Top 70 YMCA Twitter Accounts to Follow (and Imitate)

However you feel about the little Twitter bird, it’s not going away any time soon. Hundreds of millions of users access it everyday for information, and a lot of them could be your members and potential members. They look for news and information that fits their life, and what your YMCA offers should be a part of that mix.

Whether your YMCA has a Twitter account or you’re looking to create one soon, all Y marketers need a few role models. The following 70 North American YMCA accounts are the best and biggest on Twitter. They use Twitter to connect with members, answer questions, make announcements, discuss fitness and health, release registration dates and more. Consider following these accounts to get ideas for your own Twitter strategy. (The list was compiled based on number of followers, content provided, number of tweets, interactions with followers, recent activity and overall use of Twitter to connect with customers. From there, the list was ordered from most followers to least followers.)  Continue reading

4 Ways to Connect at YMCA General Assembly

The anticipation isn’t quite as strong as the Olympics or the World Cup, but it is the YMCA General Assembly. And it only comes around once every 3 years. In about 10 days, we’ll be heading out to Philadelphia for General Assembly and we’re excited to network, learn, and have a little fun. Will you be there?

On top of all the great events and programs, we have a few other ways to connect. Check out a few ways we can meet up at GA:  Continue reading

We’re Giving Away $500 at General Assembly for YMCAs

General Assembly for YMCAs is just two weeks away! Are you heading out to Philly for the exhibition? A few of us from ACTIVE Network will be there and we’re excited for the networking, sessions, tradeshow, socializing, and more. We’re also giving away $500 to one lucky YMCA through a random drawing at booth #834. Be sure to stop by, look for the sign you see to the left, and enter your YMCA into the drawing!

We’ve done this $500 giveaway at each of the last two NAYDO Conferences and are proud to share with you how the donation money was spent. Here’s how the last two YMCA winners used to donation:  Continue reading

Top 10 Ways Your YMCA Should Use Twitter

Does your YMCA have an active Twitter account? If you do, you understand how it can be a valuable communication tool. But your success on Twitter can go beyond the number of followers, mentions, and clicks. You can use it to get some local press, track what people think about your facilities and much more. Consider using Twitter in these ten different ways and you’ll be surprised how much it has to offer:  Continue reading

Top 10 Social Media Statistics in 2013

Social media changes everyday. When you start to master Twitter, Pinterest pops up. And when you finally see some real results from Facebook, they change their entire advertising platform. So is the speed of social media.

Today, we want to highlight the size and impact of social media across the world. Without further ado, here are the top 10 social media statistics you need to know for the rest of the year. The numbers are mind blowing and should show you the power of social a whole (click here to see how these have changed since last year):  Continue reading

State of the YMCA Industry: Post-NAYDO 2013

We’re smack dab in the middle of two big YMCA events – NAYDO 2013 Conference back in April and General Assembly coming up in July. So as we travel mentally and physically from Vancouver to Philadelphia, let’s take a look back at some trends and happenings from NAYDO:

Top trends for YMCAs in 2013

1. How mobile can help YMCAs engage their members - About 80% (informal poll) of the YMCAs we spoke to at NAYDO are focusing on providing their members with some sort of mobile app or mobile site. These organizations are focusing on providing mobile access to programs, particularly group fitness classes

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2. Understanding donor history and needs - YMCAs want data on their donors and easier access to it. They want to be able to look at donation history and target emails to the individual rather than spray messages to a huge list.  Continue reading

3 Negative Trends to Reverse in Your Community

In recent years, humans (and particularly kids) have become increasingly sedentary. This trend is affecting mental and physical health as well as healthcare costs. But a few weeks ago, ACTIVE customers from parks and rec agencies, collegiate rec departments, YMCAs and other community organizations gathered at our user conference to discuss these issues.  Continue reading

24 Activities That Will Get Young Professionals Through Your Doors

Yuppies. Say what you want about them, but they have incomes and a general affinity for the hottest fitness trend, class, and activity. They also take to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram before, during and after participating in a cool activity. Doesn’t that sound like an ideal customer? Depending on the demographics of your community, you could tap into the young professional market with some new and trendy offerings.

To help you understand what young professionals are looking for, here is a list of activities that are currently trendy in the 20 – 30 year old range:  Continue reading

Top 4 Myths About ‘The Cloud’

Even in 2013, ‘the cloud‘ is still confusing. I guess that’s what we get for using such a wispy term to describe what pretty much is ‘the internet’. But when people reference ‘the cloud’, it’s usually in relation to things like software, storage and computing. So it’s fair to consider ‘the cloud’ and ‘cloud computing’ to be virtually the same thing: software that is passed over the internet.
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4 Ways To Engage Your YMCA Members (Outside Its 4 Walls)

If you’re reading this, you are probably involved with YMCAs in some capacity. And since you’re in the industry and we’re a software company, we won’t be talking about how you can better engage your members on a human level or in person. You’ve got that down.

But we do know technology, so this blog post will cover some ways you can interact with your members through newer media and tools. Here are 4 ways to improve member engagement when they aren’t at your facilities: Continue reading