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2015 Association TRENDS Partner of the Year: Thank You

Written by Andy Steggles | on February 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM | 3 minute read

For those of you who don't know, I'm currently in my third, decade-long career. I left school at 15 years old with absolutely no idea what to do.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Associations, Online Community

Get Ready for Transparency

Written by Maddie Grant | on January 27, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 3 minute read

For decades it has been understood that information should only be shared with the people who truly "need to know" it. Part of this was driven by efficiency. It would take a significant amount of time and effort to communicate everything to everybody, particularly before the Internet, so we made careful choices about what information we shared with whom.

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

Preparing Your Community for the Digital Generation

Written by Maddie Grant | on December 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM | 3 minute read

In a few years, the Millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2004) will be the single largest segment of the workforce - a spot they will hold for decades to come. That means they are likely to become the most important part of your online community, and like every generation before them, they are entering the scene with some different perspectives on how the world works and their roles in it. Understanding this generation a little better will not only help you attract them, but retain them.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

Creating Great Content Through Your Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on October 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 2 minute read

Online communities pride themselves on bringing innovation to the member experience. To be an innovator in the community space means tackling new ways to communicate and offering useful content to members on a regular basis. Some of the best content creation ideas come from our own clients. Check out Higher Logic's top five for content creation that you can implement right away.

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

CASE, ILTA and SPE Chat About Online Community Engagement Success

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on September 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 2 minute read

Clients of Higher Logic and Personify came together last week to discuss the best ways to take advantage of both platforms, and to increase community activity and communication. Currently, over 47 mutual association clients have utilized the Personify Gold Star Integration and Activity Sync back to their databases to offer single-sign-on, secure data exchange and find new engagement opportunities for their online communities.

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

ASAE Annual in the Music City: Sounds Like a Great Opportunity!

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 2 minute read

The Higher Logic team is excited to head south to Nashville for this year's ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo. There's plenty to see and do in the Music City, so don't settle for work or play - take advantage of both! On your way to and from ASAE, make sure to check out these Higher Logic-approved activities. And don't forget to tweet your favorites to us at #ASAE14.

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Topics: Communications, Associations, Online Community

How to Successfully Upgrade from a Listserv to an Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

There was a time when email listservs were the new kid on the block.

Short for "mailing list server," your listserv has probably served your association or membership organization well over the last decade or two. You've been able to easily send out automated emails to segmented lists and your members have enjoyed reply-all options that allow them to easily communicate with the group.

During their heyday, listservs made a huge difference in member interaction and association communication. However, they're now competing with new options that have additional opportunities for member engagement and membership value.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

Why Your Online Community Needs the Board of Directors

Written by Andy Steggles | on July 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read

What's the one thing almost all associations have in common? It's formal volunteer leadership programs. Volunteer leaders are highly visible, engaged MVPs in the association, lending credibility and encouraging other members to attend events and participate in activities. There are volunteer trainings, guidelines and formal committee structures and procedures, all of which boost the program's credibility and desirability; members aspire to join the ranks of these MVPs.

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

How to Use Data from Your Private Online Community to Make Better Decisions

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Running a private online community for your association comes with its fair share of decisions"”from the daily steering of the community to quarterly strategic adjustment. In fact, managing your association's online member community is often viewed as a microcosm of overall association management. As an association executive, it's your job to make the choices that will keep your association members engaged and looking to your community as a valuable resource.

However, without the right information driving those decisions, the choices that come with managing an association (or an online member community) can seem overwhelming.

That's why you need a little bit of the "good stuff"" and why we're happy to share this new whitepaper from our friends, Peter Houstler, CEO of Mariner Management and Marketing, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CEO of Spark Consulting.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

The Pros and Cons of Auto-Login for Discussion Emails

Written by Andy Steggles | on July 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM | 3 minute read

A topic of frequent interest and debate among Higher Logic clients is the auto-login feature. Auto-login embeds a user's credentials into community discussion group emails, enabling users to click on links in emails generated by the community platform to engage in the community site without having to manually log in.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

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