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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

How to Make Your Events More Inclusive

Written by Erica McGillivray | on January 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM | 10 minute read

"Anyone can come to our event." That’s what we tell ourselves - we the people who program and labor over our events. We don't bar anyone from joining the fun, and the only barrier may (or may not) be a ticket price or alcohol-related restrictions around age. When we do price our events, we make sure they're affordable for our demographic and right along with our competitors’ prices.

But the real truth is that not everyone is actually welcomed to our events. Whether we want to admit or not, our event send signals about who's welcomed and who isn't.

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Topics: Marketing, 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

Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

What makes a Harley Davidson motorcycle special?

You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to answer this question - almost anyone can name something. Harley bikes have a distinct sound, look and feel. Even if you’ve never been on one, they’re an iconic part of American culture.

But it didn’t used to be that way.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

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