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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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So Your Members Want to Add More Communities?

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Members love your community. In fact, they love it so much they want to create their own, smaller communities for specific groups of people. One enthusiastic group wants a community dedicated entirely to just one of your new products. Recently, a member committee decided to split and branch into two committees -- and, of course, they both want their own communities. A few other members are dedicated sports fans and want to have a fun community dedicated to your local sports teams.

On the one hand, this is great -- only enthusiastic members would want to pioneer their own community. They must really benefit from and enjoy the platform you gave them.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community, Member Communities

Motivate Members: Intrinsic Rewards That Actually Work

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 7 minute read

Everyone has their own engagement theories for fostering interaction within online communities. Some engaged communities appear effortless while others remain stagnant, with occasional spurts of activity. So, what gives? What’s the trick for building sustainable, steady engagement?

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Topics: Engagement, Member Experience, Online Community

Why Aren’t Members Opening Your Emails?

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 6 minute read

Getting people to open emails can be a frustrating, fruitless task. Especially when a big part of your job is communicating to members through email -- depending on your industry and the types of emails you send, what’s considered good open rates can look pretty low.

So how do you turn the tides and get people to open your messages?

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community, Email Marketing

Meet Your Community Manager: Heather Arkwright

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

In this fourth installment, we’re introducing our newest community manager, Heather Arkwright.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Letter to MailChimp: You Spoke Too Soon

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Dear MailChimp,

In 2012, you wrote this blog post, explaining why you were shutting down your customer community, The Jungle. You said that customer communities weren’t growing, that yours was unwieldy and that better alternatives existed.

We disagree.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Communities, Online Community, Email Marketing

NextDoor Neighbors Make Great Online Communities

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

 

You’re going on a week-long South Pacific vacation next month and need a house sitter. How do you find someone you trust enough to take care of your dogs and house?

Maybe you know someone who knows someone who has an awesome house sitter. Or, you could go online, scout what’s on Yelp and trust the advice of strangers.

Or, you could log onto NextDoor and see who your closest neighbors recommend.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Member volunteering is important for obvious reasons -- it helps our organizations and saves money.

But remember how members can benefit, too: Volunteering keeps members engaged, happier and more likely to stay involved with your organization -- or tell peers to join.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

Nine Tools We Think Community Managers Should Keep in Their Tool Belts

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 5 minute read

Your life is busy and every moment counts. So it’s hard to find the time to sift through tools and plugins that might help you stay productive and manage your time. What’s the easiest way to track them all down?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

How Public Should Our Community Go?

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

People often ask, “should my community be open, or closed?” as if community access is an either/or question. Meaning -- either the doors are sealed, and only members have access to the community, or you open the floodgates, and everyone with an internet connection can read and participate in community.

There are pros and cons to both approaches, especially depending on your industry and community goals.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community Management, Online Community

Millennials and The Rise of Virtual Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 5 minute read

How would you finish this sentence: “Millennials are _____”? Maybe “selfish”? A lot of people might choose “lazy.” How about, “generous”? Didn’t expect that, did you?

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Topics: Millennials, Engagement, Volunteer Management, Online Community

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