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Katie Bapple

Katie Bapple has been directing the growth and development of communities since 2008. She’s worked with communities ranging from Fortune 100s to associations and non-profits. Prior to Higher Logic, Katie spearheaded the portfolio of Toolbox.com communities at Ziff Davis, Inc., with more than 2.3 million members.
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3 Easy Ways to Create Content for Your Online Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on October 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM | 3 minute read

Let's face it, sometimes brainstorming new content for your online community can feel like an absolute chore. Over time, not only is it easy to run dry on new, genius-invoking ideas, but finding the required time each day to produce both thoughtful and thought-provoking material  in mass can start to feel like your boss handed you a Sharpie and asked you to recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in their office. Impossible.

Content creation doesn't have to weigh down your day. In fact, once you measure the results of your efforts, it can't be quite rewarding. The solution is never to cut down on the volume of content you create to offset the agony, but rather to simplify the process. Yes, creating content can be simple!

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Four Essentials for Creating a Successful Online Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on October 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

Private online communities are not a universal business solution. According to Gartner, at least 70% of all online communities fail.

Lack of planning, poor business integration, unattainable market share, unaligned organizational motives and unrealistic expectations are all factors that impact community viability. However, you can avoid being a statistic by ensuring your online community has a foundation for success before making a costly investment.

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Growing an Online Community: A Case Study on Social Density and Ongoing Analysis

Written by Katie Bapple | on September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

A bulk of my personal experience as a full-time online community manager was spent developing sizable communities of practice. It offered a great vantage point, because the years of quantitative and qualitative data available allowed me to uncover patterns of audience behaviors and interests, as well as corresponding community development processes, over time.

What did I learn? The most notable lesson was that somewhere in the success of the online communities we had grown, we got carried away - we physically grew the communities too much.

How Taking a Step Back Can Be the Best Way to Move Forward

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Are You Making These Online Community Management Mistakes When Engaging New Members?

Written by Katie Bapple | on September 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

In last week's blog article, we covered four quick tips to convert new online community members into regular visitors and contributors.

Since this initiative relates to your online community's member engagement strategy, ”the source of our most frequently heard questions” this week, we're covering the topic again by tipping it on its head.

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Online Community Management: 4 Tips for Turning New Members Into Regular Members

Written by Katie Bapple | on September 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM | 4 minute read

On average, only 10% of new members will participate within their first month of joining an online community. Additionally, the likelihood a new member will engage in the community, or even visit it, drops significantly over time.

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Why Are Phone Skills Important for Online Community Managers? [Quick Tip]

Written by Katie Bapple | on September 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM | 1 minute read

When people think about online community managers, they often envision a social media ninja who can manage their world with a laptop and a smartphone.

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Hiring an Online Community Manager? 5 Signs You Found a Good One

Written by Katie Bapple | on August 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Hiring an online community manager is one of the most difficult positions for organizations to fill. Since community-based customer relationship strategies are new to many companies, there is often no template for an effective community manager's skills, experience, and personality traits.

There is so much for hiring managers to wrap their arms around when it comes to planning, launching and growing an online customer or member community that nailing down specific responsibilities is often determined after a hire is made. According to initial data from the Community Roundtable's 2014 Community Manager Salary Survey research, "22% of community professionals defined their own role before moving into it."

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