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The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

Written by Mark Ace on April 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things. Its solar-powered U-lock connects to smartphones to provide keyless security access, detect thefts and sense crashes.

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Topics: Communications, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How Much Does an Event App Cost?

Written by Christina Green | on December 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

If you're considering creating a mobile app for your members, you're not alone. There are roughly 2.2 million apps in the Google Play store and close to 2 million in the Apple App Store. Each of those apps cost quite a bit of money, although how much money ranges from several thousand dollars to several million.

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Topics: Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Make Culture, Not Perks, Work For Your Organization

Written by Rob Hefferon on August 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Have you heard of Google’s nap pods? What about Yahoo’s offer of free food for employees? These types of workplace perks are everywhere these days, but they may actually be harming your organization.

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Topics: Millennials, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Talk About Bad News on Your Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on August 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 3 minute read

When the news shakes our perception of the world, what are you supposed to do as a community manager? On the one hand, your community is for a specific purpose and may not need to weigh in on every happening. On the other hand, you’re a community where people care for each other and support one another on a human level.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Changing Your Company Culture? 4 Ways Your Online Community Can Help

Written by Christina Green | on March 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Culture is to recruiting as product is to marketing. - Dharmesh Shah, cofounder of HubSpot.

Company culture is a big selling point when it comes to hiring and branding. People like to do business with brands they know, like, and trust. A talked about (and envied) culture is one that draws people in, whether it's customers or employees.

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Seven Reasons to Streamline Your Platforms

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 5 minute read

Starting a community can be intimidating, especially for small organizations -- you don’t have the same pool of resources as larger organizations do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t -- or shouldn’t -- build a community. And it doesn’t doom you to fail. With the right tools, platform and team, an organization of any size can create an awesome, thriving community.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Three Reasons Trade Associations Should Have Online Communities

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM | 2 minute read


We believe that all types of organizations can benefit from having an online community. There is so much power in connecting people, spreading ideas and empowering community members. However, depending on who is part of your trade association, members may be hesitant to use an online community at first — their competitors may be part of the same community, reading and contributing to the same conversations. And if that’s the case, why participate if you risk giving away secrets or lending your competitor a hand?

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Topics: Associations, Online Community Software, Collaboration Tools, 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

Four Elements of Enterprise Social Networking

Written by Andy Steggles | on April 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM | 3 minute read

Social Networking in the Enterprise

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Topics: Social Media, Customer Communities, Collaboration Tools, Online Community

Employee Collaboration and Its Impact on Productivity [Transcript]

Written by Joshua Paul | on July 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM | 18 minute read

In episode #3 of ProCommunity, I spoke with Jacob Morgan, Principle at Chess Media Group. We discussed Jacob's new book, The Collaborative Organization, on the importance of employee, customer, and partners collaboration across an organization.

The conversation also included the the costs of not collaborating, how companies can get employees more comfortable with online tools, and how to overcome the biggest challnges of employee collaboration.

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Topics: Collaboration Tools, Online Community

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