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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 | 5 minute read

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: Engagement, Online Community Management, Online Community

3 Ways to Engage More Association Members in Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on January 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Have you ever looked at an optical illusion like the one above? (If not, you have now.) In this example, the first thing that most people see is a white vase.

However, upon closer inspection of the black areas, you notice two faces nose-to-nose. Now that you've seen both the vase and the faces, you can't "un-see" either one. You can never go back to seeing a single image.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community, Member Retention

Building Inclusive Online Communities

Written by Jessica Fish | on January 10, 2017 at 8:45 AM | 5 minute read

What would happen if you asked me for my email address and I told you it was jessicafish@aol.com?

How might your perception of me be shaped by that one piece of information? What if I told you it was a gmail address? Would that draw any reaction at all?

If we’re honest, we all know that we routinely draw multiple, broad conclusions from a single piece of information. Like an email address, or a LinkedIn photo.

This is an example of implicit bias.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Communications, Online Community

The 2017 Community Management List (What's In & What's Out)

Written by Joshua Paul | on January 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 1 minute read

I wonder what is was that convinced the last person using dancing palm trees on their website to stop in the late 90s or early 2000s.

Was is feedback from their market, a grouchy boss's comments, or an epic marketing fail?

Have you ever been caught using a tactic or touting a trend when it was past its prime?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

The Most Popular Community Management Articles from the Last 12 Months

Written by Julie Dietz on January 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

With exploding phones, a divisive election, and major international news, 2016 certainly kept up on our toes. But through all the turmoil, we found that associations and businesses remained focused on what they do best - serving their customers and members.

No one is sure how that mission will evolve in 2017, but we know we can learn from the changes and advances from last year. That's why we've put together our 12 top articles from 2016. These articles will give you a head start on 2017, covering topics from member engagement to business management.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

How to Make Your Events More Inclusive

Written by Erica McGillivray | on January 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM | 10 minute read

"Anyone can come to our event." That’s what we tell ourselves - we the people who program and labor over our events. We don't bar anyone from joining the fun, and the only barrier may (or may not) be a ticket price or alcohol-related restrictions around age. When we do price our events, we make sure they're affordable for our demographic and right along with our competitors’ prices.

But the real truth is that not everyone is actually welcomed to our events. Whether we want to admit or not, our event send signals about who's welcomed and who isn't.

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Topics: Marketing, Online Community

12 Top Association Articles from 2016

Written by Christina Green | on December 28, 2016 at 8:45 AM | 5 minute read

Remember Cliffs Notes, the popular synopses of required reading and classic literature? For some of us, they were a go-to back in high school. They condense a tome like War and Peace into 25-30 pages, giving you the highlights along with a few symbolic references that high school English teachers eat up.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Successful Communities Give Up Power

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 4 minute read

 

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, Online Community

Five Social Media Marketing Trends for 2017

Written by John Foley, Jr. | on December 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

In social media marketing, whenever a door closes, another one has opened. Changes in technology constantly give marketers new opportunities while making old options obsolete. The quicker your association adapts, the better you will be at using social media to your advantage. 

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Topics: Social Media, Marketing, Online Community, Marketing Automation

4 Ways to Use Nostalgia to Grab Your Customers' or Members' Attention

Written by Christina Green | on December 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Author Tom Wolfe made a statement with the title of his novel, You Can't Go Home Again.

Maybe he's right that we can't go back to our childhood rooms or the other good times in our lives, but you certainly can remember them through nostalgia. And many of us do. For better or worse, nostalgia can be an influential force in all our lives, one which associations and businesses can harness to build engagement.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Associations

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