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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, Engagement, Online Community Software, 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: Communications, Online Community Software, Member Engagement, 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: Member Communities, Associations, Online Community Software, 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, Online Community Software, Member Experience, 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

3 Things Your Conference Attendees Want to Do on Their Phones [Research]

Written by Julie Dietz on December 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

77% of people say that when they're attending live events they often (or always) use their smartphones for business. Another 13% say they sometimes use their smartphones, while only 10% say they rarely or never use their phones.

That means that 90% of your event attendees are on their smartphones.

So where are you?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

5 Must-Haves for Your Mobile Event Experience

Written by Julie Dietz on December 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

I hated the last event app I used.

Every time I opened it, I had to sign in all over again. It didn't save my login information, so I had to manually type in my email address and password multiple times a day.

Then, to make matters worse, the app didn't have all the information I needed. It didn't include the event emails detailing lunch options (I had to dig through my inbox), nor did it have session surveys or a map of the conference center.

Have you ever used an app like that?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Need to Improve Your Cybersecurity? Start with These 3 Tips

Written by Steve Balthazor on November 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

DDoS "“ distributed denial of service. Even a few years ago that phrase was relatively obscure, known mostly to computer security experts, programmers, and those who were technically-minded. To the rest of us, it was just another acronym.

Now, you may regularly hear about DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity threats over your morning cup of coffee. Even alarming stories about stolen logins, passwords, addresses, and credit card information have become commonplace.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Marketing Automation, Online Community

7 Things Your Competitors Will Hate About Your Online Community

Written by Christina Green | on September 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Has your competition gotten a little too close for comfort recently?

If you're like most businesses, your competition has increased in the past few years. That could mean that more local organizations are gunning for your audience, or that your competition has gone from your backyard to global. The internet has made it so much easier for small companies, large corporations, and organizations from around the world to zero in on your customers.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Retention, Customer Success, Online Community

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