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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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Duolingo Gets Crowdsourced Community Content Creation

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Crowdsourcing is a big topic these days. Kickstarter allows people to fund business ideas they believe in. Waze combines GPS navigation with real-time updates from other drivers. Volunteers created and continually update Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia. Dividing small amounts of work between many people has powerful effects that positively impact us all.

As the crowdsourcing movement shows us, everyone has the potential to affect change. The trick is finding simple, quick ways for people to lend a hand. All communities have this potential, but actually creating ways to harness this “cognitive surplus” can be difficult. How can you effectively help your community lend a hand in content creation for your organization?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management

The Power of Mentoring in Communities

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Take a moment to think back on your career, however long or short it’s been so far. What moments stand out, and who helped you get there?

Everyone hits bumps in the road, no matter how smart, driven or successful they’ve been so far. Think about the straight-A high school student who struggles once they get to college. Or the ambitious entrepreneur, slow to take off. How do you get through those rough times when the future is hazy, you're filled with self doubt or you don’t quite know what you should do?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience

How to Manage Without a Community Manager

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Can you have a community without a community manager? Communities don’t just happen -- they’re built and nurtured over time, so having a dedicated community manager is ideal. But sometimes it’s just not realistic -- there isn’t the money or executives don’t realize how important community managers are for ensuring ROI. If that’s the case -- what do you do?

Don’t be deterred if you can’t hire a community manager (yet). If your growing organization is excited and ready for a community, you can create a thriving ecosystem without one -- if you have a good plan in place.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

How to Disagree Nicely

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

What happens when you're triggered? Knowing how to respond to a comment -- either general or directed at you -- can be tough,especially on the internet where tone and sarcasm are easily lost without body language. But knowing how to manage your anger and calm the situation are important skills if you value virtual communities. It’s impossible to avoid conflict, so it’s important to be prepared to keep it from spiraling out of control.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

Keeping Goals with Social Fitness

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We all know engagement can help your community members become more active, but can it also help your waistline?

More and more of our lives are online, from professional communities to social media. So what happens when you bring your fitness routine online? There are many benefits to working out with a partner -- you both push each other and hold each other accountable -- but does it work if your fitness partner(s) are virtual?

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Topics: Engagement

Reducing Cognitive Load: The Best UX Design for Your Community Site

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Have you ever given up on using a website because it takes too much brainpower to figure it out? Or even find what it’s for? This happened to me last time I flew and tried to check in online. The problem: if I did give up, I wouldn’t have been able to get on the airplane. So I grumbled through the process and finally figured it out. Why was it so bad? Their user experience was poor and I couldn’t figure out what steps I needed to take -- the extraneous cognitive load was too much.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience

The WELL — Where Online Community Began

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

What happens if everyone in the world (at least, everyone with internet) has access to the same platform and can interact with one another?

In 2016, we have a pretty good idea of what happens. We’ve all been part of a similar experiment -- think of all big social media outlets or online communities: Reddit, Quora, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Amazing things happen when we’re connected -- community has the ability to really empower members and create strong loyalty for a platform.

But that gets me thinking: how did virtual communities start?

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Topics: Online Community Management

A Career in Community Management: What Experience Do You Need?

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM

So, you want to be a community manager. Since “community management” is such an umbrella term, encompassing many things, it can be hard to know exactly what to highlight in your resume -- or even know if you’re qualified for the job.

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Topics: Online Community Management

Is Twitter a Community?

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Is Twitter a community? For many, it’s a straightforward answer. Here’s the catch: not everyone agrees on what the right answer is. Some say ‘yes,’ some say ‘no.’

So what’s the deal?

That brings us to the (digital) age-old question: what’s the difference between social media and online communities? Many people think they’re one in the same -- they both bring people together, right? -- but there are important differences to be aware of.

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Topics: Engagement, Social Media

How Well Do You Know Community Management? Try our Crossword Puzzle!

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Test your Community Management knowedlge with our crossword puzzle. Fill in the puzzle with our interactive PDF below or print it if you prefer. Enjoy!

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Topics: Online Community Management

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