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Email Marketing vs. Marketing Automation

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on January 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM


Email is an important component of any modern marketing strategy. But, email is just one piece of the modern marketing puzzle. Marketing automation might sound fancy, but it's really just an extension of the functionality that email marketing already provides – the ability to create, deliver and track messages to an audience.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

The Six Tech Tools Your Small Org Staff Needs to Succeed [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Associations are usually labeled as “small” for one of two reasons: they have a small staff or a small budget. Many have both.

But that doesn’t mean terms like “small org” are always on-point. The small associations we work with have large memberships and far-reaching effects. Year after year, they consistently make a bigger impact with fewer resources.

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Topics: Associations

10 Tips for Documenting Automated Campaigns

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on January 11, 2018 at 8:30 AM

“The devil is in the details.” That never rang any truer for me than when I needed to document a marketing campaign for the first time. Indeed, the devil is in those many, many details, and I learned a lot about not letting anything slip through the cracks.

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Topics: Marketing Automation

How a Major Corporation Crowdsources Product Innovation (And How You Can Too)

Written by Julie Dietz on January 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Starbucks. You’ve heard of Starbucks, right? It’s one of those iconic brands that crosses generations. Everyone, including my grandmother and youngest cousin (she’s three and loves a Starbucks white hot chocolate) knows of and has tried at least one.

They’re massively popular and older than you might think – Starbucks will celebrate its 47th anniversary in 2018. So how have they managed to stay current, keeping their customers and winning new ones for almost 50 years? How do they come up with their offers? Their signature drinks?

Some of it is baristas, years of experience, and market research. The rest? It might just be their customers.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Written by Julie Dietz on January 4, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. There are so many platforms on the market, how do you wade through your choices to find just one that fits your association? You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

4 Hot Tech Topics to Watch in 2018

Written by Steve Balthazor on January 2, 2018 at 8:30 AM

We’re well past the point of keeping up with every advancement in the tech field – things are simply moving too fast. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t affected when things move forward.

New technology makes its way into our lives and businesses faster every year. Unsurprisingly, that will continue in 2018. But since it’s almost impossible to keep up with every tech change that will affect you this year, we’ve collected four that are on our radar.

These four areas have been in conversations – and the news – recently and will continue to be hot topics in the coming months. If they aren’t already affecting your life or work, they will soon.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

Celebrating 2017 Communities, New and Old: Higher Logic’s Year in Review

Written by Rob Wenger on December 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM

It’s been an eventful year to say the least, with our team and product expanding to cover everything from engagement and collaboration to automation. It’s clear we had a lot to celebrate in 2017, and now have plenty to be thankful for as we reflect during the holiday season.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community

Community for Career Development: A Look Inside One NAVUG Community Member’s Journey

Written by Holly Kutil | on December 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

I’m a member of NAVUG, an online community that is the epitome of Margaret Mead's statement. If you will humor me and enjoy the story I am about to share, you too can build a thriving and successful online community in your sphere of influence.

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Topics: User Group Communities, Online Community

Top 10 Informz Blog Posts from 2017

Written by Alex Mastrianni on December 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Over the 2017 calendar year, we published 125 awesome blog posts across the spectrum of marketing automation topics. As we start a new year, let's take a look back at the top 10 most popular posts.

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Topics: Marketing, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Turn Your Community into a Content Marketing Engine

Written by Teah Hopper | on December 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Once considered a fad, content marketing has proven it’s “King” and shows no signs of slowing down. In a world where no one wants to be sold to, content marketing is an effective way to get your brand and story in front of your target audience through thoughtful, relevant and timely content that helps meet their needs and solves their problems.

With 2017 coming to a close, now is a great time to revisit your marketing plan and amp up your content initiatives. Recent research from the Content Marketing Institute shows businesses are doubling down on content marketing.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing

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