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Questions & Answers Regarding Writing Without Bullshit

Written by Josh Bernoff | on June 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read


I got some great questions after last week's webinar, “The Value of Bullshit-Free Writing,” for Higher Logic. We couldn't get to them all, so I've answered them here. Where you see several questions in a row, they come from different people. I've edited some questions for length, clarity, and grammar.

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

Five Habits of Effective Business Writers

Written by Josh Bernoff | on June 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 3 minute read

The difference between effective, efficient writers and the rest is a matter of habit. The effective writers regularly and consistently do things that other writers only do sporadically. That’s why they get so much done.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Why Taking Breaks Is Crucial for Community Managers

Written by Jessica Fish | on June 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Being a community manager is extraordinary and exhausting.

You get to connect and create, but you’re also drowning in information. Comments, requests, questions, emails. Notifications whooshing around at 90mph, all day. KPI’s and ROI. Everyone demanding attention, needing you to listen, to fix, to respond, to cajole, to soothe, to champion.

Some days it’s total overload. Some days you want to break every screen in front of you, join the National Park Service and spend three months manning a fire tower in Montana.

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Topics: Communications, Online Community Management, Online Community

How to Make Your Website Your Association's Top Member Benefit

Written by Julie Dietz on June 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Association members are like business customers, they come to your organization for help. They want to solve a problem, to learn, to grow in their industry, or to find ways to contribute to a cause. And, similar to a business, that's what your association is built to do – help members by providing benefits.

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Topics: Communications, Associations, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Online Community

Four Reasons Your Marketing Team Needs Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Could your marketing department benefit from your organization’s community?

It doesn’t matter what your community is for or why your organization decided to establish one -- it can be a powerful tool for your marketing department. No, that doesn’t mean you can dump all your marketing materials on top of your community members, or that you should blatantly upsell them certain products (community can help with cross promotion if done correctly). But it does mean that your marketing team can learn what makes your members tick and how to bring in more leads.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Blogs that work...and spread

Written by Josh Bernoff | on May 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Blogging is writing with a dual purpose. Effective blog posts both educate the reader and benefit the writers -- or the writer’s organization. Let’s take a look at how to do that well.

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Marketing, Online Community

Are You Spamming Your Customers? (and How to Stop)

Written by Julie Dietz on April 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

Spam. Delicious, or just plain weird? While the debate rages on in the culinary category, it never even got started in the marketing world. No one has ever liked marketing spam.

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

Vendors: Community Friend or Foe?

Written by Heather McNair on April 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 4 minute read

Your community is functioning like a dream - organic discussions, engagement through resource-sharing and member-led meetups, a delightfully eclectic thread of the community’s favorite GIFs - and you’re pretty happy with its momentum. Why mess with a good thing? Then vendors start reaching out, with grand ideas to envelop community members with updates, answers and product pitches. You panic - should they even be here?

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

Writing for the Screen

Written by Josh Bernoff | on April 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

You learned to write the wrong way. And now you’re (probably) doing it wrong at work.

I know. I’ve looked at how they teach writing. In high-school, it’s the “five-paragraph theme.” In college, you padded your papers out with verbiage to look impressive. (In one survey of Stanford undergrads, 86 percent admitted they used complicated language in papers just to sound sophisticated.)

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Online Community

Ideas for Reframing Your Community’s Awesome Content

Written by Lindsay Starke | on April 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 4 minute read

Many years ago, when I was underemployed, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I did some writing for content farms. You know the sites I’m talking about: you’re searching Google for information on what to do about that weird rash on your elbow and the first link you click on is a bizarrely useless article stuffed with links. These days, though, you don’t need that kind of factory farmed content--you can get organic, pasture-raised content just like Grandma used to make, directly from your community!

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

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