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Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth is a content specialist at Higher Logic. When she's not writing about online communities or marketing automation, you'll probably find her cooking, reading, or playing volleyball.

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Integrate for Success: 3 Sweet Results of AMS Integrations

Written by Elizabeth Bell on August 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 6 minute read

Think of your database, your AMS, as the center of a wheel.

When you integrate your AMS with your online community platform, the community becomes a spoke on that wheel. Your marketing automation software becomes another spoke on that wheel.

Your AMS feeds these platforms data, and the platforms feed it right back with even more specialized data. It all makes the wheel turn.

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Topics: Integration, Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Online Community

5 Ways to Boost Fundraising with Online Community [Infographic]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on July 31, 2018 at 8:05 AM | 1 minute read

 

The donor experience is changing, and nonprofits need new strategies to amp up their fundraising.

The bad news is that fundraising is getting tougher. Why? Well, although the amount given is growing, there are less donors to go around. According to Blackbaud’s recent report, every generation has seen a decline in givers since 2013, except for Baby Boomers.

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Topics: Nonprofits and Charities, Engagement, Online Community, Donor Retention

14 of Our Favorite Examples of Storytelling in Marketing

Written by Elizabeth Bell on July 26, 2018 at 8:20 AM | 10 minute read

When was the last time you saw a commercial that made you cry? Maybe it was one of those gems during the Super Bowl, or maybe you’re not the crying type – either way, what’s the secret behind these stirring commercials? When you think about it, it’s odd that we’d cry over something (not you, non-cryers) that’s simply advertising a product or service for purchase.

So, what is it about certain commercials that tug at our heartstrings?

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Topics: Marketing, Engagement

Will Microsoft’s Xbox Customer Support Program Built on Volunteer Power Work?

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 26, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 4 minute read

Can you have a successful customer support community built solely on volunteering? That’s the hypothesis Microsoft seems to be testing with its recent decisions for Xbox customer support.

Xbox Ambassadors are Xbox users who volunteer to help other users with their gaming issues. A news source recently reported that Microsoft has laid off twelve of its contracted Xbox customer support staff and is replacing them with these volunteers, supposedly in a cost-cutting measure. Two of the staff said they had recently finished training a group of Xbox Ambassadors who will now be their replacements.

Although Microsoft retained a couple support staff, they seem to be leaning the bulk of their Xbox customer support on these volunteers.

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Topics: Online Community, Customer Success, Customer Support, Online Community Software, Customer Communities, Volunteer Management

Nonprofits Need Donors Who Stick Around and There’s No Getting Around That

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Are you a nonprofit with a large pool of happy, connected donors, who give regularly and volunteer monthly? For any nonprofit, even if the answer to the question above is ‘yes,’ improving donor retention is probably one of your top concerns.  

In the business world, people are always tossing around stats about the importance of customer retention. Here’s the reality: most companies have a higher customer retention ROI over customer acquisition. It makes sense – you’ve already worked to get their business once, so it pays off to keep them happy, keep them around, and even increase their business rather than having to convince a whole set of new customers over again.

In the nonprofit space, the idea of donor retention is just as relevant. Your donors were impressed enough with your work and valued your cause enough to give to you once, and you probably worked hard to get them to that threshold. It takes a lot of work to build up trust with your donors and makes sense to continue that relationship and prove your value to them, so they continue to support you.

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Topics: Online Community, Nonprofits and Charities, Engagement, Millennials, Volunteer Management, Donor Retention

14 Blogs and Podcasts that Will Keep You Current on Online Community and Marketing Automation

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 14, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 5 minute read

In today’s digital world it can be hard to know which resources to rely on, especially when there’s new stuff coming out all the time, and there’s so much pressure to constantly consume. How can we keep up with the technology world but also filter out the things that aren’t useful?

Since we live in a review economy, you’re probably used to checking out what other people say about a restaurant, book, etc. before you buy it. That’s a little harder to do when it comes to resources, so we wanted to make it easier for you and create a trusty list of blogs and podcasts that we follow for updates about communities and marketing automation.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Marketing

Stop Playing Defense with Your Online Community ROI

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

When it comes to online communities, the best offense is not a good defense. Why? Because playing defense might protect you, but it won’t grow your community.

The truth is that online communities are doing well (really well). Last year alone, communities generated a 2,374% increase in return on investment (ROI), according to the State of Community Management 2018 Report. But, sadly, most community programs aren’t calculating ROI, and if they are, most are using their amazing results to play defense. For example, this could mean using their ROI to defend their program, when they could also be using their ROI to grow their program. You probably agree with me here: this is a massive loss of potential.

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Management

How an Online Community Meets 3 Needs You Didn’t Know You Had

Written by Elizabeth Bell on May 22, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 4 minute read

 

There’s a lot of hype around online communities now. But does that mean your organization really needs one?

You’re not alone. You or your stakeholders may be skeptical about launching an online community – after all, no one’s really asking for one yet. Why invest in something that may not seem like an urgent need? You’re right to ask questions and be concerned. You want to invest your time and money into improvements that will bring value to your organization, and it’s not feasible to put them into just any project.

Every organization is different, with a special product, industry niche, or value proposition for its members. But an online community addresses three challenges every organization has:

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Topics: Online Community, Collaboration Tools, Online Community Software, Member Retention, Customer Retention

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