Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
That’s proof of how leveraging your membership with these associations can increase your exposure and help your business grow. Using all of the member benefits available to you through your buying groups and associations will no doubt have an impact on your business. But the key is to go beyond just being a member. Here are a few ideas on how to supercharge your partnerships!
- Local magazines and newspapers are always asking organizations for expert commentators or guest articles to fill space in their publications. Why not contact your association’s media relations person and let them know that you or someone on your staff is interested in contributing to a monthly feature or providing quotes for their press releases?
- Does your group have an “Ask the Experts” panel discussion at their tradeshow or member meetings where you could publicly share your knowledge as a dealer? Maybe they have a special booth or speaker presentation that your business could sponsor. Even if they don’t, it wouldn’t hurt to lay your ideas on the table. Co-branding with your buying groups and associations on the local level is another great opportunity.
- Minor league ball games and other community events that are well attended and fit your business model could attract customers for you and new members for them. Buying group and association partnerships have allowed us to reach more readers with an informative monthly magazine. They have also been vital catalysts for the success of the independent dealer. We look forward to hearing about the new opportunities you’ve harnessed through your buying groups and associations.