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Tension in Your Community is Good

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone just got along? It’s nice to daydream, but it’s not going to happen (and who wants smooth sailing all the time, anyway?). As a community manager, it can be tempting to tiptoe around members and quash any bubbling conflict, tensions or heated debates. After all, you’re trying to cultivate a welcoming, supportive environment, right?

Although you’re coming from the right place -- a place where you care about your members and the community’s longevity -- it’s actually a disservice to quell all the tension. One of Higher Logic’s own community managers, Jenny Taylor, wrote about this misconception in a recent blog post. We aren’t saying compromise on respect -- respect is a given -- but tension and differing opinions are important and increase your community’s value.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community Management, Online Community

6 Examples of Thriving Communities That Community Managers Can Learn From During the Holidays

Written by Nick Davis on December 15, 2015 at 1:08 PM | 4 minute read

All year long, we talk about building community and the impact that active communities can have on our organizations. However, sometimes the concepts and benefits that community strategies deliver can feel a bit abstract.

To make community management more concrete, it can be helpful to pull lessons from the communities around us every day, and at no other time of year are communities more valuable than the holidays.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

The Link Between Community Managers and Community Organizers

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

As a community manager, it may feel like you’re often breaking new ground, trail-blazing through an innovative profession. And you are. It’s a relatively new job force and there aren’t many forebearers for you to look back on.The very idea that you could have a collaborative community online was in its infancy in the mid-’90s (discounting old listservs and forums popping up since the 1970s), and didn’t really begin to take off until the 2000s (...guess MySpace was good for something). Although it’s a robust profession now, without much history, where should you look to gain inspiration when you need it.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Nine Characteristics of Online Communities That Work

Written by Lindsay Starke | on December 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 6 minute read

I started my session at this year's Super Forum with the same line I use to start my Higher Logic Academy presentations and my consultations with clients: Community management is not a one-size-fits-all discipline. Different strategies will work for different communities. And if anything I say feels like it doesn't fit with your community demographics or organizational goals, then throw it out.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Are You Really Ready for an Online Community?

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 4 minute read

You’re thinking of getting a community. Everyone is talking about how great they’ll be for your organization, so now you’re looking into it. In the era of social media when everything is accessible online, it’s inevitable for many organizations to turn to private, cloud based communities. There are many benefits for both customers/members and organizations.

Although social media is very prevalent and widely used by most organizations, online communities are new. Understandably, figuring out if you really need one can be difficult.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

How Can Your Executives Help Your Community Managers?

Written by Alexia Roseliep on December 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

When planning a community, it can be hard to distinguish just how your organization's executives can support the community manager in building a successful customer community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Anonymous on the Internet

Written by Elizabeth Tobey | on December 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM | 9 minute read

For the past week, I’ve stared at a blank page, puzzling out a pithy way to start this article.

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

Online Community Management: 3 Steps for Getting Members to Engage [Video]

Written by Katie Bapple | on December 2, 2015 at 9:03 AM | 2 minute read

One of the greatest challenges that organizations face when increasing customer or member engagement is figuring out how to get their members to engage with one another within their online community.

After all, a lot of the value that people get from your online customer or member community depends on these interactions.

Here are three steps to help you steer your community members towards engaging with each other.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

Wait, What Did I Just Agree to? 8 Ways to Update (and Enforce) Your Terms & Conditions

Written by Jenny Taylor | on November 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read

Let me set a scene that may or may not look familiar to you. Your wonderful, beautiful, source of life (seriously, what would we do without it?) iPhone or Android is going through a new software update. The "Terms and Conditions" screen pops up with all sorts of words that don't make much sense to you.

You quickly hit "I Accept" and let your phone go through the motions for new, exciting changes from version 112.2. Maybe there's a thought that crosses your mind about what you actually accepted, but in all honesty, whoever reads those things, right? 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community, Marketing Automation

How to Create a Community Culture

Written by Andy Steggles | on November 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM | 4 minute read

As I've blogged about before, I see social networking for businesses as encompassing four quadrants: public social media, social CRM to collect data, social software in the workplace (intranet) and externally facing social software (an open online community). As I detailed in that post, there are many opportunities for companies to leverage multiple social networking elements, especially through an online community.

Publicly facing social sites, like an open community, are especially powerful and offer businesses the ability to interface with customers ‘where they are,’ to monitor what's being said about your brand on those sites and to incorporate that feedback into your organization's overall communications strategy. This transparency not only helps you create a better product, but ‘helps members and customers help themselves’ by allowing them to ask and answer questions as a community.

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

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