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Molly Talbert

Molly is a content writer at Higher Logic and regular contributor to the blog. Previously, she did client services and social media for a small leadership development company. In her down time, Molly reads through the internet, bikes, hikes and day dreams about her home state, New Mexico. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont where she studied the environment and writing, learned how to mountain bike through mud and helped edit the student newspaper.
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I Have Responsive Design - Do I Need an App?

Written by Molly Talbert | on December 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM | 5 minute read

You spent a lot of time and money on a beautiful responsive website, one that works on all screen sizes, including tablets and smartphones. So why would you need an app for your community? Isn’t responsive design like the two-in-one solution?

There isn’t an easy, straightforward answer to this question, but hear us out. Responsive design doesn’t necessarily make mobile apps obsolete, but mobile apps aren’t the right choice for everyone. First, think about how your community is now and where you want it to go. Do you have consistent engagement and want to try some new tactics? Or are you hoping to boost activity analytics, like the number of logins each month?

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Automation Rules for Beginners

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 4 minute read

Automation rules are crucial for community managers -they alleviate daily or repetitive tasks while encouraging member behavior you want to see. If you're lucky enough to have a community platform that supports automation rules - congrats! When you’re starting out, it can be difficult to know where to begin and scary to let go of the reins.

There are so many different directions to take - what are the basic automation rules everyone should know? And what’s the line between helpful and annoying rules?

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Design a Community Your Users Will Love

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Have you recently visited a website plagued by confusion and disorganization? You can't find what you're looking for, and you're not even sure what you're looking at to begin with. That’s bad user experiencewhat any community wants to avoid.  If your user experience is less than easy, then maybe they will come, but don’t count on them sticking around or returning any time soon.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Marketing, Member Experience, Online Community

The Six Most Important Analytics for Community Managers to Track

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

We all know we should track our community members’ activities (we already convinced you in this post), but what exactly are the best metrics to keep our eyes on?

Sometimes it’s a rocky start – the data is either overwhelming or difficult to find. Luckily, most community sites include dashboards that collect data and display metrics for you, so you should have a good baseline to start. Even with that tool, how do you know what the important community management metrics are, besides just hoping your membership grows?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Why Your Event Needs a Mobile App

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read

Event attendees expect information, in real time. Not only that, but it should be easily accessible and available before, during and after. How should you do this? Since people are more glued to their phones than ever, a mobile app makes perfect sense -- it gives attendees everything they need (and more) in the palm of their hands.

Because the price point can seem steep it’s easy to think you can get by without one; paper programs always worked well, right? Sure, they did, but your event could be so much more informative, interactive and collaborative if the program is dynamic and updated in real time. It’s time for your events to go beyond the status quo (apps are approaching the norm, by the way).

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Topics: Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

The Quantified Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM | 3 minute read

Many people think that the Holy Grail for community managers is proving a community’s ROI. Wrong! In Rachel Happe’s Super Forum keynote address, she said that many people misunderstand this point. The Holy Grail for community managers isn’t proving ROI -- sometimes when you’re starting out, it’s negative -- it’s improving the value of your community to ultimately increase ROI.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Crack the Social Code: Turn Members Into Contributors

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read


Ever wonder how to get inside your members’ heads and motivate them to participate? Richard Millington can help, an expert with over 12 years of experience in community building. How does he do it? He uses basic, yet powerful, psychological forces -- tapping into what makes us human and what motivates us -- to excite and engage members in a deep, meaningful way. In his 2015 Super Forum keynote, he discussed these methods, touching on implicit bias, social attraction, self-disclosure and bonding theories.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Engagement, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Are Your Members Driven By the Fear of Missing Out?

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read

I can’t remember the last time I changed my Facebook status or uploaded a picture – it’s definitely been over a year. Yet, every single day (multiple times a day) I log on. Occasionally I contribute to groups I’m in, but usually I just peruse my newsfeed, peeking in on everyone’s lives. Sometimes I wonder why I keep going back to Facebook, but it’s a tough habit to kick and whenever there’s the hint of curiosity, I’m back.

The other day, while passively checking in on old colleagues and trending topics, it came to me – I have a classic case of FOMO. I keep going back because I’m scared to miss out on something important.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Tweeting Your Community – Five Ways to Promote on Twitter

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read


Do you use Twitter to promote your community? If not, you could be missing out on a powerful, interactive way of engaging with members and bolstering your site.

Chances are many – if not most – of your organization’s committed Twitter followers are already members of your community. It’s a great (and probably under-appreciated) benefit - now you have a method beyond email to keep your members up to date. If your community is open, this is an opportunity to drive them to your community’s information gold mine. 

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

11 Must Reads for Every Community Manager

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 5 minute read

The internet is awash in resources and it can be overwhelming. Between blogs and books, Twitter feeds and LinkedIn influencers, it’s hard to know where to start for good community resources. Plus, in an age where everyone is a “journalist,” it’s hard to know what counts as credible. In the words of the wise President Abraham Lincoln, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet …”

To make your life easier, we compiled a list of some of our favorite resources. These books and blogs are tried and true for many of us in the Orange Army, from our community managers to our bloggers.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

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