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The Art of the Online Community Welcome Email

Written by Katie Oakes on August 25, 2015 at 8:40 AM | 5 minute read

When you are responsible for bringing new members into your online customer or member community, there is no such thing as a second impression. In a world where first impressions are often the only impression that you get, the task to crush it in one interaction can feel daunting.

It is like speed dating in that way. People go to speed dating events voluntarily, just as they do to your online community, but you only have a few seconds to get people to want to learn more about you.

However, in online community management, your first impression usually involves never actually coming face to face with the person you are aiming to impress. I'm talking about the all-important welcome email.

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

The Importance of Language for Your Community

Written by Ben Rossell | on July 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

Ben Rossell is our summer graphic design intern and a Senior at George Mason University (GMU). Ben enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, and some concept art (especially using oil paints and digital painting), but now is successfully diving into the world of blogging.

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

Accessibility: Getting Everyone Engaged

Written by Mark Eichler on June 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM | 3 minute read

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The bottom line: websites should be easy to use. A user-friendly and responsive website means going beyond fun graphics and intuitive navigation. This means every web page should be visually approachable for every kind of user across the spectrum of visual limitations. 

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Engagement, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Six Tips for Creating a Compelling Online Presence

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on May 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 2 minute read

Engagement and collaboration should be at the top of the list for best online experience. It might seem like creating cohesion for your organization, your communities and your brand can seem an insurmountable task, but you probably already have great content and brand advocates on your side.

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

The Importance of Soft Launching Your Online Customer or Member Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on April 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM | 5 minute read

After months of strategizing, planning and hard work, you're finally ready to launch your new online community. Your online community software vendor has completed the implementation process, your community layout is all set up, and you have a handful of active members ready to engage with newcomers.

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

The New Normal for Mobile and Responsive Design

Written by Dave Sabol | on April 20, 2015 at 4:42 PM | 2 minute read

What you should know about Google's new search algorithm

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Member Experience, Customer Experience, Online Community, Marketing Automation

The Best Mobile Online Community Options: Responsive Web Design vs. Mobile Sites vs. Native Apps

Written by Katie Oakes on April 14, 2015 at 1:40 PM | 8 minute read

With technology, there is a constant evolution of terms, products, and approaches. If you're not fully engrossed in that world, it can be hard to keep up. The meteoric adoption of mobile device to find information, keep in touch, and complete transactions has heads at many companies spinning.

According to data from Cisco, global mobile devices and connections in 2014 grew to 7.4 billion, up from 6.9 billion in 2013. The vast majority of mobile data traffic (97%) originated from smart devices.

The increased use of mobile devices poses both opportunities and challenges for businesses. They want to know if their approach is the right one for their company, customers, and goals. Are they putting their time and money in the right places?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Successfully Upgrade from a Listserv to an Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on August 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

There was a time when email listservs were the new kid on the block.

Short for "mailing list server," your listserv has probably served your association or membership organization well over the last decade or two. You've been able to easily send out automated emails to segmented lists and your members have enjoyed reply-all options that allow them to easily communicate with the group.

During their heyday, listservs made a huge difference in member interaction and association communication. However, they're now competing with new options that have additional opportunities for member engagement and membership value.

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

How to Use Data from Your Private Online Community to Make Better Decisions

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Running a private online community for your association comes with its fair share of decisions"”from the daily steering of the community to quarterly strategic adjustment. In fact, managing your association's online member community is often viewed as a microcosm of overall association management. As an association executive, it's your job to make the choices that will keep your association members engaged and looking to your community as a valuable resource.

However, without the right information driving those decisions, the choices that come with managing an association (or an online member community) can seem overwhelming.

That's why you need a little bit of the "good stuff"" and why we're happy to share this new whitepaper from our friends, Peter Houstler, CEO of Mariner Management and Marketing, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CEO of Spark Consulting.

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

Make Apps a Happy Habit For Your Members

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on June 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM | 1 minute read

Have you used a mobile device today? Did you use an app? Research shows an estimated 1.2 billion people are checking their mobile devices roughly 150x per day.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Member Experience, Online Community

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