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Three Must-Attend Conferences for Online Community Managers This Fall

Written by Katie Oakes on August 18, 2015 at 8:45 AM | 3 minute read

As the summer rolls to a close, those of us interested in online community management and strategy are watching our inboxes fill up with conference invitations. While we would love to sign up for them all, we do have a day job to keep up with.

So which ones should you register for and which ones should you cut? The selection process can be tricky and frustrating, so check out this fall's three best online community-focused events (in the order they appear on our Outlook calendars).

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

How Your Podcast Can Help You Increase Engagement in Your Online Community

Written by Katie Oakes on July 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

Podcasts have been available in the Apple iTunes store since 2006. However, the on-demand form of audio streaming never truly penetrated public consciousness until this past year.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Can You Build a Customer Community Without an Online Community Software Platform?

Written by Katie Oakes on July 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

People who regularly visit online brand communities are likely to repurchase products associated with the customer community at a rate of over 2 to 1, according to research from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In order to capitalize on this trend in customer relationship management, businesses are increasingly devoting resources to building community among their customers.

This emerging strategy opens the door for an important question:

Can companies build a customer community without an online community software platform?

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community Software, Online Community

8 Models for Associations to Segment Their Online Communities and Create Private Groups

Written by Katie Oakes on July 15, 2015 at 8:05 AM | 5 minute read

For many associations, creating online communities for their members is a new endeavor. On the surface, it might appear that your community members have a singular interest in your industry, organization, or issues. While that is what makes your association a community, is not enough to keep members engaged? In reality, within your member base are countless more specific interests, goals, and motivations for joining. How do you design ONE online community that makes everyone happy?

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Topics: Member Communities, Online Community

How to Engage the Millennials in Your Community

Written by Katie Oakes on June 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Life is filled with burning questions that often go unanswered. How many iPhone generations will you see in your lifetime? How many selfies is too many?

Among these questions is one that is baffling business leaders everywhere: how do I deal with millennials in the workplace? As organizational culture expert Jamie Notter explains,

"Every 20 years or so, a new generation enters the workforce, and the rest of us, quite frankly, freak out about it."

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community

How to Optimize Your Customer Experience by Surveying Your Online Community Members

Written by Katie Oakes on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 AM | 7 minute read

In the field of online community management, we talk a lot about data-driven decisions and reading online community metrics. Since online community platforms are one of the hottest business technologies of this decade, the analytics tools that track community members’ behavior get the lion’s share of the attention.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Online Community Management, Online Community

How to Increase Online Community Participation Using Retargeting

Written by Katie Oakes on May 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The most frequently asked questions in community management: How can I increase participation in my online community? Community managers are constantly thinking up new ways to get people to come back to the community and convert on various calls-to-action

Regardless of whether the goal is to encourage community members to consume more content, participate in more discussions, complete a survey, or register for a new event, the goal is always the same: engagement. That's why community managers work hard to turn participation into long-term engagement.

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

Optimizing Your Online Community for Mobile: Your Battle Guide to Google's Big SEO Change

Written by Katie Oakes on April 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM | 4 minute read

The day has arrived "Mobile D-Day" or "Mobile-geddon".

Google has officially dropped their latest search algorithm and it's leaving websites and online communities that are not optimized for mobile devices in its wake. Google gave you plenty of notice. On February 26, 2015, they explains, "This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results."

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Software, Online Community

How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Community Metrics

Written by Katie Oakes on April 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Seasoned community managers know that data-driven decision making is essential to growing and managing perpetually active online communities. According to The Community Roundtable's State of Community Management research, "best-in-class online communities are almost twice as likely to be able to measure their value to the organization." 

While there is a lot that goes into managing a thriving online community, the same report notes that online community management teams that can report on their community's value to the company are tracking many more metrics than average online communities.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community

The Best Mobile Online Community Options: Responsive Web Design vs. Mobile Sites vs. Native Apps

Written by Katie Oakes on April 14, 2015 at 1:40 PM | 8 minute read

With technology, there is a constant evolution of terms, products, and approaches. If you're not fully engrossed in that world, it can be hard to keep up. The meteoric adoption of mobile device to find information, keep in touch, and complete transactions has heads at many companies spinning.

According to data from Cisco, global mobile devices and connections in 2014 grew to 7.4 billion, up from 6.9 billion in 2013. The vast majority of mobile data traffic (97%) originated from smart devices.

The increased use of mobile devices poses both opportunities and challenges for businesses. They want to know if their approach is the right one for their company, customers, and goals. Are they putting their time and money in the right places?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

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