Rotary International’s future relies in how effective its 34,000+ member clubs are in their local social environments. Effective local clubs differentiate themselves by creating emotional connections with their target audiences. They accomplish differentiation by -1- linking membership with their audiences’ business and personal lives and -2- engaging them in shared causes (think: The Object of Rotary.) To link and engage target audiences it is critical that clubs identify who their target audience is and their wants and needs! Unfortunately, target audience concepts, therefore identities, escape many Rotary leaders. Without knowing who the you is, linking, engaging, or attracting them is next to impossible.
Everything any Rotary club does, EVERYTHING, should differentiate by creating and solidifying emotional connections with its target audiences – present and future members. Should not EVERYTHING that Rotary International does be designed to help its target audiences – present and future clubs – differentiate?
What about the ‘YOU ARE THE MISSING PIECE’ sign? Are all the YOUs who read it a local Rotary club’s target audience? Does it differentiate local Rotary clubs? Does it link or engage target audiences with local clubs?