should be taken lightly. Hopefully, now that you know some of the things to avoid when looking for Membership Management Software, you’ll be able to pick a winner like MemberBoss for your organization. If you’d like to learn more about MemberBoss, feel free to Book a Demo and don’t forget to subscribe to The Boss Blog to get more helpful tips for you and your members.