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How Associations Can Build Better Relationships with Chapters

Written by Julie Dietz on June 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Do you remember that Android commercial from last year? It was full of animal friends, from rhinos and sheep walking together to a parrot stealing pasta from a waiting dog. The animals were different, but they were friends working together to have fun or snag a tasty meal.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Member Engagement

Member Feedback is Critical to Online Community Success

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

Feedback is the way you grow your community -- in size, in maturity and in engagement rates. Out of that growth and collaboration your organization can create better products, a thriving community, a healthy culture and a stronger company.

But you can’t grow unless you collect data. And the way you collect data should be strategic, since it will affect all aspects of your community and company -- including growth.

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

How to Create an Effective Member Communication Schedule

Written by Carol Valora on June 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Crickets. An enjoyable sound if you're out camping for the night, but not what members want to hear from an association that they paid money to be a part of.

People join associations to get value, often in the form of member benefits such as access to networking, content, and professional development. They want to be engaged and involved, and they want to hear from the organization about changes in the industry and new engagement opportunities. All of that requires communication.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation, Communications

How to Make Your Website Your Association's Top Member Benefit

Written by Julie Dietz on June 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Association members are like business customers, they come to your organization for help. They want to solve a problem, to learn, to grow in their industry, or to find ways to contribute to a cause. And, similar to a business, that's what your association is built to do – help members by providing benefits.

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Topics: Associations, Member Engagement, Member Experience, Communications, Online Community

Engagement and Satisfaction: Is There a Difference?

Written by Andy Steggles | on May 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Engagement is a big word these days -- we want everyone in our community to be “engaged.”. We want them to engage with each other, and engage with our organizations. The more engagement, the merrier everyone will be.

This is where so many community builders measure value and a return on investment -- if people are logging into the community, talking to each other, creating content and contributing, that’s a sign they’re satisfied with their membership and see community as an important asset.

But does engagement necessarily equate satisfaction, and shouldyou aim to highly engage everyone?

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

Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Member volunteering is important for obvious reasons -- it helps our organizations and saves money.

But remember how members can benefit, too: Volunteering keeps members engaged, happier and more likely to stay involved with your organization -- or tell peers to join.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

The Mobile Frontier: Create Frictionless Content and Help Members Engage

Written by Andy Steggles | on March 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

Engagement -- it’s that golden word everyone talks about and one important sign of a healthy community. Part of creating member engagement -- discussions, content creation, connections -- is removing all the barriers you can. For optimal engagement, it’s important that there’s as little friction as possible, which isn’t as hard as you’d think.

Beyond being a buzzword and a broad concept, engagement does actually affect your community’s bottom line. In our 2015 Community Benchmarking Report we looked at data from 80 organizations with online communities, and compared those overall averages and medians from MGI’s 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Member Experience, Customer Experience, Marketing, Online Community

6 Tips to Help Community Managers Write Effective Emails

Written by Nick Davis on February 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

I'm sure by now everyone is familiar with the Exact Target study that says about 91% of us check our email every day. It's this fact that makes your email list one of your most sacred marketing and online community management assets. However, many organizations struggle with getting their message across and end up annoying their community members, customers, and prospects to the point of being ignored.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Association's Member Engagement Tactics

Written by Christina Green | on January 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

It's that time of year when people think about personal and professional resolutions. Often the personal resolutions involve adopting a healthier lifestyle. If you have ever sworn you're giving up something that is detrimental to your health, like losing weight, exercising more, or any similar healthy-living promise, you most likely gave yourself some rules to live by.

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

How To Actually Hear What Customers Say

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

Any kid could tell you there’s a difference between just listening and actually hearing. They know right away if a parent is giving them their full attention or if their mind is wandering off into other territory. How do you think kids feel when they know they don’t have their parent’s full attention? Maybe frustrated, annoyed, like their time isn’t valued.

Distracted listening doesn’t just happen between parents and children. It can happen in your community and make your members or customers feel unvalued and not worth the community manager’s time. That’s the last thing you want.

Listening to your members or customers and actually hearing what they say is critical. Not only will they feel validated and contribute more, but you’ll learn more about what makes them tick. This is invaluable to you -- it’ll help you cater to them and create better products.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Support, Member Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

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