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It's Not All About You: Is Company-Centric Communication Hurting Your Online Community Engagement?

Written by Katie Bapple | on November 6, 2014 at 8:55 AM | 2 minute read

There is a way to communicate smarter and it's quite simple - take your company out of the conversation.

It remains a common practice for companies to use traditional marketing tactics that inundate people with messages of product superiority and boastful "us v. them" claims. But customers generally don't care about what they can do for an organization, they care about what an organization can do for them.

According to a Nielsen Global Survey, up to 77% of people are influenced by word of mouth from close personal connections when making a purchasing decision, compared to 34% who are influenced by the ever-present promotional email.

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Topics: Engagement, Communications, Online Community

How to Increase Online Community Engagement with Better Calls-to-Action

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

The foundation of your online customer community is value. It is the value of the information, discussions, and connections that turn an initial visit to the community into a habit. It is things that are important to your community members and worth their time that motivates them to visit, click, and contribute.

To that end, your community management team works tirelessly to support your online community's value proposition and provide engagement opportunities ranging from social participation to live events to learning about how they can expand their relationship with your organization through additional products and services.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Why People Contribute in Private Online Communities [Engagement Tips]

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM | 4 minute read

People have lots of outlets and opportunities to "talk" online. There's no shortage of large social networks out there to soak up their attention. Yet, despite having so many options, people still participate heavily in private online customer or member communities.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How to Get Your Leadership Team to Participate in Your Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

While you're in trouble if your senior management team doesn't understand or buy into your online community strategy, does it really matter if they themselves don't participate?

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How to Get Buy-In for Your Online Community Strategy From Even Your Craziest Stakeholders

Written by Joshua Paul | on May 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Very few organizations with established an customer base or membership where building communities is not a smart long-term strategy.

When you're pitching your online community strategy, you will probably meet some resistance from various stakeholders in your organization. They will layout arguments that begin with, "Here is why an online community won't work at our organization."

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How to Create a Best-In-Class Online Community [Data]

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The super-smart team at The Community Roundtable recently released the 2014 State of Community Management report. With social technology and business strategies evolving at a rapid pace, they do a great job adapting each year's report to reveal information that is useful to today's business leaders.

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Six Community Spring Cleaning Tips

Written by Heather McNair on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read

Spring has sprung (although you wouldn't know it by frigid temperatures and snow covered lawns). For me, there are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. It is an opportunity to open the windows, let some fresh air in, and rid ourselves of those dust bunnies. Before you wrap up your spring cleaning, don't forget to spring clean your online community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media, Marketing, Engagement, Online Community

Lessons for Online Community Managers from Ellen's "Tweet Heard 'Round the World"

Written by Joshua Paul | on March 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM | 4 minute read

Many in the media have said that the 2014 Oscars were the most successful in history. More people watched the broadcast; more people enjoyed the show; and more people kept talking about it online and otherwise once the lights went down.

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Topics: Social Media, Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Which is More Important in Online Communities: Engagement or Satisfaction?

Written by Andy Steggles | on February 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read

A few weeks ago, Joe Rominiecki wrote a good article addressing the fallacy that higher member engagement leads to higher renewal rates. Instead, he points to Sheri Jacob's new book asserting that it's actually member satisfaction rather than member engagement that drives renewals.

I absolutely agree with Sheri but there is one fundamental flaw with Joe's article: The assumption that the act of consuming content is not an act of engagement. Consumers of content (or "lurkers" as we like to call them) are engaged, it's just a different type of engagement.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community Management, Online Community

Lurkers Rock! Who Says They Offer No Value?

Written by Andy Steggles | on November 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

It's been awhile since the ASAE Annual Meeting, but I recently came across an Associations Now re-hash of a few sessions, including the one by friends Ben Martin and John Chen that sparked so much commentary about the value - or lack thereof - of lurkers in online communities.

Just to clarify, a "lurker" is a common term for someone who consumes content but does not create content, i.e. they read but don't create. I have to say that I totally disagree with the idea that lurkers are of no value in online communities. I see every lurker as both an asset to the community just by virtue of lurking, after all, if your members didn't read/consume/lurk, then it'd be much more unlikely that other members would create. Also, keep in mind that every lurker is a potential future contributor.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

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