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How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky. (Don’t remember what Facebook was like in 2004? Take a trip down memory lane with PCMag.)

Your association’s website is no different. It needs to meet and adapt to your members evolving and increasingly particular needs. Here are six ways that your members’ website expectations have changed in just the last few years and how you can keep up.

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Topics: Marketing, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

Written by Julie Dietz on June 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Email can be overwhelming. Many of us let emails sit, often with good intentions of getting to them later, which results in emails not being opened or read at all.

Email communication suffers when we’re busy or our inboxes are clogged with to-dos. That’s why you need to send your marketing and member emails at the optimal time, when people are most likely to pay attention.  Catch your audience at the right time, and you’ll increase the likelihood of your members opening and engaging with your communication.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Associations, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

What Can Community Professionals Learn from Influencer Marketing?

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Imagine if Google’s Sundar Pichai wrote a guest blog post on your community about the future of cloud computing. Do you think your customers would be excited?

Community professionals often struggle to finds ways of getting one piece of content - a tweet, a video, a blog post, or a discussion thread - to capture your members’ attention, pushing them to engage more. It’s an obstacle many community professionals struggle with - especially since the internet is more vast than ever, making it harder to grab anyone’s attention.

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

Improve Your Customer Retention Program with an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

Many people ask how online communities can bring in new customers. It’s important, but communities aren’t just about growing your customer base. Part of a community’s value comes from something else - retaining existing customers.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Customer Retention, Online Community

Online Communities are Organizational Silo Breakers

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

 

What department should be involved in their organization’s community? Generally, people would say it depends on what type of community it is. Some might say support, since communities are a natural gathering place for customers to seek help. Others might say human resources, if it’s an employee intranet.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, 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 Build the Business Case for Your Association’s Online Community Strategy

Written by Andy Steggles | on February 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

You’ve spent countless hours interviewing members and pouring over data. You’ve researched techniques, combed the internet for tools, and finally come up with a solution.

The best way for your association to provide long-term value to members is with an online community.

It’s perfect. You can increase non-dues revenue with an online store, deliver benefits with user-generated content, and engage members with discussion forums and blog posts.

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Topics: Marketing, Member Communities, Associations, Online Community

What We Love About the New Business Impact of Online Communities Study

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on February 10, 2017 at 8:58 AM | 3 minute read

According to the new Business Impact of Online Communities Study by Leader Networks, which surveyed hundreds of communities, about 35 percent of community leaders surveyed said they lack meaningful metrics to report success in business terms. That’s a sizeable number.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

Four Community Newsletters You Need to Subscribe To

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Where do you turn to for information? Community management is a growing industry, with more resources than ever before - but sometimes it can be hard to find the golden nuggets within the ever increasing sea of content.

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

Community UX Design Research on a Budget

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The look, feel and usability of your community, and online presence as a whole, can make a huge difference in terms of engagement. But what if you don’t have the budget to really dive in, research and optimize your site’s user experience (UX)?

Small organizations are used to figuring out creative workarounds to problems that larger organizations don’t think twice about, like how to manage a community without a full time community manager or maintain a corporate site.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

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