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Three Reasons You Need a Dedicated Community Manager

Written by Jenny Taylor | on November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM


At first glance, an online community appears to be a harmless task to add to a worthy colleague's plate. For example, if the membership manager already speaks to your members every day, doesn't it make sense for that person to take over the responsibility of the online community? Isn't the community just moving your everyday conversations online?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement

How to Build Customer Feedback Into Your Product Development Process

Written by Crystal Coleman on November 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Consumers are expecting more out of the companies they purchase from and for the most loyal customers, being a part of the product development process is a key want.

While emails and phone calls to customer service teams are still popular, more and more customers are turning to owned or social communities for solutions to their problems and providing feedback on products. A 2013 JD Power survey found that 67% of consumers have used a company's social media site for servicing.

By now, most companies know that engaging and responding to these audiences is necessary in today's marketplace, but what are you doing with all that feedback after you solve a customer's problem? Truly smart companies take the feedback they get from customers and use it to influence their product development process and make the best products for their customers.

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Topics: B2B Communities

Is a Virtual Membership Option Right for Your Association?

Written by Christina Green | on October 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Recently we passed the milestone of Back to the Future Day. October 21st, 2015 was the future day that Doc sent Marty McFly to in one stylish ride. There, McFly saw a lot of bad fashion and cool things like hoverboards, flying cars, and Jaws 19, the movie.

We've come frighteningly close to some of these - four Jaws movies is close enough for me - but we're also sadly very far away from flying cars and delicious home-cooked, healthy meals in 30 seconds.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience

The Quantified Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Many people think that the Holy Grail for community managers is proving a community’s ROI. Wrong! In Rachel Happe’s Super Forum keynote address, she said that many people misunderstand this point. The Holy Grail for community managers isn’t proving ROI -- sometimes when you’re starting out, it’s negative -- it’s improving the value of your community to ultimately increase ROI.

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Topics: Online Community Management

Crack the Social Code: Turn Members Into Contributors

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Ever wonder how to get inside your members’ heads and motivate them to participate? Richard Millington can help, an expert with over 12 years of experience in community building. How does he do it? He uses basic, yet powerful, psychological forces -- tapping into what makes us human and what motivates us -- to excite and engage members in a deep, meaningful way. In his 2015 Super Forum keynote, he discussed these methods, touching on implicit bias, social attraction, self-disclosure and bonding theories.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Engagement, Member Engagement

Online Community Management Plan: How To Get Buy-In From Across Your Company

Written by Katie Oakes on October 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

 

It takes a village to launch and maintain an active online customer community. The most successful customer and member communities are supported by many people in addition to the community management team. 

So where should you start building your coalition? Right inside your company walls.

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Topics: Online Community Management

The Top Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Launching an Online Community

Written by Jenny Taylor | on October 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM


As I mentioned in my previous post, I am coming from a previous online community launch from which I learned a great many lessons. My only hope is maybe others in a similar position can possibly learn from my “shoulda coulda woulda’s.”

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Topics: Online Community Management

How to Crush the First 90 Days Before You Launch an Online Community

Written by Crystal Coleman on October 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM

You've come up with the idea for your branded community. You've gotten the approval and the budget and brought a community manager on board. All the signs are go and it's time to send out a press release and launch your community, right? The short answer is: maybe.

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Topics: Engagement

Creating Value in an Era of Exponential Change

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on October 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Brian Vellmure, Principal/Founder of Innovantage, LLC, joined us for September’s Higher Logic Learning Series webinar. He discussed how organizations can compete to win in a world where access is available, automatic and constantly affected by new technology. Check out some of Brian’s key takeaways.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing

Are Your Members Driven By the Fear of Missing Out?

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

I can’t remember the last time I changed my Facebook status or uploaded a picture – it’s definitely been over a year. Yet, every single day (multiple times a day) I log on. Occasionally I contribute to groups I’m in, but usually I just peruse my newsfeed, peeking in on everyone’s lives. Sometimes I wonder why I keep going back to Facebook, but it’s a tough habit to kick and whenever there’s the hint of curiosity, I’m back.

The other day, while passively checking in on old colleagues and trending topics, it came to me – I have a classic case of FOMO. I keep going back because I’m scared to miss out on something important.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Engagement

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