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Are You Calculating Your Online Community’s Business Impact? [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on February 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Your online community wasn’t a whim. You didn’t buy, implement, and grow it for no reason. You did it to make a positive impact on your business. And chances are you’ve been successful.

But have you used business metrics to prove that success?

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Topics: Customer Retention, Customer Support, Online Community

4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

Written by Julie Dietz on January 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

There’s never enough time in the day, especially for association professionals. It’s common for association staff to wear multiple hats, consistently switching roles in order to get more done with fewer resources. A membership director also helps with event planning and updating the website, for instance.

The benefit of this situation is your staff knows everything about every part of your association. The downside is your team probably can’t do everything they want to. Your staff is short on time and, with so few employees, you may not have the expertise to take on all the projects you want.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

Getting Buy-In: 5 Objections to Online Communities that Are Holding You Back

Written by Julie Dietz on January 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Everyone knows getting buy-in for a new project can be frustrating. There are concerns, objections, other priorities that need to be addressed before you can move forward. It’s often a long process.

Getting buy-in for an online community is no different. You’ll likely face questions and concerns even after you present your team with details on how an online community can improve acquisition, retention, and revenue. Being prepared for those concerns will help you address them and move your project forward.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Online Community

The Six Tech Tools Your Small Org Staff Needs to Succeed [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read

Associations are usually labeled as “small” for one of two reasons: they have a small staff or a small budget. Many have both.

But that doesn’t mean terms like “small org” are always on-point. The small associations we work with have large memberships and far-reaching effects. Year after year, they consistently make a bigger impact with fewer resources.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

How a Major Corporation Crowdsources Product Innovation (And How You Can Too)

Written by Julie Dietz on January 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Starbucks. You’ve heard of Starbucks, right? It’s one of those iconic brands that crosses generations. Everyone, including my grandmother and youngest cousin (she’s three and loves a Starbucks white hot chocolate) knows of and has tried at least one.

They’re massively popular and older than you might think – Starbucks will celebrate its 47th anniversary in 2018. So how have they managed to stay current, keeping their customers and winning new ones for almost 50 years? How do they come up with their offers? Their signature drinks?

Some of it is baristas, years of experience, and market research. The rest? It might just be their customers.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Online Community

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Written by Julie Dietz on January 4, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. There are so many platforms on the market, how do you wade through your choices to find just one that fits your association? You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community

4 Hot Tech Topics to Watch in 2018

Written by Steve Balthazor on January 2, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

We’re well past the point of keeping up with every advancement in the tech field – things are simply moving too fast. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t affected when things move forward.

New technology makes its way into our lives and businesses faster every year. Unsurprisingly, that will continue in 2018. But since it’s almost impossible to keep up with every tech change that will affect you this year, we’ve collected four that are on our radar.

These four areas have been in conversations – and the news – recently and will continue to be hot topics in the coming months. If they aren’t already affecting your life or work, they will soon.

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

Celebrating 2017 Communities, New and Old: Higher Logic’s Year in Review

Written by Rob Wenger on December 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

It’s been an eventful year to say the least, with our team and product expanding to cover everything from engagement and collaboration to automation. It’s clear we had a lot to celebrate in 2017, and now have plenty to be thankful for as we reflect during the holiday season.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Community for Career Development: A Look Inside One NAVUG Community Member’s Journey

Written by Holly Kutil | on December 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

I’m a member of NAVUG, an online community that is the epitome of Margaret Mead's statement. If you will humor me and enjoy the story I am about to share, you too can build a thriving and successful online community in your sphere of influence.

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Topics: User Group Communities, Online Community

Turn Your Community into a Content Marketing Engine

Written by Teah Hopper | on December 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Once considered a fad, content marketing has proven it’s “King” and shows no signs of slowing down. In a world where no one wants to be sold to, content marketing is an effective way to get your brand and story in front of your target audience through thoughtful, relevant and timely content that helps meet their needs and solves their problems.

With 2017 coming to a close, now is a great time to revisit your marketing plan and amp up your content initiatives. Recent research from the Content Marketing Institute shows businesses are doubling down on content marketing.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Online Community

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