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[Infographic] The Marketer's Toolbox: Indispensable Marketing Techniques and Technologies

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on February 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM

 

Modern marketing is complicated. But when you break down the components of a strong marketing program, it suddenly feels familiar and approachable. The best tools out there are easy to set up, easy to use, and get results.

Still, there is an overwhelming amount of technology and techniques marketing teams need to sift through. What do you really need and which tools are key for getting results?

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Topics: Engagement, Social Media, Customer Experience, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Two Ways to Demonstrate the Business Impact of Customer Communities

Written by Julie Dietz on February 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Revenue. Customer support costs. Acquisition. Retention. These are basic examples of business metrics companies track to evaluate their performance.

They’re also metrics any online community can use to show business impact.

The best community professionals measure, track, and compare metrics to demonstrate how their communities are impacting their businesses. They start by identifying the most important metrics to their company, then use them strategically to show impact.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

Building Personas: Defining Your Audience

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on February 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Creating personas is a valuable practice for many departments across organizations. From marketing and sales to product and client success, personas help teams to focus on understanding the needs and pain points of their prospects or customers. This helps organizations deliver more personalized experiences, content, and solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of specific segments of your audience. 

To serve your audience well, you have to know them. Before you can start drafting and developing your unique personas, you have to get a data-driven understanding of your environment. This means getting a firm grasp of the makeup of your customer base, your website traffic, and your competition. 

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Customer Engagement, Marketing Automation

Are You Calculating Your Online Community’s Business Impact? [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on February 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Your online community wasn’t a whim. You didn’t buy, implement, and grow it for no reason. You did it to make a positive impact on your business. And chances are you’ve been successful.

But have you used business metrics to prove that success?

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Topics: Customer Retention, Customer Support, Online Community

Combining Your Inbound and Outbound Marketing Strategies

Written by Michael Al-Megdad on February 2, 2018 at 8:30 AM


In recent years, digital marketing strategies like search engine optimization, paid advertising, social media marketing, and blogging, have replaced traditional marketing tactics as the preferred methods for promoting products and attracting potential customers. Inbound marketing encompasses these "new" strategies, with a focus on bringing interested potential buyers to your website and product.

Outbound marketing techniques like mail advertising, cold calling, or radio commercials aren’t as targeted, measurable, or cost effective. They simply canvas large swaths of people and are difficult – if not impossible – to track.

But this shift doesn’t make outbound marketing obsolete. If implemented in conjunction with inbound techniques, outbound marketing can help cement brand recognition with your target audience.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Marketing Automation

4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

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

There’s never enough time in the day, especially for association professionals. It’s common for association staff to wear multiple hats, consistently switching roles in order to get more done with fewer resources. A membership director also helps with event planning and updating the website, for instance.

The benefit of this situation is your staff knows everything about every part of your association. The downside is your team probably can’t do everything they want to. Your staff is short on time and, with so few employees, you may not have the expertise to take on all the projects you want.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

Developing a Micro-Moments Marketing Strategy

Written by Javi Calderon on January 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM

No matter where you go these days, you'll find people nose deep in their phones - on the bus, in line at Starbucks, or even as they wait for a meal at a restaurant. These gaps of time are known as micro-moments, and have become the newest frontier for marketers.

These moments are an enormous opportunity, as the average consumer experiences them about 150 times a day. Research shows that on average, people spend an astonishing one-third of their waking time on their mobile devices. About 55 percent of this time is spent in short bursts of 30 seconds or less.  

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Marketing Automation

Getting Buy-In: 5 Objections to Online Communities that Are Holding You Back

Written by Julie Dietz on January 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Everyone knows getting buy-in for a new project can be frustrating. There are concerns, objections, other priorities that need to be addressed before you can move forward. It’s often a long process.

Getting buy-in for an online community is no different. You’ll likely face questions and concerns even after you present your team with details on how an online community can improve acquisition, retention, and revenue. Being prepared for those concerns will help you address them and move your project forward.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

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, Online Community

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