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Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Have you ever heard the phrase "perception is reality?" It refers to the way people make judgements about something based on how it appears to the outside world. Nowhere is this more important than online, where smalltime brands can get a credibility and conversion boost by appearing well-designed, organized, and professional.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

NAASF Crowdsources Customer Support and Advocacy with Online Community [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

The North American Association of Subway® Franchisees (NAASF) uses online community to advocate for members and solve industry problems for fast food franchises. Franchisees want to communicate with each other and share resources and best practices, but they don't always want franchisors steering those conversations. NAASF recognized a communication challenge and set out to develop a better system for its franchisees to gather and share knowledge.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Customer Support, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How to Use Activity Data to Identify Your Association's Next Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

$23.56 per hour.

According to nonprofit management and advocacy organization, Independent Sector, that's the estimated worth of a job.

But what job? A paralegal? A dental hygienist? A mechanic?

All those careers pay close to $23/hr, but none are the job that I'm referring to.

What's your guess?

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

The Power of Visual Storytelling in Your Online Community

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on August 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

We’ve all been part of the ‘content is king/queen/ruler of the marketing world’ conversation and, if you’re like me, you’re on board…and have been for a long time. (I’m not saying for how exactly long because then I’ll feel old.)

Online communities are also on board because they’re serious content aggregators and incubators. This got me
thinking. Is there a way we can capitalize on all of this valuable content? Essentially, how can we get more attention and action out of our content?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Experience Salt Lake City: You Can't Miss ASAE Annual 2016

Written by Mark Lowry on August 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 2 minute read

ASAE Annual is one of the biggest events we participate in every year, and we wouldn’t dream of missing it. It’s a great opportunity to join thousands of attendees to learn and collaborate on how to improve the association landscape. 

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Marketing, Associations, Online Community

Association Career Pathing: Should You Promote from Within?

Written by Christina Green | on August 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Your employees are smart. They're driven, educated, and passionate about your mission. After all, according to ASAE's Association Career Headquarters, workers often enter the association field because a job is a good fit, but they stay for your mission and your culture.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Why Building Community Online is Important When Attracting and Engaging Millennials

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

71% of American adults think that millennials are selfish. That's according to a recent public opinion survey from Reason-Rupe, and it gives valuable insight into how society views one of the largest generations in history. People look at millennials on their smartphones and tablets and say they're focused on themselves, lacking engagement with other people.

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community Management, Associations, Online Community

How Bots Are Taking Over Your Association's Website (for Better and for Worse)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Do you remember when phonebooks were delivered to your doorstep? I do. Every time one arrived, we'd pull it inside, leaf through it for a minute or two, and put it in the cabinet under the fish tank. When we needed something, whether it was a plumber or a good photographer, we'd pull out the phone book.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Three Psychological Theories to Help You Design the Best Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Psychology helps you motivate members to take action -- but can it help you design a great website?

Community design is important, not an afterthought. Depending on its layout and ease of use, the UX can make or break a member’s experience. And you want to make their experience great and full of value, not frustrating.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

Tips for Handling a Toxic Association Member in Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on August 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Trolls were once thought of as mythical creatures, but they are now very real. If you've spent any time interacting (or reading) comments on the Internet, you've undoubtedly come across trolls.

Troll is a slang term for people who purposely sow discord and aim at getting people upset. They often do so anonymously or under a pseudonym, avoiding the personal criticism of others by hiding their identity. Internet Trolls, while annoying, are relatively harmless when they are recognized for what they are - instigators and curmudgeons. They can even be beneficial to an organization if their comments bring a lot of eyes to a post.

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

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