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Should Lurkers Be Called 'Lurkers'?

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 12, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Would you rather be called a ‘lurker’ or a ‘wallflower’?

Language is an important factor when creating an online community. Developing specific words or phrases can deepen a sense of community amongst your members, giving them the feeling of being on the “inside” or part of an exclusive group. Language can also influence engagement, depending on how positively -- or negatively -- members feel about your word choices.

Which leads us to this question: should we call lurkers ‘lurkers’?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

Dynamic Communities Spurs Engagement and Conversation for Microsoft User Groups

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on October 10, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Dynamic Communities, Inc. is the administrative organization behind professional software user groups such as the Dynamics AX User Group (AXUG), the Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG), the Dynamics CRM User Group (CRMUG), the Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG), and more. Formed to ease the burden on the volunteer leaders of these Microsoft application-focused user groups, Dynamic Communities is committed to serving the needs of its members and helping each organization to grow. In total, more than 95,000 members participate in Dynamic Communities-managed user groups.

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Topics: Engagement, User Group Communities

How to Get Amazon-Level Personalization (With No Extra Effort)

Written by Julie Dietz on October 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM

I'm attending a wedding next month. This is a wedding without a gift registry, which should be illegal because I spent well over an hour scrolling through "wedding gifts" on Amazon before I figured out what to give the happy couple.

Gift hunting was exhausting and stressful, so I waited until the next day to look for a dress to wear. That, however, went much faster. As soon as I logged on to Amazon I was shown some beautiful, wedding-appropriate dresses (along with a few "congratulations" greeting cards). The dresses were Amazon's suggestion, and that personalized recommendation created an ideal online experience for me.

Amazon is a master at this. They're incredibly effective at engaging their audience through personalization, including on-screen purchase suggestions and personalized emails.

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Topics: Engagement

Don't Overlook the Power of Online Community Micro-Influencers

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Ok, name the first social media influencer who comes to mind. Got it?

You probably thought of a Kardashian or Jenner. They’re all over the news and social media, and even if you don’t pay attention, it’s hard to avoid them. And companies definitely take notice -- one tweet or Instagram post from a Kardashian or Jenner can make or break a product (and can cost tons of money). But are they really as influential as they seem?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Marketing

Establishing the Business Value of Online Communities

Written by Lauren Perkins | on September 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We can all agree that every organization's CEO and leadership team is accountable for determining what adds value to the business. The very best ones are focused on creating and delivering value for all stakeholders inside and outside of the organization. It is natural that the first question they ask when we talk about community is: Can community affect the bottom line? And if so, how?

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Engagement

Can Email Make Online Community Gamification Fun?

Written by Heather Arkwright | on September 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Watching the adrenaline-inducing Olympics inspired me to think about ways community professionals can refine our own systems for awarding our community users. How can we make gamification more authentic and fun?

At this point, community professionals are all pretty well-versed in the value of enacting gamification campaigns for our communities. But another crucial part of gamification -- one that’s often overlooked -- is alerting members via email.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

Turn Your 'Over Eager' Online Community Members into Super Users

Written by Heather McNair on September 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Do you have one member -- or several -- whose engagement is off the charts?

Every time the average member posts, one of your over eager member posts many more times, far outshining the runner up. It might seem overwhelming, but don’t fret -- you actually hit a goldmine.

Congratulations -- you just found a super user.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

Mobilize Members: How Online Community Can Change the Election Landscape

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Elections. The national election is on almost everyone’s mind these days (for better or worse).

But how many of your members are thinking about your organization’s board elections? Probably not as many people as you’d like.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement

Make Your Community a Habit

Written by Rob Hefferon on September 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? If you’re like me, you may have instinctively rolled over and grabbed your phone to check your Facebook news feed. Once I login, I post comments, respond to friends, and share content. Wouldn’t your community benefit from this level of engagement from your members?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Social Media

How the Membership Economy Supports Community: An Interview with Robbie Kellman Baxter

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on September 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Robbie Kellman Baxter is the author of “The Membership Economy.” We had the chance to chat with Robbie about the Membership Economy and how to successfully apply this approach to online communities - here are the highlights.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Marketing

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