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Julie Dietz

Julie is a content marketer at Higher Logic and regular contributor to the blog. Before Higher Logic, she worked her way through Europe and Asia as a freelance writer, editor and English teacher for local and international businesses.
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An Introvert’s Guide to Growing a Private Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Several years ago, ASAE’s keynote presentation was by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her talk – and her book – changed my world.

While society applauds the gregariousness of extroverts and those who can “work a room,” Susan Cain clearly explains what introverts bring to the table. What is particularly amazing is how she sees introverts thriving in social media. Because introverts can, in fact, be some of the most successful social media and online community managers, all despite their tendency to keep to themselves.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Member Engagement

5 Ways You Know It’s Time to Grow Your Community Management Team

Written by Julie Dietz on June 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Growth can be a predicament for any team in any organization. Too early, and you’re shouldering additional cost before it’s warranted. Too late, and you risk overwhelming your employees and dropping the ball on important projects, including delivering value and engaging your audience.

That’s especially true for online communities, where results are driven by content, conversations, and programs such as e-Learning, product feedback and development, and mentoring. In the beginning, one or two people may be able to manage all these projects, but they will likely become strapped for resources as demand grows. And if your team can’t keep up with member and program needs, then your community won’t be effective at generating results.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Member Engagement

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

Written by Julie Dietz on June 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Email can be overwhelming. Many of us let emails sit, often with good intentions of getting to them later, which results in emails not being opened or read at all.

Email communication suffers when we’re busy or our inboxes are clogged with to-dos. That’s why you need to send your marketing and member emails at the optimal time, when people are most likely to pay attention.  Catch your audience at the right time, and you’ll increase the likelihood of your members opening and engaging with your communication.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Associations, Member Engagement

How Small-Staff Associations Can Get People to Come Back to their Websites (Without Extra Work)

Written by Julie Dietz on June 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Do more with less.

That’s what associations and nonprofits are often tasked with, especially when a small staff is doing website work on top of events, benefit programs, and membership management. Putting your staff in charge of web management means they’re also tasked with attracting more new visitors to your website and convincing everyone – from new visitors to current members – to come back for more.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Nonprofits and Charities

3 Features to Look for in an Online Community App [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on June 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM

We’ve heard about the importance of mobile for years. Everything needs to look just as good on a smartphone as a laptop, whether you use responsive design or an app. But which is better? An app or responsive design?

Responsive design is essential for any website (don’t buy a website theme or work with an agency that doesn’t support it) but you should also consider that 90 percent of time spent on mobile is spent in apps. So if your association or business wants to make engaging mobile users in your online community a priority, an app is the way to go.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Software, Member Engagement

5 Tips for Increasing Donations to Your Nonprofit

Written by Julie Dietz on June 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Nonprofits are well-known for their dedication to making a positive impact in their field. The largest and most successful have been around for a long time, like the National Audubon Society, or have a mission and brand that is large and easily recognized, like Ronald McDonald House Charities.

These now-influential nonprofits wouldn’t have made it far without the help of their loyal supporters. Nonprofit supporters are the foundation of change-driven organizations, often contributing volunteer and advocacy hours as well as funding for essential projects.

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Nonprofits and Charities

How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Written by Julie Dietz on May 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Sales are competitive. Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours.

Every good sales professional knows that. They know that while potential buyers are talking to your company, they’re also talking to your competitors, weighing cost, functionality, support, and features that will help them achieve their goals.

Your company – and your sales team – need a way to break through the noise.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Support, Customer Success

Why Everyone Needs to Be a Community Manager

Written by Julie Dietz on May 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM

“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” – Pam Moore, CEO and Founder of Marketing Nutz

As an association, you can never go wrong investing in your members, which is part of what makes your private member community so powerful. It’s an exclusive space where  members connect with peers and your organization as well as enjoy the myriad of benefits your association offers.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Member Engagement

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

Written by Julie Dietz on May 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy. If you can’t afford (or don’t want) distracting foosball tables, how do you appeal to young professionals?

The easy answer? Lean on research, including studies and surveys, that flat-out asks millennials what they want.

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Topics: Communications, Millennials, Engagement, Collaboration Tools

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Written by Julie Dietz on May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some type of post-secondary education or training. Unfortunately, colleges and universities aren’t even meeting today’s needs. According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs.

These findings, which indicate a major problem in the education industry, were laid out in a whitepaper from Shelly Alcorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel. And while the problem for universities is clear, so is the opportunity for associations.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Member Experience

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