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You Could Just Set It and Forget It with Marketing Automation…But Don’t!

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 5, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

If you are under the impression that “set it and forget it” is a successful strategy for using marketing automation software, I release you from this spell.

People will say one of the benefits of marketing automation software is that you can simply put the software in action and then let your automated campaigns go their merry way. But just because you have the ability to set your automation rules and then forget about them doesn’t mean this type of strategy will be the most effective.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Marketing, Social Media, Email Marketing

How to Create Engaging Online Discussions: 7 Tips for Community Managers

Written by Simona Ciampi on May 31, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 5 minute read

Often, and especially early on in the life of an online community, the community manager is the one who has to start discussions. If you’re a community manager, I’m sure you know from experience that creating an engaging discussion is not easy. For example, asking someone what they think about an article and just putting the link out there is not typically enough.

There are a few handy techniques you can use when creating a conversation to facilitate more interaction.

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

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on May 30, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 3 minute read

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post.

Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

This post discusses three common questions about the relationship between marketing automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Marketing, Engagement, Customer Experience, Member Experience

How an Online Community Meets 3 Needs You Didn’t Know You Had

Written by Elizabeth Bell on May 22, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 4 minute read

 

There’s a lot of hype around online communities now. But does that mean your organization really needs one?

You’re not alone. You or your stakeholders may be skeptical about launching an online community – after all, no one’s really asking for one yet. Why invest in something that may not seem like an urgent need? You’re right to ask questions and be concerned. You want to invest your time and money into improvements that will bring value to your organization, and it’s not feasible to put them into just any project.

Every organization is different, with a special product, industry niche, or value proposition for its members. But an online community addresses three challenges every organization has:

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Topics: Online Community, Collaboration Tools, Online Community Software, Member Retention, Customer Retention

Who Should Own Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on May 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every business project needs an owner. Someone who will work with colleagues and stakeholders to develop goals and a strategy, then implement that strategy. Often these owners aren’t just single people. They’re entire teams or departments.

That’s the way it is with online communities. One person may take the lead, but it’s teamwork that makes a community successful. Which brings us to the question at hand: Who should own your online community?

While communities are organization-wide initiatives, the team directly responsible for your community has a huge impact on its success.

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Topics: Online Community

3 Ways Community Managers Can Combat Occupational Burnout

Written by Jenny Taylor | on May 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every job is stressful in its own right-- it is called a job and not recess after all. Community management is no exception. In fact, the nature of community management makes us at risk for occupational burnout.

Occupational burnout is defined as: the emotional fatigue, reduced feeling of accomplishment, and depersonalization incurred from long-term job stress. There is a real danger of burnout when it comes to a role like community manager.

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Topics: Online Community, Online Community Management

Google's Push to Purge Your Low-Engagement Emails

Written by Sara Maloney on May 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 4 minute read

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In the last few months, Google added a feature to users' Gmail accounts. It's meant to help you easily unsubscribe from emails, and it looks something like this:

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Email Marketing, Email Deliverability, Member Engagement, Customer Engagement

5 Expert Tips to Revamp Your Event Management Strategy

Written by Jake Fabbri on May 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

Your events can be the highlight of your member community experience! Especially for communities spread out over a wide geographic area, a monthly or yearly gathering is an exciting event to look forward to.

To keep members excited about attending, your events need to be better every year than they were the last. On one level, that means bringing back the most popular sessions, speakers, and sponsors your attendees loved.

But the member experience is more than just speakers and merchandise. You also need sustainable, behind-the-scenes management processes and tools to help you pull off a seamless event every time.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Associations

4 Ways to Take the Confusion Out of Your Marketing Automation Platform

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on April 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

 

I am definitely one of those people who loves and needs to have the latest gadgets. When it comes to new smart phones, operating systems, gaming consoles, and audio gadgets, I covet them until they are mine.

However, more than once I’ve lusted after the latest tech toy, only to get home and let it die of loneliness in a drawer or on a shelf somewhere, because I couldn’t immediately figure it out on my own and gave up.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Email Marketing, Marketing, Communications

3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Written by Heather Arkwright | on April 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Associations and nonprofits are always trying to make more of an impact with less – less money, less staff, less resources. It’s made them some of the more creative and efficient organizations we’ve ever seen.

But there’s still one piece of software you may not be using at full capacity: your volunteer management platform. Volunteer tools are standard for associations and nonprofits, and they can be used for much more than just standard volunteer tasks.

To help cut down your tech budget and get more done, we’ve put together a list of the features most volunteer software has and creative ways you can use those tools to fulfill other, less traditional volunteer needs.

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Topics: Online Community, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Volunteer Management

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