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What is Retention Marketing? Plus Three Tips for Doing It Well

Written by Joshua Paul | on December 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM | 4 minute read

Not very long ago all marketing was marketing and all sales were sales. As technology has enabled businesses to efficiently segment their messages in infinite ways, such as prospects, partners, opportunities, and current customers, traditional business development functions have become more  granular as well.

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Topics: Customer Retention, Communications, Customer Success, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Automation Rules for Beginners

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 4 minute read

Automation rules are crucial for community managers -they alleviate daily or repetitive tasks while encouraging member behavior you want to see. If you're lucky enough to have a community platform that supports automation rules - congrats! When you’re starting out, it can be difficult to know where to begin and scary to let go of the reins.

There are so many different directions to take - what are the basic automation rules everyone should know? And what’s the line between helpful and annoying rules?

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

What 15 Year-Olds Can Teach Organizations About Content Strategy

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM | 4 minute read

This guest post is by Jill Andreu, Naylor’s vice president of content strategy and development, and originally appeared on AssociationAdviser.com. Jill is responsible for the overall strategy, direction, leadership and management of Naylor’s editorial department.

A colleague recently told me a story about how his 15-year-old daughter carries out her content strategy on Instagram.

She doesn’t call it content strategy. It’s simply, “Posting photos on Insta.” (Other parents out there probably recognize this slang.) But my colleague noticed that one afternoon, after his daughter snapped a “selfie” of them together, she didn’t immediately post the photo to her Instagram account as usual.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Better Customer Surveys: 6 Ways to Improve Your Results

Written by Katie Oakes on October 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM | 6 minute read

What would it mean to your organization to have consistent insight into your customers' problems and ongoing feedback about your solutions? If you're like most businesses, this information would help your company make smarter decisions in a host of areas.

Helping businesses acquire this valuable data is why the $11+ billion U.S. market research industry is continues to grow. While some companies outsource their customer research, others handle it in-house.

For those companies that manage their customer research themselves, creating and sending a survey to customers is the easy part. It is getting customers to respond where businesses struggle. 

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

Five Fun and Creative Automation Rules

Written by Calista Rollogas | on October 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read


A great tool in any community manager’s tool belt is a well crafted automation rule. It makes life simpler and takes away some emailing tedium.

With so many combinations and ways of creating a rule, the possibilities seem endless. As time goes by, every community manager will develop their own set of rules to help manage their unique community. Yet sometimes the more flexibility and potential – i.e. seemingly limitless automated rules for emails, notifications, events and more – the harder it is to know where to start.

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

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

Why is Building Community Online Essential to Inbound Marketing

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 15, 2015 at 8:15 AM | 4 minute read

What does it mean when you get nine hours of sleep over three days and you still wake up excited about your job? Yes. You are correct. It means that you just attended the INBOUND conference, one of the world's largest gatherings of growth-oriented marketing, sales, product, and support professionals.

Out team recently returned from INBOUND and we are still wired. You may be wondering why we'd send a significant portion of our company to a conference geared largely to marketing and sales people. You may be thinking, Wait a minute! Higher Logic is an online community software company. What does creating an online customer or user community have to do with inbound marketing?

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Topics: Communications, Customer Experience, Customer Communities, Online Community, Marketing Automation

How to Select a Website Domain Name for Your Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on September 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Organizations need to make a lot of choices when they are planning their online customer or member community. These important decisions include how to structure the community, who is in charge of their community's content plan, and which customer groups have access to specific content, features, and discussions.  

However, one of the decisions that causes the most angst among our customers might surprise you: 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Communications, 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

The Importance of Language for Your Community

Written by Ben Rossell | on July 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

Ben Rossell is our summer graphic design intern and a Senior at George Mason University (GMU). Ben enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, and some concept art (especially using oil paints and digital painting), but now is successfully diving into the world of blogging.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Communications, Member Experience, Customer Experience, Online Community

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