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Debunking 5 Marketing Automation Myths

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on April 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

 

In my quest to educate on marketing automation, I run across a lot of misconceptions. These take on a life of their own, and often feel like epic myths that would give Homer a run for his money. Someone always has a story about some other marketer, from some other organization, that had some sort of major difficulty or near catastrophe, caused by a malfunction of an automated campaign. Or they stumbled upon an unforeseen dead-end that prevented them from automating. More often than not, these issues are over-exaggerated marketing urban legends.

So, let’s uncover some epic legends and debunk some myths.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation

How to Master Infotainment in Your Digital Content

Written by Julie Dietz on April 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Have you ever come across the expression: “content is king”?

Of course you have – most of us have seen this a lot in the last few years (because it’s true) and that probably won’t change any time soon. But writing an 800-word article on a topic of your interest isn’t enough to engage your members these days. Content may be king (or queen, or fearless overlord – whichever moniker you prefer), but your topic, and how it’s presented, must interest your audience.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Online Community

Is Your Organization Risking Members' Privacy by Connecting on Facebook?

Written by Sara Maloney on April 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

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They say to "never build on rented land," but is that always true? And, if this is the case, why do we continue to put our personal and business' intellectual property on public platforms owned by third parties?

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Topics: Social Media, Member Communities, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Customers Buy Experiences, Not Products

Written by Julie Dietz on April 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Traditional business models focus on products and services. Companies build up their products, advertise them, then make sales.

That strategy no longer works.

Sales are becoming less and less dependent on products and services. Instead, consumers are turning their attention to the buying experience and how they feel about your company after they become customers.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Marketing Matching Gifts: 4 Strategies to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising

Written by Adam Weinger on April 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Matching gift programs are an incredible opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes, but unfortunately, many organizations fail to take advantage of that opportunity.

Companies with a matching gift program will match part or all their employees’ charitable contributions. And they’re more common than you think. Chances are your organization has already missed out on some of these extra funds!

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Topics: Nonprofits and Charities, Marketing Automation, Online Community

3 Copywriting Best Practices for Your Email Campaigns

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM | 3 minute read

 

When you send a marketing email with a weak subject line or awkward copy, the interaction with the recipient ends right there – with your message in the digital trash. Even if you convince someone to open your email, how compelling is your content and the offer? It’s easier said than done in an era where we obsess over “Inbox Zero” and contend with complicated spam filters.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Are Your Teams Cooperating or Collaborating?

Written by Mark Ace on March 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Imagine you’re customizing a product for a client. Managers from different teams work together to determine the requirements, and each team works on the customizations in their area. But when some changes are implemented, it triggers adjustments for other teams. The project’s deadline is extended and the workload increases.

This is one of the scenarios Ron Ashkenas wrote about in Harvard Business Review a few years ago. It’s a simple example of the difference between cooperation and collaboration and how easily they can be confused. In the example, every team is cooperating to customize the product, but they’re not collaborating so their changes work when put together. The result? They don’t reach their desired outcome – or they reach it a lot later, with a lot more work.

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Topics: Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Could Your User Group Be the Key to Increasing Customer Retention?

Written by Julie Dietz on March 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Gamification. Loyalty programs. Personal outreach. There are endless ways you could increase customer retention, most of which will probably have a positive impact on your bottom line. But how much impact will they have? If your current programs are only making small improvements, what else can you do to improve retention?

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Topics: User Group Management, Customer Retention, Online Community

What’s the Difference Between Quantitative and Qualitative Community Data? (And When to Use Them)

Written by Julie Dietz on March 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Customer data is one of the biggest advantages of online communities. As customers log in to your community, connect with peers, and start discussions, they not only become more engaged with your brand, they generate data on their needs, habits, and interests.

Your company can use that data to create better products, publish more helpful content, and improve the customer experience.

But not all community data is created equal. Your community collects several types of data that provide different insights about customers. To get the most out your community data, you need to understand what kind of data you have and the best times to use each.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Online Community

[Infographic] The Power of Audience Segmentation

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM | 2 minute read

 

Good marketing delivers relevant content. Great marketing delivers personalized, timely content to the right people. So how can we get more personal with our audience and send them what they need? Audience segmentation is the key.

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

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