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Why Aren’t Members Opening Your Emails?

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 6 minute read

Getting people to open emails can be a frustrating, fruitless task. Especially when a big part of your job is communicating to members through email -- depending on your industry and the types of emails you send, what’s considered good open rates can look pretty low.

So how do you turn the tides and get people to open your messages?

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

What Are They Telling You? Using Online Community Data to Create Experiences Your Members Will Love

Written by Julie Dietz on April 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

I may be dating myself, but see if you can place these lyrics:

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name,

and they're always glad you came.

If you said it's a line from the Cheers theme song, you're right. If you didn't know it, hey, at least you're young.

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

How Your Online Community Benefits Every Stage of the Association Member Lifecycle

Written by Christina Green | on March 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

When you host a golf tournament for different skill levels it's important for you include activities that fit everyone in attendance. If you don't, long-time golfers will grow bored from lack of a challenge. However, if you cater only to those with advanced skills, you likely frustrate those who are less experienced. It's a fine line to ensure everyone is comfortable and accommodated.

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

The Power of Mentoring in Communities

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

Take a moment to think back on your career, however long or short it’s been so far. What moments stand out, and who helped you get there?

Everyone hits bumps in the road, no matter how smart, driven or successful they’ve been so far. Think about the straight-A high school student who struggles once they get to college. Or the ambitious entrepreneur, slow to take off. How do you get through those rough times when the future is hazy, you're filled with self doubt or you don’t quite know what you should do?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community

Your Association Is Not the Center of the Universe - Your Users Are

Written by Maddie Grant | on February 19, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 2 minute read

Many associations share a central flaw: they routinely put the association and the needs of the organization or staff at the center of their universe. Historically, this made some sense. By creating the association in the first place, the members by definition centralized their attention. “Let’s all give dues to this central group so it can do amazing things for us.”

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Topics: Member Communities, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

User Experience and Accessibility

Written by Mark Eichler on February 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

 

All aboard the community platform! If you want everyone in your organization to engage on your community, you need to make sure it’s accessible for everyone, including people with visual impairments or physical impairments that prevent them from using a mouse.

All websites should strive to achieve accessibility principles. So how do you make sure your website is as accessible as it can be? Really, there are three different parts to the puzzle, especially for social and community-centered online experiences: what a software platform offers, what administrators running your platform can do, and what your members and users can do.

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

Reducing Cognitive Load: The Best UX Design for Your Community Site

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 7 minute read


Have you ever given up on using a website because it takes too much brainpower to figure it out? Or even find what it’s for? This happened to me last time I flew and tried to check in online. The problem: if I did give up, I wouldn’t have been able to get on the airplane. So I grumbled through the process and finally figured it out. Why was it so bad? Their user experience was poor and I couldn’t figure out what steps I needed to take -- the extraneous cognitive load was too much.

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

How to Use Content to Keep Customers or Members Returning to Your Online Community

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

In the end, keeping your members coming back to your community comes down to more than just making participation into a game, or training your members to login every day. Without engaging content, none of that really matters.

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

Hacking Your Community's Subconscious

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

You’re not lazy, but sometimes your brain is. It has so much to compute and process each millisecond that it needs all the extra help it can get. To do this, brains have developed little mental shortcuts we’re often not aware of but influence our decisions instantly. Many of these hardwired tricks are survival tactics that helped humans evolve to be the species we are today, but can trip us up in the modern world sometimes.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Experience

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