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5 Steps to Create a Sponsorship Program that Increases Non-Dues Revenue

Written by Julie Dietz on September 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Sponsorship programs are tricky. Most associations have one (or have at least considered one), but are still fine-tuning the details. Is pricing too low? Too high? Do sponsors see the value in each sponsorship package? What do members think of the program?

And what about your association? Is your program effective at increasing non-dues revenue?

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Topics: Marketing, Associations, Online Community

Your Online Community is Biased—Three UX Tips to Engage Everyone

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It’s time you face the facts—your online community is biased. Customers bring their own bias when they engage on the platform and community professionals build in bias as they create the space and social norms. Biases are there, baked into your community from all sides—there’s no getting  around it.

Biases aren’t always bad. In fact, community builders often work to create certain biases that encourage behavior they want to see in the community. For example, a ‘family friendly’ community might encourage limited  participation during the weekend or after working hours, creating a “spending time with family”  bias. It is subtle but sets an expectation that drives the way members engage.

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Customer Engagement, Online Community

Top 11 Productivity Apps for Membership Managers

Written by Christina Green | on September 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Happy belated Labor Day! While you enjoy the last of your summer and get back into the swing of things on the work front, we thought we'd greet you with a few recommendations on tools that will help you get out in front of your deadlines and be more productive.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Enable Subject Matter Experts to Contribute in Your Online Community

Written by Trevor Noland on August 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Subject matter experts (SMEs) have the potential to be the most versatile and impactful members of your community. But are you enabling them to make an impact and, more importantly, do you know what obstacles they are facing within the community and your organization?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How to Increase Nonprofit Website Traffic (And How That Translates to Revenue)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Websites are par for the course. Your nonprofit probably already has one, but you may be leaving money on the table if you’re not consistently working on improving your website’s visibility.

Just having a website isn’t enough. You need to go beyond building the initial site to create an effective online destination for your donors, volunteers and supporters, as well as prioritize getting new eyeballs on your content. A strong, carefully crafted website that gets new visitors and consistently brings loyal supporters back can become of your nonprofit’s most powerful tools for increasing awareness and revenue.

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Topics: Communications, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community

Turn Customers from Promoters to Creators

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Are happy customers as engaged as they can get? Or is there any way to increase their engagement—by giving them more purpose and helping your organization create more value for all members? As it turns out, there is more to customer engagement beyond simply being a “happy customer”—specifically what we call “promoters” and “co-creators.”

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Topics: B2B Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Why Bad Customer Service Disappears in an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 22, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

According to a study done by Forrester Research, 80 percent of businesses think they deliver ‘superior customer service.’ And, guess what? That same survey found that only eight percent of customers agree. Clearly, there’s a major divide between perception and a hard reality.

In a world where mistakes and missteps can go viral instantly, no one wants to be caught in the social media crosshairs for bad customer service. But there are social communities that can manage customer service issues as well as generate new approaches while building stronger customer relationships.

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Topics: Customer Support, Online Community

How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

Written by Julie Dietz on August 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

In 2016, businesses lost $63 billion dollars due to bad customer service. That’s up from 2013 by a whopping $20 billion.

To make matters worse, almost half of customers will stop doing business with a company because of bad service – a percentage that will likely increase as younger generations (who are more likely to switch companies) become more prominent and influential.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Experience, Customer Support, Online Community

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day. They might be doing multiple microvolunteering activities, serving on a committee, or helping with special initiatives – all of which are essential to your association moving forward. So keep them motivated and feeling valued by showing appreciation for their hard work.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky. (Don’t remember what Facebook was like in 2004? Take a trip down memory lane with PCMag.)

Your association’s website is no different. It needs to meet and adapt to your members evolving and increasingly particular needs. Here are six ways that your members’ website expectations have changed in just the last few years and how you can keep up.

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Topics: Marketing, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

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