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14 Blogs and Podcasts that Will Keep You Current on Online Community and Marketing Automation

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 14, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

In today’s digital world it can be hard to know which resources to rely on, especially when there’s new stuff coming out all the time, and there’s so much pressure to constantly consume. How can we keep up with the technology world but also filter out the things that aren’t useful?

Since we live in a review economy, you’re probably used to checking out what other people say about a restaurant, book, etc. before you buy it. That’s a little harder to do when it comes to resources, so we wanted to make it easier for you and create a trusty list of blogs and podcasts that we follow for updates about communities and marketing automation.

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Topics: Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Stop Playing Defense with Your Online Community ROI

Written by Elizabeth Bell on June 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

When it comes to online communities, the best offense is not a good defense. Why? Because playing defense might protect you, but it won’t grow your community.

The truth is that online communities are doing well (really well). Last year alone, communities generated a 2,374% increase in return on investment (ROI), according to the State of Community Management 2018 Report. But, sadly, most community programs aren’t calculating ROI, and if they are, most are using their amazing results to play defense. For example, this could mean using their ROI to defend their program, when they could also be using their ROI to grow their program. You probably agree with me here: this is a massive loss of potential.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Super Forum 2018: We’re Back, and Better Than Ever

Written by Heather McNair on June 7, 2018 at 8:15 AM | 3 minute read

There are T-5 months until Higher Logic’s 9th Super Forum, which for our team, feels like waiting for a birthday: It can’t get here soon enough. This year, things will look a bit different at Super Forum.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

You Could Just Set It and Forget It with Marketing Automation…But Don’t!

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 5, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

If you are under the impression that “set it and forget it” is a successful strategy for using marketing automation software, I release you from this spell.

People will say one of the benefits of marketing automation software is that you can simply put the software in action and then let your automated campaigns go their merry way. But just because you have the ability to set your automation rules and then forget about them doesn’t mean this type of strategy will be the most effective.

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Topics: Marketing, Social Media, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

How to Create Engaging Online Discussions: 7 Tips for Community Managers

Written by Simona Ciampi on May 31, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 5 minute read

Often, and especially early on in the life of an online community, the community manager is the one who has to start discussions. If you’re a community manager, I’m sure you know from experience that creating an engaging discussion is not easy. For example, asking someone what they think about an article and just putting the link out there is not typically enough.

There are a few handy techniques you can use when creating a conversation to facilitate more interaction.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Communities, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on May 30, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 3 minute read

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post.

Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

This post discusses three common questions about the relationship between marketing automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

How an Online Community Meets 3 Needs You Didn’t Know You Had

Written by Elizabeth Bell on May 22, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 4 minute read

 

There’s a lot of hype around online communities now. But does that mean your organization really needs one?

You’re not alone. You or your stakeholders may be skeptical about launching an online community – after all, no one’s really asking for one yet. Why invest in something that may not seem like an urgent need? You’re right to ask questions and be concerned. You want to invest your time and money into improvements that will bring value to your organization, and it’s not feasible to put them into just any project.

Every organization is different, with a special product, industry niche, or value proposition for its members. But an online community addresses three challenges every organization has:

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Topics: Member Retention, Online Community Software, Customer Retention, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Who Should Own Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on May 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every business project needs an owner. Someone who will work with colleagues and stakeholders to develop goals and a strategy, then implement that strategy. Often these owners aren’t just single people. They’re entire teams or departments.

That’s the way it is with online communities. One person may take the lead, but it’s teamwork that makes a community successful. Which brings us to the question at hand: Who should own your online community?

While communities are organization-wide initiatives, the team directly responsible for your community has a huge impact on its success.

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Topics: Online Community

3 Ways Community Managers Can Combat Occupational Burnout

Written by Jenny Taylor | on May 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every job is stressful in its own right-- it is called a job and not recess after all. Community management is no exception. In fact, the nature of community management makes us at risk for occupational burnout.

Occupational burnout is defined as: the emotional fatigue, reduced feeling of accomplishment, and depersonalization incurred from long-term job stress. There is a real danger of burnout when it comes to a role like community manager.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Google's Push to Purge Your Low-Engagement Emails

Written by Sara Maloney on May 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 4 minute read

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In the last few months, Google added a feature to users' Gmail accounts. It's meant to help you easily unsubscribe from emails, and it looks something like this:

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Topics: Customer Engagement, Member Engagement, Email Deliverability, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

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