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3 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Membership Application Software

3 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Membership Application Software

You’re looking for a new Membership Application Software. What is it exactly that you should be looking for?


As the point-person of your Membership Program, there are a couple of things you should be paying attention to when you’re in the search for a new software to run your program through.

How adaptable is the program? Can support staff help you easily? As the administrator, is a cloud-based membership software something that’s going to benefit your organization, and worth allocating a share of the budget to?


1. Know what is that you want out of your Software Provider

Before you get started on your search, make sure you know what is you want out of your software provider. If you know that the kind of membership program you run requires a lot of unique programming and customization, make sure you find out whether or not your software provider would be able to meet those needs. Knowing what you want from your software beforehand is going to be crucial for you to make the right decision on who to partner with to digitize your membership application process.


2. Now, it’s time to learn more about the specific software you’re looking at.

Most membership softwares worth your salt are going to be cloud-based. The immense advantage that cloud-based systems have is on their accessibility. Barring any severe security breaches, cloud-based membership platforms will win out solely on how data can be stored on-the-go; because administrators have the advantage of accessing the software from wherever they are working – whether they’re working from home or away at a trade show or conference.

If you need it to integrate with a specific AMS that you already have in place, be sure to check with the representative on how compatible it is with other systems.


3. Think ahead. What kind of kinks do you foresee down the road?

A crisp, clean-cut admin portal that lets you have an oversight over the entire intern hiring process can make a huge difference in managing your Internship Program. By choosing an Internship Management Program, small, cumbersome tasks like communicating with individual reviewers, sending email confirmations, email blasts, becomes easy.


Often times it comes down to a few points of common sense. Choosing a fair and effective software provider for your membership program is easy when you got these points down and clear.


Annika is a Content Marketing Associate at OpenWater, where she helps our clients better navigate the challenges they may encounter in the associations world. She has a passion in helping organizations and nonprofits share their stories with the growing technology sector. When she's not typing away on her keyboard in our Arlington HQ, she's steering boats on the Potomac River or running the streets of DC.

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