Membership

What’s the Return on Investment of BVH Membership?

Is it worth it to join Business Victor Harbor? How do you know? Calculating the return on investment for BVH membership can be quite simple once you decide how you plan on measuring success. Here’s what you need to think about:

Return on investment is calculated quite simply. According to Investopedia, the calculation is:

Not hard to figure out.

Your gain from your BVH membersip would be any new sales you made due to membership. Subtract what you paid for membership (currently $132 per year) from that and divide it by that same amount.

You can calculate it as a one-off sale and one year of membership, or if you know what your average customer is worth over their lifetime, you can calculate it over several years.

That calculation is easy enough if your new customer has identified themselves as someone who found you through Business Victor Harbor or if you connected with them at an event and you know they’re from our chamber. But it’s not the only way to calculate return. Here are a few other ideas.

Specialised Discount Code

Many businesses circulate the same types of discounts in multiple places like the welcome packet, visitor’s map, phone book, or any number of other local spots. It’s the same 10% off coupon or the same savings code that tells them very little about where it came from. If you’re going to offer member-to-member discounts, provide a special code just for that source. If you’re providing discounts for referrals from our online business directory, make sure you are tracking them differently than through a generic coupon or discount code. Creating unique discount codes or coupons is essential to understanding which referral sources are working and which ones aren’t. Plus, you’ll have a more accurate look at your return on investment.

ROI should also depend on what your goals are for BVH membership. If you simply want more customers the ROI equation presented earlier works with a couple of additional qualifiers like the discount code. But it’s not the only thing you can calculate return on.

BVH members can update their business directory listing by registering for online access.

Name Recognition

Your goal may not be about new customers but increasing brand recognition first. For people to buy from you, they need to know, like, and trust you. If brand recognition is important to you and a goal for your BVH membership, then you need to track brand awareness to figure out your return. An increase in brand awareness will be evident in Google Analytics by looking at direct hits to your website. This figure tracks people who typed in your URL to get to your site directly. If you see an increase over time, this says more people are thinking about you specifically, not getting to you by searching for keywords.

But if you want to know how much of your brand awareness is BVH related, go to Google Analytics, click on the acquisition tab on the left, select all traffic, channels, and look at the centre of the page. It should show you a list of other URLs that have referred traffic to you.

This is not fool-proof because Business Victor Harbor could conceivably refer clients to you and make people aware of you outside of coming through our site but this gives you a basic idea of the kind of traffic you’re getting.

Building Trust

Calculating ROI can be done through direct referrals and web referrals but in addition to being known, you may have a goal for BVH membership that involves building trust. To build trust, you have to get involved. Business Victor Harbor is a well-established brand and according to the Shapiro Study, people associate chamber of commerce membership with organisations that use good business practices.  

Business Victor Harbor can make it very easy to be known as a through being listed in our business directory, or even being featured in our newsletter, but your ability to extend that reach comes from other benefits of membership like presenting at the chamber, teaching and mentoring other businesses, possibly even guest blogging. When you give freely of your knowledge and expertise, people will have a more favourable opinion of you and want to get be a part of what you are offering.

If you’re able to share your expertise with the larger group, don’t be sales-y, but do check with BVH to see if you can share your contact information at the end. If you have a free electronic download that will provide them with additional information, ask if you can share it. If you can, make sure you ask for an email from the person downloading it. Building your email list by creating a BVH-specific landing page and then tracking referrals from there is a terrific way to calculate your return on investment as well.

Speak to us about the opportunities out there to serve other members and the community. The return on that is astronomical.