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Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

Written by Christie Gunden on September 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Your community contains loads of member and customer data. When you analyze it, you gain access to all types of valuable insight: which users are most engaged, what topics they’re most interested in, who is contributing to discussions and the list goes on. That data becomes even more powerful when combined with data from other systems, like an AMS/CRM, email marketing, marketing automation platform or Google Analytics.

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Online Community

Your Online Community is Biased—Three UX Tips to Engage Everyone

Written by Molly Talbert | on September 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

It’s time you face the facts—your online community is biased. Customers bring their own bias when they engage on the platform and community professionals build in bias as they create the space and social norms. Biases are there, baked into your community from all sides—there’s no getting  around it.

Biases aren’t always bad. In fact, community builders often work to create certain biases that encourage behavior they want to see in the community. For example, a ‘family friendly’ community might encourage limited  participation during the weekend or after working hours, creating a “spending time with family”  bias. It is subtle but sets an expectation that drives the way members engage.

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Customer Engagement, Online Community

Turn Customers from Promoters to Creators

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Are happy customers as engaged as they can get? Or is there any way to increase their engagement—by giving them more purpose and helping your organization create more value for all members? As it turns out, there is more to customer engagement beyond simply being a “happy customer”—specifically what we call “promoters” and “co-creators.”

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Topics: B2B Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

Written by Julie Dietz on August 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

In 2016, businesses lost $63 billion dollars due to bad customer service. That’s up from 2013 by a whopping $20 billion.

To make matters worse, almost half of customers will stop doing business with a company because of bad service – a percentage that will likely increase as younger generations (who are more likely to switch companies) become more prominent and influential.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Experience, Customer Support, Online Community

4 Ways to Use Your Online Customer Community to Increase Upsell and Cross-Sell Revenue

Written by Julie Dietz on July 11, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Eighty percent of your future revenue will come from only 20 percent of your current customers. That highlights just how important your existing customers are to growing your business. Understanding what makes them tick and how to keep them engaged and purchasing is key to long-term success. 

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Written by Julie Dietz on May 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Sales are competitive. Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours.

Every good sales professional knows that. They know that while potential buyers are talking to your company, they’re also talking to your competitors, weighing cost, functionality, support, and features that will help them achieve their goals.

Your company – and your sales team – need a way to break through the noise.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

How to Decide Between an Open Source or a Proprietary Community Platform

Written by Liam O'Malley on May 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

When designing your organization’s website and community, you need to think about what type of platform you want to build it on—in other words, do you want to build it on open source tools, like Wordpress or Joomla, or do you want to go with a proprietary source offered by a software as a service (SaaS) company? 

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Topics: B2B Communities, Associations, Online Community Software, Online Community

The Great News in the Jive Acquisition

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on May 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 2 minute read

Last week, Jive announced it was being acquired by Aurea, which would make Jive part of the Aurea customer experience management platform. Whether the deal is good news for Jive and its investors, only time will tell, but it is certainly great news for the social software market, especially for online communities.

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Topics: B2B Communities, Online Community

Why Online Communities Still Aren’t a Top Business Strategy (And How to Change That)

Written by Katie Bapple | on March 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Dear online community professionals,

We have work to do. Today, we are failing to showcase the inherent value we believe online communities can provide, because too many of our arguments are unproven. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs don’t drive revenue.

We need to reach further, grow the ranks of our advocates and allies inside the office, and push ourselves to learn the information we so desperately need to grow and succeed.

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Topics: Online Community Management, B2B Communities, Associations, Online Community

The Role of Online Communities and Customer Portals in Sales Enablement

Written by Mark Lowry on February 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

Sales professionals are some of the smartest, most people-savvy individuals you’ll ever meet. They can read your tone of voice, body language, and dig into your deepest needs to find the best product or service to meet them.

In the past, salespeople did all this either in person or over the phone. It’s certainly easier to read body language when you can see someone. But today, sales professionals don’t always need to meet prospects for lunch or call them to get the ball rolling. Now they can jumpstart the sales process – dare we say turbocharge it – by using online tools.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, Customer Success, Online Community

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