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Is Small Data the Next Big Thing?

Written by Heather McNair on September 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Most people aren’t skilled woodworkers -- but almost anyone can build an IKEA dresser. That’s how intuitive the company’s design and instructions are. And it’s no accident that its furniture design is incredibly attuned to users’ needs.

IKEA pays very close attention to consumers and can predict their behavior, from what they’ll furnish their home with to how they’ll assemble and use each item. Obviously, with a company this large, it’s impossible to point to just one aspect of business that spurred its success.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Use Data to Solve Your Biggest Online Community Participation Problems

Written by Julie Dietz on September 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

When I joined my first online community 8 years ago, I was excited to see and take part in key discussions in my industry. The association I belonged to had launched a private online community for members earlier in the year and I couldn't wait to get involved. But when I logged in, I thought there was something wrong with my browser. Every group and discussion area was a ghost town. Even the questions that I now know were seed questions from the organization didn't have any responses.

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

Is It Time to Ax Your Young Professionals Group?

Written by Christina Green | on August 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Do you remember sitting at the kiddie table? I do, and it's a memory that brings up mixed feelings. I loved the kiddie table when I was five, but by 14 I was tired of all the screaming children. I wanted to move on to the main table. I imagine you can think of a time when you wanted the same thing.

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Topics: Millennials, Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Have you ever heard the phrase "perception is reality?" It refers to the way people make judgements about something based on how it appears to the outside world. Nowhere is this more important than online, where smalltime brands can get a credibility and conversion boost by appearing well-designed, organized, and professional.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

5 Steps to Start an Effective Employee Mentoring Program that People Want to Participate In

Written by Julie Dietz on July 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Think back to your first job out of college. You were probably excited and wanted to learn everything. You may even have been eager to work your way up in the company.

What about now? Are you still at the same organization you joined right out of high school or college? Most people aren't. For one reason or another, people leave. They find new jobs with better opportunities, or more fulfilling work. That can be a problem for the organizations they leave behind, associations included.

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

The 5 Most Common Mistakes of Association Onboarding Programs

Written by Christina Green | on July 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Ah, the honeymoon stage. White sand beaches, a gentle breeze, drinks with the little tiny umbrellas. It's great, until someone makes a mistake and overbooks your hotel or cancels your flight.

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

How to Use the Psychology of Addictive Technology to Create Compelling Member Benefits

Written by Julie Dietz on July 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

Why do you check Facebook every time you're bored? Why do you reach for your phone almost before you've even opened your eyes in the morning? Go for the coffee maker as soon as you're on your feet?

It's habit. Habits are a powerful force in our lives that influence us in ways that we don't always fully recognize. Sure, we know that we have some habits, like biting our nails or fidgeting with our jewelry, but there are many other habits that we don't even realize we have.

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

How to Get Market Data for Your Association Without Doing Expensive Market Research

Written by Julie Dietz on June 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Writer and programmer, Daniel Keys Moran, summed up one of the key dilemmas facing associations today when he said 'you cannot have information without data.'

Associations need information about their members so they can provide them with the best benefits and the most value. To make market-driven decisions, they need data on their members and which subjects they're interested in. What are their priorities, challenges, and motivations? What industry changes impact and concern them?

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

Use Human Centered Design to Make Your Community More ... Well ... Human

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

Your community looks absolutely stunning. The colors, graphics and font all work perfectly with each other. Everyone compliments you.

But there’s one big problem.

No one can figure out how to use it.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Member Experience, Online Community

3 Unsexy, But Essential Steps to Planning Your Organization's Next Event

Written by Cathy Clifton on June 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Event planning is a sexy career filled with all the glamour of fancy dresses, cocktail parties, and worldwide travel, right? Not quite. Those exciting perks are just a few of many common misconceptions in the event planning industry.

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

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