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Andy Steggles

Andy is the President and Chief Customer Officer at Higher Logic. He is an industry thought leader and frequent keynote speaker at conferences and events, traveling the globe to educate professionals about the importance of collaborative software, the cloud and the impact technology makes on the community it serves. He is the author of the best selling book Social Networking for Nonprofits. Prior to joining Higher Logic, Andy spent ten years serving as the Chief Information Officer at the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) where he headed their technology and social strategy initiatives.
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Association Revenue Trends in the US and UK (Plus 3 Tips for Increasing Your Income)

Written by Andy Steggles | on October 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The old adage that "change is the only constant" rings true for associations all around the world. Associations have to adapt to new member expectations, advancing technology and the shifting needs of their industries. Today, associations seem to be going through another shift – one that requires them to keep a close eye on their finances.

Driven by a change in what members want and are willing to pay for, associations are seeing changes in their key revenue streams, including which income sources sustain their organizations. That could – and should – change your organization’s priorities.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

Online Community Platform vs AMS Add-On: What Software Does Your Association Need?

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Online communities are now better known for their ability to improve member engagement, satisfaction, and retention than they were even a few years ago. It makes sense, then, that more and more associations are considering, or expanding, their online community plans.

With this rise in interest comes an increase in online community software options. Companies that previously focused on database work, such as association management software (AMS) providers, now offer community modules as an add-on to their main product.

But are add-on options right for your association? It’s certainly convenient to nestle your community within the AMS you’re already familiar with. But will it achieve the same results as a dedicated community platform?

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

How to Build the Business Case for Your Association’s Online Community Strategy

Written by Andy Steggles | on February 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

You’ve spent countless hours interviewing members and pouring over data. You’ve researched techniques, combed the internet for tools, and finally come up with a solution.

The best way for your association to provide long-term value to members is with an online community.

It’s perfect. You can increase non-dues revenue with an online store, deliver benefits with user-generated content, and engage members with discussion forums and blog posts.

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Topics: Marketing, Member Communities, Associations, Online Community

PREVIEW: Key Findings from the 2016 Community Benchmarking Study

Written by Andy Steggles | on December 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read


How has community engagement evolved, from setting benchmarks to developing custom measurements for your organization? 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How Should You Measure Your Community's Engagement and Satisfaction?

Written by Andy Steggles | on November 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

If you feel like you’re caught trying to go upstream in a surging metrics river, you’re not alone.

But we do have to measure our community activity and member behavior to get a handle on customer satisfaction. The health of a community is dependent on the health of customers’ interactions and feedback.

So we’re faced with two questions: what should we measure, and how? This is when the impending flood of metrics advice and tools looms again. This is when we need to take a step back and define what community success is. To do that, engagement and satisfaction should be separate.

Celebrate and encourage engagement. Focus on collecting and tracking customer feedback. Measure both to see satisfaction trends.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Engagement and Satisfaction: Is There a Difference?

Written by Andy Steggles | on May 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Engagement is a big word these days -- we want everyone in our community to be “engaged.”. We want them to engage with each other, and engage with our organizations. The more engagement, the merrier everyone will be.

This is where so many community builders measure value and a return on investment -- if people are logging into the community, talking to each other, creating content and contributing, that’s a sign they’re satisfied with their membership and see community as an important asset.

But does engagement necessarily equate satisfaction, and shouldyou aim to highly engage everyone?

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

Community Benchmarking by The Numbers [Infographic]

Written by Andy Steggles | on April 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM | A quick read

In our 2015 Benchmarking Report, we learned that easy engagement is key for thriving communities. Branded mobile apps and email engagement are big factors in creating frictionless communities.

See the data behind it here.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Does Email Equal Engagement?

Written by Andy Steggles | on April 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Can old fashioned email spur your community’s engagement? With new technologies, community platforms and collaborative tools, some people say email is going by the wayside. Why use email when we have so many new, fancy tools? But when you look at email activity, this isn’t actually the case -- people still love email. In fact, we’re in a golden age where email is beginning to take off again, especially with the rise of curated newsletters.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Are Negative Comments In Your Community Bad?

Written by Andy Steggles | on March 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

What happens when a member posts a negative or inflammatory comment in your community?

Negative comments, or "detractors," in your community aren’t a bad thing -- you shouldn’t shy away from tension if you want an interesting, valuable and relevant community. In fact, negative comments are usually a great opportunity for an organization to demonstrate transparency and a culture of openness in a controlled area, rather than in places like Facebook, LinkedIn or Yelp where you have no control.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

The Mobile Frontier: Create Frictionless Content and Help Members Engage

Written by Andy Steggles | on March 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

Engagement -- it’s that golden word everyone talks about and one important sign of a healthy community. Part of creating member engagement -- discussions, content creation, connections -- is removing all the barriers you can. For optimal engagement, it’s important that there’s as little friction as possible, which isn’t as hard as you’d think.

Beyond being a buzzword and a broad concept, engagement does actually affect your community’s bottom line. In our 2015 Community Benchmarking Report we looked at data from 80 organizations with online communities, and compared those overall averages and medians from MGI’s 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Online Community

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