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

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, Customer Communities, Member Communities, Member Retention, 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: Member Communities, Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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, Member Communities, Online Community

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

5 People You Need on Your Association's Online Community Management Team

Written by Christina Green | on October 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Regardless of how talented your community managers are, it takes more than community professionals to create a sustainable community that provides consistent engagement and value.

According to research from The Community Roundtable, "investing sufficiently in community teams so that the community is integrated across functional areas of the organization increases both visibility with, and value to, the organization."

So, who should you invite to the table when it comes to planning and managing your association's private online community? Community managers expect that volunteer recruiting is part of their job, but often overlooked is the amount of recruiting that's necessary in-house for your community to be a success. It's not just members and volunteer leaders that help create a robust peer-to-peer environment. It's also the people you work with every day.

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Topics: Member Communities, Online Community

Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community

Written by Katie Oakes on September 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association's organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Typically, one staff member is doing the job of three, so finding volunteers is critical to their sanity.

Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task. Also, the people that you are recruiting are simultaneously being propositioned by other organizations. You're competing against PTA, sports leagues, homework, aging parents, walking the dog, work schedules, even enjoying a night of doing nothing at all. Your members are pulled in different directions and the last thing any of them have is time.

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

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