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Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community

Written by Katie Oakes on September 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association's organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Typically, one staff member is doing the job of three, so finding volunteers is critical to their sanity.

Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task. Also, the people that you are recruiting are simultaneously being propositioned by other organizations. You're competing against PTA, sports leagues, homework, aging parents, walking the dog, work schedules, even enjoying a night of doing nothing at all. Your members are pulled in different directions and the last thing any of them have is time.

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

Quick Tip: Should You Launch Your Community on an Open Social Network or a Private Community Platform?

Written by Katie Bapple | on September 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 2 minute read

The number one reason that online communities fail is because they fail to provide value to their members. Providing this value starts before you even have an online community to launch. There is a lot of overlooked opportunity in the structure of your community.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

Your Community's Back-to-School Supplies

Written by Sarah Robinson | on September 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM | 3 minute read

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Meet Your Community Managers: Jenny Taylor

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read


Ever wonder who the people behind the curtain are here at Higher Logic? We're introducing you to our three community managers. They’ll talk about why they love community management, helpful resources to use and weigh in on the dog versus cat debate (as you can see, this is serious stuff…).

We hope you enjoy getting to know the first community manager we’re introducing, Jenny Taylor.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Why is Building Community Online Essential to Inbound Marketing

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 15, 2015 at 8:15 AM | 4 minute read

What does it mean when you get nine hours of sleep over three days and you still wake up excited about your job? Yes. You are correct. It means that you just attended the INBOUND conference, one of the world's largest gatherings of growth-oriented marketing, sales, product, and support professionals.

Out team recently returned from INBOUND and we are still wired. You may be wondering why we'd send a significant portion of our company to a conference geared largely to marketing and sales people. You may be thinking, Wait a minute! Higher Logic is an online community software company. What does creating an online customer or user community have to do with inbound marketing?

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

Best Community Management Resources from the Week of September 6, 2015

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

The Top Ten for the Week of September 6, 2015

Start you week off with some smart insight and actionable advice! Check out this past week's most useful new online community management and customer engagement resources.

Read last week's Top Ten here.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Four Reasons Community Managers Shouldn’t Be Scared of Data and Analytics

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM | 3 minute read


As a community manager, you’ve learned that community management is made up of many different parts. It’s an interdisciplinary field involving tactics like people skills, psychology, strategy and analytics, to name a few.

There can be a lot to juggle and if you’re not a numbers person, one of the most daunting tasks can be tracking data and analytics—too many balls in the air, right? Most community platforms have at least basic tracking analytics and a dashboard (if yours doesn’t, definitely consider switching).

Yet, even with the data right there, it can be tempting to ignore or under-utilize the incredible tool right there in front of you. We get it—new can be scary. Maybe you’ve never been trained to analyze data and you don’t feel qualified to do so. But don’t make the common mistake of avoiding a new opportunity to learn and grow your community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Engagement, Online Community

How to Select a Website Domain Name for Your Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Organizations need to make a lot of choices when they are planning their online customer or member community. These important decisions include how to structure the community, who is in charge of their community's content plan, and which customer groups have access to specific content, features, and discussions.  

However, one of the decisions that causes the most angst among our customers might surprise you: 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Communications, Online Community

How to Make Your Trade Association's Online Community Work

Written by Andy Steggles | on September 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read


Communities benefit all types of organizations—trade associations are no exception. We’re already pretty vocal about how trade associations can use private online communities to collaborate. Now that we’ve (hopefully) convinced you online communities are important in creating value, let’s talk about how to ensure success in your community.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

Quick Tip: Is Creating an Online Community Right for Your Organization?

Written by Katie Oakes on September 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read

 

I field a lot of questions in my day-to-day phone calls and emails with organizations researching online communities. I'm about to help a variety of different types of businesses and membership organizations, at all different stages of the research and planning processes.

The questions I answer most often center around the doubts and obstacles that come into play when considering launching an online community.  

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

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