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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

Best Online Community Tips from the Week of August 30, 2015

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM | 3 minute read

Top Ten for the Week of August 30, 2015

In case you missed this community management advice, we've got you covered! Check out this past week's most useful online community management and customer engagement tips.

Read last week's Top Ten here.

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Topics: Online Community Management

Bring LinkedIn Nonmembers into Your Community

Written by Andy Steggles | on September 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 2 minute read


Maybe this sounds familiar to you: your organization has a LinkedIn group with a large contingent made up of both members and non-members. Not long ago, your organization created a separate online community, just for members, that you’re very excited about. Your question: how do you turn the nonmembers on LinkedIn into members on your community site?

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Topics: Social Media, B2B Communities, Online Community

Let Your Community's Best Members Find Your Next Members

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read

Growing community should be one of the most important tasks of an organization, but it can certainly be a challenge. Don’t feel like you have to carry that burden alone. One of the best ways to grow your community is to let your members unknowingly do the heavy lifting – there are no better advocates than members, even if they don’t realize their potential. The more robust and thriving your community is, the easier and more natural their jobs (and your job) will be.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Advocacy, Marketing, Member Engagement, Online Community

Hello, Perfect Community Manager - Are You There?

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on September 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 2 minute read

Are you looking to hire a community manager for your online community? You’re not alone. In fact, the search is on. Currently there are 114, 657+ open positions for community managers on LinkedIn – New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles rank as the top three cities in the United States.

So what's your status?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Top Customer Engagement Resources for the Week of August 23, 2015

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 28, 2015 at 5:30 AM | 3 minute read

The  Top Ten for the Week of August 23, 2015

Finish the weekend smarter that you started it. Check out this past week's most useful online community management and customer engagement advice.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

Three Reasons Trade Associations Should Have Online Communities

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM | 2 minute read


We believe that all types of organizations can benefit from having an online community. There is so much power in connecting people, spreading ideas and empowering community members. However, depending on who is part of your trade association, members may be hesitant to use an online community at first — their competitors may be part of the same community, reading and contributing to the same conversations. And if that’s the case, why participate if you risk giving away secrets or lending your competitor a hand?

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Why Associations Are Making Their Private Member Community the Centerpiece of Their Membership Marketing Strategy [Research]

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 6 minute read

Each year, membership marketing firm, Marketing General (MGI), publishes the results of their Membership Marketing Benchmarking survey. It is the association industry's deepest look into trends, tools, and tactics. This year over 900 associations participated, making the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report one of the strongest narratives to date on how to grow membership.

At Higher Logic, we analyzed the data and saw connections between the report's findings and the role that private online member communities play in associations.

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

How to Generate Revenue From Your Online Community Through Sponsors or Vendors

Written by Paul Schneider on August 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The most successful online communities across the nation all have one thing in common, they are backed by a powerful business strategy. Sometimes this means keep customer engaged and leveraging the social activity in the community identify revenue opportunities for your business. For other organizations, the online community generates revenue directly. The following outlines how the latter.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community

How to Deal With Disruptive Community Members

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 2 minute read

We love our communities and members. For the most part, everyone participating is collegial, helpful and respectful—which is why members keep coming back, posting and collaborating with each other.

Sometimes, there’s that one member (or maybe several) who provoke in conversations. Maybe the provocation is outright and obvious. Other times, it is subtler and nuanced, but gives you a bad feeling. Maybe the member is trying to stir the pot, or they’re oblivious to their impact. Either way, something must be done to maintain the respectful environment you’ve been cultivating.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community

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