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From Stagnant to Stand-Out: 3 Strategies to Differentiate Your Customer Experience

Written by Kate Zimmerman | on June 19, 2019 at 11:04 AM | 4 minute read

Customer experience executives from around the world gathered in New York last week to receive some disappointing news from Forrester Research at the Forrester CX NYC Conference. Despite investments of $56 billion last year, customer experience index scores remained stagnant for the second year in a row.

Thankfully, the mood was far from despair. To combat the problem, many organizations are looking at ways to deliver a better customer experience and differentiate themselves in the market.

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Topics: Customer Communities, B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Experience, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

3 Benefits of a Customer Advisory Board for Your Software Company

Written by Elizabeth Bell on May 9, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 5 minute read

Do you have a Customer Advisory Board (CAB) or customer advisory council? A lot of software companies do. It’s one of those boxes that you check because you know it’s a best practice.

But something else that’s common is when companies check the CAB box just to have one, but don’t end up doing much with it (likely because of the workload it takes to manage). Rather than becoming the product and customer experience-changing entity that it has the potential to be, many CABs go into hibernation, never to be heard from again.

It’s time to change that. It’s time to mobilize your CAB for action.

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

Build a Sustainable Brand with Purpose-Driven Marketing

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on April 18, 2019 at 1:48 PM | 5 minute read

Purpose – what is it? If you’re thinking “the name of Justin Bieber’s fourth album”... that would be correct, but this word carries more weight than his millions of fans.

In the 14th annual Global Consumer Pulse Research, titled ‘From Me to We: The Rise of the Purpose-Led Brand,’ Accenture Strategy defines purpose in the following way:

“pur·pose /ˈ pərpəs / Noun: The reason why something exists. For companies, it is the foundation of every experience. It is the underlying essence that makes a brand relevant and necessary.”

In an increasingly competitive landscape, purpose-driven marketing is about more than building your brand or boosting your revenue. It’s about building a better world, long-term, alongside the people who share your brand’s passion to drive positive change and make a real impact.

To build a sustainable brand, equipped with valuable brand advocates and stakeholders, make an effort to strengthen it by delivering something beyond price and quality.

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Collaboration Tools, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Marketing Automation, Online Community

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Marketing to Your Existing Customers

Written by Elizabeth Bell on April 2, 2019 at 9:24 AM | 5 minute read

Bringing in new business is and always will be important. However, marketing doesn’t end when the ink is dry on the contract. Where are you focusing your efforts after that initial sale?

Your new customers shouldn’t disappear into a black hole, never to hear from you again – that initial transaction should be the start of their defined customer journey, complete with strategic touchpoints for success.

You might be familiar with these oft-quoted stats:

  • It costs 5x as much to obtain a new customer than to keep an existing one [Invesp]
  • Increasing customer retention rates by 5% can increase profits by 25% to 95% [research by Frederick Reichheld of Bain & Company]

As made clear, many companies are leaving money on the table if they don't continue marketing to existing customers once they make an initial purchase.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Customer Advocacy, Marketing Automation, Online Community

3 Lessons from a Unicorn: How to Harness Customer Feedback to Drive Brand Growth & Success

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on March 28, 2019 at 8:49 AM | 5 minute read

Facts: The Unicorn is Scotland’s national animal; you are reading this right now; and Glossier, a direct-to-consumer beauty brand, recently joined the ranks of other female-founded “unicorns” (privately held startup companies valued at over $1 billion). How? Customer listening.

Emily Weiss, Glossier founder and CEO, managed to transform what started in 2010 as her beauty blog Into the Gloss... into a beauty brand valued at $1.2 billion, and they recently launched Glossier Play, their colorful spin-off brand. On what she did differently, Emily says:

“Many of the beauty brands I grew up with were expert-led. They told me what products were in style and how to use them. From the start, I wanted to take a different approach with Glossier by co-creating the brand and products with customers.”

If you haven’t harnessed the power of customer feedback, you’re missing a serious opportunity to grow your brand into a community of advocates with customer success and satisfaction in mind. 

You don’t need to have the same business structure as Glossier to heed lessons from their approach - B2B brands can benefit from using engagement tools like online community and marketing automation to tap into their customer base on a more personal level for product collaboration, customer feedback, and brand growth. 

So, let’s talk about the power of people, since all companies are really “people to people” at their core, you know?

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Collaboration Tools, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

2019 Marketing Strategy: Food for Thought From Seth Godin

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on January 16, 2019 at 2:24 PM | 6 minute read

The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your current marketing strategy and decide which tools and changes you can implement to drive maximum success in the months ahead. Now, I know strategizing is no easy feat, but approaching this task doesn’t have to be daunting when you’ve got guidance from the pros.

Seth Godin, a best-selling American author and entrepreneur, recently shared a multitude of thought-provoking perspectives while promoting his newest book This is Marketing on the podcast Self Made Man. The episode focuses on how marketing is changing, and when the host asks about how people should measure the effectiveness of their marketing today, Seth said:

“It begins with the feeling of knowing who would miss you if you didn't show up tomorrow. If your brand were to disappear tomorrow, who would truly miss you? If your podcast didn't go live on its scheduled day, how many people would you hear from? If you shut down your restaurant on Thursday, how many people on Friday would feel bereft?”

You can get a better idea of where you are today, and where you want to go, by considering your answer to this question and contemplating some more of Seth’s marketing points.

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Engagement, Upsell, Advocacy: How Community Tools Can Transform Your Customer Marketing

Written by Elizabeth Bell on October 2, 2018 at 7:45 AM | 4 minute read

Marketing to your customers is hard work – sometimes it can feel like you’re pushing the same boulder up a hill every day, like good ol’ Sisyphus.

Customer marketing can come with great rewards, though, especially if you’re using tech tools to make your life easier.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Retention, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

[WEBINAR RECAP Q&A] The Value of Community in Customer Success

Written by Mark Ace on August 21, 2018 at 7:56 AM | 5 minute read

How do you convince an exec that community is worth it when ROI is long-term? Who should be responsible for managing a community?

Mark Ace recently discussed the value of online community in customer success in a Higher Logic webinar. He answered the questions you had about ROI, community management, customer support, and more.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Online Community Software, Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Customer Support, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Evolving Your Community as It Grows

Written by Molly Talbert | on November 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

The best entrepreneurs and CEOs think about time in two chunks—five years and 100 years.

To be a good leader, you need to be able to juggle short term thinking with (very) long term planning. How do you have a great Q4 but also set your company up for success in the next 100 years?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Creating an Advocacy Program from Scratch: A Q&A with Higher Logic’s Marketing and Community Teams

Written by Julie Dietz on October 19, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Advocates are five times more valuable than average customers because they spend more on products and increase product purchases, according to Advocate Marketing.

That’s one of many reasons why organizations in all industries are focusing more on advocates. Higher Logic is no different. We’ve had active advocates in our customer base from the very beginning, but we haven’t had a formal advocacy program until now.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Customer Advocacy, Marketing Automation, Online Community

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