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5 Tips for Upgrading to New Online Community Software

Written by Paul Schneider on April 26, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Now that more and more associations have been using online communities for a few years, there comes a time when you outgrow your online community and need to graduate to a full membership engagement platform.

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Online Community SmackDown: Forums vs. Listservs

Written by Paul Schneider on March 15, 2011 at 8:11 AM

When Associations Have to Choose, It's Their Members That Lose.

There has been a debate brewing for several years over whether forums or listserv are more effective in engaging members of an association. In the past, the discussion has even been framed as listservs vs. private member communities. However, this is not an accurate way to help associations make member engagement technology decisions. Online community software designed for mid-sized and large associations should have both forum and listserv functionality built-in to allow organizations to engage members in their private community using the methods that their members are most comfortable with.

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5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Launching an Online Community

Written by Joshua Paul | on February 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Launching an online community is the most critical phase of implementing an online community for your association, nonprofit, or user group.  It’s the first chance you have to show your members what you have been working on and have them see the value of your new online community. If you don’t take time to think through the launch phase, you could find yourself scrambling to think of a back-up plan. 

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