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How an Online Community Meets 3 Needs You Didn’t Know You Had

Written by Elizabeth Bell on May 22, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 4 minute read

 

There’s a lot of hype around online communities now. But does that mean your organization really needs one?

You’re not alone. You or your stakeholders may be skeptical about launching an online community – after all, no one’s really asking for one yet. Why invest in something that may not seem like an urgent need? You’re right to ask questions and be concerned. You want to invest your time and money into improvements that will bring value to your organization, and it’s not feasible to put them into just any project.

Every organization is different, with a special product, industry niche, or value proposition for its members. But an online community addresses three challenges every organization has:

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Topics: Member Retention, Online Community Software, Customer Retention, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Who Should Own Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on May 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every business project needs an owner. Someone who will work with colleagues and stakeholders to develop goals and a strategy, then implement that strategy. Often these owners aren’t just single people. They’re entire teams or departments.

That’s the way it is with online communities. One person may take the lead, but it’s teamwork that makes a community successful. Which brings us to the question at hand: Who should own your online community?

While communities are organization-wide initiatives, the team directly responsible for your community has a huge impact on its success.

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Topics: Online Community

3 Ways Community Managers Can Combat Occupational Burnout

Written by Jenny Taylor | on May 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Every job is stressful in its own right-- it is called a job and not recess after all. Community management is no exception. In fact, the nature of community management makes us at risk for occupational burnout.

Occupational burnout is defined as: the emotional fatigue, reduced feeling of accomplishment, and depersonalization incurred from long-term job stress. There is a real danger of burnout when it comes to a role like community manager.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

5 Expert Tips to Revamp Your Event Management Strategy

Written by Jake Fabbri on May 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 8 minute read

Your events can be the highlight of your member community experience! Especially for communities spread out over a wide geographic area, a monthly or yearly gathering is an exciting event to look forward to.

To keep members excited about attending, your events need to be better every year than they were the last. On one level, that means bringing back the most popular sessions, speakers, and sponsors your attendees loved.

But the member experience is more than just speakers and merchandise. You also need sustainable, behind-the-scenes management processes and tools to help you pull off a seamless event every time.

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Topics: Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Written by Heather Arkwright | on April 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Associations and nonprofits are always trying to make more of an impact with less – less money, less staff, less resources. It’s made them some of the more creative and efficient organizations we’ve ever seen.

But there’s still one piece of software you may not be using at full capacity: your volunteer management platform. Volunteer tools are standard for associations and nonprofits, and they can be used for much more than just standard volunteer tasks.

To help cut down your tech budget and get more done, we’ve put together a list of the features most volunteer software has and creative ways you can use those tools to fulfill other, less traditional volunteer needs.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community

How to Master Infotainment in Your Digital Content

Written by Julie Dietz on April 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Have you ever come across the expression: “content is king”?

Of course you have – most of us have seen this a lot in the last few years (because it’s true) and that probably won’t change any time soon. But writing an 800-word article on a topic of your interest isn’t enough to engage your members these days. Content may be king (or queen, or fearless overlord – whichever moniker you prefer), but your topic, and how it’s presented, must interest your audience.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Online Community

Is Your Organization Risking Members' Privacy by Connecting on Facebook?

Written by Sara Maloney on April 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

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They say to "never build on rented land," but is that always true? And, if this is the case, why do we continue to put our personal and business' intellectual property on public platforms owned by third parties?

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Topics: Social Media, Member Communities, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Customers Buy Experiences, Not Products

Written by Julie Dietz on April 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Traditional business models focus on products and services. Companies build up their products, advertise them, then make sales.

That strategy no longer works.

Sales are becoming less and less dependent on products and services. Instead, consumers are turning their attention to the buying experience and how they feel about your company after they become customers.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Marketing Matching Gifts: 4 Strategies to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising

Written by Adam Weinger on April 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Matching gift programs are an incredible opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes, but unfortunately, many organizations fail to take advantage of that opportunity.

Companies with a matching gift program will match part or all their employees’ charitable contributions. And they’re more common than you think. Chances are your organization has already missed out on some of these extra funds!

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Topics: Nonprofits and Charities, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Are Your Teams Cooperating or Collaborating?

Written by Mark Ace on March 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Imagine you’re customizing a product for a client. Managers from different teams work together to determine the requirements, and each team works on the customizations in their area. But when some changes are implemented, it triggers adjustments for other teams. The project’s deadline is extended and the workload increases.

This is one of the scenarios Ron Ashkenas wrote about in Harvard Business Review a few years ago. It’s a simple example of the difference between cooperation and collaboration and how easily they can be confused. In the example, every team is cooperating to customize the product, but they’re not collaborating so their changes work when put together. The result? They don’t reach their desired outcome – or they reach it a lot later, with a lot more work.

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Topics: Collaboration Tools, Online Community

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