According to our recent Trading Assistant Journal/Polldaddy.com Poll,
...with over 10% of the IMA membership responding, we can predict that the IMA has lost almost 50% of its membership to PeSA. With over 89% of the membership (who responded to our poll) leaving altogether...
And then there were 2...
Only 2 of the respondents stated they will stay with the IMA while 17% of the respondents said they would never join an association or group again.
The questions and results are as follows: (This poll is still open, if you are an IMA member and would like to respond, please follow the link above and give us your reply).
- Already Joined the ECMTA/PeSa Organization 14 votes = 48%
- Done with associations and groups altogether 5 Votes = 17%
- No - I have my Refund or Applied 5 Votes = 17%
- Looking Elsewhere 2 Votes = 7%
- Yes - I will Stay with the IMA 2 Votes = 7%
- Other - "Will Make a Decision when my subscription expires" 1 Vote = 3%
These responses to our unscientific poll indicates 89% of our sampling have left the IMA and with a response from 10% of the prior healthy membership, I would say the IMA is in for some serious membership retention issues.
We have heard from our readers the Internet Merchants Association is offering a special rate to renew an active membership of only $49.99.
This may sound like a good idea under the current circumstances but our advisor's tell us that if as a 501C(6) Non-Profit trade organization any member is offered a reduced rate for membership, all members (current and future) from that point forward must be given the membership deal, otherwise the IMA will lose the coveted as a 501C(6) Non-Profit trade organization status they fought so diligently for. The same Non- Profit designation which restricts the organization from making so many smart business decisions for its membership.
If, even at a $49.99 renewal rate, over 89% of the membership has decided to move on to other endeavors, what would the point be to continue offering a reduced membership price?
Our Poll is not over so if any currently loyal members of the IMA would like to respond to give the world a better understanding of where this trade group is heading, please take a moment to give us a simple poll response.