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Building an Online Community Ambassador Program

Written by Lindsay Starke | on July 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Some community managers are really lucky. We work with groups of people mustered around a mission that we already care about—whether it’s a charitable organization, a favorite TV show, or the industry that we already work in. But many, maybe even most, of us are in an altogether different boat: we’re managing communities in which we’re not subject matter experts. How many times have you stared at a question that’s gone unanswered because, not only do you not know the answer, you don’t even know how to find someone who does know, because half the words being used might as well be in Linear A?

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community Management, Online Community

The Wikipedia Effect: Why People Volunteer

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Wikipedia is one of the best examples of user generated content on a massive scale. Almost the entire site -- one of the most used websites in the world -- is content made by extremely dedicated volunteers. It’s the only way Wikipedia, a non-profit funded by donations, could survive -- they depend on volunteers for their entire existence.

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Topics: Engagement, Volunteer Management, Online Community

Everything Your Association Needs to Know About Pokémon Go

Written by Julie Dietz on July 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

What did you think about Snapchat when it first came out? Did you think it was a fad that would burn out? I did. But now, four years later, Snapchat is still going strong and those who jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon at the beginning are seeing the benefits.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Marketing Automation

11 Must-Have File Library Features to Look for When Selecting Online Community Software

Written by Julie Dietz on July 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Ask 10 people in your office to describe your online community software. I bet almost all of them talk about forums and discussions. While forums are great for ongoing conversations, they're not effective for centralizing community resources or allowing members to share tools or collaborate on documents. That's why file libraries are an equally popular feature.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Lead the Community You Inherited

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

You’ve been hired -- or got promoted! -- and are now in charge of an pre-existing community.

From the outset, taking on an existing community can be easier than starting a brand new one -- someone else already did the heavy lifting of establishing that community. Now you just have to take the reins and run with it.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community

Community Leadership: Getting Everyone to Participate

Written by Calista Rollogas | on July 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Leadership hype always focuses on the C-suite – are your executives on social media? Do they have direct contact with customers or community members through formal feedback systems or a product advisory board? Do they understand shared value for your community initiatives? Most communities fall short in some categories and exceed in others - it’s rarely A’s across the board for executive participation.

But here’s another consideration: have you ever tapped leadership beyond the C-suite?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community

3 Facebook Live Ideas for Associations

Written by Christina Green | on July 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Do you rely on Facebook for news about your friends? Engagement announcements? New jobs? Travel plans? Individuals have been relying on Facebook for this kind of news for years now, and it didn't take organizations long to follow suit. Both businesses and associations jumped on the Facebook bandwagon to share their news, and promote their products, educational courses, and benefits.

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Topics: Associations, Online Community, Member Engagement

How to Use Your Association's Discussion Forums for SEO

Written by Julie Dietz on July 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

"If it isn't on Google, it doesn't exist." – Jimmy Wales, Internet Entrepreneur

Jimmy Wales was being generous. A more practical statement might be: If it isn't on the first few pages of Google, it doesn't exist. When was the last time you made it to page 10?

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Communications, Online Community

How Associations Can Create Amazing Email Newsletters in Less Time [Step-By-Step-Guide]

Written by Julie Dietz on July 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Have you ever been forgotten? Maybe your brother forgot your birthday. Or you spent hours on a project at office and your boss forgot about it, so your hard work went to waste.

No one likes to be forgotten, and for associations being forgotten by members can be disastrous. If members forget about you or your benefits, then there's no reason for them to participate or renew. That's just one of many reasons it's important for associations to stay at the top of their members' minds.

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Topics: Associations, Member Engagement, Communications, Marketing Automation

The Art of Newsjacking

Written by Josh Bernoff | on July 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

 

You have a plan for your posts, whether for a blog or a community. The plan is orderly. It allows you time to prepare things.

Meanwhile, news is happening. Your readers are reading about what Donald Trump just said about the judge in the Trump University trial, how a majority of Britons want to leave the EU, and how five police were killed in an ambush in Dallas. Is this noise?

No, it’s an opportunity.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Engagement, Online Community

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