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Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?

Written by Julie Dietz on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Have you ever heard the phrase "perception is reality?" It refers to the way people make judgements about something based on how it appears to the outside world. Nowhere is this more important than online, where smalltime brands can get a credibility and conversion boost by appearing well-designed, organized, and professional.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

How to Use Your Association's Discussion Forums for SEO

Written by Julie Dietz on July 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

"If it isn't on Google, it doesn't exist." – Jimmy Wales, Internet Entrepreneur

Jimmy Wales was being generous. A more practical statement might be: If it isn't on the first few pages of Google, it doesn't exist. When was the last time you made it to page 10?

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Topics: Communications, Associations, Online Community Software, Online Community

Community Enhances Your Product Enhancements

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 3 minute read

It’s simple: online communities are the most efficient tool for knowing what your customers think, predicting what they’ll do or need, and retaining them for the long-term.

And that all adds up to a better product.

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

Why Aren't We More Obsessed With the Mobile Community Experience?

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

It’s a no-brainer to say mobile is bigger than ever. People are attached to their phones and use them in almost every part of their lives, from connecting with friends, to ordering pizza, to tracking sleep and exercise. And almost every industry is stepping up to the plate, bringing better mobile options to their audience.

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

Secrets to Keeping Your Association's Data Clean

Written by Julie Dietz on June 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

You've put in the hours to craft the best email campaign possible. Your templates are beautiful, your subject line is intriguing, your content is insightful, and after all that hard work, you finally hit send. It's a moment of accomplishment - until your messages start bouncing back. You have the wrong email addresses; your data was too old.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Online Community

Online Communities vs. Forums vs. Portals vs. Knowledge Bases: What's the Difference?

Written by Julie Dietz on May 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

What's in a name? When it comes to defining online communities and other customer engagement platforms, it turns out the answer is, actually, quite a lot.  

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Online Community

What Are They Telling You? Using Online Community Data to Create Experiences Your Members Will Love

Written by Julie Dietz on April 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

I may be dating myself, but see if you can place these lyrics:

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name,

and they're always glad you came.

If you said it's a line from the Cheers theme song, you're right. If you didn't know it, hey, at least you're young.

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

How to Implement a Customer Portal Platform

Written by Julie Dietz on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

So, you've decided to launch a customer portal. You're now one step closer to creating a gateway for your customers to connect and collaborate with your company. Your new portal can become a central part of your customer retention strategy and help you expand your relationship with customers as soon as people start using it.

You're living the customer experience dream, right? Not quite. Before you reap the benefits, you need to actually set up, or implement, your customer portal platform.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Engagement, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

Selecting and Purchasing a Customer Portal Platform: How to Get Started

Written by Julie Dietz on April 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

It's like choosing the perfect car. It has to be the right make, model, and have all the fancy features you could dream of. But with so many choices, making a decision takes hard work, hours of research, and even a few test drives.

Choosing the right customer portal platform for your organization is no different. There are so many options that selecting the right customer portal platform for your organization has become a major obstacle. How do you know which one is best for you? How do you choose between the different features?

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

Community Versus Social Media

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 6 minute read

Don’t build your house on rented land.

If you’re thinking about creating a branded community, I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. But are there actual repercussions to creating a community on a social platform (i.e. “rented land”)?

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Topics: Social Media, Online Community Software, Online Community

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