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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

7 Ideas You Can Steal from Successful Online Communities

Written by Julie Dietz on September 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

When I give talks about building active and engaged online communities, I inevitably end up stating that there are roughly 99 things that you have to get right to create a thriving community online.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Success, Online Community

How to Address the 6 Biggest Engagement Problems in Your Association

Written by Christina Green | on September 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

When I was in high school I was invited to one of those coveted boy-girl parties. It was a friend's birthday and she was making a big deal of everything, renting out an entire church hall for the event.

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Topics: Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

Make Your Community a Habit

Written by Rob Hefferon on September 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? If you’re like me, you may have instinctively rolled over and grabbed your phone to check your Facebook news feed. Once I login, I post comments, respond to friends, and share content. Wouldn’t your community benefit from this level of engagement from your members?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Social Media, Online Community

How to Develop a Long-Term Member Engagement Strategy

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

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

Never has been change been as ubiquitous as it is today. In a digitally connected, global marketplace, we've all grown increasingly used to change shifting our lives, jobs, and companies. If you're like me, there are times when you even embrace change instead of fighting it.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Is Small Data the Next Big Thing?

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

Most people aren’t skilled woodworkers -- but almost anyone can build an IKEA dresser. That’s how intuitive the company’s design and instructions are. And it’s no accident that its furniture design is incredibly attuned to users’ needs.

IKEA pays very close attention to consumers and can predict their behavior, from what they’ll furnish their home with to how they’ll assemble and use each item. Obviously, with a company this large, it’s impossible to point to just one aspect of business that spurred its success.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Make Your Online Community a Must-Visit Destination for Members or Customers

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

Do you remember that time you bought a new product or membership, liked it, but then never purchased it again? For me, it was a gym membership. It was one of my more misguided New Year's resolutions where I went several times, had a decent experience, then forgot all about it.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

How the Membership Economy Supports Community: An Interview with Robbie Kellman Baxter

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on September 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 6 minute read

Robbie Kellman Baxter is the author of “The Membership Economy.” We had the chance to chat with Robbie about the Membership Economy and how to successfully apply this approach to online communities - here are the highlights.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Marketing, Online Community

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