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Joshua Paul

Josh has over 18 years of hands-on and executive marketing experience helping companies systematically increase revenue through measurable marketing and sales strategies. Prior to joining Higher Logic, Josh held a variety of senior product management and marketing roles at technology companies. When he is not working, Josh enjoys building businesses, sailing, and spending time with his wife and children.
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Will Your Online Community Still Need a Community Manager Once Members Start Sharing With Each Other?

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM | 3 minute read

From fortune 200 companies to large associations, we help a variety of different types of organizations plan online customer or member communities. Since building community is still an emerging business strategy, we get a lot of great questions from some very smart business people.

Our online community consultants answer a fair amount of questions about creating a solid online community strategy. However, the majority of the questions that we field focus on the logistics and management of online communities.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

The Problem With Customer Engagement Software Platforms

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 6 minute read

Step aside social crm and content management, there is a new buzzword in the world of business and marketing customer engagement. As the term grows in popularity, the definition of customer engagement is still evolving. 

At Higher Logic, we're heavily involved in what works and what doesn't in customer engagement strategies. We specialize in the areas of keeping people engaged in customer communities, user communities, and user groups.

However, community building strategies and other customer engagement approaches are still emerging as core business strategies, there are important customer relationship trends that business leaders need to pay attention to.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, Online Community Software, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Online Community Marketing Plan: 5 Examples of Retargeting Campaigns that Boost Activity

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM | 5 minute read

You've built an attractive online community, people are logging in but something is missing. A way to maintain that engagement and continually highlight the value of your online community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Communications, Engagement, Online Community

Technology Trend Alert: Association and Nonprofit Engagement [Video]

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

Conversations around technology in the world of associations and nonprofits are constantly evolving. There is a steady stream of new research, case studies, and trends saturating the web. So where should you start?

So where should you go to find out where technology is headed and how to avoid common pitfalls?

We recently spoke with Tom Lehman of Lehman Associates, a technology, strategy, and research firm. Tom has over 25 years of research experience in the association and nonprofit markets.

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Topics: Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

New Tools to Keep Customers Engaged: Remarketing Basics

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 3, 2015 at 8:07 AM | 6 minute read

Recently, we discussed how capitalizing on the latest marketing tactics can help you keep customers or members engaged in your private online community. Specifically, we examined how remarketing can drive people back to your community by taking your normal calls-to-action that typically only exist within the walls of your community and extending them out into the rest of the Internet.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, Customer Experience, Communications, Online Community

If 70% of Online Communities Fail, What Does That Mean for You?

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM | 6 minute read

If there's one thing the Internet is chock full of, it's statistics. With a cursory amount of Googling, you can find a stat for just about anything.

Naturally, due to the ability to track so many metrics, there is a lot of data about what works and what doesn't in digital marketing and social networking.

Here's one of the most commonly referenced stats about online communities:

70% of online communities fail.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Five Online Community Metrics Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

In his efforts to fix the world's biggest problems, it is no secret that Bill Gates (and his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) leverages his vast wealth to do research, put operations on the ground all over the world, and invest in innovation that will help millions of people.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Private Online Communities: How to Write Headlines that Drive Engagement

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM | 5 minute read

We live in a world that is saturated with more content than any one person can consume. You see in every time you open your browser, tap an app in your phone, check your inbox, or scroll through your social stream. If you're experiencing content overload online, you can bet that your customers are too.

So how do you cut through the noise to get eyes to your private online community?

Building a private online customer or member community requires a commitment to consistently growing engagement over time, with the ultimate goal of creating a social space where people can come together to share values and experiences. Marketers and community managers have one large challenge in common.

The challenge:
Convince your busy target audience to take precious time out of their lives to engage with your company or organization.
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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Communications, Online Community

The Importance of Soft Launching Your Online Customer or Member Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM | 5 minute read

After months of strategizing, planning and hard work, you're finally ready to launch your new online community. Your online community software vendor has completed the implementation process, your community layout is all set up, and you have a handful of active members ready to engage with newcomers.

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

How to Establish Key Online Community Metrics Before You Launch

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The launch of a private online community is often met with expectations from all sides—organizational leaders, community members, and the community management team. Each has their own definition of a "successful online community."

Your investors, board members, and upper-level management will want to see that your online customer or member community is a worthwhile financial investment. While your community members will want to see that your online community is a meaningful place to spend their time. Lastly, your community management team will want to know where to focus their efforts and whether your current strategy is working.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community

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