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3 Smart People Who Know How Important Online Customer Communities Will Be to Digital Marketing in 2015

Written by Joshua Paul | on February 3, 2015 at 8:35 AM | 5 minute read

It's no secret that we're big fans of online customer communities and what they are doing for businesses. Obviously, if you follow this blog even a little bit, you're probably well aware of what a great asset online communities are to marketing, sales, support, and product management teams. And while that opinion might seem a little biased, it also comes from a genuine belief in the benefits of highly engaged customers and the enormous potential for company growth that comes from having better customer relationships.

However, while we've been singing the praises of customer communities for quite a while now as we watch our customer repeat the rewards of their online community strategies, it's always nice to see other important figures in the business and marketing world join in the chorus.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Why Online Customer Communities Need a Purpose Bigger Than Building Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on December 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 5 minute read

A few years ago, I penned what I believe is still one of the most concise and clear definitions of social business:

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community Management, Online Community

The Evolution of Community and the Customer Experience

Written by Mark Lowry on October 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM | 2 minute read

Forward thinking organizations are moving away from traditional help desk models. No longer do customers need to sit and wait for an automated support queue - they can and should expect real-time responses. An integrated service model for customers, including a support portal, social media engagement and an online community, can provide faster response times and give customers and members the option as to how they interact with the organization. In addition, the idea of crowd sourcing content for a robust knowledge base from your best experts, your customers, has taken hold.

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

Why Creating an Online Customer Community is the Ultimate Post-Sale Inbound Strategy

Written by Joshua Paul | on October 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 6 minute read

At this point, you're probably tired of hearing about inbound strategies. However, there's a reason inbound marketing, sales, and customer communication has changed the way people do business. There's a reason they're so popular.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Advocacy, Customer Success

How to Generate Compelling Content Ideas for Your Online Customer or Member Community [Infographic]

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When your private online customer or member community is in its early stages, you have to rely heavily on content as the driving force that brings people in. Your online community is not just competing against other communities and social spaces, but other priorities as well.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community

The Evolution of Customer Engagement: Where is Your Business?

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM | 5 minute read

The information age has changed a lot about the way we do things. Companies are marketing products differently, consumers are shopping for those solutions differently, and customer engagement has become more important than ever.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, Customer Communities, Online Community

Think You Know Your Market? 13 High-Value Insights from Your Online Customer Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 6 minute read

In many cases, your organization is only as good as your insight into your market. This market data is the foundation of decisions about everything from products to positioning to messaging.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Success, Customer Support, Online Community

Where Do Businesses Get the Most ROI from Online Customer Communities?

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

Creating an effective customer experience is a top priority for many companies right now. Businesses are spending a lot of time and money trying to understand and properly address both the pre-sales and post-purchase opportunities to engage their customers.

A CEI survey from last year revealed that 86% of buyers would rather pay more for a better customer experience"”but only 1% reported getting the experience they wanted. With such stark data indicating what customers want, why is it so difficult for so many companies to live up to customer expectations?

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

How to Increase Engagement in Your Private Online Community: Six Things to Share

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Your private online community is only as good as the value it offers members. With as busy as your target audience is, your community has to offer them something of useful and exclusive value to capture their attention, especially among all the other competing forces in their online, work, and personal lives.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Online Community

Six Strategies for Crowdsourcing Ideas in Your Online Customer Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM | 5 minute read

You work hard to add people, content, and tools to your private social community that provide value to your customers or members and keeps them coming back.

However, that is only one half of an effective social community strategy. The best customer community strategies balance benefits to community members with leveraging the community to the meet business-level goals of the host organization.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Online Community

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