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PREVIEW: Key Findings from the 2016 Community Benchmarking Study

Written by Andy Steggles | on December 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read


How has community engagement evolved, from setting benchmarks to developing custom measurements for your organization? 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Richard Millington on Getting Unstuck and Achieving Your Community’s Big Wins

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Is your community stuck? Or, worse, is it stuck and you don’t even know it?

Richard Millington’s Super Forum breakout session was about just that - figuring out if your community is stuck and, if so, how to successfully move on.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids” [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on December 5, 2016 at 8:45 AM | 7 minute read

Based in Columbia, Maryland, Protech Associates, Inc. provides cloud association management software powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM and run on the Microsoft Azure cloud. The organization has dedicated more than 30 years to exclusively serving the association community and is continuously looking for ways to improve the products and services it delivers.

In early 2015, Protech realized it needed an online community to enhance its customer support experience. Protech Director of Customer Care Matt Bruffey spearheaded the project, which has become one of Protech’s most valuable benefits for its customers.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, User Group Communities, Customer Support, Online Community

How Should You Measure Your Community's Engagement and Satisfaction?

Written by Andy Steggles | on November 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

If you feel like you’re caught trying to go upstream in a surging metrics river, you’re not alone.

But we do have to measure our community activity and member behavior to get a handle on customer satisfaction. The health of a community is dependent on the health of customers’ interactions and feedback.

So we’re faced with two questions: what should we measure, and how? This is when the impending flood of metrics advice and tools looms again. This is when we need to take a step back and define what community success is. To do that, engagement and satisfaction should be separate.

Celebrate and encourage engagement. Focus on collecting and tracking customer feedback. Measure both to see satisfaction trends.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

The 2016 Super Forum Community Expert Panel: Highlights

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

We were honored to host four renowned community thought leaders at this year’s Super Forum. It was a vibrant discussion that included data versus passion in community, engagement as it relates to retention, the state of community management, and influencing community behavior.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

The Objectives Behind Creating Your Online Community

Written by Lauren Perkins | on November 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Creating a community may seem like a daunting task. This month we will describe some of the main objectives that will help streamline the process. If you already have a community, these objectives can help you validate the value while re-grounding your team and stakeholders.

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

World Usability Day: A Day to Be Celebrated

Written by Lauren Janik on November 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 2 minute read

There seems to be a “day” for everything. There’s National Groundhog Day. I’m writing this blog on Use Your Common Sense Day. And who doesn’t love International Talk Like a Pirate Day? There are also days that should be taken more seriously, such as World Cancer Day and Giving Tuesday. There are even days to celebrate things you love, such as World Jazz Day. And the list goes on.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

This, Not That: Images for Your Online Community

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on October 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Online communities are notoriously difficult to visualize. I’m often asked how I keep finding new, interesting and accurate images to represent online communities and related industry subjects.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

When Community Members Dive into Politics

Written by Jenny Taylor | on October 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM | 5 minute read

Election years are always contentious, but especially these days. It’s one thing to debate or talk with friends -- maybe even family? -- but it’s another when those conversations end up on your community. Even if you think most members generally see eye to eye, people still have different opinions, which can lead to tension or full blown arguments.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Should Lurkers Be Called 'Lurkers'?

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 12, 2016 at 8:26 AM | 4 minute read

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, Online Community

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