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Starting a User Group? Save Time By Answering These 10 Questions First

Written by Joshua Paul | on November 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 6 minute read

The land on which your business completes is shifting. Product features and marketing messages no longer rule the day. According to research from analyst firm, Gartner, 89 percent of companies surveyed plan to compete primarily on the basis of the customer experience by 2016.

For many companies, user groups have long been a big part of building a stand-out customer experience. The prominence of user group communities had been overshadowed by talk of using social networks to engage customers. However, user groups never went away. In fact, user groups are once again becoming a central part of business' customer relationship strategies.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, User Group Management, Online Community

What 15 Year-Olds Can Teach Organizations About Content Strategy

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM | 4 minute read

This guest post is by Jill Andreu, Naylor’s vice president of content strategy and development, and originally appeared on AssociationAdviser.com. Jill is responsible for the overall strategy, direction, leadership and management of Naylor’s editorial department.

A colleague recently told me a story about how his 15-year-old daughter carries out her content strategy on Instagram.

She doesn’t call it content strategy. It’s simply, “Posting photos on Insta.” (Other parents out there probably recognize this slang.) But my colleague noticed that one afternoon, after his daughter snapped a “selfie” of them together, she didn’t immediately post the photo to her Instagram account as usual.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

The State of the Community Industry: A Return to Community-Driven Business

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read

David Spinks, founder of CMX, has been building communities since he was 13 years old. He attributes shifts like organizing for the gaming industry, joining Twitter and following thought leaders like Seth Godin and Lisa Gansky to his community success.

The common thread is using technology to bring people together. The original definition for a company was a group of people coming together to exchange goods. All organizations have experienced a shift from centralized and isolated to more optimized and collaborative. Things have changed now that everyone is connected – think about the social media manager revolution, where people have to be proactive and cognizant of relationships rather than just data. People are really putting happy customers first.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Why Your Event Needs a Mobile App

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read

Event attendees expect information, in real time. Not only that, but it should be easily accessible and available before, during and after. How should you do this? Since people are more glued to their phones than ever, a mobile app makes perfect sense -- it gives attendees everything they need (and more) in the palm of their hands.

Because the price point can seem steep it’s easy to think you can get by without one; paper programs always worked well, right? Sure, they did, but your event could be so much more informative, interactive and collaborative if the program is dynamic and updated in real time. It’s time for your events to go beyond the status quo (apps are approaching the norm, by the way).

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

7 Attractive Member Benefits for Virtual Members of Your Association

Written by Christina Green | on November 5, 2015 at 8:41 AM | 5 minute read

Have you ever noticed the large number of corporate brands that market on some variation of having it your wayThere's Burger King, Subway, Kmart, Walt Disney World, and many others.

While Burger King started marketing that way 40 years ago, with the advent of social media and online retailers, personalized shopping experiences like you find with Amazon offering people what they want on their terms are becoming more of an expectation than a luxury.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Eight Community Site Design Tips for the Win

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on November 4, 2015 at 1:02 PM | 2 minute read


A winning community site – we all want it and we all can have it. It starts with strong design and a careful execution of the brand. I’ve put together eight tips that you can use right now to create a community site that is a winner in the eyes of your users, staff and prospective users.

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

Three Reasons You Need a Dedicated Community Manager

Written by Jenny Taylor | on November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 2 minute read


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, Online Community

How to Build Customer Feedback Into Your Product Development Process

Written by Crystal Coleman on November 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

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, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Is a Virtual Membership Option Right for Your Association?

Written by Christina Green | on October 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

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, Online Community

The Quantified Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM | 3 minute read

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, Online Community

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