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Are You Really Ready for an Online Community?

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 4 minute read

You’re thinking of getting a community. Everyone is talking about how great they’ll be for your organization, so now you’re looking into it. In the era of social media when everything is accessible online, it’s inevitable for many organizations to turn to private, cloud based communities. There are many benefits for both customers/members and organizations.

Although social media is very prevalent and widely used by most organizations, online communities are new. Understandably, figuring out if you really need one can be difficult.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

How Can Your Executives Help Your Community Managers?

Written by Alexia Roseliep on December 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

When planning a community, it can be hard to distinguish just how your organization's executives can support the community manager in building a successful customer community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Should Your Community Get an App? [Infographic]

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 1 minute read

Having a place where your members can always share ideas and questions is the ideal engagment tool. But what's the best way to gather those members when they're on the go -- should you invest in an app or stick to web design improvements? We've streamined the throught process to make your decision easier.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

Learning from Millennials

Written by Maddie Grant | on December 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 2 minute read

Ever since the Millennials started coming into the workforce about 10 years ago, we’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about them. This happens every twenty years, of course – when the new generation hits the scene, the older generations tend to freak out about “kids these days.” You can actually trace these kinds of reactions back for centuries. The older generations always conclude that the new generation is flawed, inappropriate, ill-prepared and generally making things difficult.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Cultivate Customer Advocates in Your Community

Written by Nick Davis on December 8, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

As buyers' habits continue to change, marketing professionals have to either adapt to the changes or risk being left in the dust. Traditional marketing is on the way out and more and more buyers are showing us that they value information from their peers over that from marketing and sales. According to the MarketingCharts.com 2015 Advertising Influence Study, brand advocates are 50% more likely to influence a purchase than a traditional sales rep.

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Topics: Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Automation Awesomeness!

Written by Jenny Taylor | on December 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM | 4 minute read

Automation rules and awesomeness should always appear in the same sentence together. Gaining a lot of community traction in the last year, automation rules have proved themselves to be the best thing for community management since the Trenta cup at Starbucks. At this year's Super Forum, an all-star panel of presenters provided some excellent tips, tricks, and genius hacks of how to get the most out of this precious, time-saving engagement tool.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Marketing Automation, Online Community

4 Tips to Increase Member Retention at Your Association

Written by Christina Green | on December 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 4 minute read

According to the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report from Marketing General Incorporated, 67% of associations surveyed boasted increasing retention rates year over year with the average individual member renewal at 85% for trade associations and 76% for member organizations.

As an industry, those are decent numbers, but how does your association compare?

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Topics: Member Retention, Marketing Automation, Online Community

I Have Responsive Design - Do I Need an App?

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

You spent a lot of time and money on a beautiful responsive website, one that works on all screen sizes, including tablets and smartphones. So why would you need an app for your community? Isn’t responsive design like the two-in-one solution?

There isn’t an easy, straightforward answer to this question, but hear us out. Responsive design doesn’t necessarily make mobile apps obsolete, but mobile apps aren’t the right choice for everyone. First, think about how your community is now and where you want it to go. Do you have consistent engagement and want to try some new tactics? Or are you hoping to boost activity analytics, like the number of logins each month?

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Anonymous on the Internet

Written by Elizabeth Tobey | on December 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM | 9 minute read

For the past week, I’ve stared at a blank page, puzzling out a pithy way to start this article.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Online Community Management: 3 Steps for Getting Members to Engage [Video]

Written by Katie Bapple | on December 2, 2015 at 9:03 AM | 2 minute read

One of the greatest challenges that organizations face when increasing customer or member engagement is figuring out how to get their members to engage with one another within their online community.

After all, a lot of the value that people get from your online customer or member community depends on these interactions.

Here are three steps to help you steer your community members towards engaging with each other.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

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