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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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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: Online 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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Topics: Online Community Management

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: Online 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: Online 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: Online 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: Online Community Management

Know Your Audience: Create a Community Editorial Calendar

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Know your audience: create an online community editorial calendar

Content creation - and managing user generated content creation - is a big part of being a community builder. But how do you manage your content in an organized way that increases engagement?

The key is creating a community editorial calendar, which is what Georgina Cannie of The Community Roundtable talked about at Super Forum 2016.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement

Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM

 Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community And it Saved Them

What makes a Harley Davidson motorcycle special?

You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to answer this question - almost anyone can name something. Harley bikes have a distinct sound, look and feel. Even if you’ve never been on one, they’re an iconic part of American culture.

But it didn’t used to be that way.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy

Richard Millington on Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Community’s Big Wins

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Richard Millington on Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Online Community's Big Wins

Is your community stuck? Or, worse, is it stuck and you don’t even know it?

Richard Millington’s Super Forum breakout session was about just that - figuring out if your community is stuck and, if so, how to successfully move on.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

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