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What Startups Know About Building Community That Many Bigger Businesses Are Just Finding Out

Written by Joshua Paul | on March 10, 2015 at 9:20 AM | 5 minute read

The significant increase in online community management blogs, resources, and services over the past couple of years suggests that online community strategies are rapidly moving into main stream business strategy discussions. However, for some corners of the business landscape, it's already there. As usual, tech startups are leading the way in making effective use of this emerging approach to marketing and customer management.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Advocacy, Customer Retention, Online Community

Creating a Private Online Community: Guide to Creating a Content Calendar

Written by Katie Oakes on March 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When your private online community is just getting off the ground, there won't be much there. As more people join and participate in the community, the engagement opportunities for members will grow over time. However, in order to establish a clear value proposition for joining and participating from the very beginning of your launch you need content – original, useful, exclusive content.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

The Bigger Picture on Why Millennials Matter

Written by Maddie Grant | on February 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM | 3 minute read

Last week I did a webinar for the Higher Logic Learning Series (with my co-author, Jamie Notter) that talked about some of the research and findings in our new book, When Millennials Take Over. You can watch the whole webinar via the embedded video below:

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Topics: Millennials, Online Community

The 4 Qualities That Set Extraordinary Online Community Managers Apart

Written by Katie Bapple | on February 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 6 minute read

I've worked directly with a large variety of online community professionals. Throughout those experiences, I have discovered something that may sound obvious, but is critical to get out in the open:

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

What is the Difference Between an Open Online Community vs. a Private Online Community?

Written by Katie Oakes on February 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

To open or not to open an online community? This is not the only question. Once you've decided to build an online community you're going to need more than just software. You need to clearly understand your business goals and target audience's problems to find the appropriate solution.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

6 Ways to Avoid an Online Community Implementation Nightmare

Written by Joshua Paul | on February 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | 5 minute read

On the surface, an active, well-managed online community may seem like an easy strategy to implement at your organization.

Pick a platform. Start some discussions. Tell your customers or members about it. And you now have an online community. Right?

You may have even participated in strong online communities and thought to yourself, "Hey, we can do that." And while, yes, you certainly can, it's important to recognize the upfront planning work that goes into launching a successful community.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Private Online Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on February 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM | 2 minute read

At Higher Logic, we've always believed that the key to engaging members, customers and constituents is through building a private community over which your organization has control, rather than building that community on a public social media site. But because of the popularity of sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn - and the fact that those platforms are free (although the time your staff spends managing them is not) - many organizations think that member engagement efforts are better spent on those free social channels than on an owned community or collaboration platform.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Communities, Member Communities, Social Media, Online Community

Planning a Private Social Network: How to Structure the Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on February 20, 2015 at 9:25 AM | 4 minute read

One of the most important decisions you'll make in the early stages of planning your organization's private online community is the structure of your interactive spaces.

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

Using Moderation and Marketing to Improve Your Community ROI

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on February 19, 2015 at 4:57 PM | 4 minute read

Our guest blogger Judi Huck is the communications specialist at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), which has a community on the Higher Logic platform. She is based in New York and currently working her way through every park and museum in the five boroughs. Connect with her on Twitter @7Huck or on LinkedIn.

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

How to Sell Your Online Community Strategy to Your Boss: A Proven Framework

Written by Joshua Paul | on February 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Even though online communities have proven to be an effective strategy for many businesses, you can't expect everyone in your organization to fully understand the potential right out of the gate. Whenever you're proposing an emerging strategy, such as bringing your customers, partners, and employees together into an online customer community, you have to work a little bit harder to convince others of the value - even if, to you, it seems quite obvious.

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

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