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The Intersection of Online Communities and Marketing Automation

Written by Abigail Conlon on November 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

In the digital landscape of 2017, online communities continue to make headway in the association market. While once thought of as members-only online discussion groups, online communities have taken on even greater importance given the generational shift in workforce and associations adjusting to the mobile-first and always connected user. Online communities help organizations to maximize retention rates, attract new members, and grow their relevancy.

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Topics: Marketing, Online Community Software, Online Community, Marketing Automation

How to Use Your Online Community to Better Understand Your Chapters

Written by Julie Dietz on October 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Less than half of associations measure key financial or programming metrics for their chapters, according to Mariner Management’s 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Report.

Despite making up such a large part of organizations – the median number of chapters in an association is 51 – that means organizations know very little about their chapters. How are chapter members interacting? What are their priorities? How well are chapters performing?

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

5 Ways Technology Can Push Your Fundraising Strategy Forward

Written by Carl Diesing on October 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 9 minute read

We all know it’s true: technology is becoming more vital with each passing day.

As useful (and addictive) as technology can be, many nonprofits still don’t know how to reap the full benefits of their various software platforms.

Between donation tools, donor or member management software, online community platforms, and other technological tools, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the capabilities and forget to make the most of these amazing solutions.

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Topics: Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community Software, Marketing, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Choose Wisely: Will an AMS or an Online Community Better Achieve Your Current Goals?

Written by Liam O'Malley on September 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

An AMS is one of the largest and most expensive software purchases your association will make – and rightly so. Association Management Software (AMS) is the go-to software tool for membership management and is incredibly valuable.

But should an AMS always be the go-to software for all associations?

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

The Most Overlooked Must-Haves (and Dos) in an Online Community

Written by Julie Dietz on September 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Want some easy to create and implement ideas that will enhance, protect and engage your community?

We’ve been in this industry for more than a decade, so we put together a list of what we consider are seven of the most underutilized online community features and processes. By making the most of these, you can save time and cut down pressure on your staff.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Engagement, Online Community

3 Features to Look for in an Online Community App [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on June 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

We’ve heard about the importance of mobile for years. Everything needs to look just as good on a smartphone as a laptop, whether you use responsive design or an app. But which is better? An app or responsive design?

Responsive design is essential for any website (don’t buy a website theme or work with an agency that doesn’t support it) but you should also consider that 90 percent of time spent on mobile is spent in apps. So if your association or business wants to make engaging mobile users in your online community a priority, an app is the way to go.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Engagement, Communications, Online Community

Online Community Platform vs AMS Add-On: What Software Does Your Association Need?

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Online communities are now better known for their ability to improve member engagement, satisfaction, and retention than they were even a few years ago. It makes sense, then, that more and more associations are considering, or expanding, their online community plans.

With this rise in interest comes an increase in online community software options. Companies that previously focused on database work, such as association management software (AMS) providers, now offer community modules as an add-on to their main product.

But are add-on options right for your association? It’s certainly convenient to nestle your community within the AMS you’re already familiar with. But will it achieve the same results as a dedicated community platform?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Associations, Member Communities, Member Engagement, Online Community

How to Decide Between an Open Source or a Proprietary Community Platform

Written by Liam O'Malley on May 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When designing your organization’s website and community, you need to think about what type of platform you want to build it on—in other words, do you want to build it on open source tools, like Wordpress or Joomla, or do you want to go with a proprietary source offered by a software as a service (SaaS) company? 

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Online Community Software, Online Community

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Written by Julie Dietz on May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some type of post-secondary education or training. Unfortunately, colleges and universities aren’t even meeting today’s needs. According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs.

These findings, which indicate a major problem in the education industry, were laid out in a whitepaper from Shelly Alcorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel. And while the problem for universities is clear, so is the opportunity for associations.

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

5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today

Written by Julie Dietz on April 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

My favorite childhood game was Telephone. My friends and I would sit in a circle for hours passing messages around by whispering in one another’s ears. Hearing how the original messages changed to something nearly unrecognizable at the end always made me laugh.

Telephone isn’t just an entertaining childhood pastime. It also teaches a valuable lesson: indirect communication is rarely accurate. You lose essential meaning when there isn’t a one-on-one connection. It’s a problem that happens not only with people, but with software systems as well.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community Software, Online Community

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