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Does Your Community Throw Love at the World? (Time to Start)

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on February 14, 2019 at 2:58 PM | 8 minute read

So, I’m sitting here amid three monitors reveling at my flourishing desk plants, surrounded by my fellow marketers and community builders, as the sound coming through my earbuds drowns out their faint keyboard clicks and nearby sneezes, when it hits me: some of y’all aren’t showing your community enough love... and it shows.

I’m listening to the ever-so-delightful Jonathan Van Ness, of Netflix’s Emmy-winning show Queer Eye, chat with Reese Witherspoon about lady entrepreneurship on his podcast Getting Curious. As if their charming and gracious voices streaming into my ears wasn’t enough, their conversation is topical and genuine… and Reese just said something low-key amazing:

“I think the most profound thing you can do if you are an artist or a community builder is just throw love at the world, in any capacity you can.”

-Reese Witherspoon

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Member Experience, Customer Experience, Engagement, Customer Retention, Member Retention

SaaS Customer Onboarding: A 3-Step Guide for Streamlined Success

Written by Elizabeth Bell on February 12, 2019 at 8:18 AM | 5 minute read

Like making a first impression with a new acquaintance, SaaS customer onboarding has a big effect on whether your customer’s trajectory with your company is positive or negative.

Imagine you’re the main point of contact or user of the software element your company has purchased. You had a great experience with the salesperson, but now that you’ve signed the deal, you’re unsure about next steps. You find yourself poking around on your own and investing lots of time figuring out what to do next…

This situation doesn’t spell great news for a new customer.

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Topics: Integration, Online Community, Marketing Automation, Customer Success, Customer Experience, B2B Communities, User Group Communities

Customer Journey Mapping 101: The What, Why, and How

Written by Renee Schaefer on February 5, 2019 at 8:01 AM | 8 minute read

Renee presented on this topic at Higher Logic’s annual user conference, Super Forum.

Talk about the importance of the customer experience is everywhere these days, and it’s not just analysts or leading organizations doing the talking anymore. Delivering a consistent, low-effort customer experience from end to end has huge business benefits, but requires a fundamental organizational commitment that must cut across departments and teams.

A great way to get your organization on board to measurably improve the customer experience is to step into the customer’s shoes and experience that journey from their perspective – what your customers are doing, thinking, and feeling along the way.

Customer journey mapping will help you identify, with data, what’s working, what’s not, and will compel you to take necessary actions to improve.

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Topics: Online Community, Customer Experience, B2B Communities, Engagement, Customer Success, Customer Retention

3 Ways Online Communities Help Software Companies Drive Revenue

Written by Brian Sugarman on December 20, 2018 at 8:17 AM | 8 minute read

As consumers, we know that brands that consistently deliver value and make our buying experience effortless will continue to win our business over time. In my household, for example, we’re more likely to buy add-ons like Audible and Amazon music because we know the same level of convenience we get with our Prime membership will exist.

Our relationships with companies like Amazon remind us of the high bar that’s been set for the modern day customer experience, not just in the consumer world, but also for business-to-business (B2B) sales. Whether consciously or subconsciously, this standard of service influences our expectations for our buying relationships with B2B technology vendors.

This is nothing new, by the way...although technology has changed how and where we buy, successful brands have always focused on delivering valuable products to their customers and making it easy for them to purchase. However, companies that compete in markets with little to no competition have found ways to be successful over time, simply by being the best or only option available.

Think old school cable television – with so few consumer options, your area provider could win your business despite a reputation of delivering horrendous customer service. Now, with the rise of Over-the-top (OTT) streaming subscriptions, I’ve found that the level of service and ease of doing business has actually improved with my cable company.

The software business model is another example with (historically) limited competition – until now. In a sea of growing competition, it pays to focus on your customers.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing, Customer Retention, Customer Experience, Customer Success

Customers for Life: Meet the Zenoss TechZen User Community [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on October 30, 2018 at 5:10 AM | 5 minute read

Today’s preferred customer experience combines support, community, and outreach into one unified platform.

Zenoss has facilitated a user community for over 10 years, becoming the de facto online gathering place for IT Ops customers. Recently, Zenoss enhanced customer experience by revamping its online community – name, brand, and all.

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

From Blastoff to Outer Space: How Jama Software’s Community Became the Best Resource for All Things Jama [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on September 11, 2018 at 8:02 AM | 6 minute read

Since its founding only 12 years ago, Jama Software has made a huge impact in the product development software market. With clients like SpaceX, Caterpillar, Boeing, and NASA, Jama Software helps companies developing life-and-economy-critical products keep a system of record and action. After Jama launched an online community, the staff has seen their community become the best resource for all things Jama, from customer support to product improvement.

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Topics: Online Community, Customer Experience, Customer Communities

[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, Customer Success, Customer Advocacy, Customer Support, Customer Experience, Online Community Software, Customer Retention, Online Community Management

2018 Forrester CXNYC Forum Recap: How Communities Add Value to the Customer Experience

Written by Kate Zimmerman | on July 2, 2018 at 8:26 AM | 3 minute read

Two weeks ago, I attended the Forrester Customer Experience forum in New York City. The forum focused on leveraging Forrester’s recent research to help customer experience (CX) professionals deliver better CX. What does CX have to do with communities, you may ask? Quite a lot, as I suspected and then confirmed while at the show.

Forrester conducts an annual survey measuring CX across various industries. While you would expect to see CX scores gradually increasing, they are actually stagnant year over year: the worst are getting better, but the best are actually getting worse.

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Topics: Online Community, Customer Experience, Customer Communities

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on May 30, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 3 minute read

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post.

Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

This post discusses three common questions about the relationship between marketing automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Marketing, Engagement, Customer Experience, Member Experience

Customers Buy Experiences, Not Products

Written by Julie Dietz on April 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Traditional business models focus on products and services. Companies build up their products, advertise them, then make sales.

That strategy no longer works.

Sales are becoming less and less dependent on products and services. Instead, consumers are turning their attention to the buying experience and how they feel about your company after they become customers.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Customer Experience

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