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Be on the Guest List, Not the Blacklist: Improving Your Email Deliverability

Written by Jennifer Hockford on December 13, 2018 at 7:54 AM | 3 minute read

Getting into your subscribers’ inbox is a bit like getting into a swanky, invite-only party. There’s a bouncer, and his name is Spam Filter (he’s about 6’10” and 350 pounds). If your contact already left the party, if you seem a little suspicious, if you’re not dressed to the nines…you’re not getting in.

No one wants this to happen to them. Email is such a dynamic, easy, simple way to communicate. But it can also be complex.

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4 Community Managers, 25 Community Building Questions Answered [WEBINAR RECAP Part 2]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on December 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM | 13 minute read

Last week, we shared advice from four of our community managers about challenging scenarios you might encounter in your community (and their recommendations on how to solve them).

This week, Lindsay, Will, Annie, and Emily are back to share their answers to 25 questions on topics like increasing engagement, finding an expert for your Q&A session, and encouraging lurkers to participate.

Sound like fun? Let’s go!

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Management, User Group Management, Member Engagement, Customer Engagement, Engagement

Why You Should be Segmenting Your Members by Data, Rather than Type

Written by Mitch Eisen on December 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM | 5 minute read

In the 2018 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report from Marketing General, Inc., associations surveyed revealed the most common level of segmentation for their member marketing efforts:

  • 55% – Membership level/type

  • 32% – Demographic-based

  • 29% – Job/occupation-based

How are you segmenting your members? These numbers suggest some missed opportunity.

Why? Because online community and marketing automation provide member behavior data that allow us to hyper-segment and provide relevant, personalized content, instead of having to guess what members want to read based solely on their membership level or some other item, like demographics. Behavioral data and segmentation are key to maximizing the value of your targeted marketing efforts.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Online Community, Email Marketing

4 Community Managers, 4 Common Scenarios, 4 Real Solutions [WEBINAR RECAP Part 1]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on December 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 12 minute read

Been craving some community management advice? Good thing, because we've got some scenarios we think you might find relatable. Maybe you’ve got product enhancement requests coming out of your ears – maybe you’ve got a record lack of participation. Whatever it is, how do you respond to these kinds of challenges in your online community?  

Four of our community managers are here to share real-life scenarios like these that they’ve worked through. They share the tactics they tried and recommend, and the outcomes they achieved.

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Management

What Burning Man's 10 Principles Can Teach You About Building Community

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on November 29, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 26 minute read

 

Some people might be nervous to tell their employer that they’re jet-setting to the desert for Burning Man — because, wait, what is Burning Man anyway? The answer is not a simple one.  

A festival? Nope. A Mad Max-esque utopia? I’d say so. A party in the desert? Sure, but I’ll get back to that. The largest Leave No Trace (LNT) event in the world? You betcha. A new trend? Nope, this all began (on a much smaller scale) back in 1986 when friends Larry Harvey and Jerry James built an 8-foot tall human effigy and burned it on Baker Beach in San Francisco (population: 35).

The Burning Man organization has been an active community for 32 years and counting, and it’s a community unlike any other I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.

Whether you’re a community builder or a community member, online or in person, I truly believe we could all stand to learn a thing (or ten) from how the Burning Man community operates. But I won’t lie – it’s incredibly daunting to write about. I don’t know a single soul who can confidently capture its essence with mere words, because it’s very much a “you had to be there” kind of place to understand. Alas, as your resident ‘Burner,’ I vow to do my best.

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Topics: Online Community, Member Experience, Member Engagement

What Kind of Community Manager Are You?

Written by Rebecca Hoffman on November 28, 2018 at 7:43 AM | 4 minute read

Any community manager knows that good community teams come in all shapes and sizes. Our community managers at Higher Logic can trace their roots back to education, human resources, research, journalism, and so much more.  With such diverse backgrounds, it should come as no surprise that each community manager brings different values and strengths to the team.

Speaking of variety, what kind of community manager are you? Use our guide to figure out which type best fits your style!

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Management, Engagement

20 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Could Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

Written by Tien Dinh on November 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM | 10 minute read

 

Before we get started, let me say this: making mistakes is part of learning how to do anything well.

That being said, it’s time to take a closer look at your marketing automation strategy to see if you’re making any of these common mistakes. Knowing what you’re doing wrong is also a vital part of learning how to do something well.

And don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ve got a solution for every mistake on the list.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Email Deliverability, Engagement, Marketing

Your Guide to Effective [Not Annoying] Marketing Personalization

Written by Elizabeth Bell on November 21, 2018 at 8:45 AM | 15 minute read

Personalization is hot right now. People want to receive relevant, customized recommendations from the brands and organizations they’re interested in. And what’s more, they’ve grown to expect it. But when personalization is sloppy, people get annoyed.  

Adobe’s recent study about email marketing revealed more about these reactions to personalization.  

People appreciate personalization and want to see more of it, but certain mistakes or inaccuracies make personalization frustrating. So, how can we do personalization right, without ending up in the annoying category (or worse…the unsubscribe category)? 

We can’t just drop personalization; in fact, it’s the key to engagement, so it should be a top priority to learn how to do it properly. After all, Accenture Innovative found that almost all consumers (91 percent) are more likely to shop with brands who personalize their experience.  

But first… 

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Email Marketing, Member Experience

Rich Millington: How to Make Your Community Indispensable [Super Forum RECAP]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on November 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 13 minute read

“Is your community indispensable to your organization? How about to your members?”  

Rich asked the packed room these questions. A few people raised their hands, but most looked around with sheepish smiles.  

It’s hard to say definitively that your online community is indispensable, or absolutely necessary, to the organization you work for, unless you’re the CEO and you can make those kinds of decisions. But everyone who has a stake in the community wants it to be indispensable 

At this year’s Super Forum, the community expert, author, and Feverbee founder went on to share some ways you can do just that, both to your organization and to your members. 

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Topics: Online Community, Super Forum

Sometimes People Just Need to be Invited [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on November 15, 2018 at 7:55 AM | 4 minute read

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) wanted a better way to increase membership sign-ups and renewals. Like other associations, it had to reach segments of its audience with different messages, which often required manual tasks and was hard to track successfully.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Member Retention, Associations, Online Community, Online Community Software, Engagement

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