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Community UX Design Research on a Budget

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Online Community UX Design on a Budget

The look, feel and usability of your community, and online presence as a whole, can make a huge difference in terms of engagement. But what if you don’t have the budget to really dive in, research and optimize your site’s user experience (UX)?

Small organizations are used to figuring out creative workarounds to problems that larger organizations don’t think twice about, like how to manage a community without a full time community manager or maintain a corporate site.

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Topics: Community Management, Marketing

How to Engage Members Without Desk Jobs

Written by Melanie DiGeorge on January 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM

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How do you engage members who don’t sit in front of a computer all day?

If your community members typically sit at a desk most days, an online community fits more easily into their routine. Not to mention, it’s usually easier to upload materials, reply to discussions and just check in when you’re at a desktop.

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Topics: Communications, Community Management, Engagement

Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together

Written by Rob Wenger on January 18, 2017 at 12:05 PM

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We’ve been busy here at Higher Logic - last September we announced our spot as a Leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment, as well as our new investment and partnership with JMI Equity.

JMI Equity invested in Higher Logic, giving us capital, guidance, the ability to do acquisitions, and access to many of the things we need to keep improving and evolving our community platform for customers. The IDC report notes that building relationships with customers will be the most important business priority over the next 12 months.

We’ve noted the possibility of exploring some acquisitions - looking into companies and vendors that offer great products or services that would expand and enhance our product offering, and therefore assist our customers and prospects in achieving their business goals. And we’ve done just that!

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications

Three Analytics Community Managers Need to Track

Written by Calista Rollogas | on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Three analytics community managers need to track

When it comes to analytics and KPIs, it can be hard for community builders to know exactly what to focus on. Some platforms have dashboards that display the ins and outs of the community, but some community managers work with simpler social media networks, or painstakingly pull Excel spreadsheets with tons of raw data. But what are the important numbers for you to focus on at any given time?

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Topics: Community Management, Engagement

A Gaming Company Tamed Toxic Trolling - What They Learned Could Help Your Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A gaming company tamed toxic trolling

Note: Riot Games is not a Higher Logic client, nor did Higher Logic work with Riot Games around this issue. We just found this to be an inspiring story and a great example of fine community management at work. We’re excited to share the story with you.

How do you change the behavior of millions of community members? That’s the problem Riot Games had to solve with their game, League of Legends, when they realized that antisocial behavior - like gamers using racial and homophobic slurs with each other - had reached toxic levels.

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Topics: Community Management, Engagement

Building Inclusive Online Communities

Written by Jessica Fish | on January 10, 2017 at 8:45 AM

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What would happen if you asked me for my email address and I told you it was jessicafish@aol.com?

How might your perception of me be shaped by that one piece of information? What if I told you it was a gmail address? Would that draw any reaction at all?

If we’re honest, we all know that we routinely draw multiple, broad conclusions from a single piece of information. Like an email address, or a LinkedIn photo.

This is an example of implicit bias.

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Topics: Communications, Community Management

How to Make Your Events More Inclusive

Written by Erica McGillivray | on January 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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"Anyone can come to our event." That’s what we tell ourselves - we the people who program and labor over our events. We don't bar anyone from joining the fun, and the only barrier may (or may not) be a ticket price or alcohol-related restrictions around age. When we do price our events, we make sure they're affordable for our demographic and right along with our competitors’ prices.

But the real truth is that not everyone is actually welcomed to our events. Whether we want to admit or not, our event send signals about who's welcomed and who isn't.

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Successful Communities Give Up Power

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true - successful communities give up power.

No, that doesn’t mean they throw out their community guidelines and nix all the rules - a certain amount of structure is important. But over-management is sure to kill engagement, which is the last thing you want.

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Topics: Community Management

Five Social Media Marketing Trends for 2017

Written by John Foley, Jr. | on December 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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In social media marketing, whenever a door closes, another one has opened. Changes in technology constantly give marketers new opportunities while making old options obsolete. The quicker your association adapts, the better you will be at using social media to your advantage. 

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Topics: Marketing, Social Media

Know Your Audience: Create a Community Editorial Calendar

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Know your audience: create an online community editorial calendar

Content creation - and managing user generated content creation - is a big part of being a community builder. But how do you manage your content in an organized way that increases engagement?

The key is creating a community editorial calendar, which is what Georgina Cannie of The Community Roundtable talked about at Super Forum 2016.

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Topics: Community Management

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