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5 Rookie Mistakes Associations Make with Online Communities

Written by Julie Dietz on August 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Last month, I got a Facebook friend request from my father. I was surprised, but not because there are posts on my Facebook that my father shouldn't see (there aren't). I was surprised because my father is a 60-something retiree and he's getting into social networks, which are really just online communities. He loves them, and he's already used them to reconnect with numerous colleagues, friends, and organizations that he belongs to.

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Topics: Member Communities, Online Community, Online Community Management

The Dangers of Waiting to Start a Private Member Community

Written by Christina Green | on August 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Several years ago Ducati Motor Holdings, manufacturer of luxury motorcycles now owned by Audi, made a decision. They wanted to start an online community for fans of their brand. Sounds like a good idea doesn't it? Except for one tiny thing. A vibrant, online Ducati fan community already existed and it didn't belong to them.

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Topics: Associations, Member Communities, Online Community

Tips for Handling a Toxic Association Member in Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on August 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Trolls were once thought of as mythical creatures, but they are now very real. If you've spent any time interacting (or reading) comments on the Internet, you've undoubtedly come across trolls.

Troll is a slang term for people who purposely sow discord and aim at getting people upset. They often do so anonymously or under a pseudonym, avoiding the personal criticism of others by hiding their identity. Internet Trolls, while annoying, are relatively harmless when they are recognized for what they are - instigators and curmudgeons. They can even be beneficial to an organization if their comments bring a lot of eyes to a post.

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Topics: Associations, Member Communities, Online Community Management, Online Community

3 Ways to Recruit More Members: Insights from the 2016 Membership Marketing Report

Written by Julie Dietz on July 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Developing a growth strategy for your association takes time. It takes hours of debating the best methods to use to reach prospective members, and days of content creation and campaign management. It's stressful. And it could all boil down to nothing if you don't use tactics that are effective.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing Automation, Online Community, Associations, Email Marketing, Member Communities

Your Growing Organization Needs an Online Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read

Ok, here’s the question: what do member retention, organizational growth and your website all have in common?

Answer: community (that is, if you have one).

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Topics: Engagement, Member Retention, Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community

Association Job Hacks: Secrets to Becoming Your CFO's Favorite Employee

Written by Julie Dietz on June 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Imagine that there was a radical shift in legislation in your industry and your members have to change the way that they do their jobs. They need to learn the new rules and how to follow them, and they need to do it quickly. So your association comes to the rescue with a cutting-edge training program to get your members up to speed.

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

So Your Members Want to Add More Communities?

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Members love your community. In fact, they love it so much they want to create their own, smaller communities for specific groups of people. One enthusiastic group wants a community dedicated entirely to just one of your new products. Recently, a member committee decided to split and branch into two committees -- and, of course, they both want their own communities. A few other members are dedicated sports fans and want to have a fun community dedicated to your local sports teams.

On the one hand, this is great -- only enthusiastic members would want to pioneer their own community. They must really benefit from and enjoy the platform you gave them.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community, Member Communities

What Are They Telling You? Using Online Community Data to Create Experiences Your Members Will Love

Written by Julie Dietz on April 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

I may be dating myself, but see if you can place these lyrics:

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name,

and they're always glad you came.

If you said it's a line from the Cheers theme song, you're right. If you didn't know it, hey, at least you're young.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community Software, Online Community

Your Association Is Not the Center of the Universe - Your Users Are

Written by Maddie Grant | on February 19, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 2 minute read

Many associations share a central flaw: they routinely put the association and the needs of the organization or staff at the center of their universe. Historically, this made some sense. By creating the association in the first place, the members by definition centralized their attention. “Let’s all give dues to this central group so it can do amazing things for us.”

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Member Communities, Online Community

How to Use Content to Keep Customers or Members Returning to Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on February 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

In the end, keeping your members coming back to your community comes down to more than just making participation into a game, or training your members to login every day. Without engaging content, none of that really matters.

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

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