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Why Associations Are Making Their Private Member Community the Centerpiece of Their Membership Marketing Strategy [Research]

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 6 minute read

Each year, membership marketing firm, Marketing General (MGI), publishes the results of their Membership Marketing Benchmarking survey. It is the association industry's deepest look into trends, tools, and tactics. This year over 900 associations participated, making the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report one of the strongest narratives to date on how to grow membership.

At Higher Logic, we analyzed the data and saw connections between the report's findings and the role that private online member communities play in associations.

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

Before You Do Anything Else With Your Community, Do This

Written by Lindsay Starke | on June 30, 2015 at 3:52 PM | 3 minute read

I have a quick question for you: what’s the ROI of your community?

Generally, when I speak with other community managers, they have one of three responses to this question:

  1. Uh…what?
  2. Engagement!
  3. An actual demonstration of return on investment
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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Retention, Member Engagement, Online Community

Keep Your Community Engaging with Live Chats

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM | 3 minute read


Real-time conversations aren’t always realistic in an online community—the 24/7 access communities provide inherently means collaboration is done on the individuals’ time. But occasionally you want to capitalize on a great event or recent hot topic, and the average discussion posts or resource sharing just won’t cut it.

Have you thought about how you can keep engagement up after a big announcement or a recent event? Consider giving your community members the opportunity to keep the conversation going with live chats, which offer both flexibility and spontaneity.

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

Technology Trend Alert: Association and Nonprofit Engagement [Video]

Written by Joshua Paul | on June 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

Conversations around technology in the world of associations and nonprofits are constantly evolving. There is a steady stream of new research, case studies, and trends saturating the web. So where should you start?

So where should you go to find out where technology is headed and how to avoid common pitfalls?

We recently spoke with Tom Lehman of Lehman Associates, a technology, strategy, and research firm. Tom has over 25 years of research experience in the association and nonprofit markets.

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Topics: Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Increasing Member Retention Using Integrated Automation

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM | 3 minute read


Address your association’s common pain points using automated engagement tactics. If you’re like many associations, member retention can be a struggle. Start with identifying and measuring your member engagement tactics that surround key member benefits (e.g. Annual Conference, Mentoring Program, Advocacy Efforts, Chapter/Components) or processes (New Member Integration, Conference First Timer, Committee Volunteerism). We’ve outlined a few easy examples below using one of the most common pain points for association member management: First Year Member Retention.

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Topics: Member Retention, Online Community Software, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

The Engagement Opportunity for Online Advocacy Communities

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on April 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM | 3 minute read

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Topics: Associations, Member Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Cultivate Volunteer Engagement - The Sky Is the Limit

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on April 13, 2015 at 9:36 AM | 3 minute read

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

Teach This to Your Online Community Members to Grow Participation Faster

Written by Joshua Paul | on March 17, 2015 at 8:25 AM | 5 minute read

Online community management is a vast discipline. Community managers commonly spend their time a variety of ways, such as:

  • Onboarding new members
  • Turning them into contributing members
  • Coordinating content
  • Using the data from your online community to make better business decisions
  • Making sure you spend your community management hours on the right processes and member segments to grow the community

It's safe to say the "to-do" list is fairly long.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

Come Back! How to Develop the Right Re-engagement Strategies for Your Online Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on December 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Inactive community members will inevitably make up a large percentage of your total audience size. Don't worry, this is perfectly normal in most online communities, especially as your community ages.

Your efforts to engage your audience and grow your online community are best spent focused on the members who are actively present or just walking through the door—not walking out of it. However, if you start to notice unprecedented rates of decline, it could be time to take action.

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Topics: Member Engagement, Online Community

Preparing Your Community for the Digital Generation

Written by Maddie Grant | on December 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM | 3 minute read

In a few years, the Millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2004) will be the single largest segment of the workforce - a spot they will hold for decades to come. That means they are likely to become the most important part of your online community, and like every generation before them, they are entering the scene with some different perspectives on how the world works and their roles in it. Understanding this generation a little better will not only help you attract them, but retain them.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

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