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The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

Written by Mark Ace on April 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things. Its solar-powered U-lock connects to smartphones to provide keyless security access, detect thefts and sense crashes.

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Topics: Communications, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

6 Quick Website Tweaks that Make a Big Impact

Written by Julie Dietz on February 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

If you watch budget design shows on TV, you know that one of the designers’ favorite tricks is paint. It’s cheap, fast, and gives a whole new look to furniture and walls. Rarely do you see a makeover on a budget that doesn’t at least paint an accent wall. White walls hardly ever remain white.

Websites are the white wall of your marketing plan. You can make little changes to pique people’s interest and move potential customers and members further down the sales funnel.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Get Your Customers to Sell and Market for You

Written by Julie Dietz on January 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

You'll easily pay $300-$500 for a new vacuum cleaner. That's why, when I needed to buy a new one recently, I didn't take the decision lightly. I spent over 50 hours researching vacuums online. I went to multiple stores, testing several vacuums as well as questioning the people selling them. I was looking for a clear idea of the winners and losing in the category.

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Topics: Customer Advocacy, Marketing Automation, Online Community

12 Top Association Articles from 2016

Written by Christina Green | on December 28, 2016 at 8:45 AM | 5 minute read

Remember Cliffs Notes, the popular synopses of required reading and classic literature? For some of us, they were a go-to back in high school. They condense a tome like War and Peace into 25-30 pages, giving you the highlights along with a few symbolic references that high school English teachers eat up.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Five Social Media Marketing Trends for 2017

Written by John Foley, Jr. | on December 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

In social media marketing, whenever a door closes, another one has opened. Changes in technology constantly give marketers new opportunities while making old options obsolete. The quicker your association adapts, the better you will be at using social media to your advantage. 

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

4 Ways to Use Nostalgia to Grab Your Customers' or Members' Attention

Written by Christina Green | on December 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Author Tom Wolfe made a statement with the title of his novel, You Can't Go Home Again.

Maybe he's right that we can't go back to our childhood rooms or the other good times in our lives, but you certainly can remember them through nostalgia. And many of us do. For better or worse, nostalgia can be an influential force in all our lives, one which associations and businesses can harness to build engagement.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

What's Next? 6 Membership Trends to Watch in 2017

Written by Christina Green | on December 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It seems like only yesterday we were worried about what would happen when the computers hit the year 2000. Now it's nearly 2017 and a lot has changed.

Just think about technology. I was watching a movie from 2001 recently and one of the main characters had a laptop. They said the word "laptop" with the same reverence of someone talking about the "goose that laid the golden egg." In 2001, a laptop was a prized possession. Most families had only a desktop because at that time, laptops cost twice as much. Only traveling businessmen cutting-edge techies had them.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

5 Factors that Can Make or Break Your Association Website Redesign

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

There was wood everywhere. Paper on the floor, nails on what was left of the counter, and a paint-splattered drop cloth was all that protected the kitchen tile. It was a mess.

That's how my kitchen looked during its recent upgrade. The end result was beautiful, but redoing an entire room was a huge undertaking.

It took weeks to finish, cost a fortune, and there were probably at least half a dozen considerations that I didn't fully think through before work got started.

That's how a website redesign feels.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

3 Things Your Conference Attendees Want to Do on Their Phones [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on December 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

77% of people say that when they're attending live events they often (or always) use their smartphones for business. Another 13% say they sometimes use their smartphones, while only 10% say they rarely or never use their phones.

That means that 90% of your event attendees are on their smartphones.

So where are you?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

5 Must-Haves for Your Mobile Event Experience

Written by Julie Dietz on December 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

I hated the last event app I used.

Every time I opened it, I had to sign in all over again. It didn't save my login information, so I had to manually type in my email address and password multiple times a day.

Then, to make matters worse, the app didn't have all the information I needed. It didn't include the event emails detailing lunch options (I had to dig through my inbox), nor did it have session surveys or a map of the conference center.

Have you ever used an app like that?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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