Affinity Center International (ACI)
AFFINITY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, LAUNCH, & ONGOING SUPPORT
Profitable Association Inc. was contracted with at the early stage of planning to carry out one-on-one interviews with key association leaders to gain insights into the value of a new member program.
Once research was gathered, PAI was key in the development and launch of the company and the affinity program, AchieveLinks. This was the first loyalty reward program targeting the association space. This was a member business buying and loyalty reward program. A co-branded credit card was later added to the program.
PAI was instrumental in the development, launch and on-going growth of the program.
The research indicated that in the association market 80% of associations are under 10,000 members. In addition, there were few meaningful member benefits for these smaller and medium sized associations (beyond discount offerings).
The concept was one that focused on providing a buying program for businesses and a shopping reward program for consumers. The strategy was based on the idea that people group themselves based on what the do for a living, our careers defining our affinity group.
ACI was also created on the premise that it could bring value to both members of associations — as well as its sponsors — year-round instead of just during their annual conferences by staying relevant in the members’ daily business and personal life.