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Secrets to Ending the Re-Training Cycle in Your Association

Written by Julie Dietz on July 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Have you ever been frustrated by employee turnover and the training that inevitably comes after you finally find a replacement?

An employee takes an opportunity outside the organization, you get your new membership director and supporting staff trained on your AMS, member needs, and organizational policies - then the dreaded conversation happens again. Another employee is leaving, and you have to start all over.

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Topics: Associations, Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Your Growing Organization Needs an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read

Ok, here’s the question: what do member retention, organizational growth and your website all have in common?

Answer: community (that is, if you have one).

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Topics: Engagement, Member Retention, Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community

Social Media Manager vs. Online Community Manager: Which is Better for Your Association?

Written by Christina Green | on July 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Associations, and most businesses for that matter, don't have bottomless wallets. Hiring for one position, particularly if it's new, must be weighed over hiring for another. If you're considering hiring someone that specializes in engaging with members and potential members, you may be wondering just what type of position you need to source.

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

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive

Written by Christina Green | on July 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive. There's the company in Seattle that raised its minimum wage to $70,000, there's WL Gore & Associates that eliminated a managerial hierarchy, and Whole Foods that publishes all of its employees' salaries, which are based on work and abilities (the more able the employee, the higher the pay).

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

10-Minute Tasks that Association Executives Can Do to Improve Member Renewals

Written by Julie Dietz on July 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

What's more important? Attracting new members or keeping the members you already have? A participant in the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Study has the answer.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation, Associations

How to Use the Psychology of Addictive Technology to Create Compelling Member Benefits

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

Why do you check Facebook every time you're bored? Why do you reach for your phone almost before you've even opened your eyes in the morning? Go for the coffee maker as soon as you're on your feet?

It's habit. Habits are a powerful force in our lives that influence us in ways that we don't always fully recognize. Sure, we know that we have some habits, like biting our nails or fidgeting with our jewelry, but there are many other habits that we don't even realize we have.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Online Community, Marketing Automation

What Makes a Successful Community Manager?

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Whether you’re a community professional, or looking to hire someone to run your community, it’s important to reflect on what makes community managers successful. Sure, they need some inherent characteristics, like an interest in online communities and a comfort with technology.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

How to Spot a Disengaged Employee in Your Association Staff (And What to Do About It)

Written by Christina Green | on July 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The State of the American Workplace report from Gallup estimated that 70% of American workers are not engaged. That's a troubling statistic. Employees who are not engaged cost employers more money, reduce productivity, and decrease the morale of others around them.

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Topics: Associations, Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Is Your Online Community Sitting in Summertime Silence?

Written by Heather Arkwright | on July 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing and it’s too nice to sit at your desk all day -- and the proof is in your engagement numbers.

What’s happening? For unseasoned community manager, it can be hard to tell if your lower engagement rates are early signs of a long term downtrend, or just a temporary lack of energy.

Don’t worry -- you’re probably experiencing the summertime silence.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

3 Types of Association Members and How to Engage Them

Written by Christina Green | on July 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Novelists, marketers, and psychologists like to lump people into groups. It's not because they like to stereotype, or don't recognize that every individual is unique, it's because they want to provide the best experience possible. Grouping together people who have the same characteristics, enjoy the same things, and have the same motivations makes it easier to help them.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

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