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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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Should You Remove Negative Reviews from Your Community?

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Should you remove negative posts from your online community?

You went out to dinner and had a horrible experience. What do you do? Many people would go to a site like Yelp and post about how the food was late, cold, and over-priced. Hopefully the restaurant either sees your review and apologizes, or a future customer decides to eat somewhere else.

The truth is, consumers trust peers, even if they find that advice online. According to Jay Baer’s book, Hug Your Haters, 80 percent of American consumers say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. People are swayed by online reviews even if they don’t know the person who wrote it.

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Topics: Community Management

Improve Your Customer Retention Program with an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM

 Improve your customer retention program with online community

Many people ask how online communities can bring in new customers. It’s important, but communities aren’t just about growing your customer base. Part of a community’s value comes from something else - retaining existing customers.

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Topics: Community Management, Marketing

Bringing Real-Life Neighborhoods Online: NextDoor’s Privacy Issues

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Bringing real-life communities online - NextDoor's privacy issues

NextDoor reinvented the idea of a neighborhood listserv, and turned what used to be mass emailing into an online neighborhood community. To join, you simply confirm your address via credit card, phone number, or a postcard sent to your house. Once you have access to your neighborhood community, members share all sorts of information, such as garages sales, lost and found items, break-ins, or information about local elections.

It’s an empowering concept that has taken off - as of June 2016, over 100,000 neighborhoods in the United States had joined NextDoor. The idea of real places informing online spaces worked to NextDoor’s advantage.

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Topics: Community Management

Online Communities are Organizational Silo Breakers

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Online communities are organizational silo breakers 

What department should be involved in their organization’s community? Generally, people would say it depends on what type of community it is. Some might say support, since communities are a natural gathering place for customers to seek help. Others might say human resources, if it’s an employee intranet.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing

Lessons From the (Long) History of Online Communities

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Lessons from the (long) history of online communities

Some people think that online social networking began with Facebook or MySpace - but they couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Even before the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989, people used the internet - a massive network of computers - to congregate virtually. (Believe it or not, there is a difference between the internet and the web.) Communities sprang out of that connectedness - communities such as The WELL, UseNet and ARPANet, which began as early as the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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Topics: Community Management

The Bigger Community ROI Picture

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

The bigger online community roi picture 

In the community building space, we spend a lot of time talking about return on investment (ROI). It makes sense, after all - community platforms are a big investment, from purchasing the software to implementation and upkeep. You need to make sure there is a major return on this investment so that the platform is beneficial for everyone involved - from users to admins to the entire organization.

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Four Community Newsletters You Need to Subscribe To

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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Where do you turn to for information? Community management is a growing industry, with more resources than ever before - but sometimes it can be hard to find the golden nuggets within the ever increasing sea of content.

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Topics: Community Management, Engagement, Marketing

Community UX Design Research on a Budget

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Online Community UX Design on a Budget

The look, feel and usability of your community, and online presence as a whole, can make a huge difference in terms of engagement. But what if you don’t have the budget to really dive in, research and optimize your site’s user experience (UX)?

Small organizations are used to figuring out creative workarounds to problems that larger organizations don’t think twice about, like how to manage a community without a full time community manager or maintain a corporate site.

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Topics: Community Management, Marketing

A Gaming Company Tamed Toxic Trolling - What They Learned Could Help Your Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A gaming company tamed toxic trolling

Note: Riot Games is not a Higher Logic client, nor did Higher Logic work with Riot Games around this issue. We just found this to be an inspiring story and a great example of fine community management at work. We’re excited to share the story with you.

How do you change the behavior of millions of community members? That’s the problem Riot Games had to solve with their game, League of Legends, when they realized that antisocial behavior - like gamers using racial and homophobic slurs with each other - had reached toxic levels.

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Topics: Community Management, Engagement

Successful Communities Give Up Power

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true - successful communities give up power.

No, that doesn’t mean they throw out their community guidelines and nix all the rules - a certain amount of structure is important. But over-management is sure to kill engagement, which is the last thing you want.

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Topics: Community Management

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