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You’re Incredibly Busy – But You Need to Make Time for the Business Skills that Will Keep Your Community Going

Written by Lindsay Starke | on July 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

I’ll be honest—I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a couple of weeks, but I’ve just been so busy. So is everyone else on my community team; from launching new initiatives, checking in with subject matter experts, running reports, and putting out fires, the community management department here at Higher Logic keeps hustling.

And we’re not alone. In The State of Community Management 2018 Report (SOCM 2018) nearly half of the community professionals surveyed reported “significant stress or burnout.” Community has exploded over the past few years and community managers who have historically been siloed off, multitasking in our little contained worlds, are increasingly finding ourselves at the big table. Here, we need the business skills to advocate for our community and get the resources, support, and development that we need in order to sustain community success long-term. No wonder we’re exhausted!

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

5 Marketing Automation Features You Need to Start Using Today

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on July 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

In the survey we did for our recent State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report, we asked associations what additional marketing automation features they’re using. We discovered that many of them aren’t making use of certain features that could be taking them to the next level.

If you pair this with our finding that one of the biggest marketing automation challenges for associations is a lack of platform knowledge, it starts to look like associations might not be making use of these essential features because they don’t realize what they can do.

Without these features, it’s difficult to make your marketing automation campaigns shine.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

Know Before You Buy: What Can Go Wrong With Marketing Automation Implementation

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on July 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM | 6 minute read

When a task takes a complicated turn, it’s not uncommon for people to feel stuck and discouraged. And when people feel stuck, they lose sight of their goals. If this wasn’t the case, my friend’s “easy-to-assemble” IKEA dresser would be housing the clothes that are strewn all over her floor, rather than spending its second month collecting dust in an unassembled pile in the corner of her room.

Even with all of the right tools at her disposal, confusion reared its ugly head during the assembly process and she gave up, never reaping the benefits of her investment.

The point? Having the funds to purchase a new IKEA dresser doesn’t automatically mean you have the capability to assemble it correctly without wasting a ton of valuable time, even if it comes with a “handy” instruction manual. On the same note, having the budget available to invest in a marketing automation platform doesn’t always mean you have an inherent understanding of the implementation process to follow.

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Topics: Marketing Automation

Empower Your People and Improve Your Bottom Line Using Online Community

Written by Brian Weiner on July 5, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 8 minute read

 

Helping employees succeed and produce value for your organization is a universal objective for businesses, regardless of location, size or vertical. Providing them with resources and achieving this task was far easier in the past when employees worked in the same physical location, but with the advance of technology in the last decade, the modern workforce has become increasingly mobile. In fact, CNBC recently reported that 70 percent of people globally work remotely at least once a week.  

While technology has vastly improved to allow for this type of remote work, organizations are now struggling to keep their employees engaged and informed. Moreover, businesses are quickly adopting the trends of direct selling models and multi-level-marketing. The direct selling channel is predicted to reach $163.1 billion by 2020 with a CAGR of 4.9 percent, according to Euromonitor Direct selling organizations are attractive to individuals because you get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and most importantly, can work from anywhere. However, this presents an ongoing challenge for the organization to onboard, retain the consultants and provide them on-the-fly mobile access to content and social learning.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community

2018 Forrester CXNYC Forum Recap: How Communities Add Value to the Customer Experience

Written by Kate Zimmerman | on July 2, 2018 at 8:26 AM | 3 minute read

Two weeks ago, I attended the Forrester Customer Experience forum in New York City. The forum focused on leveraging Forrester’s recent research to help customer experience (CX) professionals deliver better CX. What does CX have to do with communities, you may ask? Quite a lot, as I suspected and then confirmed while at the show.

Forrester conducts an annual survey measuring CX across various industries. While you would expect to see CX scores gradually increasing, they are actually stagnant year over year: the worst are getting better, but the best are actually getting worse.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Experience, Online Community

What Do Vanity Metrics Have to Do with Marketing Automation Goals?

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 28, 2018 at 8:06 AM | 5 minute read

Higher Logic recently released our 2018 State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report. When I got a chance to pore over the results, I saw a lot of fascinating responses from the survey portion of the report. We asked about all sorts of things, like how they used marketing automation and what their goals and successes were. We also asked about any challenges they were facing.

Those who answered this last question gave some answers we’d expected, like lack of understanding about their software, or the difficulty of finding a platform that fit their needs or skill level perfectly.

But an answer I didn’t expect to see was that they were struggling with their open rates and engagement with the emails in automated campaigns. This was the third most common response for the question – that really made me start to think.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Will Microsoft’s Xbox Customer Support Program Built on Volunteer Power Work?

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 26, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 4 minute read

Can you have a successful customer support community built solely on volunteering? That’s the hypothesis Microsoft seems to be testing with its recent decisions for Xbox customer support.

Xbox Ambassadors are Xbox users who volunteer to help other users with their gaming issues. A news source recently reported that Microsoft has laid off twelve of its contracted Xbox customer support staff and is replacing them with these volunteers, supposedly in a cost-cutting measure. Two of the staff said they had recently finished training a group of Xbox Ambassadors who will now be their replacements.

Although Microsoft retained a couple support staff, they seem to be leaning the bulk of their Xbox customer support on these volunteers.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Customer Communities, Online Community Software, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

[ROUNDUP] 2018 State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on June 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 3 minute read

British author James Burke once said, “You can only know where you're going if you know where you've been.” Here at Higher Logic, we’ve been working hard to analyze how associations have approached marketing automation in the past and how current strategies are evolving in an effort to best utilize new opportunities for improved efficiency and growth.

We know that it can be challenging for associations to keep up in this ever-evolving space, so don’t fret – we’re here to help you make sense of it all. The wait is over. The results are in.

Our new 2018 benchmark report, the first of its kind strictly for associations, combines our traditional email benchmarking report with a new industry survey focused on marketing automation (MA). Our findings include beneficial data to help both our own clients and the larger association market gain a better understanding of industry efforts and how we can better leverage current challenges for future success.     

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Topics: Associations, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Nonprofits Need Donors Who Stick Around and There’s No Getting Around That

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Are you a nonprofit with a large pool of happy, connected donors, who give regularly and volunteer monthly? For any nonprofit, even if the answer to the question above is ‘yes,’ improving donor retention is probably one of your top concerns.  

In the business world, people are always tossing around stats about the importance of customer retention. Here’s the reality: most companies have a higher customer retention ROI over customer acquisition. It makes sense – you’ve already worked to get their business once, so it pays off to keep them happy, keep them around, and even increase their business rather than having to convince a whole set of new customers over again.

In the nonprofit space, the idea of donor retention is just as relevant. Your donors were impressed enough with your work and valued your cause enough to give to you once, and you probably worked hard to get them to that threshold. It takes a lot of work to build up trust with your donors and makes sense to continue that relationship and prove your value to them, so they continue to support you.

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Topics: Millennials, Engagement, Volunteer Management, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community, Donor Retention

14 Blogs and Podcasts that Will Keep You Current on Online Community and Marketing Automation

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 14, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 5 minute read

In today’s digital world it can be hard to know which resources to rely on, especially when there’s new stuff coming out all the time, and there’s so much pressure to constantly consume. How can we keep up with the technology world but also filter out the things that aren’t useful?

Since we live in a review economy, you’re probably used to checking out what other people say about a restaurant, book, etc. before you buy it. That’s a little harder to do when it comes to resources, so we wanted to make it easier for you and create a trusty list of blogs and podcasts that we follow for updates about communities and marketing automation.

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Topics: Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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