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Before You Do Anything Else With Your Community, Do This

Written by Lindsay Starke | on June 30, 2015 at 3:52 PM | 3 minute read

I have a quick question for you: what’s the ROI of your community?

Generally, when I speak with other community managers, they have one of three responses to this question:

  1. Uh…what?
  2. Engagement!
  3. An actual demonstration of return on investment
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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Retention, Member Engagement, Online Community

Is Face-to-Face Communication Gone in the Digital Age?

Written by Maddie Grant | on June 25, 2015 at 2:58 PM | 2 minute read

Millennials certainly grew up with a lot of “screen time.” They like texting and sending instant messages, and they obviously have been a dominant force in just about every social media platform. They are truly the digital natives. But that does not mean they don’t want and need face-to-face communication.

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

A Good Advocacy Strategy is Constantly Evolving

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 24, 2015 at 9:21 AM | 3 minute read

 

Guest blogger Glen Justice is the Managing Editor for Marketing at CQ Roll Call. A journalist for 25 years, he now writes for association and advocacy professionals on the Connectivity blog.

Here’s a statistic that may not surprise you: fully 77 percent of advocacy professionals say their program relies on email to reach their members, according to a survey by CQ Roll Call.

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How to Engage the Millennials in Your Community

Written by Katie Oakes on June 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Life is filled with burning questions that often go unanswered. How many iPhone generations will you see in your lifetime? How many selfies is too many?

Among these questions is one that is baffling business leaders everywhere: how do I deal with millennials in the workplace? As organizational culture expert Jamie Notter explains,

"Every 20 years or so, a new generation enters the workforce, and the rest of us, quite frankly, freak out about it."

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community

Keep Your Community Engaging with Live Chats

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM | 3 minute read


Real-time conversations aren’t always realistic in an online community—the 24/7 access communities provide inherently means collaboration is done on the individuals’ time. But occasionally you want to capitalize on a great event or recent hot topic, and the average discussion posts or resource sharing just won’t cut it.

Have you thought about how you can keep engagement up after a big announcement or a recent event? Consider giving your community members the opportunity to keep the conversation going with live chats, which offer both flexibility and spontaneity.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Engagement, Member Engagement, Online Community

Email Deliverability Is Critical for Your Community's Success

Written by Ben Goodkind on June 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM | 4 minute read

Email deliverability is a priority for Higher Logic, and we succeed in ensuring over 50 million emails per month are delivered safely with low bounce rates. This is how we pull it off. 

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

Your Questions Answered on The 2015 State of Community Management Report

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM | 8 minute read


Want to stay on top of the latest community trends and best practices? Guest bloggers Rachel Happe and Jim Storer, co-founders of The Community Roundtable, offered up their community management insights and resources during Higher Logic’s recent webinar, “The 2015 State of Community Management.” This latest report covered the top trends and best-in-class community methods from the past year. 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management, Online Community Software, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Online Community Marketing Plan: 5 Examples of Retargeting Campaigns that Boost Activity

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM | 5 minute read

You've built an attractive online community, people are logging in but something is missing. A way to maintain that engagement and continually highlight the value of your online community.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Take Advantage of Summertime Community Engagement

Written by Sarah Robinson | on June 16, 2015 at 9:32 AM | 2 minute read

Let us know what you think of our first video blog from guest blogger Sarah Robinson. A full transcript of her video chat also is included below - enjoy!

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Technology Trend Alert: Association and Nonprofit Engagement [Video]

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

Conversations around technology in the world of associations and nonprofits are constantly evolving. There is a steady stream of new research, case studies, and trends saturating the web. So where should you start?

So where should you go to find out where technology is headed and how to avoid common pitfalls?

We recently spoke with Tom Lehman of Lehman Associates, a technology, strategy, and research firm. Tom has over 25 years of research experience in the association and nonprofit markets.

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Topics: Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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