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August 30, 2023
A Minute with Matt: Thoughts to make you go Hmm......
Member Retention Rate vs. Break Even
Growth vs. Market Penetration Rate:
Which is More Important?
The Member Retention Rate is an important metric. We see and hear Chambers of Commerce touting their retention rates to colleagues and members. Certainly, if you are at or above 90%, you have done well. Since our programs require Chamber membership, we are happy to contribute to your success.
Nevertheless, I want to challenge your thinking. First, do you know how many new members you’ll need this year to maintain your start of year membership with a 90% retention rate? It’s an important number to know, especially as your membership grows. The formula is simple. Since a 90% retention rate also entails a 10% loss rate, take the number of members you had at the beginning of the year and multiply by 10% (or your expected loss).
Example: Anytown Chamber began this year with 330 members. 330 X 10% = 33
With 90% retention, Anytown Chamber must acquire 33 new members this year to maintain 330 members overall, or net 0% membership growth for the year. Bear in mind that as your Chamber membership grows, the more difficult it becomes to achieve net 0% growth. A Chamber with 520 members on January 1 must acquire 52 new members by the end of the year just to break even. That’s one new member per week just to break even.
It’s worth noting that every percentage point above or below 90% is impactful to the overall growth goal. The “stickiness” of SOCA programs can boost your retention rates in impactful ways. 
Even so, Chambers of Commerce may be best served to know their market penetration rate within the areas they serve. If your member retention rate is a stellar 95% but you only penetrate 15% of your total market, is that something you really want to tout? Conversely, if your Chamber has a 40% market penetration rate, 90% retention would be a rewarding achievement.
The truth is, you need to know all of these numbers. More importantly, you need to know how they are related. Doing so will help you gain a full understanding of your membership growth performance and help you establish achievable goals.
Hit me back if you have any questions or comments.
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