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A Century-Old Association Committed to Online Community and Data Analysis

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on December 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is more than a century old, but that doesn’t mean it relies on old technology. Their member engagement and technology strategies are cutting edge, which makes sense—they have a global member base, with over 1,600 organizations comprised of 40,000 individuals spanning 100 countries/territories. Managing and providing value to such a wide-ranging membership is no small task, especially given AACSB’s relatively small staff—time and efficiency are precious commodities.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Engagement, Associations, Online Community Software, Member Engagement

3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

Written by Julie Dietz on August 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users. And since associations have traditionally been a major part of post-secondary education—providing practical skills and job training—they’re seeing major benefits from online education.

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Topics: Associations, Member Experience, Member Engagement

An Introvert’s Guide to Growing a Private Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on July 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Several years ago, ASAE’s keynote presentation was by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her talk – and her book – changed my world.

While society applauds the gregariousness of extroverts and those who can “work a room,” Susan Cain clearly explains what introverts bring to the table. What is particularly amazing is how she sees introverts thriving in social media. Because introverts can, in fact, be some of the most successful social media and online community managers, all despite their tendency to keep to themselves.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Member Engagement

5 Ways You Know It’s Time to Grow Your Community Management Team

Written by Julie Dietz on June 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Growth can be a predicament for any team in any organization. Too early, and you’re shouldering additional cost before it’s warranted. Too late, and you risk overwhelming your employees and dropping the ball on important projects, including delivering value and engaging your audience.

That’s especially true for online communities, where results are driven by content, conversations, and programs such as e-Learning, product feedback and development, and mentoring. In the beginning, one or two people may be able to manage all these projects, but they will likely become strapped for resources as demand grows. And if your team can’t keep up with member and program needs, then your community won’t be effective at generating results.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Member Engagement

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

Written by Julie Dietz on June 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

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

How Switching to a Private Online Community Helped the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Double Community Engagement

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 13, 2017 at 10:35 AM

 

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) once served its members with a Yahoo Group, but only a few hundred members signed up to participate on the platform. Something wasn’t right. APDT needed to find a way to broaden their reach, connecting more members to each other and to the organization.

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Engagement

3 Features to Look for in an Online Community App [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on June 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM

We’ve heard about the importance of mobile for years. Everything needs to look just as good on a smartphone as a laptop, whether you use responsive design or an app. But which is better? An app or responsive design?

Responsive design is essential for any website (don’t buy a website theme or work with an agency that doesn’t support it) but you should also consider that 90 percent of time spent on mobile is spent in apps. So if your association or business wants to make engaging mobile users in your online community a priority, an app is the way to go.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Software, Member Engagement

Online Community Platform vs AMS Add-On: What Software Does Your Association Need?

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Online communities are now better known for their ability to improve member engagement, satisfaction, and retention than they were even a few years ago. It makes sense, then, that more and more associations are considering, or expanding, their online community plans.

With this rise in interest comes an increase in online community software options. Companies that previously focused on database work, such as association management software (AMS) providers, now offer community modules as an add-on to their main product.

But are add-on options right for your association? It’s certainly convenient to nestle your community within the AMS you’re already familiar with. But will it achieve the same results as a dedicated community platform?

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

Why Everyone Needs to Be a Community Manager

Written by Julie Dietz on May 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM

“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” – Pam Moore, CEO and Founder of Marketing Nutz

As an association, you can never go wrong investing in your members, which is part of what makes your private member community so powerful. It’s an exclusive space where  members connect with peers and your organization as well as enjoy the myriad of benefits your association offers.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Member Engagement

How to Create an Effective Welcome Email Campaign for Your Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on May 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM

The dreaded welcome email. We’ve all gotten it – whether it’s from a blog we subscribe to, a company we patronize, or a new social media group we’ve joined.

How many of those welcome emails can you remember now?

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Member Engagement

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