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How to Lead Your Association Through Difficult Times

Written by Christina Green | on September 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When it rains, it pours.

And man, is it pouring. It seems like every few hours we hear another piece of crummy news from the media, our friends, or our coworkers. Something always seems to be going wrong, which may just be a symptom of the fact that we're living in turbulent, uncertain times. Times that can be more than a little frightening.

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Topics: Communications, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

Can Email Make Online Community Gamification Fun?

Written by Heather Arkwright | on September 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Watching the adrenaline-inducing Olympics inspired me to think about ways community professionals can refine our own systems for awarding our community users. How can we make gamification more authentic and fun?

At this point, community professionals are all pretty well-versed in the value of enacting gamification campaigns for our communities. But another crucial part of gamification -- one that’s often overlooked -- is alerting members via email.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Can Associations Thrive in a Crowded Marketplace?

Written by Julie Dietz on September 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

When my family played Monopoly, whoever got those two blue properties (Park Place and Boardwalk) usually won. They dominated the real estate in the most powerful area of the board, so it was hard for anyone to take over their lead.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

Turn Your 'Over Eager' Online Community Members into Super Users

Written by Heather McNair on September 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do you have one member -- or several -- whose engagement is off the charts?

Every time the average member posts, one of your over eager member posts many more times, far outshining the runner up. It might seem overwhelming, but don’t fret -- you actually hit a goldmine.

Congratulations -- you just found a super user.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Have You Seen the IDC MarketScape Report on Online Communities?

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on September 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM | 2 minute read

Online communities are all about getting relevant, ongoing conversations to customers quickly and easily. The community industry is quickly becoming a frontrunner for the customer experience, with an emphasis on the growing importance of communities for customer relationships, feedback, and support. The new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment highlights the strengths and advantages of incorporating community into any organization.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

7 Things Your Competitors Will Hate About Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on September 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Has your competition gotten a little too close for comfort recently?

If you're like most businesses, your competition has increased in the past few years. That could mean that more local organizations are gunning for your audience, or that your competition has gone from your backyard to global. The internet has made it so much easier for small companies, large corporations, and organizations from around the world to zero in on your customers.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Retention, Customer Success, Online Community

Mobilize Members: How Online Community Can Change the Election Landscape

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Elections. The national election is on almost everyone’s mind these days (for better or worse).

But how many of your members are thinking about your organization’s board elections? Probably not as many people as you’d like.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

The Worst Advice for Online Community Managers

Written by Christina Green | on September 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Have you ever noticed that everyone and their brother has some advice for you?

Oh, you got a new job? Get there early, make sure you reply to emails right away and ask lots of questions so they know you're interested. And wear your gray slacks, they're very professional.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Customer Engagement: New Research Underscores Opportunities for B2B Companies

Written by Julie Dietz on September 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

My brother is a computer programmer for a major cable channel. He loves it. He loves computers, tablets, and technology in general. He always has the newest cell phone model (most recently the unfortunate Galaxy Note 7) and he's constantly lecturing me on staying up to date with the latest technology.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Online Community

CXPA Elevates the Customer Experience with Community

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on September 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) was founded in 2011 as a premier, global non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and cultivation of the customer experience profession. The organization aims to increase both impact of visibility of customer experience professionals, facilitate effective member-to-member sharing, and establish respected industry standards.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Communities, Customer Experience, Online Community

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