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NAASF Crowdsources Customer Support and Advocacy with Online Community [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

The North American Association of Subway® Franchisees (NAASF) uses online community to advocate for members and solve industry problems for fast food franchises. Franchisees want to communicate with each other and share resources and best practices, but they don't always want franchisors steering those conversations. NAASF recognized a communication challenge and set out to develop a better system for its franchisees to gather and share knowledge.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Customer Support, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Build a Better Organization with Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Community will help your customer relationships -- they’ll feel more connected to you and to other people who use your product.

But will community help your entire organization?

You bet.

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

How to Implement a Customer Portal Platform

Written by Julie Dietz on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

So, you've decided to launch a customer portal. You're now one step closer to creating a gateway for your customers to connect and collaborate with your company. Your new portal can become a central part of your customer retention strategy and help you expand your relationship with customers as soon as people start using it.

You're living the customer experience dream, right? Not quite. Before you reap the benefits, you need to actually set up, or implement, your customer portal platform.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Engagement, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

How to Identify Customers that Might Leave You

Written by Julie Dietz on April 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It's a recurring nightmare for those of us in the business world: your customers flocking to your competitors in droves, leaving you behind. Not only does it feel like a failure, but losing customers costs you revenue. According to Bain & Company, even a 5% increase in customer retention can produce more than a 25% increase in profit. That, along with your business nightmares, should be enough to motivate you to improve retention.

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

Selecting and Purchasing a Customer Portal Platform: How to Get Started

Written by Julie Dietz on April 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

It's like choosing the perfect car. It has to be the right make, model, and have all the fancy features you could dream of. But with so many choices, making a decision takes hard work, hours of research, and even a few test drives.

Choosing the right customer portal platform for your organization is no different. There are so many options that selecting the right customer portal platform for your organization has become a major obstacle. How do you know which one is best for you? How do you choose between the different features?

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

How to Use Your Online Community to Improve Customer Service

Written by Christina Green | on April 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

In today's global economy, you're no longer competing with just the businesses in your town. You're competing around the world, and you may offer similar products and services to half a dozen other vendors, maybe more. You need a way to differentiate yourself outside of product and price, which can only be tweaked so much.

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

The Power of Transparency: How BART Responded to Angry Riders

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Usually, when you tweet a 140 character rant at a public transportation account, nothing happens. If you’re lucky, you’ll get retweeted by someone else. But most likely your tweet just ends up in a feed with dozens of other similarly angry tweets venting about delays and congestion during rush hour.

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Topics: Social Media, Customer Support, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Reduce Customer Support Costs the Community Way

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Do you want to make customer support fun for your customers?

And save money for your company?

Communities purpose varies, from growing brand awareness and loyalty to gaining valuable insight into your product. But one area communities are particularly effective in is reducing customer support costs -- Gartner found that communities reduce support costs for companies by 50 percent. And reducing support cost is a top three reason 30 percent of companies start a community, according to the in CMX and Leader Networks Keys to Community Readiness and Growth study.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Support, Online Community

The Top 5 Reasons Why Companies Launch Branded Online Communities (and Why Some Succeed) [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on March 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

According to a recent study from leading social and community business researchers Leader Networks and CMX, the marketplace is seeing a revolutionizing shift in both business and marketing behavior. Instead of focusing on traditional advertising and cost reduction businesses and associations are focusing on their relationships with customers to improve satisfaction and add value for existing and potential customers.

That means companies are increasingly looking to their customers as the source of their success and looking for more feedback on products, services, and practices.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Customer Retention, Customer Support, Online Community

Communities Help the Buyer's Journey

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on February 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 5 minute read

A community isn’t just an afterthought for your customers. And it isn’t only valuable once the deal is sealed and you sold them your product or services. Communities can support both you, your team and your customers throughout the buyers journey; every step of the way, from evaluation, decision, retention and, ultimately, creating customer loyalty.

It’s important to think of your customer relationship as starting long before the first contact. Rather than the transaction solidifying a relationship, it’s the relationship that triggers the transaction -- as it did for this man. A relationship with a potential customer begins before you even know them; in a community, they see how you interact with your current customers and how customers interact with each other.

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

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