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Can You Build a Customer Community Without an Online Community Software Platform?

Written by Katie Oakes on July 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

People who regularly visit online brand communities are likely to repurchase products associated with the customer community at a rate of over 2 to 1, according to research from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In order to capitalize on this trend in customer relationship management, businesses are increasingly devoting resources to building community among their customers.

This emerging strategy opens the door for an important question:

Can companies build a customer community without an online community software platform?

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community Software, Online Community

The Problem With Customer Engagement Software Platforms

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 6 minute read

Step aside social crm and content management, there is a new buzzword in the world of business and marketing customer engagement. As the term grows in popularity, the definition of customer engagement is still evolving. 

At Higher Logic, we're heavily involved in what works and what doesn't in customer engagement strategies. We specialize in the areas of keeping people engaged in customer communities, user communities, and user groups.

However, community building strategies and other customer engagement approaches are still emerging as core business strategies, there are important customer relationship trends that business leaders need to pay attention to.

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

Keep Your Community Engaging with Live Chats

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM | 3 minute read


Real-time conversations aren’t always realistic in an online community—the 24/7 access communities provide inherently means collaboration is done on the individuals’ time. But occasionally you want to capitalize on a great event or recent hot topic, and the average discussion posts or resource sharing just won’t cut it.

Have you thought about how you can keep engagement up after a big announcement or a recent event? Consider giving your community members the opportunity to keep the conversation going with live chats, which offer both flexibility and spontaneity.

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

Your Questions Answered on The 2015 State of Community Management Report

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on June 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM | 8 minute read


Want to stay on top of the latest community trends and best practices? Guest bloggers Rachel Happe and Jim Storer, co-founders of The Community Roundtable, offered up their community management insights and resources during Higher Logic’s recent webinar, “The 2015 State of Community Management.” This latest report covered the top trends and best-in-class community methods from the past year. 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Volunteer Management, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Increasing Member Retention Using Integrated Automation

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM | 3 minute read


Address your association’s common pain points using automated engagement tactics. If you’re like many associations, member retention can be a struggle. Start with identifying and measuring your member engagement tactics that surround key member benefits (e.g. Annual Conference, Mentoring Program, Advocacy Efforts, Chapter/Components) or processes (New Member Integration, Conference First Timer, Committee Volunteerism). We’ve outlined a few easy examples below using one of the most common pain points for association member management: First Year Member Retention.

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Topics: Member Retention, Member Engagement, Online Community Software, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Optimizing Your Online Community for Mobile: Your Battle Guide to Google's Big SEO Change

Written by Katie Oakes on April 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM | 4 minute read

The day has arrived "Mobile D-Day" or "Mobile-geddon".

Google has officially dropped their latest search algorithm and it's leaving websites and online communities that are not optimized for mobile devices in its wake. Google gave you plenty of notice. On February 26, 2015, they explains, "This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results."

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Software, Online Community

The Best Mobile Online Community Options: Responsive Web Design vs. Mobile Sites vs. Native Apps

Written by Katie Oakes on April 14, 2015 at 1:40 PM | 8 minute read

With technology, there is a constant evolution of terms, products, and approaches. If you're not fully engrossed in that world, it can be hard to keep up. The meteoric adoption of mobile device to find information, keep in touch, and complete transactions has heads at many companies spinning.

According to data from Cisco, global mobile devices and connections in 2014 grew to 7.4 billion, up from 6.9 billion in 2013. The vast majority of mobile data traffic (97%) originated from smart devices.

The increased use of mobile devices poses both opportunities and challenges for businesses. They want to know if their approach is the right one for their company, customers, and goals. Are they putting their time and money in the right places?

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Topics: Online Community Software, Member Experience, Online Community

What is the Difference Between an Open Online Community vs. a Private Online Community?

Written by Katie Oakes on February 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

To open or not to open an online community? This is not the only question. Once you've decided to build an online community you're going to need more than just software. You need to clearly understand your business goals and target audience's problems to find the appropriate solution.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

6 Ways to Avoid an Online Community Implementation Nightmare

Written by Joshua Paul | on February 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | 5 minute read

On the surface, an active, well-managed online community may seem like an easy strategy to implement at your organization.

Pick a platform. Start some discussions. Tell your customers or members about it. And you now have an online community. Right?

You may have even participated in strong online communities and thought to yourself, "Hey, we can do that." And while, yes, you certainly can, it's important to recognize the upfront planning work that goes into launching a successful community.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

Planning a Private Social Network: How to Structure the Community

Written by Katie Bapple | on February 20, 2015 at 9:25 AM | 4 minute read

One of the most important decisions you'll make in the early stages of planning your organization's private online community is the structure of your interactive spaces.

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

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