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Five Killer Graphic Design Tools for Community Managers

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on April 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Awesome content is everywhere in your community site, but how do you get people to notice it? More importantly, how do you get them to engage with it?

If you ask me, I always start with great graphic design (and not just because I’m a Creative Director). Online content and content marketing is so much more than just text on a page. Great graphic design supports great content and in turn fuels great activity. You need creative, eye-catching visuals if you want people to stay, invest and participate. Design is not the only answer, but it’s a solid place to start (okay, maybe it is because I’m a Creative Director).

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Member volunteering is important for obvious reasons -- it helps our organizations and saves money.

But remember how members can benefit, too: Volunteering keeps members engaged, happier and more likely to stay involved with your organization -- or tell peers to join.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

Why Offering Access to Your Customer Community Converts Better Than Static Content Offers

Written by Julie Dietz on April 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Did you know that B2B companies that blog generate an average of 67 percent more leads per month than companies that do not blog? Creating high quality, relevant content, such as regular blog posts, is an essential element of effective content marketing strategies today.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

3 Growth Metrics You Can't Ignore Any Longer

Written by Julie Dietz on April 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

Successful businesses take a hard look at their numbers at least once or twice a year, sometimes even more. When they do, they hammer out weaknesses and business goals such as increasing revenue or rolling out product updates, that they want to focus on in the next six months. At the top of nearly everyone's list, you can often find one goal: growth.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, Customer Success, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Find Sales-Ready Opportunities in Your Customer Base

Written by Julie Dietz on April 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

It's no secret that sales to existing customers generate a significant amount of revenue for businesses. Numbers vary, but Lattice reports that most companies get 50% or more of their revenue from their current customer base. Other research put the number even higher.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

Community Benchmarking by The Numbers [Infographic]

Written by Andy Steggles | on April 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM | A quick read

In our 2015 Benchmarking Report, we learned that easy engagement is key for thriving communities. Branded mobile apps and email engagement are big factors in creating frictionless communities.

See the data behind it here.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How to Tackle Customer Experience Challenges (plus 9 other helpful resources)

Written by Kaila Timmons on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Every week we aim to make your life easier by compiling the best online community articles from around the web right here on our blog. This week, our favorite articles focus on digital marketing and improving the customer experience.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Online Community

How to Implement a Customer Portal Platform

Written by Julie Dietz on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

So, you've decided to launch a customer portal. You're now one step closer to creating a gateway for your customers to connect and collaborate with your company. Your new portal can become a central part of your customer retention strategy and help you expand your relationship with customers as soon as people start using it.

You're living the customer experience dream, right? Not quite. Before you reap the benefits, you need to actually set up, or implement, your customer portal platform.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Engagement, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

Are You Spamming Your Customers? (and How to Stop)

Written by Julie Dietz on April 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Spam. Delicious, or just plain weird? While the debate rages on in the culinary category, it never even got started in the marketing world. No one has ever liked marketing spam.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Customer Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Vendors: Community Friend or Foe?

Written by Heather McNair on April 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 4 minute read

Your community is functioning like a dream - organic discussions, engagement through resource-sharing and member-led meetups, a delightfully eclectic thread of the community’s favorite GIFs - and you’re pretty happy with its momentum. Why mess with a good thing? Then vendors start reaching out, with grand ideas to envelop community members with updates, answers and product pitches. You panic - should they even be here?

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Online Community Management, Online Community

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