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    Glen Mills commented  · 

    I believe Personify owns both Wild Apricot and Memberclicks. I'm a president of 2 professional associations, each with around 150 members and I run both sites. Whenever people ask me which is better I say that WA has a better interface and website features but Memberclicks has an e-mail list-serv. The perfect system would be Wild Apricot with the Memberclicks E-Mail list feature.

    We had zero users of the WA forums and many users of the e-mail list. I had to create an e-mail list on another service for the association that uses WA because that was the only way people wanted to keep in touch. That same association is affiliated with an international association and when they switched to an online forum from an email list engagement fell like a stone. Some people wanted this because that association is much larger at approx. 4,000 members but for those ideal sized groups of 150 active community members (Read Malcolm Gladwell on Dunbar's Number) an e-mail list is invaluable. For those who like less email they can unsubscribe or get a, "Daily Digest" - some associations also create multiple email lists so that people can pick and choose topics they want to hear about but ignore the rest.

    A lot of people are in their email every day anyways and prefer not to have to log in to other places. Anyone at WA or Personify who thinks forums, that require yet another login, are superior to an e-mail list doesn't know what they are talking about.

    WA is great for managing memberships and events but it sucks for keeping members fully engaged. Memberclicks is just okay for managing memberships but it is great for keeping conversations going. If I could find a system that worked like WA and Memberclicks at a reasonable price I would dump both of these systems immediately and switch.

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