The Y knows better than most that communication is crucial to strengthening a community and a business. It’s impossible to work with one another towards change without maintaining an open dialogue. But the YMCA family is now a global community. Even on an individual location level, neighborhoods are bigger than ever. How can you be sure that your member experience strategy is growing to match the increasing needs of your community?

Ys across the nation have been implementing the Net Promoter System to be absolutely sure they’re providing the experience they promise. Not only does NPS capture how loyal members are the brand or location, but it also provides insights that increase retention and help with training. All of that value starts with one question: “On a scale of 0-10, how likely are you to recommend your Y?”

It seems like pretty basic stuff, right? But once you use the formula and analyze the responses, you start to learn a few things. NPS scoring allows Ys to categorize types of members. Examining these groups creates a better understanding of their relationship with the brand. Members break down into three groups: detractors, passives, and promoters.


Knowing your score lets you benchmark your progress as a Y. Just as with exercising or studying, you can’t set goals if you don’t know how to quantify the results. That’s all well and good, but what is a successful score? It turns out that it’s drastically different from industry to industry. That’s why we surveyed Ys using the NPS system to get an idea of how they’re doing.

If you’re looking for a path to growth, these scores are a pretty good place to start. It’s certainly not the whole picture, though. We know that YMCA provides communities with all kinds of services. So we went a step further with NPS. We dug into how members felt about different types of programs.


This is just a glimpse of how NPS can help a YMCA or any business for that matter. We recently released a comprehensive benchmark report detailing how top performers are beefing up their member retention for 2020. It’ll give you best practices, tips and tricks, and ideas for your own strategy that you can use right now.

We’d love for you to check it out here and come learn with Listen360 and the 2019 Customer Loyalty Report.