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

Written by Julie Dietz on May 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

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: Collaboration Tools, Engagement, Communications, Millennials, Online Community

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Written by Julie Dietz on May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

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, Member Experience, Online Community Software, Online Community

How to Create an Effective Welcome Email Campaign for Your Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

The dreaded welcome email. We’ve all gotten it – whether it’s from a blog we subscribe to, a company we patronize, or a new social media group we’ve joined.

How many of those welcome emails can you remember now?

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

Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Written by Julie Dietz on April 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

“We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much.

Volunteerism has been the lifeblood of many groups throughout the centuries and continues to be a driving force today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25.3% of the US population volunteered in 2014. They helped people in need, advanced causes, and furthered organizations.

How many people volunteered at your association? And what brought them to your door?

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community

How to Grow Your Community Management Career Faster

Written by Julie Dietz on April 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James, Philosopher and Psychologist

That’s good career advice no matter what field you’re in, but it’s particularly powerful for community managers. Community managers hold an integral job that can get lasting results for businesses, yet they don’t always have the opportunity to communicate their importance. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and let busy executives or overworked managers turn their attention elsewhere.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today

Written by Julie Dietz on April 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

My favorite childhood game was Telephone. My friends and I would sit in a circle for hours passing messages around by whispering in one another’s ears. Hearing how the original messages changed to something nearly unrecognizable at the end always made me laugh.

Telephone isn’t just an entertaining childhood pastime. It also teaches a valuable lesson: indirect communication is rarely accurate. You lose essential meaning when there isn’t a one-on-one connection. It’s a problem that happens not only with people, but with software systems as well.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community Software, Online Community

How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business

Written by Julie Dietz on April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 9 minute read

You slave over your community. The alerts never stop chiming on your phone, your email is the first thing you check every morning, and you know your all-star members better than you know your best friend.

You are a master of online engagement.

So when your quarterly meeting with the executive team rolls around, you’re ready. You hit your presentation out of the park… until the CFO asks how online community engagement is impacting sales goals. Do all those forum posts translate to more revenue? Can you show them those numbers?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Why You Should Be Measuring Community Vibrancy

Written by Julie Dietz on March 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Charisma, drive, perception – all so-called "soft skills" essential in today’s workplace. Yet despite being widely known and valued, soft skills take a back seat to more defined skills like writing or expertise in Excel. Those are the skills employers use to grade your resume.

But how far will Excel get you if you can’t get along with your coworkers or persuade your boss to try a brilliant new idea? While considered less weighty than other skill sets, soft skills are critical for success.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How to Increase Participation in Your Online Community Using Social Psychology

Written by Julie Dietz on March 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

I’m miserable at all types of computer coding, but I learned basic HTML at my first job out of college – not because I wanted to learn, but because all my colleagues knew HTML. They thought I should too and every day they’d remind me to try Codecademy for free lessons. I gave in and started studying. A few months later, my new HTML skills led to a raise. Eventually, they even landed me a better job.

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

Meet Your Community Manager: Katie Bapple

Written by Julie Dietz on March 2, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We’re introducing you to our community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

In this seventh installment, we’re introducing our newest community manager, Katie Bapple.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

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