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Crowdsourcing Your Community Goals

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Are you part of a community making information available and accessible to others? It could be a national association for the healthcare industry, a Reddit group for gaming geeks or even the anonymous pages of Wikipedia. The key: you and a group of people are coming together to be productive and hopefully offer something to whatever at-large community you care about.

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

Community Empowers Brand Ambassadors

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 6 minute read

It doesn’t matter if your product is the best and your company is awesome (we’re sure it is already). If you’re not good at telling your story and conveying your message, you won’t grow. Or, if you do, it’ll be an uphill battle trying to convince people what you already know.

True, stellar marketing on your part is critical for growth, but don’t forget about your greatest, strongest asset -- your customers. They’re the most trustworthy information source for any prospective customer. Who better to answer questions than similar people, with similar needs who went through a similar process -- and picked you at the end of it?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Seven Reasons to Streamline Your Platforms

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 5 minute read

Starting a community can be intimidating, especially for small organizations -- you don’t have the same pool of resources as larger organizations do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t -- or shouldn’t -- build a community. And it doesn’t doom you to fail. With the right tools, platform and team, an organization of any size can create an awesome, thriving community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Duolingo Gets Crowdsourced Community Content Creation

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 6 minute read

Crowdsourcing is a big topic these days. Kickstarter allows people to fund business ideas they believe in. Waze combines GPS navigation with real-time updates from other drivers. Volunteers created and continually update Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia. Dividing small amounts of work between many people has powerful effects that positively impact us all.

As the crowdsourcing movement shows us, everyone has the potential to affect change. The trick is finding simple, quick ways for people to lend a hand. All communities have this potential, but actually creating ways to harness this “cognitive surplus” can be difficult. How can you effectively help your community lend a hand in content creation for your organization?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management, Online Community

Community Refresh: SAE International's Member Connection

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

SAE International decided to completely revamp its original online member community, with some help from Higher Logic’s Community Management Services. We chatted with Matt Creech, MBA, Director of Membership & Sections from SAE International, to learn more about how SAE has seen better engagement and growth since the launch of its new community, Member Connection.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community Management, 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

Promote Your Community at Events

Written by Calista Rollogas | on February 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

You and your team spent a lot of time and energy either creating a new community or revamping your existing community. It’s time for celebration -- and getting people online, engaging. There are many ways to energize a community and bring in some fun, from creating exciting banners to hosting offline events.

Conferences are the perfect time to introduce your members to a new or relaunched community. We compiled a list of some of the most successful, fun and creative ways to get your members engaged with the community before, during and after your annual conference. You don’t get everyone’s rapt attention often, so it’s time to make the most of the opportunity.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

Art By Jason Kampf: Higher Logic Hosts First Office Art Installation

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on February 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 2 minute read

We’re getting even more creative at our new Higher Logic headquarters in Arlington, VA. Last week we co-hosted our first art show with Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd., featuring local artist Jason Kampf. Special thanks to Barbara and her team for their help in making this dream of ours a reality and introducing us to Jason!

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Social Media, Online Community

How to Manage Without a Community Manager

Written by Molly Talbert | on February 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 6 minute read

Can you have a community without a community manager? Communities don’t just happen -- they’re built and nurtured over time, so having a dedicated community manager is ideal. But sometimes it’s just not realistic -- there isn’t the money or executives don’t realize how important community managers are for ensuring ROI. If that’s the case -- what do you do?

Don’t be deterred if you can’t hire a community manager (yet). If your growing organization is excited and ready for a community, you can create a thriving ecosystem without one -- if you have a good plan in place.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

How to Write an Effective Online Community Manager Job Description

Written by Christina Green | on February 18, 2016 at 8:32 AM | 4 minute read

One of the great difficulties in finding a top-notch community manager is the employer-held belief that anyone can do it. It takes a very specific skill set and if you've not employed an online community manager before, or if you are just starting your online community, you may be unaware of the demands of the role and skills required.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

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