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The Golden Age of Newsletters

Written by Molly Talbert | on January 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Remember how email is supposed to be dying? Turns out it’s a little more resilient than anyone thought. In fact, good old fashioned email newsletters are having a bit of a renaissance. Powered by what? The desire to connect with communities online.

I noticed this trend in my own inbox. I used to get most of my reading material from social media (a place I still go) but am now often guided by newsletters -- everything from 730DC to Buzzfeed News to Lena Dunham’s Lenny and more (who knows how many newsletters I’ve signed up for recently). I like the commentary and specificity of each newsletter. Email also helps me engage with our Higher Logic Users Group (HUG) -- the consolidated digest sends me updates every morning on the latest discussions so I always know what’s going on (with minimal effort on my part).

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Social Media

Getting Started: The Transition from Social Media to Online Community

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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You’ve launched that community, or you’re about to. Congratulations—now the fun begins! It’s time to launch your platform, which has its own set of challenges (and let’s not forget some great support systems from Higher Logic and our HUG user group).

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Social Media

The LinkedIn Borg: Why It Doesn't Care About Your Communities

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on March 31, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Recent LinkedIn announcements reveal it's interested in being much more than an online community platform. Between the acquisition of online marketing platform Bizo and its latest news on launching Lead Accelerator and the Network Display function, trends show LinkedIn is moving in a different direction. You could say this Borg-like movement (Star Trek reference - it's too good to pass up) means the platform is now a greater entity that is not looking out for you or your best community interests. The "value" is in the data - your data - not in the functionality of the platform. Do you care about your data, platform capabilities and feature enhancements? Then the SEO and inbound traffic from your community should be yours. 

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media

The C-Suite Needs to Embrace Social Media

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Our guest blogger, Donna Vieira, is Vice President of Marketing of interlinkONE and Grow Socially. Donna and her team work with associations to help them successfully grow and transform their organizations. Their approach includes online marketing plans, which include social media marketing techniques, as well as working to create Millennial-friendly work cultures, environments and policies. Learn more about Donna by following her on Twitter, @DonnaVieira, and connecting with her on LinkedIn, linkedin.com/in/donnavieira, or email, donnav@interlinkONE.com. Read on for Donna's best social media tips.

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Topics: Social Media

Why It's a Mistake to Compare Private Communities to Social Networking Sites

Written by Andy Steggles | on March 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Association execs often mistakenly think that private communities are nothing but smaller-scale, social networking sites. That's why I loved Ernie Smith's article, In Defense of the Insular Social Network, on Associations Now last week. The article talks about Virtual Management, Inc's recent study, the 2013 Association Operations Survey

As Ernie points out, the study did something interesting: in surveying respondents about their use of "social media sites," it lumps together public social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with private community platforms including Higher Logic, Jive and others. While I was admittedly happy to see Higher Logic used by the highest number of respondents, I couldn't help but wonder why the private community platforms were lumped with the public social networking sites.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media

Shamification: Gamification with a Twist of Social Pressure

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Last week I attended an interesting event at Deloitte's Technology Venture Center which has me thinking about the concept of gamification. The presenter, Dan Yates, CEO and Founder of Opower led a discussion about how the use of consumer peer pressure saves money, reduces energy consumption and helped build a multi-million dollar company.

Opower is a SaaS platform which focuses on the energy industry. Yates recognized how incredibly useless a traditional energy bill was and decided to do something about it. After performing some tests, he proved the more traditional utility-to-consumer message of "Save 20% on your energy bill just by doing X,Y or Z" was not working. Yates said how he decided to "benchmark against the norm" by telling customers how they were doing relative to their neighbors. His message was essentially "70% of your 100 nearby neighbors use less energy than you." This new message recognized an almost immediate significant reduction in energy consumption which is what has driven his company through its exponential growth.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media

Why "Friending" isn't Just for Facebook

Written by Andy Steggles | on June 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A recent conversation on the Higher Logic Users Group (HUG) centered on the concept of connecting - the equivalent of "friending" on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn - on private community platforms. In short, people were expressing their opinions on whether or not there was strategic value around members connecting with each other as contacts in addition to participating in discussions. While there's no doubt that members see value in private community platforms in terms of being a place to share or look for resources, or ask/answer questions, some feel that "friending" is something that is best left for Facebook.

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Topics: Social Media

10 Steps to Move Your LinkedIn Group to Your Own Private Community Platform

Written by Andy Steggles | on May 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

There are many reasons an organization may want to use LinkedIn. Some may prefer this public platform because it's free while other organizations use it just to test the water. But what happens if you're successful? I've provided many good reasons why not to build your community around the LinkedIn brand, but what if it's too late? Let's assume that you've been nurturing your LinkedIn community for a while and have a decent amount of traction. At what point do you pull the plug and move all that engagement over to your own website and, more importantly, how do you do it?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media

Five Reasons Your Community Should Not "Live" on LinkedIn

Written by Andy Steggles | on May 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

One of the most common conversations on private social networking platforms centers around whether it's better for an organization's online community to "live" on a public social networking platform versus a private platform. Many believe that the sheer number of daily active users on public platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn means that an organization is better off housing their community there as opposed to on a private platform. I often hear, "But LinkedIn is free, why not send them there?"

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media

Four Elements of Enterprise Social Networking

Written by Andy Steggles | on April 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Social Networking in the Enterprise

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Topics: Social Media

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