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Q&A with The Discovery Educator Network Community: Connecting and Empowering Educators Across the Globe [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on October 16, 2018 at 8:14 AM | 8 minute read

Where can educators around the globe find resources, advice, networking, and support when they need it? There was never one dedicated space that offered a sense of community beyond the walls of a school building or district. Connecting was difficult - until the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). 

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Topics: Engagement, Member Engagement, Online Community, Online Community Management

[New eBook] The Community Module Guide: How to Support Your Organization’s Business Objectives

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on October 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 4 minute read

Have you ever heard someone say “there’s an app for that!” when you complain about your smartphone? Well, if you want to elevate the success and business impact of your online community, trust us –  there’s a module for that.

Customizing your online community is a great way to maximize its impact, propelling your capabilities from basic to extraordinary. But selecting the right add-on modules to invest in can be tricky if you aren’t familiar with their functionality.

Even trickier is this often overlooked fact: what’s our community for in the first place?

There is no one-size-fits-all package of tools on the road to success. When you’re ready to further enhance your community, that’s when the fun of “shopping around” for new modules starts - because your core objectives are already front and center. When that time comes, The Community Module Guide will map you in the direction of the right tools to support your goals.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Associations, Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Retention, Collaboration Tools, Volunteer Management, Member Engagement

Massachusetts Society of CPA’s Online Community is Members’ #1 Benefit [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on September 25, 2018 at 1:05 PM | 4 minute read

A few years ago, MSCPA communicated with its members solely through traditional methods like emails and events. Members connected with one another in the same ways, emailing friends and colleagues or meeting up at events. MSCPA thought about improving engagement using an online community to increase interaction and connect members directly, but wasn’t sure its members would feel comfortable with the software.

To make sure an online community was right for their members, the staff paid attention to other state societies and took note of their success with online communities.

“We watched them over the years. After speaking with them and hearing it was going well, we decided to give it a try,” said Kara Kieran, MSCPA’s director of member engagement.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Member Engagement

Proof You Can Design a Giveaway that Supports Community Growth

Written by Courtney Howell on September 13, 2018 at 7:59 AM | 5 minute read

The research is undeniable—gamification increases participation and engagement across practically any digital platform. On the users’ side of things, online giveaways are one of the easiest to join forms of gamification because the steps are simple: 1) Complete task. 2) Get reward. As a community manager, however, you want to design a giveaway that will actually support your community’s growth in the long run by enticing your members to invest more than the bare minimum.

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Topics: Online Community, Member Engagement, Engagement, Online Community Management

Create the 3 Most Common Automated Campaigns in No Time

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on September 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

People seem to love trilogies, trios—really, anything in threes.

You’re not a true Star Wars fan unless you’ve seen A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. How many people would still be fans of the Two Stooges, Two Musketeers, or Two Amigos? Heck, being that our Saratoga, NY office is in a town known for their horse racing track, the magic of the trifecta is not lost on us.

We recently released the 2018 State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report, which reported the three most popular automated campaigns for associations:

  • New member onboarding
  • Membership renewals
  • Event promotion
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Topics: Integration, Marketing Automation, Online Community, Member Engagement, Associations

Is Marketing Automation Going to Take Away My Job?

Written by Courtney Ellis on August 23, 2018 at 8:06 AM | 3 minute read

It’s a valid fear – as marketing automation adoption increases, many seasoned marketers are wondering if they’re automating themselves out of a job.

The short answer is no. Automation can be the best piece of technology in your toolkit, enabling you to work faster and more efficiently and create content that is befitting of your amazing subscribers.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Email Deliverability, Marketing Automation, Member Engagement, Customer Engagement, Marketing, Engagement

The Event Planner’s Guide to Using Online Community for Your Annual Event

Written by Stephanie Cinque on July 24, 2018 at 8:20 AM | 8 minute read

Your annual event might be looming, or it might be a year away – wherever you are in the planning, it can feel like you’re stuck in a crazy-making cycle.

The good news is, if you have an online community, you’ve got access to a tool that puts you one step closer to making your job so much easier. Are you taking advantage of the support your online community can provide?  

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

5 Smart Tips to Strengthen Your Automated Emails and Increase Conversions

Written by Sara Maloney on July 19, 2018 at 8:16 AM | 4 minute read

Everyone uses email. Not everyone loves email, but everyone uses it today nonetheless. Why? Because it’s the main way we receive valuable communications.

But, how many times a week do you scroll through your inbox and think, "Why am I receiving emails about something completely irrelevant to me?" or "Why am I being sent this email asking me to register for an event that I already registered for?"

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Email Marketing, Member Engagement, Associations, Marketing, Engagement

You Could Just Set It and Forget It with Marketing Automation…But Don’t!

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 5, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

If you are under the impression that “set it and forget it” is a successful strategy for using marketing automation software, I release you from this spell.

People will say one of the benefits of marketing automation software is that you can simply put the software in action and then let your automated campaigns go their merry way. But just because you have the ability to set your automation rules and then forget about them doesn’t mean this type of strategy will be the most effective.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Marketing, Social Media, Email Marketing

How to Create Engaging Online Discussions: 7 Tips for Community Managers

Written by Simona Ciampi on May 31, 2018 at 8:29 AM | 5 minute read

Often, and especially early on in the life of an online community, the community manager is the one who has to start discussions. If you’re a community manager, I’m sure you know from experience that creating an engaging discussion is not easy. For example, asking someone what they think about an article and just putting the link out there is not typically enough.

There are a few handy techniques you can use when creating a conversation to facilitate more interaction.

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

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