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If 70% of Online Communities Fail, What Does That Mean for You?

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM | 6 minute read

If there's one thing the Internet is chock full of, it's statistics. With a cursory amount of Googling, you can find a stat for just about anything.

Naturally, due to the ability to track so many metrics, there is a lot of data about what works and what doesn't in digital marketing and social networking.

Here's one of the most commonly referenced stats about online communities:

70% of online communities fail.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Great Newsletter Tactics for Communicating with Your Community

Written by Sarah Robinson | on May 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM | 3 minute read


One of the biggest frustrations I hear from community managers centers around how to communicate with members in an effective way (i.e. the information actually gets read!). I belong to a lot of communities, so I’m on the receiving end of these types of communications every day. My inbox is flooded with it, in fact. To be honest, I delete most of it before I even open it. But what doesn’t get deleted? What really grabs my attention and keeps me coming back? I’d like to share three real-life examples.


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

How to Optimize Your Customer Experience by Surveying Your Online Community Members

Written by Katie Oakes on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 AM | 7 minute read

In the field of online community management, we talk a lot about data-driven decisions and reading online community metrics. Since online community platforms are one of the hottest business technologies of this decade, the analytics tools that track community members’ behavior get the lion’s share of the attention.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Experience, Online Community

How to Increase Online Community Participation Using Retargeting

Written by Katie Oakes on May 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The most frequently asked questions in community management: How can I increase participation in my online community? Community managers are constantly thinking up new ways to get people to come back to the community and convert on various calls-to-action

Regardless of whether the goal is to encourage community members to consume more content, participate in more discussions, complete a survey, or register for a new event, the goal is always the same: engagement. That's why community managers work hard to turn participation into long-term engagement.

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

Six Tips for Creating a Compelling Online Presence

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on May 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 2 minute read

Engagement and collaboration should be at the top of the list for best online experience. It might seem like creating cohesion for your organization, your communities and your brand can seem an insurmountable task, but you probably already have great content and brand advocates on your side.

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

Five Online Community Metrics Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

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

In his efforts to fix the world's biggest problems, it is no secret that Bill Gates (and his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) leverages his vast wealth to do research, put operations on the ground all over the world, and invest in innovation that will help millions of people.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

The Ultimate Guide to Launching an Online Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on April 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM | 7 minute read

If you have never launched an online community before, it can be a daunting task. Developing a new, long term component of your organization's strategy from scratch means you are in charge of the building blocks that will ultimately support or impinge the investment's success. How the online community is positioned and put together from day one is critical. The key is to prepare, assess and strategize. With simple planning and a clear vision, a smooth and successful launch is easier than you ever anticipated. 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

3 Reasons to Bring Customers' Voices Together with an Online Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on April 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 2 minute read

The ultimate question: how do we make our customers happy?

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Experience, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Private Online Communities: How to Write Headlines that Drive Engagement

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM | 5 minute read

We live in a world that is saturated with more content than any one person can consume. You see in every time you open your browser, tap an app in your phone, check your inbox, or scroll through your social stream. If you're experiencing content overload online, you can bet that your customers are too.

So how do you cut through the noise to get eyes to your private online community?

Building a private online customer or member community requires a commitment to consistently growing engagement over time, with the ultimate goal of creating a social space where people can come together to share values and experiences. Marketers and community managers have one large challenge in common.

The challenge:
Convince your busy target audience to take precious time out of their lives to engage with your company or organization.
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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

The Top 3 Things We Learned From National Volunteer Week

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on April 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM | 2 minute read

Last week was chock-full of events and activities for 2015's National Volunteer Week. If you feel like it went by in a flash and you may have missed something great, head over to our Learning Series post-webinar page—it includes all sorts of volunteer tips, advice and reviews.

In the meantime, we’ve pulled together our favorite volunteer tactics we learned from two leading innovators on the topic: Peggy Hoffman, CAE, of Mariner Management, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, of Spark Consulting. How do you reward and recognize volunteerism in your organization today? Employing new volunteerism concepts like adhocracy, micro volunteering and virtual volunteering can demonstrate real world impact if you are looking to involve new members and users.

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Topics: Volunteer Management

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