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

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

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: Marketing, Social Media, B2B Communities, Online Community

Live Events Can Spring Community Engagement into Action

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM | 2 minute read

As everything begins to thaw out, both people and communities crave activity after a long winter indoors, and perhaps a stretch of social hibernation, too. It's time to open up the doors for fresh new events and meet ups.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Social Media, Online Community

Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Private Online Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on February 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM | 2 minute read

At Higher Logic, we've always believed that the key to engaging members, customers and constituents is through building a private community over which your organization has control, rather than building that community on a public social media site. But because of the popularity of sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn - and the fact that those platforms are free (although the time your staff spends managing them is not) - many organizations think that member engagement efforts are better spent on those free social channels than on an owned community or collaboration platform.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media, Customer Communities, Member Communities, Online Community

Busted: Top Three Myths About Communities

Written by Sarah Robinson | on February 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 3 minute read

I spend a lot of time talking with organizations about communities. I listen to their challenges, their frustrations and their successes. What I've discovered is some organizations buy into some of the biggest community management myths out there. These myths then impair their ability to develop the kind of Fiercely Loyal community they know is possible. I'd like to do a little "myth busting" and perhaps share some fresh and useful approaches to these challenges.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Marketing, Social Media

Launching an Online Community: How to Determine if Your Target Audience Will Engage

Written by Katie Bapple | on January 29, 2015 at 8:49 AM | 4 minute read

Once you decide on the perfect topic for your new online customer or member community, it can be tempting to hit the ground running with your launch plans.

However, before you get too far along, it's important to figure out your total feasible market size. By taking the time to assess your target audience's level of interest, you can determine whether an online community is the type of engagement platform your target audience is likely to participate in.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Engagement, Social Media, Online Community

Facebook's New 'At Work' Platform: Why It Can't Replace Your Online Community

Written by Dave Sabol | on January 22, 2015 at 2:25 PM | 2 minute read

Facebook recently announced a new enterprise-focused version of its social network, Facebook at Work. The features will include document collaboration, employee news feeds and profiles and the ability to build a professional network of contacts. Facebook is still a free platform (and right now, Facebook at Work is as well. They're also touting the fact that it will be ad-free), so those who use it personally might gravitate to it for that sole reason. Most businesses will probably still shy away from functionality issues, a lack of control and no option of owning your own data.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Social Media, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

The C-Suite Needs to Embrace Social Media

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on November 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM | 3 minute read

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: Communications, Engagement, Marketing, Social Media, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Seven Detractor Considerations for Private Communities

Written by Andy Steggles | on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 3 minute read

What happens when a member posts a negative or inflammatory comment in your online community? Having negative comments, or "detractors," in your community is not a bad thing; in fact it's a great opportunity for an organization to demonstrate transparency and a culture of openness.

There's a saying: "The conversation is happening whether you're listening or not." If a member voices a concern related to the profession/industry, or even about the organization itself, the odds are that other members have similar thoughts. It's best to address concerns head-on and open up a dialogue about the issue. Although after looking at the moderation analytics from over 400 organizations representing over 100,000 communities, it actually appears to be a fairly infrequent scenario.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Social Media, Online Community

Six Community Spring Cleaning Tips

Written by Heather McNair on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 3 minute read

Spring has sprung (although you wouldn't know it by frigid temperatures and snow covered lawns). For me, there are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. It is an opportunity to open the windows, let some fresh air in, and rid ourselves of those dust bunnies. Before you wrap up your spring cleaning, don't forget to spring clean your online community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Marketing, Social Media, Online Community

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 | 2 minute read

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: Social Media, Online Community Software, Online Community

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