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How to Write Emails Your Association Members Will Open

Written by Katie Oakes on September 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

There are a lot of mediums available when it comes to engaging your customers' or members' social media, your online community, email, etc. Each serves its own purpose and comes with its own set of best practices advantages and disadvantages.

Email is a marketing channel that has shifted in usage and popularity over time, making it increasingly harder to capture the attention of your members. Organizations of all types and sizes have taken to emails as a primary way to get the word out about content offers, program, events, and products. This means that before you can vie for an open, we have to make it out of the spam filter or Outlook's latest clutter folder.  

Regardless of how great your content is, if your association emails aren't getting opened, your message isn't getting out there. Convincing people with overflowing inboxes to click on your email takes a little finesse. Here are some things you can do to improve your open rate.

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Topics: Associations, Communications, Member Engagement

Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community

Written by Katie Oakes on September 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association's organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Typically, one staff member is doing the job of three, so finding volunteers is critical to their sanity.

Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task. Also, the people that you are recruiting are simultaneously being propositioned by other organizations. You're competing against PTA, sports leagues, homework, aging parents, walking the dog, work schedules, even enjoying a night of doing nothing at all. Your members are pulled in different directions and the last thing any of them have is time.

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

How to Make Your Trade Association's Online Community Work

Written by Andy Steggles | on September 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read


Communities benefit all types of organizations—trade associations are no exception. We’re already pretty vocal about how trade associations can use private online communities to collaborate. Now that we’ve (hopefully) convinced you online communities are important in creating value, let’s talk about how to ensure success in your community.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Engagement, 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 Private Member Communities Create Value For Your Association Members

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

We have been involved with ASAE, the "association of association executives," for over 12 years. During this period, we have come across countless resources that inform and shape our approach to online communities. 

Their latest publications are no exception. ASAE Press recently published The Demand Perspective: Leading from the Outside In by Anna Caraveli, PhD.

The book investigates the deficit that exists within a lot of associations when it comes to membership management. Caraveli interviewed over 40 association leaders that were struggling to define their association's role in constantly evolving, and often unforgiving, markets. Every association had the same goals and questions.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

Is Your Community Changing with the Times?

Written by Maddie Grant | on August 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 2 minute read

Today’s “new normal” involves continuous change, which is something the Millennial generation has simply come to expect. But those of us who are older and running things inside associations (including our online communities) have always tried to build things that last. We like consistency. We like things to stay the same. This is a challenge.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Member Communities, Volunteer Management, Online Community

Keeping Score on Your Volunteer Programs

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM | 3 minute read

Does your volunteer program have a scoring system? When it comes to supporting volunteer programs, especially within an online community, the limitation is always staff time and resources. And the best-case scenario is being able to track how individuals’ volunteering efforts and the volunteer program overall impacts your organization. This is where your community can help—develop a score card for your volunteers to participate and track their engagement.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Engagement, Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community, Marketing Automation

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: Millennials, Associations, Member Communities, Communications, 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, Online Community, Marketing Automation

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