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Molly Talbert

Molly is a content writer at Higher Logic and regular contributor to the blog. Previously, she did client services and social media for a small leadership development company. In her down time, Molly reads through the internet, bikes, hikes and day dreams about her home state, New Mexico. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont where she studied the environment and writing, learned how to mountain bike through mud and helped edit the student newspaper.
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Evolving Your Community as It Grows

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

The best entrepreneurs and CEOs think about time in two chunks—five years and 100 years.

To be a good leader, you need to be able to juggle short term thinking with (very) long term planning. How do you have a great Q4 but also set your company up for success in the next 100 years?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Volunteer work is critical to your association. Not only does it supplement your staff’s daily workload, it deepens member relations to the organization and offers the chance to build new skills. 

But how do you get members to start volunteering? Although you know the benefits of volunteer work—both for the association and for the members—it can be hard to convince a person who’s never volunteered to start.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community, Marketing Automation

The Unexpected Problem with Your Association’s Online Learning Program (and How to Fix It)

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

Did you know, according to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of American adults consider themselves lifelong learners?

Education is a huge benefit associations can provide for their members, and online education is a great way of providing it. And today, with learning management system (LMS) options that seamlessly integrate with your online community, it’s possible to create a centralized member experience that includes education and certifications of all types.

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Topics: Associations, Engagement, Online Community

Is There a Science to Word of Mouth Marketing and Going Viral? A Q&A With Dr. Jonah Berger

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do you ever wonder why certain videos go viral? Or why some articles get shared widely while others don’t? Dr. Jonah Berger has spent his professional life digging into why certain things take off and why people make different decisions.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Online Community

From Personalized Marketing to Predicting Client Demand: Brad Klingenberg of Stitch Fix Explains the Power of Data

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Data science is a new and growing profession and many companies are scrambling to either find a data scientist or to increase their data team. But what exactly do these people do and how can they help all types of organizations?

At Super Forum 2017, we’re excited to bring Brad Klingenberg, the Vice President of Data Science at Silicon Valley startup Stitch Fix, as a keynote speaker. He’s going to talk about what data scientists can do for organizations and how they wrangle big data into actionable insights.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Online Community, Marketing Automation

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

According to the Harvard Business Review, before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people. Today, however, it isn’t uncommon for people to work in teams comprised of upwards of 100 people—many of whom interact with one another virtually and not face-to-face.

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Topics: Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Your Online Community is Biased—Three UX Tips to Engage Everyone

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It’s time you face the facts—your online community is biased. Customers bring their own bias when they engage on the platform and community professionals build in bias as they create the space and social norms. Biases are there, baked into your community from all sides—there’s no getting  around it.

Biases aren’t always bad. In fact, community builders often work to create certain biases that encourage behavior they want to see in the community. For example, a ‘family friendly’ community might encourage limited  participation during the weekend or after working hours, creating a “spending time with family”  bias. It is subtle but sets an expectation that drives the way members engage.

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Topics: Associations, B2B Communities, Customer Engagement, Online Community

Turn Customers from Promoters to Creators

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Are happy customers as engaged as they can get? Or is there any way to increase their engagement—by giving them more purpose and helping your organization create more value for all members? As it turns out, there is more to customer engagement beyond simply being a “happy customer”—specifically what we call “promoters” and “co-creators.”

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Topics: B2B Communities, Customer Advocacy, Customer Engagement, Online Community

Why Bad Customer Service Disappears in an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

According to a study done by Forrester Research, 80 percent of businesses think they deliver ‘superior customer service.’ And, guess what? That same survey found that only eight percent of customers agree. Clearly, there’s a major divide between perception and a hard reality.

In a world where mistakes and missteps can go viral instantly, no one wants to be caught in the social media crosshairs for bad customer service. But there are social communities that can manage customer service issues as well as generate new approaches while building stronger customer relationships.

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Topics: Customer Support, Online Community

How To Start a Micro-Advocacy Program in Your Association

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

What happens when you combine a passionate segment of your membership with opportunities to make a difference beyond the walls of your association? An advocacy program.

With an advocacy program, your organization can offer added-value for your members while simultaneously positively impacting issues and constituencies important to your industry and members. By giving members an advocacy outlet, you can expand your reach while creating stronger bonds with your current members.

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Topics: Online Community, Associations, Member Communities

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