November 9, 2022|
Offering valuable services to members is critical to growing your financial association. Providing members with easy, secure, and convenient options to pay for those services is a vital part of the equation.
This short guide outlines tips to modernize your processes and streamline payment systems. To access the complete guide, download the Financial Association Playbook to learn how to evolve your association into a data-driven organization that meets the needs of today’s professionals.
Dated systems that are slow, hang, and look unprofessional reduce consumer confidence. Besides degrading the member experience, disjointed systems are challenging to maintain and cause numerous administrative problems when transactions don’t complete.
Payment systems have come a long way since the beginnings of ecommerce. Modern solutions can sync with existing software to provide an integrated experience that minimizes data entry, saves time, and streamlines processes throughout your association. As a result, members enjoy a seamless experience that inspires confidence in the association and its services.
Providing CE programs presents many challenges for finance associations, especially those using disjointed legacy software that is difficult to use and maintain.
Some challenges include:
Finance associations provide a range of services, including memberships, continuing education, merchandise, and online and in-person events. As a result, payment systems should be flexible with options to collect different types of payments, including recurring payments, automatic debit, one-time payments, and installments.
Recurring payments are typically linked to subscriptions, while automatic debits are paid automatically from a member’s bank account. The two are frequently confused, but the difference lies with the service being provided. For example, a credit card bill that is automatically paid from a member’s account is an automatic debit. In contrast, a streaming service is a subscription paid on a recurring basis.
Recurring payments are made according to a subscription agreement while installments are payments that split the total cost of goods or services into multiple transactions. For example, an association may charge a recurring membership fee of $100 per year. In contrast, the same organization may offer a payment plan for a $900 multi-day event that can be paid in three $300-dollar installments.
When choosing the right payment structure, it helps to outline the types of revenue your association receives. These can include:
Each member-based service or product will have its own type of payment. Making your system efficient depends on choosing the suitable payment method and connecting it seamlessly to your accounting software and membership management platforms.
For example, if you have recurring membership dues, you may want to give options for monthly, semi-annual, and annual payments. These options should be reflected in your system when the member makes a payment. Likewise, if your association accepts donations, you can offer membership options to contribute on a recurring basis or pay in installments.
Today’s membership payment systems are easy to customize and can integrate with your current member and website management applications. You don’t have to employ a professional software programmer or know how to code to set them up.
Cloud-based payment systems save employees time and improve efficiency. They can be easily configured to offer multiple payment methods, pre authorized recurring payments, and options that allow users to pay in installments. Further, you can choose from a variety of professional-looking templates that provide a professional image and inspire confidence in your members.
To provide a seamless payment experience, financial associations need to integrate a membership management solution with an application that processes payments. Ideally, both these systems also connect to accounting software.
When used together, these cloud-based solutions work together to share member information and streamline tasks, so you save time and improve productivity. As a result, operations on the back end are optimized and running smoothly, leading to an overall improved member experience.
Cloud-based membership management software is the pillar of your software stack, providing web-based tools that enable you to:
iMIS is the leading choice for financial associations, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits to manage members, launch fundraising campaigns, create website content, manage continuing education, and much more. Unique membership management tools help streamline processes, allowing you to do more in less time so you can focus resources on enhancing the membership experience.
Payment processing software enables members to pay for membership dues, continuing education, and events via desktop and mobile apps. Choose a system that can process one-time payments, recurring payments, and installments with options to pay by debit card, credit card, and cheque.
enSYNC’s paymentSYNC integrates easily with iMIS to track transactions, update member profiles, and save time on your end-of-the-month reconciliation.
On top of that, you could save up to 15% on credit card processing fees.
Cloud-based accounting software brings it all together for a truly seamless experience. The latest solutions simplify accounting processes through automated workflows that organize tasks and save time from data entry and other redundant tasks.
financeSYNC is the leading solution financial associations and nonprofits trust to fuse member management systems with payment processing applications. Leveraging Sage Intacct or Quickbooks Online, financSYNC enables you to
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